Iowa City Game Day - May 30, 2015
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The turnout for this month's game day was lighter but included Chad, Erin G, Jim, Jenn, Erin D, Jeff, Kurt, Andrew, Steve, Kate, Nick, Eric C, and Steph. Thanks to everyone who brought snacks and beverages to share.

Please add any titles that I missed to the list. Hope to see you again soon.
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1. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy: 4th Expansion – Monastery Boards [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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Erin G 225 (winner), Chris 204, Chad 202

We started our early day with the fourth expansion to The Castles of Burgundy that Chad generously gave me after receiving it at BGG Con. Erin shot ahead at the end of the game by completing a massive building area among other scorings.
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2. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:59] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
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Jim (winner x2), Jenn

The other early arrivals played two quick games of Dominion while waiting for more people to arrive with Jim winning both. Hopefully Jenn enjoyed playing with my non-sleeved cards. ;-)
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3. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:429] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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Erin D (winner), Jim, Jenn

Erin joined Jim and Jenn in a game of Among the Stars and wound up winning it. I have only played this card drafting and tile placement game once, but would like to try it again now that I know that Jim has a copy.
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4. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1611]
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Jeff 1 (winner), Steve 2, Kate 3, Chad 4

An older title saw its first play at my house with Jeff winning.
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5. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:118]
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Chad 15 (winner), Steve 10, Jeff 8, Erin D 7

Splendor, a solid, short-to-medium length game, saw another play with Chad just reaching the requisite 15 points ahead of the others.
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6. Board Game: Firenze [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:749]
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Chris 55 (winner), Andrew 41, Erin G 40, Kurt 35

Erin and I taught Firenze to Andrew and Kurt, They caught on quickly but missed a few of the finer rules points, such as earning an extra five points by triggering game's end. I had a Celebration card that gave me 1 PP per completed 3 or 4 level commission. This, along with the 5 PP bonus for ending the game, incentivized me to build many small towers, thereby, ending the game earlier than usual. I think that Andrew and Kurt enjoyed the game and would play again now that they know all of the rules.
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7. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:91]
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Kurt 5 (winner), Erin D 4, Erin G 4, Andrew 1

Kurt said that both he and Erin D learned a minor rules mistake that they had made in the past during their 4-player game of Istanbul.
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8. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:57]
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Jeff 125 (winner), Chris 113, Chad 112, Steve 109

We had a fun and, other than Jeff, close game of El Grande. His second ever play was masterful and included scoring 26 points during a non-scoring round.
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9. Board Game: Strut! [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:7904]
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Jeff (winner), Chad, Steve, Chris

Chad and I taught this fast and furious game to Jeff and Steve.
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10. Board Game: Metropolys [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:649]
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Nick 40 (winner), Eric 33, Erin G 29, Erin D 26

Metropolys, a perennial game day favorite that is kind of a spatial Ra, saw another play with Nick earning the victory.
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11. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:297]
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Jenn (winner x2), Jim

After a short absence, Jenn and Jim returned and played two games of List Cities that Jenn won "because she is awesome".
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12. Board Game: Piece o' Cake [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1481]
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Jeff 35 (winner), Steve 32, Kate 28, Chris 26

Steve brought Piece o' Cake, which he acquired after playing and enjoying Eric's copy. This game uses the fairly unique divide and others choose mechanic similar to that of San Marco, another of the Bennett's favorite titles. From my score, I am apparently better at eating caking than dividing and choosing it.
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13. Board Game: Pandemic: The Cure [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:264]
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game (winner) vs. Erin G, Erin D, Chris, Jeff

Erin G brought this relatively new, dice rolling version (still fully cooperative) of Pandemic that I enjoy greatly. I thought that we had the game licked, but it got us right at the end.
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14. Board Game: Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:280]
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Jim 10 (winner), Andrew 10, Kurt 9, Jenn 9

A fun, close game of Spartacus was played during which at least one of Jenn's gladiators was decapitated.
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15. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:294]
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Jeff 8 (winner), Erin G 7, Chris 0

Biblios saw another play with Jeff taking the game and me winning no dice and only stubbed toes on numerous trips to and from the kitchen.
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16. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:739]
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Nick 147 (winner), Steve 134, Eric 108

Arkadia, which had not seen a play in quite awhile, hit the table at Nick's suggestion? with him winning in a close finish with Steve.
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17. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2246]
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Nick 58 (winner), Steve 55, Eric 48

A quick game of a prototype (Steve's?) was played with Nick earning the victory.
 
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18. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:727]
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Steph (Hunter), Nick (Allie - Neutral), Erin G (Hunter), Steve (Werewolf - Shadow), Kurt (Ultrasoul - Shadow), Eric (Neutral), Andrew (Vampire - Shadow), Chris (Greg - Hunter)

An 8-player (sweet spot of 3 Hunters, 3 Shadows, and 2 Neutrals) game of Shadow Hunters was played with the Hunters and at least one Neutral (Nick) winning? In a heroic effort to slay the Vampire (Andrew), I was the first player killed and missed the rest of the action while working in the kitchen.
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19. Board Game: Timeline: Music & Cinema [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1126] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
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Eric (winner x2), Steve, Kate, Nick

One of the versions of Timeline was played with Eric winning twice.
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20. Board Game: Bruges: The City on the Zwin [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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Erin G, Chris, Chad

Erin brought and taught the new expansion for Bruges, which I thought was decent and adds the much appreciated option of a fifth player. I think that Chad won but am not sure w/o recorded scores.
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21. Board Game: Strut! [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:7904]
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Erin G (winner x2), Nick, Chad, Chris

Strut! was played twice more with Erin winning both times.
 
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