Boards 'n Bites #1: Eating Dinner and Playing Games
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The first ever Boards 'n Bites was held on March 8, 2014.

What is Boards 'n Bites?
I have collaborated with a local restaurant (The Loop) to create the ultimate table top experience - dinner and board games. They provide the food and drink. I provide the board games with my mobile game library, which is capable of holding ~190 modern board games. (This is the limit of what my vehicle can hold.) This library can be mobilized in ~ 15 minutes and stacks to create its own shelving anywhere it goes!

When is Boards 'n Bites?
Every Saturday night from 5pm - 9:30ish. If you are in Calgary, I would love to see you there!

These are the games that were played.
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1. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
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This game was picked up and played by several different tables throughout the night. In fact, one table requested to play it but could not as it was never available.

Although the rules are quite simple, I find that they can be difficult to grasp for new players. I have not seemed to unlock the code to clearly describe this one without having lingering questions or doubts.

When I came back to check one group they had a score of 23 with cards left in the deck. I knew that they were doing something wrong! So, they replayed and got 16 and decided that they like their rules better!

Note to self: Take a second copy next week. Unless, of course, you cannot spare one!
 
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2. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:659]
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Even before the event started I already had people asking me to reserve this game for them! It was played twice.

Added strategic twists involved trying to get qwirkles without having to move your beer glass!
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3. Board Game: Two by Two [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:4616]
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A two-some decided that this title was perfect so they gave it a go! They found it too fiddly for their tastes and decided to stick with Qwirkle.
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4. Board Game: Blueprints [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:722]
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The first couple to arrive was really excited to get in a game of Settler's of Catan - Cities and Knights. While waiting for another person to show up I taught them this gem of a game.

Highly enjoyable and a great way to pass the time while waiting for the rest of the group!
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5. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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This was a 3p game. Two tables were slid together - one for the food and one for the game!
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6. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:288]
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The same threesome that took on Catan finished the night with this innovative game. It stayed on the table for a long time as they played it several times over.
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7. Board Game: Dixit: Journey [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:361] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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A table of four wanted something fun and interesting. So I taught them this one...and they loved it!

I loved the fact that I got to sit in on 1/2 the game with them too! The great thing about hosting a game's night like this is meeting new people and having the opportunity to sit down and play a game with them!
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8. Board Game: Cards Against Humanity [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2352] [Average Rating:6.10 Unranked]
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A table of 5 appeared to be having great fun with this one!
 
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9. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:811]
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After playing Cards Against Humanity, the table of 5 was suddenly feeling in a cooperative mood! They asked me for a good cooperative game that would play up to 5. I figured that this would be a good fit!

They all seemed to enjoy the game but some were upset people tried to micro manage them on their moves. The group concluded that co-op games are not for them!
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10. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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After realizing that they did not like coops, the group decided to finish the night with something fast with a little bit more screwage and take that in it!

They seemed pleased with this selection!
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11. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:213]
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I always enjoy playing this game and I love teaching it! I got to do both!

Note to self: If I am going to be a game librarian, I should probably sleeve these cards. The Baron is the one with a scratch on the side!
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12. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
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One table mentioned that they really like Yahtzee. Whenever I hear that, I suggest this game. They loved it!
 
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13. Board Game: Pub Trivia [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:11073]
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A couple of guys really seemed immersed in this one!
 
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