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AAR for 27 Jun 2016

Mark Bakke
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Next week is the 4th of July. If you're travelling, be safe!

Dragonwood
Three-player game of this Mensa Select winner. I got a couple of nice Enchantment cards early, but was unable to draw well as the game progressed and couldn't take full advantage of them. My final score ended up being 19 points while the winner bagged 24.

Car Wars - The Card Game
Picked this one up during the most recent Barnes & Noble sale. This is a very simplified version of the classic Steve Jackson game where everybody has identical cars and plays Attack, Armor, and Special cards to try to breach the opponents' cars and take out the driver. Last car standing wins. We had a three-player game to try this one out. Plays pretty quickly and smoothly. The game can play six players and should get better the more players are available. I ended winning this one, but it got pretty hairy at the end.

Mare Nostrum: Empires
This one should be seeing plenty of table time in upcoming weeks. Four of us played this time and I took Rome. Not much combat between the players in this one as we all went for infrastructure improvements. I missed a chance to build the Pyramids and had to watch Egypt build her fifth Hero/Wonder in the next turn to take the game.

Dice Masters
Sealed booster tournament tonight. Your buy-in got you 12 boosters from any one set of your choosing. You built your army with what you got and we went to war against each other. I chose the new Civil War set and got an awful draw. I ended up only being able to field nine total dice with my eight-card army. I got stomped badly (and not unexpectedly) in the first three rounds before pulling out a win in Round Four after buying up my opponent's "Registration Act" action dice to use for myself.


Other games played today included: Star Fluxx...
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AAR for 20 Jun 2016

Mark Bakke
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Summer is upon us -- as if we hadn't already noticed...

Star Realms
We had a couple of two-player games to get the day rolling. One turned out to be a long and epic battle that I managed to win after scrapping four of my ships and bases on the final turn for extra damage points. We tried a variation using poker chips instead of the Authority cards to keep track of damage.

Lords of Vegas
We had five players for this game, which I think is the best number and leads to the most intrigue on the board. That was certainly the case with this game as the scheming and plotting were hot and heavy for much of the game. I pulled off a conversion of a 4-tile casino to a color nobody else was using and managed to score it twice in the game's final turns to help put me in a tie for the overall VP lead. I won the tie-breaker by having the most cash on hand.

Mare Nostrum: Empires
Kickstarter delivers again! Just got in this highly-anticipated reprint that features a lot of stretch goals and add-on goodies. This is an empire-building game centered on the Mediterranean region around the time of the rise of the Roman Empire. Players need to expand their starting empires and build their infrastructure to become dominant on the Trade, Culture, and Military tracks. Other provinces need to be captured and other players need to be conquered. There is resource management, diplomacy, acquisition of Heroes and Wonders, etc. The game looks awesome when set up on the special *BIG* playmat and plays smoothly. We didn't have enough time to complete the game and nobody had a decisive lead. I miscounted my resources on one turn and cost myself a chance to win through being able to build the Pyramids. Everybody had a great time with this one and wants more!


Other games played today included: Dice Masters, Munchkin, Starcraft, and Dominant Species...
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AAR for 13 Jun 2016

Mark Bakke
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Strange to think that they were still playing hockey with temps well over 90 degrees outside...

Battle Merchants
In this game, players represent arms traders in a fantasy land wracked by war. Elves, Orcs, and Hobgoblins are engaged in a three-sided war and it's your job to make money by crafting, manufacturing, and selling different types of armaments to all sides. When each side has been supplied for a battle, the best weapons win. After four seasons of play, the trader with the biggest pile of cash wins. Three of us played and found the game to flow smoothly and sensibly. A close finish where I was successful in holding onto last place.

Dragonwood
This is a recent "Mensa Select" game that I found for a low price at Barnes & Noble, so it had to be mine. In this one, you are collecting sets of cards and using them to collect dice, which are rolled in an attempt to defeat Creatures and gain Enchantments. Highest VP total of Creatures at game end is the winner. We had three separate games today, each with three players. The game plays quite quickly but presents many opportunities for good strategy and "Press Your Luck" rolling. I was able to win two of our three games, but they were all closely-contested.

Android: Mainframe
Two three-player games and I managed to stink it up pretty good in both of them. Each game was won by one player managing to secure a high-value secure zone for himself and ride those points to the win.

