Nine Lives Game Night- Session Report
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February 8th, 2013 From the four corners of the Columbia Basin gamers gathered to the heart thereof to engage in fun and frivolity, to snack and melange, and to taunt and gloat.
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:284] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Start Time: 6:00
End Time: 7:05

Officially, Game Night begins at 6:30, but that never stops my sister and her husband from showing up early, but we forgive them because it usually means Lora is going to cook something delicious, and she did not disappoint. However while she was steaming and browning and concocting the savory soup she had ingredients for Chuck and Nick needed something to do so Elden joined them in a 3 player game of Settlers.

Nick rolled high and picked first followed by Elden then Chuck. Ore was pretty hard to come by in this game thanks to the only decent ore spot being blocked by the thief pretty early and not moving for a while. However, Chuck was able to finangle some ore here and there and otherwise got some decent placement to build roads and settlements. Elden was able to build out and max out his settlements pretty quick but wasn't able to connect his starting settlements to build a long and sprawling road. Nick got off to slow start and then when things started to pick up he rolled several 7's that took him out of his plans...it actually got so ridiculous that he quit and Chuck's daughter Audrey finished the game for him...so Chuck was the winner getting 10 points with help from his longest road. Elden ended up with 6 points and Nick/Audrey ended with 4.

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2. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:535]
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Start Time 7:15
End Time 8:45

As is usual the rest of the attendees decided to be late, but in this instance it worked out great. Right as Elden decided to set up Santiago Andy, Tim, and Scott showed up and joined with Chuck to play 5 player.

Elden rode a big banana plantation and a decent sugar cane, plus some other randoms to a score of 73

Chuck was the minor banana owner but still had a decent score and diversified a bit more to end up with the impressive score of 73...

Scott was sort of big into potato and sugar and some others to score with the mighty impressive score of 73....

Tim was able to ride two different chili fields, some potato and sugar and whatever else he had with a whole mess of chips to come up with 77....

and Andy was able to knock out a major potato victory and some other minor things to show a final score of 79.

This was a very tight game total difference of 6 points from first to last and a three way tie for the low score...



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3. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:396]
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Start Time: 7:something
End Time: ?????

By this time Denise, Tony, Dawnielle and Suzie were ready to play a game and Denise has taken a liking to Alhambra, so that got set up. Alhambra is great game to teach because it is fairly simple to teach and fairly uncomplicated.

This game had a major delay in it as there was some sort of kid emergency involving parents in the game and eventually Denise was required to leave for some reason or another...but never fear, Jessie showed up late and was able to fill in.

So Suzie was able to abuse the others with a score of 110, Tony made a valiant effort and wound up at 105, Dawnielle put up a respectable 87 and the team of Denise/Jessie brought up the rear with 79







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4. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:1567]
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So somewhere in here Shanna, Parrish, Tierrney and Payten showed up...all I know for sure is that Shanna retired to the forbidden room and played Rummikub...not sure about the time, not sure about the completion or whatever else happened, but from the picture it looks like Shann, Parrish, Payten and Nick with Lora and Momma chatting on the couch.
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5. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:334] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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Start Time: 8:55
End Time 11:05

Elden, Scott, Andy, Tim and Chuck decided to stay together and play Last Will, mostly because Elden unceremoniously locked Tim out of playing it at a previous gaming occasion.

Through random means we settled on a 130 million dollar game, which partially explains the 2 hour play time which is a bit more than this game usually runs.

Elden tried to use a property based attack, but was unable to pull it off and ended the 7th round with 20 million pounds still in his pocket, Uncle Monty would be ashamed of his prudence.

Scott- Used a property and helper based strategy to end the game with 19 million pounds, earning the slightly less scornful eye of dear Uncle Monty.

Andy- went strong with a farm and white card strategy and did marginally better, but still ended up with 17 million pounds much to the dismay of Uncle Monty

Chuck used property and gardners and what not to end up with 17 million also, but he last round decision to get an early start on his spending let Uncle Monty think he was a better spender than Andy.

