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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - January 12th - Pret-A-Porter

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January 12th



With only four of us, Chris, Timm, Kevin, and I, we thought we would hack through and learn a heavy one. So, we broke out Prêt-à-Porter, the game of fashion design and shows.

Yeah, I admit, I enjoyed Project Runway when it was on TV. The creativity of it was quite amazing. So the theme of this game drew me in and that it was billed as a more complex Euro made it a must get.

We dumped out the components and went through getting the game set up and taught (thankfully, Kevin did the teaching for this). All in all it took us about 45 minutes of hacking through this rulebook. The comments are correct, the rulebook pretty much sucks. Some items that needed examples did not have them. This made it difficult to grasp until we referred to BGG for clarification.

This was a theme, as well, referring to BGG.

Lots of icons and lots of different cards. The cheat sheets that came with the game were vague for many parts. We had to refer to sources MANY times.

Sigh. But, it happens.

We got to playing and in practice, the game isn't all that difficult. You have three actions per action round (8 of those rounds) and every third round was a fashion show. Your choices for your actions are gain a variety of cards to build your engine, resources, and designs.

Pretty straightforward.

Fashion shows varied from round to round on what was judged and this was how you gained Star points. Those would then get converted to money points at the next show.

Rinse and repeat.

Well, in the end, Timm won pretty easily with 430something. Kevin had 380something, Chris was in a distant 3rd and I was in a distant last.

I have this game up for trade now.

I'm not sold on thisgame. It was quite rough in having to look up every single card and then go to BGG to see how it should be applied. This was very annoying.

The cards also seemed to be strangely unbalanced in some aspects but perhaps this was because it was our first game?

Even more so, I personally did not care for the randomness in how the cards came out when you have so few actions to take. I got hosed a couple of times thinking certain cards would be good just to only watch a useless card sit two to four rounds because things did not come out. Again, was this because it was our first game of it?

I'm not sure if I will play this again to see as it goes for quite a bit of cash at the moment. If I don't trade it, maybe I'll try it again and see. I'm just not sure if it is worth the energy, especially when I have other games of this weight begging to be played.



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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - January 5, 2016 - Twilight Struggle, Crokinole, Duell, Shadow Hunter, Blood Rage

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January 5th, 2016



A new year! Scott and I started early, on Saturday, with Twilight Struggle and finished up on Tuesday. It was the first, complete, game I played. I still have not won yet. I believe I blew the world up twice and once I lost control of Europe. This time it was none of that. Saturday, going into turn 7, I had the USSR with a 7 or 8 point lead. Turn 8, Scott stripped me of two critical cards which sent me into a tailspin. Also, my struggles with the Space Race were Legend. After a few days of thought, Scott came back at me strong with excellent play. I lost as the USA had 12 points. We are hoping for a rematch some time later this month, now that we got a game under our belts.

During our play on Tuesday, Kevin broke out his new copy of Blood Rage and Larry, Chris and Timm joined him in playing. All I know is the game is from CMON Limited. It looks pretty slick and the four of them seemed to enjoy it. The score was Chris winning with 168, Timm had 145, Kevin 122 and Larry had 38. Perhaps one of them could describe their game more in the comments??

As they played the game, Scott and I finished TS and broke out Crokinole as we waited. My board could probably use to be waxed but man, it is at that perfect surface for me now. Control of the biscuit. After the two games, we broke out Duell. I squeezed out a win, four matches to three.

So, we joined together for a six player game. Chris brought his new copy of Shadow Hunters. I only played this once, years ago, but had so much fun with it (we had, perhaps, 10 people playing). Must have played 5 games of it. Well, we played two games. First game Scott played and the Hunters won (Larry and Chris). Scott took off and the second game we played, Kevin and I pulled out the win as I the only Neutral (I needed three to die) and Kevin won because the Shadows were dead. It was good to play this one again and look forward to bigger games of it.

