What Did You Play This Weekend? 01/20/2014
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Greetings fellow geeks! The weekend is now over, and as we toil at our assorted labors, we should recount our past weekend gaming exploits.

So, all you weekend gamers, bring your mini-session reports and stories of weekend gaming greatness, as you pop in here to answer the question:
What did you play this weekend?

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1. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:68]
Brandon Kempf
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Had a rough start to the weekend with a sick kiddo on Friday, so I stayed home with her all day and took care of her, but later that night I unwound with a frustrating round of Nations. Played China's B-side and tried to play it on Emperor level(one resource per round) and I used all the progress cards. Man this was a struggle, I could never upgrade my buildings, I could never get moving on the stability track and I even managed to lose a war when I got in a hurry to buy something else on the board. 24 points hurt my pride a bit, haha.



























Saturday saw my wife and I's first play of Troyes. It was like a lot of folks say, a learning experience as we played. Some small errors in rules from me, like putting cubes on certain cards instead of taking the benefit immediately but all in all I think it was pretty successful for us. Not sure how our scores compare to others, but at 48-47 I felt like we did pretty good with me eeking out a win.



Later we played another rough game of Freedom: The Underground Railroad. Four players this time and we played on the easier setting of only having to free 23 slaves. Came up three short and we didn't have enough room on the plantations at the end of the 8th round anyway, but this time we at least got all of the support purchased, albeit it was in the last round that we managed that as well. Really like this game, but it's not a game we'll play with my BiL again, he seems to have drawn the line in the sand when it comes to this one. He's not a big co-op fan to begin with but he says he didn't see a way for us to win the game from the beginning and that frustrated him. Oh well, looks like it will fall on my wife and I beat it.

















































Sunday morning Gabby and I ran a quick 2 lap race in Formula D. Haven't broke this one out in a while and it felt good to play. About halfway through the first lap though I was pulling away and I thought it was a good idea to give Gabby some advice and such, but that maybe wasn't the right choice, she gave me the, "I'm playing how I want to play and I am having fun" line and I left her alone after that. I ran away with the race and was a bit frustrated that she didn't seem to care. I've always taught her that gaming is about the company and having fun more than winning, but somewhere along the line I hope I didn't remove her sense of wanting to win. Because while the man point of gaming for me is being around people and enjoying their company while having fun, I do want to play to the best of my ability and I hope she does to, maybe it was just a meh kind of morning for her.



















Have Libertalia set up and ready to go in the morning since we are off work for Martin Luther King Jr Day and there is no school tomorrow either. Well, we decided to sleep in since the kiddos decided to sleep in as well, but we did get a game of Libertalia in with the three of us. I tried to keep the youngest interested in the game by letting her pick the cards we played but that only lasted a couple rounds and she decided to play with her horses. Close game and a valiant comeback on my part allowed me to win this one 61-59-58. This is a pretty fun game that has to get a bit more hectic and fun when you add more players to it.

Hoping for another play of Troyes this afternoon, but laundry beckons at the moment.

Have a great week everyone!!
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2. Board Game: Super Showdown [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:11512]
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A slow gaming weekend, but the wife and I did get in a couple games.

Super Showdown - 1x - I liked this a lot more than my wife. She did like the silver age comic artwork, but I think decisions weren't are visible to her as they were for me.

I think that she might play it again, but it might take some convincing. This one will be hanging around in my collection for now. It plays quickly enough that I think I can teach it others easily and it might still find a place on the "games my wife likes" shelf.

Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension - 1x - I really like this game. My wife was so so with the game play but really liked the board art.

"I like the colors. The purples and the blues... and the hexagons..."

While she wasn't blown away by the gameplay, she did admit that she might like the game more with 3 or 4 players.

Just before she went to bed, she came to my game room/office to say goodnight and saw my copy of Monopoly Deal sitting on top of my computer (cards fresh from the shrink). She said, "we can play that tomorrow...", so I guess we have some minor plans for the holiday.
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3. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:77]
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Played Kemet 3 player on Sunday, finishing tied for 2nd (yes, out of 3...*sigh*), 10/9/9. Had a blast though. Saturday had even more fun though with a double birthday party with me and my wife, playing Jenga (not my idea but surprisingly fun) and The Resistance with 10 players x 2 games. I was on the winning team both times, and we had the first victory for the resistance team with spies knowing their teammates.

*edit* oh yeah! forgot I played some Summoner Wars on iOS this weekend too (I never really get to play with my cards any more...). I was getting rocked as the Mountain Vargath; back on my heels the whole match, only got out one champ who got killed ASAP. Had to build myself a little fort with my walls to hide behind. Tundra Orcs had out Ragnor on one side, Krung on the other, and a very aggressive and slightly wounded Grognac (5 of 7 health remaining) advancing. Managed to get one hit on Groggy with a brute, knock around to land him in front of a rusher and Sunderved. Rusher hits 2 for 2 and Sunderved drops the hammer, 3 for 3 FTW. Goat power!
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4. Board Game: Qwixx [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:682]
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I've been playing lots of games of Qwixx lately on my homemade laminated scoresheets with dry-erase markers... so that game definitely takes the cake for this weekend.


We also enjoyed a fun game of Agricola with my wife's sister and brother on Saturday evening. We played with only the basic deck of cards, which was interesting (since I've never separated the cards before). Unfortunately, I picked up two begging cards (ack) and lost. But it was fun!


Tonight, my wife's family came over for more games, and we had lots of Qwixx going at the table, along with a game of Village that I lost as well. But it was fun, and I was teaching. As always, I'm intrigued by that game and the "time" mechanic.

