Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - Milwaukee

This blog is a writeup of our weekly game group. Thoughts on what we played how the game went, etc.

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - April 21st - Haggis, Egizia

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April 21st



It went from six down to three by the time games started yesterday. Before Scott arrived, Timm and I played a few hands of Haggis as we waited for Scott. It had been awhile and I was very rusty. Timm demolished me in the first hand where he got 87 to my 4. I fought back so by the time Scott arrived the score was Timm 140 to my 114. I really enjoy this game...some year I'll try it with three.

Scott really only had time for one game and his mind is very much elsewhere at this time, so we sprung Egizia on him. It isn't difficult to teach, not very long, and well it is a great game!

He picked up on it quickly and we were off, building and feeding and traveling up and down the Nile. Ultimately, Timm squeezed out the win with 118, Scott had 110 and I had 98. I realized last night I have not played this game with four. I will have to remedy that.

So, it was a short evening. Soon, Geekway is coming. Kevin and I are going to St. Louis that Wednesday (gotta get me some Lil Mickey's) so we can start when the con opens up right away in the morning. Perhaps there will be people there on Wednesday to game with?


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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - March 31, April 7, April 14 - Wildcatters and a variety of others...

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Man, when it gets busy, it gets busy. So sorry for the combined reports. It just has been frantic and such. So, here it goes...



March 31st



Wildcatters

It was Larry, Kevin, Bret and myself and I wanted to table this once since I just got it a week or so prior. I loved how it looked when I saw it at Geekway last year and managed to get a new copy for a very reasonable price (it had a ding in the box during the auction).

This is a fairly complex game, not in the play itsself but in the ability to do well. You run a oil company and you need to discover, produce and refine oil along with getting it to markets. You spend money to drill and buy logistic items and you spend stocks in your company to get things refined. A lot of ebb and flow going on and things are tied together pretty tightly. You definately need to work with and on the backs of the other players in the game. You ultimately are working for majorities in how many barrels you are shipping to the various continents (from the refineries) along with stock majorities. What you also have to keep in mind is you are limited in where you can work based on the row of area cards that are available. You can wipe it clean for 8 new cards (I did that) but it is very costly.

Even tho I took last, I really enjoyed the game. The game looks great and I felt it was very thematic. Learned a lot in the first game on how to and what to do. Kevin, as he normally does in games like this, ran away with it with 104 points (or thereabouts). Bret had 79, Larry 74 and I had 64. The game did take us four hours but I think that goes down to 2.5 hours now that we have the rules down.


April 7th


The first week in April we had six of us. Timm, Kevin, Christian, Bret, Larry and myself. I don't think any of us felt like splitting into two tables so we started with the classic, Condottiere. Always fun, very talky game for us. Kevin got the win but we were down to two areas left.

We broke out Around the World in 80 Days...another TEG six player classic. Details are sketchy for me on this but Kevin made it in 80 days for the win. I got there in 83 days. Bret was 85 days and Timm was 86. Christian and Larry arrived in over 90 days, but they did finish. Always a fun game. We wrapped up the evening after this game.


April 14th


It was Larry, Kevin, Bret and I this past Tuesday. We started with Kingsburg and the expansion to change things up. I always liked the game but I felt there was too much of a single path to go down. The expansion changed it up, for the good. Larry had some role card that really gave him an edge in how his game went. That and building a good engine, he steamrolled at the end with 45. Kevin had 39, I had 36 and Bret, whos game it was, got 28.

We then played Dice Town with the expansion, as well. I enjoy this take that, dice shaking, type of game. We went about shaking the dice, stealing cards, panning for nugs and ultimately, Kevin won with 46. I had 37, Bret 30 (who Kevin kept stealing from). Larry had 23. Another six player game (but we didn't play it with six).

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - March 24th - Can't Stop, Camel Up, Puerto Rico

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March 24th


Man, I wish it would get warmer and start greening up outside. I'm just flat out tired of the grey, brown, and blech of the end of winter. Soon, I'll be in St. Louis, gaming, enjoying warmer weather. Soon.