Just a side note, got to dip a new gamer into the waters over the weekend. Played 2 games of Cloud 9 and then Mysterium. Picked things up quickly and enjoyed himself. Fun stuff!


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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - The year in numbers - 2015 (or something to that effect)

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December 30th



Did not play games yesterday but what I do have are some tasty numbers of what we (TEG) played, bla bla bla.

These numbers will not include games played on our trip to St. Louis for Geekway to the West. Last year, six of us made the trek. This year, we have seven of us scheduled to go.

So, to start, we got together on Tuesdays for 48 weeks this calendar year which was probably the most in a few years. I did not count the weeks played in other years except for last year.

We played 101 different games out of a total of 165 games played. It was the first year we broke 100 different games played. We played 98 different games in 2009 and 94 different games in 2010. The record for total games played was set in 2012 with 167 games.

It has been interesting to see what filler games get played as the year goes on (I have it in order by date). Skull was hot most of the year. Camel Up was an early part of the year hit and Strike has tore up the end of the year. All were played between 9-13 times.

BANG!: The Walking Dead has completely replaced the original this past year (and we got it to the table five times). I just flat out like the theme except the joke is now gong (I'm gonna BANG! you).

Some of the TEG classics hit the table this year, as well. Fast Food Franchise, Condottiere, Santiago, Chicago Express, Medina and Samurai all made at least one appearance this year.

Of course we have alea games hitting our tables. Puerto Rico, The Princes of Florence, In the Year of the Dragon, Las Vegas, Saint Malo, Wyatt Earp, Macao, Glen More, The Castles of Burgundy, Broom Service, Bora Bora, Artus, and Fifth Avenue. Okay, until I actually typed out the list, I did not realize we played that many Alea titles this year on Tuesday. Played PR, PoF, and ItYotD multiple times.

Feldtober 2015 wasn't as intense for me as last year but we got in titles every week.

Discovered a few new, excellent titles. Québec was a big hit for us. I personally love the game. Caverna: The Cave Farmers has now replaced Agricola (at least for me). San Quentin Kings, the jail themed Euro is another fun and interesting game.

A couple other numbers I pulled out of my lists...

Crokinole, Dominion have been played 45 times since TEG started.

Puerto Rico hit 24 times. Somerset at 21.

Various others have made it to the Dime Club, as well.

It was a good year of gaming on Tuesday with the guys from TEG. Looking forward to this next year.
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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - Dec 22nd - Strike, Sheepshead, Thunder Alley, Condottiere, Qwixx

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December 22nd


I knew we had six for the evening so Timm, Kevin and I played a bit of fillers before others arrived.

We started out with three games of Strike. I won one of the three, Timm won the other two. I am starting to slip. Others are catching up to my mad skills in the game.

I am worried.

We then played about 8 hands of Sheepshead. It seemed like the blind was continually loaded with trump. Two trump each time I picked, at least.

Scott and Larry arrived. Larry had cookies from Cathy...YUM! We were still waiting on Chris so we squeezed in another game of Strike. Larry won and I'm officially worried.

Chris arrived, which makes the dreaded number "6". Kevin did bring his copy of Thunder Alley so things were good in that regard. We played with four cars each. It made for quite a quick race but it was still quite good. The track we played on narrows down to one lane at a point. We had a lot of breaks in the pack and two cars lapped. Chris' car (#15 blue) won the race and Chris won the game with 137. Larry came in second with 135. Scott had 127 I had 124 and Timm had 122. Kevin had 116. It does not pay to really screw people, does it Kevin. LOL. This has become one of my favorite race games.

Condottiere, a TEG favorite, hit the table. I have the really cool second edition, with the long cards and awesome artwork. Makes it a pleasure whenever it is played. It was quite a tight game early as after two hands, no one was really all that close to winning. But, alas, a winner was determined. It was Kevin. This game, for me, is a true classic. Great card play, solid decisions to be made in that play, table talk to the extreme. I need to bump my rating up.

