Big Game Saturday™ Holiday Games DOUBLE SESSION!!
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December 28, 2013 - 'tween the holidays is a weekend perfectly made for Big Game Saturdays™. To make it even more perfect, we held TWO sessions- afternoon and evening. Joining Andy in the afternoon session were Tim, New Eric, Shawn, Scott, Leif and Jerry.

In the evening session, we demonstrated that well known universal law which says that Erics can neither be created or destroyed, but only change their form by having Classic Eric replace New Eric. Also joining for the evening was Rachel.
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1. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1219]
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Start: 12:00noon
End: 12:15pm


We started with a quick game of SET. Because it's a perfect straggle-in game. It had nothing to do with the fact that Andy didn't remember to set up Ricochet Robots ahead of time.

A bunch of people found sets. Sorry, no photo, but here's a geeklist version of SET that you can play in your browser:

1 2 3 4
A 2Os 1Wo 2Wf 2Os


B 3Df 1Oo 3Ds 1Df

C 3Do 2Oo 1Do 1Wo

O=oval; W=wavy line; D=diamond
f=filled; s=shaded; o=outlined


Huge prizes (proportional to the number of sets found) will be awarded to anyone who finds at least one set. There are four for sure. Maybe more.
 
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2. Board Game: Railways of North America [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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Start: 12:15pm
End: 2:55pm


Tim, Jerry, Shawn and Andy started with this great Railways of the World game. It's a smaller map of northern North America (mostly Canada). They used the event deck option, as well as the mines and switch tracks expansions.

The initial distribution of goods cubes showed a real obvious desirable starting position in Seattle-Vancouver area, where it would be extremely easy to quickly (and cheaply) build some track, deliver the first cube, and also get the bonus for delivering four different cubes.

Tim bid $7K for start player, and took the obvious start spot. Jerry started in south-central Canada while Shawn chose to start in eastern Canada. Andy saw an opportunity to deliver a handful of cubes quickly between two cities up north, so he started there.

Tim stayed on the west coast, and built a solid enterprise, delivering goods up and down the coast. But by the end of the game, goods were thin, and he was forced to cross over the mountains to find high scoring routes. Jerry and Shawn seemed to feed off each other, building an intricate network across south-central to eastern Canada, but neither were able to sustain big scoring deliveries. After exhausting his easy starting position, Andy moved to northeastern Canada, and built a solid network, that began to infringe on Shawn's area. Tim and Andy were running neck and neck at the end, and it figured to be close. The difference ended up being that Andy was able to complete his Baron card (most bonds issued) and so he finished at 66 to Tim's 62. Jerry ended with 47 and Shawn scored 44.


Two interesting quotes from the game:
Tim (to Jerry and Shawn): "You're like communist train operators."
Andy: "I'm a capitalist pig."
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3. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:211]
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Start: 12:30pm
End: 1:25pm


Leif, New Eric and Scott decided to grow and eat bamboo. The score sheet doesn't say anything about the game other than the scores, and a note on what triggers the end of the game (first to eight goals).

New Eric was the first to eight goals, and therefore ended the game. Including his two point bonus for ending it, he scored 35 points, well ahead of Leif and Scott's 26 and 25 points respectively.

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4. Board Game: Carcassonne Big Box [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Start: >1:25pm
End: < 3:00pm


Leif, New Eric and Scott then proceeded to play an undocumented game of Carcassonne using Leif's big box edition. We can't call it an illegal game, because we don't want to offend anyone.

Since there wasn't a score sheet filled out, we know nothing about this game other than what we can learn from this photo:



Looks like they are enjoying themselves. So much so that they forgot to fill out a score sheet.
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5. Board Game: Infinite City [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2432]
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Start: 3:00pm
End: 3:45pm


After the excitement of Carcassonne, Leif, and Scott were joined by Jerry and correctly documented their next game, Infinite City. But they forgot to take a photo, so this group also gets no credit for a well and proper game session.

Leif scored 11 + 7 + 0 = 18 points.
Jerry scored 14 + 19 + 4 = 37 points.
Scott scored 11 + 5 + 0 = 16 points.

There is no explanation for the breakdown in points. Maybe it's because they got interrupted twice while counting their points. Who knows.
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6. Board Game: Goldbräu [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2140]
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Start: 3:15pm
End: 5:00pm


Andy wanted to try this new game that his wife Cindy gave him for a Christmas present. He convinced Shawn, New Eric and Tim to join him.

This is an economic game where you buy shares of beer gardens and breweries and then try to maximize the client base of your beer gardens while controlling which breweries supply your beer gardens.

Shawn managed to get strong control of a couple gardens that paid him very well in all three scoring turns, and won handily with 94 points. Andy drafted off Shawn, but was unable to generate income separately, and thus ended with 75 points. Eric had the most share markers in play, but didn't maximize any of his holdings, so ended with 56 points. Tim just couldn't get anything to work the way he wanted, and thus had only 47 points.

