Iowa City Game Day - Feb. 28, 2015
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With cooperative weather, this month's turnout was high and featured several new faces and others that had not been seen in awhile. In attendance were Erin G, Roni, Chad, Eric E, Joel, Michael C, Brianne, Kurt, Stephanie, Steve, Erin D, Jeff, Nick, Vali, Dave, Andy, Eric C, Sabrina, Nathan, Ransom, and Brett. Thanks to everyone who brought so many delicious snacks and beverages to share.

Please add any titles that I missed to the list. Hope to see you again soon.
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1. Board Game: Abyss [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:324]
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Erin G 86 (winner), Chris 78, Roni 77, Chad 68

Chad and I taught (so-so) Abyss to Erin and Roni. I was able to get an early lead in lords and trigger the game's end by recruiting seven. However, Erin wound up winning due to her many defeated monster tokens and three locations.
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2. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1142]
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Joel 43 (winner), Michael C 37, Brianne 32 Eric E 25

Joel taught Clans to Michael and Brianne and re-taught it (?) to Eric. This is a good, fun, quick game that goes beyond its simple mechanics and does not get the love that it deserves. I highly recommend trying it given the opportunity.
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3. Board Game: Murano [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:836]
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Kurt 51 (winner), Erin D 48, Steve 40, Brianne 40

Kurt brought and taught this new title that I had never heard of to the other players. They must have caught on quickly because the score spread was very tight, although the game seemed to run long.
 
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4. Board Game: La Isla [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:730]
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Erin G 100 (winner), Chad 94, Chris 84, Roni 78

Erin brought this game in which I was the only new player since I did not attend BGGCon with the others. I enjoyed this short-to-medium length and moderate complexity game. Once you master its iconography, you are good-to-go.
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5. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:670]
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Eric E 673 (winner), Michael P 614, Michael C 580, Joel 570

The guys pulled out one of their favorites and enjoyed a monster game of Planet Steam with Eric winning by a fair margin.
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6. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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Jeff 46, Nick 37, Vali 31

Jeff and Nick taught Ra to Vali, and Jeff won in a closer game than I would have anticipated.
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7. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:482]
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Nick 36 (winner), Jeff 25, Vali 24
Nick and Valie 36 (joint winners), Jeff 26

The trio got in two quick games of Coloretto, a fast, fun filler that I am always willing to play.
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8. Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:244]
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Nick 175 (winner), Jeff 161, Brianne 123, Vali 115, Chris 105

Jeff and I taught Sheriff to the other players, who were all essentially new to the game. I was a horrible smuggler, having my goods inspected the only two times that I tried to get contraband past the Sheriff. Nick, Jeff, and Brianne did much better on their contraband runs.
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9. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:91]
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Kurt 5 (winner), Dave 4, Andy 4, Eric 3, Steve 2

Kurt taught Instanbul to the other players and managed to win in a close game. He said that playing with five is a blast, much better than with fewer players.
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10. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:60]
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Erin D 37 (winner), Erin G 34, Andy 31, Eric E 26, Jeff 17

A close 5-players game of Roll for the Galaxy was played with Erin the Elder winning. Question: Is it possible to enjoy this game without liking Race for the Galaxy?
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11. Board Game: MarraCash [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1731]
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Joel 4075 (winner), Michael P 3350, Chris 3100, Roni 2875
Eric 4400 (winner), Joel 3525, Michael P 2600, Andy 1350

Michael brought MarraCash, and it was played twice. He and Joel are veterans of this game and did a good job teaching the new players. I enjoyed this almost semi-cooperative auction title in which the board and movement on it are an integral part of the game. Now that I know how to play, I look forward to doing so again.
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12. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:55]
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Steve 91 (winner), Nathan 81, Brett 76, Chad 64, Sabrina 60

El Grande, an older title enjoyed a recent resurgence, was played with Steve winning yet once again.
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13. Board Game: Pandemic: The Cure [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:259]
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Roni, Erin G, Jeff, Chris - lost with 2 cures

Erin and Roni explained the dice variant of Pandemic to Jeff and me. I enjoyed the game, which moves much faster than the original version, and look forward to playing again.
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14. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:82]
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Erin D 132 (winner), Roni 100, Erin G 94, Chad 90

Castles saw another game day play.
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15. Board Game: Speculation [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2272]
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Nick 1290 (winner), Ransom 855, Vali 610, Brianne ?

I am not sure who brought this one (Nick?), but it was played with Nick winning.
 
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16. Board Game: Primordial Soup [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:681]
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Dave 43 (winner), Michael C 42, Eric C 34, Kurt 22

Eric brought Primordial Soup and taught/refreshed it to the other players.
 
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17. Board Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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Sabrina 12 (winner), Nathan -3

Nathan brought and taught this small, fast paced, deck builder to Sabrina. Apparently, he did a good job because she won by a good margin.
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18. Board Game: Skull [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:440]
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Steve (winner), Sabrina, Brett, Chad, Nathan

Skull, a quick, fun, bluffing game, was played again with Steve winning. I am very glad that I acquired this small gem.
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19. Board Game: Quilt Show [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:3454]
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Steve 50 (winner), Michael P 43, Brianne 41, Vali 36

Steve taught the base game of Quilt Show to Brianne and Vali and introduced some prototypes for a possible expansion.
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20. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:423]
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Dave, Andy, Eric C, Kurt, Michael C (winners)
Chris - betrayer

In this play, the betrayal theme was based on a Picture of Dorian Gray. I was the betrayer and managed to kill two players before my portrait was unfortunately repainted for a betrayer loss.
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21. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:122]
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Roni/Chad 1030 (winners), Erin/Nick 670

Roni's favorite game was played with her and Chad taking the win.
 
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22. Board Game: Diamonsters [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:10632]
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Chris 3 (winner), Sabrina 1, Brett 1, Dave 0, Nathan 0
Sabrina 3 (winner), Chris 0, Brett 0, Dave 0, Nathan 0

Nathan taught this title, which was a generous birthday present from him to me. This game was very enjoyable, and I had forgotten how much of a trouncing we suffered in our second play until working on this list. I look forward to more plays of this fun, quick game in the future.
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23. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Babel [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Chad 67 (winner), Erin G 54, Nathan 50, Roni 49, Sabrina 46, Chris 37
Roni 77 (winner), Chad 58, Chris 50, Erin G 49, Sabrina 45, Nathan 44

We ended our evening with two fun games of 7 Wonders: Babel using my copy of 7 Wonders and Nathan's Babel, which I now own. We only used Babel, not the the Great Projects expansion, and both of our plays were tight except for the individual winner.
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