Others left and Larry, Timm and I played a quick game of Qwixx. I squeaked out a win with 103. Timm had 102 and Larry had 82.

At the beginning of January, I'm going to post some stats on what we have played, as TEG, for the year. I actually have tracked what we played and on what day for all gatherings of TEG. Good stuff!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all and thank you for reading!


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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - Dec 15th - Medina, Bang! Walking Dead, Chicago Express

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December 15th



Six this past Tuesday.

It's always tough getting games to the table with six. Seven is a clear two table day but six is not. We like to all game together when we can. My collection of six player games isn't large (I can't imagine anyone has a large six player game collection). We almost had a consensus of getting Monopoly to the table. It was even set up! Scott, when he arrived, vetoed it. We allowed that as I know there are people who despise the game. Personally, I like it.

Instead we broke out Chicago Express and as always, both parts of this expansion. It is quick and brutal with six. Tough. It can end so quick with six that you really must keep an eye out on it. Early in the game, the B&O got stalled but only one person was in it (Kevin). No one put out more shares and that really helped him to get the win...a steady income of 7 or 8 after four or five payouts. He ended with 65. Timm had 45 as he was in the PA and the yellow. I had 36 (I got in the Wabash and made cash on it by the end of the game). Mike and Chris had 34 and Scott had 28 (his second time playing). This might come back out again soon as it had been awhile (when it used to be a staple).

Still six so BANG!: The Walking Dead hit the table. Scott was the Leader and I was in the Survivor group. I was taken out first as it became clear I was a threat (with no cards). Scott was picking up duel cards on a regular basis (he was Michonne) and was just killing on that. Eventually, he did kill everyone for the win.

Scott and Kevin had to roll so it was Chris, Mike, Timm and myself. Medina was the choice. We are all vets of the game so we were off and playing. Mike took full advantage of the conga line which helped him get the win with 45. I squeezed out 40 and Timm had 37. Chris had 29.

I'm digging how the holidays are falling this year. Some years there is no games in December (at least for TEG). This year, every week.

Good times!

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - Nov 24th/Dec 1st/Dec8th - Strike, Orleans, handful of Alea and The Game

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November 24th/December 1st/December 8th



So sorry for the delay but with Thanksgiving and time off on Wednesday (then an insane work week) it has been too long since I did a write up. I'm squeezing this in before I roll out of here for the day.

So, November 24th. It was a whole gaming week for me. Our normal TEG, an adhoc game on that Wednesday and games again on that Friday. In the adhoc day we did play Food Chain Magnate and the consensus is it was a great game! I'm looking forward to that one again as I know what I want to attempt to do this time.

But on the 24th, we played The Game (2015) twice. The Princes of Florence which Scott won with 54. I had 51 in my best showing yet and Chris and Timm tied with 49. Tight game!. Scott had to roll so we broke out Black Gold. I pulled out a win with 134, Chris had 114 and Timm had 73 (he gambled too much).

The next week, Kevin, Timm and I played a handful of hands of Sheepshead. We then played two games of No Thanks! adding Larry and Chris. Chris won both of those. We then split into two tables once Scott and Christian arrived. Kevin, Larry and Christian played the pimped out version of Orléans. Kevin won with 143, Larry had 141 and Christian had 99.

Timm, Scott, Chris and I played Puerto Rico. It was a money rich game and Chris won with 57. Scott had 51, I had 49 and Timm had 43.

As we waited for Orléans to finish, the four of us played Cloud 9 (Scott killed us) and Las Vegas (again, Scott dominated).

Scott had to roll so we played a couple of 6 player games of Camel Up. Always a riot with us. Larry won the first game and him and Christian tied on the second game. I'm not the best in the world, anymore.

Chris had to go so we broke out Strike. Played four games of it in which I won 3 of those and Christian won one.

I'm the best at that game. Yes. Yes I am.

December 8th

Last night.

