What Did You Play This Weekend? 7/8/13
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Greetings fellow geeks! It's Monday! The weekend is now over, and as we toil at our assorted labors, we should recount our past weekend gaming exploits.

So, all you weekend gamers, bring your mini-session reports and stories of weekend gaming greatness, as you pop in here to answer the question:
What did you play this weekend?

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1. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Brandon Kempf
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It was a long weekend, a weekend that in my head was going to have lots of food, family, fun and board games, well, we got three out of four. I carried board games around in the car to three separate places only to never get them out, but that's alright, we had food, family and fun.

Biggest played game of the weekend was Dominion. My daughter and I blew the dust off the big box and played three rounds, with her winning 1 and me winning 2. I tried to get her to let me throw in cards from Dominion: Intrigue or Dominion: Hinterlands but she wasn't having it, first game was the sample game from the instructions, second game she chose to add the Grand Market and third game I chose one but I forget what it was. After Dominion we broke open Ascension to get our first play of it, I thought for sure she was going to win with her aggressive monster fighting strategy compared to my buy what was available but I won 70-66. Not sure really how she felt about the game, I think she liked the combative nature, but she still prefers Dominion which is fine by me. Then we finished our three player game of Mice and Mystics. The mice were successful in escaping to the tree with one chapter to spare and we didn't even tackle the kitchen this time. Hoping to move on to the next chapter this week as well.

We also played a couple rounds of Clubs, Dixit Jinx and Ligretto Dice while waiting for folks to show up on the fourth.

On the video game front, my druid finally hit 89, now the long grind to 90 to max him out level wise and then we'll see if there is anything to hold my interest in World of Warcraft or if I'll just let my subscription lapse until the next expansion again.
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2. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:110]
Bill Kunes
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Thursday - Independence Day
1x - Dixit

Visited my mom four months post liver and kidney transplant. She is doing really well. We introduced her to Dixit after dinner which she really enjoyed and looks forward to playing again next time we visit.

Saturday
1x - Saint Petersburg
2x - Oz Fluxx
2x - Village

Friday my dad and I helped my brother prepare their house before they move in. so no games. Saturday morning my wife chose Saint Petersburg for our morning game over coffee which resulted in a royal spanking. Ouch! She took it to me 143-98. I was always a step behind her the entire game... which she relished.

After dinner my youngest chose Oz Fluxx. I won both games relatively quickly. Then my oldest chose Village. It caught her eye when I introduced my wife to it earlier in the day and wanted to give it a try. We enjoyed playing it with three and are thinking we try Troyes one of these days soon with the three of us. My youngest has no interest right now with most of the games we play. All she wants to play is Dixit, Killer Bunnies, Oz Fluxx, and occasionally King of Tokyo.

Village is still new to us. It was interesting to watch the three of us pursue different strategies to see how the game works when stretched in that way. I got squeezed out of the travel route, so pursued a heavy Chronicle and Church bonus strategy and manged to edge out the girls with their travel and market strategy.

Sunday

1x - Village

As our few days of kicking back came to a close, we played another 3p game of Village. This time everyone had a couple of games under their belt and were ready to put some of ideas to the test. My daughter masterfully cleaned house with her aggressive market strategy. My wife loaded up the church and didn't try to avoid any meeples dying thus getting some Chronicle bonus. I knew it was going to be a close finish so I maxed out the travel and Chonicle bonus while managing two 6 pts bonuses from the chamber and church to win 62-59-58. Village is a hit and will likely see more plays in the coming week while its hot.


EDIT: While everyone was napping or watching TV Sunday afternoon I printed off the Viva Java Dice PnP files. Hopefully we'll get the opportunity to try it this week and see whether we like it enough to support the current Kickstarter campaign.

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3. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:213]
Fernando Robert Yu
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A lot of card games plus a couple of Felds got played this week.

Sunday

Got some gaming in with the guys at Kent’s house!

