Good Day For The Yankees, Bad Day for Our Forces in the Pacific - Fresno Gamers 11/11/08
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Veterans Day - time for some wargames, right? Well, my copy of Memoir '44: Hedgerow Hell was stuck in the post office (closed because of - wait for it - Veterans Day) but we still managed to get some wargames on the table.

We also played some other stuff, too - and oohed & ahhed over Monsterpocalypse, the newest money sink to catch Steve & John's eyes.
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1. Board Game: Der schwarze Pirat [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1854]
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We took to the high seas with our younger members... it took Zachary a while to get the hang of how to move the ships, but he managed to make a nifty comeback to tie for 2nd place.

Mark 15
Braeden 9
Zachary 9
Flora 4
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2. Board Game: Sorry! Sliders [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1068]
Mark Jackson
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Yes, all the hype you've heard about this game is legit - Braeden decided immediately after playing it that it had to be on his Christmas list. (It probably didn't hurt that he won the first game.)

BTW, this is "Poor Man's Crokinole" with Sorry!-like scoring... cool, huh?

Braeden/Flora 4
Mark 3
Zachary 2

We played a bunch of games later in the evening, waiting for another game to finish... trying out the different targets & track configurations.


Richard 2 wins, 3 losses
John 1 win, 3 losses
Steve 1 win, 4 losses
Mark 5 losses

And even with 5 losses, I had a BLAST playing this...
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3. Board Game: Pizza Box Football 2006 Expansion [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Mark Jackson
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Coaches Richard & Bernie led the Denver Broncos to an overwhelming victory over the home team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, coached by Mike (who is a football coach in real life!) and Mark. (Yes, that's right, Mark's unbroken loss record at Pizza Box Football is intact.)

1st quarter
Denver 14
Jacksonville 0

2nd quarter
Denver 10
Jacksonville 0

3rd quarter
Denver 6 (blocked extra point)
Jacksonville 7

4th quarter
Denver 14
Jacksonville 0

That's right... 44-7. A butt-whuppin'. Ouch.
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4. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Mark Jackson
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It's the game all of the cool kids are playing... of course, I didn't get to play it, so that ought to tell you something about my "coolness."

Steve will have to fill in the details.

Wayne 27 (wins tiebreaker - less turns taken)
Steve 27
Greg 22
John 3

John... dude - what happened?

Steve, Wayne & Will played a partial game later in the evening.
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5. Board Game: Zero! [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1471]
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Finally, a wargame with the U.S. involved to honor our veterans... well, the first part is right. OTOH, the U.S. got slaughtered, so not so much with the "honoring" part.

Japan (John, Richard & Bernie)
- shot down 3 U.S. planes, damaged one more for 17 points

U.S. (Mark, Mike, Steve)
- shot down 1 Japanese plane for 5 points

I like to think we delayed an attack on our carrier with the sacrifice of our lives... yeah, that's the ticket.
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6. Board Game: Shanghaien [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1427]
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I taught Richard... and he beat me. (Catching a theme for the evening - "Mark has fun but gets beaten like a pinata"?)

Richard 16
Mark 8
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7. Board Game: Treasures & Traps [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:3110]
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Will will have to provide the detail... and the gloating, as he won over Greg, Wayne & Matt. (They seemed like they were having a good time, though.)
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8. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:85]
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Some big scores for this venture across the univers... but not for Wayne. Again, Will will have to fill in the blanks. (How in the world did I manage to put "Will", "will" & "fill" into the same sentence?)

Matt 94
Will 78
Wayne 23
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9. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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John & Richard's first time with the expansion - John had the Doomed World to start, Richard had the Separatist Colony, and I had the Damaged Alien Factory. I managed to drop a Contact Specialist early while starting the Produce/Trade chain before it would really benefit either of them. Richard created an exploration monster (see 6/keep 2). John tried pushing the timer with Improved Logistics but I was able to keep up and pull away.

cards + vps + goals + 6dev = score

Mark 22 + 1 + 6 + 8 = 37
Richard 17 + 1 + 8 + 6 = 32
John 14 + 1 + 5 + 9 = 29
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10. Board Game: Victory & Honor [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:2956]
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Wayne & I partnered... and since Wayne is related to Jefferson Davis, we were the South. And, btw, suffered the same fate as the South - although we did well early in the war (ehem, trick-taking game), it ended badly for us. (John & Will were Lincoln & Grant aka the North.)

North 32 + 27 + 27 + 50 = 136
South 23 + 26 + 29 + 11 = 89
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11. Board Game: Monsterpocalypse [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:887] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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John and I fooled around with this a bit. I need to read through the rules one more time and get familiar with the power attacks and abilities so I can explain it better.

The toys are really cool to look at and the action dice/power dice resource management is a pretty cool mechanic to make this more than just a gimmicky minitures game.

I think we both beat each other's monster down to 3 health in their alpha form and we hadn't got to the hyper form before we jumped into another game. The goal is to defeat your opponents monster in both their alpha and hyper form, think about in a monster movie when the monster is totally beaten down then it gets back up and has a whole new ability with no foreshadowing to that possiblity whatsoever, that's the hyper form.
 
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12. Board Game: Risk Express [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2068]
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Hey we forgot this one. Played by Steve, Wayne, Greg, John, Richard and myself. If I recall correctly Greg won.
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