Games played at London on Board, 21.06.2011
Henrik Schunk
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Cologne
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It was all about conquests and maps this time and although Risk did not make an appearance after all (for better or worse, who is to say?), but evreryone seemed to enjoy it. Quiet a few new faces as well !

Theme: Mercator's Boardgames

Here is what we played, please add/comment

Why not join us for a game ?
www.meetup.com/Londononboard/
www.londononboard.com

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1. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:931]
Henrik Schunk
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Played two 2-player games of Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck (or Pickomino) and quite enjoyed it. I have to say, once I played the Facebook game, I got the hang of it and as long as you take it for what it is, a semi-random push-your-luck game, you will have a good time. Nice filler and best with 2 or 3. Played with Conrad & Martin

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2. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:120]
Henrik Schunk
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Opening game of King of Tokyo. This game still does not do much for me. Like the theme and production but it essentially just dice rolling and it becomes a bit too long with more than four players and does not scale well. Try to stay in Tokyo when five other people take their turn ? I don't think so. Karl killed a few monsters in one go and it pretty much came down to a head-to-head between Karl and Paul. Played with Karl, Paul, Tony, Sean and Conrad.

"King of Tokyo was over faster than expected - about half hour for 6-players" Karl via LOB

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3. Board Game: Manila [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:443]
Henrik Schunk
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This looks deceptively like Niagara, any relation ? Essentially a betting game with lots of randomness in the 'race' but with many options on what to bet. The first board to go in, how many boats cannot make it all etc. Good family game but the randomness will probably put most Eurogamers off. Would play again.

"suspect Manila isn't quite as light and random as it seems - would like to play again soon." Martin via LOB
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4. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:381]
Henrik Schunk
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Finally managed to bring this to LOB and I did enjoy the game a lot. Love the theme (and it is a Knizia, imagine that). The German edition is definitely the best one out there, with real actors and films etc. Bit of AP-inducing but it is worth it.

"Traumfabrik was great," Martin via LOB

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5. Board Game: Haggis [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:451]
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Swift two-player game of Haggis and I think Martin taught me a lesson here. I prefer the three-player version, just because it feels more dynamic but I can so how some might prefer the 2-player game, it is much more cutthroat and harder to win. Fantastic game.

"(contrary to Henrik, I prefer it with two)," Martin via LOB
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6. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:87]
Henrik Schunk
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Cologne
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Spies: Lloyd and I, 'nuff said. cool

"First time in a little while that I've played The Resistance and was reminded just how good it is. Henrik and I were both spies, so the poor Resistance had no chance." Lloyd via LOB
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7. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:622]
Henrik Schunk
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Chaotic end-of-the-evening game with a bunch of new gangsters. What a fun game, great way to round up a game night. I managed to snatch the victory just by accusing Jerry all the time.
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8. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Conquest of Nerath Board Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:899]
Henrik Schunk
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Talking about the cult of the new. Hey, it is a Risk-like game after all. This was being played by two groups at the same time (!), looks interesting, like a mixture of Risk and War of the Ring, any good ? Not keen on the D&D universe, but what can you do.



"Played Conquest of Nerath. Hadn't been interested but took the available seat and loved it. Quick to learn, fast and fun war game, more like Axis and Allies than Risk, with enough strategic possibilities to keep it interesting. Came within a die-roll of winning; if that bloody medusa hadn't knocked off my wizards I would've plundered the dungeon for the win! " Mike via LOB
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9. Board Game: Buccaneer [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1660]
Henrik Schunk
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The game with the mysterious name. Fun filler. Played early in the evening.

"Finished off with The Pirates, had to let Jon win something. :~) " John B. via LOB

"I got my mandatory victory when John B taught me 'the Pirates' or 'Bucanner' whatever they are calling it nowdays. " Jon via LOB

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10. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:19]
Henrik Schunk
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Played at least twice.

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11. Board Game: Lancaster [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:160]
Henrik Schunk
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"An all Queen night for me and I don't mean the music. Started off with Lancaster, what a deep involving game that needs great strategy to win. OK, I managed a win. Really it was OK, looks a bit like an updated Kingmaker, but it's actually a worker placement game." John B. via LOB

"fun, but I get the impression that the game space is pretty funnelled and multiple strategies don't really exist. Probably a 3-4 plays and done game." Jon via LOB
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12. Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1016]
Henrik Schunk
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Cologne
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"Two games of Paris Connection. Again it was OK, I don't think I liked it as much as everyone else. For depth, play time and theme I would rather play Transamerica." John B. via LOB

"Paris Connection is a VERY fine game indeed, but i'm just not convinced that I need to drop £36 bones on a filler (not after 7 wonders anyway). Only downside of the actual game is the set up time." Jon via LOB
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13. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:81]
Henrik Schunk
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Will was keen to play it, but it did not help, he did not end up as the master of the new world.

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14. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
Henrik Schunk
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Cologne
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Korea Map

"Power Grid with 5, on the Korea map, came in at under 2 hours." Karl via LOB

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15. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:676]
Henrik Schunk
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One of the sleeper hits of the last few weeks, thanks to Lloyd. Really like this game !

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16. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:314]
Henrik Schunk
Germany
Cologne
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One dedicated group went through a few games of Taluva

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17. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Henrik Schunk
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18. Board Game: A Lone Banner [Average Rating:5.27 Unranked]
Henrik Schunk
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This looked intriguing ! A card game with dice ? Another game from Karl's big SmallBoxGames order made an appearance.
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19. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
Henrik Schunk
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20. Board Game: Felix: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:819]
Henrik Schunk
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Quick teaching game with two newbie girls, works better with more than three players, but was fun nonetheless.
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21. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:43]
Henrik Schunk
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22. Board Game: Claustrophobia [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:99]
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"A second play of Claustrophobia, 8 months after the first and it was still just as good as I remember. Totally not my type of game, but so well done it is great. " Lloyd via LOB
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23. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:215]
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"Also, a play of Citadels which I'm still indifferent to. " Lloyd via LOB
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24. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:130]
Robin Brown
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5 player game with at least 2 of us having no idea what we were doing. Probably need to play it a couple more times to properly judge but it didn't really grab me.
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