Small World

The afternoon begun with this game of light fantasy combat. Kent, Keith, and I taught this to Jim. We all entered on our own edges of the board in turn 1, but Kent and his Horde Ratmen got a lot of early points, which unfortunately made him an early target for everyone else. Keith opted for races with a low chit count, and this made him decline early and decline often, as he finished the game with 4 combinations (he later got Peace Loving Humans, Berserk Halflings, and Cursed Amazons)! Jim and I were the opposite as our races did quite well even though we only selected 2 combinations each, as Jim first used the Mounted Giants and later went on Hit and run Missions with his Hill Gypsies while I first attacked and grew my Catapult Skeletons, then later Swamped (pun intended) the map with my Swamp Pixies. Kent's later races of Were Barbarians and Marauding Ghouls also conquered a lot of territory.

In the end my mid to late game expansion scored me a lot of points and thus I won with a score of 101 to Kent's 89 and Jim's 83. Keith's low chit counts went against him as he brought up the rear with 63 points.

Macao

The guys were in the mood for a deeper game, so I decide to teach them this brain burner by Stefan Feld. Keith took a break watched while Karl joined the rest of us. It didn't take them long to get the rules, and thus there was a lot of furrowed foreheads as the guys tried to figure out the best strategy to play. In the early stages I focused on being the first player, and the others saw the value of this as Jim and Karl got hit with penalties due to being unable to activate cards which had accumulated on their board. This caused them to focus on the wall and they all soon overtook me. Karl managed to figure out the best card combos to get and while all of us managed to get huge turns where almost all the cards got finally activated, Karl had the best in game effects and he soon bolted to a wide lead as his cards granted him a lot of money which enabled him to get a lot of points from the Tribute table. Kent did a good job in shipping, as did Jim and I. The late game had Karl and Kent get cards specifically to deny me from activating easy ones, and everyone was by that time cranking out whatever they could from the activated cards.

The game ended after the 12th turn, and after deducting the penalties (-6 for Kent, Karl, and myself, and -9 for Jim), Karl was still way ahead. However, this lead evaporated as Karl did not invest in any end game cards which gave bonuses, while the rest of us did. Kent's bonuses amounted to over 20+ points, and this enabled him to pole vault past Karl and literally win by a hair, as he had 69 to Karl's 68, while I had 64 and Jim had 41!

Love Letter = 2 Plays

This was the perfect after the heavy MACAO game. Kent and I teach this to Jim and Keith, and we had 2 fast and furious games!

Game 1: I manage to out deduct and outguess everyone else, as I surge to a quick win with a score of 4 tokens to Kent's 2 and Jim's 1, with Keith getting 0.


First plays of LOVE LETTER for Jim and Keith. It has been a hit so far to everyone I have introduced it to!

Game 2: Kent went to an early lead, but later on had a propensity of having the Princess being paired with the King, and thus had to give away the Princess to others and lose! I manage to come back and despite attempts from Keith I again win, with a score of 4 to Kent's 3, Keith's 2, and Jim's 1.

Saturday

Dominion + Dominion: Intrigue = 2 Plays

My wife agrees to play this favorite of ours in the evening!

Game 1: We play the Duke's Ball scenario, which uses card from both INTRIGUE and HINTERLANDS. Extra actions, cards, and buys were very tight as it was difficult to chain cards together with the Conspirator and Scheme cards. I trying going for a Duke and Ducky strategy, and early on it seemed I was in the lead. Everything changed though when Betty managed to buy a few Inns, as this card enabled her to chain her actions together. Inns + Schemes + Conspirators + Haggler had Betty chaining 5-7 actions straight, and this enabled her to overcome my Duke focus as she simply snapped up Provinces in the late game. The game ended when 3 piles were finished instead of the province pile, and I lose again to Betty with a score of 61 to 47!

Game 2: Here the randomized cards were Chapel, Courtyard, Embassy, Fortuneteller, Haggler, Nobles, Oasis, Remake, Silkroad, and Spice merchant, from the basic, INTRIGUE, HINTERLANDS, and CORNUCOPIA sets. Trashing was the name of this game, as several cards had this. The Spice Merchant was especially useful as it lets you Trash a treasure cards for different effect. This, coupled with the Haggler, enabled cards to be easily bought and this game went much faster. It was quite a close game and Betty again bought more provinces which just overcame my Nobles Victory cards as Betty wins again with a score of 45-39!

