La Crosse Board Game Group - October 2013 Game Day: Feed your People, Stay Alive
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As usual for our game days we had a theme: “Feed your people, stay alive”. Any game with food counted towards winning the grand prize, with a bonus for games where you have to feed.

I initially was not going to be there in the morning due to participation in the Kicakpoo Dam Challenge Triathlon (http://kvr.state.wi.us/category.asp?linkcatid=2197&linkid=94...). Due the possibility of heavy rain / severe weather Friday / Saturday the race was cancelled (it turns out it wasn't that bad – though there was some flooding / mudslides / other badness to the west.) I was disappointed in missing it, but it also gave me more time to game 8)

We had nice attendance – we welcome Gia's friend Gene to his first game day. We also welcome back Bill who did not bring eclairs (but that was OK because he brought apple crisps WITH ice cream).

Thanks everyone who brought some sort of food (it was thematically appropriate).

Food or not, you are welcome to our events. We meet most weeks and have a game day most months. Our full schedule is available here: http://www.meetup.com/boardgames-495/

As always with game day listings, games may not be in exact order.
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First play of this game which simulates the 1860 election. Similar mechanics to 1960 except 100 years earlier, and there were 4 major parties.

On my last move I had not used my personal appearance which doubles the number of cubes you can put in a region or to cancel an event. I unwisely used it to double. After that Mike play a DEVASTATING event which cost me ~27 electoral votes.

If no one gets 152 electoral votes, the election goes to the House and we count states among the top 3 candidates

Mike 115 votes (16 states) (Constitutional Unionists)
Amy 91 votes (7 states) (Northern Democrats)
Travis 52 votes (4 states) (Republicans)
Brian 49 votes (Southern Democrats)
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Bill and Wade at least started a game of this - but I do not know if the finished. In any case, no score was recorded.
There is coffee, tea & saffron in the game.
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Six people sat down to this push your luck dungeon exploration game. Kevin pushed his luck too far.

Jerry 25
Wade 23
Barb 21
Mark 18
Bill 16
Kevin 14
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Fits the theme – you feed your villagers. Gia realized too late that she had replenished the card display from her own personal collection at least twice (whoops!)

Bill 204
Gene 175
Gia 182
Barb 154
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After some hemming and hawing we finally picked this game. We then find out that it was un-punched (Kevin – owning an un-punched game? I am not surprised).

Kevin had played before (many years ago) so I explained the game to everyone.
I made one major mistake. On one month I should have taken the 3 yuan, so I could use the farming action next month. But Nancy took the action so I had to loose 3 people due to famine.

So this game counts since you feed your people (at least in two months)

I had the lead near the end, but Chris had a lot more people plus points for monk(s).

Chris 93
Brian 89
Kevin 78
Jack 68
Nancy 66
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Greg, Gwen and Gabe play Diamond's Club again (it is a good game – but we do have others!). Josh joined them.

Buildings + Forests + Animals + Bonus Tiles + Bonuses = Total
Greg 28 + 24 + 10 + 8 + 3 = 73
Gwen 32 + 12 + 11 + 11 0 = 66
Josh 16 + 24 + 10 + 3 + 4 = 57
Gabe 12 + 6 + 10 + 0 + 4 = 32
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This expansion, among other things, adds a possibility for 1 5th player. First play of village for Wade (I think) and Jerry. There is grain in the game

Mike 65
Travis 54 (wins customers demand(?) Tiebreaker)
Mark 54
Wade 51
Jerry 26
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A game day tradition. First play for Gene.

Almost forgot -- Jerry is 3/3 congrats!



Jerry 46
Chris 44
Barb 42
Gene 40
Kevin 36
Gia 35
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You do need to feed your cities.

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Gene 22
Gia 17
Bill 14
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Nancy was nice enough to play this game, even though she hates Dominion and deck-builders in general.
You do use food to recruit people, but no actual feeding.

Barb 39
Kevin 34
Nancy 26
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The game Mandi and Steve thought of when picking the theme. Mark and Mike quickly joined in. I was hesitant to be the fifth, as Mark and Mandi have a LOT more plays than I do and usually score well. They finally twisted my arm.

I went into the game happy to get fourth.

My score at the end wasn't that good. It was just that others were worse. I had some good cards (get an extra sheep, get two extra grain, keep one of each animal after cooking it) but my power move was placing on Mark's “go before the start player” card on the final round. Renovation + fences got me ~6 points, but more importantly denied others (Mandi had a LOT of wood all ready to fence)

A very satisfying win.

Brian 28
Steve 19
Mandi 18
Mark 15 (begging card!)
Mike 12
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I got to chose the next game. This gave plays 5 and has food. First play for Steve.

Brian 107
Mark 97
Mike 77 (wins resource tiebreaker)
Steve 77
Mandi 72
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Nancy received this game last week at Gaming Hoopla. First play for Barb and Kevin. Kevin was liking this game until all his stuff got stolen.

Barb 30+
Nancy 28
Kevin 15
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Jack and Jerry were finishing this game while we were cleaning up.

Jerry win
Jack lose
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After tallying the scores the winner won by 2 points. Barb came in second. And the winner was:

Me!

I won 6 venison steaks. (I plan to grill one tonight)

Thanks Mandi & Steve for sponsoring the day, and for the prize!
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