Regular Tuesday Games, 9/3/13
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1. Board Game: Spyrium [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:551]
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Matt 75, Jonathan 70, Vann 69

I continue to really like this one. It hits a sweet spot of complexity for me, with multiple paths to victory but not too many rules to learn. This time Vann went for big money, Matt went for tokens again and I took the reduced real estate cost ability.
 
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2. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:395]
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Dan 41, Brandon 37, Bruce 30

Played with the High Bohn buildings expansion. Dan used the expansion cards to prepare several servings of Bean Stew (fields with a mix of different bean types). Brandon, on the other hand, took advantage of the ability to peek at upcoming cards to determine what would be up for trade.
 
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3. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:274]
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Bruce 72, Brandon 62, Dan 59

Bruce was a spendthrift in the purchasing phase, leaving 9 coins in his pocket to add to his final score.
 
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4. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:652]
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Brandon 57, Bruce 49, Vann 40, Dan 39, Matt 35, Jonathan 15

More than one player was unfamiliar with this edition, but had played Diamant before. We played with meeples instead of stay/leave cards, and I taught this rule reversed from the Diamant rules, much to the consternation of certain participants.

Brandon and Dan each collected two treasures. I played it too safe, it seems.
 
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5. Board Game: Gauntlet of Fools [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4085]
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Vann 21 (Zealot with the Scimitar)
Brandon 18 (Avenger with the Demon Blade)
Matt 9 (Armsmaster with the Morning Star and Axe)
Jonathan 1 (Artificer with the Sack of Loot)
Bruce 0 (Jester with the Bow)

Two dice is not enough, I find.
 
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6. Board Game: Give Me the Brain! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4563]
 
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Brandon & Matt - Winners
Bruce, Jonathan, and Vann - Not Winners

Brandon managed to hold on to the brain most of the time. However, Matt pulled out a shared victory due to playing his last bidding card on the bid that Brandon triggered with his last job card.
 
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7. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:414]
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Bruce 56, Jonathan 44, Brandon 40, Vann 31

Brandon wanted to be introduced to this. Bruce went for lots of cards as usual, and was less successful with this strategy than I've seen him be in the past.
 
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8. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:176]
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Jonathan 146, Bruce 130, Brandon 118

We played on the Magician level, as it was Brandon's first play and we wanted the game to be over in a reasonable time (we failed on the latter point). I had forgotten how calm and enjoyable this game could be without the Archmage cards in play. No Damned Soul of Onys to contend with!

118 is a very good first-time score, I think. Bruce failed to end the game early to shut me out, because I had a pair of Temporal Boots in my backpack.
 
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