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For this week's topic...

COLLEGE




NOTE: This list is written from the perspective of someone who went through an American college experience. Some of you may not have gone to college, or went to college or university in other countries where your experience was a lot different. This list isn't meant to be exclusive! I'm especially eager to learn about experiences from our friends overseas! For the various topics, just feel free to substitute in your own unique experiences (sports, drinking, gaming, learning), be they at any point in your academic or day-to-day lives!

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1. Board Game: College: The Game of Knowledge [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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With spring approaching, I always start to long for my alma mater, Indiana University, and the lovely town of Bloomington. My wife, also a graduate of IU, and I will usually try and make it down to Bloomington for a day, once the flowers start blooming and the trees start filling out. We'll walk around campus (which is truly one of the most beautiful campuses in the country - but I'm a bit biased) and take pictures, reminiscing about all our favorite spots.






For those of you who attended college or university, or any place of higher education, which one(s) did you attend, and what are your fondest memories of the campus? Did you have favorite places or favorite buildings? Share some pictures!

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2. Board Game: Potion-Making: University Course [Average Rating:6.28 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.28 Unranked]
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I was a Political Science major in college, with a minor in history. This allowed me to take all kinds of useless classes, which, because of the nature of their total lack of applicability to real life, were also the most universally fun and entertaining.

My favorite class I ever took was an Intro to Film class. I've always been a big movie buff, and I figured this would be a good way to learn about some classic film techniques. I ended up learning more in that class, that I actually retained and still use today, than almost any other class I took, which means my priorities are totally out of whack, or it's a powerful indictment of the American higher education system. My final paper in that class was on the film Aliens, which was my favorite film at the time (it has since been trumped by All the President's Men, but that's another GCL topic!). And I didn't get to CHOOSE that as my final paper - it was ASSIGNED to us by the Associate Instructor! What were the odds?

What was your favorite course in college? What was the weirdest course you've ever taken, or, for some of you GCL Faculty members, taught?
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3. Board Game: College Basketball Dynasty [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:7451]
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Around this time of year, sports (and gambling) fans here in the US are gearing up for something called March Madness, the annual NCAA Division I men's college basketball tournament. A grand 68-team tournament that's provided some of the greatest Cinderella moments in sports.

Here in Indiana, it's a pretty big deal. Some years, Indiana has had as many as five different colleges in the tournament. And one local school, in particular, has won the tournament five times. ninja

My most recent favorite college sports moment was last year, when Indiana beat Kentucky on a last-second shot that told IU fans their team was finally back after years in the wilderness...



For those from the US, or from outside the US who maybe went to school here or are familiar with the college sports scene here, what are your favorite college teams? Have you grown fond of particular teams based on where you live now, or have you stayed true to your alma mater? Were any of you on any college teams? I most certainly was NOT. My competitive spirit in college extended to board games and drinking games!

For those from countries outside the US, who may find the obsession with college teams here to be baffling, was sport a presence in your college/university careers? Alas, my knowledge of international sport is limited to the English Premier League and the Champions League, so I'd love to hear the international perspective!
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4. Board Game: 1,000 Drinking Games [Average Rating:3.80 Unranked]
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Before college, I had never had an alcoholic drink before. In fact, I thought kids who drank back in high school were just stupid! What was the point of getting drunk?

Naturally, mere days into the start of my freshman year of college, all that went right out the window! By my senior year, I had become a connoisseur of all the cheapest brands of liquor you can name: Natural Light (Natty Light), Old Milwaukee (Old Swill), Old Style, Milwaukee's Best (Beast), Milwaukee's Best Light (Beast Unleaded), all of the finest Osco Drug Store brands of spirits - if it's in a plastic jug, you know it's good!

At my fraternity, we had a Luau Night where we made giant 30-gallon drums of Everclear fruit punch, stirred with an oar.

My tastes have since, uh, "matured".

Any college town worth its salt has plenty of taverns, and my favorite was Nick's English Hut, a Bloomington tradition.



In your college experience, what was your favorite watering hole?
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5. Board Game: Social Circles [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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One thing I had to find in college was a new group of friends to game with. I had my old D&D and board gaming group in high school, but we all headed off to different schools, with only one of my old group joining me at Indiana.

My hometown group used to play Diplomacy, History of the World, Axis & Allies, Johnny Reb, Magic, amongst others. When I went to college, my board gaming started getting replaced by PC and videogaming. Epic matches of Goldeneye on N64 and Super Mario Karts. This is probably for the best, considering the amount of drinking going on.

Fortunately, one of the great college traditions is taking road trips, and so my friends from other nearby schools would occasionally make the drive to Bloomington, and vice versa, and we'd meet up to play just like old times.