It was Chris, Kevin, Timm and I. We started out with the overproduced North Wind. It was an all right race type of game and the overproduction really helps it. I liked it well enough but Chris got all his cubes out to the board first for the win.

We then went in the opposite direction with In the Year of the Dragon, a TEG favorite. I know I personally biffed up my beginning of the game which led me to lose. Chris won with 108 (lots of buildings and people for points), Timm w8ith 103 (privliges and end game), Kev with 98 (Monks) and I had 91 (yeah, I said I screwed the beginning).

We were tossing around ideas and I think everyone felt like a card game. Wyatt Earp was that card game. A run down on the rules and away we went. Kevin was 1k away from a win in the second round but in the third we did our best to reign him back in. He had just too much down to not win but it was closer than expected. He had 28, Chris and Timm had 22, I had 21.

To end the night we broke out the game I'm best at, Strike. True to form, I did dominate and win the game.

Told you I'm the best.

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - November 17th - Strike, The Grizzled, El Gaucho, Isle of Skye

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November 17th



We started out with just Kevin, Timm and I. Both Kevin and I had new stuff we wanted to get to the table (we ALWAYS have new stuff to get to the table) so last night was New-To-Us night.

We started out with a quick (very) game of Strike, a goofy little dice chucking dexterity game. Throw dice, hope for a match, continue going until you get one or until a die comes out by an X or by your own overzealousness.

Not even sure if that is a word, but oh well.

The game is a HOOT!. We had a ton of fun with it...almost as silly as Slappy Hands. I skillfully won the first game and deemed myself the best player ever.

We settled down and broke out The Grizzled a co-op card game set in the trenches of WWI. Not a very difficult game to play but we found it pretty cool. Play cards and not fail. With three player it got very tight but we managed a win. My understanding is it is insanely tough with five. Looking forward to giving it a spin.

El Gaucho is one of the new ones in my collection and I wanted to play it. A set collection/dice allocation game. The production is awesome, as is the game, I feel. A bucket of dice are rolled and on your turn you select two (or three if you are last) and do actions. You can claim cattle or prepare for later in the game with special actions (hugely important). The game froze our brains on occassion and in the end it was Kevin with a sly 199 points. Timm had 188 and I had 178. Now that I think about it, if Kevin didn't steal that 10 points from me, we all would have been right about the same amount of points. LOL

Bret joined us so we had a four player game of another one of Kevin's...Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King. Tile laying with auction (do you call that an auction - putting your stuff out for sale). The really cool thing, I thought, is they took the Date/Marry/F*ck mechanic (you get three tiles, one gets taken out and you put money on the other two so others can buy, or you buy if no one springs for the cash). Well, maybe not hardcore D/M/F but that is what it reminded me of. You build your Isle and round and end game scoring depend on the round and what tiles you managed to add to your Isle. It works really well and isn't very long but it has some thought to it. Timm pulled out a win with 77, Bret had 75, I had 70 and Kevin had 68.

So, to end the night we had to play Strike again. THREE TIMES! Kevin would not go until he won. Bret won two of those and Kevin won the last one. Lots of hooting and hollering with us and this game. I had not heard of it until last night now I must get a copy.

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4th Annual Fall Classic Crokinole Tournament - Southeast Wisconsin Champion - Milwaukee, WI - 11/14/15

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Fifteen of us decided to gather up for the 4th Annual Fall Classic Crokinole tournament. We play by the Milwaukee rules which can be found out under the game somewhere. It works really well for tournaments.

In a nutshell, we do a pool play and then we seed the single elimination brackets with all players. You just never know when an upset will happen.

Here is a picture of some of the participants in play...



One of the participants had to leave so we gathered up and the #1 and 2 seeds (Rob and Timm) had a first round bye. No real surprises in the first round. In the second round, Larry upset Rob to go to the final four (also everyone in the final four won cash. $100 for first, $60 for second, $40 for third and $25 for fourth). Larry vs Kevin and Timm vs Karl. Karl pulled out a very narrow win over Timm and Kevin made it to the final table for the first time.



