BGA Session 27th May
Phil Mason
United Kingdom
Bangor
Northern Ireland
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Six persons in attendance for a session rudely interrupted by an alarm in the building. We were able to resume after some fresh air and a pastie were taken.
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1. Board Game: Raise Your Goblets [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:3580]
Phil Mason
United Kingdom
Bangor
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The players are nobles at a banquet. Family rivalries mean that each diner is attempting to poison another noble. Beads of wine, poison and antidote are taken from behind player screens and put secretly in the Goblets, alternatively players can swap 2 Goblets or rotate all goblets or even look into their own. The round (or course) ends when one player calls a toast then all players empty the goblet in front of them and see if they survive.

Good theme and decent components but way too random for BGA tastes. Not a resounding success.
 
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2. Board Game: Trickerion: Legends of Illusion [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:175]
Phil Mason
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Godfrey's heavy offering for the session. I think it went over well enough, five rounds were played and an early finish was called
 
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3. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.38 Overall Rank:5]
Phil Mason
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Bangor
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The return to BGA of one of last years big releases. Plays very nicely with three. Essentially it is a card game and the randomness of card draws comes into play. It can be a little frustrating that you seem to be setting up combos but there are no guarantees that they will come off.

I raced into an early lead but like the proverbial game of two halves the fire alarm break seemed to spoil my momentum and Swami won a closely matched game. The score range was 8-10 points.

Good fun and would like to play with the corporations sometime in the future.
 
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4. Board Game: Magic Maze [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:335]
Phil Mason
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Did you hear the one about the dwarf, the elf, the Mage and the warrior, who set out to rob the shopping mall? Bad joke, no it's Magic Maze?

Magic Maze is a real time co-op! Each player can move a character in a certain direction or use a special ability, but no talking between the players is allowed.

Excellent fun, we played five times and only won twice.
 
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5. Board Game: Kingdomino [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:186] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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A tile laying filler game with a novel bidding mechanism? Nice little game that I have been keeping an eye out for as I think it would go over well with all types of player.

Micah won.
 
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