Regular Tuesday Games, 10/15/13
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1. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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Dan 42, Bruce 39, Jim 31

Played with prestige, but not goals.
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2. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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Bruce 75, Dan 45, Jim 34

Played with prestige, but not goals.
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3. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:438]
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Matt J (Umegae the Street Entertainer) 82, Vann (Hirotada the Priest) 81, Jonathan (Yoshiyasu the Functionary) 81, Matt R (Satsuki the Orphan) 77

Vann's first play. We included the New Encounters cards, but they were never drawn from the deck.

Vann stopped at every temple, getting several points using his bonus ability that way and ensuring a majority there. I used my starting wealth to buy up all the souvenirs I could, largely ignoring my special ability in favor of this idea. I barely visited any panoramas. Matt J had a diverse approach for the win.
 
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4. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:450]
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Vann 67, Matt J 49, Bruce 47

Played with Nomads. It was Bruce's first play with this expansion; Matt had tried it once before.

Vann was the start player and parlayed this into getting the most special powers. Matt had the second most.

Kingdom Builder cards:
Citizens
Knights
Lords
 
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5. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
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Matt J (Kraken) 4, Bruce (MekaDragon) dead with 13, Vann (Cyberbunny) dead with 9

Played with Power Up! and the promo cards (thanks, Vann). Matt purchased Unstable DNA, forcing Vann and Bruce to only purchase Discard cards for fear of having their cards stolen. Kraken was the last monster standing.
 
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6. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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Vann 53, Bruce 54, Matt J 58

Matt needed a refresher. It seems this was a very tight game. The other table was quite amused that Matt went the whole game without noticing that the cards had pictures on them. We think he might be a Cylon.
 
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7. Board Game: Grips and Gaffers [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Jonathan 93, Matt R 80, Jim 67, Dan 62

Jim was gracious enough to request a play of this, and I was happy to get further feedback on the modifications made at Protospiel this summer. The game length is settling in at about 20 minutes a player, which feels pretty reasonable for the game's weight. Dan and Matt think that maybe a personal goal for each player would help add a sense of direction for players and remove a bit of the screwage factor.
 
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8. Board Game: Nefarious [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1879]
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Dan 20, Matt R 14, Jonathan 14, Matt J 13, Bruce 12

Twists: Think Tanks, Rigged Investments

It was Matt J's first play, and Bruce taught. We thought it would be a "normal" game at first, looking at the twists, but it turns out Rigged Investments hugely changed the game. Players were swimming in cash once several minions were on the board. Dan used this twist the least, avoiding the shiny object the rest of us were distracted by to go for the win instead.
 
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9. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Jonathan 58, Dan 51, Bruce 44, Matt R 25

With base game, Intrigue, Prosperity, and Hinterlands.

Kingdom cards in play:
Chapel
Council Room
Haggler
Highway
Moneylender
Saboteur
Steward
Trade Route
Trading Post
Woodcutter

The kingdom included a single attack card, the Saboteur, and no defense cards. Shockingly to no one, only Matt picked up an attack. This ended up hurting us somewhat without really helping him. I used a single Moneylender to weed out my deck, plus a number of Highways for non-terminal actions that helped me draw my deck and pay for more cards. The hole in this strategy was a lot of leftover cash, since I never got +Buy, but I ended up with 5 Colonies regardless.
 
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