What Did You Play This Weekend? 11/11/2013
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Greetings fellow geeks! It's Veterans Day here in the US, if you see a veteran, shake their hand and tell them you appreciate what they did for our country. The weekend is now over, and as we toil at our assorted labors, we should recount our past weekend gaming exploits.

So, all you weekend gamers, bring your mini-session reports and stories of weekend gaming greatness, as you pop in here to answer the question:
What did you play this weekend?

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1. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:313]
Brandon Kempf
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We had a pretty fun weekend which included hosting a game day at our local library(which I will blog about eventually). But gaming wise at home we played a quick 4 player game of Hanabi. I'm not sure what it is about this game, but when I play it with certain people the term "table talk" has no meaning whatsoever. We scored 20 points but that should have a big fat asterisk beside it.

Also played a couple games of Escape: The Curse of the Temple, which we lost both, but the second one we had a lot more gems gone, and if we would have found the exit I think we would have been good.

Forgot that we also played an old favorite that hasn't been played in a while, Forbidden Island, we were successful in stealing the artifacts away from the sinking island with a little time to spare.

Hope everyone has a great week!

And I also hope that Freddie is one of the first to post here.

Blog post about our Game Day at the public Library
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2. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:209]
Fernando Robert Yu
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First as requested!!! (Ughh) Seriously, thanks to everyone who messaged me for your concern. It's been a tough time for my countrymen in the affected areas.

The weekend was spent playing light games with my wife during our trip to Vietnam. The spectre of Haiyan (called Yolanda in my country) did cloud these a bit as my wife is from Leyte which turned out later to be the hardest hit province in the country. No problem with my family in Manila though.

Friday

Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small = 1 Play

We played this after midnight as a nightcap. The randomized buildings were the Animal Trader, Carpenter, Joinery, and Ranch. Betty used the Carpentry to great effect in moving the troughs around, while I did not maximize the use of the Joinery. Ultimately it was her sheep strategy as well as the use of the Storage Building which made her win, as she scores a high 61 to my 52.


Betty (red left) 61 Me (blue right) 52

Saturday

We played a couple of light games after dinner before checking out of the hotel and going to the airport for our flight home.

Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small = 1 Play

I demanded a rematch, so we play another game. This time the buildings were the Farm Well, Fence Manufacturer, Rearing Station, and the Stud. I use the Stud in order to stock horses, but Betty built a huge pasture for her sheep and in this game Sheep is King (supported by expensive buildings) as she again wins with a score of 50 to my 43! It also marks a game where she did not get any penalties for lacking a certain animal!


Betty (left red) 50 Me (blue right) 43

Roll Through the Ages: The Late Bronze Age = 1 Play

I then teach this nice dice based civilization building game. This session shows the power of developments over monuments as she simply overpowers my civilization through advances, and rolling attack disasters making me have -7 negative points didn't help either! Betty wins with a score of 48 to my measly 16!



Betty (top board black sheet) 48 Me (bottom board red sheet)

Now we anxiously await news from Leyte from Betty's relatives, since as of today (Monday) there has been no contact established yet! We are praying and hoping for the best!

OTHER GAMES PLAYED DURING THE WEEK:

Monday

FLGS afternoon visit!

Notre Dame = 1 Play

I am itching to try out another Feld game, so I bring out this light-medium early work of his. To sum it all up I had the advantage in Notre Dame in 2 out of 3 rounds, and thus pull ahead of everyone else with a score of 56 to Julie's 40 and Jenny Rose's 23 (this was her first time to play this).



Julie (yellow left) 40 Me (blue center) 56 Jenny Rose (green right) 23

Love Letter = 1 Play

The next game was this quick filler. Julie really sped up and ahead of everyone, as she was the first to reach 4 tokens. Jenny Rose had 1 and I had none!


Julie (left purple) 4 Jenny Rose (right red) 1 Me 0

Dominion = 1 Play

This was played to close the afternoon. This time we use the Village Square scenario, and Julie wins again as she buys the most provinces and duchies! Julie is way ahead with 48 to my 33 and Jenny Rose's 21.


