GRAB Regular Tuesday Games, 4/28/15
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Attending: Dan, Jenny, Jim, Jonathan, Mark, Matt R, Rick, Tony

The tunes:
Styx - Kilroy Was Here
Maroon 5 - Overexposed
Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
Al Stewart - Year of the Cat
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
San Fermin - Jackrabbit
Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
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1. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:179]
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Played with Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small – More Buildings Big and Small.

Jim 52, Jonathan 46

Jim had big livestock bonuses, enough to easily surpass my building bonuses. He also taught me a valuable lesson about the value of 6 wood for the start player.
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2. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:179]
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Played with Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small – More Buildings Big and Small.

Jonathan 49, Jim 40

This time my building strategy paid off. The Carpenter, which let me rearrange stalls and troughs as needed, paid off big time.
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3. Board Game: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:446]
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Matt 13, Dan 5

I think an expansion may have been used, but it is not recorded.

Matt summoned 2 legendary creatures on his last turn.
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4. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:538]
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Mark 61, Rick 51, Jenny 49

By popular demand, two copies were available.
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5. Board Game: The Hanging Gardens [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1192]
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Matt 46, Jim 45, Mark 42, Rick 14
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6. Board Game: Dominion: Adventures [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked]
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Jonathan 36, Dan 29, Tony 24, Jenny 13

Kingdom: Page, Dungeon, Amulet, Caravan Guard, Miser, Ranger, Giant, Royal Carriage, Distant Lands, Storyteller
Events: Alms, Inheritance

All players were able to use their Inheritance, and all took Alms several times except for Jenny, who was too proud for charity. Tony and I both chose Caravan Guard as the target of our inheritance, which paid off. Tony's Giant sadly squashed my noble Hero just before she would have become a Champion and been able to defend herself against such beasts. Miser is awesome.

Dan thinks that Prosperity cards make the game shorter; I contend they make it longer.
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7. Board Game: Deus [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:303]
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Rick 61, Matt 47, Mark 45

On a scale of 1 to 10, Matt gives this a Thumbs Up. Rick needs to spraypaint the forest disks green.
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8. Board Game: Saint Petersburg (second edition) [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:479]
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Dan 150, Jonathan 148, Tony 125

I suggested this, and Dan and Tony both said they had vowed never to play it again. But then they insisted we play. Odd ducks, they.

Tony and I focused on income and the marketplace, while Dan went heavy on the nobility cards. The addition of the marketplace apparently increases the game length quite a bit; this may be because there are more decisions of what to get during that phase.

Tony's opinion improved. I don't think Dan's did.
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