GCL Beehive #12 - Alternatives, Essentials and Surprises
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1. Board Game Accessory: Hobby Games: The 100 Best
Rob Harper
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It is clear that gaming is a significant part of the lives of all of us who are taking part in GCL Beehive, but are there any other hobbies that occupy your time?
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2. Board Game: Desert Island Discs [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Rob Harper
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In the UK there is a radio show called Desert Island Discs, which has been running since before the invention of fire. It is an interview show, on which guests are invited to choose 8 pieces of music that they would like to have if they were trapped on a desert island.

So, if you were trapped on a desert island, what would your eight desert island games be? We will assume that suitable opponents/team-mates mystically appear as and when they are needed.
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3. Board Game: Surprise! [Average Rating:5.71 Unranked]
Rob Harper
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In our little beehive we all play games with our offspring. Can you tell us about a time when you were completely blindsided by one of the kids in a game?
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4. Board Game: Empire Express [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:5034]
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A comparatively modest amount of gaming over the last week, almost all of which has been with my daughter, with whom I have played:
* Empire Express - she's getting pretty good at this cut-down crayon rails game.
* Family Fluxx and Nature Fluxx as some light silliness that she really enjoys.
* Enuk a kids' push-your-luck and memory game which I am growing to like.
* GUBS: A Game of Wit and Luck, which makes a welcome return after not playing it for quite a while.

With adults I have played:
* Mascarade at work during lunch breaks.
* A Game of Thrones: The Card Game with the wife for the first time in a few months; after playing a load of Netrunner more recently it becomes apparent how clunky aGoT actually is.
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5. Board Game: Galtoni [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Not an impressive week by play count, but a great week design-wise. The one play of our unpublished prototype doesn't sound much, but we made great progress on two games, so I am quite happy.

4 x Galtoni
4 x Kakerlakenpoker
1 x Fauna
1 x The Great Dalmuti
1 x Heckmeck Junior
1 x Unpublished Prototype
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6. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1076]
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What!? No Qwixx this week!

Haven't played much this week as the secondary school I teach in was starting, so most of the time was spent on preparation.

I did play 2 games of Gulo Gulo, 1 of The Little Orchard and 1 of Snail's Pace Race with Vésteinn and Hildur yesterday.
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7. Board Game: Zero Down [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:3224]
Clay Blankenship
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This is what I played this week:




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8. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:44]
Scott Saccenti
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Kids went back to school this past week, so gaming took a dip. Many of these plays below were with Holiday (10). I was up in Gettysburg for a long soccer weekend (both the older boys had a tournament there). Holly offered to go along and keep me company for the weekend. We hung out at the hotel a good amount and played some games, while the boys were out sweating it.

Netrunner is the new hotness now, and thus the Saccenti Game of the Week.


4x -8- Android: Netrunner
3x |9| Race for the Galaxy
2x -10- Dominion
2x -6- En Garde
1x -7- Balloon Cup
1x -7- Chicken Cha Cha Cha
1x -7- Guillotine
1x -8- Ivanhoe
1x -8- Lost Cities
1x -7- San Juan
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9. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:927] [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
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This week was a slow one, but I got some gaming done at a bachelor party.

2 x Saboteur
1 x 7 Wonders
1 x Clue Jr.: The Case of the Hidden Toys
1 x Fresco
1 x Escape from the Hidden Castle

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10. Board Game: Creationary [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3950]
Sharon Khan
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It's still school holidays here, so I've been playing quite a few games with the kids, especially Lego ones, but a wide variety of other games - their new games shelf means they can better see all the different games on offer, so have played a bigger variety than usual this week! In addition they've played quite a few with their grandparents, who babysat while I had laser eye surgery last week.

Then my husband and I played quite a few games over the weekend, and we had our usual Friday night games session - introducing the new gamer to the group to both Puerto Rico and Agricola on after the other - I think the pair in the same night might have been a bit much!!

Games with other adults:
5 x Boku
3 x The City
2 x Race for the Galaxy

1 x 7 Wonders, Agricola, Balloon Cup, Boggle, Day and Night, Flash Point: Fire Rescue, Innovation, Lord of the Rings (using the Sauron expansion - my husband didn't even get past the first board!), Pret-a-Porter, Puerto Rico, Qwixx, Sid Meier's Civilization: the board game (my husband was not happy when I took out his best city with my army!), Suburbia, Touche

Games with my children:
4 x Creationary (my 3 year old keeps suggesting it - and he's not even old enough to play properly!)
2 x Beep! Beep! (introduced this to my mother)
2 x Lego Create It (and they played at least two more I wasn't involved in!)

1 x Angry Birds the card game, Balancing Board Game, Chairs, Dwarves and Dice, Escape from Atlantis, Go for Broke, Great Game of Britain, Heroica: Fortaan, The London Game, Pictionary Junior, Snakes and Ladders, Take it Easy
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11. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 2 – India & Switzerland [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
Fernando Robert Yu
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You can view more details of my week here: Item for Geeklist "What Did You Play This Weekend? 8/26/13" .

I was so busy in the Pakistan leg of my 2 week trip that I could only get a couple of solo games in, but I made up for that Sunday with 3 games in the house!

Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 2 – India & Switzerland x 1 (NEW) = got to try the India map with Shawn!
King of Tokyo x 1 = Shawn's Pandekai is the King of Tokyo versus my Mekkadragon!
Pandemic x 1 = My wife finally gets to try this game with Shawn and I, and we win!
Ora et Labora x 1 = my 2nd sologame, this time played correctly!
Friday x 1 = lost again, on the last hazard with the last card, which was an aging card! Hard game!
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12. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:41]
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Just played this last night. Holy crap... I gotta get me a copy of this game!
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13. Board Game: Monza [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1957]
Chris Halaska
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Eugene
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Once again, most of you had a slow week, so that means we had a busy one.

We went to visit grandpa and one auntie w/ cousins, so we played a bunch of kids games that I brought with us, including:
Memory, Max, The Secret Door, Duck, Duck, Bruce, Family Fluxx, Toddler TTR, and the biggest hit of the week — Monza, which I played close to a bazillion times. Fortunately, I had a variant track from the files here to add some variety.

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What!? No Qwixx this week!

You didn’t get to play it because I finally got to try it! I made a PNP version to take with us to try. I only played it once with two eight year olds. My son, who is used to many games by now, caught on quickly and seemed to like it. His cousin, who doesn’t get to play too many games, seem confused and then bored, so it didn’t go over that well. I’m ready to try again though!

My wife consented to play Pandemic one evening, which we won handily — time to up the difficulty level. After a month away, I finally got back to tweaking ARailroad once.

I had a surprise once we were home, when my daughter (3) and I went to the room where I store all my piles of thrifted games. Normally she ignores them, but she kept pulling down games to try, one after the other. We eventually ended up playing all of the following at least twice: Thomas And The Magic Railroad Game, Thomas the Tank Engine's Railroad Rescue Board Game, Flower-garden, Busy Bridges: A River and Road Race, What Goes Together?, Pengoloo, Sorry! Sliders, Yahtzee Jr., Coco Crazy, and Green Alligators: Rings & Things.

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14. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:374]
Eddy Richards
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On the table with Helena this week:

Thurn and Taxis

Stone Age

Army of Frogs

7 Wonders

The kids are back in school so there are slightly fewer gaming opportunities with them. But still enough to be going on with!
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