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

We again close the night with this game, which she requested. This time, the randomized cards had Deadpool, Hawkeye, Iron man, Nick Fury, and Rogue try to prevent the Red Skull and his HYDRA lackeys, the Skrulls, and Hand Ninjas from having Killbots replace Earth's leaders. It was a bit difficult early on as some Skrulls plus Killbots escaped, but by midgame we had enough attack to gradually defeat the villains and even the Killbots, who were growing more powerful per additional revealed scheme twist. My team was more successful in hitting the Red Skull, as they managed to get him thrice versus once by Betty, whose team spent more time fighting the stronger villains and rescuing bystanders. In addition, my team also managed to do better in the Final Showdown versus the Skull, and thus this was enough for me to be more Legendary as I had a score of 26 to Betty's 19!


Betty (left) Me (right)

Friday

Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin

The weekend was started by a sologame of this while I was waiting for my son Sherwin to be done from his classes. The randomized heroes were very good since it had the Whetmage (can level up others when entering the dungeon) and Glamercast (gives bonus attack to other heroes) wizards plus the Spellsword and Blademage. One of the villagers was also the Veteran Trainer and with them I knew I could save valuable time in leveling up my heroes. With this I took on the challenge of using the harder Dungeon side of the board, as well as adding in Treasures, as I have not yet won a solo game with either of those conditions. They were fighting against the Lich Lord Mowtil and his Kobold, Burnmarked, and Undead Treekin minions.

The game went well since the party managed to feast on the weak Kobolds early in the game. Some of the Treekin and Burnmark did give me problems as some of the high HP ones escaped, while the the latter gave me some curses. Despite those my characters predictably leveled up well and with several of them giving light bonuses, the heroes had more than enough light to enable them to overcome the higher darkness penalties of the Dungeon map, and thus I manage to defeat Mowtil and upon counting win the game with a score of 56 to Mowtil's 45. It is my first win on the Dungeon side of the board!

OTHER GAMES PLAYED DURING THE WEEK:

Thursday

Another swing to the FLGS, but this time before a late afternoon meeting!

Love Letter

Vangie, Julie and I played a very quick 3P game, with a shorter objective of 4 tokens instead of the recommended 5. Vangie managed to guess her way to victory with a score of 4 to Julie's 2 and my 1, as this was done is just about 20 minutes!

The Castles of Burgundy

This was finally brought out again after over 2 months. After randomly selecting the player boards, Vangie went with Board 9, Julie with Board 3, and I with Board 4. We were all rusty a bit in the first few turns, but this didn't last long as everyone began to hit their stride. Vangie REALLY went for the shipping strategy as well as cattle farming and yellow tiles, and these netted her a lot of points despite her basically ignoring the buildings. I on the other hand really went for the buildings plus the yellow tiles, while Julie was the first to complete the Castles and Mines areas, and she also did a lot of farming (albeit with a more varied animals). This meant both myself and Julie managed to fill out several areas, with me really taking advantage of the extra actions of the buildings to fill out all but 5 hexes on my player board (the best I have done so far I think).

The end game bonuses of the yellow tiles also played a big factor, as all 3 of us had several. 1 key point was when Vangie passed over the yellow tile which gave her 1 extra VP per tile shipped, which I then picked up. This denied her a lot of points since she shipped a lot while giving me a few points for the few I shipped, and I was really pleased to finally win a game of this after eons since I end up with a score of 220 to Vangie's 202 and Julie's 180!


Victory at last! From left to right Me (blue) 220 Julie (red) 180 Vangie (green) 202

7 Wonders

The penultimate game of the afternoon was this favorite. Vangie used her favorite Rome side A, while Julie chose Ephesos B and I used Halikarnassos B. Early on it was clear that Vangie really went for science cards, especially as she chose Leaders which granted extra bonuses for such. Julie and myself also built some green cards in order to deny her, but it was not enough as she also managed to build a ton of blue cards. This proved more than enough to overcome my red (military), yellow, and free builds as well as Julie's blue and black strategy as Vangie scored 58 points alone from green and blue for a fantastic 82 points, while Julie and myself ended up tied with 68!


From left to right: Me (Halikarnassos B) 68 Julie (Ephesos B) 68 Vangi (Rome A) 82


Look at Vangie's blue and green scores!!!

Tuesday

Love Letter

Kent joined Vangie, Rose and I for his first try at LOVE LETTER. He grabbed the initial lead but Rose and I caught up and we 3 ended up tied with 3 tokens each, while Vangie attempts to get the letter to the Princess were all intercepted except for 1. In the final round Rose managed to get the last letter to the Princess herself, and thus gets the 4th token for the win!

