Iowa City Game Day - March 28, 2015
Chris Rompot
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I was not going to make it a geeklist this month, but, due to Adam's timely intervention, the cleanup of my oven debacle was not as bad as anticipated. The turnout was on the light side but included Roni, Chad, Wesley, Eric E, Steve, Judy, Kate, Jeff, Pat, Adam, Dave, Andy, Sabrina, Nathan, and Emilie. 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: Camel Up [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:383]
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Chad 28 (winner), Eric 22, Chris 18, Roni 17, Wesley 15
Wesley 33 (winner), Chris 23, Chad 22, Roni 14, Eric 4

Wesley brought and taught Camel Up, a light, fast betting/racing game with more to it than its simple mechanics would imply. I enjoyed it, and, amazingly, it accommodates up to eight players. The game plays fast, but I would consider it more than a filler.
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2. Board Game: Qwixx [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:672]
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Kate 84 (winner), Steve 83, Judy 53

While waiting for us to finish Camel Up and for more people to arrive, the Bennett's got in a fast, fun game of Qwixx that ended in a photo finish.
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3. Board Game: Lancaster [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:250]
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Eric 54 (winner), Chad 52, Jeff 48, Pat 31, Chris 22

We played Lancaster using a random mix of the original and new laws, which seemed to work well. The game was very close, except for me. Indeed, this could have been my personal worst. I think that the group has played this title enough now that we will only have to do a quick rules run through in the future.
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4. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:556]
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Judy 64 (winner), Steve 47, Roni 43, Wesley 43

Roni brought her rare copy of The Palaces of Carrara, which is a favorite with our group. Judy blew away the other players in what was an otherwise close game.
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5. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:297]
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Dave 63 (winner), Adam 22
Judy 151 (winner), Chris 120

Dave and Adam played a quick, single round of Lost Cities while waiting for Lancaster and Palaces to wrap up. Later in the day, Judy and I played a three round game. Judy got out to a whopping early lead that I was not quite able to close despite a great third round.
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6. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:700]
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Dave 21 (winner), Andy 22, Adam 31

After Andy arrived, the fellas played a quick game of Parade, a title that I had never heard of before.
 
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7. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:66] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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Dave, Eric, Chris (winners), Adam, Andy

We played a fun, five-player game of DoW in which none of us was a betrayer. Our characters' special talents and equipment dove tailed nicely with our main objective and several of our personal ones. We defeated the game, and Dave, Eric, and I managed to complete our personal objectives.
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8. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:71]
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Chad 140 (winner), Steve 128, Wesley 122, Roni 120

The gang played a close game of Trajan. This was Steve's first play, and he remarked on how much he enjoyed the game.
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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 3 – The Heart of Africa [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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Pat 154 (winner), Jeff 147, Judy 131, Kate 79

TtR Africa was played in the basement with Pat, a first time player, earning the win in a close game.
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10. Board Game: Skull [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:429]
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Nathna (2 wins), Eric (1 win), Adam, Dave, Andy, Chris

Three games of Skull were played with Nathan winning twice and Eric once. Adam and I stepped out after the first game to deal with my oven/plastic/chicken pot pie fiasco.
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11. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:177]
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Steve/Kate (winners), Dave, Andy, Eric

I think everyone had played Samurai at least once, and the dynamic duo of Steve and Kate earned the win.
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12. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:206]
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Nathan 54 (winner), Roni 46, Sabrina 44, Chad 42, Wesley 41

Wesley's copy of Endeavor was played by five, and Nathan won in a close game.
 
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13. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:79]
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Jeff 159 (winner), Judy 135, Pat 128, Sabrina 92

Stone Age was played without its expansion with Jeff, and experienced player, winning. Sabrina was new to the game, and I am not sure about Judy and Pat.
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14. Board Game: San Marco [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:530]
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Steve 76 (winner), Eric 68, Judy 54

A 3-player game of Steve and Judy's very rare copy of San Marco was played. It was Eric's first experienced with this unique game that I quite enjoy, and he played a great game.
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15. Board Game: Metropolys [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:651]
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Chris 39 (winner), Emilie 29, Andy 26, Wesley 12

Emilie finally joined us in a game and made a great showing by beating out both Andy and Wesley despite essentially going out early.
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16. Board Game: Red7 [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:545]
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Nathan, Dave, Chad & Roni

Nathan taught this challenging card game that he picked up on his recent trip to Portland.

I (Roni) had played it before, but not with the odd card rules. I liked the game without those rules, but even more with them. Though I ended the game with 0 points. Chad won by a lot.
 
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17. Board Game: Spyrium [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:496]
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Chad, Eric, Nathan, Roni, Chris

Chad, Roni, and I tried to both teach Spyrium to Nathan and Eric and get the rules correct with a fair amount of success. They caught on quickly and did very well. I forgot who won, but is was definitely not me. This overlooked title does not get the love it deserves. I like that it accommodates five people, plays fairly fast, and does not require much table space.
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