GLC Beehive #183—BEElieve Me
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1. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:884]
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My parents gave me a handgun—a .22 revolver—for Christmas when I was seven years old.

I’m going to assume that none of you is as insane as my mother and step-father, so I’ll phrase the question this way: do your children play with toy guns?

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2. Board Game: Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:88] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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On one of our family outings, my mother and step-father took me to see Alien in the movie theatre when it was released in 1979. I was 9 going on 10 at the time. I had to sleep with the light on for weeks afterwards.

Are their games that, complexity-wise, your children could play, but you won’t allow them to because of the subject matter? At what age would it be appropriate for them?

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3. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:578]
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Morels are soooo lovely sautéed in butter, but when I was 13, my step-father picked and cooked for us false morels that he thought were the real deal. I was the only one who ended up in the hospital.

What games would you say had potential to be good but were marred by a bad decision made by the designer or the publisher? Bonus point challenges—identify things other than cheap components, bad art or terrible graphic design.

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4. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2240]
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Please respond to the other items first before reading and responding to this.

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Two of these statements that I made about my childhood are true, but one of them is a lie. Any guesses as to which is which?

Make a guess, and then tell us two things that are true and one lie about yourself.

Here's the truth:

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Holy shitake! I was never poisoned by false morels.



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5. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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 7   Sushi Go!
 9   Aton
 8   Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
 7   Libertalia
 N/A   Eternity NEW!
 9   Hansa
 8   Atlantic Star
 8   Arkadia
 9   Tigris & Euphrates
 7   Metropolys

Noteworthy games:

Just one game with the kids this week: Sushi Go!. They have become very comfortable, and as a result, strong competitors in a game we can now knock out in 20 minutes.

I had my first win against N in Aton. Probably had something to do with me feeling like I understand what the hell I'm doing. The more I play Aton, the more I treasure it.

Friday saw N and I "nickle-ing" three of our favourites: Hansa, Arkadia and Atlantic Star. We've played Hansa a little more than five times, just with the Changing Winds map and rules. I definitely prefer the original even if I can't win against N. She also has some weird ability to time her exchanges just right in Arkadia in order to generate huge points.

Saturday was with N's sister and brother-in-law. We introduced him to Tigris & Euphrates, and I think we may have finally found something that he just thought was too challenging. This was also our first time with four people, which made the game feel less fluid and organic. We still really enjoyed it despite the small obstacles.

Afterwords it was Metropolys, and I think playing it after T&E biased my opinion negatively toward it. It's a solidly good game, but the meandering buildings feel out of place/counter-intuitive.
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6. Board Game: Guess Who? [Average Rating:4.78 Overall Rank:15296]
Todd Walden
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 5.0   Guess Who? x5
 N/A   There's a Moose in the House
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7. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:336]
Sharon Khan
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A fairly quiet week of gaming by my standards, but we did rattle through a lot of games on Friday night, and I played the odd game here and there during the rest of the week, and the obligatory game of RoboRally with my children both days on the weekend - we've finished all the missions that came with the 2016 edition now, so have moved back to the previous edition and working through those ones, but using the new rules and personal decks etc.

Gaming with other adults:

 10   7 Wonders
 10   Ascension: Deckbuilding Game
 10   Hero Realms x3
 10   Innovation x2
 9   Ave Caesar
 9   Escalation!
 9   Great Western Trail x3
 9   Jungle Speed
 9   Orléans
 9   Patchwork x2
 9   Puerto Rico
 9   Timeline: Diversity

Gaming with my children:

 10   RoboRally x2
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8. Board Game: War of the Ring (Second Edition) [Average Rating:8.40 Overall Rank:12]
Scott Saccenti
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Colora
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A couple of years ago, when I was still buying games, I pre-ordered a fancy-schmansy copy of a yet-to-be-produced anniversary edition of War of the Ring.

Now, War of the Ring is a million miles away from my sweet spot. It is an Ameritrash dice fest, through and through. Little miniatures? Give me a break. I like cubes, thanks.