Enjoyable weekend... back to work again.
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5. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:286]
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Got Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set last week and played with my buddy, he was Valeros the Fighter and I was Harsk the Ranger. We completed the 3 base scenarios in 4-5hours and will continue the Adventure Deck 1 scenarios this weekend. Very enjoyable if you're a MMORPG player, it is a cooperative game but not as difficult as Ghost Stories and definitely a great adventure game.

My current inventory:


Caution: Do not play solo with only 1 character, use at least two characters. I tried with 1 character and the experience was underwhelming.

Other games played:
Helvetia Cup x1
Flash Duel: Second Edition x7
King of Tokyo x2 w/ King of Tokyo: Power Up! and King of Tokyo: Halloween
Nuns on the Run x1
San Guo Sha: Complete Edition x2
Survive: Escape from Atlantis! x1
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6. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:344]
John Crawford
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Went to my monthly game night on Saturday. While waiting for more people to arrive, we played 2 games of No Thanks!.

Then I settled into a game of Snowdonia which was a new game for me. Enjoyed it quite a bit and ended up winning.

Went into another new game, Coal Baron. I'll need to try this one again, as I was left wanting more from this one.

Ended the night with a game of King of Tokyo with King of Tokyo: Power Up! and King of Tokyo: Halloween. I ended up winning this one as well, as I had some really nice cards in play.
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7. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:137]
Fernando Robert Yu
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I spent my weekend playing a couple of games I have put up for a math trade!

Friday

Dungeon Petz = 1 Play

The "biggest" game I am putting up for a Math trade, I decide to bring this to the FLGS so that the gals and I play it again, possibly for the last time!

It was some time ago since we last played this, but despite that Vangie, Julie, and I did a relatively good job in managing our Petz' needs. Julie focused more on collecting artifacts and caring for her Petz rather than buying cages and improvements for her store, while Vangie and I did the opposite and bought a lot of upgrades. I was the most aggressive in getting Petz and this helped me manage their needs since this meant I had the most cards drawn, although I was forced to let a Pet mutate due to a Magical leak. This meant that I managed to get a huge 30 point sale of a Petz (although the gals also did get to sell their petz later at a good price) midway and this was also boosted by 2 great sales at the last turn. It is therefore ironic (and appropriate) that I get my highest score ever in what could be my last game of this, as I win with a score of 96 to Julie's 62 and Vangie's 59!


Vangie (left green) 59 Me (center blue) 96 Julie (right yellow) 62

Sunday

Morels = 1 Play

I have also put this game up for trade, so I make sure to get a game of this with Shawn. It was a very exciting game since the both of us managed to get good sets of mushrooms cooked with condiments, and it was just my last turn cooking of a set of Morels mushrooms which decided the game in my favor. The final scores had me just 1 point over Shawn as I had 48 versus his 47, and this would be a perfect last session of this game which taught Shawn about different kinds of mushrooms!


Me (left) 48 Shawn (right) 47

OTHER GAMES PLAYED DURING THE WEEK:

Wednesday

Enrique learns 7 Wonders, and we play 3 games straight in Jim's house!

7 Wonders = 3 Plays

Game 1: Intro game for Enrique. Jim and Enrique learn about the power of science cards as I score 31 in this category for the win! The final scores were: Me Great Wall A (59) Jim Ephesos B (53) Enrique Giza B (49)

Game 2: This time we play with all the expansions included. Jim went science this time but I manage to overcome this with a heavy blue strategy, and together with my Wonder Petra's 17 points I win again!


With LEADERS and CITIES. Me (center) Petra A (69) Jim (left) Great Wall A (60) Enrique(right) Rome A (54)

Game 3: I wanted to try out another game, but Jim wants another round! In this tight game it was Enrique who tried using the heavy science approach. Money was unusually tight in this game, especially as Enrique also played a lot of Black money discarding cards, resorting to me an Jim discarding cards just to get money. I manage to synch my leader's bonus for military cards to go heavy into the red cards, although Jim managed to sneak one through me by quietly surpassing me there in the last age! Despite this I get good scores with my leaders and purple guilds cards (16 points each!) and win again!


With LEADERS and CITIES. Me (center) Rhodes B (58) Jim (left) Manneken A (52) Enrique (right) Alexandria B (42)

It was interesting that we all get the same placings in the 3 games, with me first, Jim 2nd, and Enrique last!

Thursday

This time I pay the FLGS a short visit!

Escape: The Curse of the Temple = 2 Plays

Jenny Rose gets her first plays of this frenetic dice chucking game!

Game 1: We play without the curses and treasures. We were lucky enough to get the large gem rooms ealry in the game, and thus we had an easy time as we managed to get rid of ALL the gems, and easily manage to escape with time to spare!


An easy escape! Me (blue) Julie (white) Jenny Rose (red)

Game 2: This time we add the curses and treasures. The game was a total opposite from the first. We did manage to get enough gem rooms and managed to get rid of all but 1 of the gems (even though we had to add a reserve gem as there was a time all of us had a lot of black masks) and the curses did not really hamper us, but we had difficulty keeping up with each other and I made a mistake as I did not realize that we were past the 2nd gong already. We were REALLY rolling frantically as we searched for the escape room as the last gong was counting down, but alas we could not find it as ALL of us were buried alive, and it turns out the escape tile was the very last one in the pile! The game was so frantic that I totally forgot to add the treasures to the tiles!


Buried alive!

