What Did You Play This Weekend? 02.06.12
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Greetings fellow geeks! It's Monday! The weekend is now over, and as we toil at our assorted labors, we should recount our past weekend gaming exploits.

So, all you weekend gamers, bring your mini-session reports and stories of weekend gaming greatness, as you pop in here to answer the question:
What did you play this weekend?

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26. Board Game: Phantom Leader [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:1183]
Judy Krauss
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Pittsburgh
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This week-end, I mostly played several games of the solitaire game, Phantom Leader, finishing up a Navy campaign and starting another.

My partner and I played a couple of games of Race for the Galaxy together on Sunday. We used the "advanced rules" (no preset beginning cards) plus the 2-player rules of choosing two actions each every turn. I won both games, which surprised her, I think, because she beat me so badly last time. But now that I have gotten used to all the icons, I can concentrate more on strategy!

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Race for the Galaxy -- I've finally started to get my head around the symbols on the cards and decided to have a couple of games against Keldon's AI, losing both heavily and confirming how terrible I am against any sort of player

Carcassonne (Carcassonne: Inns & Cathedrals + The Count of Carcassonne + Carcassonne: The River + Carcassonne: The River II) -- won a three-player game, very pleased because much better than usual

Piquet -- I outscored my opponent prettily steadily for four hands; then in the fifth she managed to win every trick, which gives a massive bonus, and even though I won the final hand I couldn't pick up enough points to take the game

Through the Desert -- lost a two-player game, thanks to a bit of miscounting of camels, and possibly also failure to finish the game a few turns earlier than I did

Thebes -- second in a two-player game, I think this is still my favourite of my archaeology-themed mini-collection (others are Tikal, Pergamon and Mykerinos)

Blue Max -- however, my weekend finished on a very successful note; my three novice pilots shot down three enemy pilots (one with a significant amount of experience), one of mine crashing to the ground in the process

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28. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:257]
Sean D.
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Vancouver
British Columbia
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Friday: Flashpoint Fridays in my Star Wars: The Old Republic Guild. We played until about 2am on the Sith side. I got my Juggernaut up to 17 on Dromund Kaas. Pretty tough going without a healer.

Saturday: I showed a couple of 'non-gamer' friends how to play SOC Saturday night. They had never played a co-op game and found it refreshing. Just 3 of us, so no traitor in play.

Sunday: Back at SWTOR on the Republic side. I think the trooper class is a bit broken, they can do tanking, heals, and DPS. No stealth though! laugh I am enjoying it quite a bit.
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29. Board Game: Give Me the Brain! [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:3211]
 
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California
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Played my first two games of Give Me the Brain!. A very light card game that was fun for the two games we played. Don't know how much we would play again, but I did win the first game. Still, very light and whimsical.

Then we played several games of "bet anything" Poker. This Texas hold me in which you can bet anything. It's gets pretty crazy but we have fun.

Last we played my 2nd game of The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus. I was able to get in, take the 10 point card, collect a few other treasure and get out. This simple strategy gave me a 1 point win.
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30. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:226]
Barteus Maximus
United States
Parsons
Kansas
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I'm a big Nexus Ops fan, and this weekend I got to play the new FFG reprint. I found some good aspects, some bad. The hexes and chits are very sturdy and larger than the original - but the monolith is flat. I have a hard time dealing with a flat monolith....

Also:
Hold the Line X2
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31. Board Game: Quiddler [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:2382]
Matthew Cordeiro
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Cumberland
Rhode Island
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The wife and I played one game of Quiddler on Sunday morning. She never had a bad round and beat me 300-256.

We played a 2-player game of Dominion on Saturday night. I was in a bad mood for one reason or another, I can't even remember why, and was soundly beaten 44-28.

We played a 4-player game of Dominion on Sunday evening, right before the Super Bowl. I thought I was very clever with my worker's village-peddler-council room-wharf-throne room-pawn engine, but it ran out of steam at the end, and the wife won 63-61(me)-54-50. Looking back on what went wrong, I should have bought another council room or two.
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32. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – Conflict at the Carrock [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
Jules
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I played Conflict at the Carrock with Tegarend (above) and conlaen. I had read it was a Hack & Slash scenario. I was pleasantly suprised as it still played quite smoothly and cleverly. Our decks were only slightly adjusted for what was coming (and left out the showstopper heroes), and it went pretty smoothly once we got a feel for the scenario. Was it a difficulty 7, though? It didn’t feel like a seven. Perhaps we were just lucky.
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33. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:19]
J Fitzpatrick
United States
Michigan
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I bought 7 Wonders for my wife for Valentine's Day. Since she'd, out of excitement, given me Ascension three weeks early... I figured it would be fun to give her 7 Wonders early so we could play it while my brother was in town.

