GCL Beehive #19 - Thank You!
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1. Board Game: The Thanksgiving Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
 
Christian Monterroso
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Today, the second Monday of October, marks Canadian Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving celebrates the harvest and other blessings for the year.

Question: Name something BOARD GAME SPECIFIC that you are Thankful for.
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2. Board Game: The Harvest [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
Christian Monterroso
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Fall in North America is a time of harvest.

Question: Do you have a favourite game that deals with Fall, Harvest, Thanksgiving or Farming.
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3. Board Game: Family Tree [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Christian Monterroso
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During the Thankgiving holiday, we travel to meet with family.
It is a wonderful weekend filled with food, festivities and family.

Question: What games to you play when you get together with large groups of non-gamers?
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4. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:241]
Christian Monterroso
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Our fall activities calendar is in full effect
TUE - Swimming (Danica & Kyler) / Soccer (Christian)
WED - Soccer (Danica) / Volleyball (Yvonne)
THU - Soccer (Kyler)
SAT - Soccer (Kyler) / Volleyball (Yvonne)
SUN - Soccer (Danica)

Throw in some homework, and our game time has been reduced drastically.
However, no Thanksgiving weekend visit with my in-laws is complete without a game of Catan

We are playing games with short playing times:

4 x Love Letter
2 x The World Cup Card Game 2010
2 x Hey, That's My Fish!
1 x Balloon Cup
1 x Coloretto
1 x Can't Stop
1 x To Court the King
1 x Two by Two
1 x Catan
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5. Board Game: Rise of Augustus [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:843]
Fernando Robert Yu
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As mentioned above, my clan had a nice get together over last weekend, and I had an excellent gaming week overall! More details can be seen here: Item for Geeklist "What Did You Play This Weekend? 10/14/2013" .

Rise of Augustus x 3 - my nephew Ethan really liked it!
Walk the Plank! x 3 - defensive play drags this game out too long. I think I will make houserules to remove some of the cards once the player/meeple count is down!
Guildhall x 2 - the guys in my group REALLY like this game. The plays become semi-serious affairs!
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small x 1
Airlines Europe x 1
Forbidden Island x 1
Hansa Teutonica x 1
The Resistance: Avalon x 1
Village x 1 - first play using the Village: Inn expansion, which is a solid addition to the game!

And of course the game of bo bing. It's not really a game, as it's more like a raffle or a lottery. But everyone enjoyed winning some prizes!
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6. Board Game: Mermaid Rain [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:4980]
Daniel Hadlock
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Roy
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I won Mermaid Rain game in a friends Auction...almost got it to the table Sunday night, but my wife was ready for the kids to be in bed, one look at her and I didn't push the issue.

So the only games I got to play this week were:
Love Letter x 1
Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island x 1

My Chicken Cha Cha Cha is supposed to come in today...so look for it in next weeks report.

More games might have gotten played over the weekend but I went and played Paintball for the first time in 13 years and still can't hardly move.
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7. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:152] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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A quiet week of gaming, but then gaming on Friday afternoon with a friend, Friday evening for our usual evening session, and then lots of Magic over the weekend with my husband, and two games sessions with the boys - while my daughter was at a hockey match on the Saturday, and doing her homework on the Sunday. Then when I left for ice hockey on the Sunday, the kids wanted to carry on playing games, so played a couple of games by themselves! My son also saw us playing Factory Fun yesterday and then this morning spent the time before school playing with the bits and making up his own factories!

With other adults:

19 x Magic the Gathering

1 x 7 Wonders, Ascension, Domaine, Factory Fun, Hacienda, London, Outpost, Peloponnes, Pictureka, Race for the Galaxy, Santiago, Taboo, Through the Ages

With my children: s for games new to them

1x:
Flash Point Fire Rescue (my husband and I went to play, and my daughter came too and joined in for the first time)
Heroica Fortaan
Donkey (Old Maid - lots of giggling by my 3 year old)
Pictionary Junior (my 3 year old's attempts are getting better - his horse actually had four legs, a tail and a body!)
Snakes and Ladders (actually more like three half-games, as my 3 year old was ill and hadn't a great attention span)
Kai Piranja (seemed a real hit - this was the game they wanted to play again after I left on Sunday, to show my daughter how to play, as she'd just finished her homework)
Ubongo
UNO
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8. Board Game: Variomino [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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Goettingen
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Played lots of little games. Took out Variomino after a long break again, and really enjoyed the Ludoku variant. The only new game was Deserted Animals, which was good fun for sure.

10 x Love Letter
3 x Variomino
2 x 90 Grad
2 x Duck, Duck, Bruce
2 x Fluxx
2 x Playmobil Soccer Match
2 x Schiebung
1 x Central Market
1 x Deserted Animals
1 x For Sale
1 x Go Away Monster!
1 x Memory
1 x Sleeping Queens
1 x Tichu

I have also been quite busy preparing my trip to Essen. I should return with 10 to 20 new games (and unload about as many others!). Lots of gaming work ahead...
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9. Board Game: The Little Orchard [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:4313]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
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Lot's of games with the kid as you can see! Me and Hildur played 3 games of Las Vegas with the 19 yo and her boyfriend. The rest was mostly 2p with the kid, trying Cluedo: Juniordetektiv out for the first time. It was fun, mostly because of the magnifying glass that's included which decodes the clues for you.


The Little Orchard 4
Las Vegas 3
Go Away Monster! 2
Gulo Gulo 2
Cluedo: Juniordetektiv 1
Cuckoo Zoo (Cocotaki) 1
Karottenklau 1
Memory 1
Rory's Story Cubes 1
Rory's Story Cubes: Actions 1
Rory's Story Cubes: Voyages 1
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10. Board Game: Times Square [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2777]
Scott Saccenti
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Colora
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Every once in a while, a new-to-us title takes over a week of gaming at the Saccenti home. Occasionally it is an obscure game like this week's: Times Square. Great fun.


10x -6- Times Square
6x -8- Android: Netrunner
4x -8- Love Letter
2x -6- Formula D
2x |9| Race for the Galaxy
2x -7- Thurn and Taxis
1x |9| 7 Wonders
1x -7- Augustus
1x -7- Bruges
1x -7- Chicken Cha Cha Cha
1x -6- Kahuna
1x -5- Ora et Labora
1x -8- Ticket to Ride
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11. Board Game: Guess Who? [Average Rating:4.78 Overall Rank:16994]
Todd
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Slow week in the Walden household.

Guess Who? x 3
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game x 2
Snail's Pace Race x 2
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12. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:652]
Chris Halaska
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Eugene
Oregon
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Another light week. The kids reprised their chicken games from last week: Chuck-It Chicken! & Chicken Cha Cha Cha.

My son and I played a few games new to the house last week:
- Number Rings (a dice-y math game from 1976)
- Rolit (Reversi/Othello for four, I guess)
- O Zoo le Mio (tile-laying zoo building)

The bright spot was the latest installment of the family game day I’m trying to get off the ground. Like last time, HABA games were the most popular: Meine ersten Spiele: Kleine Baumeister, Ahoy Treasures! (my favorite of the week), Käpt'n Kuck, Monza, and Animal Upon Animal. The one non-HABA game we played was the group’s favorite: Diamant. That was my first time playing it, and that’s a fun game!

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