La Crosse Board Game Group - April 2014 Game Day
Brian McCarty
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April showers may bring May flowers (which in turn brings Pilgrims) but today severe thunderstorm warnings brought gamers. Well more accurately delayed some gamers. Janelle arrived later than she hoped to because she had to spend time tying down stuff on the farm. The Franklins lost power.
So it took a while before a quorum showed up.

It never got bad enough that went to look for the key to basement. We did get some hail – If my car was damaged it was mild enough that I do not plan on fixing it. There were plenty of alerts on the radio, but most of them were not for us. Meanwhile it was nice and dry inside for gaming.

Rain, or shine (or hail) you can join us. We meet most weeks and have a game day most months (and this month we have a second game day in Winona). Our full schedule is available here: http://www.meetup.com/boardgames-495

As always these games are not in order played.
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1. Board Game: The Speicherstadt [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:588]
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We actually started with a different game but then a 5th showed up. Amy would rather read so we ended up playing 4 player anyway. First play for Janelle and César. César seemed to always in the position of getting good cards for low prices. Janelle got hurt by fires (she kept getting outbid for firefighters)

César 35
Brian 24
Travis 22
Janelle 8 (Fire bad!)
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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One of the games Janelle definitely wanted to play. She pimped her set out with real apple tree twigs and clay made out of clay. Melissa got a lot of nice cards.

Melissa 41
Janelle 32
Will 30
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3. Board Game: Drum Roll [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1094]
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First play for Skylar

Nancy Lyn 78
Skylar 53
Amy 31 (wins money tiebreaker)
Maggie 31
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4. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:262]
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The game we were going to start with. First play for César and Wes. Wes seemed to really like the game, despite developing some AP. I went with my normal “war on poverty” route. I picked up more VP cards then usual, but also hurt for money (I could only pay off 1 of my 2 loans).

Brian 52
Travis 50
Wes 42
César 29
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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The other game that Janelle wanted to play and she got play twice. Chris taught this

Game 1
Melissa 10
César 7
Chris 7
Janelle 4

Game 2
Chris 10
Janelle 9
César 7
Melissa 6
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6. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:570]
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First play for Janelle. Will hoped he taught this correctly.

Will 17
Melissa 14
Janelle 13
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7. Board Game: Alea Iacta Est [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1225]
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If there was not a game named this, one would need to be created. (Latin – The die has been cast)

I forget the subtotals – one is senate cards.

Barb 16 + 18 + 14 + 4 = 52
Kevin 16 + 23 + 5 + 5 = 49
Nancy 15 + 16 + 5 + 3 = 39
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8. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:230]
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A game group favorite. First play for Chance

Nancy 78
Amy 63
Chance 58
Nancy Lyn 42
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9. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
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A game day tradition. I think this is the first play for Skylar.

Nancy 60
Chance 54
Barb 52
Kevin 49
Skylar 38
Maggie 30
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10. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:34]
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First play for Wes. The rest of us are playing online. I was 1 pound shy of another level 4 cotton mill (12 VP + connection).

Will 180 (over 100 after rail links were scored)
Brian 134
Travis 132
Wes 122 (a very respectable score – esp. for a 1st play)
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I though Kevin's “Royal Favor” was played at least once– but the score sheets have two games of “Gridlock”.

Game 1
Barb 41
Nancy 40
Kevin 37

Game 2
Will 38
Barb 32
Kevin 22
Chris 21
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I taught this to Chance and Wes while Nancy set up the deck. I was starting wonder where the Omen cards were. Turns out Nancy did not shuffle them – Chance played all 6 or 7 Omen cards in a row.

Brian 7
Nancy 6
Wes 5
Chance 4

We played again with correct set-up.
Nancy 10
Brian 9
Chance 7
Wes 6
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This fist the time we had left. I got two N/S tickets, but there was some overlap. Unfortunately Chance had some of the same tickets, and kept blocking me. Turns out some of those were bad (unneeded) placements and he missed some big tickets. Nancy had great tickets and longest route.

Nancy 140
Wes 122
Brian 80ish (my marker was removed before I recorded scores)
Chance 39
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First play for Skylar. They did not finish the game – I heard an estimate of half way.

Travis 60
Skylar 58
Amy 55
Nancy Lyn 51
Maggie 49
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