La Crosse Board Game Group: "Gaming Makes the World Go Round" September 2013 Game Day
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s it the start of school and the end of vacations? It is the hypothetical cooler temps (it was pretty warm today?) Whatever the reason we had one of the biggest game days in quite a while. We had at least 20 people and even more games played. Perhaps it was the promise of the major prize.

I had thought about the theme (and the associated prize) for quite a while. For a short time I was going to wait for some more games to fit the theme. Due to scheduling issues the next time I could sponsor a game is January 2014. Rather that wait any longer I bit the bullet and sponsored it this month.

For a game to fit the theme it had to have significant round elements (the gears in Tzolk'in, the price wheel in vikings, a rondel, etc), or have a map of most of a world (so Alien Frontiers would count). Generally I err on the side of inclusion

We have these game days most months (often with a theme), in addition to our weekly game nights. Our full schedule is available here: http://www.meetup.com/boardgames-495/

As always with my game day geeklists, these games are not in exact order played.
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1. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:73]
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This game counts due to the mancala . I bought this game quite a while ago, but it never worked out. I read the rules, and it wouldn't get played (not the right number of players or some other reason) I would re-read the rules and it wouldn't get played, etc.

I offered this up with the caveat that there would be some struggling through the rules. It definitely take some time to get going. By the third quarter we were going pretty well (rules wise if not strategy).
Mike learned that going for completing trajan tiles exclusively is not optimal. (had he been able to get to the shipping action he likely would have won- he had 20 + 15 plus some bonus points)

The consensus seems to be you can use a forum action, pick up a forum extra action tile, and immediately play another forum action.

First play for everyone except Travis who played several months ago.

Josh 100
Travis 91
Brian 88
Mike 78
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2. Board Game: Dungeon Roll [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2191]
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Some adventurer themed die chucking went on. First play for everyone except Curt, who played for the first time “correct and sober”

Kevin 29 (playing the “overpowered” paladin)
Curt 23
Mark 21
Jerry 19
Wade 18
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3. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:623]
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Some dice chucking of a different sort. Shannon was ashamed of her score.

Amy 17
Maggie 15
Nancy 14
Shannon 6
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4. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:347]
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Fits the theme due to the price wheel. Josh's first play.

Travis 82
Josh 77
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5. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:52]
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Curt calls this “The D & D Worker placement set collection game”. First play for Curt and Mike.
I was one cube shy of finished another quest – but still would not have won.

Mike 118
Curt 106
Brian 102
Mark 88
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6. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:2336]
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Kevin's “Royal Favor”. First play for Will, Amber and Jerry.

Kevin 15 (wins most build tiles tiebreaker)
Barb 15
Tim 9
Will 6
Amber 5
Jerry 3
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7. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:467]
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Jason's first play – he kept to his military strategy.

Nate 50
Jason 42
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8. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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This counts, because it has a map of most of the world. But I was unsure how to score a cooperative game.

Nate win
Shannon win
Jason win
Maria win
germs lose
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9. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:347]
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As previously mentioned, this game counts towards the theme. First play for Nancy Lyn and Maggie.

Nancy 56
Amy 53
Nancy Lyn 43
Maggie 40
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10. Board Game: New World: A Carcassonne Game [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1854]
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First play?

Mark 124
Travis 118
Nate 111
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11. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:478]
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Nancy 8 (2 in volcano)
Maggie 8 (4 in volcano)
Nancy Lyn 6 (5 in volcano)
Amy 6 (9 in volcano)
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12. Board Game: Navegador [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:186]
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We played Wade's copy. First play for Wade and Chris.

Mike 72
Brian 68
Curt 59
Chris 52
Wade 50
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13. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:45]
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Not a game day without this. Maggie's first play.

Amber 50
Amy 37
Maggie 30
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14. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:368]
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First play for Scott, Jerry and Krystal.

Scott 1st to flag 2
Barb 2nd to flag 2
Krystal no deaths – flag 2
Jerry 2 deaths – flag 1
Tim – dead – no flag
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15. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:123]
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First play? Steve did take Mandi's move a few times. I don't recall “I will not take my spouses move” in the marriage vows meeple

Steve 62
Mark 59
Travis 58
Mandi 40
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16. Board Game: Goblins, Inc. [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2569]
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This game is played in teams. With 3 players each goes alone in one round. Curt said being alone is an advantage. I was actually was doing ok being teamed up and thought my robot was pretty good, but one awesome shot eliminated a large chunk of it.

First play for me and Chris.

Curt 85
Chris 49
Brian 37
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17. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:45]
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The game day staple gets played again.

Jerry 58 (2 wins / 2 plays)
Steve 53
Mandi 50
Will 49
Nancy 34
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18. Board Game: Power Grid: China/Korea [Average Rating:8.03 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.03 Unranked]
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Nancy's niece is now in S. Korea, which is why she has this map. There was a brownout during the game while folks went to grab vittles. The power plan market was vary bad towards the end.

Will 14 cites (out of 15)
Kevin 13 cites (out of 13) Wins tiebreaker
Nancy 13 cities (out of 14)
Nancy Lyn 12 cites out of 12
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19. Board Game: Drum Roll [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1263]
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Despite the 3 ring circus tie-in, does not fit the theme.

Maggie 66
Amber 63
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20. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:256]
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I made a couple of bad moves.

Steve 78
Nancy 73
Mandi 69
Brian 63
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21. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:478]
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Kevin 12
Jerry 10 (wins tiebreaker)
Barb 10
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22. Board Game: Globe-Trotters [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Based on my arbitrary rating (and standard 4 points for 1st, 3 for 2nd, 2 for 1st and for playing) Josh actually was slightly ahead. But you must be present to win – so Travis wins the major prize – an inflatable globe – congrats Travis!

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