Rise of Augustus = 1 Play

This game of Gamer Bingo has Jenny Rose really get off the starting line quick, as she completes several objectives early, although Julie and I later catch up. JR's speed makes here claim the Green province and 6 card bonuses, but Julie dominates the gold and wheat objectives as well as claim the 4 card objective, while I get the senator and 5 card bonuses. Jenny Rose ends the game with her 7th completed card, but this did not guarantee her victory as Julie's more valuable cards plus those gold and wheat bonus gives her enough points to overcome Jenny Rose by just 1 point, with a score of 57 to JR's 56, and my 47!


Julie 57 (center 5 Objectives Bonus 16 Cards 19 Variable 22) Jenny Rose 56 (right 7 objectives Bonus 14 Cards 13 Variable 29) Me 47 (left 5 objectives Bonus 10 Cards 37)

Dominion: Guilds = 1 Play

We play the Name That Card scenario from the expansion, which uses cards from Dominion: Intrigue as well. The presence of the Masterpiece card means money (especially silver) was easy, and provinces started being purchased early in the game. The game was ended quickly as Julie bought her 5th province, but it was my investment in the Nobles Victory/Action card that had me just barely win, with a score of 35 to Julie's 33, versus Jenny Rose's 24!


Me (left) 35 Julie (center) 33 Jenny Rose (right) 24
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8. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:92]
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Friday - 3 games, 4 players

We introduced our gaming group partners to Suburbia, which has became one of my 9 rated games very quickly. So, this was first 4 player game. I must say that one of newbies liked it (and almost won), but other one disliked, because all the game she just couldn't build any mechanism for money (and refused to create lakes). How about myself? Well, I started quickly with Homeowners Association and fell in my own trap - building too much green buildings early. My secret goal wasn't filled and nobody else went for green tiles. Just 3rd place in the end and struggling to get money all the way.

Game night was continued by 1 game of Love Letter and in 2 3rds of rounds my starting card was Countess. I must add that for some reason she is the one always searched by guards in the beginning (at least in our gaming group). So hard time for me and not even close to winning and delivering the letter.

But I got my revenge in 7 Wonders. Everything worked well and my Rhodos civilization dominated all the game in all ways (except Science, I almost never go for it).

Sunday - 1 game, 2 players
2 plays of grat looking Tortuga and 2 wins for me.
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9. Board Game: Band of Brothers: Screaming Eagles [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:1512] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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Still getting into BoB. I like the idea of the system a lot but I'm not quite sold on it after the first couple of scenarios. Hopefully I'll get into it a bit more after a couple more scenarios. I lost as the Germans in the first scenario, which is a less than interesting learning scenario.



A perfectly serviceable Euro game based around the much loved worker placement mechanism. Good game.
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10. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:425]
Kārlis Jēriņš
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Went to an FLGS-organized game night on Saturday:

Samurai:
Four-player game, with me and three new players. Whenever I teach this to new people, it's obvious that it's not a game you grasp on your first play - the rules are simple, but the strategies are not, and I can't even formulate mine to tell them what to do at any point. The game ended with my victory with a majority in both buddhas and high hats, but this isn't what I'd call an accomplishment...


Eminent Domain: Four-player game, with two new people and Uldis who had played once before. I'd played once or twice previously, and only two-player. We quickly depleted the Colonize stack, after which I started going for Warfare, with the others mainly sticking with Colonize and using just the cards they already had. One of the new players completely ignored research and scored a lot with Produce/Trade, almost completely depleting the stack (I took the last one on my turn to end the game) - she had 4 production slots, so that's frequent gains of 4 VPs. The other new player didn't seem to have one specific goal, and he just did a little bit of everything. Me and Uldis went for research and advanced cards (we were also the only ones with previous experience with deck-builders, and that showed), but I managed to be a little bit faster and/or luckier with my draws than him, and won the game with 27 points.
Overall, I enjoyed this and will most certainly play again! Also, once my (definitely non-gamer) group has spent enough time on Dominion, I can totally see us playing this one there as well.


Race for the Galaxy: Me versus Uldis; I'd played once before half a year ago, and Uldis had played many times some 4 or so years ago, so it was sort of new for us both. We played with the "2 roles per player" rules. The game was over fairly quickly, since we were both rushing and building mainly 1- and 2-cost cards. Only at the end we built a couple bigger ones (one 6-cost development each, and I also managed to have the cards for one 7-cost rebel planet). Uldis was really off his game this evening, and frequently made mistakes with the icons. I think I got mine right, but can't be entirely sure. I should probably play with someone who knows this game really well a few times, to make sure I get things right.


Samurai: back to this again, this time with two new people and Linda, who I've played this with many times and she's never been able to win. For this reason, it's sort of her mission in life to beat me at Samurai. And this evening, whether through superior strategy or luckier tile draws (mine were absolutely horrible, and I only got my 2- and 3-strength samurai and two of the 4-strength tiles at the point when the game was already almost over), she finally prevailed and I have to say I don't think I've ever seen her happier


The Manhattan Project along with the Nations expansion and most of Second Stage: Four-player game, with all of my opponents new to the game itself, and me having played the base game several times, but never either expansion. From Second Stage I added the Nations 2, H-Bombs and Personalities, leaving the Rockets for some other time. The Nations 2 and H-Bombs didn't come up, though - we assigned nations by shuffling and dealing everyone one nation, and the LD plants were shuffled in the building deck as supposed, but there's this terrible component issue with the expansion cards being a bit smaller than the base game ones (it's pathetic production, really - shame on you, Minion Games!), and that messed up the shuffle so no Nations 2 or LD plants ever came up.
The Personalities made the game much better, though. The only problem with them is that they're not balanced all that well, or so it seems after one game. Maybe more experience will reveal some more utility to the non-espionage-related personalities.