Kevin became the champion defeating Karl 3 - 1 (I think?)!!!!

See Kevin here standing with the traveling trophy



I'm not even sure about who won the cash for third and fourth. Kevin is now the singles champ! He better find a quality partner if he wants to win that Geekway partners championship.
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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - November 3rd - Lost Cities: The Board Game, New York 1901

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November 3rd



We had four of us participating on the Tuesday before Fork Day (November 6th). It was Mike, Christian, Timm and myself. I had just picked up New York 1901 and wanted to play it. With four, we had the perfect amount.

I had not read the rules until we started learning it and I missed that we had to take out a card for each starting building we used. This messed up the ending a bit (and was confusing) but otherwise we had all the rules dead on. Pretty simple to learn, super quick (shocking how quick it was) and it had enough to it to be fun.

You have a map of part of NYC and land/plot cards laid out to draft (think TtR). You draft land, place a worker and you can build OR you can tear down your existing buildings and rebuild a newer building there. There are rules on how this is done but I'm not doing a breakdown of the rules. Building gives you the most points in the game. There are bonus points for having the majority of buildings on a specific street (randomly done at the beginning of the game) and a special bonus (depends on what it is). Some nice options in the game.

We finished this in probably 45 minutes or so and Timm got the win with 66. I managed 61 with Mike at 58 and Christian at 50. Word of warning, if you are the one to trigger end game, you will not get a last turn. It's triggered by running the stack of plot cards. You do not pick those if you tear down and rebuild (which is good points). I, personally, really enjoyed the game. I'm a sucker for city games.

We cleaned it up and I brought out Lost Cities: The Board Game. I have played this one a few times and Timm did once but Christian and Mike had not. So, I went through the rules and we were off and running.

I really like this. I personally find it much better than the original version. It plays up to four and the board with the tiles makes for an excellent race game. We played the three rounds and I came out ahead with 445. Timm had 370, Mike 355 and Christian 220. The thing to remember is it is a race and can move quicker than you want. Don't lollygag.

I will only play this with four as I found it to be the most fun that way.

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - October 27th - Last week of Feldtober! Bora Bora and Spyfall

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October 27th



The last week of Feldtober 2015.

No Macao this month (a favorite game of mine, and my favorite Feld) but this is one I'll play throughout the year.

What ya gonna do?

Last night it was Bret, Larry, Mike and I. Bret brought a game with to give it a whirl with us and that game was Spyfall. A social deduction game not unlike Werewolf in that you are trying to find the Spy and in turn the Spy is trying to find where the rest of you are hiding out. Your turn consists of a question. The question needs to let others know that you know where the location is but to not let the Spy know. The Spy must listen to those clues and try not to give themselves away.

We played two quick games of it (It's timed). Unfortunately, my feeling is it needs to be played by the max of 8 folk and the right people need to play (those that dig these types of games). I, personally, am looking forward to playing it with a large group.

We then brought out the Feld of the evening. Bora Bora. It had been quite some time since it hit the table and Mike had not played before. So, we taught Mike and re-learned the game ourselves (which took a bit).

This isn't even close to my favorite Feld's as for me it seemed like too much. Mike made some kind of comment of vomiting all of the mechanics onto the table to make the game. But, that does not mean I dislike the game. I do enjoy it but it isn't at the level of Macao, Rialto, Luna, and Amerigo. Well, really out of all of them that I have played, it is probably at the bottom.

Anyways, the game started to move along when we got used to it again and I was hanging out in the back but my engine really started to move along to give me the win with 155. Mike was second with 138 and Larry (and his love of the game) got 131. Bret brought up the rear with 110 as he really didn't have any huts out on the islands.

Still, a fine end to Feldtober (well, perhaps not an end as I will be at a card social on Friday and will probably bring It Happens...



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