Eleventh Marble Game Night- An OBGG Event
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On Friday August 23, 2013. The OBGG assembled after a tortuous summer sabbatical from gaming festivities. Gamers came from near and far to play, to laugh, to curse and to gloat in the faces of their fellow gamers.

The chronicles of their tales follow.
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1. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:619] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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As always, Tim showed up promptly and brought along fellow CBBS staples Scott and Eric (who shall henceforth be called Eric the Brave). This was not the CBBS Eric who said he might come if he was feeling better, but this Eric (the brave) was just as welcome.

Instead of waiting for more guests we launched into a "straggle" in game of Ricochet Robots.

Straggle is in quotes, because no one else actually showed up to play...which is a lie, because Suzie and Cory both showed up, but when it was discovered that I failed to buy cups, they both volunteered to go buy some from the nearby store. By the time they came back we had finished with all the chips.

Anyway. Tim and Scott both collected 5 chips each. Scott made a little run where he was the only person with the stick-to-it-ivness to keep with the goal robot all the way through to the goal which ended up being the best solution found at the table.

Feel free to solve this one. I believe the best solution we found at the table was 12 or 14 or something like that.



If the overhead view distracts you here is the more natural "seated" view.



 
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2. Board Game: Samurai Sword [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1357]
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Please be patient while we wait for Suzie....
 
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3. Board Game: Click Clack Lumberjack [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1630]
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2 Games
Start 7:20
End 7:35

Since Suzie, at the last moment, had to put a kid together, but really wanted to play Samurai Sword, we decided to play Toc Toc Woodman. Whereupon it was found that Elden's copy was missing a piece of bark. Elden had a bad feeling anyway, since last time he played this was at a family reunion with a million kids running around, and he was not the person to put it away.

So, scoring was impacted a little, but really it isn't that important. Game One

Elden, Scott and Eric were lucky enough to escape with 1 point. the game was fairly quick though as Cori, took a wild swipe with her first ever toc, and Tim later got a bit aggressive on his 2nd turn...so Cori took -7 and Tim took -8

Game Two

This one went a little bit longer, but it wasn't too long before Scott got a little too aggressive on a teetering tree and ended up with -11. Eric also struggled just a bit and ended with -3, Tim wasn't quite aggressive enough and ended up with 3, Cori redeemed herself with 5, but it was Elden who was able to claim 6 tree barks and took the win.





You'll notice how Elden didn't take the picture directly in Tim's eyeline nor took the picture precisely as he was about to toc...not that Elden is bitter or anything.
 
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4. Board Game: Samurai Sword [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1357]
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Back from these messages....

Suzie was ready to play, so we started up a game of Samurai Sword which is a new version of Bang! Several of us had never played Bang! and a few of us had played Bang! and Samurai Sword.

Start Time: 7:35
End Time: 8:50

There is an element of "figure out who everyone else is" to this game, but I think we were all pretty sure who was who fairly early in the game after the first 4 players all attacked the Shogun and the the 5th player (Suzie) attacked someone else. Elden (Ronin) made a stupid mistake by attacking one of the ninjas on his second turn, instead of just acting like a Ninja the whole time.

We went through the deck twice when Suzie finally ran out of honor and we were able to check the points.

Elden (Ronin) ended with 1 Honor and a bonus honor point from a card in hand for a score of 4.

Cori (Shogun) Ended with 2 points (I forget the scoring system for those guys)

Suzie (Samurai) ended with 0 points

Tim (Ninja) ended up with 2 points

Scott (Ninja) ended with 3 points

Eric (Ninja) ended with 5 points

 
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5. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:306]
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Somewhere in there Mark and Joann showed up. Between Elden's quick and shoddy splaining of this game and their own reading of the rule book they were able to play this.

No real scoresheet was really kept, but when Samurai Sword got over these two opted out of a reconfig in order to keep playing this against each other. They eventually had to leave and played nothing else but this. I heard an unofficial declaration that they played 4 times and that Joann won the first round. The goal is to have fun, so as long as that happened...mission accomplished.



 
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6. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:324] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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After Samurai Sword finished up Laura and Roger showed and declared they had time for one game of about an hour. So Jessie and Suzie broke out Settlers of Catan, it is a game they had all played and all enjoyed so it seemed a perfect fit.

Start Time: Unknown...probably around 9:00
End Time:...Probably after 10:00

From the score it is apparent that Suzie either got super lucky or was using some strategy that was abundant and unavailable to everyone else.

Suzie finished the game with 10 points, Laura was able to eek out 4 points, Roger did something and got 3 and poor Jessie couldn't get off the start line and ended the game with 2 points...a rout if there ever was one.

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7. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1745]
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Start Time: 9:00
End Time: 10:00

This is an interesting racing game, where there is a little bit of luck, but really most of the action is entirely up to your tactical decisions that you've chosen to make.

Last time I played this with Tim he kind of stayed out front of the race and then picked up his ladies late and then took it in for the victory. This time he was able to pick up his ladies early and then steamed past Scott who raced out ahead and was looking for easy ladies that never really panned out. The kicker was that Scott was way out in front for most of the game, but somehow finished in last place...I'm not even sure how that happened, However both of the Coal docks came out early so there was no coal to replenish late and it seems like Scott ran out of coal and could not brake quick enough and had to take a slow circular route on the last tile to make the dock.

Eric was able to slide in 2nd, Cori was far enough out to get 3rd and Elden ran into several problems trying to get Ladies and by the time he was able to get his ladies after a couple of false starts he was riding far behind the pack and was only able to slip into 4th because Scott had to make a big detour in order to slow down on the last tile.

Tim lucked out a bit with the last tiles...in that there weren't any real ways to make a better approach, as the islands kind of funneled everyone into the same path over the last 2 or 3 tiles. So everyone was stuck with the same path and no way to really maneuver for a better approach.


And they are off!




Uh Oh!


Keep on chugging!


Final placement...poor scott.
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8. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:829]
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Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 11:00

Because we couldn't think of anything better to do we decided to give Fairy Tale a shot. It's a game that I've been personally interested in for a while, at least to try. I've heard it is like 7 Wonders, which is a game that I'm a bit lukewarm about, but I've wanted to try this none-the-less.

Tim was able to run away a bit with his scoring and ended with 46 Eric, Cori, and Elden ended with 36,35 and 32 respectively, and Scott lagged behind with 14. Scott got a lot of score points if you have the most xxx but struggled to have enough of the other cards to win very many of them.

This is definitely a game where knowing the cards and interactions would help, but for all the reasons I'm not 100% sold on 7 Wonders, I don't think I'm sold on this.


 
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9. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:395]
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Start Time: 11:10
End Time: 12:ish???

Getting to be late night and 6 players willing to game. We could split up or just play together. Bohnanza is easy enough to learn and plays quick enough that it isn't a horrible decision.

It's hard to tell how much skill is in this game as a lot of it relies on opportunities and sometimes those opportunities just don't show up, or maybe I'm just bitter.

Tim-15
Jessie-15 (They rejoice in their shared victory)
Scott-14
Eric-12
Elden-11
Suzie-10




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