Fall 2013 Gaming Hoopla Games of note
Brian McCarty
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I attended Gaming Hoopla (http://www.gaminghoopla.com/index.php?) for the second time (the first being Spring 2013) September 27-29 2013.

I only pre-registered for 2 games (plus 1 I ran), but managed to almost completely filled my schedule. Thanks mostly to the unofficial list (http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/162175/fall-2013-gaming-ho...)

The following of games I played (most of them) or were otherwise notable.

In the games I played, with a few exceptions, I did either very well or very poorly. This may or may not effect my impression of the game.

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1. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:197]
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The first play for everyone but the GM I believe.
Despite my poor performance I did like the game. Though I do understand the complaints about the luck factor (if you never get the right color card to discard a threat or build a canal it can hurt)

It is possible I had great cards, but I don't think I did. I definitely played the last round wrong. One card I may have played gave two coins. Well I found out later that it gives 2 VALUE 3 coins (the coins are subtly colored). Wouldn't have won with it. I actualy was doing ok until we scored canals (which I pretty much ignored) and popularity

My first last place finish...
Thanks Chris for teaching!

VeRONIca 47
Chris 43
Erin 41
Brian 36


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2. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:92]
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I had 6-8 open, and was wandering around when my friend Curt asked my if I wanted to play anything. Several games were mentioned before Roni suggested Suburbia which we all agreed to. It was later that Curt remembered he actually signed up to play at 8AM Saturday.

I was actually in the lead for a while. I kept getting direct VP tiles which brought my income and reputation down. Roni had PR firm which allows you to ignore the reputation hit for crossing red lines, That and 2 waterfront realties (and a public goal of most lakes) sealed the win.

One of my second places. Curt's first play.

Roni 124
Brian 107
Erin 83
Curt 49
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3. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:89]
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I helped set this up when Chris' Power Grid game went long.
I think this was Randy's first play.
We played the Ireland side - I got my beer engine working (wheat -> malt and straw, malt + wheat -> beer)

My first win

Dwelling + building + goods = total
Brian 117 + 73 + 14 = 204
Randy 89 + 81 + 15 = 185
Chris 93 + 83 + 6 = 182
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4. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:37]
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There were 6 people (including me) interested in playing this game. I had 4 cancellations (because it was at 8AM?), but then Yves (who won the game when I ran it at the last Hoopla) un-cancelled.

I had a very nice last move - pay corn to go anywhere (twice - bump up 2 temple tracks), then build a building with corn (which gave me 3 VP and two temple bumps)

My second win of Hoopla. Denise's first play.

Brian 64
Yves 60
Denise 47
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5. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:71]
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This was an unofficial game I ran. My third play (my second being the Thursday before Hoopla).
Gary and Karen's first play. David had played before. David rocked the senate track. Karen got lots of 9VP Trajan tiles. I obviously did not have a coherent strategy.

My second last place showing
David 144
Karen 124
Gary 118
Brian 97
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6. Board Game: Dwarven Miner [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:4794]
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My friend Nancy's friend Julie Kickstarted this, got two copies, and gave one to Nancy. We played for the first time (even "got" to sticker the dice)

Rolling lots of Orcs and getting stuff stolen (I eventually got a second vault) was obviously not the optimal strategy...

My 3rd last place

Nancy 32
Julie 21
Brain 17
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7. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:446]
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Julie and Nancy were waiting for other folks to finish games so they could all go for sushi.

Nancy and I taught this game to Julie.

My 4th last place...

Nancy 12 (wins tiebreaker)
Julie 12
Brian 10
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8. Board Game: First Train to Nuremberg [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:1353]
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Steve ran this game but Travis and I had played before.
I could never get my income positive, but did get VP.
Travis had great income until the last round.

My first game when I tied with Steve where he won the tiebreaker (Travis also played)

Steve 21 (0 income)
Brian 21 (-5 income)
Travis 7
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9. Board Game: Lancaster [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:250]
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Ken ran two sessions of this - one 4 player and one 3 player. He was in my game because the other game had someone who had played before.

I was doing OK until the final round. I had a lot of nobles (21VP) but so did Matt. Matt and Ken were fighting for most knights.
On the final round I voted for the coins for VP law. I should have prevented it (I had lots of votes). I had ~6 coins but Matt had ~16 and Ken had ~10.

Despite my showing, of all the games I played this would be highest on my wish list (but see below)

My 5th last place...

Matt 89
Ken 77
Brian 65
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10. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:278]
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Not many gamers at 8AM Sunday. Just Chris and I.

Getting the "keep 2 Sphinx" card probably was the winning move. It was VERY close

My 3rd win of Hoopla

Brian 161
Chris 157
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11. Board Game: Francis Drake [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:331]
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When I signed up for this online it was just the GM and I. When I checked Saturday there was one other. By start time there was a full 5 players.

I want to point out that not only did I win, but I have played this game before Ryan Metzler. (The game is not generally available yet)

This is also high on my wish list (though too expensive for Secret Santa)

My fourth win. Thanks Alan for bring it and teaching!
A close game:

Brian 92
Alan 88
Timothy 82
Andrea 81
Jon 79
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12. Board Game: The Speicherstadt [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:589]
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Another game with Steve and Travis. I was thinking of leaving but this game is not long.

In the penultimate round if I could have won ANY of the ships I would have fulfilled a 11 VP contract. But I only had 1 coin.

10 VP for contracts, 9 for counting houses, the rest from fighting fires (Fire Bad!)

My second game I tie with Steve, with him winning the tiebreaker.

Steve 30 (wins coin tiebreaker)
Brian 30
Travis 22
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13. Board Game: Le Havre: The Inland Port [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:805]
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I bid on this in the auction, but somebody paid the buy it now price.

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14. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:523]
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I bid the minimum $9, but somebody upped it to $12.
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15. Board Game: Gonzaga [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2305]
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Karen and Gary were busy in my Trajan game when this started, but it did give my friend Nancy a chance to play (she liked it)
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