GCL Eclipse Episode 90:Guess this game!
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This is a test of a lot of stuff! I just started putting my pictures on DropBox; I just got this new HTC phone, and I haven't seen any of our members do this on the GCL, so I hope it works.

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1. Board Game: Anybody's Guess [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:11164]
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So you think you know board games? Identify these 36 games from these pictures:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5hap7bgz65ihoy0/L7qbaxM_EM

You'll need to click on each picture to see the number that's on all the pictures. If for some reason you can't reach the link you may need a free dropbox account (although I hope not). Dropbox is an excellent cloud service, by far the most popular.

Then respond with your guesses in this format:

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2. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:72]
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Only one play to report this week: Trajan. I do seem to suck at this game, as I haven't won in sometime now.

Picked up Kemet this week: really looking forward to playing it on Tuesday with Skippen and the rest of the Once & Future Gamers.
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3. Board Game: La Boca [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1067]
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Had EGG Game Day on Saturday.
Games Played:
Tasso
Medici it's kind of become tradition to open EGG events with a a game of Medici. it works well cause it plays up to 6.
La Bocax3 which was the hit of the day. I love puzzle type games and this one is no exception.
Ra it had been a long time since I last played this. I looked to see my last recorded play and it was 2005! It was good to revisit it, I really enjoyed it and even won!
New Amsterdam
Factory Fun
Bora Bora
Qinx3 I liked this one, pretty abstract
Ave Caesar
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4. Board Game: Sylla [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1269]
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Acquired:

I've become very focused on trades lately, and just approved two of them. I have a copy of China coming (which I wanted to get after Dave taught me Web of Power) this week. Next week I'll be getting Mississippi Queen, the next step in the big SdJ challenge Ben and I are working on.

Plays:

A relatively quiet week with just one face-to-face play from 5/2 - 5/5: Sylla.

I suspected this would go over pretty well with our friends Liz and Austin, so I suggested it when we wanted a medium-weight game after a morning walk to the farmer's market. And indeed it did click, but this was one of those games that you wish you'd been taught first so you could teach it better. Now I know exactly how I'd approach it to lessen confusion.

That being said, once we got into the flow, it really breezed along as we argued over which events were worth preventing and if so-and-so was being a ruthless dictator as First Consul. In the end the scores were super-tight, with Austin beating Scott by just 2 points - and depending on how the last round shaped up it could have easily tipped the other way.

Definitely a solid game that I liked a lot. It really scratched my itch for an ancient Roman theme, and I know we'll want to play it again relatively soon. One observation - this seems like it just wouldn't work well with less than 4 players. Anyone experience it with 3, or try the 2p variant?
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5. Board Game: Arctic Scavengers [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:977]
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Recent Gaming:

Arctic Scavengers - I'm not a Dominion player, but I am sure this a descendant. Deck building in a post apocalyptic world covered with ice. Players are building a tribe out of refugees and various mercenaries. Love the theme, and since my wife really likes post-apocolytic movies, I thought I'd spring for this one.

I have played twice, and both games has had one player left a bit behind because they didn't get early access to medicine. Fortunately there is a card I can add to the mix which ensures everyone can recruit a Medic. The extra cards in the box do seem to extend the game. I'm looking forward to additional plays.

Trains - Another deck builder. The addition of a board adds some nice positional stuff to the game. Easily my most played game of the year.

Monster Factory - a bit o' fluff. Rather cute, and it didn't out last its welcome. On the down side the final score was 4 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0.

Cavemen: The Quest for Fire - We played it twice, but I'm not sure i need to play it again. The art is unusual, in a good way. The game is solid enough, but was missing that X factor that would entice me into many more plays.

Those Pesky Garden Gnomes - This game amused me. Sadly my opponents were not so taken with it. I liked it enough to create a player aid, which I applied to the three spare cards included in the box. This is a trick-taking game with a very silly theme and a couple of fun twists.

Ubongo - Late to the party, this was my first play of this game. I enjoyed the "tetris" like game play, and did better than I expected I would. Not a game i would ever invet much time into, but if asked I would play again.
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6. Board Game: Hold the Line [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:1921]
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Hadn't posted in the past couple of weeks.

