GRAB Regular Tuesday Gaming, 5/23/17
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Happy International Turtle Day!

Attending: Aaron, Beth, Bruce, Dan, Jonathan, Lauren, Matt J, Matt R, Sebastian, Tony

The tunes:
The Turtles - Happy Together
Trampled by Turtles - Wild Animals
Turtle Island String Quartet - Confetti Man
The Turtles - Wooden Head
Trampled by Turtles - Stars and Satellites
Turtle Island String Quartet - Skylife
The Turtles - It Ain't Me Babe

Aaron brought delicious turtles to eat.

I checked three more items off my resolution list. Fewer than 20 remain.
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Beth 19, Jonathan 19, Lauren 19, Sebastian 19

We tied. According to Lauren's reading of the rules, our score was "excellent and other French words." We used card racks, which are essential for full enjoyment.
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with Terra Mystica: Fire & Ice
Dan 131 (win), Matt R 131, Tony 108

Expansion races were used, but their identities were not recorded. The win is under dispute; verbal evidence was for Matt while written evidence was for Dan.
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Aaron 81, Bruce 78, Matt J 63

This lasted exactly as long as Terra Mystica, with an equal player count. Matt feels he could have gotten an extra three points by playing "correctly."
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Jonathan 30, Beth 21, Lauren 21, Sebastian 18

I had a pair of Keepers and a bunch of hungry animals, for 22 points in employees despite my whopping 4 species in the depot. Lauren also went with a Keeper, Sebastian used a Trainer, and Beth had Trainer and Cashier.
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Sebastian 20, Beth 15, Jonathan 11, Lauren 10

Kingdom: Squire, Cellar, Steward, Scheme, Fortune Teller, Baker, Nobles, Hireling, Expand, Prince

Lots of big cards for crazy combos. We all waited too long to start greening.
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Lauren 40, Aaron 34, Jonathan 28, Beth 21, Bruce 16

As is typical, Bruce suggested this game even though he doesn't like it. In round 2 I drew a lovely hydroelectric dam, then realized I was drawing the wrong number and started over. We all had a disastrous round 3. Lauren had a perfect score in round 4.
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Matt R 48, Sebastian 43, Tony 41

Kingdom: Poor House, Villa, Sacrifice, Temple, Procession, Herald, Wild Hunt, Trading Post, Distant Lands, Pillage
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Jonathan 79, Sebastian 72, Lauren 67, Beth 35
Kingdom Builder cards: Citizens, Lords, Farmers, Road
Locations: Tower, Harbor, Barn, Caravan

Lots of movement powers and not much extra placement. I managed a perfect Farmers score with 10 settlements in each quadrant. That's all I focused on, but it paid off.
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Tony/Aaron 1145, Matt R/Bruce 655

6 Tichus were called, all successful. Three 1-2 finishes occurred.
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