Julie (left) 48 Me (center) 33 Jenny Rose (right) 21
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3. Board Game: Firenze [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:734]
Thomas Leitner
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My gaming group had its semi-annual games sale at our FLGS this Saturday, followed by gaming. I was so happy to finally get rid of that copy of Munchkin that's been mocking me from my shelf for so long. I'm not even sure how it got into my collection. Likely a gift from some well-meaning but misguided soul.

Anyway, afterwards we played some games. One was Firenze. I enjoy this fairly light but interesting game, though despite my best efforts, I didn't win.

Also:



This seems to be my go-to short and fun Euro lately.



Did the first scenario. The difficulty has been ramped up a bit.



Played this earlier in the week, for the first time. I had been wanting to give this one a try.

The first thing that struck me was just how abstract this game is. The components suggest something highly thematic, and the game is almost a pure abstract. Nothing about the theme of seafaring guides the game play at all.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing for me. I liked the game ok, but is think it would work much better with more than three players. I didn't love it, but would try it again.




I hadn't played Keyflower in months, so I was very happy to get this back to the table. We played with five with the Key Celeste expansion. It's amazing what one little tile and ghost meeple can add to a game. I would never play without it again.



I can't believe that I forgot to include Bohnanza. Someone asked before we played if this would work well with seven, to which I replied "The more the better". How wrong I was. It does not play well with seven at all. The trading part is fun, but you get far too few turns to anything meaningful. Live and learn, I suppose.
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4. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:44]
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World Championships in Minnesota for Netrunner and X-Wing, but I couldn't make it (even if I had qualified). So, a mini-tournament weekend in Columbus for ANR and X-Wing took up my gaming time this weekend.

Saturday was the ANR event, held at CABS, with prizes from the Game Night Kit provided by The Soldiery. I went to the extremes in the tourney, either winning both or losing both games in the match to finish in the middle of the pack. Still nice to play some ANR after a bit of a layoff, but tournament play always brings out the hyper-competitive decks, so you see much of the same things, especially Criminal decks.

Sunday was the X-Wing event held at The Soldiery, with more prize support from the Game Night Kit. An odd number of players and feeling rather run down led me to sit out the competition and set up a demo table for anyone interested. Only one taker, but the other gamers enjoyed playing their games. TIE Swarm for the win.
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5. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:409] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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Still getting over a cold, so learning Trains well enough to teach it was my only project for Sat/Sun.

However, I'm off today and starting to push around The Campaigns of King David.
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6. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:218] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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I actually got to play some games this weekend. My only negative is that it was nothing but party games. My fiancee's sisters visited this weekend and they will only play party games, because they don't want to learn anything harder so we played with her family. They also don't play to the rules or they give answers that are wrong but they still count them. It's actually frustrating sometimes, but I just smile and nod. There were some good party games in there like Dixit and Wits and Wagers, but I would have liked to get some other types of games. I did however get a few games of Carcassonne on the xbox with my brother so at least I had that.

Some of these description are going to be short as I don't have much to say on a few of them.

Friday


We had a total of 7 players so party games were the best type of game. The first game was Logo Party. The first time we had played this game a few months back I didn't mind it. I actually had some fun with it. This time around I had fun with it till about half way through. We ended up hitting a clump of cards that nobody knew what the brands were or the wrong person got the only brand they didn't know. It ended up dragging so much because of this. I guess you could say it was just some bad luck.



After Logo Party out came Buzzword. This game I don't mind. As long as your group isn't full of idiots you should be ok as the game isn't that hard. It's fun trying to think of the phrase or words that match with the buzzword. Not much to say other than that.


Saturday


I actually got this game requested a lot on Friday so I brought it this day. Tapple made the line up, even though games weren't even in the line up for this night. We played a first to 5 cards game and for some reason I was blanking on the easiest cards. It is a fun game that I highly recommend.



The next game came at my fiancee's request Wits & Wagers Family. I don't mind this game as it is really hard to mess up the rules. Three times during this game I changed my gut answer only to find out I had the correct answer the first time. Ugh. My fiancee's mom ended up winning the game convincingly.