But out of some perverse impulse, I bought the thing, and last week it arrived. And two of my boys are really into this. And it is...pretty damn cool. This is a really good game, so good that a hater like me is enjoying it. And seriously. I hate this kind of game devil



 N/A   Unpublished Prototype x4
 8   Great Western Trail x2
 6   San Juan
 6   The Magic Labyrinth
 N/A   War of the Ring (Second Edition) NEW!
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9. Board Game: Mission Impractical [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:7784]
Hilko Drude
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Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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I'm still in gaming heaven. On the weekend, I went to a gaming convention in Braunschweig to present Mission Impractical (when I booked it, I was still convinced that I would actually have copies to sell for weeks, but no such luck - I decided to go anyway). Turns out it was the first really nice sunny weekend of the year, and people had better things to do than go to a convention. So Saturday was rather empty. After waiting at my table for rather long and only occasionally explaining my game, I decided to just try out some games myself. Didn't find anything spectacular, but the evening ended with a glorious defeat in Tichu. So much fun! Oh, and I could have played Klask a couple of dozen more times.
Sunday was better, I met more people in-depth and had more fun throughout the day.



 N/A   Mission Impractical x6
 9.9   Love Letter x4
 6.0   Pick-a-Polar Bear x4
 5.0   Happy Salmon x3 NEW!
 7.5   KLASK x3 NEW!
 6.5   Kakerlaken Duell x3 NEW!
 7.0   Cairo Corridor x2
 9.2   Catan x2
 7.5   Holterdipolter x2
 9.5   Train of Thought x2
 7.5   Big Points
 9.5   Dog
 9.1   Hanamikoji
 8.5   La Macarena
 7.0   Machi Koro
 7.5   Machi Koro: Großstadt-Erweiterung
 5.0   My First Stone Age NEW!
 5.0   Oink!
 6.5   Santo Domingo NEW!
 3.5   Spot it!
 5.0   Take That NEW!
 10.   Tichu
 8.5   Tiefe Taschen
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10. Board Game: Broom Service: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:4218]
Rob Harper
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Very little gaming over the last week, which is sad, but I don't care!

Why don't I care?

Well, because, as of Friday, I am a proper, signed game designer. I signed contracts for two of my games, "Shooting Party" and "Giftmas" to be published by Cubicle 7 Entertainment. There's a load of work to do now, but things are moving fast and we are hoping that both games will be available to buy before the end of the year.

cool

 N/A   Unpublished Prototype - Shooting Party development work.
 9   No Thanks! - Old faithful at work.
 7   Broom Service: The Card Game - An occasional attendee at the work lunchtime sessions, which we all like.

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11. Board Game: Not Alone [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:556]
Clay Blankenship
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Owens Cross Roads
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 8   Thunderbirds x2
 8   Pandemic Iberia
 N/A   Not Alone NEW!

Not Alone is an interesting one vs. many game with a creature trying to hunt the other players.

My younger son and I came up with a Thunderbirds variant where all the characters are available and you can activate whichever one you want.
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12. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
Eddy Richards
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Allanton
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An old favourite came out again this week, 3 player with Rebecca. Definitely one to play more often.

Ticket to Ride: Europe x 1
Race for the Galaxy x 2
Stone Age x 1

A rather light week unless I've forgotten to log some!
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13. Board Game: KLASK [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:478]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
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KLASK is the hit of the week (month / year) so far. I took my kid to Toys'R'Us to find some Hotwheels pick up truck he wanted, and what do I see? KLASK in the shelves so I bought on of course. Didn't think it was available in the country yet. It's silly fun dexterity game, which my kid has enjoyed so I am happy with the purchase. And then I've been playing a few games of Mice and Mystics solo. It's one of few games I've really enjoyed playing solo.



 N/A   KLASK x19 NEW!
 8   Mice and Mystics x4
 9   Memoir '44 x2
 N/A   Memoir '44: Eastern Front x2
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14. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
Fernando Robert Yu
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You can view my week in greater detail here: Item for Geeklist "What Did You Play This Week? March 20-26, 2017"



Lost Cities x2
Onirim (second edition) x2
Splendor

Not too many plays since I am still on travel.
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15. Board Game: Toe-to-Toe Nu'klr Combat with the Rooskies [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:6017]
Murray Fish
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They explained everything in detail and at great length. After they finished I sat, despondent, contemplating a bleak and empty future. "I’m glad you’re depressed" said one. "It means you’ve understood the situation.”
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 6.8   Toe-to-Toe Nu'klr Combat with the Rooskies x2 NEW!

Not much gaming for me this week either, not because I have become a signed game designer, but rather I am still stuck with my broken foot. I really thought that I'd be doing a lot of solo gaming but that hasn't happened so far due mainly to lethargy.

Might get that fixed this week...
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