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1. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:623]
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Wed 4 Feb 2015

For our first session, we started off with a big game of Incan Gold. Andrew, Boyan, Myself, Ferdinand, Germain, Haoran, Michael and Simon joined in the fun. Simon took out the win with 20 by way of strategically fleeing the temple just before the rest of the party succumbed to fiery snake bite mummy death. I got 3, which is at least 3 more than my record low.

After that, we split up into groups. Me, Andrew, Boyan and Zibs played a couple hands of Abluxxen which is a great card game that I'm enjoying at the moment. The others played Coup I think.
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2. Board Game: Diamonds [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:659]
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11 Feb 2015

Just a small group, with Andrew, Adrian, Boyan and myself playing Diamonds. I snuck in a rare win. Fun game, and a twist on the normal trick taking games.
 
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3. Board Game: Cockroach Poker [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1203]
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18 Feb 2015

Started with a game of Cockroach Poker. Lots of fun, this is a pure bluffing game, with many a fist-shake and muttered curse. Players were Adrian, Andrew, Brett, myself, Ferdinand, Germain and Jed. Brett got stuck with the loss, and the rest of us rejoiced in our shared victory (hoozah!)

We then followed up with a rousing game of 6 Takes!, and I scored a win here - other people were kind enough to save me having to take lots and lots of bullheads.
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4. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:1911]
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25 Feb 2015

Players: Adrian, Brett, me, Germain, Haoran and Hugh

Started off with a round of Cockroach Poker, with Adrian picking up the loss.

The main game for the day was Get Bit, a fun filler game where you play cards and try to not get eaten by the shark. I snagged the win here, with just one limb remaining.

Finished up with one more game of Cockroach poker. This time, I got smashed with cards and lost when I ran out of cards to play. Fun times.
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5. Board Game: Lost Legacy [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked]
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4 Mar 2015

Kicked off with a round of Kakerlakensalat. Same series of light card games along with Kakerlaken Poker, Kakerlakensup etc. Kakerlaken Poker is a straight out bluffing game, but Kakerlakensalat is a fast playing card game where you have to get rid of all of your cards. The cards have one of 4 vegetables, or a taboo that forbids you saying one of the vegetables. You have to turn over a card from your pile onto the centre pile and announce an ingredient name based on several rules: You must tell the truth if you are able to, you cannot name the same ingredient as the last person, and you can't name the same ingredient as the card you are replacing. Get it wrong or hesitate, and you get the whole centre pile. Lots of fun, and surprisingly tricky. It was Boyan, Brett, myself, Hugh and Peter, and Brett won the game - clearly experience and practice is vital. Might have to pick up a copy myself.

We split up, and Andrew, Boyan, me, Ferdinand and Hugh played Lost Legacy. This is a tiny little card game co-designed by Senji Kenai, whose specialty IS tiny little card games. The object of the game is to determine where the lost legacy card is at the end of the game, so you play cards to view other players' cards, view the centre pile etc. You can get eliminated, but whoever is left has to guess in order as to where the card is. Pretty cool.
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6. Board Game: Roll For It! [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2585]
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11 Mar 2015

I got to GGTH just as a few players were in the middle of No Thanks! which is one of our favourite fillers.

Once our full party got there (Me, Germain, Sherrie from Germain's work, Brett, Adrian and Andrew), we played a game of Roll For It. This is a light, quick-ish game where you... roll... for it....

Basically some cards are laid out with dice faces on it and you roll your dice and try to match the numbers shown on the cards, after which you can take them and score points. Not a huge amount of strategy and it drags a little bit with more players (just more downtime) but is a lot of fun. Lots of cheering and groans as the dice roll. Germain took out the win (but at least I got one of the epic 15-point cards)
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7. Board Game: A Fake Artist Goes to New York [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:842]
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18 Mar 2015

Good session today. Had 4 mini games from Oink Games and got to play them all!

Kicked off with myself, Germain, Jed and Mick playing In a Grove / In a Grove - a simple deduction/bluffing game. There's some suspects numbered from 2-8. 1 is dealt to each player, then 3 suspects and 1 victim are placed in the middle of the table. Each player sees his dealt card (they are actually vaguely human-shaped cardboard tokens) and his neighbour's card. The active player views two of the suspects and can swap one of them with the victim (zombie detective?). They then place an accusation token under one suspect. The next player can view two of the suspects (not the most recently accused) and place a token, and so on. So each player only has part of the full story in which to base their decision. It's actually a game where rather than work out who the real murderer is (the murderer is the suspect with the highest number, unless the number 5 is one of them, in which case it's the LOWEST), you want to trick the other players into making false accusations so that they are forced to take your accusation token. The loser is the first person to accumulate 8 tokens. We cut it a bit short as other players had turned up, but the important part was that Jed lost.