Oh, and someone forgot to take a picture of this game as well. What the hell is going on here?
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7. Board Game: Eight-Minute Empire: Legends [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:658]
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Start: 4:00pm
End: 4:45pm

Leif, Jerry and Scott played this game, which is apparently about building empires on islands and in regions where potatoes are grown and the players demonstrate various abilities. That's what the score sheet says.

Leif scored 7 region points, 3 island points, no potato points and 5 ability points to win the game with a total of 15 points.

Scott had 4 region points, 2 island points, no potato points and 8 ability points to score a close second with 14 points.

Jerry's potato strategy was not enough to catch the others; he had 4 region points, no island points, 2 potato points and 8 ability points for only 12 total.

Another game with no photos. Makes me sad.

*OK, maybe it says 'potions' on the score sheet, but it's kind of hard to read. Potatoes sounds more interesting.

**Oh, and this game took WAAAAYYYY longer than eight minutes. Shoulda been called "Forty-five minute Empire".
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8. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:213]
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Start:4:45pm
End:5:30ish pm


Leif, Jerry and Scott then played a quick game of Love Letter, scoring 3, 4 and 5 points respectively, before quitting for dinner.

And another game with no photo. I think the camera might be broken.
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9. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2239]
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Start: 5:10pm
End: 5:30ish pm


While waiting for the pizza to show up for dinner, Andy forced Tim, Shawn and Eric to play his new dexterity game, tentatively called "Demolition Derby". It's a flicking game where you score points by knocking your opponents off the board.

Tim ended up winning with 28 points, getting 20+ on the last two turns. Shawn scored 13 points early, but then couldn't get anymore. Eric sucks at dexterity games and only scored 4. Andy had a quiet 9 points.

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10. Board Game: Pizza Party [Average Rating:5.07 Overall Rank:14195]
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Start: 5:30ish pm
End: 6:00ish pm


Those staying for the second session were treated to pizza and drinks. Yum!
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11. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:372]
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Start: 6:00pm
End: 6:06pm


While waiting for the replacement Eric, Shawn talked Andy, Tim, Leif, Scott and Jerry to join him in playing Coup.

Tim won by assassinating the other players mercilessly. What a horribly violent game! (Just kidding- it's really a delightfully fun violent game!)

Eric showed up right after Tim won. So it was time to start the next session of Big Game Saturday™
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12. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:35]
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Start: 6:15pm
End: 9:00pm


Tim, Scott and Shawn joined Eric on the cursed island in an attempt to save Mr. Crusoe.

The score sheet says they won on the 10th turn, but there was an admittance of shenanigans by Eric on this thread. So we'll give them an asterisk.

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13. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:315]
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Start: 6:30pm
End: 8:00pm


Rachel showed up shortly after dinner, and joined Leif, Andy and Jerry. Ginkgopolis is a great four player game. Rachel had not played before, but that didn't stop her from winning with 63 points, a lot of those coming from focusing on a single type of card power and then getting the bonus scoring card that matched. Jerry came in second with 47 points, Andy had 43, and Leif came in last with 37.

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14. Board Game: Buccaneer [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2188]
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Start: 8:00pm
End: 8:50pm


Since the adventure on the cursed island was still going on, Leif, Rachel and Jerry were forced by Andy to play another game that he got for Christmas, Buccaneer.

This is a light filler game where you have to join up with the other players to plunder ships for gold and treasure. As the captain who leads a raid on a ship, you get all the gold and the best treasure, but you also have to pay all the pirates who helped you. If you're not careful, you can easily end up with a small (or even negative) reward.

This game ended up real close between Rachel, Jerry and Leif, with 93, 91 and 90 points respectively. Andy couldn't get in on the big raids, and ended up with only 76.

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15. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:721]
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Start: 9:20pm
End: 10:00pm


By 9:00, there was time for only one more game. Shawn had to leave due to prior commitments for the evening, leaving seven gamers for the final game.

Scott brought his copy of Shadow Hunters, so that's what was played.

At regular game nights in the official CBBS basement, most games of Shadow Hunters end fairly quickly due to the propensity of players to lash out irrationally at whoever happens to be in their space. In this game, the players were much more tentative, taking time to figure out who was on who's team.

Andy (as Charles) was finally the first to be killed, by Rachel. So he never got a chance to off anyone, let alone the third or later player, which is what he needed to win.

Eric Classic, as the Unknown, was the second to go, when Tim, who had revealed as Fu-ka (a hunter) dealt the killing blow.

With seven players, there are two shadows, two hunters and three neutrals in the game. That meant that the shadows were down to their last character.

Jerry, as George, the other hunter, killed Leif (Bob, a neutral) next, and Scott (the vampire, and last remaining shadow) finished off Tim, which gave evened the score.

But Rachel stole the victory (literally) by revealing her character David on her next turn, and took the last item she needed from the discard pile to get the win.

It's rare for the game to go long enough for all those items to come into play. But it happened in this one, and Rachel was able to stay out of the way of the two warring factions long enough to sneak off with the win.


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