GCL Beehive #189: A Grand Day Out
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1. Board Game: Geeks: The Convention [Average Rating:4.66 Overall Rank:13929]
Rob Harper
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One of the high points of my year is coming up in a few weeks: UK Games Expo.

Do you (and your family?) go to gaming conventions or other geeky events? Which are your favourites?
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2. Board Game: Monopoly: National Trust Edition [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
Rob Harper
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While I'm sure gaming is a major part of all our lives here, I'm also sure it's not all we do.

So do you have any favoured activities you like to do with your families that are not gaming based?
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3. Board Game: Noddy, The Big Day Out [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Rob Harper
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And to get a bit more speculative, if you could instantly travel anywhere and money were no object, where would your ideal family day out be?
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4. Board Game: Good Little Ninjas [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
Rob Harper
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Last week featured a nice evening with a few games with some friends, a bit of play at work, and a bit of play with Miss B, so not bad overall.

 9   No Thanks! x4 - A bit of a frenzy at work, including finally introducing the game to one friend who had never played it.
 9   Backgammon - Requested by Miss B, which was very gratifying -- she won too!
 7   Take it Easy! x2 - Not played for a long time, but is always a welcome filler.
 7   Good Little Ninjas x2 - A new PnP on the Good Little Games site, this is well worth the money!
 8   Codenames x2 - Amusement with a clue where there was a mixup between Greek and Latin words. That's how highbrow we get!
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype - A friend's puzzle game, which is coming along very nicely.


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5. Board Game: Mission Impractical [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:7784]
Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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My friend came over with his girlfriend and daughter, specifically to play Mission Impractical, and they only stopped after three plays. And I gave Sapotagem another try, which I enjoyed much. I should write a review about it at some point.



 N/A   Mission Impractical x4
 8.3   Deep Sea Adventure x3
 9.9   Love Letter x3
 7.0   Machi Koro x3
 7.5   Machi Koro: Großstadt-Erweiterung x3
 9.5   Dog x2
 9.2   Catan
 6.5   Drecksau
 6.5   Drecksau: Sauschön
 7.0   Fluxx
 8.5   For Sale
 7.0   Grand National Derby NEW!
 8.5   La Macarena
 7.5   Parade
 8.0   Sapotagem
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype
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6. Board Game: Montgolfiere [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:6191]
Scott Saccenti
United States
Colora
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Very quiet gaming week, coming out of our long-weekend Maryland Game Days event. I'll make Montgolfiere my G-o-t-W, a family classic for all time.


 7   Incan Gold x3 - this is on BoardGameArena now, and I don't have time in my life for BGA, but since this plays in under 10 minutes, I've darted in for a game-or-three
 7   Montgolfiere x3
 6   The Card Game of Oz x2 - I'm working on a variant for this game
 6   Gulo Gulo
 9   Race for the Galaxy
 9   Stone Age
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7. Board Game: Wings of Glory: World War 2 – Heinkel He.111 [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Murray Fish
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 8.5   Wings of War: Fire from the Sky x3

When asked what game they wanted to play last weekend the Little Fish were unanimous in asking for Wings of Glory, though this time they wanted to play WWII. Of course, they wanted to use (and control) the bombers.

We played three games on the trot, the first had them running a B-25 and escort against the Japanese. Their mission was a complete success with my three Japanese aircraft all shot out of the sky for no US loss:



On the next misison the RAF were unable to prevent the Heinkel He.111 from delivering its payload, but did shoot it down as it attempted to return home:



Finally, I convinced them to just play with fighters. I used my Red Army Airforce Yak-1s for the first time and did for the Italian 'plane but just couldn't down the German in the Fw 190. Didn't help that every damage chit draw for Little Fish the Elder was a "0" while every shot he landed on me was telling.

To quote a wise man, "Good against remotes is one thing. Good against the living, that's something else."

