BGA Norn Irn meeting 9 February 2013
Peter Millen
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Greyabbey
Northern Ireland
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and the rain goes on... good to have Godfrey back with us for this meeting.
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1. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:391]
Peter Millen
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Scores: Colin was the last survivor.

First up as we settled down was this quickfire last man standing game of 'court influence' introduced by Godfrey.


Bill is racked by remorse after assassinating my character

Its very simple and quite fun, just what you want in an icebreaker and I could see it being played quite a lot for a while, then occasionally for the foreseeable future.
 
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2. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:184]
Peter Millen
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Greyabbey
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The spies (Peter Bill Tim) foiled the malcontent cell at the last.

As we temporarily had 7 at the table and Stuart was keen to have a go at this (owning a copy but never having five at his table) we agreed to zoom through this.

The first mission involved Bill and Swami, 'the good companions', and failed. The second mission involved Tim but as the cat plays awhile with the mouse, was allowed to succeed...After mission 4, the score sat at two blue missions and two red Bill was generally suspected but for some reason both Tim and I were chosen for the decisive event. We activated our communicators and the secret police broke the door down.

Good fun, but difficult for the resistance with seven players.
 
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3. Board Game: Noblemen [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1512]
Peter Millen
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Greyabbey
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Scores: Bill 79 Colin 72 Peter 67

Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall
(attributed to Walter Raleigh)

If thy heart fail thee then climb not at all.
(response from Queen Elizabeth)


Sorry, spanking is 10 ducats extra.

Colin presented his recent purchase a lightish influence-gathering contest allegedly representing the rivalry of the nobles seeking Queen Elizabeth's favour in the sixteenth century court.

'Players are seeking to gain the favour of the monarch/emperor/shgun/chief' is the tiredest thematic cliche in modern eurogames and one generally used to ridicule the genre so the game alas starts with one strike against it. Second strike is the box-cover art (on the left).

In spite of this first impression, the game turns out to be quite congenial and benefits from colourful components.Players seek to extend their estates



on which they build castles palaces churches and follies.



Land and buildings make up your running prestige score which is checked at the regular masked balls. Titles are awarded on the basis of order of prestige



provided that you cross the prestige threshold for a given title. Since these titles in turn can reduce your development costs there is a certain 'rich get richer' effect, as with most of these games.

Alternate strategies involve donating land to the Church and paying bribes for potential influence, but they were only used slightly at the end of the third/last epoch.

Bill moved ahead in the middle game and from then on held the highest title of Marchioness, having opted for the distaff side. The game is light enjoyable and has some interaction, happy to play again.
 
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4. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:40]
Peter Millen
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Greyabbey
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Scores: Godfrey 234 Tim 136 Swami 103


Show us the Monet! Fishing boats leaving Le Havre

Godfrey says:

Tim and Swami were both new players of this terrific game. I've played it a few
times, and so this was much less about winning and losing, more about learning
the game and having fun.

For such a deep game, it's easy to explain. The cards, icons and board have been
thoughtfully designed, and it makes getting a handle on what is happening much
easier.


Godfrey leads the teach-in

As the game commenced, I grabbed the marketplace, and attempted to try a
"marketplace strategy". I added to my tableau with enough of the craftsman icon
buildings to mean the marketplace was very tempting for me to visit. Oddly,
though, I didnt actually visit it that much; chasing food takes a lot of effort
indeed!

Swami and Tim seemed to be doing fine, too, though Swami felt that the expensive
buildings he had were of little value early on. I don't know for sure, but I
reckon all the buildings have their use; plus selling them to raise funds is not
to be overlooked. I bought my second ship by selling two unpopular buildings,
and it saved me much food scavenging time.

An interesting special building appeared, the haulage firm, and I thought Tim
exploited it very well, by raising funds and then picking up nice sets of goods.

I went for making a lot of steel, and (luckily) had just enough time to purchase
two luxury ships. Without these, my lead would have been heavily reduced, so
the score is very flattering.

Thoughts: Le Havre is a economic engine game (like Puerto Rico, Cuba, and so on)
and so will not appeal to all. Im a novice, but getting to know the cards and
the tempo of the game has made me realise what a superb design it is; perhaps as
good as Puerto Rico. It is perfectly balanced and always a fascinating
challenge. It seems to play very well with three, and I hope we get a chance to
do so again at BGA.
 
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5. Board Game: Cockroach Poker [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1174]
Peter Millen
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Result: Bill Godfrey Swami Colin and Peter won.

After a late lunch we reformed as a group of six for closing fillers, starting with this fest of bluff and bugs.

The play much improved after we ironed out a minor issue with the rules - perfectly understandable with such a complex game I assure you and not at all an indictment of Peter's growing sloppiness.

The unfortunate victim was the four-toed or rather 'four toad' Tim . The rest of us won.
 
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6. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:216]
Peter Millen
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Scores Godfrey 4, Tim 1, Swami 0

Godfrey says:
we had a three player game of this lovely little card game. TIm and Swami were
first timers, and I hope they enjoyed me wiping the floor with them, by my use
of an array of stunning tactics. Seriously, this is one you all should try, it
is a gamers' filler.
 
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7. Board Game: Wacky Wacky West [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2280]
Peter Millen
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for any reports from bga west
 
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8. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey: The Pilgrims' Chronicles [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
Peter Millen
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Meanwhile in downtown Greyabbey we have played Wings of Glory, Claustrophobia and Herocard:Nightmare recently.
 
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9. Board Game: The Club [Average Rating:4.50 Overall Rank:15772]
Peter Millen
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thoughts from the edge..
 
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