Regular Tuesday Games, 11/12/13
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We gathered on this insignificant but pleasant-looking date (11/12/13) to play some games.

Attending: Bruce, Jeff, Jenny, Jim, Jonathan, Mark, Matt J, Matt R, Vann
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1. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:2334]
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Bruce, Jeff, Jim, Jonathan, Matt R

The five of us played a quick round of the new co-op "put the thing on the other thing" while the others arrived. This involved a great deal of strategy, and a touch of physical exertion. We won!

Thank you for your help.
 
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2. Board Game: Rise of Augustus [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:843]
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Bruce 64, Jeff 47, Matt R 37, Mark 27

Bruce had a commanding 24 points on basic objective cards, as well as 25 on bonus tiles. This brings his win streak to 4.
 
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3. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:25]
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Vann 43, Jonathan 41, Jim 34, Matt J 29

After a refresher for Matt, we began a game with a mix of the E and K decks. We drafted cards, which was the preference of some but not all players at the table. Vann was the only one to get 5 family members out on the farm, even though Jim was the first to 3. I had lots of animals, but was the only player not to upgrade to a stone hut. Vann's Basket was the Most Valuable Minor Improvement for the game.
 
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4. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:598]
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Matt R 125, Mark 107, Jeff 89, Bruce 83

The group agreed that English rules would be helpful. Mark believes that the 8-stone buildings are critical for victory.
 
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5. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:652]
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Matt J 43 (win), Vann 43, Jonathan 41

We managed to play the entirety of this game while the other table was figuring out the scoring for Carrara.

Matt won the tiebreaker of having more artifact cards. I played a bit too cautiously in the first two rounds.
 
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6. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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Vann 36 (win), Matt R 36, Jeff 35, Jonathan 32

With Intrigue, Prosperity, and Hinterlands.

Kingdom cards: Duchess, Pawn, Scheme, Tunnel, Spice Merchant, Highway, Contraband, Inn, Vault, Adventurer

No attack cards in this game, but the Contraband cards added some interesting interactions. If Matt hadn't been able to deny me Province cards as a result, I may have been able to take the lead. The Highway was a favorite buy for everyone.
 
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7. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 3 – The Heart of Africa [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Matt J 165, Mark 134, Bruce 125

Africa is an unforgiving map. Since your terrain cards are public, it's fairly easy for others to see what connections you are likely trying to make and to block you.

Matt completed 5 tickets for a total of 74, plus the 10 points for the globetrotter bonus. Mark finished a few short ones. Bruce almost blocked Matt in the end-game, but Matt completed his last destination on his final move.
 
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8. Board Game: Tribulation [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:12898]
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Jenny (win), Matt R

To follow up from the Equate session last week, Matt wanted more arithmeticky fun, and this fit the bill. Jenny was kind enough to oblige him with a game while the rest of us did something that broke our brains a bit less.
 
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9. Board Game: Rubik's Race [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:6158]
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Matt R (win), Jenny

This copy of Rubik's Race had seen better days, it turned out. Some WD-40 on the tiles was suggested, to make them slide faster. Matt extolled the virtues of flipping the frame at the base instead of the top, saving valuable inches of movement.
 
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10. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:469]
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Mark (Zen-Emon) 87, Jonathan (Yoshiyasu) 84, Bruce (Umegae) 68

This was Mark's first play.

Bruce couldn't afford the final meal, and found no monkeys. The former was more influential on the score, but the latter I'm sure hurt more emotionally.

This game doesn't have a ton of depth to it, which is fine by me since it is short. I am curious to see whether Crossroads adds depth or just bogs things down.
 
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11. Board Game: Montage [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:4057]
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Bruce & Matt R 4, Mark & Jonathan 3

I picked this one up at GLG, and am highly enamored of it. It tightly blends different genres in a way that is rare to see.

We played by the original rule set. Bruce & Matt won with three zones in a row. Many memorable clues, such as Bruce's excellent "chases the robber in Catan." We were embarrassed to miss that one.
 
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