London on Board - Newbie Night Wednesday 18 February 2015
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A joining of regulars and newbies for some fun and games.The night was double hosted by Ronan and I but in reality there were many regulars who helped with the smooth running so thank you to them!

I have listed the games I remember seeing but please comment on them and add any that I missed.

London on Board details:

http://www.meetup.com/LondonOnBoard
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A push your luck game about looting a Temple was a great start to the evening for some of us. It started with Jerry, Anne and I but we aquired a couple of players for the last few rounds. Sadly for Winnie who joined at the beginning of the fourth round, both the fourth and fifth round ended in a double danger with no treasure so she didn't really stand a chance.

Jerry blamed my shuffling for the final two poor/dud rounds but to be fair they secured him the win and it is just an occupational hazard of looting Temples!



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I played the role of a polish ghost who could only communicate by way of dream cards and tried to help my team (Winnie, Mathias, TriMi and his wife and Nicholas)identify potential murder weapons, locations and murderes. It was pretty close and with only one night to guess the joint seance correctly we were victorious!

We had a fun time and I one of the benefits of playing with people you have only just met is that they don't heckle your dream card choses or hurle abuse at you throghout.
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We had a 6 player game of schemin' and stealin'. It was:

Rachel - Belle
David - Django
Jee - Ghost
Me- Tuco
Simran - Cheyenne
Lloyd - Doc

Highlights included: Jee being shot three times in the first round. Lloyd doing a back to back shooting on Simran. No-one getting a suitcase even though two came into play. Almost every player punching the air.

Rachel drew cards to get her loot action cards and systematically looted the train for the win.
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4. Board Game: Kobayakawa [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2234]
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Introduced to us by Jee as "Kobayashi Maru" (Lloyd was the only one on our table to get the Star Trek joke) this is game of 15 cards numbered 1 -15 the remaining cards are stacked face down and one is turned over face up (the "Maru"). Each player starts with a card and has one turn per round. On this turn they can either draw a card from the deck and then discrad one of their cards face up (Kobayashi) or they can change the Maru by drawing one card from the top of the stack and placing it on top of the current Maru ensuring the value of the older Maru(s) is visible. Then players bet to say whether they think they will win the hand. All of those that stay in reveal winner is the highest either from a single high card or if the lowest valued card added to the Maru is higher than the highest card wins!

Intersting and I won so it must be pure strategy.
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5. Board Game: Spectaculum [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3192]
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Nathan, Sherine and I played a speed game of this at the end of the night.

Sherine played well and beat us both.
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6. Board Game: Eggs of Ostrich [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:4470]
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Jon Day was teaching this. I managed to see a couple of rounds being played and it looked very interesting.
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7. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:847]
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Nathan and Jon Day played this with Emily and one other. They played cards, move pirates forward and backwards and Emily escaped first for the win.
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8. Board Game: Potato Man [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:2333]
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Another small card for Nathan and Jon's table - I wonder if anyone won with a potato man>
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More small card games on Nathan's table.
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There was a five player game of this - Nathan, Sherine, Richard, Rob and Fabian. Watching it was quite funny.

Fabian played a 100% honest game and came second. Nathan lied through his teeth throughout and did a lot worse. He had a stack of contraband but by the second round people had cottoned on to his antics. Sherine was terrible at lying (shock horror!) and although she played mostly honest she tried to get two crossbows past Nathan as sheriff. Hilarious.

Richard kept opening people's bags when people were actually telling the truth so was getting a bit rinsed on cash.

Rob shifted lots of legal goods, won bonuses and ultimately took the victory.
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11. Board Game: Onward to Venus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1497]
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Ronan was playing a game of this at the beginning of the night. It looked interesting but more details required...
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Ronan was playing a game of this.

Also you can win a copy of this game in the Game Pit competition.

http://thegamepit.podbean.com/e/the-game-pit-episode-40-coun...

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Lloyd, Simran, David and Jee played this game of windmills and plantations.

Soooo pretty.
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I heard Jee's introduction of the rules on this one:

"Before we start, is anyone a vegetarian or a zoo keeper?"

for some reason these preclude you from playing the game.

Other than that I don't know how it went.
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Roger (Jay) was running a game or more of this.

People seemed happy. I saw someone turning over a fourth coloured ship on their go. Sweet.


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Roger (Jay) was also running this.

I'm pretty sure it was bat!
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Jerry was running a game of this.

Sadly they lost. Trapped in sand storm of whirling sand and wind with no water and no escape!

Sad times.
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I believe there were at least 3 games of this on the night.

I encouraged each table to win.

Sadly not everyone does what I ask/encourage.

Happily one team did win and saved the day for everyone.
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A 5 player, all German speaking, game of this took place.

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Dolphin, orange man, snowflake.

This was, as ever, a bit hit
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21. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:376]
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As there weren't enough players for an end of night avalon (sorry for not being willing to participate) the group opted for Coup instead and intrigue was enjoyed by all.
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22. Board Game: Bling Bling Gemstone [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2934]
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Jee ran a game of this.

I would like to play this sometime. Bling, bling.... Gemstone
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23. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:229]
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Players were also happy to play this (especially as I did not win!)
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24. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:436]
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Played this early on, with David, Richard, Fabian, Rob and myself (also Rob). I came a comfortable fifth out of five, but the first four places were closely contested, and - if I remember correctly - Richard narrowly squeaked home over David.
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25. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:662]
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Played this with Sherine, Richard and Fabian. I surprised myself by building up a big lead and holding it to the end. How unlike the game of Qwirkle I'd played the previous Saturday, when I came 4th out of 4 (albeit with a reasonably decent score).
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