GCL Beehive #100! - A Sporting Chance
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1. Board Game: 100! [Average Rating:5.16 Overall Rank:13641]
Chris Halaska
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I noticed after writing up my other answers that this is our 100th list! That seems like a great starting point for a theme, but I had already come up with my lame one, so I bequeath it to someone down the line. Good job sticking with it everyone!
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2. Board Game: Athletic Sports [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Chris Halaska
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I have no recollection if we’ve talked about this already, so I’ll just jump in. Bear with me if I’m repeating myself (or you)…

Sports.

What sports do you enjoying playing if any?
Which ones do you enjoy watching, if any?

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3. Board Game: Penguin Soccer [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:12196]
Chris Halaska
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Eugene
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It’s nice to get outside and play with the kids, to keep them active and engaged with the world and their friends.

What sports do your kids play?
Do you play with them?
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4. Board Game: MLB Showdown [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:6775]
Chris Halaska
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Eugene
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But it’s also nice to sit down inside out of the hot sun and drenching rain and pretend you’re outside.

What’s your favorite sports themed game?
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5. Board Game: Ramses Pyramid [Average Rating:5.03 Overall Rank:15465]
Chris Halaska
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Eugene
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With the sports ramping up, as well as end of the school year busyness, we haven’t played many games lately. The only two I can think of for the last week are Yahtzee Jr. and Ramses Pyramid.

I’ve been collecting copies of Yahtzee Jr at thrift stores for the indented dice, but finally tried it out with my daughter, and it’s a decent kids game — as long as you like dice games and the roll & freeze mechanism, which I do. Now that she has that down, how much longer until Roll for the Galaxy?

Ramses is another one where you have to like dice, because the final “battle” comes down to whether or not you can roll a three. As long as you’re prepared for that randomness, it’s pretty fun. And when you’re done, since it’s made of Legos, the kids can be occupied for a long time having battles against mummies!

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6. Board Game: Lose Your Shirt [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:7213]
Eddy Richards
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Allanton
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My aged parents were visiting this weekend; we played several games with them, which they enjoy. Although they don't play our sorts of games at home they do play Boggle and Upwords quite often. One evening my mother spotted First Past the Post on the shelves and asked about it, so we played it the next day, teaching it to Rebecca at the same time. Good fun, with my dad walking away with a large wad of cash at the end.

First Past the Post x 1
Sorry! Sliders x 4 (acquired a few days ago, it's easy to teach and play)
Race for the Galaxy x 2
The Great Dalmuti x 1
Apples to Apples x 1 (in the local pub whilst awaiting our Sunday lunch, a wedding anniversary treat for Helena and me)
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7. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:336] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
Rob Harper
United Kingdom
Wantage
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It was UK Games Expo this last weekend, so I've had rather a good time of it, especially helped along by last week being the school half-term holidays and getting to play a few of our 10x10 challenge games with Miss B.

Played with Miss B...
 6.5   GUBS: A Game of Wit and Luck - Always a fun bit of "take that!"
 7   Timeline: General Interest - Miss B seems to be developing a much better sense for history, partly due to these games, and partly due to Horrible Histories.
 4   PLYT - Maths drill!
 6   Dungeon Roll - Not played for a while; this time using the Legendary Heroes expansion.
 7   Pickomino - Quite a stressful play this time.
 9   Love Letter - We've kinda got out of the habit of this, but it made a pleasant return.
 7   Ingenious - Did I mention Miss B's recent obsession with abstract strategy games?
 6   Balanx - This one too.
 N/A   Quarto! - And this one, a giant version in the family zone at UKGE.
 N/A   Quoridor x2 - As was this.
 N/A   Colour Magic - A normal sized game at UKGE.
 N/A   Katamino Duo - And a nice, competitive puzzle-solving game at UKGE.
 N/A   SafeBreaker x2 - A fun social deduction game played as a demo at UKGE (only once with Miss B).
...Plus we also played a card game that we made up on the spot with regular playing cards.
...And also a game that I can't find in the database (must see if I can do something about that): a very clever little dice game by Andy Hopwood called Slipstream, that comes in a mini-game-compendium called "6". I played another of these games ("Foiled" by John-Paul Treen) as a demo at UKGE.
Edit to add: I found it (I think it may have just been added, but either way it's hard to search for): 6