What were your college gaming experiences like? Did you find new groups, or stick with old friends?
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6. Board Game: 1914: Twilight in the East [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:3431]
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Weekly Roundup!

Currently occupying my table is 1914: Twilight in the East. I've set up the Dragoni Variant from C3i #26. This is an alternate setup for the Austro-Hungarians that increases the size of their 1st, 4th and 3rd Armies attacking along the Galician front.



After working my way through the extended example of play, by actually setting up the counters and pushing them along to the example, I felt like I finally had a legitimate grasp on the rules. So I set up this Dragoni Variant scenario and am now 1 turn into it. So far, it's been pretty enjoyable, but it's going to be slow going, as I absorb these rules! I'm taking pictures though, and plan on doing an AAR when I get through this thing.

Also played:


Continued the EiA campaign. France finally got impatient and attacked my combined Prussian-Austrian force in the mountains. I chose good old reliable DEFEND against an ESCALATED ASSAULT. It was a massacre. He lost something like 68 factors to my 14. We resume the campaign on March 4th.

Also up to the 3rd Assault Phase on Siege of Jerusalem. The Romans have taken New City and Tyropean City. Now things are going to get interesting.

And, last but not least, played some C&C:N with the wife.
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7. Board Game: Mythic Battles [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:3457]
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gotta go to bed now, lotsa stuff to do early in the morning, so I'll expand on my gaming week tomorrow.

For now, suffice to say that Mythic Battles is all you may ever want from a card-driven variable-powers combat game with a rich theme, beautiful art, and tons of canned whoopass to unleash on the world! All that, and more!
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8. Board Game: Combat Commander: Battle Pack #3 – Normandy [Average Rating:8.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.54 Unranked]
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This is the week that was:
Bohnanza 2 New lease on life!
DC Comics Deck-Building Game 2 New to me!
Manila 2 New to me!
Citadels 1
Combat Commander: Europe 1
The Guns of Gettysburg 1 New to me!
TransAmerica 1

In chronological order...

My father in law was in town for a conference (he and my wife were co-presenters) and we had introduced him to TransAmerica. He enjoyed it so much that he actually bought his own copy to take home!

On Wednesday, Andrew (our very own Harlemmimeschool) came over to play Napoleon's Triumph. Of course, that very selfsame day, the Guns of Gettysburg had arrived, so he, having read the rules multiple times in drooling anticipation, and I, with a production sample copy that I had dutifully applied all the stickers to the blocks of, played that instead. Of course, mistakes were made. I'm sure we're not the only ones who make mistakes on the initial play of anything, but suffice to say it was enough to get us hooked. We got about half way through a full game.

On Thursday, my regular gaming group had seven players (!!) so our host dug into his collection and we played Citadels and Bohnanza. Citadels was actually ok. It's long since ceased to be a favourite of mine, and the last few times I'd played it were interminably dreary, but perhaps my absence from game night for a while made me more accommodating.

On the other hand, Bohnanza with seven is a blast! I hadn't played it since 2007, and the times I had played it before were almost always two player. I squeaked out the victory with 12 coins and five cards left in my hand. There were two other players with 12 coins, but they both had fewer cards left over. I had eschewed building the third field.

On Friday my friend Jonathan texted me and asked if I would be into a gaming night and since my family was away on a ski weekend, I jumped at the chance. We played one of the Normandy scenarios (Capriquet) and as always, Combat Commander creates great narratives. I was hampered early and often by the cards I had, and many of my units were shot to bits (read - on the casualty track), but I managed to seize both the open objectives and then through two consecutive melee victories had him one unit away from surrender... when time ran out!

I love the Combat Commander series. Between CC Europe and Pacific I now have 50 plays under my belt. meeple

After a fine dinner, Jonathan and Marvin (someone he'd met at a FLGS game night) and I played two games of Manila. I'd never heard of Manilla, but it's a fun game about racing punts, and the victory condition is money. I came in last both games we played, but it was a lot of fun.

Jonathan's wife joined us for two games of DC Comics Deck-Building Game. Two things came out of that. One, I never want to play Dominion again because this was a much much much MUCH better game. Two, I still hate deck building games. laugh

Ok, ok, hate is too strong a word, but if ever there was a game mechanic (gimmick?) that does not work for me, deck building is it. I did ok in the first game, but in the second game, I was endlessly frustrated by almost always having one point too little to buy whatever super power was actually available (I had Superman, and superpower cards were boosts for me) and Marvin always snapped up whatever super powers he could to deny them to me.