Kent (and his IG superheavy) enjoyed Love Letter, as Rose (pink) wins with 4 versus Kent's (red) and my (blue) 3, and Vangie's (purple) 1

Kingdom Builder

We then quickly played this, and it was Kent's first play as well. The objectives were the Fishermen (1 VP per settlement besides water), Merchants (4 points per location in the longest connected chain) and Lords (12/6 VPs per section for the players with the most / 2ndmost settlements). With a 4P game it was quite difficult to judge who were in winning positions, but Kent was obviously going got the fishing strategy, Vangie was going for both the Lords and Merchants objective, I was really trying to connect locations for the Merchants score as well as get a lot of special action tiles, while Rose got stuck in a couple of areas for most of the game.

The final scoring revealed that it was a VERY close game, as Kent, Vangie, and myself did manage to achieve our objectives. As a result there was a 1 point spread between Kent, myself, and Vangie, as we got scores of 58, 57, and 56 respectively, while Rose got left behind with 35!


Kent (blue) Me (white) Vangie (black) Rose (orange)
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4. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:287] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Vivienne Raper
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Saturday

A friend came around to game and I introduced him to Kennerspiel de Jahres winner Legends of Andor. We'd played the tutorial and legend two, but were happy to go through them again. Our friend was brilliant at using falcons to shuttle herbs, rune stones and money backward and forward for the legend two win. It was extremely close though (as always) - we were burning willpower to attack the skral fortress in the night.



Sentinels of the Multiverse also hit the table. We were fighting Iron Legacy, which Tom Vasel apparently thinks is unbeatable. We lost on our first attempt with Fanatic, Scholar and Legacy. We won our second game with Argent Adept, Omnitron X and Legacy. The Adept destroyed Iron Legacy's ongoing effects, which made a huge difference.



We finished the day with two-player 7 Wonders and Can't Stop. I won both games.

Sunday




After a day walk, we played two-player 7 Wonders and Flash Duel. Again, I won both games.
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5. Board Game: Duplik [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1129]
Kris Van Beurden
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Last week I played a solo game of Age of Napoleon, a scenario of C&C:Napoleonics with Pluizebol (Second day of Polotsk ... really bad luck coupled with nice tactical decisions by my adversary caused my swift loss) and a game of the L5R CCG, where my Dragon deck prevailed over Pluizebol's scorpion ... but only barely (had to go through my entire dynasty deck to get enough characters together to take a Ruins' province)!

EDIT: Oh, and the game I chose for the geeklist item is because Pluizebol also made a GREAT quiz for my birthday party, and part of that quiz was a small custom Identik round. Maybe she'll post the pictures in a comment to this item.
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6. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:773]
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7. Board Game: Samurai Blades [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:5394]
Neil Molyneaux
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It was a long weekend for me, from Wednesday through Sunday. I don't remember exactly what I played each day, but here's a tally of everything that I played over the weekend in a rough chronological order.

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game (Partial. Stepped in for a player leaving the game)
Gauntlet of Fools
Flash Point: Fire Rescue x2
Batman: Gotham City Strategy Game
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
Lords of Waterdeep
Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
Samurai Blades x2
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
7 Wonders x2
Love Letter x2
Samurai Sword
Risk Legacy
Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan x2
Snake Oil


(Edit was just to add one more game that I had forgotten)

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8. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:295]
Randy Smith
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I played this with my regular gaming friend at the LFGS.

He played the British, I played the French. Both games ended up with the French victorious both times. The second time the French came back from 4-1 deficit to win 5-4.

This is a great game if you have not played it and are looking for an introduction to Napoleonic warfare. This is not to say it is an introductory game, there are many facets to the game which will take time to learn.

Later on Saturday I played Talisman. 4-player match with only the first expansion. I could not get out of the outer area. Ended up with two people in the center at the end. Fun game but can take some time.
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9. Board Game: Ristorante Italia [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:2255]
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Another Friday with friends, two in a row now (that is unusual for us).

This time, we went to the house of
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with two other friends, for games with five or with six.


