Sixth Annual Alphabetic Boardgaming Challenge
Seth Brown
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It's the most wonderful time... of the year. For us, anyway, because it's the sixth time that my partner and I have set aside a few days in September to play 26 boardgames in a row, one for each letter of the alphabet. Wheeeeeeeee!

If this is your first Alphabetic Boardgaming Challenge geeklist, you can see what to expect by looking at the Fifth Annual ABC. (or, for completists, the geeklist of all ABCs). At this point my collection is approaching 300 games, so if you know anyone who lives or travels near NW MA looking to buy some used games, please send them my way. I think if I can just sell 30-40, we'll be able to sit on our loveseat again.

But true love is obviously about playing 26 boardgames with your partner over the course of a few days. The ever-expanding collection only gives us more options (including, finally, a game we don't hate for Q). The official ABC rules dictate that the loser of each round chooses the game and parameters (e.g. whether to use variants/expansions, whether victory is best-of-three or total score, etc.) for the next letter.

Usually we select the first game by matrix method, but we were talking about possible matrix strategy and I said, "You'll probably choose a column to avoid Agricola, because it's a long game. Which is too bad, as I'd love to play Agricola." And Debbie said, "I wouldn't avoid it, we haven't played Agricola in too long, and I'd love to play it too." At that point we decided to dispense with the usual A-game matrix and just start with Agricola, since the whole point of the event is playing games we like together.

As always, I'll be livegeeklisting the event so you can enjoy the gaming marathon vicariously.
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26. Board Game: The Scepter of Zavandor [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:969]
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Zepter von Zavandor, you are so awesome.

We picked characters randomly, and Debbie got the Druid, while I got the Kobold. First few turns we ground along evenly, Debbie jumped on the Kobold track and I jumped on the Elf track. I put the crystal ball up for bid, but as soon as Debbie bid 21, I decided she could have it and I'd spend on income increasers. I picked up the runestone to blast the elf track to the end, took the point lead early in the game and never looked back.

When the B artifacts flipped, Debbie bought the elixir straight off the bat before I could outbid her, which meant I was looking at emeralds at best, possibly a cagey play. Less cagey was her buying a second diamond, and then outbidding me for the Magic Wand, before ever buying her first ruby. Consequently, I managed to buy the Magic Belt, Crystal of Protection, Spellbook, and Chalice of Fire before she saved up enough for her first ruby. The turn after she spent out to get her second ruby, the Mask of Charisma flipped and I grabbed it. By the time she got rubies #3 and 4, I'd already made it to the end of the artifact track and was buying sentinels with enough income to do so every turn, so I basically walked away with the game.

Fortune favors the ko-bold.

Victory: Seth

FINAL SCORE
Seth: 14
Debbie: 12
Us: Happy
You: Thanks for reading
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