Absolutely fantastic game. Played it three times straight through right out of the box. Looking forward to playing it some more.
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34. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:139]
Jeff Kayati
United States
Worthington
Ohio
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Friday's adults only CABS meeeting was a bit thin on number of games for me, but that was made up for with the "meatiness" of those games I played.

Started off with a 4 player game of Ora et Labora. I'd played once to learn the rules, the other three were all new to the game. OeL isn't as hard to teach as I thought it might be. Stress the importance of building settlements in those rounds, cover your choice of actions, and show the three ways you score points. Let 'em figure out the rest.

Oh and stress that with so many choices, it's impossible to know the "right" choice in your first game. Just take an action without wallowing in AP and explore the game.

Can't wait to play it again.

Next up was Merchants & Marauders with the full boat of expansion rules for playtesting. Two of the players didn't have as much M&M experience as I like to have for playtesting, but the game still went well overall. One player did have a string of very bad luck (which was magnified by poor choices) and got frustrated (closer to pissed off...), but ended up finishing out the game and was a not to distant third place at the end.

Overall, another fun M&M game, and one with great feedback for the expansion to be.

Finished up the evening with a game of Battlestar Galactica. Normally you set up a game of BSG at CABS and you've got six or seven players drawn to the table like moths to flame. Sadly, we had to wait to fill up the game. Many of the BSG regulars were on vacation this week.

Some people have no sense of setting the correct priorities. Geez.

That was it for me, 3 games in about 9 hours at CABS.
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35. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:44]
John Kerstholt
Netherlands
Sebaldeburen
Groningen
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Only one game of London

but SEVEN games of Pandemic.

We (2 players, 2 roles each) used to play only 4 epidemics for quite a long time, but a few weeks ago we noticed that we got a step further and 5 epidemics. This weekend we wondered why we had struggled so much in the past. And we don't mind anymore about which role is excluded.
We only (still) lost 3/7.

The 6 epidemics Heroic Legendary difficulty is not far away!
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36. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:736]
Caleb
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Seminole
Florida
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busy weekend; no time for gaming.

Except, I got to play one game of Onirim on Sunday, and it was my first win!!

I'll probably play the base game 4 or 5 more times and then start mixing in expansions.
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37. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:403]
Adam Daulton
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Indianapolis
Indiana
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Saturday: My buddy Jonathan and I finished up the Jackson Campaign with the battle of Cedar Mountain. I finally won a battle! It came down the very end, both my generals were by themselves and Jonathan played a coordinated attack. He was able to roll 7 dice to attempt to kill a general and get the 6th and final flag, but was unable to do it! I then killed a infantry unit to take the 6-5 victory. The final on the campaign though was Jonathan with a 3 flag edge. After that we played Gangster. It was okay, we played 3 players and felt 5 might be better.

Sunday: Two games of 7 Wonders. The first game was my worst experience ever with 7 Wonders. 2 players were new and 4 players were constantly forgetting how the game worked, even though 2 of them have played it half a dozen times. Confusing costs with resources they have, it was rough. Surprisingly though, my sister who was a new player and had to ask a lot of questions and isn't a gamer at all, enjoyed the game enough she asked me when our next game day will be and wanted to play another game of 7 Wonders right away. So maybe another gamer in the family?
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38. Board Game: Bezzerwizzer [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1596]
Jerry Wilkinson
United States
New Castle
Indiana
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1 play of Luck of the Draw, and 1 play of Bezzerwizzer.

Bezzerwizzer: I've now played 4 times, I now have 4 wins.
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39. Board Game: Shave a Sheep [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:9565]
Kent Pritchett
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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Not to much this weekend. Just a game of Wild Wool with my family. A game of Mouse Trap with my three year old and a solo game of LotR The Card game by myself.
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40. Board Game: Thunderstone [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:347] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
Doug Mann
United States
Corpus Christi
Texas
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The twice-monthly game group washed out, but I couldn't bear to not play anything. To keep the rules fresh in mind for teaching, I played through a three-hand solitaire using Thunderstone: For the Dwarf Promo instead to the Thyrian fighters in the starter games. It fit seamlessly, adding some variety.


