Games Played WABA Thornlie 23 February 2013
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On what turned out to be a very well attended meet, there were a mixture of pre-organised games and 'hey-do-you-want-to-learn-this-game' games, both which had seemingly enthusiastic players. Add what you played and see what else was played.

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1. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:263]
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I started the day with this light filler, teaching it to a few people. Once the money was counted at the end of the game, Blake ended up winning on $56k, Geoff came second on $54k, followed by me on $52k, Rudolf on $48k and Luke on $33k.
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2. Board Game: Samarkand: Routes to Riches [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1272]
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Myself, Tegan and Rachael played this simple route building / investing (marrying in this game) euro first. It was a first play for all of us, but it went quick and everyone liked it. Deciding which cards to keep in your hand can slow the game down a little but in general I felt it was just the right length. I ended up winning this one.
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3. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:251] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Ian O'Toole
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Next we played this game, where players take on the roles of master painters competing to paint a cathedral roof, all the while keeping their apprentices happy, completing portrait to earn cash on the side, and impressing the bishop whenever possible.

There are aspects of this game I really enjoy. The theme is very nicely integrated and the mechanic of deciding how early to get up in the morning (getting up earlier means you get first choice of everything, but paint costs more at the market and your apprentices become unhappy – so much so that you might lose one) is really clever. However I do feel that the game runs a little long, and there isn't much in the way of progression from start to finish. You begin to earn income for sections of the Fresco you complete, but apart from that nothing really changes throughout the game, besides the whittling away of options.

I ended up winning this, but I think it was pretty close, with my money stockpile pushing me over the top.
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4. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:232]
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For Rachael's last game of the day we played this with the Power Up! expansion (although I don't think anyone ended up drowning any evolution cards). I can't remember if Rachael or Tegan won, I only know it wasn't me! I have a feeling it was Tegan though.
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5. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:494]
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After dinner myself, Tegan, Mal and Pete sat down for a quick filler game, with Mal explaining the rules to myself and Tegan who had never played. I really liked the simplicity of this card game, and would be interested in trying Zooloretto as well in the future. I ended up winning this through dumb luck.
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6. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:67]
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For the last game of the day myself Tegan, Mal and Pete played this euro that uses elements of dice allocation and worker placement.

I explained the rules to Pete, who had never played, and Mal, who needed a refresher. Not the easiest game to teach but everyone caught on pretty quick.

This was my first time playing with more than two players and it's definitely a more nasty game, with a lot more dice stealing going on.

Tegan ended up winning by a pretty big margin.
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7. Board Game: Winter Tales [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:5313]
Alicia Smith
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As promised Rob and I brought this and taught it three times.

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8. Board Game: Timeline: Diversity [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:982] [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
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played *5* games of this apparently!
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9. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:221]
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4 players game with Oliver, David and his son Simon. Leaning game for us all with me reading the rules beforehand. A worker placement where there is no strict turns rather every player can either place or withdraw workers on their turn.

You can also bomb other people's factory too. That always make a game fun.

I like the game although I find the ending a bit abrupt, I think would be better if players can have one more turn after someone ended the game.
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10. Board Game: Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:284]
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4 player game with mal, rob and pete.

We played the quick game variant where everyone starts at 7 influence. We are all dominus who have our slaves and gladiators trying to be the most influential dominus in Ancient Rome. We can achieve it by scheming, backstabbing, hosting an arena, and of course winning a fight in the arena.

Wonderful game, love the social (read backstabbing) elements and would love to play again.
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11. Board Game: Dominant Species: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3379]
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After the scheming and backstabbing of spartacus, the 4 of us settle to a good old prehistoric fight to the death.

A light filler about survival of the fittest species in the prehistoric era. I like the game for what it is - a light, somewhat random filler. The only thing is that thematically I'm not quite sure what I'm representing.

Had fun with it.

Mal won the game by being furthest on the survival track and gain that extra 5 points.
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12. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:261]
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Taught this game after dinner. Me, Pete, Mal, Priya and Michael played the family version with only Mal and me playing this before I think.

It was a fairly straightforward game as the die favoured us by popping POI near us and the door all the time. We won very easily. My first win of this game.
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13. Board Game: The Golden City [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1741]
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Priya taught this game to Michael, me and one other (forgotten name sorry). I think this is better described as an area control game with set collection and hand management.

I find it a easy to learn and straightforward light game, albeit maybe a bit more random to my taste. There are multiple variables to the game (goods, districts, river-side settlements, bonus from settlements, your hand of cards) that seems to alter the game significantly.

