Maple Valley Gamers - April 4, 2014
Mike Smith-Stoe
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Gamers in attendance:
Janet
Joe
Carol
Jason
Travis
Eli
Jeannie
Mike

Gaming children:
A
I
D
Z
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1. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
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Played wi*th the rainbow suit.

J*ason
Jane*t
Mi*ke
Joe*
Travi*s

First game we bl*ew up. Se*cond gam*e we s*cored 24 or 2*5 out of 30.
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2. Board Game: The Game of Life: A Jedi's Path [Average Rating:5.30 Overall Rank:14861]
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Carol
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A


Hopefully the force was with them.
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3. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:412]
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We punched my copy and Travis taught it.

Travis
Jason
Janet
Mike
Joe

Joe won the tie-breaker against Jason with an extra 4 or 5 dollars.
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4. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2240]
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MmmMMrermmRemMmMmrreMeermmm.

Mike
Eli
Travis ... then Joe
Jason

The cards for this game are deceptively simple. Having tested it already I know there is a lot to take in when learning this game. Timing the end of this game is very tricky. ... This theme didn't pull in Travis. But the game could be so easily rethemed I don't even feel a theme when playing it.
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5. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:534]
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Jeannie taught Carol this game, and once again Joe missed out.

Not sure who won or what Carol thought of it. ... I already know Jeannie likes it.
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6. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:496] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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D taught this to Z.

I'm not sure how that game played out. I did walk through and hear Z say, "And once again I can only buy something." Totally sounded like something I might say or think when getting frustrated that my early decisions in a learning game didn't let me do all the stuff that my learned opponents were already doing. ... In fact an hour or so later I might have been saying the same types of things about base and factory buying in the other room while playing MoV.
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7. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:269] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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A and I were a bit overwhelmed after they asked if I had this game and then I brought in several tubs and comforter bags for them to explore.

And since Z and D were setting up most of the figures on the kitchen floor I'm thinking I'll be a bit overwhelmed when I go to put it away.

All worth it. ... Next time maybe I'll have some terrain set up before everyone arrives.
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8. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:106]
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Jeannie taught Carol this.

I'm not sure who won, but I did hear Carol asking about it before they left. So I'm sure it was a hit. No surprise there.
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9. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:697]
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Joe taught this to Eli and retaught it to me.

Joe
Eli
Mike

... This was the order of holdings at the end of the game.

If I play this again in the next 6 months, and hopefully I will, I think I'll be able to better remember what can be done. Then I might manage my money better earlier in the game.
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The new version with the board.

Jason
Carol
I
Jeannie

Jeannie says they took it easy on her since she was relearning this after about 4 years. That was their mistake. She won.
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11. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2240]
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Another from the same designer.

Joe
Eli
Mike

After the clothing theme became evident I got some serious razzing when trying to teach this game. Still I think it was better received after playing than the initial response would have suggested. There were definitely more laughs than groans, and more thoughtful plays than whatever plays.

This is a light game with more moments of interesting but simple decisions than its other moments of single best decisions. If nothing else I think we could all see playing this with others who wanted a lighter game: family/Japanese teen girls (... don't ask). It might even bump up to something Joe would suggest, for a lighter game with his family, if the game was Tolkeinized ... or not.
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