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Friday 19th May 2017

Sharon Khan
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Last Friday we were 7, but two people were late back from London, and another was late too, so we started with just 4, and a game of Tongiaki: Journey into the Unknown. This was new to John, and was definitely not the best first experience of the game. Of the first 9 tiles, 7 were water, and we drew all but one of the water tiles early on, before then building one large island with the remaining land tiles. As usual I managed to maintain my presence on most islands, with the other positions going by experience with the game!

We then had another ten minutes before the train pair arrived, so we played a 5 player game of Pick Picknic, one of Marion's favourite short fillers, but that was new to John and James didn't remember it well either. I explained the rules, but I think I confused everyone with the -2 rules, as no-one ever played one, until I commented on the lack of them, when they all came out at once! Marion won comfortably with an impressive score of 54, with everyone else in the 20s and 30s. A few lucky foxes, plus a large grain stockpile, and she was uncatchable.

We then had 7 and needed to split into two tables. Naturally Terraforming Mars was suggested for one table, with Ellie asking to play one of the D&D games. After a bit of discussion we finally managed to fit everyone on a table, and I joined Ellie and Matt for Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon Board Game. Our first game did not go well. I started and produced a monster, then Matt went, and by the end of his turn there were 6 monsters on the board, and Matt was down to just a couple of life! Ellie did her best, but Matt's complete inability to attack a monster ever really didn't help our cause, and we died without ever stepping off the stair tile! We restarted with different roles, and Matt started this time, and managed exactly the same start as last time - 5 monsters, and down to 1 life!!! This time however the rest of us were able to kill the majority of the monsters, and although Matt and Ellie were both on low life for the rest of the game, we did manage to locate and destroy the altar, although I have to say the rest of my party would almost certainly not have made it out alive - I was fine, nearly full health and a healing spell!!

The others were just finishing their terraforming (they claimed it was the last turn, but then it went on one more), so we pulled out On the Dot on Ellie's suggestion. As usual I didn't have much competition, doing all but one of the early cards, with Ellie letting out squeaks of annoyance when Matt finished and turned a new card before she could, and squeaks of frustration from Matt when I beat him yet again (he even resorted to throwing my cards all over the room and I still won!).

Marion had suggested Agricola at the start of the evening, and I was keen to play too, so we played that next, while the other three played Paperback. Sami had the most amazing score ever, getting 55 points - his game just seemed to go from good to better. Early on he inadvertently blocked me, first by taking the stone in front of me, and then the fireplace, and then I ended up having to eat all the grain I'd stockpiled, with all my cards being grain related, so my game didn't go well from there. I beat Marion there, who was having even more of a disaster.

We then joined together for some party games for the last hour - firstly Midnight Party, which turned out to be another new one to John, then Crappy Birthday, which ended in a joint tie for Sami and Matt, as they both reached five cards on the same turn, and lastly a quick round of Take it Easy!, which seemed to go my way rather. I actually managed a perfect board in one direction - scoring 7 3s, 7 4s and 5 8s - and my other directions weren't too bad either, for a grand total of 181, with James second with 157. Marion had a complete disaster but just managed to squeak a score of 100 despite that.
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Friday 12th May 2017

Sharon Khan
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We started with just 4 and a game of Augustus, while waiting for our fifth to arrive. It came down to Sami and I both needing one symbol to finish, and unfortunately for me Sami got it, and my 12 point card didn't score for me, which put me in second behind him.

We then played El Grande, despite Marion's protests that it wasn't a party game, and despite her protests throughout the game that she wasn't doing well, she won by a handful of points, her determination to keep her region with her grande and the big bonus scoring tile in it working well for her points-wise. My last turn I managed to move lots of cubes around to tie points for everyone else, and this was enough to put me in second a handful of points ahead of the rest, who were all in a clump behind me.

Marion then wanted a party game, and we settled on GiftTRAP. It was noticeable that Marion was particularly bad at giving presents, and Sami at getting them - especially from Simon, who kept hitting his No Way. Simon ended up just short of finishing one turn, and I managed to catch him the next turn for a joint win. Gill was the only person not to have either of her presents on the finish line.