We wrapped up the night with a game of Bohnanza, and I came in second (30) between Marvin (33) and Jonathan (27).

Ongoing pbem games:
- 4x Here I Stand, all with solid moderators keeping the action flowing
- 1x Twilight Struggle (ACTS ladder game)
- 1x 1989
- 2x Unhappy King Charles

I've noticed there's a VASSAL module for Die Macher. Anyone interested?
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9. Board Game: Pax Romana [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1745]
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No FTF action this week alas. Our FTF WIF session scheduled for yesterday got sicked out; our German player has a very nasty case of the flu, had to miss a whole week of work. And no Vassal WIF, one of my opponents is out of town away from his PC.

But a lot of solo play of Pax Romana. I am scheduled to be in a 4player PBEM game that is supposed to start up, so I brought the game off the shelf, read the rules. Played the short 1st scenario once and 2nd scenario (2nd Punic War) twice. NOW it is starting to click. And it is a cool game.

On the PBEM front: Jon and I continue to battle over the fate of Tennessee in For the People. Our Gelato Here I Stand game continues (Ottomans are up). My Virgin Queen game appears to have ground to a halt, alas. And Angola is going strong, though my side (FAPLA/MPLA) has some catching up to do, at least the last turn we didn't lose any further ground.

Oh and I finished a solo playtest of Lincoln's War.
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10. Board Game: Chandragupta [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:4268]
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Games In Action This Week (all PBEM):



Highlights, Lowlights and Misc:

- As Wendell notes, we are in the midst of the Tussle for Tennessee in our FtP session. Nashville has been rendered ashes (sorry!).

- Roger and I are fighting on the outskirts of London in our UKC session. I suspect I was lucky to escape Prince Rupert's army with just a bloody nose. In essence, I am trying to dislodge Royalist presence in the Oxford environs.

- I had plans to poke our moribund Virgin Queen game this weekend to get it going, but I am running out of time. Perhaps this afternoon.

- In my WoG session, I am having a problem getting my Big Blue Blob together. Meanwhile, the dreaded Anglais seem to be controlling regions with ease. Grrrr!

- In Chandragupta, we are in the midst of the first clash of the lines. My Mauryan chariots had more difficulty that I anticipated dealing with the Nanda light infantry. There is a blog about the bout here http://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/17154/magadha-underway-aga...

- In Red Winter, my Soviets are trying to survive the first bitterly cold night by building bonfires and keeping an eye out for marauding Finns.

- Reading Week is coming to an end and my poor spouse spent the whole time in recovery mode from bronchitis. She is still feeling poorly. Furthermore, I am concerned I may have a slight stress fracture in a foot. I thought I pulled a tendon in a weird spot, but the ache is very, very unusual. Will I see a doctor? Odds are poor. Ah... it is probably just a tendon.

- Still digging our new subscription to HBO Canada and the accompanying movie channels. The last Harry Potter movie is on today. Oh, and I watched the Canadian Women's Curling Championship this week. That wraps up today. It is on as I type this....

- And I am still stickering Commands & Colors: Ancients Expansion Pack #6 – The Spartan Army.
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11. Board Game: Little Wars [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:7789]
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The next Session Report in my 1913-2013 centennial series is a Boer War scenario:



Lieutenant General Mrs. Belli will lead the British army against my Boers at the battle of Spion Kop. I'll be playtesting this week with the battle scheduled for Saturday.
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12. Board Game: Grant Takes Command [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:2568]
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Weekend Round-Up

This past week, these games started:
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This past week, these games continued:
Battle Above the Clouds, Scenario 7 v. Carsten
Clash of Giants II, Ypres v. Iain
Three Battles of Manassas, Clash of Volunteers, Scenario 6.1 - To Henry Hill v. Chris (no, it's not a solo game!)
Here Come the Rebels, Skirmisher Tournament Scenario v. Patrick
FAB: Sicily, Campaign Game v. Lukasz (I am the Axis)

This past week, these games concluded:
Battle Above the Clouds, Scenario 2 v. Gordon (switched sides)
Roads to Gettysburg, Scenario 1 v. Pete

This past week, these games were acquired:
None.

This past week, these interesting things happened in my games and my life:

1 ---> I finally won my first scenario of GCACW. It was just one of the basic small scenarios - and while I don't put a huge stock in tracking wins and losses, a win once in a while helps to know that my game-play is at least improving! The victory was earned on the defensive, though - so now it's time to figure out how to win on the offensive. This is the first series in a long time that has me really, really interested in improving my skill.

2 ---> Clash of Giants II (Ypres) has been fun, but it's not really at my preferred complexity level. I see the series as a great one for an introduction to hex-and-counter gaming, but otherwise not really my thing. I'm glad I finally got it played, this one will likely be moved to the "Trade/Sell" pile for an upcoming auction.

