BGA Meeting Feb 7 2015
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Good Templar Hall
1A Hamilton Road
Bangor

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1. Board Game: Las Vegas [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:478]
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Peter 250 Tim 360 swami 290 Colin 300 Bill 200

"Developer Stefan Brück at alea describes Las Vegas as "an easy, dice-rolling, fun-and-luck game with a lot of interaction and 'schadenfreude'". Who doesn't love schadenfreude? (Well, other than those being schadened, I suppose...)

In more detail, Las Vegas includes six cardboard casino mats, one for each side of a normal six-sided die. For each mat, players draw money cards until at least $50k is showing, but the amount may end up being a lot more, making that casino more desirable.

Each player has eight dice of a different color, which they take turns rolling. When you roll your dice, you can choose to place them on the relevant casino cards; for example, a die showing a 1 will be placed on the casino mat marked "1". You must place at least one die per turn, although you may place more. All players take turns doing this until all the dice have been used. Finally, the player with the most dice on each casino card takes the money associated with it. In case of a tie, the next non-tied player takes the highest-valued money card at that casino.

Las Vegas rates a 1 out of 10 on alea's difficulty scale."

Fun family game with lots of luck particuly on your last dice throw. Peter's last throw of the game was a kingmaker

Enjoyable



Also being played in the Hall

 
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2. Board Game: Goldland [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1686]
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Peter 13 Swami 9 Tim 13 Colin 17 Bill 16

"Each player has a backpack with room for 12 tools, provisions, trading goods, or treasures. The number of squares you can move on a turn is the number of empty spaces in your backpack, so the lighter you travel, the faster.

In the beginning, only 13 tiles (two legs of a 7x7 square) are on the table, and everybody starts in the corner with three fish (provisions) and two pearl necklaces (trading goods). One thing to do on your turn is "explore," adding a randomly drawn tile next to the one where your pawn currently stands. The board gradually fills in to the point where the tile at the opposite corner from the start is drawn, and this tile is designated the site of the lost temple and pays bonuses for everyone who reaches it. The sooner you get there, the better the bonuses.

About half the squares are free to enter and let you obtain other items for your backpack. If you're already carrying a fishing pole, for example, in some squares you'll be able to pick up more fish. The other half are "adventure" tiles that require the expenditure of backpack items in order to gain entry. You might have to spend two rifles, for example, to enter a wildcat tile; then you place a "camp" marker and can enter that tile for free in the future. A lot of the game involves going back and forth to tiles where you can assemble the necessary items to work your way through the adventure tiles to the lost temple.

Goldland appeals to puzzle-solvers and has a fun atmosphere of exploring the wilderness in search of El Dorado."

This was last played about ten years ago and wil not appear before 2024,
not a great game. As the scores show the gang of four went one way and the other leg proved to be very loney.
Again lots of luck but nice looking



Peter thinking about his move

 
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3. Board Game: In 80 Tagen um die Welt [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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Also around the world in 80 days

Tim won on 77 days

"Players start out in London and race around the world. By skillful use of cards, each player tries to be the first to get back to London.

This is an action game without dice. Using cards representing different travel modes, players try to use as many of their cards as they can. Playing all of ones cards during a turn, allows one a bonus move."


A 1986 fun family game with lots of luck. Seems have to average 7 days per trip which means you need double




Should appear in less than 10 years
 
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4. Board Game: Decktet [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:1832]
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Tim 33 Swami 19 Colin 26 Peter 17 Bill 37

"The Decktet is a 45-card deck of cards in 6 suits.

The core of the Decktet is the 36-card basic deck. Each suit has 10 cards, a thing accomplished by most of the cards being double-suited. Most of the cards also have a name and illustration. The Decktet is a game system released under an open license.

There are also 9 extended deck cards. Like Jokers in a traditional deck of cards, they are used in some games but not in others.

The Decktet is available in a free print-and-play version. There are also printed decks available for purchase.

There are dozens of different games that can be played with the Decktet, many of which have their own entries in the database:"

Strange game won by not playing until no one had any cards
 
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5. Board Game: Brain Food [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Food by Peter
 
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6. Board Game: Finish [Average Rating:5.04 Unranked]
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Mostly old family games which one may be seen again, still not the games but the people
 
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