Up next was game that I enjoy a lot. It was Dixit with a combination of cards from Dixit, Dixit: Journey, and the Dixit: 2012 Asmodee Special Cards. It was a close game between my fiancee, her mom, and me, but a lass I ended getting a string where I got 3 consecutive card guesses wrong and lost my grip on first. So close. My fiancee's mom took yet another win this night.



After Dixit I was ready to go home as I had a very long night the night before along with a long day prior to getting together, but they wanted to play another game. They brought out their copy of Cranium WOW. I don't mind cranium I just wasn't in the mood to do the acting parts. I don't mind making as ass of myself, but by this point I was very tired. I'm pretty sure we played the game wrong, but it was actually kind of fun answering every question right. I don't know what it was, but even in my tired state I became sharp at answering questions. Wish I had this during Tapple lol.




That was my gaming weekend. Wednesday is my normal game night and I'm so looking forward to it as I have a few expansions I have yet to get to the table. Till next game on.
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7. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:280]
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Hello!

Not many meaty games, because Friday we continued our RPG adventure. But I did squeeze a few plays in.

Friday

Love Letter x2 - Two plays with 3 people (but not the same three). We yet again played with the Lovecraft Letter re-themed. Bot were brutal games, with the guesses being spotted on - usually the deck wasn't even half-used in the rounds. I lost the first game, but won the second, when my aim with Nyarlatothep was particularly keen.



PLAGUE: The Card Game - A three players game. It was some time ago that I played this that is one of my most dear trick-taking game. I usually do poorly in this game, and it started as usual: I lost the first three hands. But then, as if I started to listen to Eye of the Tiger in the background, I won four hands in a row to take the win.



Flash Point: Fire Rescue - A five players game. It was the first time I played with the expansion Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Urban Structures, using not only the new board but also one of the scenarios - Overtake the Arsonist, in wich the players must save 7 victims while also taking out 3 hazmats (the scenario starts with 6 of them). I the beginning we ruled: not only three, but five hazmats were taken out, and we also manage to help four victims really quickly. The game seemed won. But we realized that we were playing with the traitor variant - one of the players put himself at danger and, by the end, chose to exchange the role to do nothing with the other, since simply there wasn't more time to do something - and the role he had before was the Generalist, so, we know he could use it to be helpful. Thus, playing with one less, the damage to the apartments was to big and the whole thing came down. We lost with 5 hazmats out and 6 victims saved.



Ivanhoe - A five players game. It was my first time playing it and I did enjoy it up to a point. This point ended together with my cards. When I was out of cards, I could only get one card per round (not every turn), so for 1/3 of the game I did nothing - my turns were: I took a card from the deck, then passed and that was it for that round. After the dispute ended, in the next one I took a card from the deck, then passed. This went until the game ended. Yes, I should have manage my cards more carefully, but once I was committed to a dispute, I couldn't just get out, otherwise I not only would lose the dispute but also all the cards used in that round, probably taking me out of the chance to win that color. I guess the game would work better if the players always continued buying cards in their turns, or, after the round ends, every player gets a given amount of cards, like what happen in Iliad.




Sunday

Friday x3 - My first plays of this solo game. I enjoyed quite a lot! All the plays were in Level 1, and I lost the first two (both with -14 points). Then I put my mind to work and I tried to trash more cards, while also keeping a few of the ones that gave life. It worked like a charm, and I won, even though Robinson fought two tough pirates (one for 8 cards and 30 resistance, and other for 9 cards and 35 resistance). I will try the next plays in level 2.




And that was it!

Regards,
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I attended GLG 11 this past "weekend" and played 22 games and 14 were new to me. What a fantastic time catching up with people I only see once a year and getting a chance to play the new Essen crop as well as some classics.

I've enumerated my dance card in this geeklist.

<---- By the way, in the picture to the left, I was actually happy but Van stole all my money in that turn. Thanks Van!

