Best Friends Board Game League - 2nd Annual Board Game Day
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Over the past two to two-and-a-half years, a good friend and I have fallen deeper and deeper into the board gaming hobby. We've amassed a respectable collection of board games and love to bring other friends together to play them.

Due to this, in November 2013 we were inspired to host a full day of board gaming at my place dubbed (simply) 'Board Game Day'. We brought both our collections out, invited everyone over to stop in anytime throughout the day and try out various games. Needless to say, our friends didn't disappoint and the first annual 'Board Game Day' was a great success.

Following 'Board Game Day', I thought - our friends love this and would be more than willing to get together once a month to play board games on a regular basis. From there, the Best Friends Board Game League (BFBGL) was born...

Hosting our first event at my house in January 2014 - Power Grid was featured. From that point onward, the last Friday of each month became the 'Meeting of the BFBGL' and we gathered to play board games and catch up as a group.

From month-to-month the group of people attending changed, but the same 3 or 4 core people were always there. Generally, we would have 2 tables of games running simultaneously - and enough food to satisfy the masses.

Therefore, it was logical to host the 2nd Annual Board Game Day on November 22, 2014 on behalf of the BFBGL. At it's peak, 12 people were in attendance rocking the games listed below.

Check out my Best Friends Board Game League - Monthly Updates Geeklist for more information on what the BFBGL has been playing.

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1. Board Game: King of New York [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:426]
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Game #1 - King of New York

The day began at 10:30 am following some homemade waffles. Gaming struck off in earnest with a clatter of dice, the tinkle of energy cubes and the roars of 'death-death-death' to those holding a fort in Manhattan.

Our 6 person crew was blood-thirsty and Sheriff the T-Rex ended up taking the victory - being the last monster standing in New York.
 
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2. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:320]
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Game #2 - Citadels

King of New York was followed by a 7 person game of Citadels - augmented with a couple unique new roles from the Dark Cities expansion.

One Lord attempted to claim the day by building his 7 districts with extreme speed - but his value was too low and a second Lord claimed the day with one less district but much higher value in his lands.
 
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3. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:51]
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Game #3a - Lords of Waterdeep

As more people arrived, the group split up. One half were playing an intense and very close game of Lords of Waterdeep...
 
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4. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:372]
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Game #3b - Quantum

...the others were engaged in a battle of wits in space, playing Quantum (a personal favorite of mine).

The Quantum folks managed to get through 2 games of planetary quantum cube placement, before the highest Lord of Waterdeep was crowned.

Then, onto lunchtime...
 
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5. Board Game: Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:673] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Game #4 - Ultimate Werewolf

Over lunch, the group engaged in multiple games of Werewolf. The best part of these games was the hilarious and creative characters everyone game up with for their personal role as members of the town. Our town was known for having the BEST bakery in the land - and yet the baker always seemed to be getting killed off...
 
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6. Board Game: Balderdash [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1514]
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Game #5a - Balderdash

After lunch people tested their intellectual lying skills with Balderdash. A friend of mine was CLEARLY superior to everyone else - everyone one of his definitions sounded better than the real thing.

The other half of the group...
 
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7. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Game #5b - Pandemic

...was saving the world from deadly diseases - and having a great time doing it. Between 3 hard working disease fighters, the world was saved and returned to a less infectious place.
 
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8. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:101]
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Game #6a - Cosmic Encounter

A large portion of the group broke off to play Cosmic Encounter and delve deep into the thematic and chaotic underbelly that is CS.

As this game is a bit longer, the other half of the group move into 2 other games...
 
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9. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Game #6b - Carcassonne

As there were some new gamers in our midst (they brought Balderdash) - we decided to pull out Carcassonne - the one game that got A LOT of our friends into the board gaming hobby.

As usual, it was a farmers battle throughout and in the end the farmers stole the day when it came to points.

Following this, a few people left and we brought out...
 
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10. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:94]
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Game #6c - Suburbia

...a personal favorite of mine - Suburbia!

The mix of goals resulted in 4 very unique suburbs and a game that was extremely close at the end. One of my friends just fell in love with the game and really wanted to pick it up following the BFBGL Board Game Day.
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11. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:183]
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Game #7 - Letter from Whitechapel

As the evening settled in, and darkness cloaked the land - Letters from Whitechapel came out to play. 1 Jack the Ripper vs. 4 British Bobbies.

Jack eluded us for 2 whole rounds - escaping our grasp around every turn. I'm not sure if it was fatigue, or the scotch that had been brought out by this point in the evening, but in the 3rd round a fatal flaw was made, and Jack was caught, quickly and expeditiously. Another win for the good guys.
 
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12. Board Game: Gauntlet of Fools [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3731]
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Game #8 - Gauntlet of Fools

As the day wore to a close - around 11:00 pm - the final game was the easy-going and deadly Gauntlet of Fools. Choose your champion and roll some dice...watch the beasts of the gauntlet fall beneath your blade - or watch your hero get eaten, if your roll is bad enough.


All in all a very successful board game day. The general comments were that this was even better than the 1st Board Game Day as the games were shorter and more could be complete and tried throughout the day.
 
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