Iowa City Game Day - Feb. 9
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We had a good turnout Saturday with DJ, Roni, Jim, Jenn, Jeff, Chris S, Steve, Kate, Abby, Andy L, Sarah, Kurt, Steph, Andy R, Erin, and Dave bringing their game. While most of the games played were older titles, a few newer ones hit the tables. Many players were introduced to ones that were new to them, and a good time was had by all. Thanks to everyone for bringing the wonderful treats and snacks to share.

Please add any games that I missed to the list.
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1. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:322]
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DJ 75 (winner), Chris R 70, Roni 53

DJ, Roni, and I started our day with an early game of Vikings. This one was almost new to Roni since the only other time that she had played it was a couple of years ago in James and Chiara's basement with DJ, me, and someone else at one of her first game days there. Good memories. DJ played a good game throughout and shot further ahead in end game scoring.
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2. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:87]
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Andy L, Jeff (Assassin), Sarah, Roni - Evil Minions of Mordred (winners)
Chris S, Chris R, Jim, Jenn (Merlin), Steve (Percival), DJ - Loyal Servants of Arthur

With a lot of people showing up about the same time, we played a large 10 player game of Avalon. The good Knights of Camelot completed three quests successfully with only one failure. However, the evil turncoats correctly guessed who Merlin was (Jenn) and assassinated him, thereby robbing us of victory.

This was my second game of Avalon in a week in which the good players won on quests only to lose the game by having Merlin assassinated. This (and the lack of Plot Thickens cards) has lowered my opinion of the game even more, and I now much prefer The Resistance. My distaste for Avalon is further strengthened when one considers that the evil players will normally have a 16-20% of assassinating Merlin by blind guessing.
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 3 – The Heart of Africa [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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Steve 171 (winner), Jeff 156, Chris S 149, Kate/Abby 70

Steve brought the latest TtR and taught it to Jeff and Chris. This is a worthy addition to the series with a very tight (knuckle biting) board and the addition of terrain cards, which can add to the play experience.
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4. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:462]
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DJ 67 (winner), Chris R 61, Andy R 60, Andy L 59, Sarah 33

I taught this game to DJ and Andy R, who had played once, as well as Andy L and Sarah, who had never played. Our victory cards were Ambassadors, Lords, and Farmers, and the boards had the Barn, Harbor, Paddock (move existing settlement), and Oracle (build additional) extra action tiles. This was not a very good combination of cards and boards. In hindsight, I should have called a mulligan and redrawn for a better variety. Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves anyway. DJ played a good game and won. Afterward he told me that I handed the game to him through bad placements in my final turn. Mama mia!
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5. Board Game: UNO: Shrek 2 [Average Rating:5.38 Unranked]
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Abby (winner), Kate

While serious (or not) games were going on, Kate and Abby played a fun, light game of UNO: Shrek 2.
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6. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:327]
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Steph 45 (winner), Kurt 38, Jenn 32, Roni 29, Jim 27

Kurt brought and taught this very new game to everyone. The game has a lot going on it, so five players may not be its sweet spot.
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7. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:322]
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Chris R 73 (winner), Chris S 71, Andy R 36

I had already played this earlier in the day, but I enjoy Vikings enough that I was up for it again. Chris S did a good job teaching it to Andy, who was playing for the first time. Chris S did very well in repelling ships with his warriors and raking in money from his goldsmiths, especially with a +1 progress tile. I scored a lot of points through overfeeding with my five fishermen and a special location tile that scored eight points (think Carcassonne's cloisters). I think that Chris and I tied for the most boatmen, longest island, and most islands, and I barely won in what was essentially a tie.
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8. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:653]
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Jeff 45 (winner), DJ 45, Steve 35

Jeff won China in a tie breaker with DJ. I have never seen this happen before and was not aware that the game even had a tiebreaker until yesterday. Kudos on the very close game.
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9. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:263]
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DJ $57K (winner), Dave $54K, Steve $49K, Kate $43K, Jeff $36K, Abby $27K

DJ soon got his revenge in a close, fun, six player game of For Sale. DJ and the Grinnell crowd had played before, but I am not sure about Dave and Jeff. This game is a very enjoyable shorter one.
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10. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:308]
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Kurt 82 (winner), Jenn 79 , Jim 76, Roni 76, Steph 70, Erin 64

Erin brought Libertalia and got a six player game going. Jim, Jenn, and maybe Roni were new to the game. The score spread was not very large, so this must have been a good, competitive game.
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11. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:96]
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Dave 101 (winner), DJ 82, Andy R 70

Andy brought this new game that he and DJ were somewhat familiar with. I think that they said that they might have gotten an important rule wrong or overlooked it initially.
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12. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:251] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Chris S 113 (winner), Chris R 92, Jeff 72, Steve 68

We played with all three of the included expansions (all in), which are the Portraits, Bishop's Request, and Special Blend colors. Chris S was an unstoppable economic/paint machine. Thank you to him for refreshing us on the basic rules, explaining the expansions, and doing a great job of separating and putting everything away.
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13. Board Game: King of Tokyo: Power Up! [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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Jenn - Cyberbunny (winner), Jim, Steph, Erin, Roni, Kurt

The new Power Up expansion was used. Kurt said that he enjoyed it (and he was the only player knocked out of the game). It adds variety without skewing the basic game.
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14. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1771]
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Steve and Andy R 150 (tied winners), Erin 120, Kate/Abby 100

Erin and Kabby had played Queen's Necklace, and Steve taught it to Andy. This game is enjoyable, and one of its features partially inspired Steve in the creation of his and Judy's game "Quilt Show".
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15. Board Game: Hanabi & Ikebana [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Dave, DJ, Chris, Jeff - 21: Extraordinary! Engraved in the crowd's memories.

The guys taught Hanabi to Dave, which he thoroughly enjoyed and played twice more with DJ later in the evening. The fellows played with the multicolored cards and without accurate forecasting and achieved a score of 21, which is extraordinary.
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16. Board Game: Alhambra: Big Box [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Chris R 106 (winner), Roni 104, Jenn 86, Jim 80

I got out my big box, and we introduced Jenn to Alhambra. Roni did a great job of scoring by having a lot of colored tiles, while I eked out a win due to my length (of walls that is).
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17. Board Game: Elements [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2890]
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DJ 6 (winner), Dave 5
DJ 6 (winner), Dave 5

DJ brought and taught Khmer, which I had never heard of, to Dave. They played this small (coffee table sized), quick game twice.
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18. Board Game: Hanabi & Ikebana [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Jenn, Jim, Chris R, Steve - 18: Excellent! Charms the crowd.
DJ, Dave, Roni, ? - 21 and 24: Extraordinary! Engraved in the crowd's memories.

Hanabi made another appearance and was played twice at the same time. Upstairs, Steve and I taught the game to Jim and Jenn. We managed to get 18 points in a tough game that was made rougher when I gave Steve a horrendously bad clue about a one card early in the game. The crowd playing downstairs managed to get in two games to our one and had Extraordinary scores both times. Both groups played with the multicolored cards and without accurate forecasting. A fun game!
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19. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:178]
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Dave (winner with 2 majorities), Chris R (1 majority), DJ, Roni

We wrapped up an enjoyable day and evening by teaching Dave Samurai, a perennial favorite by Knizia. Apparently we did too good of a job since he won outright by having the majority of both high hat and Buddha tokens.
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