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9. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:46]
Dan Edelen
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Friday night at my FLGS, we played two games:

Keyflower hit the table by popular demand after what was an aborted attempt to learn Archipelago cold. I found Keyflower to be like a more intense (and interesting) version of Suburbia. Unfortunately, the fiddliness and accounting in Suburbia carried over and multiplied in Keyflower, leading to numerous rules biffs and some frustration from our normally implacable rules teacher. After a game, I still am not sure I understand some aspects of the gameplay, though I must confess I still love the clever auction implementation in this. That said, I started off excited about Keyflower, but it tapered off as issues arose, and I misjudged how the seasons would play out (uh, few resources in fall, and I did not know this beforehand). Definitely a game that requires multiple playings. I wanted to play a second session after coming in dead last in a six-player game, but others wanted to play something else.


Trains returned because a few asked for something less brain-burning. The two of us who own the game engaged a willing newbie for a three-player game. After considerable grabbing for identical spaces on the board, it came down to a 2-point differential, with yours truly finishing an unfortunate second because I didn't get my final play, as the newbie emptied his rails, and I didn't get my final building purchased. Bummer. Still, a good game.
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10. Board Game: Cube Quest [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1404]
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Played this 6 times in about forty minutes on sunday while holding a baby and trying to stop a toddler grabbing all the pieces off the board (top tip: make him the 'cube boy' responsible for retrieving any wildly off target flicks). This game is amazing, even with creased playing mats.
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11. Board Game: New Amsterdam [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1378]
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Friday:
New Amsterdam
Totemo x2

Saturday:
New Amsterdam
DuCo x2
Carcassonne: 10 Year Special Edition x2
Carcassonne: The Cult x2

Sunday:
New Amsterdam
A Fistful of Penguins x2
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12. Board Game: Abandon Ship [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2940]
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It was a slow weekend. Had to go out of town for a wedding.
On Friday night I did get to play a couple of games.
First, I played Abandon Ship with my wife and daughter. I've finally got a chance to play this game and it's really quite fun. We all had a good time. Can't even remember who won!


After supper, my son and I played the Pea Ridge scenario in Battle Cry: 150th Civil War Anniversary Edition. He is loving this game. I was playing the Confederate forces. I was using my artillery and the landscape to my advantage and had built up a 5-2 lead. He decided to try a crazy charge with his infantry and sent his cavalry after my artillery. The dice went cold on me and I could not get that last flag. He won 6-5. What a joy to see his face when he went from utter defeat to a sound victory. Made losing to him a lot of fun
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13. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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Friday
1x - Dominion

We dusted off Dominion and played a mix of the Base, Intrigue, and Seaside. We are still learning the Intrigue cards and I wouldn't say that the Seaside cards are overly familiar although we have played quite a few games of Dominion including cards from this expansion. I didn't have much of a money engine going given I was caught up in wanting to try a bunch of the new Kingdom Cards. I managed to play a 25-card hand which was a first which resulted in a Province and Duchy. However, I lost a close one 41-40.



Sunday
2x - Dominion

One of the girls was finishing up a movie before we could watch a show so we pulled out Dominion for another random draw of our three boxes this time with a heavier Intrigue influence with which my wife took it to me for a 40-30 win. Cookies were still baking so we reset and played this grouping for a second play this time flipping the result with me winning 40-30.

Our second play brought our total Dominion plays to 90x. We haven't played this one in a while but I quite enjoy it whether it at any player count. I don't feel the need for any more expansions given we enjoyed 50 plays of the Base game before buying seaside which now has seen 39x and Intrigue, 9x. There is a plethora combinations offering a variety of playing experiences. It is a relaxing, casual game which allows you to constantly experiment and try new things to find interesting combinations to stretch your buying power.


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14. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:69]
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The Resistance: Avalon x 2
We had a game night last night, a fairly new one I've set up in Brighton. This is what we opened with and although we're all fairly new to it, everyone enjoys this one. I tried giving the good guys an advantage by chucking in Oberon as well as Percival, but still both games were won by the good guys thanks to working out Merlin. I think once people have had more chance to play as Merlin it'll be harder for the bad guys to work him out.

Troyes x 1
When we split off into separate groups I joined the guys playing this. It was my first time and it was a little overwhelming I've got to admit. I really didn't get how to place workers on the cards, so I mostly focused on building the cathedral and trying to get workers into the principal buildings. Naturally I was thrashed by the more experienced players, but I can definitely see myself playing this one more. Only thing I wasn't so sure about was the secret scoring, but this is a general bugbear of mine, despite the fact I like Tigris & Euphrates....

