GRAB Regular Tuesday Games, 3/18/14
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Attending: Dan, Jeph, Jim, Jonathan, Matt J, Matt R, Tony
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1. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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Matt J 7, Matt R 20, Jonathan 24, Dan 33, Jim 37

While we waited for the rest of the guests to arrive, we played a quick filler. The alternate card art was used. Due to the unfortunate loss of one chip, a penny served as substitute. Nobody wanted the penny, and Matt R was stuck with it at the end.
 
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2. Board Game: FITS [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1267]
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Matt R 43, Jonathan 6, Jim -5

Played boards #5 and #6 from FITS Expansion #1: MOTS – More Of The Same, and #15 and #16 from FITS Expansion #3: BOTS – Big Obnoxious Terrible Spaces. The scores were close until the last board, where Matt scored a ridiculous 47 points. Obnoxious, indeed.
 
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3. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
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Jim 36, Jonathan 32, Matt R 30

Jim had almost all production buildings and the requisite Guild Hall to go with them, while I pursued a pure violet strategy (even using the Crane to ditch my starting Indigo plant). Matt had a blended approach.
 
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4. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2241]
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Jonathan 33, Jim 15, Matt R 15

Jim suggested we try out Pyrotech again. We played with two small starting factories, which helps give players a relief valve, but doesn't seem to be quite enough. I think I'll be reintroducing the "recycling" option as another way to mitigate the luck, which can be quite swingy. This is a tricky one to balance.
 
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5. Board Game: Steam Park [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:677]
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Matt J 83, Dan 81, Jeph 75, Tony 60

The game was new to everyone but Dan. Matt had no dirt at the end, while Jeph and Dan lost 21 points each due to their impressive dirt collections. Surprisingly, the most dirt does not necessarily win. The robeeples were mistakenly referred to as "people" several times, which is clearly speciesist.
 
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6. Board Game: Hungry Hungry Hippos [Average Rating:4.10 Overall Rank:15326]
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Dan, Jim, Jonathan

Jim had a bit of an incident with a bowl of trail mix upon his departure. The winner of this impromptu floor-based game is difficult to determine, but Dan had a strong showing to be sure.
 
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7. Board Game: Ladies & Gentlemen [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1874]
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Ladies first:
Matt J & Tony 25, Jonathan & Matt R 21, Jeph & Dan 20

Six players left, you say? Time for Ladies & Gentlemen! Matt J took a long time trying out dresses, but this apparently paid off. I had four servants attending to my needs right from the first day on, which would have solidly given us the win if I had found a decent hat in any of the local haberdasheries.
 
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8. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:438]
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Dan (Daigoro) 87, Jeph (Kinko) 75, Tony (Yoshiyasu) 65, Jonathan (Umegae) 57, Matt R (Gotozaemon) 55

Dan completed two whole sets of souvenirs and an entire panorama. He was beating us soundly, and the only way Jeph caught up as much as he did was through being the most pious at the temple, and by having an assortment of strange and wonderful monkey experiences while bathing.
 
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9. Board Game: Qwixx [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:682]
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Matt R 95, Jonathan 86, Dan 18

A SdJ nominee to finish off the evening. I don't think I've seen scores this high before. Dan had four misses to end the game, while I had two and Matt escaped without any.
 
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