3 ---> I've been wanting to play UKC again. It was a fun game the first time through, and one that might entice me - like GCACW - to become a good player, not just a competent one.

4 ---> In my life this week, I finally got to run the pumper at a structure fire - a stressful job the first time! I did a passable job.

5 ---> My friend and his son want to play Leviathans, so I might be able to play the game face-to-face, finally!

6 ---> Lukasz has been patiently introducing me to FAB: Sicily and I want to express my thanks. At this early stage, the game seems to provide lots of potential and I'm looking forward to several plays to see how it all fits with my personal tastes. So far, it is really interesting.
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13. Board Game: Police Precinct [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1261]
Cindy Nowak
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Another solo play in for this, focusing on rules clarity. Also played Kings of Air and Steam. What a truly disappointing game. It is very well made, but unless we missed something in the rules, it seems overly simplistic with no player interaction. We all felt the number of tiles being the same for 3, 4 and 5 players was part of the problem. You could pretty much do whatever you wanted - there was no strategy needed. The marketplace only goes up, unlike other economic games where selling drops the price for the next player.

Also got in a playtest for Sea Lion.
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14. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:620]
Ron
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Vienna
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We had game night on saturday, 5 guys at a friend's appartment. An we played one of my favorite games ever, History of the World (of course, the old Avalon Hill version). I love that game! 4 hours of dice rolling and trash talk!

Then we played Flusspiraten, in our group an old classic. Following that we opted for more Ameritrash and went for Dragon Rampage, Ca$h 'n Gun$ and finally Las Vegas.

Yesterday we did a little family gaming, using Carcassonne (with all its expansions - that's more than 200 tiles) and Saint Petersburg.

I also wrote a new review last week, when I found out, that the game Der Aktionär had not a single post in its forums. It can be found here: Der Aktionär/Börsenpoker - „Advanced Quartett“ or „My British Petrol for your Mercedes“.

It goes along with some of my other reviews of games which are more or less unknown across the big pond, like "The Magic of the Jewels" or "If the princess is ugly, this jewelry won’t help".
You won't get famous for this kind of reviews ... meeple
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15. Board Game: 1889: History of Shikoku Railways [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:1178]
Cole Wehrle
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Yay College!

I'll be getting to the questions a little later today, but I've just got a moment so I thought I'd knock off the weekly report.

x3 Puzzle Strike (9.5)
x2 1889 (8.7)
x2 C&C Napoleonics (9)

Ah, that's a little more like it! I managed to do much better this week on games, though things were still a little tight. My first game of 1889 via rails finished off with me holding a middling position. Here are the details of the last SR.





As I think I said last week, there were lots of moments where I had wonderful position and, rather than just ride it out to a win (or closer finish) I decided to go for a total shut out by pushing the trains. In these instances (yes I had more than one chance), I failed to calculate how much I could leverage the train rush or how close we were to the end of the game. Coupled with some idiotic track plays, I pretty much deserved the spot I got. The plus side: I think I've gotten much better at dumping companies now even if all of my "slams" from this game resulted in said company carrying the player. All in all though, it was a very fun match and it only took about 10 days to finish. Cool!

I was so inspired that I played another teaching game of 1889 this weekend with some friends. We were a little tight on time so I cut into the bank by about 5k and we finished the game in a little over two hours.

Most of my plays this week were with Cati. We had a very nice set of Puzzle Strike matches midweek where I used some careful economic build s to counter her able defensive plays successfully. The matches went a little long (30 minutes a pop) but the play stayed interesting.

We also managed two more games of C&C with the Russians. I managed a close victory as the French at Pultusk thanks to a strong push on the right and a bold final charge into the Mostahian woods on the left. Both of our Centers were in mild disarray the whole battle and after her initial (terrifying) charge in the opening phases didn't see much action. We also knocked off Mohrungen as well. It was another tight game that we had to call on time. (It was 5-5 at the time). This week we are both hoping to do Eylau as a double (triple?) header.

Other than that, it was just another busy busy week without much gaming with people other than Cati. Hopefully we'll get some bigger things organized this week (though my work schedule doesn't look promising. In other less-than-exciting news, my good friend of the past few years (and sometime wargaming partner) is heading off to Central America this week and may not be returning to Austin (depending on where he gets in to grad school).

Purchases:
none ...yet, the new Winsome set looks great, I can't wait for this summer!