Next up was A Fake Artist Goes to New York - super fun party game that works a bit like spyfall (a more recent game that some of us have been playing lately), but done with drawing instead of questions and answers. For this we had a full house of myself, Mick, Adrian, Bojan, Germain, Andrew, Jed and Simon. Peter turned up briefly but got called back to work before we could begin. How it works is that there is a question master who selects a general theme and a specific item/thing that the artists have to draw. One of the artists is The Fake Artist, who only knows the theme but not the specific item. Each player takes turns drawing one line each on the same sheet of paper. The artists want to figure out who the fake artist is, and the fake artist is trying to avoid detection and work out what the specific item is. Lots of fun, with puzzled looks, cries of "what the hell is THAT supposed to be??" and baseless accusations being thrown around. We managed to fit in 4 rounds, and I think Mick ended up with the most points.

It was then down to myself, Simon, Mick and Adrian. Welcome to the Dungeon is currently out of print but I had a print and play copy while awaiting the English reprint later this year.Basically it's a push your luck game where you start off with a full equipped adventurer about to venture into a dungeon to fight all the monsters therein. On your turn, you can draw a monster card and either put it in the dungeon for someone else to fight, or take a piece of equipment off the adventurer. Once everyone but one player has passed, the remaining player gets to go through the dungeon. Survive and collect a victory point (2 gets you the win), don't survive and take a wound (2 wounds and you're out of the game).. Good fun. Mick won on 2 victory points.

Last up we had myself, Mick and Adrian. Finished up with Deep Sea Adventure. You are all divers searching for treasures from ruins, but you're all sharing the same oxygen tank. The deeper you dive, the better the treasures, but the harder it is to get back to the submarine. The more treasure you pick up, the more air you consume each round, and the slower you progress. We were pretty terrible and ran out of air on the first two rounds. On the third and last round, Adrian and I scraped back into the submarine with a handful of treasures and Mick was left to a watery death. Alas, we knew him well-ish. Adrian got the win on this one.
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8. Board Game: Red7 [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:546]
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25 Mar 2015

We started with a big game of Incan Gold, a fun push-your-luck game. Germain was roundly lambasted for being a cowardly scaredy cat (and then ended up winning because of it. CURSES!). I didn't take as many risks as I normally would and had SOME points at the end. Great filler that plays up to 8 people and is done quickly.

After that we broke into two groups. Some of us played Red7 while the rest played Witness.

Red7 is a card game by Carl Chudyk (Glory to Rome, Innovation, Impulse) that is a super light filler. You play cards to two locations, in front of you (palette) or in the centre of the table (canvas). You need to be winning at the end of your turn - ie: have the highest card. However each colour (there are 7 "suits") played to the middle of the table CHANGES the rules, so you might then be winning if you have the most EVEN cards. Or the most cards of one colour, etc. Last person standing wins. Very clever light game, and we didn't take too long considering that we had 5 players (1 more than the "official" player count) and that it was mostly first-time players.

Germain or Captain, any feedback on Witness? Looked like a cool game.
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9. Board Game: Red7 [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:546]
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Wed 1 April 2015

Just a small group this week, with me, Simon, Brett, Peter and Neil battling it out again on Red7. We ran a new rule that meant that until the first person drops out in a 5-player game, you can finish your turn in first OR second. I think this speeds up the first couple of rounds and gets cards cycling faster. Great game, small footprint but a lot of brain burning for your buck.
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10. Board Game: Diamonsters [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:10781]
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8 April 2015

Just six of us today: Me, Adrian, Peter, Germain, Andrew and Haoran.

Kicked off with Deep Sea Adventure. Curiously conservative game, resulting in lots of people actually making it back to the submarine with their treasures. Adrian took out the win.

Finished up with a game of Diamonsters. There's 5 types of cards, numbered from 1-5. A card from the deck is put up for bid each round. Each player bids simultaneously (facedown, then flip). Any multiples are taken out and the highest unique card wins, unless a 1 and a 5 are present, in which case the 1 beats the 5. Easy enough, and fun enough, but I think at 6 players, there's very little strategy involved, you just step all over each others cards so it's almost luck as to who wins. Adrian won this one as well (someone needs to check his sleeves for cards). I'd like to try it out at 4 players, I feel it'd play much better with that number of players.
 
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11. Board Game: Kobayakawa [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2237]
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Wed 15 April 2015

We split into two groups today.

