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Iowa City Game Day - May 7, 2016
Chris Rompot
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Yesterday saw another lighter turnout, but a fun day was had nevertheless. In attendance were Chris, Brett, Phil, Roni, Erin, Chad, Wesley, Nick, Mercedes, Michael, Jeff, DJ, Drew, Eric, Nathan, Emilie, and Louis. Thanks to everyone who brought snacks, beverages, and games 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: Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:158]
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Brett 67 (winner), Erin 54, Chris 52, Roni 50, Phil 47

We started off our day by giving Brett's copy of the Isle of Skye its first play. Phil gave a great rules explanation, and, with the exception of Brett, we had a close, competitive game.
 
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2. Board Game: Gang of Four [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1604]
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Wesley 4 (winner), Chad 14, Mercedes 49, Nick 100

Another gang of four showed up early and played at least one game of Gang of Four with Wesley winning.
 
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3. Board Game: Manhattan [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1002]
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Chris 37 (winner), Phil 35, Jeff 32, Michael 31

Michael brought and taught Manhattan, which is an older, fun, abstract title that I had played once at Steve and Judy's sometime ago. Our play saw a lot of changes in score order and almost turned into a dexterity game when the two skyscrapers competing for tallest reached epic heights. I look forward to playing this one again before too long.
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4. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:11]
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Roni 222 (winner), Brett 213, Erin 209

Before Brett had to leave for work, he, Roni, and Erin managed to squeeze in a very close and competitive game of The Castles of Burgundy.
 
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5. Board Game: The Speicherstadt [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:630]
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DJ 31 (winner), Chris 24, Michael 18, Jeff 12

DJ showed up just in time to join our game of The Speicherstadt and, thereby, rain on our collective parades. At final scoring, he shot up 41 points from -10 to 31, which was daunting to witness.
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6. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:299]
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DJ 8 (winner), Jeff 5, Chris 3, Michael 0

DJ then added insult to injury by winning Biblios by capturing two 4 dice. Jeff had a 2 and 3, while I had a single 3. Jeff was the tycoon in our play and had an amazing amount of gold with which to bid during the auction phase.

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7. Board Game: Treasure Hunter [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1269]
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Wesley 99 (winner), Phil 85, Drew 85, Roni 78, Erin 73, Mercedes 53

Wesley brought and taught Treasure Hunter. One awesome aspect of this quick, fun, drafting game is that it accommodates six players and is one of the few games to do so well.
 
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8. Board Game: Quadropolis [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:259]
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Erin 50 (winner), Roni 48, Phil 45

Phil brought and taught Days of Wonder's newest title with Erin winning a close game. How was this one?
 
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9. Board Game: MarraCash [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1849]
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DJ 5750, Michael 4325, Wesley 3975, Mercedes 2525

Another oldie but goodie hit the table with DJ and Michael teaching MarraCash to Mercedes and possibly Wesley.
 
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10. Board Game: The Bottle Imp [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1115]
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Roni 107 (winner), Erin 61, DJ 50

I think that Roni brought this trick taking game that I had never heard of.
 
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11. Board Game: Cacao [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:512]
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Chad 69 (winner), Wesley 52, Michael 47

Cacao, a recent favorite, saw another play with Chad earning a solid win.
 
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12. Board Game: Champions of Midgard [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:97]
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Jeff 96 (winner), Drew 81, Eric 80, Chris 74

Drew, who had just learned the game a few nights previously, and I taught Champions of Midgard to Jeff and Eric. After a little advice early on, they quickly caught on in this worker placement gave that involves dice rolling and is somewhat similar to Lords of Waterdeep. Jeff blew us away in what was otherwise a close game. Eric did not have the luckiest dice rolls, but mine were by far the worst.
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13. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:359]
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Chris 14 (winner in tie breaker), Eric 14, Jeff 11

Eric and I helped Jeff refresh on the rules for Thurn and Taxis, and we had a fun, competitive game. Eric got out to an early lead and dominated most of the game. With repeated uses of the cartwright, I was able to hurry game's end and won the tie breaker after the other players were unable to build a final route due to the abrupt finish.
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14. Board Game: Ponzi Scheme [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:889]
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Erin 4 (winner), DJ bankrupt, Roni bankrupt, Chad bankrupt

DJ brought and taught Ponzi Scheme to the other players. After a long game, Erin won by being the only non-bankrupt player.
 
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15. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:121]
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Chris 16 (winner), Eric 12, Nathan 9

Nathan showed up, and we got in a quick, close game of Splendor that I barely won.
 
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16. Board Game: Hanabi & Ikebana [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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Eric, Nathan, Chris - 18 = Excellent

We had a tough play of Hanabi and only managed to be Excellent.
 
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17. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:334]
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Roni 69 (winner), Eric 65, Chad 44

Vikings saw another play with Roni earning the win. I was glad that this solid title was reprinted so that a few more people had the chance to pick it up.
 
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18. Board Game: The Big Book of Madness [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:675]
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game - winner, Erin/Chris/Nathan - losers

We tried again unsuccessfully to defeat the game in this tough co-operative title that Nathan brought. During our play, Nathan and Erin were able to figure out some rules ambiguities, which apparently are a weakness of this otherwise strong title.
 
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19. Board Game: Blue Moon City [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:535]
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Chad 5 (winner), Eric 4, Roni 4

Chad edged out Eric and Roni in a close game of Blue Moon City. My copy had not been played in awhile, so it was nice to see it hit the table. I think that the gang might even have played with the four expansion tiles that I made.
 
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20. Board Game: Tanto Cuore [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1427] [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
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Nathan 42 (winner), Erin 25, Chris 19

Nathan brought and taught this title to Erin and me. It is a drafting game with a highly unusual theme, Anime maids. The artwork is evocative and adorns a large number of cards with wildly varying powers.
 
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