I don't think I'll need to play this game again as I don't enjoyed it at all. Although that maybe due to the fact that I got locked out of the game and had no chance of winning since the second round.
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14. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:289]
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2 games of this delightful filler cooperatively card game. I am really enjoying this at the moment. Great game.

Played with Priya and Michael. 18 points and 20 points. We definitely got much better in the second game with understanding the clues and playing more appropriately.
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15. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:232]
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Us three were joined by Elaine for a closing game of king of Tokyo. Priya and Michael never played this before. Great way to end the end as unfortunately both of them got killed by Elaine. And appropriately she won with good score and eater of the dead.

Gigazaur rules!
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16. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:391]
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Taught this game to Andrew, Gracie, Oliver and myself.

I love this game due to the theme with all of us getting average digs. No one really got huge gains nor no returns.

Fun game where I came out on top in the end
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17. Board Game: Wrong Chemistry [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4690]
 
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Filler game with 3 players, Andrew, Oliver and I.

Took a bit longer than expected but in the end Oliver won with this "skill" despite his lack of spacial awareness

Good fun game but recommend 4 players so that it's a bit shorter.
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18. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:283] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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First time for all of us in our "team" (used very loosely) of super heros. Andrew played the velocity one, Warren the mind person, myself the Space marine and Oliver as the tough Amazon man.

The game started off well with us taking down a minion easily and I began lobbing grenades at the bad guy's mobile defence platform. Oliver began punching it and taking damage for the team.

After a monorail derailed and an ineffectual police force arrived to back us up, Andrew ridded us of the defence platform and we went to work taking down the big baddie. Then more minions came out.

The problem here was that the team sort of broke down targeting different things and generally doing their own thing. By this time I had converted into a turret. In the end we managed to bring things back together and destroy the villain despite our "teamwork" and environment.

Fun game that I definitely want to play again
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19. Board Game: Tournay [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:797]
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Forgot about this one! Before dinner myself and Tegan played this. I really enjoy this card game from the same designers and artist as Troyes. It plays nice and quick with two, with turns being VERY quick. Like Troyes, the iconography is a bit fiddly, so there's always a little bit of checking the legend, but you get the hang of it after the first play or two.

I won this by securing most of the extra workers early in the game and exploiting that with prestige buildings that gave me bonuses based on that majority.
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20. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:400]
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I arrived too late for the BSG Cadet Cruise I was meant to be on but did manage to get in my first ever game of Alhambra with Owain, Natasha and Steven (sorry for the spelling if I need to be). I can see why this is considered a classic, it was a lot of fun. A little too solitaire for me but then most "Euro" games tend to be.
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21. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:397]
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Next up for me was Tobago. Elaine graciously taught the group (still Owain, Natasha, Steven and myself) her copy. I hadn't even heard of this one but it was a lot of fun. I really liked the puzzley nature of the clues to the point where more than once I went to lay down clues instead of the more optimal digging things up.

Some player interaction, little Tchotchkes and a beautiful modular board. I recommend!
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22. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:92] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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After Tobago, Elaine, Steven, Owain, Natasha and myself were looking for a 5 player game and found ourselves playing Ticket to Ride: Europe. I don't think I've played Europe before but this was a fun game. I particularly liked Owain's strategy of attempting to draw the entire deck without laying any tracks two blind cards at a time. A strategy that we ribbed him mercilessly about right up until he beat us all quite convincingly.
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23. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:232]
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After dinner we (Elaine, Steven, Owain, Natasha and myself) played a game of King of Tokyo. We didn't play with the expansion as it was the first game for many of us (myself included). The game was light and fun and we got into the theme. The big dice are a real pleasure to roll (not sure what that says about me) and it came down to a broken and bleeding pair of monsters in the last round with Owain's Alienoid taking out my Cyber-bunny with his shrink ray.

I'm keen to get a copy of this and play with my kids if only to hear my sons stomping around the house claiming to be cyberbunnies.
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24. Board Game: A Castle for All Seasons [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1083]
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While Steven, Natasha and Owain taught Elaine Race for the Galaxy I wandered off and joined Alastair and two other gents for a game of A Castle for All Seasons. I didn't particularly enjoy this one. It's seems a bit random. It could also be that I wanted to be playing in the Sentinels of the Multiverse game going on a few tables over
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25. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
Ernest Chua
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This was a teaching game with 3 new players, 1 player who had played only a few times and myself. As a teaching game, it was the base game only.

