In which Davido rings in the New Year at BarakCon IX
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was dead set on proving himself to be the Host with the Most-this time for his 9th semi-regular game day in the East Bay. W00t! Couldn't bring Princess along for the ride, but still managed to enjoy a great day of great people, games, and food. I think there were about 20 or so folks big and small present and playing games of one kind or another. Here is what I played and saw played on the day.
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1. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:854] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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The early arrivals settled in for some serious saboteur-ing. Since this was just the base game, it was pretty much 'unicorns & rainbows' and not the all out nastiness of the expansion. The saboteurs won all 3 rounds (of which I was one). Double saboteurs and thus winners were Susan, Barak, and Emily. Ted and I got in the the Sabotage once each. Left out in the cold were Josh and Ted.
 
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2. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:260]
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Barak and I both seriously heart Amun Re, so playing this Knizia Klassic w/ Barak was definitely bucket-list worthy. Joining the fun were Susan Josh and Greg. I started slow, hampered when Josh dared my double bid marker to make a needed province just a wee bit too expensive for me. For the second round, I had power cards for Farmers and Banks/no banks. I made my moves and actually got Lower/Upper Kingdom (I was lower and building just for that contingency-taking power cards whenever possible). Alas, I had to make a choice and went w Farmers/Lower kingdom plus a temple and double sets of pyramids. Last round, Barak and I both offered 1 to let others boost the offering while saving bucks. I did snag most money. Still, pyramids out the wazoo plus other power combos doomed me to sharing a very distant second w/ Susan. Still, I PLAYED AMUN RE WITH BARAK!!!

Barak-53
davido/Susan-34
Josh-33
Greg-30
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3. Board Game: CATAN 3D Collector's Edition [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked]
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Sam wanted to play Settlers and Barak let us use his 3-D edition. It's cool, but I have a harder time visualizing the board space amongst the pretty scenery. I placed last and was a long way from any brick and just one low probability wood source. That put me behind the eight ball early. Plenty of robbin' that locked down much needed clay which slowed the game down a bit. I did get a few tech cards, 2 knights and 2 cards w/ +1 VP and built a City. Sam ground it out for the win.

Sam-10
Rowan-8
David-5
Emily-4

Almost as much fun as the game itself were Sam's trio of girls. Actually the MOST fun was watching Sam nearly playing Whack-a-mole trying to ride herd over three very energetic girls. Man, I have 3 kiddos myself and I got tired of watching the Sam and co. show
 
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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Susan joined the Settlers group for some TTR goodness using the 1910 tickets along w/ the base game. I got a bizarre ticket draw-one east, one west, and 3 transcontinental. Since I had to keep 3, I realized if I could make 1 long route, I could make all 3, so I took a gut check and kept all 5. I locked down the LA to LV and out of LV and then started working my short routes. I managed to sneak in my long routes and drew tickets near the end of the game. My mistake was keeping more than I had trains for. I cashed in one, but not the other. Susan was the ticket-meister, I had longest route, and again I took the silver to Susan's Gold. If I had kept one or the other, I may had a shot at the win or a closer second.

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David-137
Ted-93
Emily-81
Sam-70
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5. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
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From TTR we rolled into a couple of games of 7 wonders. I'm not really good at this, especially at the green/purple combos. First game I was Rhodos(B) and went warfare and got my wonders built. Still, this was a caboose-worthy performance. Ted won w/ 59.
Ted (Olympia A)-59
Susan (Ghiza B)-54
Sam (Ephesos B)-48
Emily (Alexandria B)-42
David (Rhodos B)-40

Second Game, I had Ghiza A and went VPs via Wonders and Cards, some military, and leveraging the flexibility of yellow cards and resources. A bit better, but still middle-pack. Ted and Susy demolished us again, although If I could have snagged one more military, that may have swung the win my way. so close.
Ted (Haalikornosos B) 56
Susy-(Babylon A) 53
David (Ghiza A)/Sam (Olympos A) 47
Emily-(Rhodos B) 42
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6. Board Game: Poo: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:7026]
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Things had thinned out a bit by say 8ish. As Hunter S. Thompson noted, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" and now the weirdness kicks in. This is one strange game/theme. Josh and Barak got out first and got the banana revival. Josh went out for real, then Emily, then me. In order of removal Susy then Barak, leaving it for Ted and Robert to fling it out. Robert had poo, so was easy for Ted to finish off Robert and claim the win.
 
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7. Board Game: Cards Against Humanity [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2354] [Average Rating:6.10 Unranked]
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You just KNEW CAH was going to be the closer, didn't you? Ted and Susy were new to this experience, but learned quickly. We spent most of the time shooing the girls away from the X-rated game play and just lit into it w/ gusto. Suffice to say there were plenty of 'snort soda out the nostrils' funny moments.

Barak and Susy claimed 7 cards
David-5
Robert-4
Ted-3
 
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8. Board Game: Sushi Go! [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:340]
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Played by Ted, Sam, and Emily
 
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9. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1467]
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The Sushi Go crew washed it down w/ Grog on a doomed submarine.
 
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10. Board Game: Nuns on the Run [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1300]
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Of the junior gamer guests, ALL were girls (Josh was the only junior boy). Some of the girls played Nuns on the Run.
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11. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:2110]
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More junior girl power amidst this classic party game.
 
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12. Board Game: Terror in Meeple City [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:627]
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Barak tabled this fun dexterity romp w/ Greg, Rob, and I think 1 or 2 others. Rawwwwwr!
 
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13. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:193] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Whole bunch of Dixit went down.
 
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14. Board Game: Hawaii [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:525]
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played by Barak, Greg, Josh, Rob and I think there may have been a fifth.
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15. Board Game: Grill Party [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12596]
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As always, Chuck manned the grill serving up burgers, dogs, and chicken throughout the day.

Thanks Barak for another great BarakCon
 
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