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GeekList: EstallCon 2016
Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Carlos Moreno Serrano
United Kingdom
Guildford
Surrey
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
George Leach
United Kingdom
Godalming
Surrey
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 8   TZAAR
 9   Shogi
 9   Connect6
 9   Catchup x2
 9   Slither x2
 8   Blokus Duo x3
 8   StreetSoccer
 8   Hex
 5   Dameo
 7   6 nimmt!

Guildford Gamers
 9   Container
 5   Pickomino

Well this has been rattling on for weeks now. Container seems to have caught a few imaginations. This is the first time I've lost though. I think I came 4th of 5. The winner though didn't seem to do anything all game. I can't understand how he won!

Pickomino was a little disappointing. I think I've put it on the trade list now.

With Sophie
 N/A   Spooky Stairs

With Kathryn
 8   Kingdom Builder

Kathryn has no declared maternity leave over after we got a game of KB in, with the expansion and she battered me within 20 minutes. Great stuff!
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Andy Hunsucker
United States
Bloomington
Indiana
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The game that inspired the list. I vaguely remember playing this a few times when it first came out, but apparently it's somewhat valuable/rare now. My ships are still intact as well.

I was super excited when Valley Games arrived and started reprinting older games, and I bought this one to support the company after pre-ordering Die Macher, and because the theme was appealing. I haven't played it in almost 10 years, but apparently it's gained quite the following since then.
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Philip Newman
United States
Richardson
Texas
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Match C76: Container vs. Hansa Teutonica vs. Winner's Circle vs. YINSH

Round 7: El Grande (14), Codenames (12), Wir sind das Volk! (11), Container (9)
Round 5: Ra (19), Container (18)
Round 4: Race for the Galaxy (22), Container (19)
Round 3: Container (19), Chicago Express / Wabash Cannonball (16)
Round 2: Container (19), Medici (16)
Round 1: Container (18), Fauna (13), Thunder Alley (8)
Nominated by: Jugular, larryjrice
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Eric Clason
United States
Cedar Rapids
Iowa
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I was intrigued by the economic system in Container, from the first time I played it. In Container you need to decide how to expend capital, to buy factories and warehouses. Also how to price containers, what containers to buy, and what to bid for shipments. Part of the strategy is doing more of (produce, warehouse, or ship and container color) what other players are doing less of, so as to have pricing power. You also want to nudge things so more of your favorite container colors make it to the island.
Container is one of those games that I would like to play more often. But it is hard to get to the table because of its subtle and sometimes confusing strategies.
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Todd Snyder
United States
Creve Coeur
Missouri
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Condition: Good

Bought used, played once by me, and has been sitting on my shelf unloved for far too long, time to pass this onto someone else. Cards sleeved (I believe Mayday Premium, but they seem a bit thin, so possibly just the thin ones). Some light shelf wear. Multilingual first edition (2007) Valley Games, Inc.

Soft Reserve: $60
BIN: $120

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Creve Coeur
Missouri
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Philip Newman
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Richardson
Texas
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Match C64: Wir sind das Volk! vs. El Grande vs. Container vs. Codenames

Round 5: Ra (19), Container (18)
Round 4: Race for the Galaxy (22), Container (19)
Round 3: Container (19), Chicago Express / Wabash Cannonball (16)
Round 2: Container (19), Medici (16)
Round 1: Container (18), Fauna (13), Thunder Alley (8)
Nominated by: Jugular, larryjrice
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Dave Eisen
United States
Menlo Park
CA
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I did it again. Tried going hard warehouse and never really got my game going. Being the only player doing much with warehouses (others got as high as 3 warehouses only very late in the game), I had a nice trickle of income from sales. But my ships never got large loads on them as the opponents never had lots of stuff in their warehouses so I did not make big profits from selling at the island.

I am sure an approach in the general outlines of what I tried is possible, I just haven't yet figured out how to do it. On the plus side, my earlier displeasure with the game because of its brittleness is just plain gone. I think it's great. Still not certain about it as a 3 player game as that possibly is too brittle, but that is easily solved by playing it with 4 or 5. High on my list to play lots more and am very pleased that it is being reprinted, assuming that it will still be possible to play the original rules with the new bits.
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Randall B
United States
Grand Junction
Colorado
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Condition: Excellent
Contents: Excellent(ships are still intact,and in foam holder inside box, Cards are sleeved, Containers,Factories,Warehouses are baggied
Version: English First Edition
Language: English

photos for the foam ship holder:




Shipping to Continental USA: Free
Shipping to International: First $15 will be covered.
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Mike M
Canada
Maple Ridge
BC
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Description: Out of print and hard to find. Included Container: The Second Shipment in main box.

Edition: 2007

Condition: Box has slight wear in corners. Otherwise game is in fantastic shape. Expansion cards still in shrink. Only played once.

Shipping Policy: Shipping free. Canada and the Continental US only.
 
