Our second drop in gaming session at The Mix in Wantage was once again, a great success. As last time, it started very quietly, this time with Green fighting to blow up balloons and Pink and Blue struggling to get the ends to meet when building a nice PitchCar track. Before long, “Grandma” had arrived with her young grandson in tow and they began with a game of the very intimidating Boom Boom Balloon. They then moved onto Toc Toc Woodman (aka Click Clack Lumberjack), while another couple began a rather intense game of Carcassone: Winter Edition.
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Meanwhile, PitchCar was attracting the eye of visitors as usual, and other people got engaged in games of Dobble, Roar-a-Saurus, Billy Biber (aka Log Jam) and Maxi Bamboleo. Before long, lunch beckoned and people began to drift off. The couple playing Carcassonne asked about other, similar games and so out came Ticket to Ride: Europe and Nordic Countries which they liked the look of. By this time, Grandma and Grandson had moved onto Escape: The Curse of the Temple, with Green (who had never played it before) and Pink making up the foursome. After losing the first few games, Pink took a break and was replaced by Blue who had played it a lot and suggested they worked in two pairs. Despite her experience, it was Blue who was last to the exit and seemed completely incapable of rolling the two keys necessary. As the stress levels rose, she eventually succeeded with a few seconds to spare.
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The session finished with Grandma and Grandson playing a final quick game of PitchCar before going swimming. As it had quietened down, Blue, Green and Pink persuaded the last of the helpers to participate in a quick game of Splendor, which Green won, but with a very creditable second place for the shyly reluctant new player. Then it was time to tidy up and go home. As Green headed off in the car, he happened to catch JACKtivities on the radio, advertising a “Beyond Monopoly session at The Mix in Wantage, with boardGOATS“. “Sounds good,” he thought, “Maybe I should go along…”
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