A Game A Day Until Christmas
Sarah W
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On Friday I was finally able to quit my second job. In celebration, to make up for the lack of free time I've had over the last year, I created this GeekList to engage and challenge myself in my favorite hobby. My goal is to play at least one game per day either with others, solo, or via iOS.
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1. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:78]
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Started things off on Friday night playing a quest in our Descent 2.0 campaign. We played Masquerade Ball as the final Act I quest.

Both encounters of this quest are tough on the Overlord (myself) due to there being no reinforcements. In the first encounter I was able to successfully escort one noble guest off the board before the heroes wiped out all my monsters. I got bottlenecked by a door and the heroes were abler to move in with a blast weapon and take out three of my goblin archers in one go. Needless to say, at the end of encounter 1 the heroes were able to roll a 3 and to successfully win the encounter.

For encounter 2 I was able to get Lady Eliza deep enough into the board rather quick to force the heroes to go all out in chasing me and forced them to end the encounter without picking up search tokens.

In both encounters I was able to limit their ability to pick up search tokens which limited their ability to upgrade their weapons and powers.

Act II is quickly approaching and I'm looking forward to getting more powerful monsters to start to balance the game out a bit.


 
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2. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:12]
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Saturday night saw us break out Castles of Burgundy. This is by far the best two player game we own and it gets played very frequently.

Tonight we were in the mood and ready to take on a brain burner so we decided to play with two player boards each with the highest combined score winning. It definitely takes longer to play (about two hours last night) but is much more think-y than a straight two player game of CoB. You want to strategize for your boards, and against your opponent, but at the same time you need to not inadvertently screw yourself in the process.



If you look closely at the player board in the lower right hand corner you can just barely see that the board was shredded by the dog and taped back together with clear packing tape. Perseverance at it's finest!
 
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Well only had time for a short iOS game of TTR. Played a 5 player game. I won with a score of 100 and the longest route completing 4 tickets.
 
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Well today work and life took some time away from gaming so I had to settle for some iOS TTR.
 
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5. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:51]
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Another busy day! These short weeks are really killer at work. Today's gaming consisted of a few iOS games of Lords of Waterdeep. It had been a couple months since I last played so it took quite a while to get back into the swing of it.
 
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6. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Another day with not enough time! Today's gaming consisted of several games of iOS TTR while preparing some stuff for Thanksgiving...cranberry sauce, rutabaga, and pumpkin cookies. Yum!
 
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7. Board Game: The Thanksgiving Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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I am saddened to see this day come so early into my challenge, but with yesterday being Thanksgiving I didn't get a chance to do any gaming. The morning was spent finishing up preparations for the holiday and the afternoon/evening was spent with family. I did bring along 7 Wonders, CAH, Love Letter, and Resistance: Avalon but they never made it to the table due to crazy step-grandma enjoying a little too much sauce...if you know what I mean. Once we got home we watched "The Nightmare Before Christmas" as per our Thanksgiving tradition. Sad day, no game time
 
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8. Board Game: Gloom [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1444] [Average Rating:6.37 Unranked]
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Played a couple of games of Gloom last night. Emily and I each won a game by completely kicking the others butt. It's a fun little filler game.
 
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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Another busy day so only time for some iOS games while relaxing before bed. We were out and about most of the day supporting our local community for Small Business Saturday, AKA Sarah gives all her money to all the stores in the neighborhood. We also grabbed a tag from one of the "Angel Trees" supporting our neighborhood non-profit. We searched the entire tree looking for someone we could buy some games for but found a tag for a young man wanting art supplies and a winter jacket. Unfortunately, the dog ate the tag but we were able to selvage enough of it to tape back together. Hopefully they can print off a new one or it'll be pretty embarrassing to to donate a gift with the tag that has been taped back together.
 
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10. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Played so much TTR on Sunday. Waiting for Em to finish getting ready...TTR, halftime of Vikings game...TTR, before dinner...TTR. I'm quite addicted to this little iOS game.
 
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11. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:51]
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Came home to a package from Santa and immediately punched everything out and played a walk through of Lords of Warerdeep. I really like the iOS game and am super excited to have a physical copy. Really looking forward to playing this with Em. Hopefully someday we can wrangle up some more players to get a 4 player game going.

Also played a couple iOS games I TTR tonight too.
 
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12. Board Game: Detour! [Average Rating:5.08 Unranked]
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Switching this over the the Advent 2014 Challenge geeklist since I'd basically be copying and pasting anyway.
 
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