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Agent Emme
United States
Ohio
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Sunday:

It turns out that everyone involved in the Kanban game - the Twins, Jeremy, and me - had all also signed up to play Container with Geoff on Sunday. Geoff was the one who scheduled the session, so he taught the rules, which turned out to be very easy to learn. I love that the complexity of the game is not in the ruleset, but in the options. There are 5 types of containers, each player has a secret plan that tells them how many points are given for each container, each player can produce and sell and auction containers. That's it. Now go.

Rory Twin and I formed an alliance at the beginning of the game (Rory: "What? We did?") that Rory proceeded to betray like, on on his first turn. His strategy was to take out a loan and outbid everyone at the beginning. Unfortunately this game basically demands that you diversify, as all of your containers of one color are dumped in the ocean right before scoring, and since Rory didn't really diversify, he lost a lot of containers to the Atlantic. Jeremy again went for a unique strategy - he sold basically all of his containers for the lowest possible price to ensure that we all conducted business with him and not anyone else. He ended up having a good amount of cash in the middle of the game to win auctions. Geoff's strategy was to .... take out a loan and feed it all of his remaining cash, I think? (I tease). Aaron Twin and I made a point to produce the resources that were the highest-scoring for us, and this strategy definitely helped us in the long-run. We finished the game in first & second, 86-84 (with Aaron winning).

This was a particularly fun group to play with. I really enjoyed everyone's company.





TRY AND TELL ME THEY AREN'T TWINS. JUST TRY.

Note how empty the room is. BGG.CON Spring's ages 12+ only room was pretty underutilized (possibly because it was very chilly in that room). The purple shiny thing on the table is Geoff's "find me easily, strangers" centerpiece, which I thought was clever.

Geoff
United States
Natick
Massachusetts
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Aaron Vanderbeek
United States
San Francisco
California
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Rory Jones
United States
Temple
TX
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Jeremy Tillman
United States
O Fallon
Missouri
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
O.Shane Balloun
United States
Bellingham
Washington
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The games that represent my profession the best are: Container, Panamax, Francis Drake, Pirate's Cove, Blackbeard, etc.
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Rare. Excellent condition.

Includes Container: The Second Shipment (no box, components/rules included in base game box). Excellent condition.

Opening bid: $150
BIN: $250
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Thomas Taylor
United States
Castro Valley
California
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Comes with Second Shipment expansion. Both in separate boxes.

Min Bid $100
BIN $175 $150
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Jack Dowden
United States
Portage
Michigan
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Starting bid $100.00
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Froggy McFrogface
United States
Ft. Collins
Colorado
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May 16-22


Container May 17: Once & Future Gamers, 5P. With all my recent DNA ancestry research, I'm amazed I haven't found any Greek blood, because I could swear I'm related to Aristotle Onassis!



Online Plays:


Russian Railroads
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Cam Schmidt
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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Condition: great condition, frayed corners
Language: English
Comes from a smoke free home with two cats
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Philip Newman
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Richardson
Texas
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Match 108: Ra vs. Container

Round 4: Race for the Galaxy (22), Container (19)
Round 3: Container (19), Chicago Express / Wabash Cannonball (16)
Round 2: Container (19), Medici (16)
Round 1: Container (18), Fauna (13), Thunder Alley (8)
Nominated by: Jugular, larryjrice
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Philip Newman
United States
Richardson
Texas
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Match 102: Race for the Galaxy vs. Container

Round 3: Container (19), Chicago Express / Wabash Cannonball (16)
Round 2: Container (19), Medici (16)
Round 1: Container (18), Fauna (13), Thunder Alley (8)
Nominated by: Jugular, larryjrice
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
George Leach
United Kingdom
Godalming
Surrey
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 7   UR
 8   Kingdom Builder
 9   Container

What a great session. Container (again!) this week was very successful. The players tell me they enjoyed it and various interested parties gathered at points throughout the game. I think it may have a future here.
I got to play Kingdom Builder again. I'd like to play against some stronger opposition soon as I can't remember the last time I lost a game of it. Before that, however, I'd like to play with some of the expansion included.
I've now played UR three times and the play experiences have been varied. It varies hugely in length and until I have four 'experienced' players around the table I'm not sure whether i'm going to see what it has to offer. That unreliability with inexperienced players may cause it to languish on the shelf at some point which leaves it somewhat precarious. Thankfully it can probably be 'reduced'.

With Sophie
 6   Los Mampfos
 N/A   Guess Who?

Donkey poos!
Sophie is enjoying the process of Guess Who? She's not really noticed that she loses every game, which might be a good thing or bad thing.

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 9   Mini Shogi x2
 9   Connect6
 8   Twixt x2
 9   Shogi
 N/A   Dameo
 9   Catchup x2

Misc
 N/A   Mesopotamia NEW!
 7   Cartagena
 8   Spot it!