Mascarade x 1
I thought this would be a good way of wrapping the night up, and it sort of was! The only thing was that we were all pretty tired at this point, around quite a large table in a relatively dimly lit room, and all new to the game. So we were all squinting at the character tokens, those of us who could see the tiny things, and trying to figure out who we could guess or work out who had what, and a few of us were struggling to pay attention. I could feel people flagging, struggling to pay attention when someone had claimed to be a character... so this is one I think that will both deserve repeated plays to get the characters into our memories, and also start off with it before playing anything else, as it requires fresh minds.
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15. Board Game: Going, Going, GONE! [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3007]
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New to me:

Going, Going, GONE!
Had a chance to play this at Beyond Monopoly in Syracuse yesterday. Hosted by none other than the designer himself.
Lots of fun. Everyone seemed to really enjoy this.

Inversé
Abstract game similar to Blokus where you try to block your opponent from being able to place any of his pieces. Not in my wheelhouse.

Sushi Go!
Take the card drafting and set collection from 7 Wonders and strip away just about everything else. Played really quickly. I liked this a lot. Easy to teach to just about anyone.

Pick-a-Dog
Speed game. You have to collect cards that either match the top card of your pile exactly or only have one difference (color, size, arms showing, etc.) Could be fun with younger kids if they don't get frustrated.

Coup
Seemed too random at first but made a little more sense towards the end.

Also:
Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Hey, That's My Fish!
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16. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:266] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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At my friend's house on Friday, and the four of us played a game of Arkham Horror since we couldn't get to it the week before. We added Kingsport Horror, Lurker at the Threshold, and Miskatonic Horror to it, and got ourselves slaughtered.

The Terrible Expirement rumor showed up, and just piled on a bunch of the most difficult monsters available it seems. We sealed a few gates, but a gate burst tore one back open, and we were just losing stamina or sanity left and right, and had a bunch of gates remain open after going through because we got sent to the hospital or asylum before we could close them, even with all the extra power we got from the Lurker herald. And once The Terrible experiment unleashed the monsters in to the streets, it was over. A monster surge right after that put too many on the board and the Ancient One awoke. It was Zhar, the twin horror, that needs to be defeated twice. Normally it would have taken 44 hits to beat him once, but we all had bound allies courtesy of the Lurker, and the price for them is extra hits to take down the AO. So that turned into 88 hits for the AO once, and 176 total to win it. We just accepted our fate and didn't even bother. It was a brutal game, and out of 81 games, was the first time the AO woke up for having too many monsters on the board.

Afterwords, we played a quick game of Citadels. I had a come from behind victory thanks to the final round of the assassin choosing to assassinate exactly who I thought they would, and me not taking that role, which let me be the only one to get to 8 buildings. With the bonus points for that and having one of each color, I won overall by two points.

On Sunday, played a game of Clue: The Office. It's mostly like regular Clue, but with some extra abilities and a deck of cards used to mostly speed things along.
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17. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:13]
James Moline
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Tampa
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I've been sick for the last two weeks. On top of that, my wife has been working long hours for a project. Consequently, I played nothing last week, and this week, I have one play of Castles of Burgundy.

Still really enjoying this game. We still haven't bothered to switch off of the beginner boards. I recently bought the 4 expansion tiles here on the BGG Store, and all 4 of them came up. They were a nice new element, adding some variety, but not game changing or anything.

I'm feeling better and my wife's project is over, so, hopefully, gaming will be making a comeback this coming week. We shall see.
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18. Board Game: Valley of the Pharaohs [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:12407]
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Saturday

My daughter won our usual game of Hive over lunch on Saturday.


I had my revenge with a game of Survive: Escape from Atlantis. Her tribe was decimated so quickly that she spent several turns at the end with nothing to do but mess with me. I beat her score by about 50%.

In the evening, I had my first ever solo win at Death Angel. I lost one marine each in the Void Lock, the Black Holds, and the Hibernation Cluster. But Valencio, Leon, and Goriel were victorious in the Toxin Pumping Station.

