Games Played WABA Thornlie September 2012
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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Several large groups playing only a few games for most of the day - Did you attend? What did you play?
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1. Board Game: Lemonade Stand [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:5789]
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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Ian, Tegan and I played Lemonade Stand first up - Tegan's choice, though she regretted it, as it was too mathy for her tastes.

I however really like the game. The art for it is wonderful, and I think it's a fairly meaty game for its size/length.

It's a matter of gambling on what the next day's weather will be, based on the prediction, producing enough lemonade for your potential customers and pricing it right.

Only my second play of it, but I think it's pretty neat, and well worth the $10.

I won this one, with Tegan in second place.
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2. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:242]
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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Next we went for something a bit more challenging, At The Gates of Loyang.

I hadn't played it in over a year, so I was really happy to get it back to the table. It was one of Jess and my first purchases, so we played it a lot and have a real soft spot for it.

Tegan is an Uwe Rosenberg fangirl, but had never tried it.

It has a couple of odd rules, such as the drafting mechanic, which make it a little bit overwhelming when teaching, but after a round, you pretty much have the hang of how it works.

The key to the game is having both a constant supply of produce coming in, and a constant collection of customers to serve.

As it was both Ian and Tegan's first time, they didn't quite manage that for the whole game, and, though it was quite close, I took the win.

I really love this game - In fact, I prefer it to Le Havre, though that is mostly because I have barely played Le Havre, and I need to get to know it better.
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3. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:777]
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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Ian has been sitting on a copy of Colossal Arena for quite some time and none of us had ever played it, so we broke it out. I really liked it.

You have a certain number of monsters battling in an arena, and you are betting on the ones that will survive each round. By betting the most on a certain monster, you also get to use its power.

Each round one monster gets knocked out.

After five rounds, or the deck running out, the person with the most points wins.

We pretty much knocked Ian out of the running in the second round, and I was on the way to victory, when Tegan knocked out one of my guys and ran the deck out so that I couldn't respond!

Liked it a lot.
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4. Board Game: Helvetia [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1002]
Robert Forrest
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We set this up at the last WABA meet, only to pack it away and play Village, so after that tease, we brought this to the table. It was my fourth play, and Ian and Tegan's second.

This is one of my very favourite games currently, which is not hurt by the fact that I am thus far undefeated.

I've talked about it previously, but basically you each run a village, surrounded by different production tiles, each of which needs a man or woman to run it. You can marry into other people's village to get access to those production buildings too. You can build more tiles, make babies and trade goods.

Most of the points come from trading goods, though there is a minor area majority aspect too.

Really fantastic game, highly recommended.
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5. Board Game: Serengeti [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2990]
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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Lastly, as we were getting tired, we played a quick game of Serengeti.

A super fast bidding game by Michael Schacht.

You have hidden chips in your hand, and bid on good each round which have numbers on them. If you win the bid, you place the numbered card in front of you, but for each number you win, you can no longer bid that number.

Also, if someone wins a bid using a number you possession of, instead of the money going to the bank, it goes to you.

Finally, scores are based on sets of colours, not numbers, so you are also pushed to spread out.

Fast, fun and feels pretty original. Great filler!
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6. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:12]
Warren Adams
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Mt Lawley
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Andrew revised the rules for Tim and taught me this one.

This is a nice dice rolling, worker placement, civilisation building sort of game. I can see why it is popular around WABA.

Tim got so far ahead half way through the game that he couldn't be beaten.

I think Andrew ended up winning from Tim and then me in third (close enough not to be called third instead of last).
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7. Board Game: Santiago de Cuba [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:782]
Warren Adams
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Mt Lawley
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First, to clear my confusion around the name of this game. Santiago is the name of the capital of Chile. It is also the name of second biggest city in Cuba.

Andrew taught Tim and I this 'cut down' version of Cuba.

Good game. The game has only one moving piece, the President's car, that moves in 'circle' between various destinations that can only be used once as the car passes it. You all take turns to move the car to where you want it to be, and usually past where others want it to be.

