Iowa City Game Day - Sept. 14, 2013
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Yesterday was a beautiful day weather wise and a great day to gather with friends for gaming. The turnout comprised Roni, Joel, DJ, Rob, Michael C, Jim, Jenn, Steve, Kate, Jeff, Erin, Eric E, and Dave. Thanks to everyone for bringing snacks and liquid refreshments.

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1. Board Game: Extrablatt [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:3643]
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DJ 600 (winner), Joel 550, Roni 410, Rob 350

The gang started their day with an older (1991) German title whose play consists of laying out a newspaper's headlines and articles in the best way possible.
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2. Board Game: King of Tokyo: Power Up! [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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Chris (winner), Jim, Jenn, Michael

While waiting for more people to arrive, we got in a quick game of King of Tokyo with the Power Up expansion, which was a first for me. This play was very balanced. Once monsters started being killed off, they all went quickly. I won by barely being the sole survivor with only two remaining health. I enjoyed the expansion and plan on playing with it frequently from now on.
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3. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:107]
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Jim (winner), Jenn

In anticipation of their upcoming epic game, Jim taught Jenn how to play Command & Colors: Ancients.
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4. Board Game: Tammany Hall [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:641]
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Steve 23 (winner), Chris 21, Jeff 20, Michael 18

We finally got in our game of Tammany Hall, and it was a good but long one. Jeff shot ahead initially and was the first mayor. I had the dubious honor of holding the office next. I believe that Steve was the last mayor, and he won the final election and the game. I enjoyed the ebb and flow of the game, but wished that it had moved faster. We played with the slander rules interpretation in which you do not have to have your own boss in the adjacent ward where your slander spreads to remove a second rival boss for the cost of the additional two influence tokens. The designer apparently intended that the slandering player have a boss in both wards as shown in the rules illustration, but this requirement was omitted.
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5. Board Game: Rialto [Average Rating:6.26 Unranked]
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DJ (winner), Roni, Erin, Rob

The new 2013 Rialto was played, but I had to use the older one for this list due to a problem with image in BGG. Roni brought the game and managed to sell it to DJ this weekend as he played and won it. I am anxious to hear what everyone thought of the game as it interests me.
 
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6. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:187]
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DJ (winner), Steve/Kate, Dave, Jim

Samurai was played, and I believe that it was a tight game.
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7. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:696]
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Dave (winner), DJ, Steve/Kate, Jim, Jenn

The gang played China, which was new to at least some of the players. Dave said that he had first timer's luck and won. The players said that emissary scoring did not count for much in this play and that Dave's win might have been secured by a road.
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8. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:348]
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Jeff 57 (winner), Eric 56, Rob 50, Chris 47

We taught Vikings to Rob, which he quickly picked up. The game was an unusual one in regards to the available tile selections in some turns. We had one turn with no ship tiles and another with only a single starting island. The game seemed to go almost equally as bad for all players and the finish was a tight one with Jeff edging out Eric by a single VP.
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9. Board Game: Die Dolmengötter [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:3417]
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Roni (winner), DJ, Erin, Dave
Dave (winner), DJ, Roni, Erin

DJ taught this German title, which has never been published in English, to the other players (Roni had played it a few months ago). They obviously enjoyed the game since they played it twice.
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10. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:318]
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DJ (winner), Erin, Roni

Biblios, a good, fun, quick game, was played with DJ winning.
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11. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:13]
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Erin (winner*), Roni

Erin and Roni played a quick game of Castles of Burgundy, which is a reliably enjoyable game. Erin won, although with an asterisk (there has to be a good story behind it).
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12. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:351]
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Jim (winner), Jenn?, ...

Jim played Ginkgopolis with someone (Jenn?) and won.
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13. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:536]
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Chris 121 (winner), Steve/Kate 119, Eric 99, Jim 92, Jenn 88

This time we played using the printed version of the rules in which a UP share can be drawn as your first share. The common consensus was that the version endorsed by the designer Alan Moon, in which the only way to acquire an UP is to trade a share for it, is much better. This is also the rule adopted by the Train Gamers Assoc. for their Puffing Billy Tournaments. Nevertheless, we had a very enjoyable and tight game. Thanks for bringing it again Steve.
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14. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:136]
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Joel 63 (winner), Erin 59, Eric 57, Chris 47, Roni 43

I was extremely pleased that we ended the night with Princes of Florence. I acquired the game recently, but had never played it. The game was fun and made me appreciate my purchase. I cannot believe that Joel and Erin dissed my fresh-off-the-printer money screens though. However, seeing as how they came in first and second, maybe they had the right idea. ;-)
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15. Board Game: Null & Nichtig [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:5427]
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Erin and Roni were kind enough to let me try out this goofy little trick-taker with them. Erin picked up on it quickly and was able to pull out the win.

 
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16. Board Game: Kakerlakenpoker Royal [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1456]
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Chris, this is a frog.
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