We started the night (smooth transition, eh?) with a game of Can't Stop. We being Old Mike, Bret, Christian and myself. Timm was on his way but missed the start. Bret pulled out a pretty gripping win. It was a battle and soon we were chucking dice trying to get to the top versus going slow and patient.

I don't know how to play the game any other way, myself.

With five, Camel Up was up next. I was the self-proclaimed king of the game, winning my last four of five times in this game of skill. But, not this time. I felt I was close as my camel, white, almost took first (but second instead). I call it mine as I placed the white card down for the win in the second turn of the game. Damn. Timm won with 30, Bret had 29. Christian had 25, I had 20 and Mike had 6.

So, we started to wander the basement looking for a game to play and someone said Puerto Rico. Well, who am I to argue?? So, we embarked on a five person game. It started out okay for me, I managed to build, and man, a coffee roaster by the second round (hoping to ramp up some cash). Nope, someone decided to ship before I could trade (one turn away) so my money was prematurely cut off. What you gonna do? It was an interesting game as there was a fair amount of money in it and it was quite tight. Timm pulled away as he managed to get two big buildings down, and manned. He scored 62. Mike had 54, Bret 53. I had 50 and Christian had 44 in what was really a tight game.

I looked at some stats from the games I played. In the last 36 games I played, the score of 60 was broken 10 times in 9 different games. I have yet to see a 70 game in any player size. Not really a stat that means a ton, but it's just a stat.



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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - March 17th - Quandary, Venture, Furstenfeld

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March 17th



It was decided this week to play "green" games for St. Patty's day. Green is somewhat subjective as we felt it could mean a green box, the theme, name, or other. But to start the night, Christian wanted to play my recently acquired copy of Quandary. We played a round with four then we played a game with five (no tiles taken out). First, I LOVE this version with the tiles. I also have the Loco version but the tiles make it so much better. Second, The game is better with four (where all tiles are not in play) than with five. Regardless, we played three rounds of tense tile placement and collecting. Larry won with 57. Chris had 46, Christian had 44(?), Timm 41 and I had 38. Really a top quality four player filler.

So, onto green!

After some wandering around the basement spitballing out games, we decided on one that was new to all of us, Fürstenfeld, a resource gathering, hand management, race to build your palaces type of game. I really don't want to get into the rules but you gain resources, sell to one of five breweries for a specific value (dependent on the demand at the time and on previous turns) and spend your money to build buildings/resource plots/palaces. First to six palaces wins. The closer you get to six, the less resources you get or less help you get to get money to build. Plus you have a hand of buildings to use each turn. It gets tight and I found the game fun. It is also fairly quick. Timm managed to get the six down first with none of the rest of us able to do it in that round. It is one I'd like to play again with the expert rules now that we have a game under our belts.

We finished the night with Venture (it has a green box, too). I forget who had or had not played before. I jumped out early in the game with a group of six and a group of three gaining me 24 points. Christian had 20 and the others were lagging. Chris joined in and at the next scoring round, he had 28, CV had 41 and I had 44. Christian was starting to gain but I kept pace to keep a three point lead. Chris was making a move, as well. But at the end of the game, Christian and Chris both managed a 28 point round, and I had the worst round with 19. Chirstian had 110, I haed 103, Chris 99, Larry 69 and Timm 42.

I like this one. Needed more proxy cards towards the end.

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - March 10th - Five Tribes, In the Year of the Dragon, Can't Stop

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March 10th



Took a week off last week because I wasn't really fit for public. Crap snow and gloomy weather made for a really crabby Gary. No one should have to deal with that.

So, this week we got back together for games. I was in a MUCH better mood. After playing a hand or two of Sheepshead, Chris arrived to join Timm, Kevin and I.

Five Tribes was the game we broke out. Kevin and I had played before so Timm and Chris needed to be taught. That went pretty quickly and away we went.

I enjoy the way this one works...the movement, the strategy. Not saying I'm good at it, but I dig it. Perhaps some day I will own this one. No need to right now as Kevin has it (he has a Days of Wonder collection that is complete save a couple of M44 items). Chris pulled out the win in this one with 95. I had 91, Kevin 88 and Timm 71. Chris was the only one who managed to get a collection of cards as most of the cards that came up were slaves.