Mesopotamia had similar issues to UR. As a classic euro it has conflict and strategic depth but doesn't hold your hand up to that 'experienced' point like modern euros do. It might be a really good game but is it enjoyable enough to get sufficient opponents there.

Nice to while away a half hour or so with Cartagena after chatting around the firepit outside with the SiL and her husband. Finished with a hand of Dobble where we played the game that you take from a central tower and match to opponents which is particularly bash-your-leader but fun.
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GeekList: Origins 2016
Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Evan Pulgino
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Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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Match 88: Container vs. Chicago Express
/ Wabash Cannonball


Round 2: Container (19), Medici (16)
Round 1: Container (18), Fauna (13), Thunder
Alley (8)
Nominated by: Jugular, larryjrice
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 8   Cuba Libre
 6   Qwirkle
 8   Cockroach Poker
 N/A   Splendor NEW!
 9   Container
 5   Coloretto x2
 4   Cards Against Humanity x3
 5   Yardmaster Express
 5   Dominant Species: The Card Game

Got up early this morning and played DS:tCG and YE with my boys.

Yesterday I started a unit on games with my EFL students. Years ago I'd made a student-safe version of CaH for classroom use. I finally brought it to class and it was a huge hit. Funny thing: my military/police and history majors had no idea even what the concept of sexting (the raciest card in my deck) was. My natural science majors did, and all admitted to having either sent or received sexts.

A colleague taught me Splendor. I've played worse.

Two great gaming highlights this week. The first was basking in Cuba Libre victory for all of 6 hours before learning of the undercover cop who took it from me. Though I should say that it was the compliments of my fellow gelati that really made me smile.

Second was a no-holds-barred Game Club session with Container (whose rating I've upped to a 9). It wasn't apparent to me right away because I was a bit too focused on my own thing, but I soon realized I was positioned for my first big win at this tremendous game. My hunch was correct, as I trounced the field 167-148-113-85-78. (Not to say my acumen doesn't need work: I'd thought the guy with 78 points was my main competition.) Nevertheless an evening I'd be happy to re-create anytime. One last wrinkle: the scarcity of the game (and the only oringinal copyin our group moving away in September) drove one of our fellowship to hand-craft his own out of balsa wood. Looks pretty good, too:



PBEM
Cuba Libre x2 (one Gelati, one here in the office)
1989 x2 (Wendell and Roger)

Acquisitions
Hoping to report that Falling Sky is shipping by this time next week...
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Jim Parkin
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Stow
Ohio
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This was a ton of fun to build, though I had to remake the dang foamcore ships twice since I botched them in various ways. I did not know anything about Container when I started this project... and now I'm slavering like a rabid wombat to build a copy for myself and dive off the deep end of economic games (I'm already mapping out several 18xx games and Neue Heimat to build, as well as picking up Brass...).

I opted for full-sheet label paper on this one as after using spray-adhered linen paper for Puerto Rico, I just don't think the final product (while nice!) is worth the effort. In this case, all of the label-sheet components look excellent, regardless. I considered making tokens rather than printing the paper money, but Heiko's design for the paper stuff is quite good, and I suck at graphic design and image editing anyway, so I opted to stick with the standard files. I printed the cash on single-sheet 65lb linen paper double-sided and it's really nice.







When I make this for myself, I'm not going to use an XACTO knife or rotary cutter for the ships--I'm going to use standard scissors. I just can't help but cut a bad angle on the foamcore otherwise. I'm also going to use black foamcore instead of white...
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
O.Shane Balloun
United States
Bellingham
Washington
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The games that represent my profession the best are: Container, Panamax, Francis Drake, Pirate's Cove, Blackbeard, etc.
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Very good. Includes the expansion, Container: The Second Shipment (components only, no box, very good).
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Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:464]
Andy Mesa
United States
Portland
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I finally got me a copy of this yesterday and put it on the table tonight. We played with five, and it was everyone's first game except my friend Jacob who had played once before. It was...a weird game.

Everyone's goods seemed overpriced to me from the start, and worse yet, people paid for them. I kept doing the math in my head thinking I must be playing this game wrong, or people know something I don't. I would put in bids and be way overbid by someone else. People kept taking out loans and overbidding, and other people would get huge payouts, and I was afraid I was missing out.

As the game went on, there were less and less containers available, and none on my side of the island. I was getting worried, and often considered buying my own goods, but objectively couldn't when I was being offered more than they were worth to me. Because I was always flush with cash, I never took out a loan.



So how'd it turn out? This was the final haul before removing containers. I only had two containers on the island after removal. I won with $122, only one other player cracked $100. Even if I had zero containers on the island, I still would've won.

So yeah, definitely a game where people need to know how to value things. The math seemed simple to me, but I guess not so much to everyone else.

It's an interesting game, though honestly I'd rather play Goa or Neue Heimat. I'll try it out as many more times as people will let me over the next month and update my thoughts.
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