Calgary Monthly Tabletop Meetup (Stampede Gaming!) - July 5th, 2014
Darren Bezzant
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The FallCon Convention team, organize and hold a monthly meetup here in Calgary in the community room of our local Co-Op. It is a great location, that they generously let us use.

We get a fair number of people, some new, and many regulars. I try to make sure that I get to chat with as many of them as possible, but I never seem to catch everyone.

As part of my 'contribute more to the Geek' concepts, One of the things I like to do is get some discussions going about the games that were played at our meetup.

I am hoping that other attendees (and general readers as well), will come and contribute both games and comments.

This Weekend, was the opening of the Calgary Stampede, and although I wasn't expecting a huge turnout- we had over 40 people attend!
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1. Board Game: Ubongo Extreme [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1574]
Darren Bezzant
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Opened the day with Megan wanting to torture our brains with an even harder version of Ubongo. We played a few cards then called it quits. Way to early to have my brains turned to mush.

It is a good game though, takes basic Ubongo to a whole new level.
 
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2. Board Game: Qwixx [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:672]
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I then pulled out a much lighter game - Qwixx. This is such an easy game to teach and play!
 
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3. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:628]
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Then Brad pulled out his new copy of Incan Gold. I hadn't played this in a couple of years, but I really like this push your luck game. (doesn't hurt that I got very lucky and won )
 
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4. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:90]
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My nominee for the Kenner Spiel de Jahres this year!

Taught this to Greg (2p) and he proceeded to slaughter me.
Then played with Harold and Mike, where it was a much closer game (I still lost)
 
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5. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:318]
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Greg wanted to get his copy of Vikings to the table, and I am always up for a game of this! Nat and Steve filled our our foursome and a good time was had by all (even Steve, who's final score was almost the same as his starting score
 
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6. Board Game: Ys [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:939]
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Finally the stars have aligned for me to get this to the table with someone who knows how to play! It turns out this was Nat's first 'euro' that she had ever played, so she offered to teach it.

I came in dead last, but still had a great time with this, and will definitely hit the table again soon.
 
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7. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:454]
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Greg had this other Ystari classic in his game box, and offered to teach me this, so Megan and I sat down to try it with Tracy rounding out our foursome.

I really like this clean system of dice rolling and action selection.

I was all set to come home and read the rules, only to find out, I actually don't own this game! Time to add it to the wishlist
 
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8. Board Game: Linko! [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:699]
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Harold and his family showed up, so I let Megan take Sarah over to another table to try out some of her favourites (Spot-It, Coconuts, Ab in die Tonne)

Then we played a few hands of Abluxxen with Mike.
 
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9. Board Game: Rise of Augustus [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:786]
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I wanted to bring the 'heaviness' down for Paula (Harold's wife), so that could enjoy herself without stressing out too much

This is one of my favourites for bringing in newer gamers into the fold. The rules are easy to teach, and the overall concepts have been around forever
 
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10. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:120]
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Another great, light game, that gets really mean with 3 players. (turns out that you have to remove a couple of each chip in this version, which makes it very tight)
 
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11. Board Game: Zooloretto: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1910]
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Megan and I started to wind down the evening with some filler games. She picked one of her favourites, and we played 2-3 games of this in a row, just to pass the time.
 
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12. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:565]
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To finish up the evening, Megan and I pulled out our fave - Crib. with 2, 3 or 4, we can play this anytime!

She proceeded to beat me for, not only her first time, but both times! I was so proud!
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13. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) – A Feast for Crows [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked]
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played this twice in the span of about three hours, the 4 player expansion makes the game extremely fast paced (about 1.5 - 2 hours max) compared to the longer base game. Well worth the time to play if you enjoy the base game

Game 1, lannister snuck out to a quick lead and wrapped the game up on turn 4 with a 4 point objective of conquering the eyrie. Thanks to Stark wiping out the majority of arryn forces it wasn't that hard for lannister to take advantage of their weakened position

Game 2, Stark pulled ahead and won on turn 5, again with a 4 point objective that he snuck in and was able to snag with little resistance due to fighting between lannister & baratheon stark was able to sneak in and sack kings landing, stark had a 4 point objective to conquer KL and bam, insta win from 3 points to 7.

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14. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:431]
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Got to hit the table 5 times! Thanks so much everyone for putting up with me. I really like this game!
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15. Board Game: Spyrium [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:496]
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My first game of the day, but my second time playing this game. Accessible worker placement game that's not super heavy.
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16. Board Game: Firenze [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:761]
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Finally got to hit the table with this game, which I won as a door prize a few meetups back. Interesting light strategy/resource management game that's easy to teach.
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17. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:212]
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Never played this before, but a really interesting game. Sounds like this was pretty popular as it hit the table more than once with several other groups as well.
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