Games Got HIT @ Taipan Weekly Boardgame Meet Up - 25.10.2013 (Games Day #95)
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1. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:70]
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● Ivan - 44
● Ken - 38
● Damien - 36


We started the night with a game of Troyes. This is one of my all time fav, and so does Ken (it's no surprise that everyone like this game). This is my 16th game (based on my recorded plays), and I am still not burn out, and that shows how good the game is. Just so you know, I suck at it too.

Although I fought a lot of the events (and even managed to get the maximum end game bonus VP from my family card), I still can't match the amount of VPs that Ivan and Wolfx got from the "1VP; the Sculptor" card. It cost you 15 bucks to place a tradesman there to activate it, and that was too much for a player like me who always low on money.



 
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2. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:168]
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Damien - 156
Ivan - 140 (new to the game)
Ken - 138 (new to the game)


Thanks to Ivan for bringing this game. This is Stefan Feld's 3rd game of the year and also one of my most anticipated game of the year.

The way I see it, this felt like Burgundy 2.0. Reason being, if you know how much 'point salad' is in Burgundy, then you get double the dose in Bora Bora. I don't know if that's a bad thing, but I think it can be overwhelmed to some as there are just too many ways for you to get VP.

In Bora Bora, each player has 3 dice and takes turn playing one die one your turn, unlike Burgundy where you have 2 dice and need to use both on a single turn. I'll leave it to you to judge whether this one is prone to AP or not.

Half of your personal board also functions as game reference and it displays everything very well. The board is pretty and the pieces are just outstanding in terms of how they look and the quality. Speaking of quality, this is one of Alea's best produced game to date. The cardboard tokens (there's a lot of them!) are thick and easily punched from their frame.

Me and Ken both denied one another on of the the end game task requirement and so we only managed to fulfill 8 out of 9 tasks. Ivan on the other hand completed all 9 of his tasks and so he received a bonus of 6VPs for that. Ivan and Ken bagged plenty of points from the fishes (more than 12 VPs) in the villages, while I only got about 5 points. I managed to ran away from the pack when I scored 30VPs worth of jewelries at the end of game.

After playing many Feld games, I felt weird when Feld didn't choose to penalize a player when he/she can't fulfill one of their mandatory task at the end of a round (you simply discard it and get 0VP). Oh, I think it's worth mentioning that there's no penalty in this game. So is that a good or a bad thing?



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3. Board Game: Yedo [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:511]
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OK, so I can understand why people call this Lords of Waterdeep on steroids after all. Like LoW, Yedo is a worker placement game that requires players to fulfil missions of different difficulties, and there are also cards which can be played to affect other players. But there are a few more mechanisms, like the once around auction before the worker placement phase, as well as the event deck.

While the rules are not difficult to learn, this was a long game (about 3hrs not counting rules explanation). I was about to complete the mission 'Kill the Shogun' in the 6-7th round, which would have immediately ended the game and given me enough VP to win, but Joe bought the last annex I needed to complete the mission. In fact, I should have focused a bit more on buying annexes as I missed out on 2 of them.

The biggest swing was in the last round, when the event Typhoon was revealed. It would have made the Harbor inaccessible, and I needed that place to complete my mission, so I cancelled the typhoon using an action card (this is thematically strange) and revealed an event card which was Chastity Week. Much to the horror of Meng, the event made the Red Light district inaccessible, and he needed that district to complete two missions which would have given him a total of 20VP. Needless to say, Meng was badly screwed that round and lost by quite a big margin. I won the game narrowly as Joe caught up with a secret endgame scoring objective which game him VP for money collected. Sonia was not too far behind (about 2-3 VP away from Joe), although she might have won if I remembered to implement a certain rule regarding the watch patrol.

To summarise, Yedo is interesting and thematic (I particularly liked the mission to kill the priest to prevent Christianity from spreading). But it's long, and the events and action cards can be quite random. I feel sorry for Meng since he was playing well only to be shafted by bad luck in the final round. (There is, however, an action to look at the top 3 cards of the Event deck in order to anticipate what is coming.)

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