Games Played at the 2014-05-24 CABS Memorial Day Picnic
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This Geeklist chronicles some of the many games played at this weekly meeting of the Columbus Area Boardgaming Society.

The Columbus Area Boardgaming Society (CABS) is a club dedicated to boardgaming in central Ohio. The club started as a group of 15 friends back in 1997. Since then, CABS has grown to over 400 members with meetings almost every weekend. Our members play everything from Eurogames to Wargames to light family games. Our club also maintains a library of over a thousand games, which members can "check-out" just like any public library.

Come visit us at a weekly meeting. Your first meeting is FREE!

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Meeting Schedule 2014

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On May 24, 1883, one of the country’s classic bridges, The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction. Is tonight a night to play a classic bridge game? Try Bridge Troll and tell us what you think. then tell us what else you played this weekend at the CABS Memorial Day Picnic!
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1. Board Game: 1989: Dawn of Freedom [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:399]
Robert Barnhart
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Taught this one. Just under Twilight Struggle in my book. I will always teach this. I think it's easier to teach than Twilight Struggle. No Defcon, no headlines, coups and realigns combined into one mechanic. Also the deck is a bit more forgiving.
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2. Board Game: Australia [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1893]
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Loved this one. An interesting twist on the area control mechanic, and the windmill adds an extra layer of strategy.
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3. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:63]
Jeff Wolfe
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4. Board Game: Bootleggers [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1121]
Vince G.
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Fun game, with plenty of opportunity for backstabbing goodness if you're into that. Actually, thinking back on the game I'm kind of puzzled there weren't MORE opportunities for backstabbing - maybe it had to do with the cards that came up. Anyway, it took me a couple turns to get the idea and I never did get a handle on how to play the muscle cards to select turn order (every time I wanted to be first, I ended up 3rd or 4th - again, this may have been due to the card distribution as much as anything, as my "best" cards all turned out to be mediocre). But it was a lot of fun, and I managed to come out a respectable (in my opinion) but distant third. Two more turns and I would have owned the street! (Not really.)

I would definitely play it again. Good game!

I am curious, though. Anyone have an experienced opinion on how much the random card distribution can swing the game?
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5. Board Game: Dimension [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1492]
Nathan Morse
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Three-way tie at 37 points between Galen, Michelle, and me!
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6. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:46]
Anton Wilsbach
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Speaking of theme... the Lovecraft mythos has been beaten to death and come back again for more. I have to say that I think I like Eldritch Horror better than Arkham Horror (gasp), which isn't saying much as I have only played AH 3 or 4 times (one of those with the Scooby-Doo re-theme). As many have said, EH and AH are basically the same game, but I like the developing storyline aspect of EH (though sometimes the events don't make a whole lot of sense) and I really felt a momentary pang of anxiety as my character headed into Antarctic expedition encounter. I never really felt like I was "in" a story when playing AH. Someone mentioned Agents of SMERSH (which I like) and Arabian NIghts (not played) as somewhat comparable.

2 things:

1. DO NOT use the dice that come the game. They are cursed.

2. My apologies to Dan and Amos for complaining about this game the whole time we played. That was frustration talking... understandable since we played combat wrong for virtually the whole game making it twice as hard as it should have been. I really did enjoy it and look forward to trying it again.
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7. Board Game: Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:311]
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I so appreciate CABbies being willing to teach. I was a little lost at first but had some great teachers to help me along. I enjoyed the game.
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8. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:695]
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An interesting filler. I won by a large margin. I choose not to remember our second game.
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9. Board Game: Galaxy Defenders [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:869]
Anton Wilsbach
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I have come to conclusion that "miniatures light" type tactics games are just not my cup o' tea. This is no doubt a good game (although I played the cleric... oops, I mean medic, so my role in the fight was less than exciting) but theme is the only thing that holds my interest in this type of game. Plenty of theme and beautiful minis, but I'll take a dungeon crawl any day.

We kicked their alien butts by the way.
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10. Board Game: Ghooost! [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:7052]
Bill Reed
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Clever little game. Played it two-player Almost got stuck in a loop, but worked it out by collecting from the cemetary at the right times. I'd like to try this with a larger group.
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11. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:315]
Anton Wilsbach
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I shied away from this title because it looked, at first glance, like another tile laying game. Well, you do lay tiles... but the how and the why make this a very interesting game of escalation and area control.
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12. Board Game: Helios [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1344]
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Lots of bits, interesting game
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13. Board Game: The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:866]
Anton Wilsbach
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A surprisingly good game. Like the great cartoons of old, it's for kids but there's something there for adults to enjoy too. The player selected order of tile drafting makes for some interesting "help myself or screw my neighbor" choices.
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14. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
Robert Barnhart
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A classic. Good to play once or twice a year.
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15. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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Always fun and quick.
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16. Board Game: Luna [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:395]
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17. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:580]
Nathan Amor
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loved this one, classic mode
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18. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:578]
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I learned another new-to-me game. Now I have the hang of it and ready to try again.
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19. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:578]
Bill Reed
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Played Morels for the first time. Interesting. I'd like to play it again.
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20. Board Game: Mount Everest [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:4066]
Nathan Morse
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This game is so much more brutal than its older brother, K2, and it took us forever to finish, due to having all players at the table simultaneously for only about 15 total minutes of the game.

I can't wait to play it again under more favorable circumstances, though!
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21. Board Game: Outpost [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1539]
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This one was okay for an economic snowball game, but the rule that no change could be made led to very tedious auctions toward the end. Eventually I gave in and used my phone as a calculator. The other players couldn't understand how I was calculating so fast until someone said "I wish I had a calculator" and I said "I already do."
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22. Board Game: Port Royal [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:407] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
Jeff Kayati
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Shiver me timbers it's a push your luck pirate game. Aarrhh!

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23. Board Game: Rockwell [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:1964]
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Not bad, for kickstarter
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24. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:269] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Jeff Wolfe
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25. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:112]
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The chips are lovely
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