GRAB Regular Tuesday Games, 6/9/15
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Attending: Aaron, Beth, Bruce, Dan, Jim, Jonathan, Matt J, Matt R, Tony, Trevor

The tunes: http://rd.io/x/Rl4OpdEvgi9R/
Devo - Freedom of Choice
Alan Parsons - Eye in the Sky
Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust
Ambrosia - Eponymous
Frank Sinatra - Eponymous
The Depreciation Guild - Spirit Youth

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1. Board Game: Stocks & Bonds [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:11189]
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Jonathan $23130, Jim (Board Man) $10360, Trevor $10340, Beth $8920, Matt R (Broker) $7120, Bruce $6860

This is a fairly faithful stock market simulation. There is zero player interaction. A few tense moments as stocks fell toward bankruptcy, but none actually bankrupted. I took the innovative "buy low, sell high" tactic, which it turns out works well. Aaron thinks I could get a journal article published about this.

Jim was good as Board Man. He takes the chalk.
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2. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:320]
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Tony 64, Dan 50, Matt J 40

Dan taught. Game ended by resource depletion (Tony used all 20). Matt could have gambled on the last turn and gained 16 extra points.

Not sure if they used the three-player rules as written (with discarding some cards at random after each shuffle), or if they used a full-information variant.
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3. Board Game: BANG! The Dice Game [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:470]
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The law won.

The law:
Matt R (Jesse Jones) - Sherriff
Aaron (Willie the Kid)
Beth (Paul Regret)

The outlaws:
Jim (Black Jack)
Jonathan (Vulture Sam)
Trevor (El Gringo)

The renegade:
Bruce (Sid Ketchum)

Trevor fell to a hail of bullets quickly. Next up was Jim, and I feared for our team. Fortunately I was able to strike up an impromptu alliance with the renegade to take down Aaron. This wasn't enough, and Matt narrowly avoided rolling enough arrows to impale himself.
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4. Board Game: Bohnanza: Ladies & Gangsters [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
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Aaron 13, Beth 12, Bruce 11, Matt J 10, Dan 7

Only Bruce and Dan acquired 3rd bean fields.

Matt had a big pile of stink with a baby on top.
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5. Board Game: Montage [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:3688]
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Tony/Jonathan 3, Beth/Dan 1

Nepal map. Victory by three-in-a-row. The Nepal map has a lot of long word possibilities, and the middle of the board is wide open from the start (very unusual).

Selected clues:
Timekeeping mineral - QUARTZ
Rush song, Jacob's - LADDER
Sharp wire fence - BARBED
Almost celebrity - FAMOUS
Wobbly building or bridge - RICKETY
Womenfolk - LADIES (DAMSEL accepted)
Pb - LEAD
The Right game show - PRICE
Alanis' pill - JAGGED
Not too odd - EVEN (FUNK not accepted)
Two fruit - PEAR
Diet by avoiding these - CARBS
Fern receptacle - PLANTER
Archaeological living quarters - DIGS
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6. Board Game: Was sticht? [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2061]
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Jonathan 5, Tony 3, Matt 2, Trevor 1

We had a surprising no-trump round on Tony's deal, which threw most of us for a loop during the deduction phase. That round did not allow for much player control during the trick-taking phase.
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7. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:123]
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Trevor/Aaron 1050, Matt R/Bruce 650

Despite one player's distress, card play proceeded in the Occidental direction.

Perhaps a player can interpret the hieroglyphics on the score sheet for me.

M+ <-- Beats 2 bombs 12 cards
A+ MegaStrag
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8. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:392]
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Jonathan 7, Beth 65, Tony 76, Dan 77

Tony and Dan fought over who would take the fall to stop me. They ended up unable to coordinate and both taking big cards instead.
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9. Board Game: Oh-Wah-Ree [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:8667]
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Dan 7, Jonathan 5, Tony 0

Played the Grand Oh-Wah-Ree version. Ended when Tony was eliminated and therefore unable to make a move.

This is a Mancala-family game. If you like basic Mancala, you might like this. Otherwise, it doesn't bring anything revolutionary to the table. One of the weaker 3M entries, but the bits are quite lovely. You can order a replacement leather pouch of polished stones for $1.50.
 
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