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Recent gaming: Rolling America, Basari Kartenspiel, Evolution, Blueprints, Pandemic Legacy
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Feb 22-28, 2016

A pretty normal week of gaming, including a lunch session at work. Plus another try at Pandemic Legacy (fingers crossed).

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1. Board Game: Rolling America [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2192]
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A solid game, probably an improvement over its predecessor, Rolling Japan. I was probably TOO excited about RJ, and was consequently underwhelmed when I played it once during BGGcon 2014. The geniuses at Gamewright know when something is right for their lighter market, and they did more than pick this up with a new map. They (or someone) added a couple rules tweaks that make it a little better. Even though I'm a little lukewarm on the game, I bet I'll have good luck playing with different people, including family.
 
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2. Board Game: Basari: Das Kartenspiel [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3819]
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Hmm, one of those games I used to own, then sold/traded away...and now wonder if I made a mistake! We played another friend's copy, and it was a pretty big hit. My thinking when I unloaded it before was that it didn't make the original boardgame any faster. The boardgame is already quick, and the original German board has nice artwork & production, so why need a smaller card game? Only if you really need something smaller, I think. I'm going to stick to my guns and NOT re-acquire this one, but I can easily recommend it to anyone.

(There was a geeklist recently somewhere about card or inexpensive games that punch above their weight class. This belongs on there.)
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3. Board Game: Evolution [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:309]
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I played the original, Russian-published version of Evolution when my buddy Greg brought it back from Gencon in 2011 (I think). I loved the idea, and SOME of the game mechanisms, but it lacked balance. It was almost a good game, but not quite. It took me this long to try the Northstar edition, and I was pleased to see how it had been developed to smooth those rough edges. I really hope to get Dominic on a podcast someday to talk about that.

We played the Flight expansion, too, and it was pretty cool.
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4. Board Game: Blueprints [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:708]
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This game really hits a sweet spot for me. Plays quick, plays smart. Very nicely balanced (you can win through a few different approaches). It's more tactical than strategic, but you DO get a benefit from watching what others do, and thinking a couple moves ahead. I played this one with a bunch of other mechanical engineers at work, and they all liked it.
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5. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.67 Overall Rank:1]
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Hmm. I'm trying this as a couples game...with my wife who isn't much of a gamer. She's been with me & my games for 30 years, and she WILL play some of them. That includes Pandemic. I thought this would be a fun thing to do together. I'm still holding out hope, but we're only two games in (just played & won February), and she's having to work at keeping a positive attitude. She said that learning new rules is what she likes least about games, and Legacy REWARDS players with new rules & stuff. This may be a mistake. Still, we're going to keep going.

No spoilers, please!
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6. Board Game: Las Vegas Boulevard [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Actually played this LAST week, but forgot to include it. The expansion adds a couple cool things but doesn't really change the game. That means it doesn't screw anything up. Nor does it really add a whole lot. The base game is a solid filler that causes the normal cheers & jeers based on the die rolls.
 
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Deus I still think this was the game that should've won Kennerspiel last year. Very good.

Through The Ages LONGEST GAME EVER. Of course TTA can be long in-person, but this was actually an online game that stalled out in 2012! Just last week it was rediscovered and we played it out. Hilarious!

Maori Always solid. Need to play ftf again.

Port Royal Ok, ok, another game where the player who got the Admiral won, but that doesn't bother me. It's powerful, we all know that, and try to play accordingly. It doesn't always win.
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