Great Lakes Games 10 - 2012: a board gaming odyssey
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1. Board Game: 1812: The Invasion of Canada [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:641]
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We bought the game last year and with all many other titles to learn and explain - and the year speeding by - we didn't get to learning it. But we learned - thanks to being explained - and had a great time. I teamed up with kids on one side, rest of the adults on the other. The kids and I had pushed the Americans back to a rallying point deep in their territory but a final desperate push had us crying on the north side of the Great Lakes that we couldn't reenact the sacking of D.C.

Addendum: I should add that we pushed the Americans back because of Monty Pythonesque rolls filled with "Command Decisions" and lots of "Flee"ing while on the defensive at first.
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2. Board Game: 23 [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:3400]
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A second-time play in the closing hours of Sunday. I was given quick reminders of how to play this great and short card game and away we were. Two quick rounds and I left satisfied after quaffing this draught. I had an offer to go play/learn Siberia after it came up in conversation somehow.
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3. Board Game: Battle Beyond Space [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:4401]
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My son came running up after he shared this with other peers. He invited grandpa and I to play. It's supposed to be a fast, Star Wars cinematic-like starfighter (and Capital Ship) shoot up with pieces that had to have been inspired by Battlestar Galactica. But some extra-duration analysis and some extra analysis slowed this game down. And not catching that collisions only happened at the end of the movement action helped shoot the proton torpedoes down the exhaust vent early.
 
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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My son requested the base game only, we had half a game before switching to 1812. I remember getting a sound schooling in Carcassonne by our hosts back in West Michigan a few year back.
 
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5. Board Game: Eat Poop You Cat [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:701]
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The group activity Friday night and one of my favorite games. Extra hilarity because there were six threads and several groups. One of my favorite things.
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6. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:422]
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Mwa-ha-haaa! Dice rolling madness but not baudy! Not that it'd be a concern for me, but if it was a raucous party game we'd have to move it to the gaming annex at least (side room). Another group did just that and utilized the cd track which was pretty dern cool. We had an awesome hour glass that stopped dropping sand. I mean time is kind a timey-wimey already, after all.

This was dice rolling greatness while leaning on buddies who were in the same room to help free up defunct dice (for rolling black ones and not rolling enough gold ones in time to free them). We kicked right off with curses and treasures as advanced game/expansion. Explainin' the game without them seemed horribly droll though. Although, if we had started that way, it would've been a great trainer to springboard off.
 
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7. Board Game: Gauntlet of Fools [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3770]
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This was a fun, quirky romp. There was a hiring round of adventurers based on braggadocio: "The adventurer I want, can do this (game) with one hand tied behind my back." If the next person wants the adventurer then they have to one up: "...not only with one hand tied behind my back, but with a hangover." Of course, said limits affect gameplay for at least some time. When the bidding is over it's time to head into the fray so that everyone can die. Most gold piled around a corpse (to be forwarded to the adventurer's estate?) wins.
 
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8. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:1921]
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Great filler and nightcap with little sleep caught up. Play card to try to get robot out of the path of a great white shark. Robots last as long as there are extremities. Three players played for two sharks at a time but game was over once the first bot got bit.
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9. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:148]
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1st Edition. Had to relearn how to explain certain details and ended with disagreement on how to compensate for a young one who needed to step out of the game. Looking forward to planning a few games of finally getting more acquainted with this.
 
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10. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:456]
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Did not play at GLG until after but Dad loved the game and he finally bought this and the Nomads expansion on-site.

Ahhhh returned home and was trying to gently coming off my board gaming high au naturale.

"Anybody wanna play a board game?" Something analogous to nothing happening seemed like walking into Mammoth Cave (never been) and asking a question when no one's there. But this morning a quick intro to a family member who never played soothed the wistful yearning.
 
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11. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:161]
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This was taught and a few of us learned. First time play is for familiarity since there is plenty of card text. I would've been very happy to get this off the prize table after my first pick.
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12. Board Game: Sheepdogs of Pendleton Hill [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:8334]
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Wow, quick, simple, and filled with potential for screwage in the form of big, bad wolf. Rules already family-fied so you don't have much for young'uns to be thinking that a bloody carcassonne was the result of wolf attack. Sheep overshooting the top o' th' hill merely returned to their pens (as opposed to leaping like lemmings off of a cliff). Light and interesting.
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13. Board Game: Sheepland [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2474]
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Designed to be a quick fifteen minute-like area control game that awards amount of sheep in those areas with a score multiplied by the amount of tiles of those areas represented as differing terrain types. .
 
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14. Board Game: Sheepland [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2474]
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Designed to be a quick fifteen minute-like area control game that awards amount of sheep in those areas with a score multiplied by the amount of tiles of those areas represented as differing terrain types. .
 
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15. Board Game: Siberia [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:3159]
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A few comments about a good play in a moderate amount of time (on the last morning) had me interested in trying it out. I joined to learn and get my first play and was very pleased. I had sticker shock at the MSRP but a great game.
 
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16. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:640] [Average Rating:6.84 Unranked]
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Pick a two decks: robots, pirates, dinosaurs, etc. Smash up the two decks by shuffling together and laying minion cards with power numbers that when added up can take over bases. Special abilities on these cards and action cards make for widely different possibilities.
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17. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:8]
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Kudos to my dad for sloughing through the rules explanation. We tackled the rulebook from rule one and came close to having to give up due to human energy considerations. But a small break and then the rest of the game slid into home.

What... a... game! This delicately balanced mutlifaceted design is worth every single bit of hype and buzz. I'm glad to preorders are being delivered to our metropolitan area at various houses outside of mine. And gladder to discover after learning it that Z-Man is publishing it for the U.S.
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18. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:441]
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E l e g a n t.

In game and graphic design. I wish I could play this on a vertical surface to unfold it during play.
 
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19. Board Game: VivaJava: The Coffee Game [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1586]
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I have not played but Cortexbomb remarked that it seemed a cooperative gamer's game. I was initially turned away from the game for some reason: cover graphic maybe? Theme could be okay and the board looked cool, but I think I had reversed polarity by the publisher name 'Dice Hate Me.' That should've been a positive reaction although I am a fan of dice games, too. But I did a double-take: turns out I was interested anyway because what game allows a maximum of eight players? And a gamer's game? Cooperative-like? Color me cafe.
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