Games Played at Epsom Games Club 12/03/15
Gordon Watson
United Kingdom
Banstead
Surrey - United Kingdom
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With the exception of Steve and Russell's ASL bout this was a very Euroish evening, despite Gareth being in attendance, The following - Russell, Nameless Steve, Gordon, Jo, Andrew B2, Leanne, Kim, Jon, Nearly Diceless Nick, T101 James, Paul, Ash, Matt, Alex, Roy and Gareth, played -

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1. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:136]
Gordon Watson
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Played by: Jo, Gordon and Andrew

Too long since this was on the table, for me this and 'A Study in Emerald' were the two stand-out games of 2013, but whereas ASiE has been played many times since, L&C had languished on the shelf since a couple of plays soon after it was released.

Probably best with 3 or 4 players, this was an enjoyable play of the game as we all tried to get our heads back around resource acquisition, deck building, worker placement, and racing to the finish. I went off into an early lead trying to work with a lean deck strategy and a powerful move card that required horses and canoes. Unfortunately I never acquired anyone else for the expedition that helped out with canoe/horse generation and I stalled at the end of the first mountains but still had a possible one move finish if I could get 3 horses and 3 canoes. Andrew scuppered that possibility by pow-wowing all of the Indians just before I was going to and that left Jo to comfortably romp home with her overpowered Indian lady card

Jo - won
Andrew 2nd
Gordon 2nd

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2. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:213] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
Russell D
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Ewell
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Scenario A99 To clear a roadblock.

Steve's Germans had setup a roadblock in the Italian hill country, and my Partisans were tasked with taking it out. I could approach from any direction, with the advantage of surprise, and that made his setup very difficult. We were straight into bloody close-combat on turn 1, with me claiming a third of his force. The pendulum swung back on turn 3 as Steve cleverly cut my rout paths and backed me against some cliffs, eliminating my all-singing all-dancing heroic leader. Without him, I thought I was unlikely to clear the roadblock and the minefield in time, and went for a war of attrition. By turn 5, I still had six squads and Steve only had one: I surrounded him until he broke. With no enemies remaining, the Partisans had time to make some pasta and dismantle the roadblock at their leisure



Russell (Partisans) - won
Steve (Germans) - lost

We picked this scenario so Steve could try out some of the Chapter C rules (Guns). Unfortunately none of the anti-tank guns, PSK, or off-board artillery did any damage, but hopefully it was still a good learning experience. I think the key for the Germans would be to find a setup where the Partisans couldn't easily enter into as much devastating close combat on round 1, especially protecting the leaders. The huge flexibility given the Partisans means that the German setup problem is a tough one.
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3. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica: Britannia [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Paul Bruce
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Nick had played Hansa Teutonica a couple of times fives years ago, James a few times 4-5 years ago Ash and Paul not at all. The Britannia expansion was new to everyone.

On the one hand this is a simple game. Move cubes and disks from the pool to your supply, move cubes and disks from your supply to the board to build routes, move cubes and disks from the board to the pool for some benefit and round and round they go. Yawn. Not! What a great game. So much to think about. This is few years old already but it feels it belongs with some of the even older greats before designers just kept adding mechanics to try to make a game more complex.

Highly recommended to anyone who is not allergic to cubes and I am very much looking forward to playing again (possibly the base game). I've added the scores but there is really nothing to see there.

1. James 72 (8)
2. Nick 39 (8.5)
3. Ash 33 (8)
3. Paul 33 (8)
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4. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:276]
Gordon Watson
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Played by: Gordon, Jo and Andrew

The team scored 17 which is respectable if unspectacular.

I will let Jo explain why she tried to play a 5 that we had just told her about when we had nothing higher than a 2 on the table.

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Jo -
Andrew -

I still think this could be the centre piece mechanic of a larger co-op game as it avoids the alpha-player phenomena of most co-op mechanics.
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5. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:217]
Gordon Watson
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Played by: Andrew - Jo and Gordon were sat at the same table but that was about all.

Andrew 5
Gordon 1
Jo 0 (zero)
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