I won this one from Andrew and Tim.
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8. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:115]
Karl Schreiber
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Opals and I just got this game last week and have been super keen to play. Had a preliminary 2 player run through the night before WABA to get used to the rules and then marched into Thornlie for a 3 player game with Opals, Rudolph and I.
We played the game slightly wrong, in that I confused the endgame rules and thought we had to fill up both the village chronicle and the anonymous graves in order to end the game instead of just one or the other. This meant it went on quite a bit longer than it should have.
Opals took her meeple family on adventurous journeys to other towns and managed to get two famous journeymen spots in the chronicle, filling those limited spaces up before Rudolph and I could even build a wagon! Meanwhile, Rudolph and I battled it out for market day dominance and choice spots in the Council Chambers.
All of us competed eagerly for dominance of the church and much of the 2nd and 3rd generations of our meeple families became monks.
Opals managed to get the most of her family in the chronicle with 5 places, while Rudolph and I each got 4.
I ended up winning by roughly 10 points though because I dominated the market days and ended up with a nice 31 point stack of tiles at the end of the game. I also managed to maintain majority in the church for most of the game. If we had of played the proper endgame rules, the result may well have been different though, and because Opals dominated both the chronicle and the travel area, it is likely she may have taken the game...
Later in the day, another group played a game and had a grand time. Through their game I learned we were playing the endgame wrong, as they went through the whole rulebook thoroughly.
I love this game! Very glad we picked it up. It's got a bit of a lengthy setup, and the various village functions and point systems require a bit of explanation, but it plays beautifully in my opinion. I really like the options available and the potential for competition in every one. I also love the competitive mass at the end of every round, and the core idea that most of the point payoffs come at the end of the game. Also I just like the theme, and the idea that you're conducting several generations of your village family with certain goals in mind.
Winner: Karl
Playing time: roughly an hour and a half, though it would have been shorter if I read the ending rules correctly.
Great fun!

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9. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:78]
Karl Schreiber
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I just got this game recently and so was eager to try it out. Mark taught us the ropes, and we setup a 5 player game for the 'Fat Goblin' quest with Opals as a nimble scout/rogue, Mark as a powerful mage, Luke as a tough but slow Dwarven healer (a character from the conversion kit), myself as a pretty boy(?) knight, and Rudolph as the evil Overlord.
In the first encounter Overlord Rudolph pitted us against some marathon-running goblins and some respawning merriods which flailed us dreadfully. The result was a tie, with both the heroes and the Overlord gaining half the objectives. Opals was quite speedy and chased those goblins the entire map before being mercilessly battered by a boss Merriod. Mark's mage also took a good drubbing from every which way, while Luke and I remained essentially ignored as too tough for most of the encounter.
In the second encounter the heroes had to contend with some nasty spiders, a duo of shadow dragons, some more speedster goblins, and, the Fat Goblin himself, Herr Splig. We got bogged down badly with the spiders and dragons early in the encounter so the Overlord managed to fulfil his first objectives speedily. Luckily, because the monsters could not respawn in this scenario, we eventually wittled them down and managed to win the day. It was definitely a messy affair, with several heroes--myself mostly--getting floored by the dragons. I must say that Rudolph did well with his power cards! There were tripwires and monster frenzies galore! But, he was unlucky in that the heroes managed to pass most of the nastier attribute tests.
Winner/s: Heroes (Mark, Opals, Luke, Karl)
Playing time: roughly 2-2.5 hours for a 2 encounter quest. Except for Mark, we were all newbies, but the game never seemed to drag. It did turn into a slugfest at the end though.
Great fun!
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10. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:244] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
The Cheng Meister
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Maylands
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7 player game with myself, Julian, Peter, Aidden, Jason, Rowland and Ernest pitted up against Sog Yuggoth (spelling?) - it's the one that devours anyone lost in time and space.

With that I won the award for losing 2 investigators in the first 2 turns to being lost in time and space - so a 100% casualty rate

My reincarnation as Sister Mary the Nun was funny with Jason "lending" me a shotgun and with my blessing, took the streets as a vigilante hunting down monsters.

In the end, both Peter and I were the "monster hunters" with 6 to 10 kills respectively. Aidden became the Deputy of Arkham which was cool and with some lucky roles and lucky mythos cards we were able to seal 6 gates. Somehow we kept the general store from closing as we kept on disposing of monsters in Arkham.

A fun game enjoyed by all and with 2 new players, taking only 4 hours AND us winning, it was a very good game indeed!
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11. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:690]
The Cheng Meister
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Maylands
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Played the Deluxe version.

Jason won after some tense fish getting/ ice melting fun! laugh
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12. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game – Exodus Expansion [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
The Cheng Meister
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Maylands
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So BSG

6 players:
Ernest
Jason
Me
Rowland
Mark
Aidden

Mark played attrociously as the "helpful" but really very unhelpful Cylon leader . Ernest "I'm not a Cylon" played Calley and shot the Cylon Admiral (Rowland) for us accidentally. Because, well you guessed it, Ernest was a Cylon "surprise surprise" snore

Anyway, the humans fought valiantly but after losing the Pegasus and an unlucky jump and loss of a few jump preps, the Cylons overcame the Battlestar disposing of it with raiders and basestars.

In hindsight, I should have let Ernest examine my loyalty card and he would have been executed as I was a Final Five. Sigh ... laugh
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13. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:308]
Mark Johnson
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SOUTH PERTH
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Not too much to say on this other than i like it and would play again - perhaps others will add more.

Stupid name for a pirate game though.

Also, ask Tim what he thinks of the art...
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