Iowa City Game Day - Aug. 3, 2013
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We had another good turnout at yesterday's game day that included Jenn, Jim, Joel, Michael C, Steve, Judy, Kate, Jeff, Thies, Kurt, Steph, Ye, Eric E, Erin, and Dave. Thanks to everyone for bringing wonderful snacks, refreshments, and additional games.

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1. Board Game: Highland Clans [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:10735]
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Joel (winner), Jim, Jenn, Chris

We started off the day with Jim's brand new copy of the Highland Clans reprint. It was also the start of an extremely unlucky day for me as Michael can attest to after seeing my cards draws in this game and digs in Thebes. Jim taught the game to us, was very lucky in drawing high warrior cards (many 3's and 4's), and got off to an early lead. However, Joel caught and surpassed him for the win. This was kind of a learning game, but I would definitely play again and think that it would go much faster in subsequent plays.
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2. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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Michael 59 (winner), Steve 56, Jeff 55, Thies 48, Kate 43

While waiting for us to finally finish Highland Clans, the rest of the gang squeezed in a fast game of For Sale, a quick, light, and enjoyable filler.
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3. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:288]
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Jenn 7 (winner), Jeff 5, Chris 4

Jeff taught Jenn Biblios and apparently did a wonderful job since she wound up winning. Thanks to Kurt, we learned that, should it be necessary, the tiebreaker is leftover gold. This play was fun and enjoyable in that everyone won at least one die.
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4. Board Game: Ninjato [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:623]
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Steph 114 (winner), Jenn 80, Ye, 79, Kurt 68

Kurt and Steph (re)taught Jenn and Ye Ninjato, which I would have loved to have played. It was a close game for everyone except Steph, who blew out the other players. Hopefully, Jenn and Ye play this one again (next game day?).
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5. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:308]
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Jeff 81 (winner), Chris 74, Eric 69

Eric had learned Vikings a pervious last game day, so Jeff and I had an easy time performing a rules refresher. This was a tight game in which anyone could have won. Jeff achieved the win by having a lot of fishermen that scored through overfeeding and a +1 per special tile, 10 VPs for the most boatmen, and 7 VPs for the most completed islands. Eric did well with his goldsmiths and warriors and scored 5 VPs for having the longest island. My scouts earned a lot of VPs, and I had two special building tiles that yielded 15.
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6. Board Game: Northern Pacific [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:6039]
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Jeff 12 (winner), Eric 9, Chris 8
Chris 7 (winner), Eric 6, Jeff 5

Eric brought the Winsome title Northern Pacific and taught it to Jeff and me. This is their lightest title, which is fun and plays in only 15 minutes. Jeff won the first game when we started with seven cubes, and I won the second one in which we started with only four.
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7. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:451]
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Chris 52 (winner), Eric 48, Jeff 39

While waiting for Imperial to wrap up, we got in a quick game of Kingdom Builder. Our VP cards were Knights (2 VPs per settlement on the horizontal line with the most), Merchants (4 VPs per connected location/castle), and Workers (1 VP per settlement adjacent to location/castle). This game was a toss up with almost equal scoring on each of the cards and for castles, but I managed to eek out a win due to the Knights.
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8. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:140]
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Michael 118 (winner), Joel 113, Thies 106, Steve 84, Jim 80

Michael, Joel, and Thies had just played Imperial the night before and talked Steve and Jim into another game. Michael secured the win in a tight game.
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9. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:628]
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Steve/Kate 40 (winners), Thies 38, Joel 36, Jim 25

China, a perennial game day favorite was played again, with Steve and Kate finishing first in a tight group. I think that Steve came out ahead in emissary scoring due to Jim preventing Thies from having several emissary majorities.
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10. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Judy (winner), Kate, Erin

Judy and Erin arrived a little bit later and started off their day with a fun game of Dominion along with Kate.
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11. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 3 – The Heart of Africa [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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Erin 166 (winner), Judy 159, Michael 143, Jenn 62

Unfortunately, I missed out on TtR Heart of Africa, which Erin won in a close finish with Judy. Not sure what happened to Jenn in this play...
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12. Board Game: Metropolys [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:631]
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Jeff 42 (winner), Eric 33, Ye 29, Chris 27

Jeff won a hearty victory in Metropolys, which has been very popular at recent game days. I managed to end the game by placing my last building on an archaeology site, which proved to be a mistake.
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13. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:482]
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Erin 59 (winner), Judy 47, Michael 39

Erin won another play of Coloretto, which is a great filler with more depth to it than its simple mechanics would imply.
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14. Board Game: Colorado Midland [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:7456]
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Eric 64 (winner), Jeff 53, Thies 50

Another lighter Winsome game was played at the same basement table as Northern Pacific. Eric won in Colorado Midland. Thies and Eric had played before, but this was a new one for Jeff.
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15. Board Game: Kingdom Builder: Nomads [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
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Steve 50 (winner), Ye 40, Dave 40, Chris 30

Kingdom Builder was played again, although this time with some of the Nomads expansion. Our VP cards were Families (2 VPs for placing three settlements in a line), Hermits (1 VP per group of settlements), and Lords (12 VPs for most settlements in a sector, 6 for 2nd most). Steve won largely by having the most settlements in two sectors vs. one for Ye and me and three 2nd places for Dave.
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16. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:482]
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Erin 50 (winner), Judy 31, Michael 26

Erin proved once again that she is invincible in Coloretto by besting Judy and Michael in another play.
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17. Board Game: Hanabi & Ikebana [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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Steve, Judy, Erin, Michael, Dave - 17 pts: Excellent! Charms the crowd

While waiting for the chili to cook, the gang got in a game of Hanabi without the five multicolor cards. They managed a score of 17 points without any sparks.
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18. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:159]
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Dave 9 (winner), Erin 5, Michael 5, Eric 4

Alien Frontiers was played with Dave winning. I think that it was new to Dave and Erin.
 
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19. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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Eric 61 (winner), Michael 27, Erin 24

Eric won Ra with a whopping score of 61. Another game that I would have liked to have gotten in on...
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20. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:513]
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Thies 97 (winner), Chris 85, Judy 80, Steve 62

After Steve and Thies gave Judy and me a rules refresher, we enjoyed a fun game of Mexica. I had forgotten how good this member of the Mask trilogy is. Hopefully, it gets more play in the near future.
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21. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:376]
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Michael 58 (winner), Erin 52, Eric 49, Chris 36

We ended the evening with a fun and sometimes frustrating game of Thebes. My rotten luck returned to balance out Erin and Michael's good, especially in their excavation pulls. Eric scored a lot of point through exhibitions, and the three of them had a close game.
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