Overall, a great night! The two plays of Samurai and the one play of Manhattan Project count for my 10x10 challenge, and Eminent Domain, Race for the Galaxy and both Manhattan Project expansions are now off my "owned but unplayed" list, which I'm using to control my new game acquisitions - no more than one new game per 10 things off the list, until there's nothing left on the list.
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11. Board Game: A Most Dangerous Time: Japan in Chaos, 1570-1584 [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:2673]
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I played the 1914 scenario of Guns of Galicia solo - hit the russians very hard early, but got hit in the back by Brusilov consequently.

Pluizebol, Maevre, Richard and I played Robinson Crusoë, mission 3 (Jenny). We found the balloon & a discovery worth 1 hide, but the two critters we killed (finches & an alligator) didn’t have hide. So we couldn’t finish our lifeboat and couldn’t get home. We’re planning to play more often & get better at this game, though.

Pluizebol and I played a few games of Legend of the Five Rings
My Crane vs her Naga (Crane win: in the same turn, I went to 40 and put her to -20)
My Crab vs her dragon (dragon win - I played Yakamo XP and never got another personality in play, whereas she nuked one province with Evil Feeds, took another one with Daini + 2x Strength of Purity and then honoured out).

We also played battle 6 of Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #3 – The Austrian Army (Battle of Pordenone). It started very well for her when her cavalry killed 2 light cavalry units, a leader and my horse artillery. I recovered by taking a hex of Pordenone and killing her foot artillery. She went in search of her fifth banner but all my units were pretty much at-strength or behind the lines, and eventually my line infantry marched into another Pordenone hex and my cavalry counter-struck her cavalry. She had a last turn in which to evict me from my Pordenone hexes or get her last banner, but she couldn’t (4 kill banners for her vs 4 kill banners and 2 Pordenone banners for me)

On Saturday, Pluizebol and I played A Most Dangerous Time: Japan in Chaos, 1570-1584. I was extremely lucky in this game - both Kenshin and Shingen died the turn they entered play (that's about a 1 in 1000 chance?)! Additionally, I could put a Takeda army out of supply and destroy it thanks to an extremely unlikely fight - her fortress toward supply was defended by three takeda units; one of them betrayed and defeated the other two! As I said, I was extremely lucky.

On Sunday, I played 2x Terrible Swift Swordfish, once to 14 (cashiered right out of the navy) and once to 19 points (maybe a promotion). In addition, severijndw and I played The Napoleonic Wars (Second Edition). We played 3 turns in 4 hours, quite a record tempo in my opinion. By the end, the Imperial camp contained Prussia, Spain and Danmark and faced a coalition of Britain, Austria, Russia, Sweden and Turkey. Spain was entirely taken by Spain + Sweden (Descent from the sea!) and should have gone neutral at the end of the third turn, Russia had conquered all of East Prussia up until Berlin and killed all Prussian troops but the leaders, until Marshal Soult came and cleared them right out (leaving only Kutuzov alive). Napoleon, Davout, Massena and 1 french troop faced Charles, a few troops and some turks in Vienna. Italy was all French, with Eugene and 9 french troops in Rome/Napels keys. The seas ... ah, the seas were not British, a french fleet of 3 squadrons controlling the North Sea. We stopped there as it was midnight, was probably anyone's game still.
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12. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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8 plays of Dominion together with Dominion: Prosperity, one of my SO's favourite games. After over 100 plays I find this a pretty dry experience and I wish that there were a little more meat to the bones. Just as I start to understand what is going on with the cards it's all over. 6-2 to her.


3 games of Machiavelli, the Italian Rummy variant, 2-1 to me overall. This dominated the table a couple of weeks ago, but now it looks as if it is on its way out for a bit while we go back to our collection. Also reminds me that I need to look into Cribbage at some point.


2 games of Jaipur, which I received for Christmas and am really beginning to enjoy. I lost both of these encounters but, even though it lacks the multiple setups of Dominion, at the moment I think I would rather play this, and it may well put the nail into the coffin of Lost Cities. Pretty colours too!

Happy gaming!
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13. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:621] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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Just a single play of smash up this weekend.

However, it was with my wife who is slowly being indoctrinated into tabletop gaming devil It helps that she almost always beats me...

First time with the Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000 expansion, which was entertaining. I am a particular fan of the bear cavalry, not because of anything the deck does just...y'know, it's bear cavalry.
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14. Board Game: De Vulgari Eloquentia [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:786]
Tiago Perretto
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Curitiba
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As usual, only games on Friday:

FRIDAY

Hanabi - A four players game. It was my first time using the wild cards as a 6th color, and, boy, it was tough! We went from bad to worst quickly in a few colors, especially green. In the end, our 21 points was high considering what we expected to make by the middle of the game.




For Sale - A five players game. I did really well in the first phase, acquiring some very good properties at a reasonable price. This bode well for the next phase, since my lowest card was around a 10. And I did sell well, but not as well as another player! After the count, I had 58 points, and I was basically punching the air in celebration, but then other player said: 64. Oh, no. He sold really well, getting good cards even with some questionable cards.




