What we played at FANGcon #31 - Saturday 24th August 2013
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1. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:11]
Ian Watters
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Because of the 'rain, rain, rain' weather forecast and not having the car, I didn't bring the big game I wanted to play, but I was very interested - having seen it played last time - when Shaun brought this.

Described as a 'two to two and a half hour game' it actually took us three to three and half hours, including a very short lunch break, but a) three of the four were new to it and b) at no point was I bored or regretting the time.

Having now played it, I think the game is simpler than the massive rulebook suggests, but everything about it is nicely balanced and there are lots of decisions to make. When my main complaint about a game is that the pieces for the trading posts look too much like churches compared to the actual pieces for the temples, there's not much wrong with it and the learning curve is a lot less steep than last time's Suburbia.

I came last, having given away too many victory points in exchange for having more power points. I was told this was bad idea, but... I am highly unlikely to buy this - the length and the rule book would put too many people off - but I would play it again in a shot.
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:45]
Ian Watters
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.. with two of the expansions. I am apparently the only person in the world not to have played this before! In case I am not, this is a 'pick one and pass the rest on' card game with a large number of ways to get points, and lots of symbols to recognise in order to do so.

Equal fourth out of six.
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3. Board Game: Race to Adventure: The Spirit of the Century Exploration Game [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:5987]
Ian Gill
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Just to get things started I offered to teach this to five others but it meant I didn't play as it is max 5. I think it was Jay, Mark L, Dave, Mark, and John (apologies if I'm wrong)

It is a very nice little 30 min filler but I think it worked better with 5 than it did when I tried it with two others at COGs.

There is a random setup but then its down to planning, with a big emphasis on turn order and working out what those ahead of you might pick from the available items.

I'll leave it to any of those players to post what they thought of it.

i think Mark won
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4. Board Game: The Golden City [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1883]
Ian Gill
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I had hoped to play

Asgard


but my time was limited and lighter fare was clearly preferable to the others. Therefore suggested TGC.

Mark L, Jay, and Richard joined me and I think everyone really enjoyed it (which should reassure Matt as he bought my spare copy). It is a very elegant Euro with really nice art and just the right amount of competition ie more of a race for resources than direct screwage.

Richard won but it was only clear at the end (which is another nice feature)
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5. Board Game: Quarantine [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:3704]
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Interesting tile laying, hospital building game.

Played with Craig P, Matt J and Travie, who beat me out by one point.
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6. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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3 games played...

1 win for Magneto, 2 wins for Loki...

Myself, Travie, Matt P, Matt J and Craig P played.
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7. Board Game: City of Iron [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:967]
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Epic explore/resource collection game.

Played with Travie, Carri and Matt P, who also beat me by one point.
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8. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:98]
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Because it wouldn't be Fang without it...
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9. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:39]
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I love Eclipse. Me, Rich, Mark, Jay and someone else who I've met about 4 times and should really remember the name of played this.

I lost by ONE point to Rich.

First time I've played with the aliens.

So much fun!
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10. Board Game: Legacy: Gears of Time [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1690]
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Started off this 'con with Legacy, played with Steve, Andy, and Rich.

This is a beaut! I did say to the guys that this plays in an hour. It does. It also happens that we spent another hour THINKING during it.

Its fairly simple rules-wise, but boy do you have to think. It's the deepest light game I've played and so much fun trying to work it out.

Thanks for playing, and I believe Andy won through a combination of mid-game dominating the Fundamental discoveries, and in the last turn taking over the Combustion Engine for huge points. Rich second, me third, and Steve last.

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11. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:444]
Rich Chamberlain
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Played with me as bad ol' Drac, and the hunters were Andy, Steve, Chris and (edit) LUCY!

Sorry to say that I dominated this game, maturing two new vampires, surviving one fight with Mina, and in the end we called it as I was only two time periods from my sixth point, saving us 20 minutes playing.

Two neat tactics worked:
I started in Galway, planted a new vampire, and second turn went to sea, making it hard for this location to be traced especially as I got some extra time from bad Rail rolls. Teehee.
Secondly I have tried before to go to Cagliari, plant a new vampire, use Hide to throw the hunters off about my location before going to sea again. The other game I tried this I got rumbled quickly. This one I almost go away with it but a card play made me reveal the location. I was able to use two cards to mess with Andy afterwards so he was unable to deal with the vampire and it matured. Score!!

Great game.
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12. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:837]
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Me and Lucy played three sets of Tsuro while we waited for a game to finish when we first arrived. Its a very elegance game and works quite well with just two players.

I forget who you where but many thanks to the owner who let us play it thumbsup
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13. Board Game: Rise of Augustus [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:844]
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Or more properly Roman Bingo

Played this with Rich, Andy, Steve, John and Lucy. A very nice looking game and it hides more depth that I'd expected on first seeing it. I was very happy to play this twice.

John won the first game with an obscene score somewhere in the high 1000's while most of us languished in the 20 to 40 range of points.

Steve won the second game which was well deserved as he had a rough time of it in the first one.

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14. Board Game: Rise of Augustus [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:844]
Rich Chamberlain
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Roman Bingo Game!

PLayed with the Dracula players plus John.

We played two games, John won the first and I think Steve won the second??

Great silly game. Ave!!
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15. Board Game: Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1719] [Average Rating:6.31 Unranked]
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Played with John, Steve, and Andy.

Timing issues aside (for it can be a little vague) it plays well and the images on the cards are brilliant. Andy pulled out his second win by killing three Epic heroes at the end while I only needed on e more turn to at least equal.

Thanks for a great FANG!!
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