GRAB Regular Tuesday Gaming, 6/6/17
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Attending: Aaron, Beth, Bruce, Dan, Jonathan, Mark, Matt R, Sebastian, Tony, Vann

The tunes:
Camille Saint-Saƫns - Symphony no. 3 "Organ"
Edvard Grieg - Peer Gynt Suite no. 1
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - 5 Minuets, K461
Antonio Vivaldi - Four Seasons
Johann Sebastian Bach - 12 Little Preludes for Clavichord
Modest Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
Johannes Brahms - Hungarian Dances
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony no. 3 "Eroica"
Sergei Prokofiev - Romeo & Juliet

Cult of the New - 4
Cult of the Old - 6
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Dan (Tinker), Bruce (Cragheart), Matt (Brute), Tony (Spellweaver)

The intrepid adventurers decided to begin their campaign tonight, so we agreed to leave them alone for a couple hours. I don't know anything about how the game progressed, other than that the phrase "don't defecate on my wife" was used at one point.
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Sebastian 42, Mark 35, Vann 31

Sebastian needed to get more plays of this in because he is about to write a review for Counter, so we tolerated more new hotness on Classic Games Day right off the bat. Vann triggered the end of the game, but then lost on endgame scoring. Cards in play: Conquerer, Follower, King Pig, Defender.
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Beth 26, Jonathan 25, Aaron 20

Played with the base game only, since it had been a while especially for Aaron. The three-player game is strangely freeing, since everyone gets three bean fields from the get-go. I spent most of the game hand-poor, having traded away or planted all my cards before my turn began.
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Vann 33, Sebastian 21, Beth 9

"Still a good game." Amen! They would really have to struggle to pick a blander theme, but trying to string together the perfect route is immensely satisfying to me.
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Jonathan 63, Aaron 38, Mark 36

A new game and a beautiful one. The mechanisms are very simple - draft dice, place them in a grid according to simple restrictions, and try to achieve patterns based on randomized goal cards - but it hangs together well and I'd like to play again.

When I do play again, I'd like to try the proposed variant where the pips on your personal die color don't matter, just the quantity of dice, since that part of the scoring overshadowed everything else (I got 34 points from that while Aaron and Mark got 15 and 18 respectively).
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Vann (Feminist) 7, Sebastian (Computer) 3, Aaron (Quizmaster) 2

The group played with a house rule of the turn order switching each hand. This confused Aaron, who had never played that way, and also confused the other players who weren't aware it wasn't part of the base rules.
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Mark 535, Jonathan 515, Beth 340

We used the Keltis rule set, with journeys proceeding either ascending or descending.

I had a monster final round, starting and finishing three explorers for a total of 200 points. At this point I had five playable cards in these colors, but was afraid to start a new journey since the other players could end the game at any time, if they had the right cards. Bravery probably would have given me the game.

Mark had 10 artifacts, I had 8, Beth had 4. Dan calls them "tikis."
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Matt 58, Aaron 55, Bruce 45, Dan 45, Tony 44

The scores required some re-calculation at game end. "Math is hard."
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Dan, Matt

I did not find a score sheet for this play, but I presume Matt won since he's been plotting the optimal layout in Excel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX9yxkZrQbg
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Mark 33, Jonathan 24, Aaron 21

Mark triggered the game end with his third citizen reaching the mainland while Aaron and I had only rescued one apiece. The scores were low because of some particularly brutal gaps in the isthmus.
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