But before we went, we had a one-on-one game of Ascension: Deckbuilding Game, with the Ascension: Return of the Fallen expansion, and the new (for us) Ascension: Theme Pack – Rat King. Still pretty fun. We ordered all the other expansions. We are starting to try strategies instead of, well, just playing the cards...


With friends, we first played Hanabi (that did won the Spiel des Jahres), then Coloretto.


Next, it was Rise of Augustus (that did not won the Spiel des Jahres), then Dragon's Gold (I'd rather play with the strategic rule for the loot; the real-time negociations seem less interesting, to me at least), then The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet.


In the evening, we had one game of 7 Wonders, with Leaders and Cities, then one of Libertalia.

Funny how some games play so differently with six or with two. And they manage to be interesting, just... in another way.

So all in all two games from Paolo Mori and three from Antoine Bauza!


Saturday we were only the two of us. We tried a game of Alien Frontiers, with the Alien Frontiers: Factions expansion, and the Upgrade Pack, with plastic domes instead of wooden tokens for the colonies. I never win at this game. But I still enjoy playing...


Sunday, we cooked our own pizza, then played a game of Ristorante Italia. It was a hotly contested game.
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10. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:8]
Thomas Leitner
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A short weekend as far as gaming was concerned. I only played one game of TM, and managed to lose badly. I played the Chaos Magicians for the first time and made all the wrong moves.

I looks forward to trying them again. I doubt, however, that the Magicians are as excited at the prospect.
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11. Board Game: Sushi Go! [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:340]
Ludovic Roy
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At the gameclub:

Before taking off for game night, I played a game of Sushi Go! which I just got during the day, taking the win over my wife 51-48.
Later, I got to the club late and most folks were in the middle of long games. I demoed Sushi Go, before playing a 2 player Quarantine taking the win 27-15, and then a 4 player Sushi Go! finishign 3rd.

Saturday

Went to a friend's place and played 2 games. Started with Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar, my first. It's nice, but frankly not so much different than any other worker placement. Just like most of them, you have to determine of you're better going hard on one thing or trying to improve in everything, and in this one I made the wrong call, finishing a distant 4th. Doesn't help that some rules weren't explained, like that some buildings were reset half game and I missed out on the one I worked for for a few turns. Oh well. Followed that with a 4 player game of Auf Teufel komm raus, always fun, finishing 3rd, in a tight game.

Back home I played 4 games with my wife. Two games of Coloretto, followed by a game of Sushi Go!, and finally Völuspá. To her chagrin, I took the 4 games. We had fun, but it made her feel a bit blue!
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12. Board Game: Strike of the Eagle [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:1348]
Neil Henning
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Strike of the Eagle- We played the campaign game. This was my first time playing it and I found it to be a great system. The fog of war between the blocks and the orders really makes for tense situations. I would definitely play again.

Sword of Rome- I played the Greeks and got absolutely crushed. I never do well with the Greeks for some reasoon. The Romans won a long drawn out battle overcoming the Gauls.
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13. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:308]
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Saturday:
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Sunday:
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14. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:42]
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Got to try out Keyflower on Friday night. My wife and her sister joined me for a three player game. They both play lots of games, but this one was a little hard for them to figure out the first time out. By the end they had it down, but overall it fell a little flat. I quite enjoyed it, and have persuaded them to give it another go in the near future.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY
The Castles of Burgundy craze continues! My wife is now consistently beating me at this, but on Sunday night the tables were turned! We are now trying all the different boards, which really adds a lot to the experience.

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15. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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A busy weekend, but six games of this earlier in the week, getting heavy play at the moment. I think we are ready to put it back onto the shelf for a little while, and I think we are nearly ready to invest in an expansion...
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16. Board Game: Rapa Nui [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1920]
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Since it was an extended weekend, I'll take the liberty to go back to July 4. Grace, people, grace!


The game I enjoyed most was the nearly impossible-to-find Rapa Nui. A relatively simple card game (and former SdJ nominee), it is an elegant give and take balancing act that played off accumulating resources for VP and sacrificing those same resources to boost their value. Despite its simplicity, the game had deeper choices than are apparent on first glance. That I pulled out a win in a three-person match using a double tie-breaker made it even better! Bumming that this game from 2011 is already out of print and never made it to the States, only Germany. Knowing someone who has a penchant for always finding rare games made this play possible. Definitely will add this to my collection--if I can ever find it!

