Junebug, jitterbug, roll the dice, take a turn: My gameplays of June
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Looking forward to my gaming life in June, things look happy. I'll be out of town the last week of the month, with very little access to games, so I'll need to gird myself well for that. As of this writing in the late evening of 6/2, I've already played 9 games, so I'd say I'm off to a solid start.

I think, given my work on the blog (look for the BGG version here: Once More to the Table, or essentially the same material on the Wordpress version), my mini-challenge for the month will be to review at least 10 games and/or expansions I own.
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You know my love for variety, so I still want to keep track of how many new-to-me games I play this month.
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Let's face it. I'm going to get at least 10 games this month, either by buying them, or getting awesome gift certificates from G4GG, or trading for them. You know it, I know it. Might as well chronicle it here along with the other cutie-honey little pictographic markers. Hell, I bought 3 this morning from a guy who's moving away.
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Lord of the Rings:The Confrontation, San Juan, Tigris & Euphrates, Yspahan, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, Blokus 3D, Timeline: Historical Events, Star Wars Trivial Pursuit, Rapa Nui



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1. Board Game: Timeline: Diversity [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:889] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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6/1: My only complaint with this game is that it's hard to get a really good shuffle on it. You wind up with clumps of inventions and other related groups, no matter what you do, it seems. Also, the bloody Chinese muck things up. Here is the Europe card, talking about the invention of the fork, and on the other side of the world, the Chinese had invented a clock a thousand years before. You can't even reason that out! 4 plays.

6/3: I introduced my mom to this game, and she loves it! We played 3 games back-to-back, and she won 2 of them. I told her about the different sets that are available, and about the Americana and American History set that are due out in August, and she's eager to try more. Score one for Suzanna!


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2. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:168]
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6/1: Neither of us had ever played before, and I think a 2-player game is not the ideal condition for meeting this game for the first time. One certainly can say it goes quickly that way! It was still kind of fun, though I think it will be a lot more fun with a little bit larger group of people.


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3. Board Game: Four Taverns [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:9572]
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6/1: Our buddy who owns OtherFLGS was all excited about this game, because it comes from the same guys who made Dwarven Miner, and we're the ones who turned him on to that one. We've only played this one once, and I plan to review it after a few more plays, so I'll reserve most judgment, but I will say that I like Dwarven Miner better than this one.


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4. Board Game: Carcassonne: South Seas [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:667]
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6/1: This was Lane's first play, and we both really enjoyed it. It's a very pretty game, and I do really like the new mechanics for scoring.


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5. Board Game: Dwarven Miner [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:4171]
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6/1: Playing Four Taverns put us in the mood to play this one. We also just got the Summoner patron cards, because our buddy went to a trade show, and got to meet one of the guys who made the games. We were all excited to play with the new patron, and then we apparently shuffled too well, and he didn't come out! Not cool!

6/17: Still no Summoner. This game went pretty quickly, because we both went for a couple of big-hitters, rather than small-scoring patrons.

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*This is part of my 11X10 Challenge, and I am now 7/10 done with this portion.
 
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6. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:54] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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6/2: We played a shortish game of this before Lane had to clock-in. We used the base set, with the suggested "Big Money" set-up. This afternoon, I got the Cornucopia box organized - it was a trade, and came a bit bumbled, and without instructions - so we can play with that next time. I got the instructions online, so I have suggestions for set-ups to use. Eventually, we'll just use randomizers, but I'd like to use set-ups proven to be well-balanced while we're still getting used to the game.

6/5: We tried the "Village Square" set-up of the base set this time. It was a little frustrating, because we had no way of culling Copper and/or turning it into Silver. I guess we've gotten spoiled by usually having the Mine card.

6/15: After several recent plays I forgot to log here, the game we played tonight put me at 10 plays for the challenge. We played tonight with the Cornucopia expansion, which is pretty good. I have a wandering gaze already, and am looking at that Seaside expansion.

6/18: Two games with Geoff. The first game, I decided to try something, and bought all 10 Gardens. I beat the hell out of him. Those things really stack up! The second game was a different set of cards, but Garden was also included. He bought some of those, and had more than me, so while we were tied in everything else, he had the lead in Gardens, and took the game.

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* I've added this to my 11x10 Challenge, and am 10/10 done with this portion! meeple
 
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7. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:275]
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6/3: A quick, one-round game at 3AM before bed. I scored fairly low, but managed to do so using all five suits. I'm not sure I've ever successfully used all 5 before, or if I have, it's been rare. I felt sleepily chuffed with myself. 35-8.


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*This is part of my 11x10 Challenge, and I am now 5/10 finished with this portion.
 
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8. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:645]
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6/5: Game Night at the FLGS. 8-player game (with the expansion). It was a frustrating game, because Obnoxious Girl got a call from a boy midway through, which meant that she stopped her side activity of playing a game on her tablet, and started a conversation, which often had sexual undertones, instead, while still playing the game with us. It was kind of incredible. Meanwhile, another guy managed to spend 15 minutes ordering pizza online on his phone, also while playing with us. The Cheaty Italian, who made his debut in my life last week, made no effort to find out what teams people were on, and did damage indiscriminately. It was just frustrating.

