GCL Beehive #21: Listomania!
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1. Board Game: Joust: Heroes of the Lists [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked]
John Fowler
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In preparation for doing this set of GCL questions, I wanted to be sure that I didn’t repeat a previous question. (I haven’t been keeping up with the GCL as much as I’d like…) So, I went back over our illustrious 21-week history, and made a list of all of the questions asked so far. Many good questions, some ones that I never got around to answering and would like to, and a few that could inspire additional questions down the line.

But, it got me thinking, actually making the list was interesting in itself. Lists can be great! So, this is the GCL Beehive list for lists…

Question: What (non-game) lists do you encounter in your family life, or your personal history, that have some importance or memorable place?
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2. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:246]
 
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BGG is full of lists – so many Top 10’s, Top 100’s, etc. documented. Perhaps it’s peculiarity that is heightened in gamers – making carefully considered lists. But, I think it’s remarkable that the site has the Geeklist as such a central feature - in effect, programmed into BGG’s very DNA. I’m not aware of any other website that has this central feature – and BGGers have exploited it in so many entertaining and/or informative ways.

Name one of your favourite BGG Geeklists – single or recurring.
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3. Board Game: Game of Lists [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Now to your own gaming, family or otherwise. Is there a list that figures prominently into your gaming?
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4. RPG: Teenagers from Outer Space (1st, 2nd & 3rd Editions) [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:361]
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Bonus, non-Listomania topic – brought on by my son’s 13th birthday and growing interest in the internet and the web. He is very interested in games (see the next list entry below) – but I have never told him directly about BGG. But, I know I should – he’d be very interested.

Question: Do any Beehivers have experience telling their kids about BGG (or other internet game-related sites) – do they have accounts? Spend inordinate amounts of time reading Geeklists?
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5. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:700] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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As mentioned above – son’s 13th birthday last Wed, and he asked his family for games (mostly). He received Star Munchkin, Ascension, Smash Up and Legends of Andor – and he’s played (either with friends or family):

1x Ascension: Deckbuilding Game
2x Star Munchkin
4x Smash Up (this one seems to be the one he’s most enthusiastic about)
plus other family plays
2x Love Letter
1x Jaipur

(I’m most interested to give Legends of Andor a try; luckily, he’s got it set up already!)
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6. Board Game: Somethin' Fishy [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:13076]
Sharon Khan
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My children were on half-term break last week and this week, so gaming has mostly been with them, between trips out and about (swimming, ice skating, shopping), although I also had my usual Friday evening session and some gaming at the weekend with my husband. Also, last weekend's gaming session ran into Monday, with me spending Monday morning playing two player games. Core Worlds arrived in the middle of the session, so we've played it a few times this week - although I can't wait until the expansion arrives - I much prefer it with the expansion!

Gaming with other adults:

3 x Core Worlds
2 x Dominion (one with Intrigue, one with Prosperity)
2 x Boku
2 x Glory to Rome

1 x Around the World in 80 days, Expedition, Filthy Rich, Flash Point Fire Rescue, Jet Set, Leonardo da Vinci, Midnight Party, Puerto Rico, Race for the Galaxy, Schotten-Totten (lost horribly again - and I wasn't even playing my husband), Shipyard, Telepathy

Gaming with my children:

4 x Kai Piranja (New to them recently, and a huge hit!)
3 x Quit (an old family game I introduced to my kids that the older two love)

1 x Dominion, Creationary, Pictionary Junior, Ubongo
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7. Board Game: La Boca [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1161]
Scott Saccenti
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I haven't played a board game with my mom in over thirty years, and so playing La Boca with her for a few minutes the other morning earns that Game-of-the-Week status.





4x -10- Dominion
4x |9| Race for the Galaxy
3x -5- Gulo Gulo
3x -6- Times Square
2x -7- Bruges
2x -8- Carcassonne
2x -7- Chicken Cha Cha Cha
2x -6- Eight-Minute Empire
2x -7- Glory to Rome
2x -5- La Boca
1x |9| 7 Wonders
1x -6- Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small
1x -7- Amerigo
1x -6- Coloretto
1x -3- Feed the Kitty
1x -4- Formula D
1x -6- Fresco
1x -8- Love Letter
1x -8- Medici
1x -8- Memoir '44
1x |9| Saint Petersburg
1x -7- San Juan
1x -6- Takenoko
1x -7- Vegas Showdown
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8. Board Game: Guildhall: Job Faire [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:1441] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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My week can be viewed in greater detail here: Item for Geeklist "What Did You Play This Weekend? 10/28/2013" .

Guildhall: Job Faire and Guildhall x 4
Alien Frontiers x 1
Rise of Augustus x 1
Brass: Lancashire x 1
Innovation x 1
Macao x 1

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9. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
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I loaned Dominion to a friend of mine this summer and we've regretted it ever since! Met him last weekend and took it back, and played a few 2 player games, against my brother-in-law and Hildur.

Also managed to play a couple of games of Power Grid, it's been a while since I played. And then a few games with the boy, he usually enjoys playing a few games each week.


Game Qty
Dominion 7
Power Grid: Brazil/Spain & Portugal 2
Cluedo: Juniordetektiv 1
Go Away Monster! 1
Gulo Gulo 1
Karottenklau 1
The Little Orchard 1
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10. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:842]
Hilko Drude
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Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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51 games in one week - well, I was in Essen (demoing games, otherwise it would have been more, I guess). Most games I played were new; Mölkky was the one outside the scope. Fun game! And I even got to explain it to Wolfgang Kramer and his wife. But there were several other games I liked; Quint-X, Masters Gallery, Koryŏ, Five Cucumbers and Machi Koro. You can see my Essen loot in the image.
In the few breaks I had, I managed to present a few games and prototypes to publishers. Let's see what comes out of that.

13 x Outside the Scope of BGG
7 x Crazy Lab

6 x Bluff im Zoo
4 x Katalon
4 x Modern Art: The Card Game

4 x Topfrosch
3 x Koryŏ
2 x Tix
1 x Alle meine Tiere
1 x Fünf Gurken
1 x Glastonbury
1 x Machi Koro

1 x Pelican Bay
1 x SET
1 x Word on the Street
1 x Xactika

(bold: New to me.)
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11. Board Game: Neuland [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2103]
Eddy Richards
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I seem to have played:

Boggle (at Rebecca's insistence)
Diamant
Thurn and Taxis
Race for the Galaxy
Ticket to Ride: Europe
Catan
River Dragons
Neuland
Yspahan
Vikings


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12. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:639]
Chris Halaska
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This week we played a bunch of games, but most of them were the same:

I found a copy of Tumblin-Dice at a thrift store and now realize why it gets so much love on the thrift lists! We played a dozen times at least, and are ready for more!

My wife made a work trip up to Portland, which allowed me to finally complete a trade that’s been in the works for about 8 months. The main thing I received was Wings of War: Famous Aces, which caused my son & I to get out all our Wings of War parts and have several dogfights — most of which I lost — as usual.

I also played Qwixx with my son, and he played Cat & Mouse with a friend.

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