2012 Birthday Gaming Spectacular
Joshua Meadows
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Kansas
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My 2nd Annual Birthday gaming event went very well. I played boardgames with friends and family who don't usually play many board games. I also play some game that I am either really excited about or can't usually get to the table. So without further ado here is 2012 in review.

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1. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1925]
Joshua Meadows
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Technically this was the day before but it usually takes quite awhile to play a 2000 point game. I played one game of Space Marines vs. Orks, and then Tyranids vs. Orks. Both games were narrow victories.
 
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2. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:1712]
Joshua Meadows
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My daughter wanted to play a game with my friend Greg and I so a couple of rounds is zombie dice it was. They each one once
 
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3. Board Game: Resident Evil Deck Building Game [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1985] [Average Rating:6.54 Unranked]
Joshua Meadows
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My friend and I used to play MtG and i thought I would show him a deck building game. Resident Evil is a lot of fun. It has good theme and the uncertainty of the mansion. I talked about the different modes of play and which expansions I like. Then we played the basic game. It turned out okay, but I could tell that my friend started to loose some interest as I had a finely tuned deck that was just a killing machine and he had one that wasn't on the same level. I felt a little guilty, and then won.
 
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4. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:578]
Joshua Meadows
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By now more guests had arrived. We played Roll Through the Ages. Explanation went quick as did the game itself. It went over well, and my wife won too.
 
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5. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:776]
Joshua Meadows
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My children being the great kids they are wanted to share in the fun and excitement with the adults. They kept bringing in snacks they helped with and offered to everyone. I offered to play a game of tsuro with them. I explained to my guests that tsuro makes a great family game and is light strategy for adults. So the 6 of us played. I lost before my 3rd turn because my daughter strategically eliminated me. I was proud of her. My wife ended up winning.
 
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6. Board Game: Ubongo Extreme [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1558]
Joshua Meadows
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We now have 5 people, but I had already started getting Ubongo extreme ready. My wife removed it from the shrink and punched her copy of the game as I talked about the older game "Ubongo". I poked a lot of fun at how "EXTREEEEME!!" the game was.

So right in the middle of explaining how you figure the puzzle and then how the gems work for winning I find out exactly how much the game had changed.

This is the version to buy. Don't worry about the older one unless you just really only like Tetris shapes. My wife won this game.
 
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7. Board Game: Rush n' Crush [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2815]
Joshua Meadows
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Now on to a game that supports up to 6 people. I recently purchased this game and spent time assembling the super tiny models and the making stands for them to make the pieces easier to use. Lastly i painted the tokens with varying color schemes, from more muted choices to more exotic paint schemes like tiger stripes and camoflage.

Being the first time playing I already had player aids and even read through the rules. The game was still slow starting with lots of going to the rule book. Thankfully things got easier as play went on. I pushed hard the whole race and by the end had no hull points, no nitro, and no steering points left. My friend had 1 hull point and 1 heat point left. I decide to ease up just a little and shifted down just to end up one movement away from winning. The person who played it slow and tailed behind everyone won by boosting passed everyone right after I stopped just short.

We did have one player elimination too. My niece Brandy won.
 
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8. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2084]
Joshua Meadows
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A classic for me, Kill Doctor Lucky was requested yet again by people who have played it before. It fits nicely within an hour. This game was played by 5 people. I now always start play by rolling 1d20-1 for every player and Dr. Lucky; and then have each player roll to see who gets the highest number to determine player 1. I ended up killing Dr. Lucky in the end.

This was the last game of the evening.
 
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9. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:239] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Joshua Meadows
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This was requested and I also wanted to play it. I added it to the game que but ended up with not enough time to play so Dr. Lucky was played instead.
 
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10. Board Game: VivaJava: The Coffee Game [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1585]
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Wanted to play this but too little time left and I haven't played it yet. Rush N' Crush took what patience the gaming group had with learning a new game.
 
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11. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:56]
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Shot down because it has a picture of a spider in it. Sad too because I just laminated the player boards that day and got a little penguin mini for it too. Oh well, one day I will play this with someone. At least the iPad app is pretty good.
 
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