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Village, the 2012 Kennerspiel des Jahres winner, left me with mixed feelings. "Killing your meeples" is an interesting take on the passage of time without using the mechanical gears of Tzolk'in. But like many Eurogames today, it felt as if there were almost too many options to play. While that makes for good variability and future explorations of winning strategies, grasping winning strategies seems overly difficult, verging on a crapshoot. Also, despite our game turning out to be close at the end, the eventual winner seemed obvious halfway through the game, with few options for catching up, save for a complete leader meltdown.

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Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar hit the table for the third time for me, and despite having played it twice before, I struggled to remember the rules and the iconography. Despite playing my copy and my enjoyment of the game, this one pwns me something fierce. I've come in dead last every game. One friend was excited to play simply to keep trying to find a winning strategy that does NOT use Chichen Itza (the skulls gear). She is still looking. Anyone have advice in that regard? Seems to me that you need to have placed at least one skull high in the gear to win. In fact, the perpetual winner in our games--runaway, in fact--is the player that exploits Chichen Itza the most. If there's no way to defeat that strategy, it seems to me that Tzolk'in may be more limited than it first appears. Thoughts?

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I've been trying to find these crazy Half Price Books $9 copies of The Speicherstadt for weeks now. I keep hearing they are in HPB stores, but none near me have them. In fact, none within 125 miles have them. Weird. Perhaps the point is moot, though, since I played this with the highly elusive expansion (Kaispeicher) and found the game extremely frustrating. While I managed a second-place finish out of four while playing a Fireman strategy almost exclusively, something about the game cheesed me off. Indeed, I became That Angry Gamer Guy™ and nursed a grudge the entire game at always being cash poor and unable to win the bids I wanted. When cards came out that undermined my entire strategy--cards I didn't know existed--my slow burn could have used its own fireman. Games don't make me angry, but this one tapped some bad place in me. Perhaps it's not one I should own, so that $9 copy may be staying elusive for a reason.

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After my son apologized for turning down my offer to play several games this weekend, he relented and let me choose one. I convinced him to play Lords of Waterdeep, a game he claims to despise after just one play, but one I keep hoping he'll warm to. LoW's simplicity borders on elegance, and I'm quite hopeful that the upcoming Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport will only improve on a good thing. My son is normally a solid board gamer and routinely beats me in some of the abstract games we own, but I've pwned him in LoW, and despite my refusal to play any mandatory quests on him (and other very conservative play on my part), I still trounced him. Sigh. Just not his game. Will have to find others who like it and will play.
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17. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:362]
Enrico Viglino
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The wifeand I played this, and American Rails,
without having realized the latter was little more than
a few changes to CE.

Also finished up videos for the
War of the Hats combined game, and started playing Baltimore & Ohio.
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18. Board Game: Elder Sign: Unseen Forces [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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Thursday

I took Friday off to achieve a four-day weekend. But the only game I played on Thursday was a quick round of Aquarius.

Friday

I had a three-player game of Elder Sign lined up, but we lost one of our players at the last minute. We continued on with two.


I started out with Wilson Richards, Br. Goat had Mark Harrigan, and we were up against Tsathoggua (all from Unseen Forces). At first, Wilson was just flailing lamely, while Mark was kicking ass and grabbing Signs. But then Mark overplayed his hand and came to an extremely messy devouring, which cost us three doom. (He rolled the extra two as our house-ruled "devouring super-penalty" on the Cthulhu die.)

Meanwhile, Wilson got blessed, and it really worked! After that, he never failed a single adventure. Mark's replacement was Diana Stanley, who was fearless, but not as effective as we might have hoped. She failed in R'lyeh twice before Wilson succeeded there. We achieved a fairly narrow victory: Wilson acquired the thirteenth and final Sign with the doom track at 9 out of 11.

Saturday

We played some Martian Dice at home in the morning, and some Hive while we were out at lunch.

In the afternoon we played a fine game of The Awful Green Things From Outer Space, with my daughter as the crew for the first time. The electric fence and rocket fuel were each 4-dice-to-kill weapons, but by the time the crew found out, there were few of them left alive, and the ship was thoroughly infested with adult monsters, who also had control of the ship bays.

