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Session Report #8: December 16, 2012

Lee Benson
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Session Report #8: December 16, 2012
aka "Alfred, come down here and bring me a large milkshake."

Yet again, we're back for another round of games, gaffes and guffaws with our motley crew of uncaped crusaders.


The Players
Amanda
Collin
Kyle
Lee
Mike

The Rundown
This week, I played host to the group. Collin and I Kyle showed up a few minutes early, and I while I finished cleaning my hovel, they played a game of Jaipur. Kyle was new to the game, but had previously been introduced to the rules. He won the first round and then Collin won the second. At this point, Amanda and Mike showed up and the three of us attempted to make this two-player game an immersive experience for Collin and Kyle, replete with camel noises. Collin, inspired no doubt by the camel imitations, won the the third round to take the game.

It had already been decided that our first game of the day would be Risk: Legacy, so we proceeded to set up the board. Mike rolled the highest number, so he had first choice of race and placement, grabbing a spot in Venezuela. I chose Southeast Asia, Collin took the Middle East, Kyle chose Madagascar and Amanda chose Alberta. Amanda and Mike made a pact to leave each other be for a while. Collin attempted a pact with me, which I declined. I pushed into the Middle East to force Collin into Africa, which Mike was also moving into from the west. After a few turns, Amanda controlled North America and was getting five extra armies per turn. I did my best to chip away at her empire, usually by taking Alaska and then letting it fall again, but she amassed an army too great, and in a few turns expanded her empire from North America through Asia and took control of Collin's stronghold in the Middle East to win the game.

At this point, we took a break for dinner and Frosties. Kyle and Collin took a little long than the rest of us, so Amanda, Mike and I played a round of For Sale. Amanda played her cards just right and took in $85,000 for the win.

We voted on the next game and chose The Princes of Florence. Collin explained the rules and we did our best to follow, but some aspects of the game were confusing. Once we got underway, it went smoothly enough. That is, expect for me. I overextended myself and, not knowing the values of certain things, ended up going broke. As far as I could tell, I literally had no possible plays, so I had to resign from the game, amusing myself by playing Friday as the group played on. It looked like they were all enjoying it and employing an array of strategies. Collin ended up taking the win despite a valiant effort by all, especially Mike, who came in a close second.

For detox, we decided to play a couple rounds of No Thanks! before moving onto heavier stuff. I won the first game with a score of 13. In the second game, Amanda thought that she'd grabbed a win with an impressive score of 10, but I managed to finish with only two points (and a run of seven cards), grabbing another win.

Next up, we voted for The Speicherstadt, an early Christmas gift from the parental units. I'd read over the rules and watched a quick video, so was able to explain the game in less than ten minutes. Play went surprisingly quickly and we only had to pause once for a deeper explanation of some rules. I for one really enjoyed the unique bidding aspect, wherein you have to pay for cards based on how many people bid on that card. The game ended up quite close for our first game, with Collin scoring 24 (to my 21 and Mike's 20).

Next up was the chips & dip snack break, followed by Gauntlet of Fools, where each player drafts a hero, then sends him through a dungeon of monsters in an attempt to last longer than anyone else and accrue more gold. I was able to keep my trapper alive a couple turns longer than the others and won the game by just two points (17 points as compared to Collin's 15, Kyle's 14, Mike's 13 and Amanda's 12).

Last up, we decided on 7 Wonders with the Leaders expansion. After an explanation by Mike of the expansion rules, we were off and running. Most people, if not everyone, enjoyed the what the Leaders brought to the table. Kyle, who was dealt the promo wonder of the Island of Catan, beat out Amanda by just three points, finishing the game with an impressive score of 54.

The Highlights
When I asked the girl at Wendy's the difference in size between a large and small milkshake and she said, "the small is smaller than the large" without a hint of irony.
Getting a run of seven cards in No Thanks!

The Statistics
# of games played
9 plays of 8 games

Median year of games played
2009

Average playing time
41 minutes

Total Time Spent Playing (according to game lengths on BGG)
6 hours 45 minutes

Total Time Actually Spent Playing
About 9.5 hours

The Ratings
- Equivalent to a BGG rating of 9–10. Loved it and would play it every session.
- Really enjoyed, but wouldn't want to play every week.
- Could take it or leave it.
- Did not enjoy it, but could be talked into playing it again.
- Equivalent to a BGG rating of 1–2. Hated it and would not want to play it again.

No Thanks! – (5.0)
Amanda
Collin
Kyle
Lee
Mike

7 Wonders + Leaders – (4.4)
Amanda
Collin
Kyle
Lee
Mike

For Sale – (4.3)
Amanda
Collin
Kyle
Lee
Mike

The Speicherstadt – (4.0)
Amanda
Collin
Kyle
Lee
Mike

Jaipur – (4.0)
Amanda
Collin
Kyle
Lee
Mike

Risk: Legacy – (3.8)
Amanda
Collin
Kyle
Lee
Mike

The Princes of Florence – (3.6)
Amanda
Collin
Kyle
Lee
Mike

Gauntlet of Fools – (3.2)
Amanda
Collin
Kyle
Lee
Mike

The Achievements
No achievements unlocked this week.


The Gallery
Africa becomes a warzone.

Mike names the city of El Squivadore

Collin plans his next move in Princes of Florence.

A fat stack of cash in The Speicherstadt.
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