GRAB Regular Tuesday Games, 3/31/15
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Attending: Bruce, Dan, Jim, Jonathan, Mark, Matt, Tony, Vann

The tunes: hotly debated.

The Sword - Warp Riders
Kraftwerk - Autobahn
They Might Be Giants - Why Does the Sun Shine?
The Refreshments - Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy
The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers and Sisters
Sheppard - Bombs Away
Barenaked Ladies - Stunt
Trombone Shorty - Backatown
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1. Board Game: German Railways [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1903]
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Bruce 333 (tie), Dan 333 (tie), Tony 308, Mark 295

A slight misbuild by Dan on the last 3 consecutive turns might have resulted in a tie when it could have been a win.
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2. Board Game: The Builders: Middle Ages [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1392]
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Matt 22, Jim 21, Jonathan 18, Vann 17

German Railways surely wouldn't take very long, so we started with a shorter game.

Vann was stuck without enough wood production throughout the early game. Jim almost ended the game, but was a couple coins short of being able to buy all the actions required, so had to wait a turn to end it, giving Matt some time to execute his plan. The extra actions required to place builders confused some players (a recurring theme this evening).
 
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3. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:230]
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Jonathan 34, Vann 29, Matt 27, Jim 26

The other table had 15 minutes left in their German Railways game.

Jim and Vann had heavy production strategies, Matt had a mixed bag, and I focused on violet buildings. Everyone got at least one 6 building built. Vann had the lowest regular building score, but the highest 6 bonus.
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4. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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Matt 19, Vann 41, Jim 46, Jonathan 50

The other table had 15 minutes left in their German Railways game.
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5. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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Jonathan 11, Vann 50, Matt 84, Jim 87

The other table had 15 minutes left in their German Railways game.

Jim adopted the "just take all the cards" strategy.
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6. Board Game: Doodle City [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3013]
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Matt 33, Vann 32, Jonathan 20

The other table had 15 minutes left in their German Railways game.

I rolled very poorly during setup, leaving us with a very inconvenient starting road configuration. Vann ended the game by connecting a store to 10 houses. Matt had the most pollution.
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7. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:572]
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The other table had 15 minutes left in their German Railways game.

Matt 3, Jonathan 0, Vann 0

Vann got knocked out first. I was down 5-1 against Matt, but fought back to a tie with a couple good bluffs and spot-on calls before the tide turned against me.
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8. Board Game: Montage [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:3700]
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Tony & Vann 4, Dan & Jon 3

Tony and Vann won with a tic-tac-toe. Some assorted clues:
Toronto airport code: YYZ
Part of tomorrow's fun: PRANK
Place to sell junk online: EBAY
No one hears screams here: SPACE
Satan's on a: BOAT
Props open arteries: STENT
Unsinkable: TITANIC
Large Chevy sedans: IMPALAS
These go on cakes: TOPPERS
Australian barrier: REEF
Roadrunner noise: MEEP
Cumberbatch food: EGGS
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9. Board Game: The Builders: Middle Ages [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1392]
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Mark 25, Matt 16, Bruce 6

In this iteration, Bruce was the victim of not being clear on the action-usage rules.
 
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10. Board Game: The Builders: Middle Ages [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1392]
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Mark 22, Matt 19, Bruce 9

Matt had four machines, but was money-poor. Mark was rich.
 
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11. Board Game: BANG! The Dice Game [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:467]
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The law: Sheriff Jonathan (Lucky Duke), Mark (Vulture Sam)
The outlaws: Bruce (Willy the Kid), Dan (Paul Regret), Matt (Black Jack)
The renegade: Tony (Jourdonnais)

The outlaws won. Dan tipped his hand right away, so I had a target to concentrate on. Matt rolled extremely poorly; he rolled a natural three dynamites on both of his two turns, and died before he could make any real decisions. Except for the decision to suggest this game.
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12. Board Game: Harbour [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1244]
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Matt (Travel Agent) 31, Tony (Speculator) 28, Bruce (Noble) 27, Jonathan (Mason) 26

I triggered the endgame, and was the only player with four buildings, but I didn't have any bonus points at the end. The Travel Agent power annoyed us, and effectively shut down any use of buildings owned by other players.
 
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