Sunday

Our only gaming on Sunday was a single game of The Castles of Burgundy. Despite my hope that we could break out of our habitual strategies (and I forced myself to play with the unfamiliar player board #7 to that end), we took our usual tacks, and I scored bonus tiles for mines, pastures, and castles, while she completed her rivers. She was first in turn order 70% of the time, but I still beat her by 80 points.

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19. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Master Set [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:141] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
Matt Brown
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It had been awhile since I had played a game of Summoner Wars. This time it was the Cave Goblins vs. the Deep Dwarves. It was pretty much a blood fest throughout as the mass of creatures bunched together on the board with damage tokens being everywhere. I was glad I got to use various abilities to good affect. There was one fun moment where I comboed a card and ability to set up a beat down on a CG champion only for the 2nd DD champion to roll three ones will needing only one to hit.

Historically speaking the CG have always been at a point late in the game where I decide they can't win only to be proven wrong by finding some out of the blue tactic they can do. This time it was much more even, and I would say the CG felt like they were winning for much of the game. The DD picked up speed towards the end this time, and I even got the point where I would have simply called it as there was zero way for the CG to win, but again, I felt like seeing just how it would play out. A bloodied Sneeks was badly outnumbered but positioned himself well to eliminate the last DD champion who had one point left and a Miner. All that was left was a Scholar, who does no damage, and Tundle. It got down to if Tundle didn't hit on both dice, Sneeks could win if he rolled all hits on his turn, but Tundle rolled the two hits to finally put the CG down.

My only disappointment was lacking a sound bite of a wrestling crowd chanting "This is awesome," because it was.
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20. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:773]
Keith Leonard
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It was a pretty light weekend. My friend had a BBQ for the 4th so there was 7 players and we had some non-gamers. Tsuro was a pretty big hit. It played all 7 players and everyone liked it.

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21. Board Game: Duel of Ages II [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:962]
Scott Aikens
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On this, my 54th birthday weekend, I indulged myself to a large slice of Duel of Ages II, a six-layer birthday cake of a game from the folks at Worldspanner. My friend and I ran through the first true mission (Rush, Quad) in about 3.5 hours. I managed to pull off a clever Banishment of two of his characters simultaneously by Failing a Lith challenge, pulling them from the precipice of my starting area so they could not escape the board and earn critical Achievement points. All that did was piss him off, and he proceeded to annihilate my own characters in a "take no prisoners" assault, and earned a Valor victory in Round 10 when I only had three characters left against his seven.

Looking forward to Next Time, and the 1,001 Next Times after that. This game is nearly limitless in replay-ability!

Also had a great time on Friday night playing Dominion: Guilds with my wife and son. He had not played before -- he's more into disc golf than board games -- but we convinced him to join us and he enjoyed it enough to schedule a follow-up session for later this month. (Maybe I can turn him on to DoA2!)

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22. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
James Garcia
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Had a decent weekend for gaming, but a great 4th of July weekend overall. I really wished I was able to play all day every day but alas I only really played on Friday.

Thursday

After coming back from running around doing errands in the early afternoon, my fiancee and I had about an hour to kill before going to my family get together for the 4th of July. We decided to play The Castles of Burgundy. I just got this game on Wednesday so I was very eager to play it. We set up a 2 player game and were on our way. Very interesting game. There is just something about rolling the dice that makes my happy. My fiancee flat out demolished me, but I still had fun.


We left to my parents house for the 4th of July, and I was surprised to here people say "alright! the games are here", and "when are we going to play games." I did just walk in the door though with $100 worth of fireworks so you bet your ass I'm lighting them first come night time. I told them we would play but after the fireworks were over.



This lasted but half an hr and my brother, fiancee, and I brought out Takenoko. I have literally lost every game I have ever played of this. It does not matter if it was online or in person. I went with a speed strategy on this game and it worked. Just an fyi I usually don't look up strategies for games as I like to figure out what works for myself. I seriously tried to end this game as fast as possible and I seemed to throw everybody off. I won hands down.