Battle for Hill 218
One of my favorite old two-player card-based combat games that is supposed to be getting a reprint and upgrade in the near future. There were three games in all played today and I managed to exploit my favorite Air Strike + Special Forces combo to clear and occupy the enemy base and take the win in each game. One of them happened on my very last card play in a tight battle.

Star Realms
Three games today continuing to get new players into this one. I won all three, but the final two games were both very tight. In the last one, I only drew two Attack points in my final hand, but my opponent had only two Authority remaining, so I was fortunate to get the win -- especially since I was down to only five Authority myself!


Other games played today included: Munchkin, The Witcher, Warhammer Quest, Eldritch Horror, and Dice Masters...
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AAR for 06 Jun 2016

Mark Bakke
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72nd anniversary of Operation Neptune, or, as popularly-known, the "D-Day" invasion. One of the greatest days for the "Greatest Generation".

History of the World
One of my all-time favorites and I can't figure out how it has been away from the table for so long. Through seven Epochs, players guide various historical empires to conquest and glory. Simple mechanics, but deep strategy. We had a four-player game and it was very well-received. I ended up being the leader after each of the first five Epochs and, with the big boost provided by the Pre-eminence markers, we called the game at that point. Must play this one more often!

Mission: Red Planet
So, we went to Mars next. Four of us did our best to further our plans and disrupt the opponents' efforts. An unfortunate Discovery card ended up costing me 18 VP and put me far behind the eventual winner.

1775: Rebellion
Got a new player into this wonderful "Birth of America" series game about the American Revolution. I played the Americans and managed to almost lock up the North while the British had a strong grasp on the South. In Turn 6, I got my chance to claim the victory when the American Regulars went last and dropped the final Truce card, won a battle to gain control of New York, and end up with a 6-5 victory in a great game.

Heroes of the World
I think this is the first time I've played "History" and "Heroes" in the same day. Four of us plotted and planned and made our best plays to conquer the various areas of the board. In a close finish, I pulled out a win by playing a Wonder that destroyed three of my nearest challenger's pieces and forced a 2nd-place finish in what was thought to be an "easy win" area where winning 1st place would have let the opponent beat me by two VP. Fun!

Other games played today included: Krosmaster Arena, Dice Masters, The Cards of Cthulhu, and Warhammer Quest...
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AAR for 30 May 2016

Mark Bakke
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Memorial Day... 'Nuff said.

Lords of Vegas
Five-player game. That is a perfect number for this game since it tends to ensure plenty of devious conflict. And, so it was with this game. I was unlucky in that my first five lots were all widely-separated from each other with few in prime locations. But, I managed to keep myself in the race for VP and ended up in a four-way tie before the final payoff of the Strip on the "Game Over" card. One player was able to break out of the pack and claim the win on the strength of one large casino on the Strip.

Vasco de Gama
Another old favorite returns to the table after too long away. This is a very tight resource management game where players have to outfit ships for voyages to Calcutta for fun and VP. There are four main areas of the board where players have to take actions and put together their expeditions. With only four actions per turn, things get pretty tight and good planning is essential. In our four-player game, the final turn was a close race for valuable VP. I protected the Merchant ship and prevented it from going out on the board in a bad location that would have given my closest opponent an extra +5 VP. Since I ended up winning the game by only 4 VP, that turned out to be the winning move.

Star Realms
I keep getting new players into this great two-sided card game and everybody loves it who has tried it. Still playing with the new Colony Wars stand-alone expansion and loving it. We had two games today and both were very close, but I was able to come out on top in both just before I would have been obliterated myself.

Viticulture
Two-player games of this one always seem to be very good and this time was no different. It took us each several rounds to get untracked, but I was then able to quickly score fill two orders for 6 VP each and ended up cruising across the finish line from there.

7 Wonders Duel
Final game of the day got another new player into this one. Everything seemed to fall right in my lap this time as I got very close to winning by Science and also scored a ton of Blue cards. As a result, I ended up with a huge 84 VP total.


Other games played today included: Cthulhu Realms, Boss Monster, Star Wars X-Wing, Dice Masters, Cards of Cthulhu, and Lord of the Fries...
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AAR for 23 May 2016

Mark Bakke
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Today was pretty much all about Dice Masters and teaching new people to play along with getting them into a Rainbow Draft event. Turned out to be one of the best ones we've yet had!

