NWIBGA ALL-DAY GAME DAY - EQUINOX EDITION
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

A newcomer appears (welcome Sean!), the Old Guard are reliable as always, and the Young Guard (Kev-o) make an appearance.

Star Wars: X-Wing makes a big splash, Dixit builds it's popularity, Last Will gets more fans, Trajan climbs toward Nickel Status, and some wild & crazy card games at Midnight capped off the day!
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1. Board Game: Dixit: Odyssey [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:173] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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Two plays, one to open the festivities at 12 Noon, a 2nd trip at 12 Midnight to close the Event. We used both Dixit & Dixit Odyssey decks bith sessions. (I've ordered Dixit 2 now, to add to the variety).

Amanda ran (hopped?) away with the 1st game. Tho we did scoring wrong (my mistake) which might have helped others at least stay closer...

29 - AMANDA (Pink Bunny)
24 - Andy (Blue Bunny)
18 - Alan (White Bunny)
16 - Nick (Dark Green Bunny)
16 - Scott (Yellow Bunny)
14 - Stephen (Olive Bunny)
13 - Greg (Lite Green Bunny)
9 - John P (Red Bunny)
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30 - STEPHEN (White)
28 - Nick (Lt Green)
26 - Scott (Yellow)
25 - Robbie by Tie-Breaker (Gray)
25 - Lil' Kevin (Red)
24 - Mike McR (Dk Green)
22 - Rufus (Orange)

Maybe the Players can chime on with memories of Great/Funny clues or memorable moments? Both games were a blast. Glad I invested in this game, everyone seems to be really enjoying it!
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2. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:186]
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We hadn't played this one in some time, but was welcome with a large group (10) and the game was a pretty good one.

SPIES (Winners):
ALAN - GREG - JESSE - SCOTT

RESISTANCE was futile (Losers):
Amanda - Andy - Brian - John P - Nick - Stephen
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I was particularly proud of my "apparent blunder" and "Little Helpful Info" from my Turn 2 Leader role & Team Assignment (just added myself to the same Mission Team from previous turn, 1st turn had yielded 4 Successes, MY Mission generated 3 Succeses + 2 Failures). Mwah hah ha.

I also enjoy how no one ever trusts Nick or Brian, no matter what. Heh.
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3. Board Game: Word on the Street [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1509]
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8 - BRIAN
6 - Jesse
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4. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:66] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
 
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This was a blast. (pun intended) We played a 4-a-side 130 pt game.
4 Rebel ships took on a squadron of 6 Imperial fighters!

The Cast:
REBEL Luke Skywalker (Nick M) - Turn 2 exit (Death by Darth...)
REBEL Biggs Darklighter (Sean) - Survivor & Winner
REBEL Y-Wing Pilot (Padraig) - Survivor & Winner
REBEL X-Wing Pilot (C.J.) - Destroyed
EMPIRE Darth Vader/TIE Adv (Scott) - Lasted longer than should have
EMPIRE Maarek Stele/TIE Adv (Brian) - Our Last Stand, but fell in the end
EMPIRE Howlrunner & Acad Pilot (Greg) - Howl destroyed Turn 2
EMPIRE Backstabber & Black Sq Pilot (Stephen) - both destroyed
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VADER's JOURNAL:
As Dark Lord of the Sith, I went straight after Luke, oblivious to the rest of his team. ("Leave this one to me.") Hit him with my Concussion Missiles Turn 1, then banked to finish him off Turn 2 (felt bad for Nick, tho...sorry for the quick elim) He took out my shields before he died (the Force was strong in this one...), then his team jumped all over me (Howlrunner, move in. Howlrunner? HOWLRUNNER!? worst.wingman.ever.), knocking me down to only 1 Hull Point on Turn 2! Uh oh. But I didn't care, I was Lord Vader! So I zoomed thru their ranks, spun out the backside and came after the rest, homing in on their Y-Wing (his Ion Cannons were really annoying my TIE Fighter pilots. plus his lack of faith was disturbing me). Got a good hit in on him, but he got in behind me somehow and I couldn't shake him (perhaps he wanted to join me and rule the galaxy together...) He hit me two turns in a row with THREE hits on the dice. But BOTH TIMES I managed (thanks to some re-rolls and focus) to Evade all three and stay alive! ("Darth Vader Lives" t-shirts for sale at our Gift Shop, next to the lunch boxes). I unceremoniously left the game with a bad maneuver, trying to dodge him thru asteroids (bumped one, no damage luckily, but losing my Actions that turn cost me dearly) as his teammates spun around and lit me up. With no Focus or Evade, I was toast. And here I thought they had overestimated their chances.
Of course, had Black Squadron arrived in Pincer Formation on-schedule, things would've gone much smoother. I'll dealwith them later...
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Hope others will add their own impressions and commentary, too.
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5. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:341] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Last will mkes another appearance with a new crowd. And it sounds like they really enjoyed it.