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41. Board Game: Quebec 1759 [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1443]
Faye Holliday

California
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First time. I voluntarily choose to be the French shake

I lost.

It's a good little game that I'd love to play again and win. Once I got the mechanics and rules down (we did miss a few small things with the rules) It was a breeze. And a steamrolling good time for the Brits.
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42. Board Game: Age of Industry Expansion #1: Japan and Minnesota [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
Doug Palmer
United States
Birmingham
Michigan
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The usual suspects less Rich showed up at Blake's for gaming this past Saturday (Blake, Bill and myself). After being generally finicky about what to play (sorry, inside joke and there's a thread around here about it somewhere), we decided to break out the new Age of Industry expansion.

The Minnesota map looked like a good 3 player map. Small, tight, and generally perfect. Especially since we hadn't played the regular Age of Industry in some time. And I must say, the Minnesota map is more than just a new map. There are enough new wrinkles to add to the gaming experience. I know that we forgot the Hydro Power rule on more than one occasion (no coal req'd for a particular building in certain cities) and the extra 2 bucks when flipping an iron mine in others. But all in all, a good map. Bill used his ships to rake in the cash and ran away with a strong victory. I was happy to finish 2nd. Now I'm looking forward to trying out the Japan map and its unique rules.

The 2nd game that hit the table was Dungeon Petz. First time for me (and I think Bill). I had played Dungeon Lords before and had heard decent things about Petz. It's not a bad game, per se. I don't know. Maybe its just not my cup of tea. The bits are nice, the artwork is cute and the gameplay moves along nicely enough. Although after a bit I was like, this is cute but.... I actually won, and I'm not sure how. I think I managed the manure the best, I'm not sure. I'd play it again, but I wouldn't seek it out. I think that's the best way to describe it.

It was a fairly short gaming weekend. Too much other stuff going on.
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43. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:86]
Albatros
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Victoria
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Had the day off on Friday so played a solo game of Mage Knight Board Game. Was Tovak and with my loyal band of retainers, I seized a couple mage towers and a keep, and cleared a couple ruins, slew a number of orcs and one dragon. On the last night, we assaulted the 8th Level Red City, killing three of the four defenders before dawn broke. Not enough to capture it, but it's the first time in some half dozen games where I even felt that I had close to enough strength to take on a city.



Friday night, my wife and I played the Irish variant for Ora et Labora. As seems to be the norm in our games, she goes for buildings that give her a little of a number of things, where as I go for buildings that give you a lot of one thing or allow you to convert a couple things into one thing. And as per usual, she won.



Saturday night my wife, our friend, and I played Arkham Horror with the Dunwich Horror Expansion.
Our opponent for the evening was Azathoth who, if awakes, devours the world. And awake he did. A very unsatisfying game.



Sunday, my wife and I played our first game of Dungeon Petz. It took a few turns to get into it, but by the end, we'd pretty much figured it out. Naturally, she won.
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44. Board Game: Braggart [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2113]
Chris Dugas
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Played two games each of two fun fillers with my husband, daughter, and son-in-law. We all thoroughly enjoyed both Braggart and Kittens in a Blender, which I gave to my daughter for her birthday (along with her own copy of Pastiche). Just to be clear, even though we played Kittens in a Blender, three of us are avid cat-lovers and the other is a cat-liker. No actual cats were harmed in the playing of the game.
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45. Board Game: Outpost [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1049]
Sharon Khan
United Kingdom
Shefford
Bedfordshire
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Saturday:

Saturday morning, and I was at home with the kids, and my son asked to play The London Game. My daughter, who's studying London at school this term, actually asked to join in for once, and so we played three player. She seemed to quite enjoy herself too, and for once wasn't too bothered when my son just beat her, as she was just about to finish herself, and I was miles away from doing so.

