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1. Board Game: Uchronia [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2068]
Anthony Baldassar
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5 players Bill, Mark, Brian, Michael and Tony.

Michael pulled off a great move and pushing the point totals to end the game.
Michael 15 points
Tony 14 points
Mark 10 points
Bill 9 points
Brian 7 points (He claims he screwed up the first round to the point that there was no recovery).
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2. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:85]
Anthony Baldassar
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7 players including extras
Brian played a great game by failing the very first round making Mark and Brian suspect.
The second round was passed with no spys in the mix.
The third round failed with Michael, Steve S. and Roland (Roland was the spy)
The fourth round I was the selector and I picked Bill (everyone felt they could trust him), I picked myself and Roland only due to his insistant failing of the mission selection stating we needed more information, I felt it was a good bluff knowing he was a spy I could argue the point he never wanted the missions to proceed and the spys wouldn't be two to one.
Once the selection passed I knew it was a slam dunk we had two spys myself and Roland and we failed the fourth mission the needed two bad votes to fail.
The spys win
Brian, Tony and Roland
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3. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:269] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Anthony Baldassar
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5 players Bill, Michael, Brian, Steve S. and Tony.

The bad guy seemed at first to be well matched so I opted not to use the advanced rules (I have not yet used any advanced rules)
We had a couple of powerful heroes and a lot of hero support, Michael was able to boost Brian and Myself almost every round, Bill was able to get some good gear out and was able to redirect damage, Brian and Myself continued to pump ourselves up and pound away at the bad guy and..... well.......Steve S. turned into mist.
We had the western environment deck in play that did more damage to us than the bad guy.
If the bad guy was more into damaging us rather than the relics we would have been toast, Michael was down to one life point, I was at 5 life points and everyone else was slowly fading away.
I was able to do one fantastic blow to some explosives from the environment that took out the last relic card and with a final push the villain was put down, broken and beat awaiting trial in Rook City pen.
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4. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:61] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
Anthony Baldassar
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Steve C. Light side vs. Tony Dark side
60 point game two ships vs. 3 ships
Steve killed me really badly
the light side won
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5. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:50]
Anthony Baldassar
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3 player game - just the base.
very tight game I actually thought I was going to be able to pull off the win with my lord as I had 6vp per controlled building and I controlled 5 for 30 end game points I was also able to complete two big 25vp missions
I think my score was 152, although Brian was able to squeak out the win by about 3 points, I think he was at 155
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6. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:213]
Anthony Baldassar
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Two player game Brian and Tony
I think this version works a little better as a two player game fun tight Brian pulled off the win
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7. Board Game: Dungeon Heroes [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:4514]
Anthony Baldassar
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Nice game as a one player game the rule keep everything moving, someone discribed this game as an abstract game with a pasted on theam and it works really well looking forward in playing this as a two player the game beat me really bad I'll have to give it another try. There were a couple of questionable moves, monsters move from most damage to least and only one can occupy a space. If a monster can attack without moving that's his action and thet always take the shortest path. There were several monsters that could have moved but it would have broke the rule of only one monster per space or not take the shortest route. I thought best if they didn't move. Really didn't matter I didn't stand a chance
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8. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
Steve Cates
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We played a couple games of No Thanks! at McDonald's night.

Mark won the first and I won the second. Pure fun with numbers!
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9. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
Steve Cates
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We played this spiel des jarhes winner also at McDonald's.

We were able to score 23 out of 25 points with only minor cheating
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10. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:102]
Stephen Stewart
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Played online in a Facebook Tournament...

Close Russian win, although the final board didn't look like it.
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11. Board Game: Yedo [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:451]
Steve Cates
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Jake, Michael, and I played this one. It's a worker placement with ninjas. I was about to win but they consecutively took a spot I needed so I couldn't place my worker. Then next turn I had no protection from the guard. Finally, I had an action card to protect me and I finished the "Kill the Shogun" quest to score 14 points and bring up the end of the game. After the final score Michael edged me out by 4 points.
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12. Board Game: Uchronia [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2068]
Anthony Baldassar
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Four players Bill, Mark, Andrew and Tony - Mark liked the game enough to pick up a copy.
I was able to get three building actions and two pull resources from the form to the stock up in my actions area.
It made for a nice combo.
I had two monopolies and the second to the last round Andrew was able to steal one right from under my nose.
I was able to close out the game with 19 points only needing 16 to trigger the end Mark was the last player and finished his turn unable to change history.

