GCL Beehive #5 - Is it summer already?
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
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1. Board Game: The Outdoorsman Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
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Here in Iceland it's summer. Well at least technically! It's been a rather lousy summer so far, much rain and low temp. We even had snow in the mountains above the town a couple of days ago... So, now that summer is here, at least in the northern hemisphere, which outdoor games do you play?
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2. Board Game: Ultimate Music Quiz [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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Not that this is related in anyway to boardgaming (apart from the same verb), but do you play any musical instruments? Or are there any instruments you would like to learn playing?
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3. Board Game: The Simpsons Group Photo [Average Rating:5.88 Unranked]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
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This is one thing I sometimes wonder about myself. How much does the group matter when playing games? Is there a game that you enjoy no matter who you're playing with (or don't enjoy)? Is the group/opponents a bigger factor than the games themselves? This is three questions in one, but I hope you'll forgive me for that!
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4. Board Game: Qwixx [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:683]
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Forgot to add this item!

Qwixx is such a quick and simple game that we just grab it when we have an idle moment these days. Otherwise it's a mix of children's games and light games with Hildur and my in-laws.

With the adults:
9x Qwixx
3x Take it Easy!
2x Five Crowns (Contract Rummy Lite)
2x Las Vegas (played this with the in-laws and they had almost all the rules wrong. Worked fine though, but I'll try to teach them the correct rules before we play again)
2x Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 3 - The Heart of Africa
1x Ticket to Ride w/ Ticket to Ride: USA 1910
1x Traditional Card Games (Contract Rummy)

With the kids:
2x Chicken Cha Cha Cha (played this with my son, first with all 12 types and it took rather too long for Vésteinn, then with 6 types of tiles. I'll probably try it with 8 or 10 next time)
1x Animal Upon Animal
1x Go Away Monster!
1x The Little Orchard
1x Schildi Strandkröte (but mostly Vésteinn just likes to roll the turtle and hit the pins)
1x Snail's Pace Race
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5. Board Game: Thunderstone: Dragonspire [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:538] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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What an odd week for me.

Earlier in the week I enjoyed a game of Terrace with one of my girls. I could tell she needed a little extra time w/ me. That fit the bill nicely. We tucked away in my room on the floor where we wouldn't be bothered and played the short version of this game. It was her first time, but I don't think it will be her last. She's my analytical one, she really enjoys the abstract strategy genre.

Wings of War: Deluxe Set got some play on Wed's night, and that was a lot of fun. A friend of mine came over w/ a tub of stuff and we played a few of his scenario's for the game. His knowledge of the planes and this History made it even more enjoyable.

But the big part of this week was a vacation at my parents house. What should have been a joy turned out to include a LOT of stress w/ drama that was going on. It fell on my to be the oil in the machine so that it didn't grind and blow up. A job I'm suited for, but is very taxing.

While we were there Love Letter was taught, and enjoyed by my kids and I in various group settings. Not always w/ any one of us at the table, but that game was a semi staple of the week.

Also hitting the table at different times were Dixit: Odyssey, Cyclades(This was the first play of this one and it went over very well.), Pastiche, and Thunderstone: Dragonspire. Most of these were played w/ my brothers, and were a welcome respite when the drama was put to bed w/ others in my family.
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6. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
Clay Blankenship
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A pretty good game week. With Drew (my 7-year old), we started a game of 1st and Goal (American Football) that is still set up. We had a game day with some friends and played Goa, Tzolk'in (This went over like a lead balloon.), Elder Sign, and Love Letter. And we had some other friends over and played Police Precinct, Bohnanza, Love Letter, and Wheedle.

The boys and I are painting the minis from Mice and Mystics. I have some of the D&D boardgame minis (Wrath of Ashardalon and Ravenloft) ready to paint also. I just got the huge $100 Kickstarter set of Reaper minis for Pathfinder and I'm trying to gauge if I we really want to tackle painting that many minis.

