[GameQore] January Session Reports
Steve Cates
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These are the games played during the month of January at GameQore in Visalia, California.
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1. Board Game: Star Wars: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:461]
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Played two games with CB at the store today and one with Brian. I won the first with the Imperial Navy against the Rebel Alliance then CB fought back and won taking out my objectives. I would have won on the next turn.

Brian played Jedi and I went with the Sith. The Rancor is nasty, he destroys the lowest cost non-vehicle unit every refresh phase. One big thing we missed is that if the light side doesn't have the lowest cost non-vehicle unit he eats a dark side unit and then himself (or dies of starvation if you want to think of it that way). I think Brian might like the game a bit more if he knew that. Anyway, Brian took down one objective and I was able to tick the death star dial to 12.
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2. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:870] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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Hilarious game. Three gold miner wins. Nick was always good or the anti-saboteur. He actually threw down a road block as a gold digger and said it was all part of his master plan!?

Chaotic Neutral for sure.
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3. Board Game: RISK: StarCraft Collector's Edition [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:4589]
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Played this with Adrian, Brandon, and Cody. Adrian and Brandon were strong starters. I held my corner for a couple turns but then Adrian swooped in and played a brutal card forcing me to discard 2 faction cards that I was going to use in my defense.angry

After I lost my base, I was pretty much out and Adrian wiped up the board. The game plays really quick.
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4. Board Game: Munchkin Booty [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:2601] [Average Rating:6.28 Unranked]
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Charles brought this out. I had only heard of the chaotic horrors of the game. After playing it, I have to say it's not nearly as bad as people make it out to be. I'm sure the jokes wear out and there's chaos but if people are having fun that's all that really matters.
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5. Board Game: DungeonQuest [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1310]
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Darrel had a rotating room take him into the wall on turn 3 [dead], but we allowed him to use his teleportation ring to go back to the start room. Tony stumbled upon the giant centipede which does d12 of damage killing him pretty soon after since he rolled a 10. I was doing pretty well getting to the dragon and picking up 3200 and 1500 gold on my first draw. I also searched some rooms on the way and found 200 gold in one and 10 gold in another. The denominations are so wacky in this game.

I would have had a fairly easy time getting back but Mark drew the wizard that turns every tile in the game 180 degrees. So, I had to find an alternate route back and on the way I also ran into the Giant Centipede which did only 4 damage but I was already down to 3 and I died.

Mark survived the longest but he also died on his return trip.
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6. Board Game: Hornet [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:4163]
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This was everyone's first game except Darrell. We sort of caught on by the end that you need to get in on the early hive scoring. There are some fun mechanisms here where if 3 out of four pick the same color there's a penalty for picking the bonus action. Of course I picked wrong just about every round.
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7. Board Game: War of the Ring (Second Edition) [Average Rating:8.39 Overall Rank:14]
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Played this one with Brandon. I bought the game last month and have played it about five times. It certainly takes a while to set up, and even longer to learn, but it's worth it. It is a top contender to become my favorite one-box war game.
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8. Board Game: Munchkin 6: Demented Dungeons [Average Rating:6.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.46 Unranked]
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We also played Munchkin Booty with this expansion on Saturday after Pathinder. It was kind of weird to know when the portals were coming up because the back of the cards were different. I liked the flavor of the dungeons, but they seemed to be straddling the line between drastically changing the game and being subtle, which doesn't work to well. Except, of course, the one where everyone gets two free treasures on their turn.
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9. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:53]
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I've brought this to Gameqore a few times (it's also worth noting that I include the "Inevitable Betrayal" promo card which was included with the game to commemorate the store opening). It's been a hit everytime. This month it was Brandon, Krista, Tim, and I.

At first it can seem like a typical euro game, and it is pretty straight forward. However the theme of the game is incredible, and it focuses more on sabotage than most euros. Moreover it feels more directly competitive than most of the others. I also really like the ability to change the game board via in-game mechanics.
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10. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:85]
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Mark brought this and we played a full six player game.

I was friendly with Mike to set up a base in the Iron Island Bay. I built up quickly and played my cards right stabbing him in the back at the perfect moment to give me 6 castles and then the following turn CB was the only one that could take anything from me but I played a card that let me see what he played first and then I took him out. My turn I waltzed into Stark land taking my 7th stronghold. We played out another movement and I took at stronghold from CB as well making 8. The Greyjoy Pirates were victorious.
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11. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:229]
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We played several games Thursday night.

CB's mother, Sue, was ruthless. She said, "I don't know if I want to attack my son." No, someone pointed out Steve's currently the target. "Oh, okay then I'll attack him."
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12. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:323]
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CB and I started a learning game. We only played through the deck twice and got a feel before I had to go. It's looking to be really interesting.
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13. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Guild Dwarves vs Cave Goblins [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:468] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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Played the store copy.
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14. Board Game: Tsuro of the Seas [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1153]
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Played the store copy
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15. Board Game: Western Town [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:2645]
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Played Tony's copy. Roland took the victory.
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