A smashing good time: Isleworth Boardgamers on 9th January, 2019
Jon Wooden
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Isleworth
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A good turnout at IBG this evening, with newcomer Dimitri joining in, and a welcome return to Naomi & Ben, and also Ricky (and even better, he didn't bring Tom I with him this time!) And it was also 'au revoir' to one of IBG's longest and best-loved members, Tonio, as he made a farewell visit before emigrating to 'the island'... cry

Something for everyone tonight, from the old, to the new, to the brain-busting, to the light & fluffy.

There was even a return for one of IBG's favourite manual dexterity games (although Chris failed in the basic manual dexterity test of holding a pint glass without dropping it... shake )
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David was overseeing this battle of wits between Soren and Phil II...
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Putting coloured cards in a row and then deciding if they are in the right place is trickier than you might think (just ask Ricky...)
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Another year, and this little gem continues to see regular table-time.
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This is absolutely the best game about running the Bavarian postal system in the late 19th century. If we ever see Naomi & Ben again after David convinced them to play this beige artefact, I'll be amazed...
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A first outing for this expansion, and a full complement of 6 players after Tonio arrived 3 turns in. The expansion doesn't add loads, but that is probably a good thing, as Flamme Rouge's beauty lies in its simplicity and exciting gameplay, without being bogged down in extra rules and tweaks.

Soren really needs to get those figures painted though... whistle
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Chris made a sharp exit after hearing the rules explanation. Did he make the right choice???
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After last week's flirtation with it's new little brother, the original was back on the table again. Chris got so excited that he decided to start smashing the glassware...
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Jon had snagged a copy of the expansion this week, and managed to persuade / bully David to stay around to give it a go, along with Paul and Tonio.

And this expansion is exactly what a good expansion should be like - essentially 'more of the same' with a greater variety of locations and cards to choose from, whilst retaining the essential gameplay mechanisms. Other designers take note...

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This easy-going filler looks like it may have some legs...
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The only game where shouting out "I can club 5 seals in 7 days - who's coming with me?" doesn't seem out of place...
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Paul brought along this fabulous curling game again, after far too many months in the boot of his car, and it got plenty of plays throughout the evening...
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Dan and I whizzed through this as we waited for the never ending scoring of CV Pocket to finish whistle
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