Ongoing PBEM/PBF:
Pax Porfiriana (still tense and close, the pace is slowing a little)
1889 (moving along nicely--it's great to put into practice all those lessons I learned)
1830 (just started)
Here I Stand (moving)


The Week Ahead:
C&C
18xx
Kings of Air and Steam?

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16. Board Game: Fading Glory [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
Stig Morten
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Only one entry this week, but I have been doing a bit of reading.

Fading Glory x1 A solo play of Waterloo where the French had cleaned out the boardx after their 3rd turn. But morale still high for the Allied and no victory condition that says anything about elliminating all units on the board, I continued on and the Allied reserves got on, a few units Rallied and the Allied fought bravely untill the 2nd Night turn where they lost their last 2 Morale points due to captured terrain. This game is all kinds of awesome.

This game coupled with all the talk about Commands & Colors: Napoleonics have poked my interest in Napoleon, so I have been doing some reading on Napoleon. Bought a biography and have started that. Have read the rules for Commands & Colors: Napoleonics, Field Commander: Napoleon and Manoeuvre. I even brought out the Napoleon's Triumph rules for a quick look.

Vassal
Same old, same old.
Memoir'44 x4
No Retreat x1

I am also in the process of starting up a pbem game of Leuthen: Frederick's Greatest Victory 5 December, 1757 with
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The game looks fun.

Mobile/Ipad gaming

Bought Battle of the Bulge for the Ipad this weekend as it was on sale. Tried it and although it was a proper boardgame, I think I prefer cardboard or vassal. I see there are multiple terrain effects and benefits to elite units, but as the computation of the odds are automatic, I just don't bother to learn the nuisances of it all. Prefer cardboard, but fun for a short while.

Also did a bunch of Angry Birds: Seasons and Hill Climb Racing on my phone.

Life

Not much, one day followed the next and Napoleon was ever present.
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It has been absolutely hectic week for me! Each day is at least 10 if not 11 hours in the office, making presentation, preparing documents, managing people who are not very willing to be managed. The good thing is I am attending a training -- over the web -- and it's being delivered by a lady with a lovely British accent, hearing to which is honey to my soul. Not to mention she is one of the most patient individuals I had a chance to meet.

In terms of gaming it has been very busy week, even though two of my partners remained silent and I don't expect them to revert with the logs. Nothing to worry as there are plenty of games to fill my time. There are two Red Winter games -- this one is quickly becoming one of my favourites even though I tend to notice kind of repetitive patterns in each of games. However, repetition is something wargames enjoy or so I've heard...

There are also two games of FAB:Sicily, one played against Chris, the scoop. Sicily is somewhat slow paced, lacking the fast armor units, capable of breakthroughs. While I like the system, I am not really sure whether I like the tempo of this one. I had a chance to play two games of it face to face in the local gaming club and I find it somewhat lacking. Maybe it is just the very nature of the Operation Husky, a WWI-like pace, slow, combat after combat, gaining of the ground without flanking and armor maneuvering.

I am also giving a dozen or so games for sale. Some of them have been on my shelves for two or more years and I've never had a chance to play them. Impulsive buying at its worst! Instead of cherishing a hope that a day those games hit the table is to come, I decided to let them go. There are people, no doubt about that, who will make a better use of them.
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18. Board Game: Mü & Lots More [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked]
Kris Moulton
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Halifax
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Euchre
Mü & Lots More
David & Goliath
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Terra Mystica
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2 game days last week, one was the normal weekly Sunday game day and I played some of the regular fare. Terra Mystica and Keyflower have had almost weekly play for the last few months.

We had a trick taking game night at a friend's place and played only trick taking games. I really like the idea of themed nights as it allows some games to get played that are often overlooked for the new fancy stuff. I had played Mu before and it's one of my favourites. I love the bidding and changing partners of that game. David and Goliath was one that I picked up at a Con sale recently and it was good fun. Not as deep as some of the others but still a good game. Wizard is always great. I have to find one of the nice German wizard decks for myself. I had never played Euchre before and was taught it that night. It just wasn't a game that was played much where I grew up. I quite liked it but I was a bit outclassed by people that grew up playing it.
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19. Board Game: The Guns of Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:1429]
Andrew Laws
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British Columbia
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I didn't think I got much of anything played this week but then I remembered; Wait a sec! I played one of two copies of Guns of Gettysburg IN THE WORLD.

I was impressed but I was also drinking thematically appropriate bourbon.

Nothing else played this week, I even got canned from a PBEM game of Andean Abyss before it had begun.

Taking my cues from this geeklist I think it's time to start vassal gaming. I'd be interested in trying out:

Liberty Roads
Wilderness War
Burma
Bastogne: Screaming Eagles under Siege
and possibly Andean Abyss

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