GCL Beehive #94 - Everything is hard this week.
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1. Board Game: The Hardest Days [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:7385]
Todd Walden
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So we recently added the Fantastic Four expansion to our copy of Marvel Legendary. It has made the game SOOOOOOO difficult. I'm pretty sure we haven't won it yet (playing exclusively with the expansion heroes and villains).

Have you ever added an expansion that intensely ramped up the difficulty of the game? How did you feel about that?
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2. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:27]
Todd Walden
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I play a lot of Through the Ages, but I play it exclusively online (asynchronously). The game is just too long and fiddly for the tabletop, and I think the online implementation is a perfect way to play.

Are there any board games that you play online? How about EXCLUSIVELY online?
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3. Board Game: Separation Anxiety [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Todd Walden
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I am a chronic worrier.

For example, for the last week or so, I've been having slight vertigo and headaches. I went to the doctor and it is probably a result of severe allergies or a sinus infection. Really no big deal.

But me? I can't help thinking, "What if it's a brain tumor? What if I have cancer? What if I have to have an MRI? I can't really afford that right now." or lesser but equally annoying thoughts like, "What if this never goes away? There are people on the internet saying they've been dealing with this for years and their doctor can't figure it out."

But it's not just stuff like that. I have the job of my dreams and my boss seems to love me, but week after week I keep wondering, "How long can this really last? What if they decide this just isn't worth it?" and I dread opening emails fearing that this will be the article where they finally say, "Seriously, are you EVER going to figure this out?"

As an intelligent person, I know this is all irrational. It doesn't change the fact that I still worry. My wife, on the other hand, is totally laid back. She hardly ever worries about anything. She just takes things as they come, and my children, thank God, seem to be following in her footsteps.

So, after that long intro (it serves a dual purpose which you'll see in my next item), where do you fall on the spectrum? Are you a worrier, or are you calm and collected? How about the others in your family?
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4. Board Game: Pass it on [Average Rating:5.55 Unranked]
Todd Walden
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So...

What are your personal traits that you hope to pass on to your children?

and... more interestingly...

What are your personal traits that you hope/try NOT to pass on to your children?
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5. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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 7   Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game x4
 6   Smarty Party! x2
 N/A   We Didn't Playtest This At All x2
 N/A   Viticulture
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6. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
Scott Saccenti
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Ticket rates our Game-of-the-Week, with Preston (6) playing it well and gearing up for his run in the Juniors tournament this summer at WBC.

Only 9 games of Netrunner last week surprise



 10   Android: Netrunner x9: Antony beginning to deckbuild now
 7   Chicken Cha Cha Cha x2
 5   Finger Ball x2
 6   Monza x2
 9   Ticket to Ride x2
 5   Gulo Gulo
 8   Love Letter
 10   Race for the Galaxy
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7. Board Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
Fernando Robert Yu
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You can view my week in greater detail here: Item for Geeklist "What Did You Play Last Week? 4/20/2015"

Star Realms x 3
Splendor x 2
Guillotine x 1
Hyperborea x 1
Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise x 1

It was a week exclusively devoted to family gaming, and it was great!
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8. Board Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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As we were in Tenerife all last week, all my plays were with family, and of the few games I took to Tenerife with me. We spent quite a while in the heat of the day and just before dinner each day playing some games, with different combinations of children, and then my husband and I sometimes played games after they had gone to bed.

With my husband:

12 x Star Realms
6 x Race for the Galaxy
2 x Boggle
2 x The City
1 x Innovation

With my children:

9 x Angry Birds: the card game
7 x Sevens
4 x Kleine Fische
3 x Mausen
3 x Dobble
3 x UNO
2 x Memory
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9. Board Game: Frog Rush [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:13800]
Rob Harper
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Wantage
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A fairly quiet week for gaming last week.

Played with Miss B...
 5   Frog Rush x2 - breaking out this old Lego game, which is still fiddly but basically OK.
 N/A   Connect Four - a giant set at a wedding over the weekend. There was also a lot of table football, which took me back to my teenage years.

With adults...
 6   Vampire x2 - played at work, and was fun, but didn't really grab anyone, so may not bother with it again for that group.
 9   Love Letter - taught a friend using my recently acquired (very unofficial in all senses) Dad's Army set.

And solo...
 N/A   Shadow of the Elder Gods - newly arrived Kickstarter; better than I feared it would be, but not yet convinced.
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10. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:112]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
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This game is an amazing hit with me and Hildur! Just something about that we both enjoy - and probably the game we've played the most after acquiring a new one.



 9   Splendor x13
 6   Rory's Story Cubes x2
 N/A   Dominion: Intrigue
 7   Rory's Story Cubes: Actions
 7   Rory's Story Cubes: Voyages
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