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8. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
Eddy Richards
Scotland
Allanton
Duns
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Not much gaming for me last week - massive amounts of last minute tuition for all my Maths and Chemistry students (the exams for which were last Friday and this Monday respectively).

Race for the Galaxy x 3
Kingdom Builder x 1
7 Wonders x 1 (a five player family game as Daniel came home to vote)
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9. Board Game: Neuland [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1884]
Robert
Canada
Ottawa
ON
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 6   Sharp Shooters
 8   Port Royal
 7   2 de Mayo
 8   Samurai
 10   KLASK x5
 8   Ginkgopolis
 N/A   Neuland NEW!

Noteworthy games:

We introduced Sharp Shooters to the girls, and everyone had a lot of fun throwing handfuls of dice. I’m still surprised that our eldest usually has the hardest time grasping what exactly pushing one’s luck actually means. Once again, she finished with a pretty low score.

We actually managed to play 2 de Mayo on May 2nd this year. It may actually come out more than once a year after this. For this game, N and I switched it up so that N could be the French and I could play the Spanish. The game was over by turn five as the Spanish eliminated a fourth and game-losing French unit. Afterwards, I read that it will be hard for the French to win, and our two games have borne this out (even though I came pretty close as the French in our first game). I enjoyed the psychology of trying to anticipate N’s moves, and we both found the text/history on the cards intriguing.

Looks like we had been playing Ginkgopolis with a wrong rule, and we corrected that this time around. It made our available resources much leaner, and as a result we had to give more consideration to our decisions—definitely a bonus. We were also a little more comfortable with the game this time around, which meant we played a little more aggressively toward each other. Our scores were a surprise to each other; N won by one point.

Neuland on Saturday and whooo boy this was hard. I had put some prep into finding revised versions of the terrible rulebook and setting the game up to help me visualize what were supposed to do. In the end, though, it was experience with King Chocolate that helped us the most. (King Chocolate is like a sauce reduction of Neuland.) We played with N’s sister, who of course beat us, but N and I weren’t far behind. As with many of these challenging games that we’ve dabbled in, we had many laughs, a healthy amount of trash talking, an interesting analysis of the game afterwards, and the desire to play again.
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10. Board Game: Tide of Iron [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:582]
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? May 01-07, 2017"



Tide of Iron: Out of the dust!
Scythe
Guildhall
Potion Explosion
Nations: The Dice Game
Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia x2
Dungeon Roll
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11. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:157] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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Shefford
Bedfordshire
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We haven't played Magic in ages, so it was quite nice to get a Magic session in with my husband this weekend. Apart from that it's the Monday from our long weekend of gaming last week, our Friday gaming session, and a couple of games with the children at the weekend.

Gaming with other adults:

 10   Magic: The Gathering x10
 8   Nations x2
 8   Alhambra
 9   Deus
 9   Factory Fun
 9   Great Western Trail
 9   Ingenious
 9   Roll for the Galaxy
 9   Terra
 10   Terra Mystica
 10   Terraforming Mars

Gaming with my children:

 10   RoboRally x2
 9   Hey, That's My Fish!
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12. Board Game: My First Alphabet Game [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
Todd Walden
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Minneapolis
MN
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 N/A   Alphabet Lotto x10
 N/A   Go Away Monster! x3
 9.0   T.I.M.E Stories x2
 6.0   Uncle Wiggily x2
 6.0   Labyrinth
 5.0   Richard Scarry's Busytown: Eye found it! Game

We played a lot of Alphabet Lotto, an OLD game that doesn't even have a real entry on BGG (and it's so crappy and old that it's not worth adding). Ender has decided he loves the game, just like Nat did back when he was 4, so I see a lot of this in the near future.
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13. Board Game: Orléans [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:27]
Clay Blankenship
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AL
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Over the past 3 weeks I've been to 2 weekend soccer tournaments and chaperoned an honor band weekend, and the weeks have been almost as busy. In honor of my birthday we started a game of Orleans (which I was happy to finally introduce to my family) but it is still not finished.
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