Games played at Epsom Games Club 25.07.13
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A veritable crowd along this evening including some new faces so apologies if I haven't got everyone's name. Lot's of Netrunner was played.

In attendance were - Gordon, Nick, Russell, Mark B, Mark T, Crispy Chris, Dave, Jonathon, Rob, Steve, Andrew 007, Andrew B2, Paul, JimS, Graham, James and Josh.

I think we are running into multiple name problems again. We now have multiple

- Steve's
- Josh's
- Graham's
- an another James

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1. Board Game: Bushido: Der Weg des Kriegers [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:5421]
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Played by: Nick, Russell, Mark B and Gordon

I've been interested in giving this game a go for about 2 years but the stars have just never aligned before this evening. Nick has been offering to teach it and we managed to cajole Mark and Russell to join us.

I'm not that big on the Medieval Japanese theme but it is very well done in this and the art work is aesthetically pleasing if not functionally efficient. At first glance everything seems conventional enough: you have armies that can occupy and invade territories; there are ways of boosting your armies in battle via secret tiles and a rock paper scissors mechanic in a scramble for victory points. However there is a big twist in that you never fight your own battles and there are some very twitchy special powers mixed in with the army bonus (Katana) tiles - spies, geishas, Ronin.

This all plays out quite tensely and at times amusingly. after the set-up I was in a strong position in terms of number of armies and in a reasonable position in terms of starting honour points (VP). This should have made me the obvious target but Russell's temple (10 VP) proved too tempting for Nick who stuck the boot in against Russell first. In each round the player assigned as the Samurai fights a battle for the benefit of the Daimyo (Emperor), however in our game then Samurai never managed to win a single battle.

I cashed Katana's in for VP's then with the end of game in sight had the tiles to do an end game rush whilst still in the lead and before the other could reign the leader in. There are all sorts of shenanigans you can get up to in this and I'd imaging it plays very differently every game and with different groups.

Gordon 33 won [7.5]
Nick 30 [8.5]
Mark 26 [7.5]
Russell 18 [6]

After a first play I am a little concerned that some of the special tiles are a little over-powered, given that they are randomly drawn (geisha's and the Kotau tactics disk in particular). Also, the rock/paper/scissors effect is perhaps a little bit dominant to the point that armies and Katanas seem of minor importance - a bit like Quidditch, where the vast majority of the play is rendered redundant by who catches the Snitch).

If these prove to be unfounded concerns I can see this being an 8.5 for me - the expansion apparently helps smooth some of the rough edges out as well.
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2. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:39]
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Mark and I broke away from the Android:Netrunner peloton since we had both played this once and thought we could give it a crack on our own (we did need Dave for some clarifications as we went through, as it happens. Thanks Dave!)

We played the base game only, with Mark playing the runner Gabriel Santiago and me playing the Jineki corporation. Although not planned this led to an interesting game of cat and mouse, with the runners not taking any risks, but using cards to expose the assets I had hidden on my servers, and huge server proliferation on my part to try and execute some uber cup and ball trick, which sometimes worked!

I started with a load of traps which I diligently placed behind ice, and also started protection of my HQ. Mark quickly started to expose some of the traps and forced me to rez ice on my HQ which was to become a constant drain on his income, due to a particularly nasty, but expensive deflector.

After a while I got some agendas in hand, but found them difficult to play out, without him being able to use his expose ability, meaning he was able to make a successful fun on my HQ scoring 3 points, grr!

I then managed to bluff him a couple of times, by using the same technique as I had with laying traps...getting multiple out on the table at the same time and advancing them, making them tempting enough to look exactly like all the traps I had been laying out for him. I converted 2 agendas this way, bringing the score to 4-3 to the corporation.

And then I was stuck...I could not get an agenda out of my hand at a point when he was cash rich enough to make a run and expose it, and he made a run on a server that was not well enough protected, giving him the winning score.

This sounds like a quick game - it was not, it was a war of attrition, a real game of cat and mouse, thrust and counter-thrust between two well balanced decks. Great fun, but draining!

Mark T 7 winner
Chris 4 loser

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3. Board Game: Send in the Clowns [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Andrew Bond
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There was good and bad news for me in this first-time play of 'Clowns' by Rob and Steve.

The good news is they love the theme, agreeing that it has immediate appeal for kids and those wanting a family game.

The bad news is that 'Clowns' is not a kids' game ... it is a gamer's filler with a kid's theme! Because of that, both Steve and Rob approached the game play with probably too little thouygh about how to win ... allowing me to claim victory despite not getting all of my three clowns out.