Castles of Burgundy
We had a two-player game to get the day started before the Dice Masters stuff got going. It was a nip-and-tuck game all the way to the finish where I ended up getting nosed out on the final count of bonus tiles.

Dice Masters
I spent the rest of the afternoon up until tournament time teaching new players how to play this wildly-popular game. The Rainbow Draft event used the new Civil War expansion set and was much anticipated. I managed to acquire a reasonable team led by Punisher and Iron Fist and ended up with a 2nd-place finish. This is a great new set and will see a lot of play.
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AAR for 16 May 2016

Mark Bakke
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Summer is approaching. That means big cons and great new games. Keep your eyes peeled!

Castles of Mad King Ludwig
More old favorites brought back out for new players to enjoy. We had a three-player game using the "Secrets of MKL" expansion, but leaving out the Swans mechanism. The game played very well with this setup and led to a huge race to grab key tiles for bonus points. We scored so big that, for the first time, the winner went past the 150 VP end of the scoring track.

Favor of the Pharaoh
Two-player game that saw big swings of fortune back and forth. I rolled ten fives to get the Queen, was beaten by ten sixes, and came back to roll eleven fives to take the win! Wild finish with lots of Scarab tokens and other dice manipulation.

Nations: The Dice Game
Brought this one back out for more action with new players. I played Greece and was ahead for most of the game until an opponent scored an eight-point Wonder to pull ahead for good and win, 30-24.

Android: Mainframe
The hottest new game on the table. Three of us tried out our hacking skills and we had a pretty good battle that was eventually decided by one player pulling out a Unique program that allowed him to complete a secure zone worth eight points. That, by itself, beat the full-game totals of seven points by the other two players.

Dice Masters
There was a constructed event tonight featuring the new Civil War set. I didn't play, but I played a few friendlies after the tournament to help a new player get into the game.


Other games played today included: Viticulture and Legendary...
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AAR for 09 May 2016

Mark Bakke
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Tabletop Day.... Comic Book Day.... Boardgame Day! Shouldn't you be getting in on the fun?

Baseball Highlights: 2045
Had a crack at one of my favorite solitaire games while waiting for other gamers to arrive. I took a beatdown in the mini-series and won only one game -- and that one required *two* extra innings rounds. But, things turned around quickly in the World Series, as I rampaged away to a 4-0 sweep.

Android: Mainframe
Two-player game getting another new player into this hot new favorite. I managed to pull off one huge play for a 12-point zone that led to an eventual 20-11 win. I learn new tricks every time I play this one.

Favor of the Pharaoh
Another two-player game with a new player learning the ropes of this newly-awarded Mensa Select strategy dice-chucker. We battled back-and-forth pretty evenly until I was able to roll eight 6s to grab the Queen. I also played a red tile that cost my opponent two dice for his attempt to beat me. With that play, he was reduced to only eight total dice and had no chance to win.

Twilight Struggle
My opponent and I had planned to play this one some weeks ago, but weren't able to do so. Fortunately, we got our game in tonight. The recent release of the Steam version of this game for PC has been a favorite for both of us, but nothing compares to facing off over the actual game board. I took the USSR this time. I got behind early, but was able to make a big score in Asia and the Middle East to get back into the lead. The battle raged back and forth for a few turns as Europe threatened to be Controlled by the US, which would have been an automatic victory. Fortunately, I was able to hold on by the skin of my teeth. Then, on Turn 8, I dropped a Central America scoring card and scored 11 points for having Control and all Battleground countries. That put me to 19VP and the US was eventually forced to play a card that gave me the final VP needed to secure the win. As always, an exciting and tense game. This game was BGG's #1 game for several years and there's little doubt as to why this was the case.

Firefly Fluxx
We went to a considerably lighter game after that great round of Twilight Struggle. Three of us headed out to the 'Verse. A "Play All" card led to chaos, as one might expect. This included the last card from one player's hand taking the entire hand of the player to his left. That hand contained the final Keeper needed to achieve the active Goal and win the game.


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Tue May 10, 2016 5:19 am
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AAR for 02 May 2016

Mark Bakke
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Great time during International Tabletop Day this past Saturday!

