Iowa City Game Day - Aug. 23, 2014
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Yesterday's game day had another good turnout, especially for a summer day wrought with strong thunderstorms, and was a blast. Players included Chad, Eric E, Nick C, Roni, Erin, Brett, Jim, Jenn, Jeff, Kurt, Steph, Steve, Judy, Kate, Michael P, Andy, Nick S, and Stephanie. Thanks to everyone for bringing so many delicious snacks, refreshments, and additional games. Please add any games that I missed to the list below.
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1. Board Game: Trains: Map Pack 1 – Germany/Northeastern USA [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Eric E 63, Chris 51, Jim 45, Jenn 43

Jim brought the base game along with expansion map pack that he had recently received, and we played on its NE US side. It featured a lot of impassible water hexes, the Great Lakes and Atlantic seaboard, and was fun to play on. The Germany side looked interesting as well, and I would definitely recommend this addition to the game. Eric focused on acquiring train cards early in the game in order to boost his income. This literally paid off as he was able to afford many skyscrapers (8?) and won without having actually laid much rail.
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2. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:22]
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Roni 93 (winner), Erin 81, Chad 79, Nick C 76, Brett 75

The other early arrivals started their day with a 5-player game of Concordia. Roni finished well ahead of a tight pack comprising the other players.
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3. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:112]
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Judy 16 (winner), Andy 11, Eric E 9, Jeff 5
Jeff 16 (winner), Judy 9, Andy 8, Eric E 8

Two quick games of Splendor were played with Judy and Jeff winning. This is a great, fun, fast playing game that merits a place in every collection.
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4. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:637]
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Steve 54 (winner), Michael P 36, Chris 35

Steve put a smack down on Michael and me in China. Steve trounced us in emissary scoring, and this pushed him well ahead of us despite Michael's nine point road and my eight point one.
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5. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:334]
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Steve (winner), Chris, Michael P

Steve followed up his big rout in China with a very narrow victory in Ingenious. The lack of a single green tile in my hand in the last turn enabled Steve to squeak out the win by getting ingenious in all six colors.
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6. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:215]
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Judy 4 (winner), Eric E 3, Andy 3, Jeff 2

The Splendor gang got in a quick game of Love Letter as we were wrapping up Ingenious with Judy winning.
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7. Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:244]
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Chad 256 (winner), Roni 183, Erin 160, Nick C 160, Brett 132

Brett went to GenCon the previous weekend where he picked up the Sheriff of Nottingham. He brought and taught it to the same group that had played Concordia. The game was loud (in a good way) and appeared to be a lot of fun. The components looked both beautiful and interesting. I hope to play this title soon.
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8. Board Game: Thunder Alley [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:540] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
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Jim, Jenn, Kurt, Steph

In Thunder Alley, the Patterson's (not Bennett's ;-)) and Rompot's raced Nascars in what I believe was a three lap event. I think that everyone had played before, so the game went quickly given the length of the race.
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9. Board Game: Atlantic Star [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1167]
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Chad 49 (winner), Nick C 42, Michael P 36, Steve 36, Eric E 35

Steve had been wanting to play Atlantic Star for awhile, so he brought it and found an eager crowd. It looked as if everyone picked up the game well and played competitively.
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10. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:91]
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Jim, Kurt, Steph

Thunder Alley was followed up with Istanbul. I think that Kurt brought and taught it and that Steph knew how to play ahead of time, but not Jim. This is a fun title that is a little similar to Splendor in that it is essentially a race to see who can finish the fastest.
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11. Board Game: Liberté [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:702]
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Chad 22 (winner), Michael P 18, Nick C 11, Eric E 9

I am not sure who brought it, but this game looked fascinating. I would love to play it sometime.
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12. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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Andy, Chris, Jeff, Brett - game won
Chris, Jeff, Brett, Kurt, Jim - game won

Brett brought and taught this new semi-cooperative title in which the players battle zombies, winter, and hunger. What makes this game semi-cooperative is that each player has a secret personal objective. Either the game wins or one or more players do. In the first game, we played the Home Sweet Home objective. We needed to construct 10 barricades in the the colony and one in each location. We had almost won when an unlucky dice roll resulted in a character being bitten on the way back to the compound and spreading the bite effect. We tried another mission with a few different players. The second objective was Too Many Mouths, which seemed easy until we were once again screwed by bad luck. This game is a blast, and I look forward to playing it much more and possibly acquiring it.
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13. Board Game: CV [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:894]
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Erin 58 (winner), Judy 33, Roni 33, Kate 26

While the boys were playing their zombie game, the girls got in CV with Erin winning.
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14. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:178]
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Resistance: Andy, Kate, Steve, Roni, Erin (winners) - Spies: Judy, Nick S, Stephanie - 4 missions
Spies: Judy, Erin, Roni (winners) - Resistance: Andy, Kate, Steve, Nick S, Stephanie - 5 missions

Two game of The Resistance were played with The Resistance winning one and the Spies the other. In a bold move in the second game, Erin, a spy, revealed herself to Steve, the Resistance, early in the game thereby casting suspicion on both of them throughout the entire game until Erin was able to fail the final mission.
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15. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:473]
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Nick S 88 (winner), Roni 81, Steve 74, Judy 71, Stephanie 69, Erin 55

The Resistance was followed up with a close 6-player game of UP. This title is a perennial favorite, and I am glad that Steve keeps bringing it.
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16. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:2123]
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Kate 30 (winner), Judy 17, Roni 16, Steve 24, Erin 19, Stephanie 15, Nick S 18

In a departure from the usual fair, Scattergories was played with Kate blowing out the others.
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17. Board Game: The Speicherstadt [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:592]
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Chad (winner), Michael P, Chris, Eric E, Nick C

We taught The Speicherstadt to Michael and Nick, who both enjoyed the game. Chad won in what was otherwise a decently competitive game.
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18. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:122]
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Roni/Erin 500 (winners), Nick S/Stephanie 140

Tichu, a favorite with a lot of people and especially Roni, was played with Roni and Erin emerging victorious.
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19. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:12]
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Chris 104, Nick C 103, Chad 101

My game day was made complete when Chad, Nick, and I played The Castles of Burgundy, which is one of my favorite Stephen Feld titles. The game was essentially a tie; I do not think that I have ever seen such a close grouping of scores.
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20. Board Game: La Boca [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1038]
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Nick S 80 (winner), Judy 70, Erin 69, Stephanie 67, Roni 66, Steve 59
Roni, Erin, Nick C, Chris

Erin brought La Boca and played it twice, once with six players and at the end of the evening when she and Roni taught it to Nick C and me. This game is a fun, quick blast. While I am not too good at it, I highly recommend it.
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