We then went for Ave Caesar in which Marion crashed and burned to void the first race, then failed to finish in the second race, which I won, and then I crashed and burned and Gill ran out of cards on the second race, Gill having been forced round the outside of the red track one to many times, and then we finished with a fairly tame last race, that I won, which gave me the win with just 10 points, everyone else but Gill on 8 points and she just one point behind on 7.

We then had enough time for another proper game, so settled on Vegas Showdown. Gill won this one, thanks to a nice Nightclub and actually completing her board. I was looking good for in-game points, but then at the end with neither my hotel or casino finished, and no connection, and only second in both income types, and 1 point from triangles, everyone but Marion went flying past me!

Last we played 6 nimmt!. Sami had a disaster at the start of the first round, taking two high value rows, but Marion still had more points at the end of that round than him. Then in the second round I was the one forced to take no less than three rows with lots of points, but Marion still got as many end-round points. In the final round it was Simon who took most points, apart from Marion, and Marion went over with 69, while Sami, next-worst, was only on 41, and Gill won, getting no points at all in the last round, and never having a disaster round, with just 23 points total.
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Friday 5th May 2017

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Last Friday there were just 4 of us. We started by introducing John to Nations. Sami got off to a great start militarily, getting two colonies on the first turn, and this proved to give him too good an income burst for the rest of us. It was very close between the other three of us, with John just pipping Simon and I to second by a couple of points, but Sami was miles ahead!

We then played Terra Mystica, on the new board. I drew Halflings, which is the race that I am worst at, but it was a nice Halflings set up, with terraforming on turn 3, houses on turn 4, trading posts on turn 5 and houses again on turn 6. I spent the first two turns upgrading my terraforming track and building a house and trading post, then turn 3 upgrading my trading post to the 1 brown disk, and terraforming all the spaces around my area, just placing one house, and then filling all the remaining spaces with houses on turn 4, upgrading them on turn 5, forming a city in the process, which gained me enough cash to build the remaining trading post and form another city, which gave me the shipping track upgrade to connect them. Then it was just a case of maximising VPs on the bonus tracks and via house building on the final turn for the win. Sami had a fairly typical Nomad game, with three towns, and largest area. Simon was Riverwalkers, and took priests until he could place on any landscape type, but placed his initial settlements in such a way that he was never able to connect, which meant he lost largest area. John was Auren, and did well going up the tracks, but didn't get many in-game points.

We then played Ingenious, which was also new to John. It was fairly close between all of us, with scores being 12-11-10-9 at the end! Next we played Terra, which Simon won by quite a margin, with the rest of us in a clump behind. We finished with a game of Alhambra, and this time it was John's turn to win by miles.
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Friday 28th April 2017

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Last Friday we were 10, and started with a game of Incan Gold while waiting for the last two to arrive. It was a particularly amusing game, with Simon ducking out just before the disaster on no less than three rounds, then a couple of more valuable rounds that allowed the rest of us to catch up, so that in the end I won, with Sami and James also doing well. Martin just managed to duck out on the final round to get 4 points, while Colin got nothing at all!

We then split into three tables, with me introducing Ellie and Hannah to Great Western Trail. They both picked it up quickly, and in fact Hannah just managed to beat me at the end!

We then merged with the Terra Mystica table, which had lost a player, so that we were 5, and Hannah suggested The Princes of Florence. Sami and I switched our usual strategies, and I just managed to beat him at end-game. The other positions definitely went with experience, with Simon finishing his works too early, then struggling to find any way to get points in the last two rounds.

We then played a game of Fauna, where Hannah had a bit of a disaster with a rather larger Tapir than any of had expected, and was scrambling for cubes for the rest of the game. We were all also all surprised by the location of the Bactrian Camel. I won, with Simon just behind me.

We then finished with an 8 player Codenames, which the girls narrowly won!
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Friday 21st April 2017

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Last Friday there were just 3 of us!! We started with Terraforming Mars, which Sami managed to win. It was a slightly strange game as all the awards bar one were very close right to the end of the game, so no-one really wanted to spend their money claiming them - eventually Simon claimed the income one, only to see Sami push his income past his to get first place.

