Games played at Epsom Games Club 27.01.2018 (Games Day #87)
Gordon Watson
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Surrey - United Kingdom
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Back in The Faraday for the first time in a while we managed 3 tables for parts of the day. Biblical James, Nameless Steve, Gordon, Jon, Brother Chris, Gsrteh DoW, Ethan, Crispy Chris and Paul.



I didn't see what epic Gareth, Jon and Chris were playing in the afternoon and into the evening.

Reports for Xia, Riverboat and Cosmic still pending shake
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1. Board Game: Hunt for the Ring [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:2477]
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Played by: Gordon, James and Steve

'Letters from Whitechapel' meets 'War of the Ring' (without the war bit).

The game covers the flight of the Hobbits from Hobbiton to Rivendell and is played over 2 parts with different boards for each and slightly differing rules.

Part 1 is Hobbiton to Bree and is straight-up hidden movt with 4 Nazgul hunting the Hobbits who can throw various Ally cards in the path of the Nazgul who can respond with their own sorcery cards. None of the cards seemed so powerful that they overwhelmed the main game but you definitely need to construct a strategy which tries to incorporate them.

The hidden movement aspect is well done and has similarities with Whitechapel and 'War of the Ring' - the hobbits move either to a numbered location or an intermediate 'dot' -although the hobbits are not committed to any particular dot that is connected to the last location they moved from. The Nazgul have a variety of search actions from a simple 'search' (have the hobbits ever been here), through a 'perception' (are the hobbits in this area/section now?) to a 'hunt' which is a search with attitude and if successful results in the hobbits taking corruption.

The dice form an action pool, or rather a supplementary action pool which can be enhanced if the Nazgul find bits of information.

It all works really well.

It felt really tough for the hobbits (me) as the Nazgul closed in much quicker than I expected and they managed a successful hunt an about turn 5 and I was strongly expecting I was going to get a good kicking from then until staggering in the Bree if I managed to get that far - the game is balanced so it is difficult for the Nazgul to win in part one - their aim is to weaken the hobbits so that they are set up to win in part 2.

However I managed to give them the slip by doubling back and then moving due North for a couple of moves during which James and Steve managed to convince themselves I had pushed on East and/or South. They didn't get a sniff of me for the rest of the game and I made it to Bree with zero corruption - at which point we recorded the position to be continued.

If the second part lives up to the first then a big old for me - but then I am a big fan of both hidden movement and Middlearth.

Position record - Fellowship had 0 corruption, 3 cards in hand and had flipped Frodo and Sam. James recorded which Shadow cards he and Steve still had.
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2. Board Game: Hit Z Road [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1201]
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Played by: James, Gordon and Steve

Always an amusing way to spend an hour, or less if there is a last man standing win as this play turned out.

We were all being sensible about bidding for routes until the third round when James's party went a bit profligate with his resources and forced Steve and I to follow. The casualties mounted and Steve and James in particular were very short on resources and survivors. I thought I had it on round 5 but although James died Steve rather annoyingly didn't.

Round 6 then looked like curtains for both of us and Steve duly had his brains eaten - I then had to take on a bunch of 6 (red) zombies with two survivors - we shot a couple at range and two more in close combat before I lost my penultimate survivor. My last guy managed to take down the last two zombies for the win. laughmeeple zombiezombiezombie
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3. Board Game: The Grizzled [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:289]
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Played by: Crispy, Ethan, Gordon, Paul and Steve

WWI was very cruel to us - Chris led us on a bit of a gung-ho first mission during which Paul unfortunately acquired a rather nasty 'hard-knock' which was to make life very difficult to succeed at any mission.

We were soon chewing through the main deck with the Cenotaph getting ever closer and after four rounds we succumbed.
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4. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Faerûn Under Siege [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:2159] [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
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Played by: Gordon and Steve

Time for a quick dice masters - my unicorn, blinkdog, half-Orc barbarian and elf-minstrel beating Steve's Lizardmen and rust monsters.

Deserves more plays.
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