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9. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1021]
Suzanna
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6/5: I know, it's weird that I'd never played Backgammon before. It's just not one of the classic board games I learned to play ever. So the Cheaty Italian dug this one out while some of us were discussing what to play next, and talked us into a game. We played teams of two, which was a relief, since I was getting the rules on an as-needed basis over the course of the game, which made strategizing difficult. I did, oddly, roll more doubles during that game than should be mathematically possible. It was odd.

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10. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:368]
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6/5: 5-player with the expansion at FLGS Game Night. It took me a while to get all of the rules down, which made me feel a bit dumb, but I got there. Of course, as soon as my master plan came together, the game ended. Le sigh.

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11. Board Game: Targi [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:130]
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6/5: I opened up this little beauty and got to play it in person for the first time. I've played a number of times on Yucata before, which is what decided me about getting it. I wish the cards were better quality.

6/17: Lane demanded a Tuareg rematch. I made a tiny tactical error at the end that cost me eight victory points, and, of course, the game. Frustrating, but so amazing that it was entertaining, too.

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12. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:254]
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6/7: Game Day at New Realm. Our play of this was rocky, because we were learning as we played, plus we were playing with the shop owner, who had to keep getting up to do Shop Owner things. I think it was shaping up nicely, though, when he called it off at the end of the First Campaign, I guess because he wasn't enjoying it, or just because he was too busy to contemplate finishing. I'd like to play again, under other circumstances.

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13. Board Game: Bears! [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4624]
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6/7: Cute little filler about bears and campers. We enjoyed it, and would play it again there, as a filler. Definitely can't see owning it if you didn't have kids you were going to be playing with. Although the whole thing about dispatching the bears with the guns thing probably wouldn't be for my particular crowd of child-raisers. No, this is a filler for grown-ups that I enjoy but don't need to own.

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14. Board Game: Lost Legends [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1886]
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6/7: Last game at New Realm. This was a long game, and hard. We managed to survive - though Lane got killed briefly at the end of the first campaign - but it was tricky. I enjoyed it, and I think I would play it again, now that I understand the equipment rules better, which is vital to getting through the game in one piece and being able to do enough damage to kill your own monsters, but I don't think I would need to own it, particularly at the super high price point it has.

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15. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:387]
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6/7: Post-Game Day nightcap. This is one of our new ones I won in the contest, and I was very eager to play. It's divided into 3 weeks, and by Week 3, we were exhausted, and so that might be part of why we were a little lost as to what was left to us to do. We sort of stumbled around trying to find things to do, and trying to figure out the balance between sending people's goods to the caravan and letting them keep the souks, in terms of which was more advantageous. Lane liked it better than he expected, thank goodness, because when he read the rules, he was not impressed. I look forward to playing again.

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16. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:303]
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6/8: Lane and I finally played this for the first time! It's complicated as hell, but we're pretty sure we got it right, as we consulted the directions a million times. Lane won, in large part because he managed to recruit an assload more workers than I did.

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17. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:193]
Suzanna
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6/9: 2-player with Lane. This is one of the ones I got out of the blue from the guy who is moving away, and has been living 5 minutes away. It hadn't been on my radar, though of course I'd heard of it, and I'm very glad it fell into my lap, because I really, really liked it. I can't wait to play again! (I won, 34-24)

6/10: 2-player with Lane. We discovered a couple of new cards this time that we hadn't played last time. Getting more comfortable with how the game plays. Still really like it.

6/11: 2-player with Lane. I just could not get good cards. All of my violet buildings were low, and then I got a Palace towards the end, but couldn't do much with it. Lane beat me by almost 20 points. I learned today about the Treasure Box expansions, so now, of course, I need them. There's a guy on eBay selling them for too much, and I'm hoping that will pan out for me.

Update 6/12: Adding this to my 12x10 Challenge

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18. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1373]
Suzanna
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6/15: Father's Day had me feeling a little ... complex, and it was our day to go to my mother-in-law's, since I was sick last weekend. Scrabble is our old standby at her house, and seemed to have the lowest requirement of psychic energy, so I suggested a rematch after she won the first game by taking the lead with a 7-letter word bonus (RETINAS). Lane, at the height of perceptiveness, demanded a rematch after I won the second game with a 8-letter word bonus (GLEAMING). I went on to win the third game with another 8-letter word bonus (PEROXIDE). After lunch, then these three games, there was just time for a quick session of sitting outside getting eaten alive by mosquitoes before it was about time to hit the dusty trail. A good visit for all.

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19. Board Game: Queen's Ransom [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:7470]
Suzanna
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6/17: I realized we hadn't played this one in a while, and I had decided to finally write a formal review of it today, so I pulled this one out for a quick play before Lane's work. Never gets old.

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