Bret arrived as we finished up the game. Because of something I read in the forums, I wanted to get In the Year of the Dragon to the table. We all had played it (this was Bret's second game - the rest of us had played it a ton) and away we went.

My goal was to try and keep being first on the people track so I could get first selection. I did for about 70% of the game. This allowed me to comfortably do what I needed to do so I wouldn't get brutalized with penalities. But, both Chris and Timm invested in privileges and that really pushed them out, point wise. Chris managed to keep a healthy lead (he grabbed first on the people track and managed to use his books well) and pulled out the win with 108. Timm had 101 with some sweet monk action. Kevin and the monks pulled off 99, just ahead of my 96. Bret ended with 63.

Next alea we play needs to be The Princes of Florence. Missed playing it in the last calendar year.

Kevin had to roll so we squeezed in a brisk game of Can't Stop. This game really needs an expansion.......not! The perfect push your luck dice game. Chris won this one with really not much of a challenge from the rest of us gamblers.


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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - Feburary 17th - Amun-Re, Acquire, Red7, Skull, Canyon, Takenoko and Alchemists

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February 20th/24th



I added Friday, February 20th, as we got together for Birthday Month. Christian, Timm, and myself all had birthdays in February and all three of us were there, along with Bret and Larry.

As we waited for Timm, we broke out Red7 until Timm arrived. We played three, maybe four hands with me pulling out the win. I just really dig this game and after Bret said it works well with 2, I'm looking forward to trying it with that number.

So, Timm arrived to give us five and we all agreed upon the Granddaddy, Acquire. We broke out my nice 1998 AH copy and away we went. We play with open shares, by the way.

This ended up being one of the closest games of this I have played in some time. The score might not reflect it but the way game play went it certainly was close. Larry pulled out the win with 47.1, Timm had 40, Bret had 37.6, i had 34.2 and Christian had 26.2. There were various tipping points during the game that kept things really interesting. Of course, for me, this is a solid, sure 10. I love this game with any number.

We then wandered the basement searching for a second game to play. We agreed upon Amun-Re. A game I'm not really good at (and still not good at). Timm was by far the most experienced at the game. We got going and after the first half the game, Timm jumped out to a huge lead which helped him ride out a one point win with 42. Larry had 41 and Bret with 36. I had 30 and CV had 29.


February 24th


So, the official TEG gathering. Seven of us were scheduled to get together and of course that meant splitting the table.

As we waited for Aaron and Bret, Chris brought his copy of Skull again so we squeezed in two games. Love love love the artwork and I managed to win the first game with Mike winning the second game when it came down to the two of us and all I had left was a flower. This has become a nice TEG filler.

So, Aaron and Bret arrived and we split. At the one table, Kevin, Bret, Timm, and Old Mike broke out Alchemists, a deduction game that uses a phone app as part of the game. I got to watch it for a bit towards the end and I'm not sure if I would dig it or not. I suck at Sleuth but I enjoy it. Perhaps I'll like this, I don't know. There is more to it than just figuring stuff out as you can get points in other ways. At the end, Kevin squeaked out a one point win over Bret. Mike was about 12 back and Timm brought up the rear. It was the first game for three of them and it went long. Bret said the rule book is well done and he never really had to refer to it in his second game. I do want to play it before I judge it.

At my table, Aaron, Chris and I first played a game of Canyon after talking about my awesome thrift find of Bid & Bluff. I love trick takers and I love this game. I had not played with three before and it plays just as well as it does with five. Aaron gathered up the win at the end when I biffed on two bids in the waterfall zone, falling back.

We then played another shortish one, Takenoko. It has made the table a fair amount recently (well, because it's good). So, Aaron taught Chris and away we went, munching on bamboo, growing our trees. Aaron won this one with 40. I had 33 (again) and Chris had 31.

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - Feburary 17th- Caverna and Takenoko

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February 17th



Earlier in the week (Monday, I guess), Scott asked to play Caverna again after he got his first game under his belt. I ran that by everyone and everyone was agreeable to it.

