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Bruce Miller
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Gamers: Tony, Jonathan, Bruce, Beth, Vann, Betty, Pete, Brian

Small Talk: Halloween costumes, Cub’s chances, games which have green boxes, Chuck Berry,

Music: YouTube Bob Dylan concert from 1978, Pandora Chuck Berry, Blue Lake Public Radio

Cult of Old 2, Cult of the New 4

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1. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:20]
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Vann 139, Bruce 136, Betty 107, Pete 98

After watching the fine Sit Down and Shut Up review of this title I had wanting another crack at it. I taught and only missed one little rule dealing with bribing Senators. In this game we moved into the four directions, not really having much interaction until midway through the game. I was acquiring cards which matched Vann’s apparent goal Saturn (presence in each region), but he admitted he didn’t have enough cards of that type, so he changed focus. Each of us had at least one monopoly card, which helped keep things level.
 
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2. Board Game: Fiji [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:4961]
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Tony, 11, Brian 6, Jon 5, Beth 2

This old game about trading for shrunken heads was new to Tony and Brian. All the goals were “most gems” starting with Round 2.
 
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3. Board Game: Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:311]
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Brian: Detective, Beth: Driver, Jon: Hunter, Tony: Magician

“We lost quickly and closed no gates. Nobody went insane because we lost so quickly. The world is plunged into an age of madness, chaos, and destruction.”
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4. Board Game: Arboretum [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:335]
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Brian 23, Beth 17, Tony 15, Jonathan 8

This game is about trees. From the ‘Geek description: “combines set collection, tile-laying and hand management”. Jon was eligible to score only two varieties, but one scored nothing. Beth was eligible for three, but scored twice. Brian was able to score on four types, and his walks were long. Tony had the longest walk at ten.
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5. Board Game: Thingamajig [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:5096]
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Jon 16, Beth 16, Betty 14, Bruce 12, Vann 11, Pete 10, Tony 7

I didn’t record any of the clever clues. Vann, Pete, and Jon were the cleverest clue givers.
 
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6. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:54] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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Jon, Betty, Tony: 1 Vann, Bruce, Pete:1

I didn’t record any of the clever clues. Normally we play best of three, but several players needed to head home, so we ended level. Neither team found the assassin, and in game one it was tough to avoid.
 
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