Games played at Epsom Games Club 15.09.12 (Games Day #22)
Jim Sutherland
United Kingdom
(just) West of London
Middlesex
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Recommend
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
What with holidays, 'flu, weddings, chauffeur duties and probable alien abduction, we were rather sparse on the ground today with seven of us making it this month and one of them left before the first game was played!

Jeff (retired early), JimS, Josh, Gareth, Scott, Mark and later on Woody.

Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
1. Board Game: Mü & More [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:853]
Jim Sutherland
United Kingdom
(just) West of London
Middlesex
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
In the hope that we might get a few late arrivals, the five brave souls played a card game new to all that Scott had brought along, an old one from Frank and Doris.

Scott explained the rules - a game with two trumps (which could be colour or number either time (yes, it took us a few minutes to get our head around it too!) with one player, by bidding (revealing cards from hand) taking a partner and cslling the prime trump while the player with the next most cards revealed alling the secondry trump and playing in co-operation with the othet two players (it is a 5 player only game).

Despite our confudion, I enjoyed the one round we played and would play again, but perhaps with "card plsyers" rather than "board game players".

No ratings taken, but a good 6.5 on first play for me.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
2. Board Game: Black Friday [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1867]
Jim Sutherland
United Kingdom
(just) West of London
Middlesex
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
With so few people it seemed that there was even more dithering than normal; or maybe it was because the last few deciding on a game always take a long time to agree?

But with the time already marching close to noon, Scott and I were going to happily play a 2 player version of this stock-market crash game but Mark decided that it might be the more interesting offer than by the other group, so he joined in despite not having played before.

The rules seem complicated but are actually quite simple and Scott did a tremendous job explaining them and the various round scoring triggers to Mark, who was also the randomly selected start player.

For once, I was sitting to the right of Scott and this probably proved decisive because I managed to buy my second or third lot of silver ahead of Scott and with me extra "Pass" token filled the silver market triggering a scoring round and pushing silver up quite a few places. cool whistle

The game, as always, ended quickly in a flurry of selling shares and buying silver next turn. Final scores and ratings were:

Jim 22 (7.5)
Scott 18 (7.5)
*Mark 10 (7.5)

A small discussion about which shares to buy followed and while I think that this is an important part of the game, the two things that seem to impact it more seem to be the random shares picked by each player at the start of the game and the shares that come out of the black bag in a scoring round.

The on-line version at Yucata helps more than the real game because all the information is open (start shares and share tokens in the bag), giving the appearance of more control. It may be interesting to play in this way with the real game next time it is played at EGC?
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
3. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:206]
Jim Sutherland
United Kingdom
(just) West of London
Middlesex
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I have the score sheet for this (naughty boys left it behind on the table).

Gareth 54 (7)
*Josh 53 (7)
*Woody 51 (6)
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
4. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:487]
Jim Sutherland
United Kingdom
(just) West of London
Middlesex
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
With the Endeavour table going to be another 10 - 15 minutes, it was time for a wee filler before we all had lunch (no pizza today!)

As always, a fun little game with the inevitable table banter justifying our choices of card columns.

Scott 37 (6.5) includes .5 for the win!
Jim 34 (6)
Mark 32 (6)

With the Endeavour table still needing 10m minutes (we clearly played Coloretto in a time warp!), just time for another round.

This time a complete reversal of fortunes with Marks gambles great play paying off handsomely and Scott's not so well!

Mark 50
Jim 35
Scott 29

Sadly there was not time to play the third and deciding round because it was time for lunch.

Good game and despite what looks like a low rating, I am always happy to play this entertaining filler. But let us not start the discussion about ratings here and now - it is time to eat!

1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
5. Board Game: Big Shot [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3405]
Jim Sutherland
United Kingdom
(just) West of London
Middlesex
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
More delay in choosing a game after lunch. I suggested this simple but intriguing oldie from Alex Randolph from some years ago. Scott had played before and was happy to play again and Gareth joined us.

Scott did his normal fabulous explanation of the few and relatively simple rules. I mentioned that borrowing too much money was one of the key factors in the game but as you will discover, neither of the others listened to me.