Myself: Helo
Luke (new): Roslin
Rudolf (new): Starbuck
Blake (new): Bill Adama (cylon pre-sleeper)
Geoff (only played a few times): Baltar (cylon pre-sleeper)

My game explaination felt thorough but very long - I would be interested to hear how the others found it. Part of the issue in this game is that the secrecy rules are really important and it is virtually impossible to answer questions about cylon revealing and actions in the middle of the game, so this really has to be done before and throughout the game.

It was a brutal start, with 2 out of the first 4 crisis being cylon attack cards. Despite our best efforts, after the first jump, we were already down to 3 population. Blake's sub-optimal moves (in my eyes) and a jump of only 1 distance had me convinced he was a cylon. Roslin was also being what I felt were sub-optimal moves that used too many cards due to her weakness, but I felt the threat of a cylon admiral was too great and if Bill Adama went to the brig, I would be admiral and I clearly trusted myself

So with much convincing, Blake went to the brig and I became admiral. Resources began to gradually fall as crisis after crisis befell the fleet (as is normal in BSG) and as we went into the sleeper phase, I was fairly confident that we had brigged 1 cylon and had lingering doubts about Luke. The other two seemed fine.

All the while, Blake had generally been either trying to get out of the brig or only occasionally, give XOs. The only person who supported him outright was Luke and with the others against him, he didn't get out.

With the advent of the sleeper phase, my thinking went like this:
I know I'm not a cylon.
Luke has at times made seemingly sub-optimal moves, but is this a new player thing?
Rudolf hasn't done anything bad but could the sleeper phase change everything?
Blake is a cylon. If he reveals, whomever he passes his loyalty card to will come under more suspicion especially if he reveals early to get a second cylon.
Geoff has three loyalty cards, making him suspicious on that alone.

Geoff used Baltar's once per game to look at my loyalty cards and after declaring me human, my trust in him increased. At a later point, he played an IC into a skill check, making everything face up and when it was his turn, did not spike it to fail the check and drive what were now resources in the red even lower. Luke had continued to make seemingly sub-optimal moves (there were only 3 quorum cards in hand) and this all combined for me to swing my support for a regime change.

It was some time around this point that Blake had his turn and then lifted up his player card to go to get the loyalty card underneath. I hastily stopped him, saying that if, if he was a cylon, it took an action to reveal. He put his card back down and I figured that was as close to absolute proof that he was a cylon as me seeing his loyalty card.

As my action, I called for an election to elect Baltar president and when it passed, I was confident that the titles belonged in human hands. Further 'confirmation' came when Legendary Discovery came up and after much pressuring, Rudolf put enough cards into another face up check as last player to make me trust him. I had my trusts sorted out.

I was wrong.

When Baltar moved to FTL and activated it with the token on -3, population at 3 and no threats on the board, I realised that I had been party to proposing and electing a cylon as president. Fortunately, the die roll failed for the cylons/succeeded for the humans and at least now all was in the open. I went for a quicker end to the game with the three distance cylon ambush, placing civilian and cylon ships on the board with the effective tradeoff of needing one jump to win.

With Geoff having the presidency and thus president chooses crisis to manipulate, the question was whether to brig him to limit the damage he did, elect him to get presidency off him or to protect the civilian ships? We went with protecting civilian ships and I gave Rudolf an XO to get into space.

With all four remaining civilian ships now on board and all resources in the red, it was going to be a tight finish. It was then that I remembered Roslin's once per game, involving drawing the top 4 quorum cards and playing one. If Luke got the arrest card, he could arrest Geoff, limiting his damage from the brig, which would at least be guaranteed rather than going for an election or for a brigging skill check. If not, the chances were high that there would be something that could help try raise a resource. It seemed like a win-win.

Luke used his once per game and drew 4 cards. He looked at them, gave me 3 to put face-down. He then said and here I paraphrase, "I'm playing this one."

He laid down Presidential Pardon and pardoned Blake.cry

To this day, I'm still trying to understand the logic behind this move. Nothing Luke said made sense to me (and to be fair, I was so shocked, stunned and fuming at this move that he could have said the most coherently logical thing and I still probably wouldn't have been convinced).

Blake revealed soon after with the damage Galactica power, as a result sending someone to sickbay (in a small irony, I think it was Roslin). A few crisis later and despite Rudolf using Starbuck's once per game, Geoff had used Communications to move 2 civilian ships to where the raiders blew them up and won the cylons the game on morale.

Things to take away from this game:
-the pure base game is still the best way to teach the game to new players;
-I feel like I am getting better at teaching the game - it fel like there were less 'oh and I forgot to mention this' moments;
-it will take a long time, if ever, before I trust Luke's judgment in a game of BSG again.
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