Tony 19
Andrew 14 or there abouts
Bill and Mark
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13. Board Game: To Court the King [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1404]
Anthony Baldassar
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Four players again, this time Mark, Bill, Tony and CB.
I as normal love taking dice and every action/roll my target is rolling more.
I had a chance to triger the end but decided to take the card that adds two to the pips of the active dice.
the very next player CB rolled 7 of a kind to gain the King and Queen.
The roll off started with Mark that ended with 7 6's I was up next and rolled a fantastic 10 6's leaving one die as a 2.
Bill was out he didn't have enough dice to meet or beet me. CB had 10 dice and needed all of the as the King and Queen break the ties.
It came down to the last two rolls for CB he had 8 of the 10 dice as 6's he rolled and used his card to make one a 6 and he rolled a second time leaving him in second place.

Tony 10 6's
CB 9 6's
Mark 7 6's
Bill didn't roll he didn't have enough dice to win
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14. Board Game: Wizard [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:673]
Anthony Baldassar
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A game of wits, if you've played spades as a kid this is simular with some tweeks.
CB 1st
Bill 2nd
Tony 3rd
Raphael 4th
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15. Board Game: Nothing Personal [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:764]
Anthony Baldassar
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As I want to just comment on the game and game play there's some obvious things I want to discuss about the game.
Considering it's one of Tom's creations I decided to see if he had a review of his own game. No, what he did have was, what I thought, a very well put together walk through. The walk through is broken into three videos. The first one had a comment about why they felt he put the videos together and that was that due to the instruction manual. How poorly it was put together a mess to sum it up.
I guess it’s a good thing I haven’t read the manual yet.
The next thing I noticed was in his video he speaks of a miss print on the playing board itself and I think he’s even put together a Q and A that says there are two errors on the board.
None the less I printed my own sticker to fix the error, easy enough.
A few questions came up during game play and we decided to use common sense. I checked the Q and A and most of the answers lead to believe common sense is the best way to handle the questions.
The game plays over five rounds and multiple phases in each round.
The first phase I would say is trying to position yourself to have control of the gangsters that’ll help to gain you the most money, fame and power. Hmmm power you say, yes after each person has gained the money and fame each gangster under control can try to make a move, use the power the slot provides or the power on the gangster itself, you can always pass.
You play cards to make influence on different gangsters and one thing we never did and I think Bill would have crushed us even more if he after the first round of playing cards put in an ante.
I think we all forgot about that.
After all of the influence has been played and everyone has passed then comes the rewards and actions.
One other thing we didn’t do correctly or just missed when there’s a tie the Don (Capo) gets to select who breaks the tie – the thing we didn’t do is every time the gangster has a decision for the tie the Don decides who win the tie, example money and fame one person is picked to break the tie and receives the rewards and then the action of the gangster happens and the Don gets to decide who wins that tie and then someone decides to Whack the same gangster and the Don decides who’s in control for possible loss of fame.
WOW, it’s really not a hard game to learn
After all the gangsters are finished most of the other rounds are what I call clean up rounds – get cards, buy cards, put gangsters in jail based on the amount of influence on them (Auto function the feds do this when the marker gets to them) and moving gangsters into position – Apparently the Don also decides this when there’s two gangsters trying to move up, I guess we did that wrong also but we used common sense.
And then everything starts all over again, there’s some other details such as rerolls pay ten, you want extra influence cards pay ten, whacking cost ten unless you want to whack the Don then it’s twenty but why whack the Don just slam influences on him and let the feds take him away.
Just for good measure those cards you paid 10 for are only worth 8 if you dump them later, oh and the influence cards, some of them also have multiple functions also along with just discarding to add one influence to any gangster.
Now that you’re confused you’ll have to play a game with me, if you dare.
The three player game was Bill, Brian and Myself Tony. Brian started off like a firecracker and put a target on his head the whole game, I did some nasty stuff to him and he reciprocated Bill sat back and watched most of the game and both Brian and I allowed Bill to get way too far ahead and cut us off from any kind of chance for victory.
Brian made a last ditch run at being in competition and fell short of second.
Bill with about 87
Tony around 76
Brian somewhere in the 71 range.
I like this game only because the game should be named hose everyone over, the better you can do that without drawing attention the better you’ll do.
Just watch out for the whacking or you might be sleeping with the fishies
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