My dad joined us for a few quick games of Love Letter. He had never played before so we taught him the rules first. Our game now was me, my brother, my dad, and my fiancee. We had a blast playing this game. The first game went to my brother with everybody having a shot at winning. I believe the final score for the first game was 4-3-2-2. We still had a few minutes before we ate so we played one more game. My dad won the first 2 rounds out the gate followed by my fiancee. My bro and I were just getting hosed left and right. My brother lost 2 rounds consecutively on the very last card. My dad was pulling out Jedi Mind Tricks on everybody. Sure enough he won. Very fun game.


We were going to play more after the fireworks, but everybody was so tired afterwards and I had gotten some powder in my eye so we decided to end the night.

Friday

I had set up a game night for Friday as I new I was going to be busy Saturday. Had a 4 person game group of the usuals. My brother Michael, our friend Manny, my fiancee Amanda, and Me. I brought out The Castles of Burgundy first since it was my new game and I really wanted to play it with 4 people. Great game with 4. I simply just couldn't get anything going with my rolls. I think I set a world record of the most double 5's you can roll in a single game. I was constantly struggling for workers as I was using them so much. Amanda won this game again and convincingly might I add.



Amanda made a request to play Lords of Waterdeep again so I brought that out next. She really enjoys this game, and that just warms my heart. I started out strong in this game, and thought I had a really good chance of winning. Half way through I simply just lost steam. The places I wanted were always taken and I seemed to always be going last or 2nd to last in the work placement. The whole table seemed to be fighting over purple which is pretty much what I needed the most. I tied for 3rd, and my fiancee won this game. 2 for 2 so far for this session.



Last game of the night was Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. We fought Loki and our heroes were Black Widow/Spider-Man/Captain America/Hawkeye/Storm. The scenario we played was the one that takes heroes from your hero deck and turns them into villains. In order to lose 6 villain-heroes have to escape. With in the first 10 minutes 4 had escaped. This game came at us hard right from the start. The villain deck stalled a little half way which gave us much needed time to purchase from HQ. It came close but we pulled it off. We all won together, but many was the Legendary winner with 36 points. My fiancee came in a close second at 34. She probably could have won had one of the cards not made her get rid of 2 bystanders from her victory pile. 2.5 games out of 3 for her this session. She wasn't the Legendary winner but she did win as a team.


Sunday

No games on Saturday and almost non on Sunday. It was close to bed time and my fiancee and I decided to play one quick game of Battle Line. For something quick this game has lots of strategy and came down to the last piece. Both of us tied at 4-4. I had 3 5's on my side and she had showing an orange 5-6. The orange 4 was out in play already and the only card left for her to win that last piece was the orange 7. I got lucky and drew the card she needed. Game over I win. It's been awhile since I beat my fiancee at a game.


Don't know how my gaming will be this coming weekend as there is a lot of stuff to do. Keeping my fingers crossed for at least one session.
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23. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:271]
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Played a solo game while I was up north in solotude this weekend. Took a break from working and decided it was a great way to wind down the day!
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24. Board Game: Rack-O [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:7257]
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this is an old game but me and my wife still love it. we played a few rounds and I only won one time... girl power.

I also played a few other games:
Typo - new game I just got for cheep.

Jishaku - a really interesting game. If you have not played it take the chance and go for it.

The great dalmuti - which is my favorite party game. this session was short but I have played that game with friends for 6 hours before.

Forbidden Island - this si one of the best games for your buck I have ever seen 10-15$ on amazon but its a world class game.

Skip-o - fun easy card game.

monopoly deal - which is the only tip of monopoly I will play. it takes all the best parts of monopoly and brakes it down to 30mins.

I think that's it...
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25. Board Game: Jungle Speed [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1049]
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Great weekend. We had summer meeting for the materials science students of our university and I attended even though I've graduated already last winter. It was all about enjoying the finnish summer so a lot of: sauna, barbeque, swimming, alcohol and seeing old friends. Luckily also some board games:

Jungle Speed was the greatest success of the weekend played by many attendees and also easy enough game for drunk people as well.


This version of Tic-Tac-Toe also got a lot of attension:

(Am I the first to put Tic-Tac-Toe on this geeklist series )

In addition I also managed to get a play of my newest purchase Innovation, which was good, but would have been better sober.


And also one play of Tile Chess which was very tempting to many of us having played normal Chess so much. It is easy enough to teach to people at 5 a.m. and will probably now get more plays than it has before as it was introduced to so many of my friends.


So all in all, not many complex board games, but a lot of fun this weekend.

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