BGA Norn Irn meeting 4 May 2013
Peter Millen
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Greyabbey
Northern Ireland
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Bill and Tim away this week so Peter Colin and the Swami met for some intimate 3-player gaming which turned out to be just a couple of games.

And since neither of my fellow gamers are in the habit of contributing to session reports, I can write what I wish heh heh.

Swami was suffering from severe back twinges which I attempted to treat with toffee cake, to little effect.
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1. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:338]
Peter Millen
United Kingdom
Greyabbey
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Scores: Colin 10 Peter 9 Swami 7

I was somewhat taken aback to discover that I was the only one who was carrying games today, especially as I had brought only a small assortment thinking that our small numbers would be an excellent reason for Colin and Swami to bring out one of their collection such as Mage Knight or even Macao.

My version of this much-reprinted Reiner Knizia abstract is the licensed version called Mensa Connections in honour of the self-regarding organisation of onanists known as Mensa, but the game is none the worse for this dubious tie-in.

OK, so I missed out explaining the 'refresh' rule: if at the end of your turn your rack has no tiles in your weakest-scoring colour(s) you may show your tiles and do a complete refresh without incurring the loss of tempo normally associated with this action in similar games.

I did mention this after Swami had done a lot of gratuitous moaning about not getting any red tiles, but for some reason he was aggrieved at this late announcement. Go, as Americans say, figure.

Colin just sneaked the win on his weakest colour.
 
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2. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:8]
Peter Millen
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At the moment Terra Mystica seems to be hot hot hot with eurogamers and indeed Godfrey brought it to the last session where he Sweami and tim played it for a length of time. This morning colin purchased a copy at Replay.

So, after we finished with Einfach Genial, as the only one who had brought any games I waved mt hand at the mini-pile available but admitted that there was nothing of great substance. Swami Heard of Colin's purchase and volunteered to lead us through TM, so we took a break while Colin returned to his car, fetched the game and stripped off the shrinkwrap.

At its centre this is a redource management game (surprise!) but made more palatable for me by having a spatial relationships element and a respectable level of player interaction. although it is still not a game I would buy for myself playing it was relatively painless.

Not that I was doing well, I ran into severe cashflow problems as I had not established a source of gold income, though I had lots of workers. It became clear that we were going to fail to complete the full game and we reluctantly called time at the end of the penultimate (fifth) round.

At that point Swami had a substantial lead on the score track but there are also a pot of points available in end-game scoring so 'no result' was the only fair conclusion. (I don't think I would have been anywhere close though)

A congenial game with some original and many recycled mechanisms and lotsa wooden pieces. Happy to play again.

 
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