However, Tim, of all people pulled off the farm strategy much better than anyone else and was able to end the final round with a mere 13 million pounds...Uncle Monty was disappointed to see that none of his layabout relatives were able to spend all the money, but reluctantly gave up the final inheritance to Tim.

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6. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Sometime along the festivities Stetson showed up and got Disean and Payten to play Carcassonne.

Disean made a big play to steal a big farm and edged Stetson 108 to 103, Peyton did nothing at all finished with 56
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7. Board Game: Tenzi [Average Rating:4.82 Overall Rank:15590] [Average Rating:4.82 Unranked]
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After Carcassonne Stetson and Disean reportedly played 16! games of Tenzi, which remarkably Stetson won every single one.

Also it was reported that Jessica, Dawnielle, Tony and Suzie played 17 games of Tenzi...Jessica, Dawnielle and Suzie winning 4 times each and Tony being the big winner with 5 claimed victories.
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8. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:284] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Some time during the night....

Suzie, Dawnielle, Tony and Jessie played Catan. No details are given but somehow Suzie cheated and won 10 to Tony's 4 to Dawnielle and Jessie's 3 apiece. Suzie has played a lot of Catan so it probably wasn't a fair match, but Jessie has played a few times...but sometimes that is Catan.
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9. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:135]
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Start Time: 11:10
End Time: 12:30

Chuck had to bid adieu, so Stetson came over from Carcassonne and played with Elden, Scott, Tim and Andy in a rousing game of Ra.

Elden never got any kind of mojo going and squandered a 16 tile in round 1 and got underpaid for it in Round 2 and ended with 25.

Tim was in contention most of the game but somehow it all fell apart and he ended with 33.

First timer Stetson took the advice of others and parlayed that to a respectable 40 score.

Scott was by his lonesome to end the 3rd round, but instead of chance the last Ra tile coming out chickened out..and it left him with 43.

Which was not nearly enough to catch Andy's 50 big points.


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10. Board Game: Sorry! Revenge Card Game [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:13307]
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Suzie, Tony and Dawnielle played a couple games of Sorry Card Revenge before Tony and Dawnielle had to head out. Suzie won the first, and Dawnielle won the second.

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11. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:723]
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Start: 12:35
End 1:30
Elden, Tim, Andy, Scott and Stetson had some more gaming in them and decided to play Dice Town.

Elden just had bad luck all game. Never able to pull together a best hand and seemed to have been stolen from a lot for somebody not in contention, ended with 15 points.

Andy was looking strong early and took a bunch of low value property cards and otherwise was doing just fine until he started getting picked on and lost all of his good value cards and ended with 22

Scott was another player that was looking strong early but then got picked on a bit and ended up with 29.

I don't think anyone paid any mind to Stetson and he actually looked quite pathetic until he revealed end game that he had the 8 pt. General Store card plus some other points and tied with Scott for second with 29 points.

Tim positioned himself in the middle all game then made some big moves that let him power by everyone and ended the game with 37 points.
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12. Board Game: Gumball Rally [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:11249]
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Stetson had one more game in him and Andy hates us all so we played Gumball Rally. This game has the illusion of strategy but there is a major random monkey wrench thrown in that ruins any real planning that you can do. You can guess when to play your best card, but if it isn't a scoring round you'll probably get shafted by the hazard...anyway...

Stetson picked up 1 point
Andy and Elden ended up with 5
Scott had a decent 8
and Tim ended up with 13 to win the rally for gumballs.



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13. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:217]
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Start Time 2:15
End Time 3ish??

Because none of us have any sense Elden, Time, Scott and Andy decided to play Love Letter after Stetson had to leave. This game went the maximum 13 rounds but it didn't stop Elden from racking up another last place finish on the night by going out first in the last round. Tim was technically 3rd place as he lost out with his weak baron against the superior King of Andy ( I think that's what my note means) and Scott was declared the winner when he got his 4th love letter to the princess.

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