BoardGamers of Michiana 08 AUG Game Night
Michael Hovan
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As expected, there was a very low turnout. However, we had 4 and that was enough for chaos.

Nathan was able to make it. It may be his last visit as he heads to upstate New York (Rochester) for his job now that he has graduated from Goshen College. We lose yet another BGoM-er.


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Michael H
Michael R
Nathan G
Dave M
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1. Board Game: A Distant Plain [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:667]
Michael Hovan
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Roop had never played a COIN game and was interested in doing so. Dave and Nathan wanted to try different sides from when they had played this before. We had a game!

Michael H - Coalition - won!!!!!!
Nathan - Government (Afghan style.)
Michael R - Taliban (Dirty deeds done dirt cheap.)
Dave M - Warlord (He can get you fixed.)


This is worth commenting on a bit more.

Every player flirted with their victory conditions before the first propaganda card showed - it showed as late as possible. However, the Coalition showed the most staying power and got a target on its back as a result.

In the play before the second propaganda care, the Coalition surged big which hurts them in victory conditions. Everyone started aiming at each other then.

The Taliban pimped Pakistan for all it was worth and forces poured into Afghanistan and bases were formed to the max. TARGET - bad guys died.

The Warlords were able to boot people out of areas and, thereby, increase their presence. They sold drugs like made. New TARGET - crops were burned.

The Government began to spread throughout the country at the expense of the Taliban and Warlords due to the massive coalition surge.

With the propaganda card looming AND the Coalition being able to play last on it, a death blow fell. The Coalition was able to build support in a couple of areas and call ALL of the troops home. Win by 1 point.

What a great game with everyone playing to their maximum ineptness at points and kicking butt at points. This game really puts you in the place of your respective faction and keeps you there.
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2. Board Game: Divided Republic [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:4145]
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Dave and I wanted to give this one another try. Nathan, history major in college, and Roop, backstabber extraordinaire, were up for it.

Michael H was the Republicans - Abe Lincoln
Michael R was the Constitutional Unionists - John Bell
Nathan G was the Northern Democrats - Stephen Douglas
Dave M was the Southern Democrats - John Breckenridge


Abe went for New York and was a target early due to this.

Stephen Douglas locked up Pennsylvania early and no one except Abe was willing to aim at him!

John Breckenridge peddled slavery all over the Northeast and Midwest.

John Bell just got in everyone's way.

Only 1 poll happened and it was during the first turn. As a result there were many wild swings in most states as the candidates campaigned and slung mud. There were multiple scandals in Indiana alone - all having something to do with a goat. It was not pretty.

Nathan (Northern Democrat) managed 151 electoral votes. Alas, 152 are needed for victory.

Michael H (Republicans) managed 38 electoral votes.

Michael R (Constitutional Unionists) managed 19 electoral votes.

Dave M (Northern Democrats) managed 91 electoral votes.

As a result, the vote went to the House of Representatives. Each of the top 3 electoral vote winners kept their states. (Not all states were won by anyone!) The decision was up to the guy with the remaining states - Roop. He was able to parse it out so that no one had the most states.

CIVIL WAR - everyone lost. Yet, it seemed like fun!
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