Funglish - another party game, it gets rather tiring to scan though the tiles for a word clue works while others are throwing out random guesses. Not very interesting, can think of many other better party games

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game Was back on the table. I got off to a good start - but flattened out about mid game, the fellow with no points at the middle of the game was putting together a killer combination at the end and won going away. I still like the way it approaches deck building

Kingsburg Played the base without the expansion. I had horrid dice rolls and was a bottom feeder most of the game. Came in the middle which I marked as a success.

Hold the Line Pulled it out to give taste of wargaming. If you like Command and Colors, you would like this version.
Played Eutaw Springs. This is a tough engagement for the British since they don't have any artillery and start a bit weaker in effectiveness. After being peppered for a while by the American artillery - I tried to drive some of the pesky militia away. Advanced in good fashion and in one set of rolls 3-6s and 2-1s later I had a unit and leader disappear. Shattered my right, never could recover from it and lost badly.
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7. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:66] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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Since it was Star Wars day Saturday:

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game - 150 points including at least one of every ship released to date. The first casualty? THE FALCON. I took my Tie fighters and kepts the A's and Y busy while my Advanced, Interceptors, and Slave One swarmed the Falcon. I'm glad I did too because in the end it was down to a single A vs Slave One, and Boba claimed the victory with some fancy flying.

Star Wars: The Card Game - In an epic duel of Jedi Vs Sith the Dark Side had a strangle hold early with Force Chokes and dropping Palpatine in round 3. The Sith never lost dominance of the force, making the game short and painful.

Other plays:

King of Tokyo: Power Up! - I was too right to say that the expansion makes this a great game. I was almost out early, but new powers kept me in until mid game. Things came to a rapid close after my elimination, seeing three other players go out in a single round, leaving only two for the final slug-fest.

PÜNCT - This is certainly the heaviest of the GIPF project. I like the complexity though, and I personally think it's going to take me much longer to grok this one than the rest.

Summoner Wars: Master Set - My wife has taken a keen interest in this game and we've set out to not only make sure that she tries all of the races, I try the few I haven't yet, but also to really put some time into the system. It's a game everyone in my group enjoys, and we're on a quest to find our favorite races.

Mr. Jack in New York - I love this version of Mr Jack. It's a fair bit more complex and so much more dynamic than the original.

Ave Caesar - Every time I play this I see, more and more, how much better the original tracks really were. We still have a great time with it. I would have won but I had two 6's and a 4; being in the lead, and unable to use the 6's I had to use the 4, putting me a mere two spaces from the win and getting passed and pushed down into second place

Lost Cities: The Board Game - I used to think that I liked this game but I find there are a couple of major issues with it:

- Suboptimal play on the part of other players really skews things

- The game is so very random, in terms of bonus tokens and where they fall, that players fortunate enough to take advantage of their layout early in a round will always rocket ahead.

I think I've seen all there is to see with Lost Cities, well multiplayer at least.
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8. Board Game: All the Answers [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Jennifer Schlickbernd
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Spoiler (click to reveal)
1. Dutch Golden Age
2. Union Pacific
3. Elfenland
4. Witches Brew
5. Blokus (but Go could work as well)
6. Age of Discovery
7. Any number of train games that particular train came from Age of Steam
8. Homesteaders
9. Phoenicia! (tut I thought at least one person would get this one!)
10. Through the Desert
11. Aeroplanes
12. Pelopennes
13. Trollhalla
14. Giganten
15. Airlines Europe
16. Vino
17. Wildlife
18. Antiquity
19. Tribune
20. Quebec
21. Titan
22. A Fool's Fortune
23. Pret A Porter
24. Through the Ages
25. Ninjato
26. Liberte
27. Conquest of Nerath
28. Ikusa/Samauri Swords/Shogun
29. Copycat
30. Fresco
31. Mines of Zavandor
32. Imperial
33. Power Struggle
34. Louis XIV
35. Hotel Samoa
36. Gnomes of Zavandor



I am selling/auctioning all of these, which is also why I did the contest, I needed to look in the boxes anyway .

Lorna got the most with 19, Dave the second most with 18. After a lot of Facebook prompting, Lorna got #6 but no geekgold for her, too many hints .
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9. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:118]
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Greeley
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The Week that Was....