Sunday


We had a fine family game of Valley of the Pharoahs, in which my daughter was the femme fatale Ava Nehring, and my wife was the heiress Lady Clara Hamilton. I played the evil Chinese sorcerer Professor Tung! Professor Tung was unstoppable, cruising to his completed key, and slipping past all attempted blocks to spirit away the scepter of Amun-Ra. Lady Clara (who was the Summoner of the mummy for most of the game) tried to raid him just three spaces from his final goal, but she failed.

I played another game of solo Death Angel later in the evening, after some work. Things went great in the Void Lock, and we lost only one marine in the Teleportarium. (Goriel alone lacked a support token and rolled a 0.) Another went down in the Hibernation Cluster, but it seemed like we were in relatively good shape when we arrived (for the first time in my ten games!) in the Launch Control Room. The worm turned quickly, and we were all dead within two rounds of play thereafter.
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19. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:103]
Brian Olmstead
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Denver
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Got to play my 2 favorite games in one game day. I consider that a huge win!
(It also was nice I won both games )
Combat Commander: Europe - taught this to Tony, played Scenario #1, good ol' Fat Lipki. The Russians ended up forcing a German Surrender with relentless advance and fire tactics. Was not pretty but at least he liked the game.

Ora et Labora - 4 person game, was again teaching it to 3 new people. I managed to win on the strength of my 5 settlements, each scored 20+ points.
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20. Board Game: Cube Quest [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1404]
James
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Sheffield
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Silly fun. Who needs 'proper' games?
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21. Board Game: Agricola: Farmers of the Moor [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
Brian McCormick
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Lansing
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This weekend:

Agricola + Agricola: Farmers of the Moor. 2p game with my wife, Rachael. We haven't played Agricola in a while, but having played this game so dang much, we swiftly picked it back up. The game was very close: 41 (Rachael) to 45 (me). There was an 8-point swing in the Family Member scoring category in my favor...

Race for the Galaxy + Gathering Storm + RvI. 3p game with my wife, Rachael and my b.i.l Alan. It was a teaching session for Alan and so we left out several of the expansion rules even though the cards were still in the stack (like conquering opponents' planets or Goal tiles). Alan picked it up quickly but I ended up winning both games.

Louis XIV. 2p game with my wife, Rachael. This was a lot of fun. It's one of those quirky games to play once in a while, not all the time. Playing with the dummy player (a special rule for 2p) ensures that the board is nice and cramped. I eeked out a victory by just a few points.

Can't go wrong with a few sessions of Battle Line. I never seem to win this game. Played three times against my wife, Rachael. I won once (which even one victory is rare for me in this game) and Rachael won twice. We have Omen: A Reign of War on its way through USPS which is a somewhat-similar game, and I'm excited to try that.

All in all, a very good weekend of boardgaming.
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High River Canada
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Had a great weekend of Gaming with a number of different opponents.


Starting to teach Agricola to my 8 year old son. Me and my wife had a great time playing with him using the Family version. We helped him with only a few decisions in the game and watched him create his version of a perfect farm.
After the wee ones headed off to bed me and Tamara played a two player game with the Interactive deck. We are just starting to explore this deck. I swear this game has it out for me as I never seem to get a good combination of cards. Interesting changes from the Basic deck.

First play of this classic game and all 4 of us enjoyed it. Very fun to see everyone's reactions to the event deck as none of us have ever seen or played the game before which was nice. Good game will play again soon.

Excellent game here in which four brave heroes took down a villan called Baron Blade. 3 players were new and all enjoyed themselves. The theme in this game is awesome and was great fun.

Game of chaos here were very few robots of the initial 5 remained to get to the finish flag. Mixed views on this game probably due to the fact that it was getting late.

Played this with Ethan my son and Tamara my wife. Great for helping with counting and colour recognition. I won handily with a good feeling "great game" comment from my son.

Played a Breakthrough scenario. My wife enjoy's the longer playtime and extra movement in this game. Good game that came down to the last rolls.

Last game played with my 6 year old daughter. Had a good time here as well.