Mascarade - A five players game. It was my first time playing with the Cheat, but it made no difference, as no one called it during the whole game. As usual the stars were the Queen, the King and the Judge. The game was really close, with only a few coins separating the last from the first. But we made the mistake of leaving the Judge with the same person for two rounds in a row, so he went on for the win.




De Vulgari Eloquentia - An amazing three players game. Everyone went for completely different paths: one go for all the bonus points one can get, the other went for papacy somewhat early on, and I went for acquiring books. The player going for the bonus points did something I never saw: he stayed with his knowledge almost without moving. A tricky move to pull off, but he did make it work. Whe the Pope died, the game could go either way. And gladly it went for me! I won with 40 points. But only 5 money (the minimum, since the game works with 5, 10 and 50 money) would make the game end in: 33, 33 and 33 points! And I would lost in the tie-breaker. No less than an amazing game.




Love Letter - Only a quick four players game, but it was really hard fought. Everyone tied at 3 wins. In the final round a Baron and a Guard made the work and I won! It was sweeter since I was, at a point in the game, in dead last, and, of course, the teasing was in full mode on. Ah, sweet revenge.




Gears of War: The Board Game - The last game in the night: a three player game in the scenario Horde Mode. We played in the normal difficulty and the set up helped us quite a bit: we had a really good area of cover with the need to advance. So we just waited for the locust to move to us, while we battled the ones that were closer. It wasn't the most fun I ever had with this game, mostly because the played almost fixed in only one place. But it was the best decision to win the scenario, for sure. Though not without problems (one time there were two COGs down, and in other times there were at least one down). In the end, due to the really good spot the COGs were in, we won (but I considered the Berseker apt to take damage as normal).




And that was it!

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15. Board Game: Bezzerwizzer [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1951] [Average Rating:6.40 Unranked]
Jerry Wilkinson
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Saturday-1 play each of Ticket to Ride and Bezzerwizzer.

Sunday-nothing.
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16. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:600]
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Most of my weekend gaming has been a part of the amazing adventure my daughter Lindy has taken me on which started last Tuesday and will likely go until the end of the month. This is certainly one of the most exciting and enjoyable gaming experiences I have had to date. For Christmas she gave me a coupon for the continuing story of Detective Enns, which is a fictional story in which she gives me one instalment at a time that leads up to a different game. We then play the game and usually if I win or if I lose the game the outcome of the story gets slightly altered. She has spent far more than 100 hours on making this, I believe it is likely much closer to 200 hours. It is truly exciting to have each game I play feel as though it is part of a real life adventure I am taking and often the mystery of what will happen next leaves me hanging as well as the best cliff hanger ever could. To read the full account go to:My Daughter Gives Me the Ultimate Present - The Saga Continues....3 Years Later. For the original adventure which she wrote 3 years earlier at 18 and included 21 games over 2 weeks go to:
My Daughter Gives Me the Ultimate Present - The Long and Short of It

By the way my new adventure is to include over 30 games and looks to be about 2 and a half weeks. We have to split ways next weekend and it will not be done by then so we will continue in the last week of January.

(EDIT) SPOILER: If you are following the geek list now, you may not want to read the rest of this here since it will reveal the next few steps before they are published to the list. These will be done in about 3 or 4 hours from now.


Friday started off with 3 games of Mexican Train with my mother while LIndy got ready for our next bout of the adventure. It is certainly good to play time and laugh with my 88 year old Mom. I am so glad to be making time for it again.




Back to the adventure. This time my game of Super Mastermind was like this: "I have found the four artefacts dating between 540 and 560 A.C. at Pergammon and the oval stone conatiner and am in the library there where I have found a pedestal with indents in which to place all 5 artefacts. It also has coloured tiles that look like the code to a lock. By getting the right combination I should be able to unlock the Atlanteon stone’s secrets."

Getting off to a bad start I ran down several wrong directions and got myself royally mixed up. Where I usually solve it in 5 or 6 it took me until 8 this time.





Saturday, "after finding a scroll there I had to translate a message written in ancient Atlanteon which revealed the co-ordinates to an Island off of Great Britain. Since my friend (in the story) Dr. Richards knew of a helicopter pilot we could commandeer in France we had to leave Turkey to get to France. Our plane lands exactly 1000 kilometres from the pilots house so we have to get there by car." Hence, Mille Bornes.





We get to the pilot's house and he takes us to our island of rock. On it we discover a way to use the container in which the scroll was found to use in a similar manner as in Pergammon and thus activate a method of ancient technology which raises an unstable island out of the water. We become aware that we have to find more artefacts on this island and go to it with our pilot waiting." This obviously leads to Forbidden Island. "The island sinks before we make it off scaring off our pilot and separating the 2 of us. I find a log on which to cling and get washed up to a nearly deserted island where I have to co-exist with the one other person shipwrecked here."





This leads to Shipwrecked. "A ship passes nearby saving both me and the other island habitant and I get reunited with Dr. Richards. He has managed to get all 4 artefacts off the island which turn out to have Atlanteon writing on them. This leads to another discovery of ancient technology which is akin to a modern laptop. On it a map glows indicating Antarctica as our next clue."





Sunday. "We get to Antarctica where we get dog sled teams to take us to the spot indicated on a map. While we both know it is not a race, each of us has a competitive spirit which comes to the forefront and it turns into one although neither of us admit it." Obviously Snow Tails. Lindy won. "We get to the spot and people are milling around. It turns out to be a newly found gold mine.





