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It was a rare dark and cold day in Denver--a perfect day to stay inside and play games!

The great (unpublicized) fundraiser for the DenverGames.com web site yielded $8. I'll pitch in the rest for an extension for 1 more year. If you would like to donate for this cause, let me know. John F has offered to host for us (instead of just going to the yahoo!groups), you can check out his prototype at http:://beta.denvergames.com.

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1. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:422]
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Lisa / Brian / Jeff / Scott -- WON
Lisa / Brian / Jeff / Scott / Dave -- LOST (w/ Treasures & Curses)
Lisa / Brian / Jeff / Scott / Dave -- WON (w/ Treasures & Curses)

The muddy soundtrack couldn't be heard over the din of dice rolling, so we had to evacuate into a different room and play on a table with felt. This worked much better, though I still had problems figuring out which sound is what.

I thought the game was pretty fun. I also think it is extremely easy to accidentally cheat in this game.

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2. Board Game: Core Worlds [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:528]
Jeff W
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35 Dan
32 Mike
30 Eugene
29 Jay
21 Travis

This game went on for much longer than I expected (about 2 hours). I have never played but I had the impression that it is about a hour game.
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3. Board Game: Milestones [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2146]
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62 Lisa
45 Scott
38 Jeff
36 Brian

Scott has been telling me how good this game is so I wanted to try it. However, I said I'd fill in as the fourth in the Tichu game. So I sat and listened to rules explanation for Milestone while the explanation for Tichu was going on. Ron showed up at the end of the explanations and we made Hsiu-Ping do the double explanation while I played Milestones.

I think I emphasized too much on getting multiple items on a move instead of diversifying my initial setup. It takes 4 resources to exchange for one resource that you want so that is not very efficient. I ended up with lots of sand and a occasional stone so mostly I built roads which doesn't score well. I think it works better to slow play the resources and build a lot in one turn instead of whipping around the rondel.

I think this is a cool game and I certainly would like to play again.
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4. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:161]
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179 Lisa
141 Jeff
126 Scott
76 Brian

The bright colors of the cover and the name of the game seem to run counter to the magical theme of this game. I had fun in this game, but there just seemed to be lots of cards which can be abused for mega points. It is a bit disheartening to be plodding along scoring a few measly points here and there and then someone comes along and scores 50+ points in one turn. However, the game might be more like Glory to Rome in that all the outrageous combos in fact balance each other to make an interesting game.
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5. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:123]
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530 Hsiu-Ping / Dave
470 Jean-Luc / Ron

Hsiu-Ping had the hard task of double teaching as Ron arrived late. I heard that the two novices Ron and Dave both called and made Tichus!
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6. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:709]
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74 Eugene (Winner)
74 Chris
34 Jason
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7. Board Game: The City [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1724]
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56 Jason
50 Dave
48 Ron
44 Chris
43 Eugene

--- game 2 ---
77 Dave
67 Jason
65 Eugene
50 Chris
41 Ron
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8. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2245]
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Star Colony Crusades

56 Travis
54 Jay
29 Mike
18 Dan
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9. Board Game: Puzzle Strike [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1391]
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2 Lisa (DeGray) win
6 Grant (Sedsnki)
9 Scott (Grave)
12 Brian (Medori) lose most

this appeared on the scoresheet twice, I combined it because it looked like the same game
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10. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:249] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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130 Dave
123 Eugene
79 Jason
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11. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:35]
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Jeff
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Jay

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Chris and I have been playing online at http:://brass.orderofthehammer.com and Chris wanted to play a face to face game.
Playing online a few games really sharpens your game. I played the "Cotton Rush" strategy which is popular online. Basically this is developing to level 3 cotton and play and flip 3 level 3 cotton in the Canal period. The downside of this strategy is that you are cash poor and have low income. In the rail era, I had so many shipyard cards (I had 2 each of Barrow-in-Furness, Birkenhead and Shipyards and 1 Liverpool) that I went for the shipyards, only to have two snared from me by Jay.
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12. Board Game: Ascension: Return of the Fallen [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:566] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Not sure if this is the right game, I read "Ascension Fall" on the scoresheet

74 Eugene
59 Jason
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13. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:422]
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Hsiu-Ping / Lisa / Brian

Basic game : WON
Advanced game : WON
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14. Board Game: Würfel Bohnanza [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1499]
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13 Jean-Luc
9 Jeff
8 Hsiu-Ping

Jean-Luc had great luck in this game. I think once he claimed like 5 rows in one dice roll.
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15. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:139]
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96 Mike
81 Dan
79 Scott
66 Travis
59 Grant
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16. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:709]
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77 Jeff
70 Grant
59 Scott
35 Jean-Luc

I flamed out in my first game, having sunk myself on the first move of the game (my opinion). Determined to do better, I got a Shrimp, Lobster, Processing Vessel, and then a Tuna license. This allowed me to get many more cards than everyone else. This is really an engine building (economic snowball) game where you get income (cards) early and switch to victory points later. Despite not switching to victory points wholeheartedly at the end, my lead in income still got me the win. We played with the Salty Captain and the Inuit Fisherman. My opinion of the Salty Captain is that it promotes "the rich get richer" and can produce a runaway winner. I think the game is better without it.
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