After that we introduced Simon to Galaxy Trucker. The first round was quite tame as usual, but I managed to pick up a lot of goods and score. The second round was probably the most boring second round I've seen - also very tame, with nothing of note happening except everyone getting some goods. The third round our ships took more damage, particularly towards the end of the flight, but we all survived, although minus half our crew and cargo. Sami and I ended on the same final score - but then I remembered my luxury passengers, which meant I claimed the win!

After that we moved onto Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar, in which all three of us went for the building strategy. The other two both went up the building track, while Simon and I also went up the goods one. I however built more buildings than either of them in the first half, despite the lack of discount and points, while Simon was starving, and Sami was getting an impressive of number of points from the buildings he was building. I had no food worries anymore, so spent the second half of the building buying a couple of monuments, but this wasn't enough to overtake Sami's building score, although I came very close.

We then played a game of Vikings, which was very close in final score, but Sami just pipped Simon for the win. The attackers all came out in the final round, which made for a slightly odd early game. That finished very quickly so we still had time for Weed! to finish with, and with me picking up Podzilla the first two hands to put me in the lead, and then not realising that Simon had four plants down in the last round and could finish, I won, but it felt slightly accidental!
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Friday 14th April 2017

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Last Friday we were 7. We started with a 6 player Take it Easy! while waiting for the 7th to arrive - with some of the highest all round scores I've seen, after I drew all the 9s and eight of the 8s, and everyone scored quite a few of both. Simon and Marion tied for the win with 192, Simon scoring all the 9s, while Marion scored eight 8s.

We then split into two. After some discussion about who would be on the Terraforming Mars table, Seasons tabled on the other table. I was in the Terraforming Mars game, teaching Lisa the game. I set up a nice space event game, with Lisa going heavily for plants, Simon for buildings, and James collecting huge numbers of cards in hand! The end dragged a bit, as no-one quite wanted to increase the temperature to end the game. I won comfortably, not really a surprise given how many more times I've played it than anyone else, but Lisa managed to sneak second place ahead of Simon by just one point, Simon kicking himself as he made a mistake that cost him that one point on the last turn - forgetting he could discard a card to get the extra cash he needed to get it.

After that we split and merged again, this time upstairs playing Time's Up, while I played a 3 player Terra Mystica with Simon and James. I was Chaos Magicians, and didn't get going very fast early on, not getting any early power, but then from turn 3 suddenly I was getting huge gifts of power, although was giving in almost as many points as I was making, but my production then went flying up and I was able to build three towns, top every track, and get largest region! All these end-game points sent me flying past Simon at final scoring, who was last on all four tracks and smallest region with his Darklings. James's Dwarves looked really good for the first three turns, doing a traditional Dwarf spread, but then they stalled a bit and he couldn't catch Simon with his end-game points.

The others were on the last round so we played a couple of fillers - Timeline: Music & Cinema, in which I had a complete disaster and James just pipped Simon, and Saturn, which was new to James, where I just pipped Simon.

We then all joined in together for a 7 player 7 Wonders, where I won with Colossus B and some impressive Guilds, and maximum military, while everyone else was clustered on points about 15 points behind me, with Seb just ahead of the rest of the pack.
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Friday 7th April 2017

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We were 8 this week, and with a new game arrival (well, actually two copies of it, but that's a separate story), it was obvious what one table was going to play. Orleans was picked for the other table, and I taught Terraforming Mars to my table. It took a few turns before people grasped exactly what to do, in particular the difference between resources and income, but then the game started to flow - but no-one was actually Terraforming Mars. Marion was setting up a science empire, I was setting up a titanium one, and Simon and John were both building cities galore, but the tracks all remained at zero. Then I went on a lake building spree, and very rapidly the 9 lakes were on the board, but the temperature was still at rock bottom - despite Marion's huge power/heat income, and there was very little oxygen in the air. Then we moved onto plants, and the board rapidly filled up with forests, moving the oxygen up, and eventually the temperature followed, John having a huge heat stockpile which pushed it up rather. At end-game I had a huge number of end-game points from my cards, while Marion had a fair number, and Simon had lots of points on the board, but not quite enough to stay ahead of Marion.