Scores to follow:
1. Andrew
2. Rob
3. Steve

We had a long discussion afterwards attmepting to brainstorm:

d10-1 How to simplify the game, so it could be a true kids' game
d10-2 How to re-vamp the them so that the filler-game-for-gamers that I have designed might appeak to gamers

I'd value other people's thoughts on this before I make any changes - partly because the design of Clowns is complete (in ints current format).
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4. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:621] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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After the intensity of Netrunner, Jon joined us for a very light-hearted and somewhat aggressive game of Smash Up. Jon played the Dinosaur-Bear Cavalry, Mark the Pirate-Plant thingies and I played the Ninja-Wizards.

This game is all about building combos at the right time and taking advantage of the modifiers in play at any point in time.

Just as Mark was about to score the first base, I flew in with a Shinobi at the last second to secure maximum points. Surprise, Ninja!

There was a lot of card trashing all round, and much hilarity and banter, but I just managed to string together the right combos at the right time and had enough cards to churn through my deck to find the right cards to play to pull ahead....but was closely followed by Jon who secured a 8 point base at the halfway point putting him into real contention.

Unfortunately it was not enough, with a Master Ninja plus action card allowing me to play another minion, scoring a final base right at the end to secure me the victory.

This was a good fun filler, with a bit more meat on the bone than you might expect from looking at it.

Chris* 17
Jon* 12
Mark 10
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5. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:296]
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It is almost sufficient to say to say that knowing the third "end of round" card was in the last 11 cards did not help much - it was the 2nd of them to be turned over. yuk Did that mess with several peoples plans and scores? whistle

*AndrewB2 79 (7)
Paul 73 (7.5)
*Jonathon 63 (7.5)
JimS 61 (7)

Not sure why this appears to be so disliked at EGC. It's not like anyone plays Airlines or Union Pacific (I'd love to play this) on which it is based.

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6. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
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Rob and Steve turned up a little later than everyone else, such that games were eihter well underway or well into long rules explanations. Anyway, they decided to set up on their own to play Hanabi...

At which time (feeling slightly guilty that our irregular guests were not integrated into the club), I decided to drop out of Netrunner (but mainly because I was sensing brain burn coming on with the rules - I was obviously in one of my light-fluffy moods* this eveing).

So I joined R & S for Hanabi, which Rob had played once and Steve never (where has he been?). Being the eperienced pro of the group, of course i got blamed for interpreting all of Steve's hints incorreclty. Being a bridge player, he regarded any giving of information to be a hint to play. being an engineer, I always calculate the probablities of success before deciding if the hint is to play or to discard. Long story short - we struggled to a meagre 11 VPs on our first play.

Agreeing that we would be much better next time, we played again. But now we were all playing the way we expected the other players would think we would expect them to want us to play ... and hence made similar mistakes all over again. We did get to about 15-16 this time, but we were definitely not a group who were telepathically connected.

No ratings taken. I would give this a solid



*also know as my 'JimS mood' whistle
 
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7. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:421]
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Jonathon introduced us to a new for the rest of us partnership die rolling game.

I think we won easily but that was probably because the sand in the timer seemed to stop and start in the first round.

Jonathon (6.5)
AndrewB2 (6)
Paul (6)
JimS (4.5)


Not for me - I'd rather play Bluff (or even Kingsburg, a game I am not keen on, but Josh is a demon at!) than this again.
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8. Board Game: ...und tschüss! [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:4025]
Jim Sutherland
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A first outing for this old Marin Wallace (I kid you not) card game.

New to all of us.

Paul 39 (6)
JimS 28 (6)
AndrewB2 20 (6)
Jonathon -8 (6.5) (yes, a negative points score)
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9. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
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Two rounds of this SdJ Winner - probably the least deserving winner ever IMO.

I had beginners trouble - wanting to see my drawn card blush - a few times.

First game 12, second game 21.

AndrewB2 (7)
Paul (6.5)
JimS (6.5)
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10. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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Played by: Russell, Mark B, Gordon
Endured by: Nick

To round off the evening we joined everyone else by dispensing with a board and played cards. I've stumbled through a few hands of this before but needed a refresher on the rules, as did Nick, who had managed to blot from his memory his previous experience of playing this.

We had time for four hands with me partnering Russell and Nick paired with Mark. The first 3 hands were not kind to me with the cards with Nick having a counter to anything decent I layed so Russell and I were well behind 140 to 340. We launched a sturdy fight-back on hand 4 reducing the margin to 90 points and would obviously have gone on to win had we continued playing, although Nick may well have selected Seppucku (ritual suicide) from Bushido in preference - I think that would still have counted as a win to Russell and I devil

Mark / Nick 335 [7.5 / 2]
Russell / Gordon 245 [8.5 / 7.5]
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11. Board Game: Gang of Four [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1513]
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Lectio as a card game? Well, more or less.

Simpler game (and it wasn't that hard before!), easier to carry, but not as satisfying as handling the tiles in Lexio (or as interesting to see being played).
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