Final Austin Dragon's Lair gaming for 2013 !! Juan/Kel/Ana-Maria
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5 wonderful games to finish out the year of Thursday DL gaming -- so thrilled that have had TIME and no work on a handful of Thursdays lately -- here is what we playing this fine evening...

( 11/14/13--11:06 PM -- place holder list made.. details/scores/play logs/rankings not yet completed )

11/25/13 List filled in, completed all logging and rankings... !!
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1. Board Game: Vom Kap bis Kairo [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:3129]
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Been on my radar for a good while-- another twist on auctions this time with a race element added, a wonderful little game !!

And OMG, what was wrong in the air this day-- on a new game that everyone is learning /playing for the first time, Kel wins? What's THAT?

K completes 8 terrains of track WIN
AM 5
J 7
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2. Board Game: Priests of Ra [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1737]
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Now that I have played ALL four current incarnations of this RK classic ( Ra, Ra Dice Game, Razzia and this ) .. this might very well be my favorite. As Juan astutely points out below , this incarnation has by far the least wonky/fiddly scoring, and the double sided tile mechanic adds more possibilities to the classic base game !! Wonderful !!

I tried the inverse strategy of the last time we played normal original Ra, I tried to wait as LONG as possible to get anything instead of using medium or high number auction tiles to get stuff immediately-- and this almost worked-- unfort., instead I come in a very close third in a generally very close game as my luck ran out in the second epoch and I only got two tiles TOTAL on that 2nd go round.

J 43 ( WIN)
K 38
AM 39
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3. Board Game: Palastgeflüster [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1343]
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A BRILLIANT, absolutely brilliant little game! Again, another that had been on my to be played list radar for a very very long time -- a spectacular design of " get all of the different characters" or "force someone else to play a duplicate" --the helpful English player aids are a near MUST however-- because this game is only in German on the character cards and the font on the scorekeeper /car player aids ( which ARE in multiple languages) is roughly the size of a proton.


AND OMG.. A new game we are all playing.. Did Kel win something again?? Juan had very bad luck in getting duplicates forced on him for many rounds, A-M and I tie for many rounds, but J and I force AM to have a duplicate which eventually pushes me to the win !! How about that? Another new-to-all game that Kel wins!! Must have been a full moon.


Kel 6 ( WIN !)
J 3
AM 5 ( she was NOT happy about the one force duplicate that got Juan his first points and eventually set me up to win.. she is very interested to play again as well )


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4. Board Game: The Game of Life Express [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:11044]
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I had wanted to play this for AGES since tracking down a copy someone actually brought from Holland. ( This game was never released in the US if my sources are correct!!)

It has SUCH a hideously wonky rule translation in terms of what order things are discussed I had tried in vain after more than a dozen readings to make sense out of it -- always failing. However I knew Juan and I could figure it out together.. and thus we did !! I am ever so thankful !!

By far the best incarnation of Life there is-- attractive dice, a very cool little them of trying to get things at different levels before you age to 100 -- and now I CAN FINALLY teach this !!!

After all that thrill.. I just kept rolling and rolling and rolling the age increaser rendering me having a very short LIFE and very few points.

Kel 130 ( )
Juan 470 WIN
Ana Maria 420
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5. Board Game: Tales & Games: The Three Little Pigs [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2031]
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Just as fun and adorable as I imagined. Light cuteness for adults and a game you can teach to the non gamers /kiddies. Dice combined with very simple ( but there IS a bit of strategy involved on whether to build MORE houses, when to finish your house with a roof, and how to build up enough that you aren't totally devastated when the Big bad Wolf comes a'blowin'. !!) resource allocation-- a hoot of a little game and I so look forward to the rest of the Fairy Tale games with Baba Yaga on the way !!

And OMG.. what IS this? We played 5 games on this lovely evening at DL.. ALL new to me games-- and um.. Kel won 3 of 5? Was their some disturbance in the universe???

J and AM 8

Kel 20 ( !!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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