Brett, Dwayne, Peter and I kicked off with Kobayakawa - it's a small light game originally from Oink Games but picked up and published by iello. We played the rules slightly wrong - when you pick up a card and keep one, you are supposed to flip the discarded card face up so that everyone has some information to go on. I played it again later that night with the proper rules and it's much better that way.

We then finished up with Age of War - it's a rethemed implementation of Risk Express, and is a pleasing enough light dice chucker. Nothing too deep or strategic, but does nicely to fill a gap.

The other group, with Andrew, Simon, Sherrie, Germain and Jed, played Pictomania, which is one of my current favourite party games. A lot of fun, and the scoring system is so clever that it's very difficult to "game" the game.
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12. Board Game: One Night Revolution [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2627]
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Wed 29 April 2015

Anyone who is thinking of backing One Night Resistance, I had the chance to play 3 games of this as Simon brought along a print & play version. I'm a big fan of both The Resistance and One Night Ultimate Werewolf so I was interested in trying this out.

Well, what do I think? I think it's different and good. I don't know if I like it quite as much as either of its parent games, but it's worth a look. Gameplay wise it's much closer to ONUW than TR as it follows the "night phase, discussion then vote" structure of that game. The technical specialties (ie: what you do during the night) are separate to the ID (ie: are you resistance or spy?) and in fact some of them have you performing slightly different actions depending on your allegiance. There is no need for an app as you simply perform your actions clockwise in turn.

It perhaps feels a little less balanced than ONUW because of the split between role and action – they are finely tuned in ONUW but you can get situations in ONR where one side or the other gets a major advantage due to who gets what combination of roles. I guess you just shrug it off and go again – it only takes a few minutes per game after all.

Overall I'd give it a solid 7. I see it as more of a ONUW variant and would happily play it for a bit of a change. I'll be keeping my KS pledge for the game.
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13. Board Game: 12 Days [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2241]
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Wed 6 May 2015

Big group this week, due to some maths trades movements.

One group played Red7, one of my current favourite card games - covered above in previos weeks.

There were five of us playing 12 Days - a game I picked up after seeing it on the TableTop web series. Cool filler game - it plays really quickly and even after rules explanations we were able to play 2 games within 40 minutes.
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14. Board Game: Cockroach Salad [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2545] [Average Rating:6.15 Unranked]
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13 May 2015

We started with a quick 4 player game of Love Letter while waiting for others to arrive.

Then we had 6, so we went with Cockroach Salad, which was new to some players.

Following that we split into 2 groups of 3, one playing a few rounds of Zombie Dice and the other with Red7.

Red7 had 3 games, a 3 player, then 5 player and finishing with a 3 player with different winners in each.
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15. Board Game: Tajemnicze Domostwo [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:413]
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Wed 20 May 2015

Oh, the fun we had.

We had 7 today, exactly the max number supported by Mysterium (Or Tajemnicze Domostwo if you prefer its Polish name). It is a cool little game that's received a lot of buzz on BGG the last year, and is a deduction/argument-causing game a bit like a cross between Dixit and Cluedo.

Pete was given the responsibility of being the ghost in today's game, being the only player present who had played the game before but had never been the ghost (both Andrew and myself own the game and had been the ghost plenty of times before). It was up to Andrew, Brett, Neil, Haoran, Simon and I to decipher his fevered hallucinations in the form of dream cards, correctly guess our individual suspects and eventually correctly guess the true murderer. Tough job, I think it's much harder the more people you put in, and that certainly played out that way.

We had 3 players not finished yet by the end of round 6 (you have to correctly guess the murder weapon, location and suspect) and so we had a tough job to guess the last clue.

The game wins, again.
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16. Board Game: Mottainai [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:762]
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Wed 27 May 2015

We split into two groups - one group played Red7 while three of us played Mottainai, the new game from Carl Chudyk, currently being crowdfunded via Kickstarter. Asmadi games were good enough to release a print-n-play file for the game and this was my third play.

My first play was a little underwhelming but it's definitely growing on me now. It's like Glory to Rome, but at the same time nothing like Glory to Rome, and it's a disservice to both games to compare them too closely.

After our 3-player game of Mottainai, Simon and I played a 2-player game of Too Many Cinderellas, a Japanese game recently printed in English. Appears to be a fun, fast filler.
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17. Board Game: Monstrous [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:5625]
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Wed 3 June 2015

We split into two groups today. While one group played Pictomania (someone else can chip in to tell us how it went), Neil and myself tried out a new game by a local Aussie designer. Kim Brebach was kind enough to drop by and show us his game, which has JUST LAUNCHED ON KICKSTARTER GO LOOK AT IT NOW.

The premise is that you are all greek gods, raining down monsters and death to the mortals on earth from above. Literally. You have monster cards and you throw (or flick or spin) them down onto the table to try and hit other monsters or location cards etc.