This leads to Gold Mine. I have ulterior rules in this game in which I have to find 3 small chests as well as gold to win. I find all 3 and also win the game. "As we are leaving the cave someone rushes out of the dark tunnel chasing bats towards us and causing me to lose hold of the chests. This intruder picks up one of the chests and runs off. We chase him to his helicopter where we are unable to get our chest back but find he works for a Ms Wolf, a shrewd business woman in Portland Oregon where he is taking it. We get ourselves there to confront her."






"Upon getting to Portland, Ms Wolf proposes a challenge in which I have to win a race gathering flags off the bridges in this city." This leads to Bridgetown Races. Lindy won which it turns out for me is a good thing because it lead to a challenge with Ms Wolf which was a race to solve a Sudoku puzzle. This I also lost which lead to a further challenge which will be to play more games to make money. That is a job for Monday! Can't wait!


10 glorious games played this weekend!
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17. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:227]
Bill Kunes
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I got a little extra sleep this weekend which was over due and I continued making progress on painting the big gear for Tzolk'in... I'm getting closer!

Friday
3x - Roll Through the Ages

Friday morning before work my wife and I had coffee and cranked out a best of three RTtA showdown. I won the first play through 47-42. The second game turned out to be a short one as I saw I had a bunch of developments early while my wife didn't have much to show but a few disasters and trying to get the Great Wall monument built. So I tried something different. End the game as quickly as possible disregarding the progression of paces of a typical game. This really surprised and ticked off my wife as I won again 15-12. We played the third game which consisted of an accumulation of disasters on both sides with my wife edging me out for the win 37-36.

Saturday - Game Night
2x - Hanabi
3x - King of Tokyo

Friends of ours were putting on a birthday party for their son, one of the guys in our game group, with assistance from his girlfriend. He wanted to invite friends and play some games just like our Game Night. We had a few of the regulars as well as some of his friends who have never played a designer board game before.

It was an encouraging site to see the three of us who more or less started this whole gaming trend amongst our friends a few years back facilitating three games for all to enjoy. One table was learning Belfort, the other Pandemic. At my table I managed to convince the hosting parents to try a game.

I introduced them to Hanabi which was simple enough. My youngest joined in as well and we managed to pull off a score of 20 while possibly creating two more future Game Night attendees.

After our game of Hanabi I had the hosting parents watch Pandemic for a bit over at the other table as I felt it would be another good game for them to start with. As that game was really getting started and a bit slow going I suggested we try King of Tokyo.

The mom wanted to continue watching Pandemic, but the dad accepted my invite with some resistance. We each picked our monster which involved unwrapping the Space Penguin for the first time. We were playing with Power Up! evolution cards which meant PnP cards for the penguin found here on BGG. Ultimately we went on to play three games with three of us adults and a rotation of kids during each of the games.

Our first game was a slugfest until I was KO'd that resulted in the winner accumulating 21 points while the dad and my youngest tied with 12 points and me last. We started again this time my oldest daughter played and went on to win big with 22 points, the dad finished second again with 14, the previous game winner had 13, and I resumed my normal position in KoT in last with 7 points. We played one last game this time with an eight year old who finished the game with 2 points but she had effectively knocked out the rest of us. Totally bizarre. I've never seen anyone win with so few points. Oh, I finished last again, being KO'd with 11 points. The other players had 13 and 16.

It was getting to the end of the night but Belfort was running long and the Pandemic crew were on their third game. The mom had the opportunity to play in the second game and loved it! I offered one more game of Hanabi to the parents while we waited for all the other games to finish up which they enthusiastically accepted. This time we pulled in a new player as our fourth. After a quick explanation we went on to finish with 18 points, unfortunately discarding 3-4 of the 5 cards meaning we nearly maxed out our potential points given our discard.

Everyone had a great time playing or being introduced to the Game Night experience. The parents and the girlfriend were very grateful for the half dozen of us that brought games and facilitated a fun evening for all the guests. The parents told me they really had a fun time and are probably going to buy Pandemic and possibly Hanabi if they can find it. They may just play at home sometime. Something they haven't done in a very long time. Nice!

The two plays of Hanabi contributed to BK's Hardcore 10x10 in 2014 List. It was fun to dust of King of Tokyo. I thought the night was going to include a game of Power Grid the Railways of the World, the two games I was told to bring for sure, but the important thing is that my friend was encouraged for his birthday and everyone had a great time.

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18. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:359]
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19. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:811]
Matthew Cordeiro
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Cumberland
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One game of Castle Panic with my wife and a friend. It was the friend's first time playing. A couple of tense moments, but we never lost control of the situation. We won with 5 towers standing. The undefeated streak continues.

One game of Chronology with my wife and a friend. I won by correctly guessing the first copyright was before 1729. (It was 15th century, actually.)

One game of Dominion that was aborted after my son threw a temper tantrum when my wife made him discard a Gold. (These things can happen when you play Dominion with a 3-year-old.)

Two games of Chess with my son. These were instructional games where I basically set him up to win so that he could practice moving his pieces and capturing mine.

Two games of Star Wars: Epic Duels with my son. Both were 2v2 games. He can now adequately handle the "master play" rules, but I still have to go a little easy on him to keep it close.

One game of Zooloretto with my wife and son. This time, we introduce him to all of the money actions. He spent all of his money exchanging tiles because, well, he could.

Two games of Sorry! with my son and wife.