Another slow week. I played Steam with the Once and Future Gamers minus Lenny. This was my first time with Steam. I found it interesting, really no less un-forgving than Age of Steam. I enjoyed it a lot, but I really like Age of Steam. I don't know what to think of the role/turn order being tied to each other, but its not terrible. I do like that folks can get money at any time though. Nothing worse than see your friends eliminated from a game of AoS by making one mistake, but I still rather play AoS.

PBEM Games:

Here I Stand--limps along at a way too slow of a pace. I expect it will pick up, but right now, a bit too slow.

Advanced Squad Leader -- Death Throes continues. I continue to lose.

Kingdom of Heaven: The Crusader States 1097-1291 -- playing the learning scenario. So far, so good, but I am a big fan of CDGs.

Rommel in the Desert -- just starting this one.

Liberty: The American Revolution 1775-83-- beginning step in this one as well.

Battle Above the Clouds -- in a learning game of this. So far, so good. I like this system.

Combat Commander: Europe -- about to start a game of this. We are just now picking a scenario.

Acquistions:


Ace Detective -- my Kickstarter showed up. Looks nice, some silly errors, but I am going to try to play it this weekend with the family.
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10. Board Game: Return of the Heroes [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1727] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Well I'm getting back in the BGG saddle after not much posting for a month. I did try to read through the old lists but rather than post a bunch on them I thought I'd sum up my first month of gaming with a newborn around. It's not to impressive to me, but it might be more so to others.
From 4/1 to 5/11

10
Adaman

6
Cribbage

4
Blokus Duo

3
Lost Cities
Smash Up (new purchase)

2
Dominion
Kings Cribbage
Race for the Galaxy
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
Urbion

singles
7 Wonders
Escalation!
For Sale
Haggis
Hermit
Kings of Air and Steam
Lost Cities: The Board Game
The National Parks Game
Onirim
Poker
Ra
Ra: The Dice Game
Ruta
Suzerain
Terra Prime
Thurn and Taxis
Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 2 - India & Switzerland

I purchased Smash Up which fulfilled its expectation to be decently fun but very simple to teach new people. Easy to pick up and go for the extremely casual gamers. Not something I'd want to play a lot of but it will have its place.

I got my first plays of Urbion in and I'm not impressed. It succeeded in taking away the annoyance of repeated shuffling from Onirim but the gameplay is much less satisfying and feels completely random. Unlike Onirim there is no strategic way to plan for the bad cards. They are always bad, all the time, with no mitigation. Your only hope is that the luck of the draw will later give you a way to deal with it.

I made another Cribbage board! I like this one even better, but it was for a friend's birthday. I'm proud to say I made it with a tree that fell down in my backyard, pegs and all! I've really enjoyed making the boards and its something I'd like to continue doing as a hobby.





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11. Board Game: Rod Hockey [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:2928]
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Games Played: 4/28 - 5/4

Combat Commander: Europe x2
Another playing in my series of working through all the scenarios. I think this was scenario 8 we played.

Rod Hockey x2
I gave this to my son a few years ago. Its a lot of fun, and the most amazing thing is that the puck can't go anywhere on the rink that a player can't snag it.

We played in honor of the NHL playoffs.

18TN x1
The end of a PBEM game. I found this title to be a bit dull, like most of the small/learning titles (most of the one-state games). Its OK, but the game is a bit too small to really be as fulfilling as 1830 or some of the other 18xx titles.

Mage Knight Board Game x1
My second play...a solo game. I probably need to re-read the rules to make sure I'm not missing some details. But its fun, and it works alright as a solo game. I expect I'll be playing this one a lot more. I recently received the Lost Legion expansion, but haven't had a chance to look it over yet.

Oregon x1
I'll need to play this on Yucata more. I think I'm out of the tourney now (or close to it) but I think there is more to explore in this game.

Star Munchkin x1
My son really loves Munchkin stuff. This was our first playing of the Star Munchkin flavor. I know its not really meant to be a 2p game, but it works just fine that way. Or at least as well as it works any other way.

I don't find it as tedious as it could be, but that is also partly because we tend to not play the 'take-that' cards as ruthlessly as we probably could.
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