Games played at London On Board 04.12.2012
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Another busy night at London On Board as some of our regular evenings this week were cancelled as we had to surrender our pub to hordes of drunk bankers dressed as Santa.

If you are visiting or living in London why not join us:
http://www.meetup.com/LondonOnBoard
http://www.londononboard.com/

These are the games I saw being played.
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1. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:277]
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Our resident LOB veteran started out with this great co-operative game showing a couple of newcomers to LOB how several years of experience playing games at LOB really can improve your game play, scoring a pathetic 9 points. shake
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2. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:112]
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Just yet another worker placement resource conversion cube pusher with a bit of area majority thrown in where the shtick is that some of your workers will die during the game. - Ironically, I lost the will to live early on in the game. Not a BAD game, but nothing particularly new or interesting or better than the myriad of other games of this type.

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3. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:597]
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A group of MoV virgins ventured into space to make their fortunes in the new edition of this classic game - playing with the classic rules. Surprisingly, the new FFG edition looks a bit pale and bland - or maybe I have just OD'ed on my own deluxe DIY version of dathkadan's remake which looks like something out of a 70s disco, and I am no longer able to see colours clearly.

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4. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:319]
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A group played this and it must have been the director's cut special edition as I think it lasted all night.
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5. Family: 18xx
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Some of the usual suspects were of course playing 18xx in the corner. This week I think it was 18-XXX - definitely something about human trafficking, brothels, snuff movies and illegal organ trading.
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6. Board Game: Revolution! [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1021]
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A LOB first-timer was thrown into this and was a bit apprehensive at first of the seeming complex bidding for roles, but she quickly got into the spirit fuck, Fuck, FUCK'ing during the first round resolution getting nothing. When I checked up on them later she had taken the lead and really liked the game.
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7. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:456]
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Our Big Chief dived straight into teaching this ok, but unexciting, game, which is a big favourite amongst several LOBsters, and it was played a number of times throughout the evening.
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8. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:640] [Average Rating:6.84 Unranked]
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A group of LOB veterans jumped on this fun-looking game and learnt the rules from the rulebook while one of them went to the toilet, so not a massively complex game, but they enjoyed it despite all the hate this game is getting.
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9. Board Game: Goblins, Inc. [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2350]
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As John B is still trying to get through his pile of Essen games, he found a dark corner to play this allegedly a-bit-like Galaxy Trucker - with the fun sucked out of it? I have only watched the end of a single game and it did not look like much fun or particularly interesting.
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10. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:161]
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Next up from John B's Essen pile was Seasons, which for some reason I keep thinking is a co-operative game although I am repeatedly told that it is not. So clearly I do not know anything about it, or there are some severe misprints in the rulebook.
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11. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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Now that some of the worst offenders have been kicked out of the country or at least out of London, this is no longer played every week at LOB. A mess of green cards spread out over several square meters as if The Hulk had sneezed on his fully expanded Dominion set.
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12. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
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This ever popular, fun filler was played a number of times. Did you use the Power Up expansion? which I just got and have yet to play.
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13. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:446]
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The crappy name and boring box probably meant that this game never really had a chance in the market, but apparently it is a good game.
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14. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:351]
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Speaking of crappy game names - why was at least the English edition of this not given another name? Surely no one outside Germany knows the Thurn und Taxis family or even that it is a family name and not some horrible misspelling of something about turning taxies.
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15. Board Game: Divinare [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1509]
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I think that this LOB favourite, clever filler was played in another dark corner.
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16. Board Game: Infarkt [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3249]
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After playing this to death after getting it from Essen this year, it has been lent out for a few weeks, but it was a very welcome return to LOB and it was played at least a couple of times by different groups.

Yes, it is simple and silly and offensive, but it is the physical embodiment of FUN in board game form. Surely it must be a strong contender for LOB game of the year - vote here:
http://www.meetup.com/LondonOnBoard/messages/boards/thread/2...
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17. Board Game: Trick of the Rails [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2231]
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The 18XX gang played the trick-taking version.
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18. Board Game: Master Merchant [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:5164]
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Tried one of my recent acquisitions from Japan. It's kind of a minimal version of Dominion - only 40 cards in total. Quite interesting and loads of screwage.
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19. Board Game: The Boss [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1132]
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Another outing for this clever little bidding/bluffing game. I'm starting to really become a fan of this designer.
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20. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:92] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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Christian and i set about teaching this game to 2 who had never played before. He duly won and i came third due to other peoples blocking tactics.
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