The other table had been playing some other games, but timed their end to coincide with ours, and I suggested Breaking Away, while Terra Mystica found its way onto the other table. Lisa got off to a good start, staying near the back of the pack, while Sami picked up first place in the first sprint, I picked up quite a few of the other places, and Marion lost her first bike on turn two!!! (Not sure I've seen that before!). Then I managed to get at the back of the pack with Lisa, and the two of us amassed some nice large numbers, while Sami and Marion were struggling to get numbers bigger than 4 for most of their bikes. At the second sprint Sami again got first place, but then his bike was locked into 3s for the rest of the race, while I picked up second place with a similarly slow bike. But the pack behind was building up energy, and in the sprint for the finish Lisa and I got the most points, with me winning and Lisa in second, while the other two tied for third place.

My next suggestion was Medici, which Lisa didn't recognise at first - sadly Reiner's games often don't come out much nowadays. On the first round six cards were junked quite rapidly, meaning that someone was going to have a short boat. Lisa managed a good boat total, but one of each good, while Marion and I had to bid for a set that was worth both of us first place in the boat total, and left the other person in third place (I'd been lucky with drawing three cards from the top of the deck to guarantee me third place ahead of Sami). Marion was bidding last, so topped my bid, and flew out into the lead (it was worth more to her than me). Then the second round and Marion was again lucky with boat total, while Sami was again unlucky, and I got the only two furs in the round, which Sami had been collecting. This put Marion even further ahead, with Lisa and I about twenty points behind and Sami behind that. There was no catching Marion after that, even with her making a mistake on goods type and bidding for the wrong goods (but they were high numbers). I just managed to squeak second place ahead of Lisa.

We then finished with a quick The Bucket King, when Lisa was out very early, losing a blue bucket in the middle of the bottom row of her almost full pyramid to a 2 blue. The rest of us all got down to two or three buckets, but Sami had lots of cards in my weak suit, so was able to put me out first, while Marion was just able to hold out for the win.
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Friday 24th March 2017

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We started with a few hands of Escalation! while waiting for our sixth to arrive. Colin won by absolutely miles, getting the impressive score of 10 off three rounds, while all the others were in the 30s, and I had considerably more than that!

We then split into two tables, and after some discussion settled on Great Western Trail and Terra Mystica. Great Western Trail was new to James so we started with a rules explanation, then got going. I went for very much a race strategy this time, flying through the board over and over again, rapidly increasing my hand size, and actually ended up with a set of value 18 twice, although only claimed San Francisco once, as it was more points to get the next one down. This seemed to work well. James got a fairly typical score for a first timer, while John had his lowest score so far.

We then played a quick game of Timeline while the others finished up, and then merged and split again. This time I was on the Puerto Rico table, with Sami and James, and was lucky enough to be dealt the corn start, which I followed up with an early coffee, some sugar, and more corn, for a traditional corn/harbour/shipping strategy, although I didn't manage to get a large building, settling for a wharf instead, as I could see the game was about to end. Sami went for a quarrying/building strategy, but accidentally ended the game a round earlier than he wanted. James went indigo shipping. The early end benefitted me most, and I won by a handful of points, with Sami just pipping James to second place by one point!

The others were only halfway through Tzolkin, so we played Orléans next. Sami went for a building strategy, James went for a red strategy, and I went white/brown, and while both Sami and James went flying up the book track I meandered around the board instead, picking up lots of goods. Sami was getting cash for stars every turn, while James was trashing everything he bought on the bonus board. This turned out to be the victorious strategy, with me just pipping Sami to second place.

We then all joined together for a game of Ave Caesar, in which Sami and I were the only people to finish in all four races, but while Sami was comfortably in first position, I ended up in fifth, with only Simon behind me, who had managed to fail to finish in two races! Although I finished every time, I was last to finish in every race but one! We then played a 7 Wonders game, in which Simon won again, with an impressive 37 score from Guilds - helped by sitting between two science players and getting the science guild! The two science players he was sitting between were second and third, with Colin just beating Sami to second by having more points outside of science, in particular in military. I had a nice 34 in blue, but almost no other points, and languished in last place.

