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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
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Another one I haven't played yet.
 
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Corey Downum
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Another game I've heard a lot about and wouldn't mind giving a try.
 
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Zigi Hogan
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The Ozarks
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This include Volume 26 #1 of The General magazine and the counters from Volume 26 #3 of The General magazine. Box has wear comparable to age but no splits, the contents are in very good condition.

Reserve $30.00

BIN $60.00
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Jordi Cairol
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Conspicuous pun of Merchant of Venice. A game of trading goods in outer space.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
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Small draw bag for chits, adapted from the box art of the original version:

http://www.artscow.com/gallery/drawstring-pouch-small/mercha...

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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Philip Newman
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Match 143: Merchant of Venus vs. Bridge

Round 4: Merchant of Venus (24), Targi (9)
Round 3: Innovation (21), El Grande (18), Merchant of Venus (9)
Nominated by: Joshuaaaaaa, Phrim
Also Listed By: rynelf
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Mathieu Martin
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Reynoldsburg
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Dave Peters
United States
Belmont
California
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Scorecard for the Week/Month/Year as of 28Mar2015:

9/51/221 plays of 9/27/90 total games, with 1/7/15 expansions employed.
Plays with 9/16/69 distinct opponents.

1/4/15 games acquired (plus 0/1/5 expansions.) - 1849
0/1/4 games sold/traded (plus 0/0/0 expansions.)
1/3/8 games ordered (plus 2/3/3 expansions.) - ロストレガシー 百年戦争と竜の巫女 (Rosutoregashī hyakunensensō to ryū no miko 'Lost Legacy Hundred Years' War and Dragon Princess'), ロストレガシー:貧乏探偵と陰謀の城 (Rosutoregashī binbō tantei to inbō no shiro 'Lost Legacy Castle of Conspiracy and Poor Detective') and ヴィラネックス (Vu~iranekkusu 'Villannex').
Orders for 4 games and 2 expansions still outstanding (though I picked those 3 Japanese things up today! Their accounting comes next week.)

With son #2:
1x _7.7_ Caylus (including The Jeweller) - He began this one quite dubious about its attraction. Yet he likes "building games"; snowballs; things where you build infrastructure so you can build bigger infrastructure. It was plausibly in his wheelhouse. And despite the fact that he grumped his way through the game ("How much longer will this take?") he admitted - after an hour to cool off - that the game was actually quite interesting, and he'd be willing to play again.

With the Wednesday Night guys:
1x _7.3_ Fast Food Franchise - We blasted through a quick game. Tim's Steak 'n Salad expanded across the USA, blowing all competing franchises out of the water. The rest of us were laughably overmatched.
1x _9_ Merchant of Venus - (adding son #1) Having played one of the two (or perhaps three - with Dragonland) quality Roll-and-move games I own, we went on to my favourite of the bunch. Son #1 was lured away from his laptop to join us - and proceeded to out-trade the old folk on his way to an impressive come from nearly-last to victory. I was firmly in last place throughout, so had a lovely spectator seat for the festivities: and, amusingly, managed to enjoy myself despite not being in the running.

With the Monday Lunch gang:
1x _7_ Yavalade New! - Oh, this is weird. It's like Yavalanchor, but for three. Each player only plays their own color. And a player wins if a five-in-a-row appears on the board in their colour plus the colour of their right neighbour. So as soon as the first two-colour five-in-a-row appears on the board, someone has won. We had all sorts of grief figuring out how to think about making that not happen. So while I've marked "one play", we likely had someone win fifteen-to-twenty times (and then rolled back to "what should have been done".)
It was a little depressing to wander into (the moral equivalent of) a fool's mate multiple times in one sitting; but equally quite intriguing. I definitely wasn't thinking about it correctly as we began.
1x _7.3_ Glory to Rome - This is a bit of a contrast with the austere simplicity of the other. But was still quite entertaining. I'm not remotely amongst the Chudyk-fancier subclan, but I still find this good (if chaotic) fun.

With one cool person at BAP:
1x _7.7_ Combat Commander: Europe New! - Richard introduced me to this one. We played the beginning scenario - a minimalist set of rules, desiged to ease the susceptible player (i.e. me) into the system. And I have to admit that I am indeed susceptible: this is a great design.
It's clear; it's got an excellent sense of story and engagement; it's smooth and fairly frictionless in play (even at my beginner level, it feels like one just plays. There's isn't much fumbling for rules, or tables, or charts, or whatever. I suspect some of that reaction is my memory of the wargames of my youth, which were often clunky and awkward. This - and Flying Colors; I had a similar reaction there! - demonstrate that there's been some significant thought in wargame design over the past 40 years.)
Richard was a bit apologetic for the randomness and volatility. Yet, in this context, it didn't seem unreasonable. Our skirmish could have easily gone the other way at several cusps of the flow - and I rather suspect that renders the World That Is far better than many "tighter" systems. So: no complaints on that score from me.
1x _8.5_ Twilight Struggle (59 months dusty) - In actuality, an unfortunate partial play. We didn't check the decks carefully before launching into the game. And, at the end of turn three - when the Europe Scoring card hadn't come up yet - realized something was desperately wrong. Sure enough: it had been misplaced in the Middle War deck. So: about a quarter of a Twilight Struggle, rather than the whole thing. Until we realized the wheels had come off, it was quite lovely, though: wargame or no it's an excellent game.
1x _7.3_ San Juan (36 months dusty) - My first try with the new printing. It's pleasant and friendly. But I still find myself much more compelled (and impressed) by the space-going cousin.