Castles of Burgundy
Two-player game with another experienced player got things going today. We both went out to big leads at one point and kept hauling each other down until we were only one point apart going into final scoring. I got nosed out on bonus chits and ended up going down, 197-206, in an excellent game.

Android: Mainframe
The latest in a series of games based in Fantasy Flight's Android universe. The centerpiece, of course, is Netrunner. This new game represents one "run" against a compromised banking system with 2-4 runners trying to grab as much as they can in the time they have available. Each player plays one of the runners from the Netrunner factions and tries to run both generic and unique programs to place partitions enclosing their own access points in order to score. Available points are few and far between so there's plenty of player interaction and screwage going on. The game plays easily in 30 minutes and keeps you thinking all the way. I took Andromeda in our 3-player game and did rather poorly, as I finished with only 7 points. 11 points was the winning total.

Peloponnes
Three-player game getting yet another new player into this one. As so often seems to happen, we must have taught the new player too well as he went off and stomped a mudhole in us with a great final score of 27.

Favor of the Pharaoh
Three-player game of this one, which recently earned a Mensa Select award. I grabbed the Queen first with seven 3s, only to watch that get beaten by seven 4s. But, on my final turn, I was able to hit seven 5s and pull out the win. "MVP" was the Entertainer tile that let me flip dice to their opposite sides and gained me three extra 5s by flipping over three 2s.

Dice Masters
We had a Rainbow Draft event using the Uncanny X-Men set. I ended up going 4-0 to take the top honors with an army that featured Toad "Tongue Lashing", which forces all the opponent's non-Sidekick characters to attack every turn and, on the burst side, inflicts two damage to them when they attack. This kept my opponents from building up any significant force and allowed me to build strength until I could deliver a hammer blow.

Baseball Highlights: 2045
We finished the gaming day with a two-player game of this favorite of mine. I took New York vs Boston and won the mini-series, 2-1 to gain home field advantage for the best-of-7 World Series. We each were able to purchase a high number of Free Agents, so our teams were pretty strong by the end. This led to some tough battles for most of the World Series games. When the final inning had been played, I managed to take a 4-2 win.


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AAR for 25 Apr 2016

Mark Bakke
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This coming Saturday is International Tabletop Day! Get in on the fun!

Legendary
The new Captain America 75th Anniversary Expansion hit the table today and one of our most-played games gets another nice addition. This one combines Captain America and friends from both 1941 and 2016 with a "Man Out of Time" keyword to allow double uses of certain cards. Two new Masterminds are Zemo and Arnim Zola. Two new Villain Groups and four new Schemes round out the 100-card set. So, three veteran players sat down to try out the new goodness and we had four games in total. Game #1 was vs Zemo and the Unbreakable Enigma Code scheme. Unfortunately, we lost this one right on the cusp of victory as the final Scheme Twist was drawn before that player could make the winning attack against Zemo. Game #2 was a replay of our loss and, this time, we did much better and took the Baron down. Game #3 brought in Zola and the Change the Outcome of WWII scheme. This one required a bit of learning how to deal with Zola's "Ultimate Abomination" ability, but we figured it out in time to win. Game #4 was against Zola and the Brainwash the Military scheme. The Maria Hill cards in the Villain deck eventually got to 9 Strength, but we didn't have any problems keeping them from Escaping the city and we pretty much walked away with an easy win. Good new set with a couple of fun new abilities for the Heroes.

Star Realms
Played the new Colony Wars stand-alone expansion with a new player. As usual, I taught him too well and he thrashed me rather soundly. This new set is a nice improvement in an already-great game.

Viticulture
We had two separate 2-player games during the day trying out the new Moor Visitors expansion that adds a new set of Summer and Winter Visitor cards to the game. Many of these cards have some strong abilities on them and throw a few new wrinkles into the game. In the first game, we had a wild race to 20 points that I just barely lost. The second game was a bit slower, but I put together a nice combo of VP scoring cards and pulled away strongly in the final turn to take a fairly easy win.

Firefly Fluxx
The latest in the numerous variations of Fluxx. For our group, of course, the theme is enough to spring for a copy of the game. Two of us tried it out and we got in four games in total. As usual in all versions of Fluxx, some games were over inside of five minutes and some took almost the entire deck to complete. Several nice combos and inspired play brought the wins. I won 3-of-4 games and pulled out a couple of them with last-turn gambles that paid off.


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