At that point we finished with a Jungle Speed. It was new to John, so anyone who knows the game will know what happened to him! Simon was also not very familiar with the game, and took one costly pile, that meant he was safely in fourth place. Colin, James and I, who have all played many times, all ended running out our decks at roughly the same time, and all waiting to be the one to finish the game by grabbing successfully, but it was James's card that turned up first, and he was able to beat John to the grab for the win.
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Friday 17th March 2017

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Last Friday we were 7 and started by splitting into two tables. With my new purchase, Great Western Trail, sitting on the table, naturally that was one of the two suggestions, while Lynne was keen to try Paperback, so that went downstairs. I explained the rules to Lisa, while the others set up, and we got started. I was dealt the building start card, so decided to go for a heavy building strategy, buying a builder every time I went past the appropriate tile, and rapidly filling the board up with buildings. However, his had the knock-on effect of firstly other people doing the same, and secondly it starting to cost an awful lot to move through the board, not to mention being very slow as there were so many buildings in the way! Simon in particular was finding himself really struggling for cash, and this was hampering his ability to do anything, when he was trying to set up a cow/cattlemen strategy. I won fairly comfortably with John second, and Simon having the impressively low score of 19 - he was just relieved it wasn't negative!

We then played a quick game of Qwixx while the others finished their Feast of Odin game - with Simon having a disaster in this too, while John, who it was new too, managing to come second to me. Both Lisa and John were quite lucky that the game ended when it did though, because of me rolling a 2, as otherwise they were due to take lots of misrolls, as neither of them could take any more numbers other than 2s or 12s!

Two players left at this point, so the remainder of us sat down to a 5 player game of El Grande. The first set of the game did not go Lisa's way, and she was miles behind the rest at first scoring, while John started a major competition with Sami for Old Castile. I had pulled ahead at that point by getting lots of second places, but Sami actioning "score first place in every region" soon caught everyone else up on me! Simon then tried to target me to keep my score under control as I started pulling ahead, and managed to overtake me at second scoring, with Lisa getting right back into the game and catching up everyone else - and the scores at second scoring being fairly close. Then in the third era everything somehow just seemed to go my way, and I just pulled further and further ahead, so at final scoring the rest were all within three points of each other, with me being over 20 points ahead!! Not quite sure how that happened, other than second places were definitely my friend!

John then suggested La Boca so I introduced that to the group. Scores weren't as high as I've seen in some games, with the red block proving particularly problematic in a couple of cases, and I won with 25, just ahead of John and Simon both on 22.

We finished the evening with a game of Terra. Here John was the one to have a disaster, when on the second round he mixed up the Aztecs and Incas and lost all his cubes to location placement of the Inca tribe, and unfortunately couldn't get into the game after that, as he just kept running out of cubes while the rest of us had a couple of nice cards which were quite high scoring, with lots of obvious regions to go for. I won again, making it five for five for the evening, with Lisa in second place.
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Friday 10th March 2017

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Last Friday we were 9, so started by splitting into two tables (to save me having to clear a third!). Trickerion and Terra Mystica were suggested, and easily tabled, with me playing in the 5 player Terra Mystica game. As usual in 5 player, there was lots of competition. Sami won again, with Halflings, with Simon ending up in second with Chaos Magicians, but it was a fairly close game.

Sami then chose Power Grid, and in a strange game with lots of garbage (or fermentation plants), in which Sami didn't have much luck playing the top of the deck. I thought I'd overpaid badly for a couple of power plants, but actually they turned out to be good buys. Everyone except Sami powered the same number of houses on the final turn, with just 9 cash separating 1st and 4th place, and Martin in the lead.

We then played Paperback, a relatively new acquisition of mine. It was closer than usual, but I was still victorious, just one point ahead of Sami! Sami had decided early to go for all the 5 point wilds, while I held on and ended up getting some more high value ones, but only just enough to stay ahead of him!

The other game was looking like it would finally finish soon, so I suggested World Cup Tournament Football. We picked a wonderfully unimpressive selection of teams for the tournament. Simon won the actual tournament with one of his teams, but in points it was actually a 5 way tie!!!

The other table had finally finished, and Marion and Ellie left at that point, so we finished with a 7 Wonders, 7 player, which Simon won.
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