Saturday was also our monthly game group in Cambridge. I was there for the afternoon/evening session this month. I arrived and my husband had left me in a game of Power Grid: The First Sparks. After that I played Rattus, which was new to me, and then Letters from Whitechapel, where I asked to be Jack, for only the second time ever, and managed to escape, although I think that was due to the inexperience of a couple of the detectives. I then got to try out Kingdom Builder, and finished with a Crappy Birthday. A fun session as always. For more details on the games I played with mini-session reports, see my blog.

Sunday:

Some friends who'd been to Gradpad on Saturday stayed over on Sunday. First they introduced me to Core Worlds, which I really enjoyed, although I didn't really have a clue about how the game was going to proceed going forward, and would definitely do things differently a second time! Next was Cable Car, another game new to me - basically Metro (which I really enjoy), but with shares. A little less predictable, as you never know quite who else you're helping when you promote a colour, but enjoyable nevertheless. Next my son wanted a game, while my daughter wanted to play in the snow, so my husband took my daughter outside, and the rest of us played Heroica: Fortaan with my son. Then I took my son out in the snow too, leaving the others to play a few games by themselves, and then went to play the organ in church, as their regular organist had been taken ill.

On my return we wanted a 5 player game to fill the afternoon session, and after a lot of discussion (involving getting nearly every 5 player game we own off the shelves and putting them into a big pile - which was fun for me to put away this morning!), we settled on Outpost, which is slightly odd because the reason we know one of the gamers in this particular group is because he traded us his copy of Outpost years ago, and delivered it in person, so we invited him in to join us for a couple of games. However many years on and he's now someone we game with several times a year! Anyway, he decided he still preferred Zavandor, but was glad to try the new edition. The game was most memorable for me for an early turn, where, having complained about my low income the previous two turns, grumbled again and said "I'm internalising, I can't even afford to bid on a data library!". There were looks of surprise in all directons as I had in hand three water cards and one ore card - an average income of 24! In fact what I had was a 1 ore card, two 4 waters, and one 5 water! Income of 14!!! Needless to say I didn't get off to a good start, and although I was able to pull back somewhat, was strictly behind on income for most of the game.

That left just an hour before our guests had to leave, and my son had been asking for another game, so we played a quick hand of Incan Gold. My husband got a ridiculous amount of gems off the first round by being the only one staying in, despite there being four trap cards on the table, and getting something like 30 gems off that one round! The rest of us took more risks in later rounds to try and catch up, but there was no chance, with traps going off in all directions! We finished with a game of 7 Wonders.

My son was keen to play a game later in the evening, and chose Go For Broke, so that was the final game of the day, with my daughter being banker (she's getting more interested in games, but is quite picky about which ones she'll actually play, and which ones she just wants to "help").
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46. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:224]
Marijke
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We played Roborally with a friendly couple. She had never played it before and began looking really angry when her boyfriend pushed her robot into a pit. We feared someone was going to have to sleep on the couch tonight. Yet when other people began getting killed off (she pushed my robot right off the flag!) and the other players got involved in a hilarious robot-mexican-standoff, she snuck in and got to the finish first, winning her the game. In the end she liked it so much she wanted to borrow the game. Success!

We also played some Ingenious. It's a fun game, but I can see it wearing out its welcome after a few more plays.
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47. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:10]
Toni Miinalainen
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This was a good weekend for playing. First on saturday i played three games with my friend and then on sunday i played six games in the gaming club.

Saturday 04.02.2012:



We started by playing a game of Famiglia. It was first time for both of us so the game took awhile because we studied the rules when we started to play. In the end i lost clearly to M with scores being 52 to 29.



Next we decided to play a two player game of Eclipse. I played Progress and M was Mechanema. I took control of supernova on round 1 and put three science population there so i could start researching a lot of technologies right from the start. We had a lot of the upper end technologies and only a few of the lower at the start. By round 3 i had gotten both advanced robotics and quantum grid which gave me a huge advantage.

Rest of the game i took over my sides sectors and moved into the center and started to form a defense line against Mechanema. In the last round i could freely built monoliths and research the leftover technologies to get more points. I was attacked in the last turn but i defeated the attack easily because i had more advanced ships.

In the end i scored a new record for me with 66 points (10 from discoveries, 10 technology, 10 reputation, 24 from sectors and 12 from monoliths. M got himself a score of 39 points. I could have gotten some more points if all of the technologies would have appeared (no improved hull in the whole game) or if i had attacked M and gotten a few more sectors from him.