 N/A   Unpublished Prototype x5 - All at UKGE, 4 of these plays were of my game, Boogie Knights, and one was of a rather nice resource management game that the designer is currently negotiating about with a publisher.
 N/A   BraveRats x3 - Finally got a copy of this and tried it out with another Dad who was also waiting while his kid was playing a roleplaying game.
 8   No Thanks! x3 - Introduced this to a couple of new buddies, and had to play a couple more times for good measure.
 N/A   BoardGameGeek: The Card Game - seemed appropriate to play at a games convention, right?
 8   Hanabi - Three players, including one newb, who didn't really enjoy it unfortunately.
 N/A   Last Will - Ludicrous theme, but a remarkably thinky game which I really enjoyed.
 N/A   Mijnlieff - Played a demo of this lovely little strategy game, and had to buy one.
 8   Splendor - Pleased to play it as a four -- I don't think I've played it with more than three players before.

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8. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:276]
Fernando Robert Yu
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You can view my week in greater detail here: Item for Geeklist "What Did You Play This Week? 6/1/2015"

Not much gaming since I was busy with a visitor from Denmark travelling left and right...

Hanabi x 2
Colt Express x 2
Dungeon Roll x 2
Race for the Galaxy x 1
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9. Board Game: Viticulture [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:122]
Todd Walden
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Minneapolis
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 N/A   Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
 5   Finish Lines
 7   Takenoko
 8   Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin
 8   Viticulture x2

We've been playing a lot of Viticulture lately. We have another couple we play with once a month so that we can unlock all the expansions in Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture
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10. Board Game: Víkingaskák [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
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Played 5 games of Víkingaskák with the son-in-law, as we were preparing for a tournament (which we unfortunately couldn't take part in after all). It's an Iceland chess variant, with hexagonal movement and an additional piece called The Viking. Interesting game in some ways, as the movement is quite different on the playing board.



 7   Víkingaskák x5
 4   Ker Plunk x4
 8   Liar's Dice x3
 8   7 Wonders x2
 7   Las Vegas x2
 9   Splendor x2
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11. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:703]
Sharon Khan
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Shefford
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It's half-term here, so with the kids off school I've been playing quite a few games with them - even introduced them to another new one - Machi Koro. I also managed some games with my husband and cousin, and our usual Friday night session, so it's not been a bad week for games in total.

Gaming with adults:

12 x Magic the Gathering
3 x Terra Mystica (yes, the craze is still going!)
2 x Race for the Galaxy

1 x Machi Koro, 7 Wonders, Chronology, The City, McMulti, Flash Point Fire Rescue, Abluxxen, Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs, Love Letter, Outpost, Ra, Rage, Scrabble, Star Realms, Totopoly, TransAmerica

Gaming with my children:

7 x Loopin Louie
4 x Sevens
2 x Stone Age
2 x Ubongo

1 x Machi Koro , Dominion, HeroQuest, Hey That's my Fish
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12. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
Scott Saccenti
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Colora
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I'll give Game-of-the-Week to Race for the Galaxy, my first title to hit 250 plays for my family. It took two long years for Race to catch Dominion as our most-played game. Race probably has about two weeks left before Netrunner overtakes it...



 10   Android: Netrunner x11: Opened the second data pack this week
 8   Love Letter x4
 8   Egizia: Got crushed at a tough table. Neglecting to feed cry
 5   Elk Fest
 5   Igloo Pop
 10   Race for the Galaxy
 7   Splendor
 8   Stone Age
 9   Ticket to Ride
 4   Viva Topo!
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