Owned-and-unplayed: 1 (+0/-0).

Outlook for the week: Probably something for lunch tomorrow. Possibly inflicting a few of those ロストレガシー (Rosutoregashī) expansions on my kids. Likely something on Wednesday (I'd love to try 1849, but could live with something less ferocious.)
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Philip Newman
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Match 67: Innovation vs. Merchant of Venus vs. El Grande

Nominated by: Joshuaaaaaa, Phrim
Also Listed By: rynelf
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Michael Petroziello
United States
Kailua
Hawaii
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This is the old edition. It opened and the box is weathered but not too bad. All the parts and pieces are there. Great game.

Starting bid: $35

I'll post pictures ASAP.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
J.L. Robert
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Sherman Oaks
California
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Poll: The 2015 AH Cup
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Select One:
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
14 Merchant of Venus (Sunderland)
52.0% 66
11 Britannia (Stoke City)
48.0% 61
Voters 127
This poll is now closed.   127 answers
Poll created by J.L.Robert
Closes: Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:00 am
 
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Larry Bogucki
United States
Connecticut
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Hamden
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Taught 2 side by side games of Merchant of Venus. We played on the original version. I had heard a lot about this game, but it was my first time playing it. I enjoyed this more than FireFly, Xia or Eclipse (even though I generally prefer fighting games) which was a big surprise to me. I was going to buy it right afterwards, but my friend Jon beat me to it!
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Scott Everts
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Foothill Ranch
California
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These are 3D printed TeleGate markers I made for MoV. I designed them in 3D Studio Max and had them printed by Shapeways. I made custom stickers for them too.

I wanted something that wouldn't interfere with the ship standees and was easy to see anywhere on the board. They match well with my Culture standees.

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Scott Everts
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I made a larger 32" version of my new game board. My original was 24" but wanted to Supersize it! I like it much better and plenty of room to maneuver your ships around.

We played our first game (6 players) at the last LA Strategicon convention in February. It was the first time we've played with my completely finished redesign.

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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Joshua Gottesman
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Merchant of Venus
Race for the Galaxy
1830: Railways & Robber Barons
For the Crown (Second edition)
Russian Railroads
Pax Porfiriana
Combat Commander: Europe
Agricola
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Doug Faust
United States
Malverne
New York
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Merchant of Venus
Power Grid
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Notre Dame
Age of Steam
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Planet Steam
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Scott Everts
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Foothill Ranch
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Some 3D printed components I made for the game (except for ship standees).

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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Galen Brownsmith
United States
Medford
Massachusetts
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(I've never played the game, to my personal amazement) 1-4 Players. 180+ Minutes.

Copy: BGG Library (1st Edition, I think)

Sponsor/Instructor:
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Bill Gallagher
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Torrance
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For this one, it's the setup time, followed by sorting all the pieces after the game is over.

(I linked the first edition, as I haven't had the chance to play the second edition yet. I suspect the setup there is just as tedious though.))
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Richard Irving
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Salinas
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There is a solitaire variant where an alien race closes down ports and planets and the player has to make enough money before all of the invaders enter the game.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Lori
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Durham
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Wednesday was the first heat of the Merchant of Venus tournament. The guy who won our table has won this event multiple times in the past. I came in second, but it wasn't a close second.

As you meatballs know, I played this game 22 times, over a period of more than 15 months, before I ever won it. Although I'm apparently terrible at MoV, I do give myself credit for persistence.

How likely would you be to show that kind of persistence in doing something you weren't good at? What would the determining factors be for you? Do you think you normally choose leisure activities that you're good at or successful at? Or do you enjoy the challenge or find more room for growth with things you're not good at? Or would you say you choose your pursuits based on some other criteria (what?) that have nothing to do with whether you're good at them or not?
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:432]
Franz Kafka
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St. Charles
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I'm looking to play a longer game of this, maybe to 4,000 or 5,000 credits. I can provide an Avalon Hill copy for use. (I'm open to playing on a Dathdakan board, but I'd like to stick to just the original rules.)
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