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Garry Lloyd
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The Cast Are Dice is a fabulous two day gaming event in Stoke-on-Trent, UK, where lots of fun people gather just to play games. I was there the first day (and should be back on Sunday) and these are the games I played.

If you were there as well, please share what you played as well. There looked to be lots of variety ranging from Coconuts to stuff that might have been a little bit heavier.
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1. Board Game: Thunder Alley [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:541] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
Garry Lloyd
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I was very keen to play this as I really enjoy race games and, for the first two-thirds of Thunder Alley, we were having a great time as the way the cars move makes for a lot of interesting choices. However, it just went on a bit too long for me. Admittedly, with familiarity, the game time will come down and with a bunch of people who have played before, this would be great fun as there is lots of interaction between players. Glad to have played but I probably won't pick this up.
 
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2. Board Game: Isaribi [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:5742]
Garry Lloyd
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Isaribi is a new game by Hisashi Hiyashi, who designed Trains and Sail to India, and is about fishing for clams, prawns, mackerel and sea bream to fulfil the market demand and gain enough money to win. This had some nice ideas with some elements borrowed from Sail to India (improving technology) but the game fell apart at the end as everyone had improved their technology to the extent that players towards the end of the turn order had no fish to catch and therefore nothing to do on the last turn. Now maybe, the translation was not great so we may have interpreted a rule or two wrong (I hope so) as the middle of the game played really nicely.
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3. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:249]
Garry Lloyd
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Despite this having come out at Essen last year, I still hadn't had chance to play this. And I really enjoyed it. Great game with lots of options and no clear route to victory. Despite me being the newbie against three who had played multiple times before, I managed to come in second.
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4. Board Game: Conquest of Planet Earth: The Space Alien Game [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1266]
Garry Lloyd
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Only had time for a couple of games on Sunday. Started with this five player co-operative game (with expansion). Quite fun but it took 2.5 hours by which time we'd just about had enough. However, we won despite Neil continually rolling Crushing Victories as the Resistance against my alien forces. We all had him tagged as the traitor (in a game that doesn't have a traitor mechanism).
 
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5. Board Game: Say Bye to the Villains [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:3070]
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My final game was Seiji Kanai's Say Bye to the Villains, another co-op but much shorter. This was very nice although we had several rule queries during this game (everyone being new to it). Four of us defeated our villains but "Traitor" Neil failed to beat his so we lost. Keen to play this again once I have the rules all straight.
 
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6. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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Paul Oakes played this.
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7. Board Game: Ground Floor [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:998]
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Paul Oakes played this too.
 
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8. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:584]
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Paul Oakes managed to play this.
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9. Board Game: Primordial Soup [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:681]
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Paul Oakes also had time to play this.
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10. Board Game: Valley of the Kings [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:627] [Average Rating:7.13 Unranked]
Mark Lockett
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1st Game on Saturday was this little gem.

Taught Eric how to play and he bought it the next.

Think Dominion crossed with Archaeology as that's what this game reminds me of.
 
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11. Board Game: Lost Legacy: The Starship [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1286] [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked]
Mark Lockett
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The sequel to Love Letter

Got someone to teach me this on Saturday and I then taught it Sunday.
Fast and Quick

Saturday - Darren 7, Me 6
Sunday - Me 5, Jan 0, Hubbard 0
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12. Board Game: G.I. Joe TCG [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:12028]
Mark Lockett
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This certainly wasn't in the library but managed to fit it one game of this where Darren's Joes - mainly Snake Eyes and Shipwreck beat up my Cobra Vipers
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13. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:207]
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Finally got taught this one and it is probably one of my favourite of the line. Fast with all the resource management. May need to pick this one up.

Dave beat Darren, Mike and Me.

I was last as I had distracting Library Duties. That's my excuse anyway. I thought I was doing well.
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14. Board Game: Eight-Minute Empire [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:963]
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Then played this. Matthew and Steve booked it out of the library and I said I could teach it to them. We timed it after rules explanation and it was 9 and a half minutes. I also managed to win this one by 2 points over Dave and Steve.
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15. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:198]
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This was next up and is one of my faves so was good to get a fave in. Darren pretty much got so far ahead earlier we all felt like we were playing catch up after that. Darren beat Me, David and Dave
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16. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:46]
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My friend whipped this one out late on Saturday and we got a little into it. But it is a loooooong game and when we found out we were playing wrong, we called it a day but I'm sure we'll be seeing this one again soon.
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17. Board Game: Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:430] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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Sunday Morning saw me teach this to Eric and after quite a bit of tactical jiggery pokery I sneaked a in with. Hulk doing a lot of the work.
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18. Board Game: Camel Up [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:381]
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Fascinating camel racing betting game. I'm still not sold on a spiel de Jahres but I can see it as one as it is fun for everyone. Thanks to Richard for teaching this one and then beating us all. All being Nicky, Matt, Roger, Jan and me.
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19. Board Game: Mayday!Mayday! [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:4208]
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Then got to try this one with everyone from Camel Up and an additional Harry. I was on the losing infiltrating team after my initial play came back to bite us on the bum. Thanks again to Richard for teaching this one and sorry for all the face punching
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20. Board Game: Drum Roll [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1108]
Mark Lockett
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Probably my favourite game of the weekend as my wife dropped in to join us and this is one of her favourites. She usually beats me when we play two player but in a 4 player I came out on top over Jan, Gaz and my wife.
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21. Board Game: CV [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:893]
Mark Lockett
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And on the request of Gaz we had to fit in a CV to end the weekend. I managed to have the best life beating Gaz, Max and Jamie
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