The game itself is where the players bid for sets of colored cubes (four at a time, in the colors of the players, but randomly grouped and distributed in 18 lots around the board) and the winner of the bid places the cubes on the areas of the board which have varying point levels (21 - 9) for a completed area. An area is complete as soon as the seventh cube is placed on it and the player with the majority of cubes on the area gets that development (and the VPs!).

The twist is that any colours that have the same number of cubes as another colour are removed from the area and of those left, the colour in the majority wins. So you could have two colours each with three cubes present but the winner would be the single cube left behind! This leads to some spiteful clever cube placement, even from quite early on because the winner of the bid chooses what colour cubes go where.

Additionaly, at the end of the game all areas are evaluated by the same majority rule even if they have fewer than seven cubes on and the winner is the one that has most VPs.

But I failed to mention that a) you only have 18 of your cubes available and many of them will be placed by the other players, and not to your advantage; b) that the only way to get more money in the game is to take loans, each of which is repaid at the end of the game as 10 VPs and additionally each loan raises one less coin than the previous loan, so the first loan costs 10 VPs and generates 9 coins, the next loan still costs 10 VPs but generates only 8 coins and so on; and finally c) you can only take out a loan at the the start of your turn each round!

Some heavy bidding (and numerous loans) by most players saw me win with zero points (!) by being able to purchase the last couple of lots of cubes quite cheaply and with careful placement, the result was

Jim 0
*Gareth -23
Scott -24

Such a simple game, but very entertaining risk v reward decisions to be made on most turns.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
6. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:12]
Jim Sutherland
United Kingdom
(just) West of London
Middlesex
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I have the score sheet for this (naughty boys left it behind on the table).

Mark 219 (7)
*Woody 174 (7)
Josh 172 (7)
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
7. Board Game: Big Shot [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3405]
Jim Sutherland
United Kingdom
(just) West of London
Middlesex
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
While I was distracted by the arrival of my wife with tales of woe and anguish about her visit to her Mum and Dad (who live in Epsom), Scott and Gareth made an "Executive Decision" to play Big Shot again.

Clearly I had been distracted by the arrival of my wife, or was it that I simply overbid on every lot I won? The first few lots seemed to contain at least 2 of my cubes so I felt obliged not to let the others choose where they went, but I got pasted and Scott romped home with my earlier tactic of waiting to pick-up the "left overs" of the early battles as well as concentrating on a big score area.

Scott 32 (6.5)
Gareth -18 (7.5)
Jim -22 (7)

Good, fast, fun auction game; worth a play if you have not played it before, and worth another play if you have.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
8. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:215]
Jim Sutherland
United Kingdom
(just) West of London
Middlesex
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I had been suggesting this game all day, more as a warning if we could not choose a more "sensible" game, but the joke back fired as Scott said yes; probably because of the time left to us with the wedding party arriving any moment to make use of the function room (which had been beautifully made up considering what a dingy room it is).

Another fine explanation of the game rules from Scott for Gareth who had not played before. I kept quiet about my theory that the way to win was lots of Panda cards and chose not to play my game by not taking panda cards.

The game itself is played by the players laying out coloured land tiles (plots), irrigate them where necessary, and grow one of the three species of bamboo (Green, Yellow and Pink - there are more green areas available than yellow, and more yellow than pink) with the help of the Imperial gardener to maintain the garden and make the bamboo grow while the panda moves around eating the bamboo.

The reason for all the activity is that there are three types of cards (panda, gardener and land plots) which give varying amounts of VPs for being completed - the easier ones (the panda ones) give fewest points, those involving the pink bamboo giving the most, and each player gets one of each type at the start of the game, although more can be acquired (with a maximum of holding in hand limit of 5) through out the game.

Every round each player takes two different actions (e.g. take some water pipes to irrigate the land; move the panda (who then eats a piece of bamboo where he stops; place new land tiles; etc.) as well as a bonus random possibility from a die roll.

The player who manages his land plots best, growing the most bamboo while feeding the delicate appetite of the panda, will win the game.

I opted to build huge tracks of land to help me get my big scoring tiles completed, but in fact simply paved the way for Scott to win because I completed some of his tasks for him. Curses!

So after I played out my high scoring cards, Scott, who already had numerous cards down, played several more cards, triggering the game and and getting the Emperors bonus of 2 additional VPs, not that he needed them for his easy victory.

Scott 41 (?)
*Gareth 32 (6.5)
Jim 27 (6.5)


1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.