Two games of UNO with my son and wife.
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20. Board Game: For the People [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:712]
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Very little gaming due to other commitments & the NFL. Set up & pushed around the example of play solo in hopes of trying it against an opponent next Friday.
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21. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:265]
James Moline
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Amerigo - We played our second game of Amerigo this week. It went much more quickly; I think we finished in an hour or so. We have the mechanics down, I think, but the strategy isn't quite clear in our minds. We both did better in scoring, but we also thought we were playing very poorly. I've seen a lot of criticisms of the game, and I understand them, but even though I think the game is fairly simple, I don't think it lacks depth at all. It's one of those games where you really have to do everything to win, but balancing those different actions optimally is a trick. My wife won this play by a decent margin, despite the fact that we both thought I had squeaked it out.
Rating: 8/10

Coup - Five more plays of Coup this week and I'm definitely warming to the game. Two of those plays were with my gaming group, who had trouble initially with the bluffing aspect. They chose to play it safe, which made the game kind of drag. They've slowly been getting the hang of the lying, though, and now just need to be a little bolder with the challenges. One player admitted that the elimination aspect bothers them, because they don't want to have to sit and watch. I don't think it should be a real issue, though, because the same player really enjoys Love Letter and King of Tokyo. I think once the groups picks things up, things will go much more quickly and elimination fear will fade. We'll see, though. The other 3 plays were with a couple we play with occasionally, and those games made it clear to me that the group makes a huge difference with this game. Everyone immediately got into the bluffing and challenging. The games went fast and everyone had a lot of fun.
Rating: 7/10

King of Tokyo - I brought out King of Tokyo this week because someone had mentioned enjoying it at last week's meetup. I'm not actually a huge fan of the game. It's a decent Yahtzee-type dice roller, but I find myself less and less tolerant of the mitigate-luck-by-rolling-a-couple-more-times mechanism. We played with the Power Up expansion and I rolled for hearts and VP the whole game, never collecting a single energy. I brought out two evolutions early (I was the Kraken) that were pretty great (player's I damage also lose 1 VP and any single damage I take can be blocked by rolling a heart). I think everyone at the table thought I would roll through the game with those two, especially after I healed back up to 9 with only 3 (out of 6) still in play. Another player had been doing a great job of collecting VPs, though, making it to 18 and then discarded a power card to take the win.
Rating: 6.5/10

Race for the Galaxy - It has been way too long since I played Race for the Galaxy. I really like this game. It suffers a bit from being one of those games you have to play often to get really good at, and it just doesn't make it to the table very often. We played a 4 player game with one new player (plus, I needed a rules refresher). It's funny, because I got into a disagreement before the game with someone who claimed that the game was good, but entirely luck of the draw. I suggested that he go play the Keldon AI a few times and then come talk to me. Well, the game played out exactly as you would expect it to, with the final results following exactly along the lines of experience. I hope they release an iOS version of this sometime soon. My wife and I would play it a lot more in that format, I think.
Rating: 8/10

Article 27: The UN Security Council Game - One of our game group got Article 27 for Christmas and had not yet played it, so we decided to give it a shot. It was a reasonably fun game, played fast and everyone seemed to have a good time. I eeked out a one point victory (55 to the second place's 54). I'm not sure how often I would like to play it, though, because it's supposed to be a negotiation game, but you don't seem to have a lot of actual power to negotiate. The negotiation takes the form of bribes, and every turn there is a very hard number for each agenda item at which your bribe can max out before it starts being less costly to just let it go. So the game really just ends up being a waiting game (within the allotted 4-5 minute negotiation period) in the hopes that someone else will inadvertently bribe on your behalf, allowing you to hoard your influence. It's only one play, so I could absolutely be missing something, but it seems like the game comes down to simple math and biding your time.
Rating: 6/10

Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy - Our second game of Legacy was a bit of a blowout. I ended up with the same patron that I had in the first game and knew a little better how to play it right off the bat. That combined with some good friend draws and few more peripheral scores (missions, contributions) gave me a massive end score in the 70s, while my wife was in the 40s. We play each other pretty well, usually, but if anything, she beats me more often than not, so I'm not sure what happened here. It could be down to luck; there are a lot of random card draws, after all. In both of our plays, my wife had nearly all daughters for the whole game, which didn't mix well with a hand of friends nearly devoid of men. This game is in our 10x10 list, so we'll find out over the course of more plays.
Rating: 7.75

Terror in Meeple City - Our first full on, 4 player game of Rampage was a big hit. My wife and I introduced it to another couple that we game with occasionally, and everyone had a great time. Flicking and blowing and dropping took some getting used to, as they hadn't played this kind of game before, but once they got into it, meeples and trucks and monsters were flying everywhere. I managed to win, mostly because I think I was the only one who was paying attention. If I saw meeples I needed on the ground somewhere, I made sure to go eat them. I think everyone else was just having fun with the destruction.
Rating: 7.5

Kingsburg - The last time we got together with this other couple, we introduced them to Kingsburg and they really seemed to dig it. I try not to be that guy who only ever lets his friends play any given game one time because he's always getting new stuff, so I made sure to bring it along. My wife pretty much trounced everyone, which is standard for our Kingsburg plays. This was our first time using the new Kingsburg blue and green dice, which I got for Christmas. They're expensive, but really pretty. Hopefully, they will stay in stock long enough for us to get them all. Our friends ended up borrowing our copy at the end of the night, thinking it might be a good fit for them and their kids (they've mostly been playing Love Letter and Bohnanza as a family).
Rating: 8.5

