Gathering of Friends 2015 - Top 5 Games and a Miss
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Yes another Gathering of Friends is over so it is time to look over what I liked and what I did not. There was no spectacular game this year though dice games with loads of custom dice both big and small did seem to predominate. So on with the list.
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1. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:60]
Chris Kovac
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By far the best game I played at the Gathering. It takes the ideas from the Race for the Galaxy card game and makes it into a faster, easier to play game while keeping the feel of the original game. I played it multiple times and enjoyed it.
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2. Board Game: Quartermaster General [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:695]
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Ok you and six other gamers are looking for a game what are you going to play? Maybe a race game, maybe some party game ? Quartermaster general is a great fast (2 hours) playing co-operative game of World War II for six players where three players play the axis and three the allies. You try and win the most points for your side. It plays well with the only downside that it plays best with six and the Italians seem to save Germany a lot.
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3. Board Game: Träxx [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2921]
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This a quick puzzle like route planning filler where you try and plan a route covering the most hexes of your board. It might not sound like much it a great filler for both gamers and non gamers.
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4. Board Game: The Voyages of Marco Polo [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:40]
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An interesting use of dice to determine actions along with a point engine game, special character powers and some route planning. A little bit of everything for fans of those types of games and lot of replayability potential. The only downside is that some of the character powers might be unbalanced making some games a bit lopsided.
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5. Board Game: Thunder Alley [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:540] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
Chris Kovac
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A nascar racing themed game of getting the most points for your team using card play. Fairly easy to understand once you start going and does give the feel of running a nascar racing team. The downside is that other people car move your cars during there turn which makes long term planning a bit chaotic.
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6. Board Game: Favor of the Pharaoh [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1101]
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I will preface by saying that there is a game here but essentially it is poker dice with some special powers. It did not feel like much of a game and I have no desire to play it again. I have seen dice used much more creatively (see my number one choice) and will give this one a pass.
 
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