Fun weekend of busy gaming.
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23. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:321] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
Kent Pritchett
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Calgary
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I started and ended the weekend with The Settlers of Catan. It has been ages since I played this so it felt fresh and new. It was fun playing it again after so long, I do still have issues with the game but the games this weekend felt pretty good.


The second game played was Ticket to Ride: Europe. My parents are now feeling very comfortable with this map now. We played several games.


The third game played was Alhambra, we also played several games of this for a fun filled weekend.


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24. Board Game: Québec [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1164]
Evan Dunn
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Brooklyn
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Love Letter



We played some more love letter as a warm up. Since this is the original art edition, there's that guy who auto kills you when your hand hits a value of 12+. That happened a lot, so we decided to pretend it was the guy from the Temptest version instead.

Jamaica - 1st play - Rated 6



Been meaning to try this one for awhile. I owned Forumla D once, but it didn't really work for us, so I was interested to see a different racing game. Since I love pirates, I thought this would be a good fit. The game was ok. Kind of random, but enough choices to make it an ok game.

Québec - 1st play - rated 9



Wow this game impressed me! I got this on clearance recently because I had seen it mentioned on some people's favorite area control game lists, and it seriously did not disappoint. Some players had trouble understanding the rules from the book as we went through them, but once we were rolling, it was refreshingly clear. Some of the mechanics reminded me of the things I liked about Co2, since in this game one player starts a building and the other players add to it, thereby giving you more points in exchange for an end of round scoring advantage for themselves, but unlike Co2, the mechanic worked here and people felt the benefit to themselves was worth the points for the other player. I can't wait to play this again.

Russian Railroads - 1st play - rated 8



This game was the really interesting worker placement game I wanted it to be. It has no resources, it's all about the charts on your board. You advance a token on one or more charts, and each turn it produces the point income that it says. The charts give different benefits in different places, so focus is important, and timing is very important as better things are made available later in the game. It's also a very high scoring game. The winner ended about 120 points ahead of second place who ended about 100 points ahead of me... and I STILL felt like I had done a pretty good job at figuring out the game. Just like Palaces of Cararra, It will take a few plays to get the hang of this one, and I'm excited to try again.

Mundus Novus - 1st play - rated 6



So this is the game that takes the trading mechanic from Mare Nostrum and makes it it's own game. I thought I would enjoy this a lot, but people had a really hard time understanding it. Once they did, we had issues from the Technology cards where certain cards would just sit at the bottom because nobody wanted them, so we'd be encountering the same event over and over again. There was also disconnect when people wanted to know how to fight the pirates from the pirates event, but you don't. We ended up calling this in the middle of the game due to people not really feeling it. I'm willing to give this another go with a lighter group sometime, but I don't feel super enthusiastic.

Cyclades - Long awaited 2nd play - rated 8



I love this game. The tension of having a stronghold and only needing 1 more to win, but being delayed from winning because you need to outbid someone for the god who lets you move troops is really fantastic. This was a close game, with 3 or 4 of players almost able to win. The only thing is, the iconography on the monster cards is probably the most atrocious of any game I own, even 7 wonders: Leaders. We played the entire game and when a new monster card came up, we still had no clue what it did without the help book.

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island - 3rd play - rated 9



We played Scenario 3: Rescue Jenny. We were able to do so, despite my foolishly wasting valuable resources trying to combat the ever crumbling palisades. We got lucky and didn't have any events that created rain come up.

Rialto - 2nd play - rated 8



The first time we played this it was with 3 players. This time, we had the full 5, and it was still very enjoyable. I'm anxious to try San Marco and see what the differences are.
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25. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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My other half is ill and I've been quite busy, so it's been solo gaming for me, 11 runs at the second scenario in the core set, all of them unsuccessful.

However, I am dipping my foot into deck building ever so gently, trying to do it myself rather than grab a pre-constructed idea from a thread online. I have at least managed to get further than I ever have before, but am not really optimistic of success any time soon.

I'd say I am midway between the two poles of (a) sticking at it and then getting some decent expansions together and (b) turning my back on the whole thing in frustration and trading it away. Time will tell!

Happy gaming!
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