GRAB Regular Tuesday Games, 5/12/15
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Attending: Beth, Bruce, Dan, Jim, Jonathan, Mark, Matt R, Tony

The tunes:
INXS - Shabooh Shoobah
Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party
Dire Straits - Love Over Gold
Sigur Rós - ()
Dido - Life for Rent
Crash Test Dummies - The Ghosts That Haunt Me
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1. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:392]
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Jonathan 5, Dan 21, Jim 40, Mark 48

The usual filler while waiting for the rest to arrive. Dan had 4-8 and 20-23 straights, but I had all my cards in a single 26-32 straight.
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2. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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Tony 32, Bruce 31, Jonathan 31, Jim 26, Beth 23

Jim did pretty well considering his bidding tiles for the second epoch were 1-3-5. Tony had 10 Nile tiles, but could not find a flood in the final epoch. The game ended with every Ra tile drawn from the bag.
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3. Board Game: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:451]
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With Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends – Everfrost.

Dan (Empire) 10, Mark (Everfrost) 4, Matt (Druids) 3

"Matt learned some valuable lessons about discarding and when to play his shooty people."
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4. Board Game: Paperback [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:310]
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Jonathan 44, Tony 41, Bruce 24, Jim 9, Beth 8

I ended up with all four common cards, often just one round before Tony achieved the same word length threshold. I asked for help on the final turn, and Bruce came up with the needed 10-letter word to end it and earn a cube. Good form.
 
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5. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:60]
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Matt 50, Dan 47, Mark 38

Game ended with 12 tiles built and the bank exhausted on the same turn. Both Dan and Matt had good produce/consume bonuses. Dan ended with 17 points in consumed resources, while Matt had 22.
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6. Board Game: Compounded [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1138]
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Jonathan Eu(63), Tony Nd(60), Beth Pd(46), Bruce Tc(43)

I capitalized on early trades and some promised favors to get experiments raised early and grabbed the graduated cylinder as soon as I could. Bruce was hit particularly hard by a lab fire that triggered before he could score a completed compound. A couple late dual-scoring turns rocketed Tony and I into the Lanthanides.
 
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7. Board Game: Saint Malo [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1802]
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Matt 49, Dan 40, Mark 26

"Dan had the best roof and the most sub sandwiches. Matt had 28 points in churches."

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8. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:744]
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With Machi Koro: Harbor.

Jonathan 7, Beth 6, Bruce 6, Tony 3

Beth had a flower-based income engine, while I focused on boats. The boats are a high-risk, high-reward strategy, and they paid off big time. All players but Bruce had a tax office, and they were used often.
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