[GameQore] December Session Reports
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1. Board Game: Faces [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:6014]
Anthony Baldassar
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3 player fun party game
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2. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:74]
Anthony Baldassar
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Three player game - My ability, I was able to cure all with one action and after a cure is found just moving around cures all disease. I was selfish, I had enough card to find a second cure and instead of using my ability we ended up getting over run by the Black disease that ended the world.
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3. Board Game: Mad Zeppelin [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:15306]
Anthony Baldassar
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This one was played with three players - it really needs 6 min - we played this one to fill time prior to the exchange
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4. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:348]
 
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A new guy I met at the store named Tim and I played this game. He was asking if I had Munchkin, so I made him play a middle weight worker placement game.devil He didn't really challenge me in any duels until the last turn. My second to last turn was a killer though. I doubled up on payout on my two Saloons with the grocer giving me an income of around 80 bucks which I turned into victory points at a rate of 1 to 4.
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5. Board Game: Black Gold [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1652]
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Patrick brought this one to the store and Tim and I joined him in a game. I rushed my train up to the front but there was no real advantage until the final rounds. Patrick whined about me sending his train back two turns in a row but he destroyed us anyway. Actually it was pretty close.

Patrick 105,000
Tim 99,500
Cates 94,500
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6. Board Game: Star Trek: Catan [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:845]
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Richard, CB, one other player (didn't catch his name we'll call him Captain Kirk) and I played Star Trek Catan at the store. The first few rounds I was getting hosed on the rolls. CB was spreading out nicely and Captain Kirk scored two +2 space ship development cards (+2 roads) allowing him to quickly extend his network for longest "fleet".

There are some character cards in the game that make the only real difference from base settlers besides the pasted over theme. The cards allow you to do a free extra action on your turn like steal a card, force a trade, or move the Klingon(robber).

I was able to do a massive swing at the end there and build four space ships giving me longest fleet and upgrade to a space port. Uhura allowed me to force two people to trade me what I wanted plus the Klingon hadn't been moved for awhile and I was sitting with a ton of cards.
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7. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2287]
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I had CB and Tim try out my game. I had added in 12 new cards but I really should only have them in for the 4 and 5 player game.

It went okay for their first game and they were able to wrap their heads around it. A bunch of teens that were cruising downtown for winter formal were hanging just outside laughing while we played.
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8. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:349]
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Played half a teaching game to Rick with Patrick. I went with zerg, Rick /terran, and Patrick / Protoss. We had to take off so called it early. I had taken first blood on Rick then pulled off a sneak attack on Patrick's home base with a Queen using "spawn broodling".

Cates 9
Patrick 8
Rick 5
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9. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:126]
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I played a game with CB and another with Tony. I might be able to Challenge Roland.
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10. Board Game: London (first edition) [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:271]
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Brian, Patrick, and I played a learning game for them. I bought a bunch of land and took a lot of loans. I ended up with the win getting out my Underground tiles just in time.

This is sort of Race for the Galaxy Martian Wallace style.
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11. Board Game: Star Trek: Expeditions [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2032]
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Nice little trade from Patrick at the last Mission Games.

We crushed the Klingons and ended up maxing out all the point columns. Perhaps we cheated. I'll do one more read through the rules but for the most part this was a cake walk. We can up the difficulty next time as well.
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12. Board Game: Olympos [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:920]
Steve Cates
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Roland and I played this while I was playing Dominant Species. He was able to get two wonders completed and claim victory. It seems that Zeus tiles are even more important in the two player game because they can benefit one player and hurt the other with no middle ground to speak of.

Roland 60
Cates 48
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13. Board Game: Doctor Who: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:5890] [Average Rating:5.81 Unranked]
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3 player game while waiting for Dominant Species to start at GameQore.

Mark, Cates, and Brandon...

Steve won at 21 points
Brandon 19
Mark 17

Mark would have had more if Cates hadn't screwed him over by attacking one of his higher victory point locations with an enemy that stops it from scoring at the end of the game.
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14. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:52]
Anthony Baldassar
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Chaos, chaos and more chaos, so why so crazy? What was different? This was a brutal 6 player game, I think Steve S. would disagree as he screamed into first with about 170 points.(Steve S "I don’t see why you had a problem, you just have to adapt")
Starting with only 3 action pawns you have to make some wise selections and starting with only 35 cubes, this is a tight game. Negotiate, bribe, convince, do what you can to have your competition attack somewhere across the board and stay off of your cloud.

Marks new name is the wildcard, you just don’t know what he’s going to do.
In round two he makes a game changing, crippling move. Several of us lost action pawns and when the cards came up to get additional action pawns the birds were left out, playing most of the game (with the exception of turn one and two) with just two pawns.
The snakes took advantage of prime land with no one challenging them towards the end of the game. The spiders were looking like a threat, but seemed to putter out as everyone wanted to take them down.
Monkeys didn’t seem to take advantage of their "one monkey that can survive in an area void of a food source". The salamanders gave the snakes a run for there money, and the bugs just seemed to pop up everywhere.
The polar ice caps that slowly spread didn’t seem to be a game changer as the food source was almost entirely eliminated and no one was able to survive.

In the end there can be only one

The Snakes 1st
Everyone else Not 1st
Even with only 2 actions most of the game the birds were able to pull off 4th place
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15. Board Game: Rattus [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:800]
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Darrell 11
Cates 10
Tiffany 9
Tony 5

Darrell and Tiffany hoarded in one corner while I cleaned Western Europe of rats and got favor from the king.
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16. Board Game: Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:284]
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I proclaimed myself victor then discovered I was premature and invited all manner of viscous attack. The game slowed to a crawl until three rounds later when Tony had enough to win when I also had enough to win but no gladiators to break the tie.
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17. Board Game: Core Worlds [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:545]
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Tony brought out this new deck builder. It is really quite good I look forward to exploring more.
Stewart won with Mark, Tony, and me close behind.
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18. Board Game: Galactic Emperor [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1693]
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Tony picked this game up used and we tried it out for the first game. The game is sort of like Puerto Rico in space. We kept going back and forth between whether this is a Euro or an Ameritrash game. With the exception some of the technology card issues everything about the game felt well done.
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19. Board Game: Navegador: Pirates & Diplomats [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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We tried this out with the mini expansion from the bgg store. Unfortunatelyno rules were included. We tried just handing out the cards but after a few turns of Tony leaching of all my hard work I started to think that there was something wrong. By the end, Tony and Stewart played strange games where they did nothing to build any economic engine but had plenty of money. The final scores were close but with 13 games under my belt I should've crushed of course the rules extremely limit the use of the diplomat and pirate so this wasn't really a game.
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