Cheaty Mages! - We got to play a quick game of Cheaty Mages (by the right rules this time). It was a lot of fun. I don't know what it is about this game I like so much. I mean, it's basically just adding and subtracting columns of small numbers (with a little bluffing and guessing thrown in), but for some reason it works. The card draws can definitely play a role. My friend announced in passing that he had a hand full of direct spells, then cast a spell that swapped the current judge out. The new judge didn't allow direct spells. We all had a good laugh about it; I think it made us all like the game even more, in fact. But I know there are some people who dislike games where luck can play that type of role. I also noticed that one of our 4 players was completely out of the running by the 3rd and final round. It will take more plays for me to decide if that was something that will happen often or if it can be chalked up to being new to the game. You could only every truly be out of the running for one round, and the game plays pretty quickly, so I don't think it's going to affect my enjoyment of the game, but I know it could ruin it for some.
Rating: 7.75

Guillotine - Our friends' kids got really excited watching us play Rampage and wanted very much to join us for a game, so their dad busted out Guillotine for a quick play. This was one of my wife and I's gateway games, and we still really enjoy it. The kids seemed to like it, too. They especially liked going after their sibling, but had a little bit of difficulty maintaining perspective when their sibling returned the favor. I mostly tried to go unnoticed and it almost worked. I ended up losing by a point.
Rating: 7
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22. Board Game: Last Will: Getting Sacked [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
Keith Rudolph
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We played Last Will with the Getting Sacked expansion twice on Saturday. The expansion adds some new cards to the existing decks which is fine. New modular planning board is a nice addition as the planning actions can be different from game-to-game which changes things up slightly. The big highlight here is the new jobs decks which gives you a source of income each turn until you can get fired by earning demotions. This really helps focus the game a little more. Without the expansion, it seemed like you would just grab and use the cards that came out and would cost you the most money with no other reasoning. With the jobs, you now try to align your wild spending with the different ways to earn demotions; there's some actual thinking with each action selected and card played now which totally changes the feel of the game. A must-have expansion as far as I'm concerned, and one that might help this game get played in our house more.
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23. Board Game: Martian Chess [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:5515]
Carthoris Pyramidos
United States
Centennial
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On Friday evening, I attended what may have the makings of a monthly gaming group. We started out with the Nightmare Before Christmas Party Game, which I found barely tolerable. (Hopefully I was a good sport about it!)

Then we played a couple of five-handed games of Martian Chess. That was a blast, and I was struck by what a rarity it is to have a viable five-player open-information abstract. This isn't my kit, but it shows the five-player setup:


We wrapped up with a game of Elder Sign. I had never played with five before, and I think more players made it a bit easier. No characters were devoured. Still, we only had one doom to spare when we got the final Elder Sign to seal away Nyarlathotep. I was Kate Winthrop, and I was too sexy for my lab coat, scoring the final Elder Signs at "Please Don't Touch the Exhibits" with my Sword of Glory ... and science!
 


Saturday I played Kingdom Builder with my daughter. I took a Tavern and a Farm, and won at Explorers, Fishermen, and Castles. She took a Tower and a Farm, and won at Hermits. One game of this just doesn't seem like enough for a sitting.

But I didn't have anyone to play with then, so I decided to die horribly in a solo play of Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game. The Yellow Team was wiped out in the Void Lock. The Black Holds were difficult, but the remaining teams made it through. All but Brother Valencio died in the Wrath of Ba'al Chapel, he thought. But Brother Leon was Rescued just before traveling to the Genestealer Lair! Still, the Marines could not prevail there.

In the evening, my daughter played a couple of games of Hive with me. The first game she won quickly. The second took me a long while to win. A picture of the second towards the end, with all available bugs (no Pillbugs) in play:


I didn't play any games on Sunday, but I did come up with a bunch of new ideas for using Tarot cards in my game Freimaurerei. (Rules supplement to be posted soon!)
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24. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:215]
Andreas Hellwig
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Friday:
Wanderlust x2
Sanssouci x2

Saturday:
Zed Deck x2
Powerboats
Silk Road Maker x2
Rattus Cartus

Sunday:
Rise of Augustus x2
Notre Dame x2
Treasure Chest x2
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25. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:324] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
James Garcia
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Got in a little bit of gaming on Sunday as I was busy the rest of the weekend.

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We were sitting on the couch getting bored and my fiancee said we should play some games. She suggested Last Will. I also had just received a few promos from the BGG Store so I took this chance to try out the new Last Will: Messenger Promo Card. I honestly just really didn't get much rolling and I always ended my turn with left over action points. I just felt like I wasn't doing much. I also made a big mistake in discarding a companion that I needed thinking it was something else. Huge brain fart. This probably cost me the game. In the end my fiancee ended up beating me by 4 pounts. She had 12 and I had 16. The messenger promo appears to be really strong, but in the end it can easily be beat. My fiancee was abusing it left and right and I still only lost by 4. Not necessary for playing the game, but it does add a small variety.



My game that I picked to play after Last Will was Carcassone, specifically my Carcassonne Big Box 3. We ended up playing the base game as we couldn't decide which expansions to play. I don't know how she did it, but my fiancee snuck in a farmer in the main area to tie her with my two farmers. We ended up tying in farmers and obviously shared in the points. She ended up killing me in the game because of this. I was watching the play area like a hawk, but I somehow just never saw that one meeple in the corner. Ugh. So she swept me this night in everything. Same ol' same ol'.



Other than my normal gaming session on Wednesday I'm really hoping to play this weekend as I just got my new Millenium Falcon for Star Wars X-Wing, and I have a really bad itch to try it out. Not sure what is in store for me this weekend though. Have a safe week everybody and to use a line from Tabletop, play more games.
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