This was a good thing as it was still set up from the week prior. LOL

Yesterday, we only had four so we adjusted the game boards appropriately and was on our way. It was Larry, Scott, Bret and myself. Bret didn't play before and having this fresh in our head, our run through was very quick.

In this play, we all did pretty well in having an idea on what we wanted to accomplish in the game. We also moved much quicker. I know part of it was having one less person but part of it was we knew the game a bit better.

Ultimately, at the end it was Larry pulling out the win with 77. I bounced back from my horrible game last time with 67 (Also the 4,000 game I have registered plays for). Bret got 45 and Scott had 36. This week we cleaned it up. I much prefer this to Agricola now that I got a third game of this in. I just can't see playing it anymore.

Scott had to roll so Larry, Bret and I broke out my new to me copy of Takenoko. Played it for the first time a few weeks ago on a Tuesday and enjoyed it enough to win a copy in auction. This time, we had only three playing the game. I noticed really no difference in play and enjoyed it again. One of my turns, I got three cards down to put me one card away from ending the game (which I did two turns later). It was a squeaker, tho. Bret and I each had 33 but I won the tiebreaker by having more panda points than he had. Larry had 31 in a great last turn.

I want the big version of this game. Perhaps when I win the lotto. LOL

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - Feburary 10th - Caverna

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February 10th



Christian, Scott, Larry, and Kevin joined me for our 301st Tuesday Evening Games session. Before everyone got there, I worked on getting the game of the evening set up, Caverna: The Cave Farmers.

I played once before perhaps a year or so ago and had finally scored myself a copy from an auction. I liked it a lot when I played and felt it was better than Agricola. This isn't a universal belief, but for me, I liked the freedom and the ease of being able to do things. Perhaps not as cutthroat as the older Ag but that is okay.

Kevin came by and helped teach the game to everyone. He is quite good with a rulebook and I appreciated the help. This took some time but not a ungodly amount of time.

The game is pretty open ended with lots of choices to be made to get to the end of the game and we all were sorta striking out different paths. Frankly, I should have copied someone. My score was horrible. Embarrassing. I *really* do not want to post it but I will.

After going through the tweleve rounds the scores ended up with Kevin sitting at 90. End game points was thing along with coins at the end. We all had all our annimals. He also had five workers, which of course was huge. Larry had 71 and did well with animals, pastures fenced in, and such. Christian had 58 and really was working the mines for some solid points. Scott had 23. No crops, a bundle of open spaces. I had 19. I had grain and veggie crops but hardly any rooms in the cave and I really messed up early by grabbing my third dwarf in lieu of feeding. I forgot you get a begging token for each food missing. Ouch. I had to abort plans just to feed as many of my dwarves and STILL take two begging tokens. My first room was I got to ignore 7 negative points. Embarrassing. I still really enjoyed this game, tho.

This took all of the four hours we had for the night. Good stuff!



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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - Feburary 3rd - Camel Up, Diamonds, Skull, Red7

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February 3rd



Number 300.

This is the 300th time we got together on Tuesday for games. Dang. It's been awhile...since 2008. People have come, people have gone but our game night still thrives.

We started out with Kevin, Larry, Bret and myself playing a quick game of Red7. Funny in that all four of us have a copy of this now. It's a cool little card game that I may, or may not, really suck at. But I like what it does. Kevin dominated and won the game (which was two hands).

Chris and Aaron arrived right about the same time. Chris brought his copy of Skull over. A bluffing push your luck type of game. Damn, the graphics of the game are very nice. Not much to it, component wise, but I would get this copy because it looks soo good. We played two games of this and Chris won the first game and I forgot who won the second. It wasn't me, that is for certain. LOL This is another really cool filler game.

I do not have a Skull to bust out for shots, or this would have called for it.

We then played Diamonds, a unique trick taker that we had played before. Chris won this one with 56. Aaron and Kev had 52, I had 46, Larry 42 and Bret had 34. Still really good.

