GCL Beehive #70 - my birth year
Hilko Drude
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1. Board Game: Commercial Crazies [Average Rating:5.35 Unranked]
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For her 8th birthday, Miriam received a letter from a local church, inviting her for some activity a couple of years later, promising a small gift. I have no idea how she is targeted for this, she is neither registered as a church member (a rather formal thing in Germany), nor did she sign up for anything. She expressed interest in going there, probably because of the promise of a small gift.
When she was in the hospital, she watched TV quite a bit. We don't have a TV at home, so while she does love watching videos on the internet, she picks them and is rarely targeted by advertising. So when she was suddenly exposed to it, she was suddenly interested in a bunch of junk that was advertised on TV.
So my question for today is: How much are children exposed to (and targeted by) advertising in your countries? How much does it influence them?
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2. Board Game: Borodino [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:5764]
Hilko Drude
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I had prepared this geeklist a few weeks ago, hoping to add ideas to it as time passed. Now that I am releasing it to the general public, I notice it is number 70. 1970 was my birth year - just couldn't help noticing. Do you have a favorite number?
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3. Board Game: ESSEN [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:10661]
Hilko Drude
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Pick whichever game you like from this image and comment on it. It doesn't have to be an informed or insightful comment. Just say whatever comes to your mind. "What the heck ist that thing in the corner?" is a valid entry. You are welcome to also tell me what I was missing (oddly, I didn't have time to look at games much in Essen).
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4. Board Game: Bull In A China Shop [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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Considering it was an Essen week, I played way too little. But I was simply busy meeting people there. At least we got to play games on the evenings with our host, who has many thousands of games, including many wild rarities. Bold: New to me (of those, I liked Atlantic Star most). Diamant continues to go strong, and I wish my wife could appreciate Linko more, as I really, really like it.

4 x Diamant
4 x Linko!
1 x Anno Domini: Sex & Crime
1 x Atlantic Star
1 x Tanz der Derwische
1 x Camel Up
1 x The Castles of Burgundy

1 x ...und tschüss!
1 x Unpublished Prototype
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5. Board Game: Unexpected Treasures [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:3288]
Rob Harper
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Wantage
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We had a nice games afternoon with another family this weekend, and that provided most of my gaming for the week.

So, played with Miss B (and others)...
* Apples to Apples -- as usual when we have a bigger group.
* Ave Caesar -- an old favourite that is still great, allowing just the right amount of spitefulness.
* Asterix das Kartenspiel -- Miss B is becoming a big Asterix fan, and this is a decent enough game.
* Unexpected Treasures -- this was new to us, and I was pleasantly surprised by it (an unexpected treasure, if you like). A couple of nice mechanics in it too.
* Dragon Slayer -- not much to the game really, but it's good fun.
* Tsuro -- the original version, without the overcomplicating sea monsters.

And with adults only...
* Loot -- a favourite with the lunchtime group, this one has to come out from time to time.
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6. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Fernando Robert Yu
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You can view my week in greater detail here: Item for Geeklist "What Did You Play Last Week? 10/20/2014"

Lords of Vegas x 1 (NEW) x 1 = Lots of potential with this one. There is really the feel of gambling and while the card draw can really determine the flow of the game, it is fun trying to think of ways to expand your casino and take over the casino of others.
Dominion x 1 = playing the base game with my daughter Sharlene reminds me of how good a game this is.
Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game x 1
Innovation x 1 = a rare win for me (but that is because Jim was not present!)
Terror in Meeple City x 1 = this may have gotten a new name, but it will always be RAMPAGE for me!

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7. Board Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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Spot my new favourite game! Actually part of this is that we were away for a long weekend at Blackpool, and I only took a few games with us. One of them was this game, and both night's my husband insisted on playing until he won - the first night this took 4 plays, the second night it took him 9!!! We also took Race for the Galaxy and The City, and Kleine Fische and Dobble for the kids, although we never actually played Dobble in the end. The rest of the week was very light on gaming, with just our usual Friday night session, and a few games of Star Realms - parents evening took out our usual gaming evening.

This week I expect huge numbers of games - it's the first week of my children's two-week half-term, so I'll probably play some games with them most days, plus I have a three-day gaming weekend planned from Friday to Sunday!

Gaming with other adults:

25 x Star Realms
3 x The City
2 x Istanbul (we played it twice in a row!)
2 x Race for the Galaxy

1 x Fauna, Qwixx, RoboRally, Ubongo, Vegas Showdown, Dobble

Gaming with my children:

Kleine Fische
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8. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1073]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
Iceland
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Played a few games during the weekend:

3x Pickomino
1x 7 Wonders
1x King of Tokyo
1x Ticket to Ride w/Ticket to Ride: Alvin & Dexter & Ticket to Ride: USA 1910
1x Time's Up! Édition purple

My stepdaughters' boyfriends' parents own 7 Wonders and we borrowed it for one night - I really need to buy it! Actually, I'm selling my NIS Pathfinder game to finance it!
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9. Board Game: Fürstenfeld [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1951]
Eddy Richards
Scotland
Allanton
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I'd traded for this Friese effort a few weeks ago and this was the first chance to play it. Quite good, bit middle of the road I thought - not as innovative as some of his other designs.

Furstenfeld x 2
Galaxy Trucker x 1
Race for the Galaxy x 2
San Juan x 1
7 Wonders x 2
LOTR: The Confrontation x 2
The Hobbit x 2
Kingdom Builder x 2
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10. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Scott Saccenti
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Colora
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For its valiant--but hopeless--attempt to stave off Race for the Galaxy as my family's most-played game of all time, Dominion rates our Game-of-the-Week.



4x -10- Dominion
3x -10- Race for the Galaxy
2x -5- Gulo Gulo
2x -8- Love Letter
2x -7- Machi Koro
2x -7- San Juan
1x -5- Ali
1x -8- Android: Netrunner
1x -6- Camel Up
1x -7- Chicken Cha Cha Cha
1x -6- Coloretto
1x -6- Concordia
1x -3- Family Business
1x -6- Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
1x -8- Lost Cities
1x -6- Memoir '44
1x -7- Metropolys
1x -7- Splendor
1x -7- Sushi Go!
1x -4- Viva Topo
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11. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:286]
Clay Blankenship
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Owens Cross Roads
AL
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Did I play a boardgame this week? I don't think I did. Life is so busy right now. But I did have a very small milestone. A role-playing supplement I contributed to got published (electronically). So now I get 2/13 of 25% of the sales. (I don't think I'll get rich this way. If I'm lucky I'll get a little bit to spend on games.) But it's nice to see my name in print and maybe it will be a stepping stone to bigger things.

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