EDIT: Also played Innovation with a couple of friends. There was a lot to swallow so I wasn't sure how much they were going to like it but by the end they both said they liked it.
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7. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
Sharon Khan
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A very good week of gaming for me - my children were off school "sick" on the Monday - actually they were totally better, just not allowed back into school, so most of the day turned into a gaming day with them, introducing them to three new games. Then the weekend was a whole weekend of gaming - starting Friday night with the usual game night, then my monthly game group on Saturday, and then some friends who'd come over for that stayed over on Saturday evening and Sunday, so we got more gaming then. Plus the usual gaming with my pre-schooler mid-week!

Games with other adults (bold new to me):

3 x Flash Point Fire Rescue (with Urban Structures) - still struggling to beat the Elevator board
2 x Love Letter

1 x Fauna, 7 Wonders, Battlestar Galactica, The Bucket King, Code 777, Core Worlds, David & Goliath, Escalation, Escape: The Curse of the Temple, Hanabi, Letters from Whitechapel, Magic the Gathering, Outpost, Power Grid: the First Sparks, Race for the Galaxy, The Resistance, Saint Petersburg, Say Anything, Spooks, Suburbia, Taj Mahal, Toru, ...und Tschuss!, Vegas Showdown, Vineta

Games with my children (bold new to them):

2 x Beep! Beep!
2 x Halli Galli
2 x Regenwurmen Jr
1 x Fauna, Ottokar, Dominion, Kleine Fische, Spotty Dogs, Game of Life, Igel Argern, LEGO Creator, Motorway, Snakes and Ladders, Love Letter
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8. Board Game: Duck, Duck, Bruce [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:3789]
Chris Halaska
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You all play way more games than I get to - I'm jealous!

This is the lightest gaming time of the year for us, with everything else going on, so we haven't played that much. My son had a friend over a couple times, and we played a bunch of Gamewright card games: Duck, Duck, Bruce, Rat-a-Tat Cat, Alien Hotshots, and some others I forget.

My daughter dragged out Order's Up! and Memory a couple of times.

My son & I convinced my wife to play Hanabi without much success.

The local game club is having a game day on Saturday, but I'll be out at the fair performing so will have to miss it.


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9. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:372]
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3x |9| Race for the Galaxy
1x -7- Castles of Burgundy
1x -8- Tzolk'in
2x -6- Navegador
2x -7- San Juan
1x -5- Slapshot
1x -8- Medici
1x -8- Alhambra
3x -6- Coup
3x -7- Augustus
3x -10- Dominion
1x -6- Union Pacific
1x -7- Chicken Cha Cha Cha
2x -8- Yspahan
1x -6- Vegas Showdown
1x -8- Ivanhoe
1x -7- Hey, That's My Fish!
1x -8- Ticket to Ride
1x -8- Settlers of Catan


Tough getting to the Beehive this week, I'm just getting this in under the wire!

This was a good gaming week, we learned a few new ones (Coup, Union Pacific, Vegas Showdown) and a chance to really practice a new from from the previous week (Navegador).

I'll make Coup my "game of the week" because it goes right to Gudjon's theme of "gaming groups." This game can really shine with the right group. This particular week saw me learning this game with my kids. It didn't go over really great. It was okay. A few days later, I played this at a game night with adults, and it was kind of the hit of the night. We had by far the most raucous table, lots of shouting and laughter. Same game...
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10. Board Game: Frank's Zoo [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1195]
Eddy Richards
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Our holiday luggage would be rather lighter if we didn't have to take boardgames with us....... about 12, cunningly packed into two boxes. With no TV (except Italian cartoons), internet or DVD gaming featured prominently in our non-beach, non-eating and non-Roman ruins activities:

Frank's Zoo x 4
No Thanks! x 1
Notre Dame x 4
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small x 3
Pit x 1
Pinguin-Party x 1
7 Wonders x 3
Race for the Galaxy x 8
Apples to Apples x 2
The Great Dalmuti x 1
The Scepter of Zavandor x 1
Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation x 7
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