GCL Beehive #13 - Co-operating
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1. Board Game: Let's Play Tag [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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How do gaming sessions work with your family? Do you have a set time each week that you play, or does someone just say "I want to play a game" and you do? Who chooses what game you play? And who decides when to introduce a new game into the rotation?
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2. Board Game: Patrick Moore's Astronomy Game [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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Not again!!!

Are there any games that your children choose that you just dread them requesting - either because you hate playing them, or because you've played them so often you just can't face them again? Do you say no, or hide the game, or just agree and be happy that they're enjoying themselves?
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3. Board Game: Cooperation [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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Cooperative games are a genre I find that some gamers just don't like, while others really enjoy them. Are cooperatives games a genre of games that you enjoy, or do you avoid them? What about your family - do you find your children enjoy cooperative games more or less than competitive ones?
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4. Board Game: The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:780]
Sharon Khan
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We had a big family weekend this weekend, when my cousins come down to visit. 19 of us went to the zoo on Saturday, but in the evenings and Sunday morning we played some games, mainly Werewolves and party games. It's also been the last full week of school holidays, which has been busy being out and about and seeing friends, so we only had one gaming session all week, but I did manage a gaming day with a fellow gamer mother and her 12 year old daughter, while our younger children played together.

Games played with other adults:

7 x Werewolves of Miller's Hollow (and I was a never anything other than a villager )
4 x Augustus (received in MathTrade this week)
3 x The City
3 x Knowing Me, Knowing You
3 x The Resistance
2 x MadGab (have decided the green side is just too easy, but the orange side is fun!)

1 x Acquire, Filthy Rich, Forbidden Island, Iron Dragon, Jungle Speed, Mahjong, Mhing, Qwixx, RoboRally, Shipyard, Time's Up Title Recall, Tobago

Games played with my children:

1 x Creationary, Lego Create It, Pictionary Junior
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5. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2332]
Hilko Drude
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Goettingen
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9 plays - pitiful. But the Unpublished prototypes might see the light of publication soon, and I will be very happy if they do.

3 x 90 Grad
2 x Sleeping Queens
2 x Unpublished Prototype
1 x Buster Balloon
1 x Hey, That's My Fish!

I was also involved in other gaming activities, such as rules translation (Essen is coming) and posting two Essen related geeklists:
Essen 2013 designer trade list
Essen 2013 roll call

Any one going, besides me? Let us know!
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6. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:25]
Fernando Robert Yu
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You can my week in greater detail here: Item for Geeklist "What Did You Play This Weekend? 9/2/2013"

Brass: Lancashire x 2 (NEW) = main big game of the week
Airlines Europe x 2
Stone Age x 2 = a big hit with the gang!
Love Letter x 2
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game x 1 = played solo
San Juan x 1
Sentinels of the Multiverse x 1
Dominion: Hinterlands x 1
Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 2 – India & Switzerland x 1 = tried out the Swiss map
Kingdom Builder x 1

Sadly no plays with the family, unless you count my solo play!
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7. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:439]
Rob Harper
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We've not had very much gaming over the last week, but there has been some excitement in that we got hold of a copy of Escape: The Curse of the Temple. So far I've played it solo a couple of times (which is quite a fun little challenge) and a couple of times with Miss B. The first of those times was without a timer, just to try it out, and it went well. The second time had an abortive and stressful first attempt, so we restarted after Miss B had calmed down, and had a good game. Looking forward to playing a lot more of this.

Other than that the wife and I played with our Decktet. Our go-to game is currently Bharg, but we have now tried Thricewise, which works well too and I expect we'll play more of.
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8. Board Game: Qwixx [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:682]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
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Qwixx is back!


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Qwixx 3
Gulo Gulo 2
Railways of the World: The Card Game 2
Timeline: Diversity 2
Puerto Rico 1


Only two games of Gulo Gulo with the kid, the rest was played with friends on Friday night. It was great to try out Railways for the first time, I have wanted to get my hands on the original game, but settled for the card game as shipping wasn't as bad!

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9. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:269]
Scott Saccenti
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Colora
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I'll make Amun-Re the Game-of-the-Week for me, since it illustrates what a fine gaming week it was.

I had a gaming friend visit from out of town, and stayed with us for four nights/five days of awesome family gaming. In addition, I hosted a game group at my house for the first time.

So the kids and I got a lot of plays in, including a bunch of my own personal favorites (like Amun-Re) that don't always make it to the table.


9x -8- Android: Netrunner
3x -7- Chicken Cha Cha Cha
3x -8- Love Letter
3x -5- Spot it!
2x -10- Dominion
2x -7- Glory to Rome
1x |9| 7 Wonders
1x -6- Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small
1x -8- Amun-Re
1x -7- Augustus
1x -4- Can't Stop
1x -8- Carcassonne
1x -7- Castles of Burgundy
1x -6- En Garde
1x -7- Guillotine
1x -6- Kingdom Builder
1x -7- Montgolfiere
1x |9| Ra
1x |9| Race for the Galaxy
1x -6- Railways of the World
1x |9| Saint Petersburg
1x -8- Settlers of Catan
1x -8- Ticket to Ride
1x -8- Tzolk'in
1x -7- Village
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10. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:20]
Eddy Richards
Scotland
Allanton
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Agricola was definitely the highlight of last weeks gaming with Helena - for some reason we hadn't got it out for a while, and we enjoyed it as much as ever. Also coming to the table were 7 Wonders and Race for the Galaxy.

With the children were the usual range of things, plus a new one to me (as far as I remember) and Rebecca , Game of Dracula, which was surprisingly not bad.
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11. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:609]
Todd
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This week in Walden gaming:

Forbidden Island x 2
Guess Who? x 2
King of Tokyo x 2
Mice and Mystics x 2
HeroQuest x 1
Sentinels of the Multiverse x 1
Time's Up! x 1
What's Yours Like? x 1
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12. Board Game: Word on the Street Junior [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:5267]
Chris Halaska
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Eugene
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The week started out with a quick trip to the Oregon coast to watch the waves & search for agates on the beach. Unfortunately, my back went out, and I spent the main day we were there stuck in the hotel room. Fortunately, I had a view and was able to play a few solo games of Qwixx and learned Adaman, a solitaire Decktet game.

With the kids, I played Duck, Duck, Bruce, Monza x3, Wits & Wagers Family, Worm Up!, and Forbidden Island. My son & I even talked my wife into playing Word on the Street Junior with us one evening - and she liked it!

Back home, my son taught a friend of his to play The Magic Labyrinth, and my kids brought out a set of Dominoes to play together. What, they don’t need me anymore?

My son & I played ARailroad using a Railways of the World board & tracks instead of the Acquire board, and it added some excitement to the game. We also played a baseball card game, Mouse Trap, Chuck-It Chicken!, and Monza with his sister.


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