Each card and location has special abilities so there's this really cool dexterity component where you want to land the card partially touching THIS location AND THIS monster, but not touch THAT monster because otherwise that monster destroys yours and all your plans go up in smoke. Very interesting and unique take on this sort of genre.
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18. Board Game: Pictomania [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:595]
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Wed 10 June 2015

Another split group. Again a group of people played my copy of Pictomania... at some point I'll have to actually join one of those games, it's a fun one

I noticed that Good Games had a couple of copies of Star Realms and I've been really enjoying playing it since my first play last week. Germain and I had a couple of entertaining games (it plays very quickly) with the final score at 1-1.

Then it was just Adrian, Abhi, Mick and I left and we finished up with a quick round of Zombie Dice. Once again, I was the premier brain-devourer.
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19. Board Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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Wed 17 June 2015

Just a small group today - Just myself, Peter and Adrian. We cracked open Good Games' copy of Star Realms and had a 3-player Free-for-all battle. Adrian had a great start to the game for his first time playing, but I managed to get my deck nice and skinny before taking the win.

One of my favourite deckbuilders at the moment - it is really quick and easy to pick up and learn, and takes a fraction of the time to set up compared to a lot of traditional deckbuilders like Dominion.
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20. Board Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
Des Lee
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Wed 24 Jun 2015

For this week, see last week. Only this time Adrian won with his fistful of bases.
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21. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:372]
Des Lee
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Wed 1 Jul 2015

Captain, Germain, Adrian and I sat down to a peaceful session of bean-planting (and trading. and digging up)

Uwe Rosenberg is best known for Agricola, but one of his earlier games is a delightful card game called Bohnanza. You plant beans in two fields in front of you to score points. The central mechanic that makes the game work is that you CANNOT rearrange the cards in your hand once you get them so you need to trade with other players so you can actually get rid of cards you don't want.

Very close game, I think the scores were something like 19, 18, 17..... 10.
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22. Board Game: Masters Gallery [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1640]
Des Lee
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We started off with 5 players, being myself, Peter, Adrian, Captain and Iain, who was a guest star from the Central games group. Masters Gallery is basically the same game as Modern Art: The Card Game, except with different artwork. Modern Art, which confusingly is ALSO a card game is actually an auction game, one of Reiner Knizia's famed unofficial Auction Trilogy (along with Ra and Medici). So. MA: TCG and Masters Gallery are therefore Modern Art, except without the auctions. Perhaps not as deep and satisfying as its parent game, but retains the set collection and stock market manipulation, and packages it in a faster, simpler game. The trick with this game is knowing when to play cards to cash in and when to hold back cards for later rounds when artists have built up some value. I always blow all my cards early... sigh. Captain took out the win here on 82, I was 7 behind, Adrian and Iain a couple further back. Pete... played the game. Good work, Pete.

Captain then had to run, so we played a 4 player game of For Sale! This is a fun, super-fast filler that takes about 15-20 min to play. You buy a bunch of property for as little as possible. Then you sell it for as much as possible. Adrian took out the win on this one.
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23. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:260]
Des Lee
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Wed 15 Jul 2015

Myself, Brett, Germain and Pete today. We played a game of For Sale, during which I overspent quite significantly on some bad investment properties. What can I say, I'm used to buying in the Sydney market.

Followed up by a game of Abluxxen/Linko, great card game.

Germain had to go so the rest of us finished up with a 3-way Star Realms battle. Brett got his deck in order much quicker than Pete and I and took out the win.
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24. Board Game: Valley of the Kings [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:632] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
Des Lee
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It was me, Adrian, Germain and Captain playing Valley of the Kings, a deckbuilder in a tiny tiny box.

I really enjoyed it. As well as the usual deckbuilding stuff, it uses a pyramid of cards to form the market. You can only buy from the base of the pyramid and once you remove any cards, higher cards crumble towards the base. It's also really easy to thin your deck by way of entombing cards. Entombing cards is also the ONLY way cards score points at the end. It doesn't matter if you have the most powerful deck in the world at the end of the game, if you didn't entomb any of them.

Looking forward to playing it again soon.
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25. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:483]
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Wed 29 July 2015

Myself, Brett, Peter and Adrian squared off in 3 rounds of Michael Schacht's classic card game Coloretto. On your turn you either draw a card and place it in one of the table, or you take one of the piles. There's 7 colours, and you score points depending on how many you can collect in each colour. Your top three colours score you points, but any other colours score you negative points. Great game, and fast enough to play multiple times. Adrian took 2 wins to Brett's 1 to win the day.
 
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