Recent gaming: Akrotiti, 7 Wonders, Las Vegas, Bang!, Kakerlaken Poker, plus online boardgaming
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March 9-15, 2015

Not as much game group gaming this week, but a couple opportunities for shorter games at work filled in the blanks.

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1. Board Game: Akrotiri [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:603]
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A 2-player game that packs a lot into the traditional Kosmos-style box (but published by Z-Man), this was recommended to me as a blend of the island mapping/exploration of Entdecker, crossed with some light economics. Sounds up my alley, right? And it may be. My rating has the potential to climb. Our first game was rushed for time, but now we understand what's going on, and this will live at work where I have a ready opponent (now & then).
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Cities [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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I rarely get burned out on any game, because there aren't many that I play over & over. So while others may be done with 7 Wonders (or Dominion, or Pandemic, etc), I'm happy to keep playing. Surprisingly for me, I enjoy the expansions, too. Haven't played Babel yet, I really like Leaders (injects more theme), and this Cities is pretty good, too.

In this game, I didn't plan to go with a military strategy, but that's what was open to me based on the card passing. I won everything, and made a bunch of points on guilds, too, but came in second to the guy who had a ton of science.
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3. Board Game: Las Vegas [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:476]
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This game is more fun than it has a right to be. There's almost nothing there! Yet it has dramatic finishes in the die rolling at the end of each round. I tend to think there ought to be more 2nd/3rd place awards by flipping more money cards, but there's so much chaos that may not be worthwhile.
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4. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1031]
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Yeah, it can overstay its welcome. And yeah, the new dice game version is nice. But the original card game is still pretty darned good, especially the later editions with cleaned-up icons & helpful player "boards."
 
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5. Board Game: Cockroach Poker [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1201]
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Bluffing games stress me out, but I make an exception for this gem. It's been a big hit with the lunch group at work (which I get to meet only once a month or so), and they bought their own copy to keep in the office!
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6. Board Game: Online: Internet Card Game [Average Rating:4.83 Overall Rank:14839]
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Hansa Always a very pleasant game that I really enjoy. The shared boat is key.
Streetsoccer Love, love, love light sports "sims," and this has the right feel for soccer. Passing & position play are paramount.
Brass Squeaked out a win trying something new--take no loans. I usually take 2-4.
En Garde Taught some more friends the game, but now someone is schooling me!
K2 The physical copy was a Game of the Month in our group, long ago. Now so pleased to see it's on BoardgameArena.
Reef Encounter Is it clunky & cumbersome? I can't tell because I love the theme and strategy so much.
St. Petersburg The "original" boiled-down engine builder. Simple (ha!) money-then-points strategic arc. I almost never win, but this time I did.
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