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August 2016 Games Played by The Village (Orange County)
Paul Smith
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He cried with a loud voice, "Gaming, come forth!"

And that which was dead came forth, bound top and bottom with cardboard: and the pieces were bound about with plastic baggies.

He saith unto them, "Set it up, and let it be played."
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1. Board Game: Hyperborea [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:554]
Paul Smith
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Background story:
When my sister visited last year she asked about my favorite board game. I described 1830 to her in detail thinking it was:
1. A game I did not own, but wanted
2. Widely available
3. A good representation of why I like the whole 18XX family

My family then gifted me Hyperborea for Christmas, with a card stating that my sister had read that it was enjoyed by people who like to play 1830.

I read this many times in a small amount of disbelief. Now that I've played it, I see it as a love child of Runewars and Dominion... no clue what my sister was reading.
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2. Board Game: Phoenicia [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1653]
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I (mostly) forgot how to play!

This was a very close game, where Dave would've won if he had 2 more $$ during the final auction, and Al would've won if he had 2 more $$ after the final auction.
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:827]
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I circumnavigated the globe! ...well, almost - Los Angeles to Lima, so Pacific to Pacific!

I think I like this version. There's a ship deck and a train deck that combine into the card offer, so I believe there's a lot of possible game there, but I need to play more to find out. (not going to buy it yet)
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4. Board Game: Lignum [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:2249]
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"I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK!"

This plays like Egizia but much harder -- you have to plan several turns ahead to do well. Greg timed his end-game perfectly to beat me by 6.5%
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5. Board Game: Wildcatters [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:1374]
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I think I liked this one quite a bit. I need to play it more to be sure. It's really a simple rule set and I really like the interplay and depth underneath it.

I did not like the implementation of the boats... yet. I'm sure it's a matter of learning how to play around them, but it felt like they took any juice out of the rails. Also didn't love the double rail lines for the same reason. It felt like anyone could just go around to wherever they wanted when it seemed like it was going to be a game about controlling distribution channels.

Overall, though, I liked it and want to play more.
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6. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:274]
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This was a high-income, epic game that lasted about 3 hours.


Todd scored a whopping 4 bonus cards for the win!
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7. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:292] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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six 4-player games.

Highlight was when Greg said, "No reason to wait for the timer then, right? Let's vote!" and everyone else droned "...O...K..."

Well played, minion Greg. Well played.
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8. Board Game: FUSE [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:562]
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