We then played Camel Up with the right rules (Camel goes back, it goes under the stack and we pick up our tiles after each round). I managed the win by being the first card down picking the winner (which I did way early - I'm good at that). I got 30, Larry had 21, Chris 17, Bret and Kevin with 16 and Aaron with 13.

Nice way to finish out #300.
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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - Jan 13, 20, 27th - Fast Food Franchise, Bruges, Takenoko, Xia, Diamonds, Paperback, Scoville and more

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January 13, 20, 27th



Man, so sorry. I got busy at work so I couldn't get this out for the 13th, lost my notes for the 20th so here we are, combining all three.

January 13th

Hey, I have notes. We played Diamonds a trick taker from Stronghold Games (who should do WSTM?, just sayin') by Mike Fitzgerald, creator of the Mystery Rummy series.

With this game, when you cannot follow suit, you throw off a different suit which allows you to gather/vault/steal diamonds from the table. Each suit has a different ability. You play as many rounds as there are players. I really loved this game. The quality is top notch and it is a trick taker with a new twist that is fresh and simple. Larry ended with 39, Christian had 37, I had 36, Kev 35 and ML 26.

We then played Bruges with the boats from the expansion. I enjoyed what the boats brought to the game. Kevin won this one with 51, CV with 43, I had 32, ML 22 and Larry 21.

Mike and Kevin left so it was CV, Larry and I for two games of Camel up. First game CV won with 33, I had 31 and Larry 30. Second game I had 43, Larry 34 and CV 25.

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January 20th


No notes of scores just games played...

Qwixx - Quick and always fun. I need a new score pad.

Byzanz - I finally got my hands on this game after playing it some years ago at Oshcon. Cool little auction game. Really enjoy this one.

Scoville - I'm glad I played this but I wasn't really excited about it. I think it was Timm, CV, Larry and I.

Xia: Legends of a Drift System - While we played the above, Kevin, Aaron and ML played this.

Paperback - Played with four. We used the attack cards and was pretty meh about them. Love, Love, Love this game!

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January 27th

So, last night finally. LOL. We started out playing Age of War as Bret, ML and I waited for Aaron. Aaron arrived and jumped in after about 2/3s of the game went by. Bret rolled the best with 14 and ML got 9. Aaron and I each had 5.a

After this, Aaron brought his copy of Takenoko, a game I was somewhat interested in. So, Aaron taught us how to play. Love the production on this and there is enough tricky play with this game to really make it interesting. Not really heavy and with hidden goals, not cotton candy light. I enjoyed this more than I expected. Aaron won on the last turn with 33. I had 30, ML (it is Mike L. by the way) had 27 and Bret 23. I hope I win this in an auction. That would be sweet.

Christian arrived and I'm not sure who (but it wasn't me) suggested playing the classic Fast Food Franchise, how can I say no? This ended up being such a tight game. I had Dark and Gooey, Christian had Whole Doughnut, Aaron had Chicken Surprise, Mike had Ice Cream and Pizza with Bret and his Burgers.

Early, Christian surprised everyone by making a power move with WD and blocked both CS and BB in the Northeast. Growth was limited for both which kept the rest of us in the game until we got a foothold. All the chains grew as we went around the board. We decided to put a time limit of 930 so we could get a game of Camel Up in. When we ended, in this instance, we totaled up full value of all the franchises (I did manage to get a card to get a market price for D&G).

Mike won with 499k and was sitting quite well. Pizza was starting to take off and ICS was starting to make big money from Start.

I had 469k with Dark and Gooey. I had everything on the board and it was brutal to land on me (170k a land). If we would have continued, I would have had to get a second corporation to get more board space.

Bret had 443k from BB. Chicken had just folded at the end to open up fresh markets for BB. Burger Brothers was about to explode.

CV had 240k with WD. By the end, WD was cash poor. My speculation...A bit of luck would have allowed him to open a new corp and gather up $$ from passing start. If he landed on someone, it would have crashed down and I would have anticipated Burger steamrolling to a win.

We then got our game of Camel Up in. I guessed the winner on the first turn. I have psychic powers, ya know. That actually helped propel me to the win. I had 37, Bret had 24, Mike 22 and CV 11.


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