Whose Turn is it Anyway? Number 4 (or 3.5?)
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Fourth winter one, although maybe the first wasn't called Whose Turn? Anyway, last year's list is here. Gaming started Thursday.
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1. Board Game: Great Western Trail [Average Rating:8.29 Overall Rank:9]
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THURSDAY

With Brian, Mary, Peter (who fortunately walked by as we were going through the rulebook -- thanks!). Second play for me (although the first game was only a partial play).

This is a pretty cool deck-building style of game. Your deck has a bunch of types of cattle (5 1s, 3 each of 3 types of 2s = 14 cards total). You're trying to optimize your hand over the course of the several turns it takes to get your marker from the Start Space to Kansas City. Along the way, you can stop at buildings (neutral ones, and those you build yourself) to take a variety of actions (e.g., buy more cattle, earn coins, build buildings, hire people, thin your deck). At the end of your cattle run, the higher the value of your hand (sum of values of differently colored cattle cards) the more money you earn and the further you can ship your cattle (place marker further along the path onto cities worth more VP and awarding better bonuses). Each complete cattle run reseeds the board with semi-random features (Indian teepees and obstacles) and new available employees, and also serves as a game timer (it takes about 20 steps to end the game; each run adds half/two-thirds/one step in the 4/3/2er game).

Very fun game! I ended up with a narrow 77-75-74-69 win (which took about 3 hours)!
 
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2. Board Game: Railroad Revolution [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:684]
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With Brian and Mary, who worked through the rulebook for us -- thanks!
 
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3. Board Game: Letter Tycoon [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1882]
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A little break from brain burn, from the Play to Win table. With Mary and Brian, and Daniel (who also walked by at the right time, perfect for teaching us the game!)
 
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4. Board Game: Great Western Trail [Average Rating:8.29 Overall Rank:9]
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Just me and Mary this time, hoping for a quickish play to end and leave by 10pm. That 4er game was fun, but kind of long ... so let's try it for two! Plus, maybe we'll win a nice, sweaty, grungy copy in the Play to Win contest!

It didn't quite work out, of course -- at just 1 hr 45 minutes it was much faster, but still not fast enough to get us out by our planned end time of 10pm!

Still a decent game, but just wasn't as much fun. The game state seemed to advance too quickly! Maybe 3 really is the sweet spot?

Oh, and Mary crushed me 83-65! My attempt at deck-thinning just didn't quite work out.
 
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5. Board Game: Mombasa [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:66]
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FRIDAY

With Sarah, Brian, and Chad. We got there REALLY late after spending all morning (literally!) punching and bagging a bunch of new game library games. The Colonists, for example, was a bear!
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6. Board Game: Great Western Trail [Average Rating:8.29 Overall Rank:9]
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After a nice steak dinner with Chris, at Sullivan's.

With Mary and Dan, who we stole away from Railroad Tycoon devil! Time to test the theory that 3 is the best player count! Dan was new to the game so Mary taught him. It took longer than I'd expected ... yet another night we're not going to leave by 10 cry. Still, this only took us about 2 hrs 15 min!

I really enjoyed the 3-player game! Mary, however, preferred playing with 4 where there seemed to be more time to build stuff, to develop your deck, and to see more people to hire. Dan and I, at 90 VP, ended up with a shared victory!

Fun game I'd rate at 8/10, but I don't expect it will climb much beyond that (if any). Of course, I still haven't played with any of the B-side buildings!
 
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7. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Greece and Cyclades [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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SATURDAY

Cyclades map, with Luann and Clay.

Wow, brain hurt!!
 
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8. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.39 Overall Rank:4]
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Corporate Era + Variant with Stratamir, Dennis (total newb; he got Beginner corp), Christian, Charles.
 
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9. Board Game: Kanagawa [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:526]
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One last Play to Win game, with Daniel teaching (+ Brandy, Charles). After two nights of little sleep, and the previous games today, I was tired! This was the perfect game weight for me. In fact, I didn't really feel up to playing afterward either. I mostly wandered and chatted, and then they did the Play to Win giveaways (36 games!); then we packed a few bags and left for home.
 
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10. Board Game: Mottainai [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:789]
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SUNDAY

First, a mess of a 5er! Then 3er.
 
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11. Board Game: Railroad Revolution [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:684]
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Still not a train game! But better!
 
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12. Board Game: Fuji Flush [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1837]
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Cute filler
 
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13. Board Game: Costa Rica [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:3749]
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