-12 JOHN P
-11 Alan - lost only by a buck!
+ 1 Amanda
+ 3 Jesse
+ 8 Andy
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Jesse commented that he din't know spending money could be so hard! lol
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6. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:113]
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Brian has wanted to play this one for awhile, finally hit the table.

60 - Alan (Yellow)
53 - Stephen (Green)
46 - Greg (Purple)
39 - Brian (Blue)
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7. Board Game: Rattus: Africanus [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
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Plus 2010 Essen & BGG promos.
The pack of Rattus fan grows!

14 - SARAH ELLEN (White)
12 - Jesse (Red)
12 - Stephen (Green)
10 - Greg (Orange)
6 - Alan (Yellow)
4 - Brian (Blue)
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8. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Cities [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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The new GanCon release gets broken in by the NWIBGA-ers.

94 - STEPHEN (Manneken Pi A) - Science approach
65 - Christie (Gizah B)
62 - Brian (Babylon B)
62 - Robbie (Ephesus B)
60 - Greg (Alexandria B)
43 - Padraig (Halikarnos)
34 - Sean (Byzantium B)
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9. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:235]
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Jesse's favorite draws a crowd of rampaging lunatics, as usual.

Winner -
LAUREN (Cyber Bunny - 5)

Losers -
Alan (Alienoid - 9)
Nick (Kraken - 9)
Amanda (Gigazaur - 7)
John P (The King - 7)
Jesse (Meka Dragon -4)
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10. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:119]
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What would a NWIBGA Game Day be w/o a Train Game!?

37 - Sarah Ellen
33 - Alan
31 - Jesse
30 - C.J.
28 - Nick
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I recently picked this up after seeing the enjoyable Tabletop (YouTube's Geek & Sundry network) episode. I haven't played yet, but glad it got broken in this weekend! And they all loved it!

-70 C.J. WINNER
-65 Nick
-45 Robbie
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12. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse: Rook City [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
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The Superhero genre was represented well, if not successfully.
Still waiting for my copy (I Kick-starter'd the 2nd Ed.)

The Heroes:
Mike McR as Fanatic - RIP
Robbie as Expatriette - RIP

The Villain:
Baron Blade - Winner (w 48 hp left)

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Baron Blade is usually a breeze, but with only 2 heroes must've been tough. (Next time maybe run 2 Heroes each in a 2P game?)
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13. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:347] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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Theguys were so embarrassed by their inept performance, they tried to sneak away w/o doing a Game Report...

They were well on their way to defeat when I came back to the party, and I was SOOOOOOO sorry Imissed this one...

C.J. - RIP
Mike McR - RIP
Robbie - RIP

Eaten by lots of zombies.
Never split the party.
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This is the roll & move, tv show one. It was eh.
At least I won!

SCOTT (as Andrea) WINNER (and never even used her Special Ability)
Lil' Kevin (as Rick Grimes) - last Survivor to die

Rufus (as Glenn, aka Zombie #1)
Nick (as Dale, aka Zombie #2)

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Fun enough, I suppose, for a light and quick game.
But did nothing to help me get over my "dread fear" of zombie games...

Edit: Forgot to mention how I returned to Game Day, snickering "oh, darn" that I had conveniently missed the start of Zombicide at one table(see above), only to turn around and practically fall into this next table...
Nick: "Oh, you're back. Good, we're just setting this one up, have a seat". AHHHHHH. Zombies. zombie
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15. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:747]
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I think Jesse for discovering this game for us. I picked up a copy at GenCon. Such a clever take on the whole Werewolf/Resistance, etc Hidden Roles & Traitorous Teams concept!

LIL' KEVIN (as Franklin - H) WINNER!
Robbie (as David - N) only other survivor
Mike McR (as the Vampire - S) 3rd
Nick M (as George - H) 4th actually helped Kevin Win. Nice, for a change!
Scott (as Charles - N) 5th Rufus was onto me pretty quick...
Rufus (as Ultra Soul - S) 6th ...so I had to take him out quick!

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Shadow Hunters earns NICKEL status!
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16. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:72]
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Trajan getting more action, grows in popularity.

127 - Brian (Blue)
123 - Alan (Red)
109 - Greg (Brown)
100 - Stephen (Green)
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17. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This at All: Dice are Fun [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
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We ended the night around midnight with some of this wacky card game & Dixit (see above). This game is always a riot, with plenty of screaming & yelling ("STOP ROLLING THE DIE!" leaps to mind), laughter, cheating, and assorted awesomeness.

We played 5-6 quick games, one of which ended on Turn 1. Highligts included: a plethora of "No one can say the word ______" cards that made half the table go silent and go into pantomime mode, Kittens Ambushing a Black Hole attack, Robbie's clever attempts to get Steve to speak, and Robbie eliminating himself because he forgot what his card said and threw the wrong Rock/Paper/Scissor sign! lol.

We tried to get the Blue Deck into play, but no one ever lasted long enough.... lol.

We finished by playing the Dice Are Fun exp deck by itself. Very math-y and silly, but dice rolling is always fun and this game made it quite a hoot.

Great game, lots of fun. If you left before 11:30pm, you missed it. So bleh
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