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Games played during my 2017 Summer vacation to Omaha.
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1. Board Game: Star Trek: Ascendancy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:640] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
Phil Lewis
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Nice 4x game that I recently picked up. Think of this one as a themed version of Eclipse. It's not as deep, but it does offer some top notch components. The drawback is that it's just three players. Romulan. Federation. Klingons. The rules say that it takes about an hour per player, and we completed the first play in just about that time.

Players: 3
Time: 3 Hours
 
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2. Board Game: Combat Commander: Pacific [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:434]
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You all know my affinity for the Combat Commander Series. I'll bring it all, including CC: Pacific. Yes, only two players, but I have enough from the various games to support three simultaneous scenarios.

Substantive changes/updates to reflect the Pacific theater. The infiltration rules for the Japanese add a lot of variety and depth but not a lot of overhead. The Sogeki Hei (Japanese sniper) is deadly--maybe too much so. Slight procedure modification to melee combat--all are resolve at the beginning of the Allied player's turn. That, along with relaxed stacking limits and deck changes, force some adjustments to strategy. A big negative is your ability to break an opponent's weapons--very gamey. Overall, I prefer CC: Europe, but will never turn down a game of Pacific.

Players: 2 (or 4 or 6 in separate games)
Time: 2.5 to 3 Hours
 
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3. Board Game: Churchill [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:503]
Phil Lewis
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This was a hit last year with both the five and ten conference games. I have played it enough since that time to defeat the Axis. Love complexity, high fun for three players.

It's tense and required cooperation between Allied players to defeat the Axis. But that's the rub--you never want to surrender an inch to your opponents at the conferences when you know it will cost you VPs in the end. Guaranteed to raise your blood pressure.

Players: 3
Time: 3+ Hours
 
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4. Board Game: Conan [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:329] [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
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I think you guys will like this one. It's a miniatures skirmish game based on the Robert E. Howard Conan world and characters. Plays fast and there are a lot of scenarios from fighting Picts in the jungle to pirates on the decks of ships to monsters in dungeons.

Solid skirmish wargame with great components. Many excellent scenarios in base game. Captures Conan theme well. Energy management system is very well done for both the players and the Opponent (GM). While there are minor ambiguities in the rules, they are not as egregious as advertised. Play is fast and intuitive. Glad I picked this up along with the expansion box.

Players: 2-5
Time: 1-2 Hours
 
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5. Board Game: Championship Formula Racing [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:4035]
Phil Lewis
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The Kickstarter for the new version of Speed Circuit. The components are light years ahead of the original, but I'm still a little disappointed after all the games on giant tracks. Still, it's four new tracks and certain to be a blast.

The best race game ever and certainly my favorite. Allocate points for top speed, acceleration, deceleration, start speed, and wear. High strategy with very little randomness--just enough dice to keep it interesting and only if you want to use them. This game is great for large groups--5 to 6 drivers puts you in the sweet spot, but you can enjoy the game with fewer or more players.

Far more stressful than Formula D!, probably because there's so little luck--you're actually controlling the finish. Original components are very dated and weren't that great even back in the 70's--tiny cars, busy board. Lots of alternate rules out there, including some fairly modern updates for the WBC.


Players: 2-10
Time: 2-3 Hours
 
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6. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:463]
Phil Lewis
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I was surprised when Bob said he had not played this. It's a light and fast dice game version of Arkham Horror and Eldritch Horror. Same characters (including perennial favorite "Ashcan" Pete and his trusty dog Duke). The base game is an exploration of the Arkham Museum, but I prefer the expansion for Alaska (Omens of Ice).

Fun dice game that has the feel of Arkham Horror but plays much faster.

Players: 1-5
Time: 1.5 Hours
 
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7. Board Game: Dark Moon [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:743]
Phil Lewis
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Last but not least. There was a print-and-play game called Dark Moon that streamlined Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game, condensing the play time. When it got picked up by a publisher, it was rethemed for a mining expedition on a moon of Saturn. The drawback are that there are no space battles, no cylons, and no presidential elections.

Players: 3-7
Play Time: 1-1.5 Hours
 
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8. Board Game: Pacific Typhoon [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2223]
Phil Lewis
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Great three-player card game that's longer than a filler.
 
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