We ended the evening by playing a game of Eminent Domain. I went with research and colonize while M went with warfare and research. In the end i won with 54 and M got 43.

Sunday 05.02.2012:



We started with a five player Hollywood blockbuster / Dream Factory while we were waiting for the rest of the players to arrive. I got a good film done about halfway but i used too much money and had to collect it back before i could try and get something new. A won with over 80 points, K was in the 70s and i had 66, E and T both had under 50 points.



Next we formed to groups and the other group started to play Eclipse while three of us first played a game of Politix. R won the game and i came second while E was last. Later we played another game of Politix with six players and in this game my team was second while A & T won.



After Politix we played a three player game with basic Dominion cards. We had zero cards which gave more action card plays and we also had witch in the play withouth any defense cards. I tried to collect higher money cards and then use adventurer to find them among the many curses which i got from both of the players. The ending score was 45 for R, 39 for me and 26 for E.



While the rest were finishing their last round and a half in Eclipse we decided to play a game of Jaipur. So i played one game with R and taught him the game. 1st round went 70 to 64 for me and the next round was very even and ended in 74 to 73 points and gave me the win.



After Jaipur and their Eclipse we played the other Politix i mentioned. When we had played Politix one player left and we were down to five players. Then we decided to play Endeavor as the last game of the day. I had played this once before so i was a bit lost in the start. Soon i got a plan which i started to follow. I went with mostly shipping and got three governors this way. In the end the scoring was very even but A won with 57 points while i had 55 points, R & T both had 44 and i missed the score of M but he was the last player.

All in all a good weekend with nine plays and two new games tried out.
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48. Board Game: Hold the Line [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:1231]
United States
Parsons
Kansas
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We fought the Battle of Trenton twice over. I lost both rounds, partly due to confusing the rules with Memoir '44. I enjoyed the game, but I wasn't too keen on the movement limitations, which fit 18th. century combat. I just couldn't force the infantry to march more than one hex, even with a leader...
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49. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:90]
Joseph Forster
United States
Oregon City
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Saturday: My wife and I got to play several party style games with two other couples. They all worked really well for us.
Spouse-ology
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Sunday:
Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game
My wife and I played two games of Civilization in a row, both very close games. She won the first one with a tech victory after she nuked on of my cities, and I won the second game with the Chinese culture victory.


Monday:
Rattus: Africanus
I got to try the Rattus expansion with my college group.
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50. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:256]
David
United States
DURHAM
North Carolina
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Catching up (again!) but we had some good gaming this weekend.

Friday was the new game: Biblios, which we played twice. Straightforward rules-wise but I still managed to get a couple of things wrong and missed the rules about the tie-breaker, which of course came up in our second game. Very neat little game and I know a couple of my friends will like it too.

After that, we felt like one more and the other neat little 2-player game I recently acquired came out: Jaipur (well, it was right there on the coffee table so it wasn't too far away). First time one of our games has gone the full 3 rounds and in the decider, the first time my wife looked to actively corral the camels to get that bonus. That proved to be the difference too.

Not much gaming Saturday, some hanging out with friends and eating their delicious stew. And watching George Carlin skits.

Sunday was more about the play again, starting with another Jaipur, which I notice has gone in short order from "relaxed 2 player solitaire" to "knife fight" as we squeeze points off each other in various spiteful ways. Great fun, and my wife again proves her ability with the elbow move and takes the game 2-1.

Around SuperBowl time but we decide to have a gamer alternative, Dominion-bowl! Which just means we played about 5 rounds of Dominion over about the length of the game or until we'd had enough, about the same length of time as it happened. Final score after 5 rounds: 246-238 to my wife. She particularly enjoyed the game where she bought the Spy and a Moat, plus about 5000 treasures opposed to my bloated action heavy mess which lurched from one over-compensation to the next. I have had better games.

Rounding out the evening entertainment was a little worker placement in the Stone Age. We started out and I was rolling amazingly well, while my wife was rolling - well - not quite so well. In short order I had a big lead and a bunch of different symbols on the civ cards, so she just conceded so we could start over. Little did I realize that was so the dice luck would switch over and though I did OK with a field heavy strategy, my wife's symbolism (including pulling the last one on a blind draw) and her massive tool bonus was rather unstoppable.
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