Iowa City Game Day - Nov. 16, 2013
Chris Rompot
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We had a good turnout at yesterday's game day that included Chad, Michael C, Eric E, DJ, Jon, Nick, Joel, Jim, Steve, Kate, Michael P, Gary, Eric C, Andy, Erin, Jenn, and Thies. Thanks to everyone for bringing wonderful snacks, refreshments, and additional games.

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1. Board Game: Princes of the Renaissance [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:678]
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Eric E 34 (winner), Chad 32, Jon 26, Chris 22, DJ 21, Michael C 21

Chad brought and taught Princes at our pre-arranged game. We used a blind bid to determine the order for selecting family tiles that I thought worked very well. Eric won the bid at 8 gold, which I thought was excessive. However, it was a good investment that more than paid for itself, much better than my poor, lonely red city (lowest status) tile. Eric scored a lot of points of off laurels and by having the most money. Chad came in a close second by having two purple city (highest status) tiles and some artists. This play was much different than our one a few weeks ago.
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2. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:549]
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Joel 98 (winner), Nick 92, Jim 80, Steve/Kate 79

Steve brought and taught Mexica, arguably the best member of the Mask trilogy. I believe that Joel had played before, but Nick and probably Jim were new to the game. From the scores, it looks as if it was a close, competitive play.
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3. Board Game: Kaispeicher [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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Chris 28 (winner), Chad 11, DJ 9, Jon 5, Andy 1

Jon kindly brought the expansion to The Speicherstadt all the way from Champaign-Urbana and taught it. Its additions were generally good and did not noticeably lengthen the game. Some were finicky/possibly broken, but it would be a good expansion to have at a reasonable price. Hopefully my performance in this game compensated for my otherwise lackluster play throughout the day.
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4. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:598]
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Jon 99 (winner), DJ 94, Steve 69, Chris 52

The other players had played the advanced version of the game, which I was eager to try after having learned the basic version two weekends before. I found the advanced version to be such an improvement that I do not foresee playing just the basic one again. This is a great game that I plan to add to my collection once it is generally available in the US. Jon and DJ played great games and finished closely.
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5. Board Game: TurfMaster [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:1506]
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Nick 100 (winner), Michael P 80, Gary 50, Joel 50, Erin 30, Andy 20, Michael C 10

Michael P brought and taught this enjoyable horse racing game that was new to several of the players. Nick pulled off a newbie victory well ahead of most of the field.
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6. Board Game: Metropolys [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:695]
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Gary 35 (winner), Michael C 29, Michael P 23, Eric E 22

Gary, being new to game day, pulled off his first win in this great bidding and city building game that I refer to as a spatial Ra.
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7. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:204]
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Resistance - Steve, Kate, Erin, Eric C (winners)
Spies - Jim, Chris, Jenn

Jim, Jenn, and I proved to be horrible spies that were no match for the Resistance. We were blown out 3-1 in a quick game after Jim and I both failed a mission comprised of only three team members.
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8. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:409] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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Eric E 45 (winner), Jenn 40, Eric C 30, Jim 26

Jim and Jenn brought and taught Trains, which mixes Dominion drafting and train building elements. I enjoy this one, and Eric appears to have caught on quickly.
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9. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:536]
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Jim 96 (winner), Chris 86, Steve 84, Erin 73, Eric C 47

Union Pacific, a perennial game day favorite, hit the table again with Jim pulling of the win in a close game. I think that this play was the shortest that I have seen with the dividend cards coming out quite early. A classic.
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10. Board Game: Sail to India [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1273]
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Nick 21 (winner), Michael P 16, Gary 15, Andy 15

Jon brought, taught, and ran this new Japanese game that I had never heard of. He has a contact in Japan from which he gets games not available in the US market.
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11. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:501]
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Jenn 29 (winner), Eric C 27, Jim 27, Eric 18

The gang played this short, simple, fun game that is deeper than its mechanics let on.
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12. Board Game: Masters of Venice [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2948]
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Thies, DJ, Eric E, Michael C, Joel

I am not sure what happened, but this game ended early. Methinks that something is rotten in the state of Venice.
 
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13. Board Game: Mykerinos [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:876]
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Joel 51 (winner), Thies 48, Michael C 44, Eric E 39

A close game of Mykerinos was played with Joel digging out the win.
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14. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:598]
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Erin (winner), Jon, Nick, Chris

The Palaces of Carrara was played for the second time during the day with Jon teaching Erin and Nick the advanced version, which they quickly mastered. Erin got off to a slow start in VPs but blew the rest of the players out of the water during final scoring.
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15. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:840]
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I know this was played a couple of times as well. I wasn't involved in them but I Jon talked about teaching it to a couple of groups on our drive home. Anyone have any details and/or thoughts on the game?
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16. Board Game: One Night Werewolf [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:4972]
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Jon brought this one as well and taught it to a few of us. Nothing I really enjoy but at least it was over in 5 minutes. Something like The Resistance without any actual evidence to try to use to base your decisions on. I suppose if you just need to kill 5 minutes it is rather harmless.
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17. Board Game: Patronize [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:5361]
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We played this game but forgot to write it down.
 
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