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Session Report #1: October 29, 2012

Lee Benson
United States
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...and I'm back in the game!
Session Report #1: October 29, 2012
aka "Alfred, come down here and run this auction for me."

This is the inaugural issue of Alfred, Come Down Here, a low-key blog about the exploits of a small Portland gaming group. If you like statistics, then you've come to right place. I've got spreadsheets, formulas and stats up the yin yang! So stay tuned for more in the future if you're into that sort of thing.

The Rundown
I arrived at Collin's around 12:30 for some two-player games before the everyone else was to arrive. We kicked off with Khet: The Laser Game, in which Collin schooled me. I thought I was doing really well, but I missed an obvious weakness and Collin took me out handily. We followed that up with Polarity, a game played with magnets. Players attempt to balance their magnets in their play area without them clumping together. It's quite an interesting game. I didn't have the hand for it and Collin took me down again. We set to a game of Jaipur and had each won a round when Kyle showed up.

So we put Jaipur away and pulled out No Thanks! which took about 30 seconds to explain and we were off and running. Well, at least I was, Collin racked up 90 points (for those unfamiliar with No Thanks!, you want a low score), so I grabbed my first win of the day. Next, we grabbed Chrononauts, which Collin and Kyle had not played before. Collin frustrated Kyle by playing a card that allowed him to redistribute everyone's cards (as he had the cards needed to win in hand). But Kyle soon got what he needed, collecting his three artifacts to win.

That's when Mike and Amanda showed up and we started with a game of Pit, of which Mike was in the lead when we decided to call it. (Note to Mike: I'll gladly pitch in money for sleeves as I'm sure I did my fair share of card thrashing!) We followed this with King of Tokyo, which was over in no time with Collin destroying the lot. Next was Modern Art, which Amanda won again with a score of $406,000 (Mike came in second with $358,000.

Most everyone was interested in playing Power Grid (aka Funkenschlag), so that came next, and rules and gameplay went quite smoothly. I came out on top, finishing the game with 17 powered buildings. (Sidenote: I browsed the Power Grid rules FAQ to make sure I didn't do anything wrong and found two interesting things: you can move resources from one power plant to another power plant at any time as long as the plant can accommodate the resources; and with five players, you play until someone has built 15 buildings.)

We didn't get enough bidding with Modern Art and Power Grid, so we got in a couple games of Mike's virgin copy of For Sale, with myself and Kyle winning one game each. The night ended with Bohnanza, with a large number of crazy trades (per the usual) and some extreme donating, with Amanda being victorious.

The Statistics (because I'm a nerd)
# of wins per players
Collin: 1 (King of Tokyo) + 2 before the full group arrived (Khet, Polarity)
Mike: 1 (Pit)
Amanda: 2 (Modern Art, Bohnanza)
Kyle: 1 (For Sale) + 1 (Chrononauts)
Lee: 2 (Power Grid, For Sale)

Median year of games played
1997 (with full group) <- I'm impressed by the fact that we played so many relatively old games!
2000 (of all games)

Average playing time (according to game length on BGG)
60 minutes (with full group)
45 minutes (of all games)

Total time spent playing (according to game length BGG)
6 hours, 10 minutes (with full group) + 2 hours beforehand
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