Moonlight Bouncing Off Their Domes: Games Played at Isleworth Boardgamers on 19th July 2017
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Due to a rowdy teachers' party, the IBGers were demoted to the downstairs. Nonetheless, a grand time was had - it was nice not to be boiled to death for once!

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1. Board Game: Century: Spice Road [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:218] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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Current flavour du jour was played. I heard noises of praise once again comparing it to its gateway predecessor, Splendour, in favourable terms.
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2. Board Game: Insider [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1154]
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Tonio: "It was a game". Praise indeed.
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3. Board Game: Pi mal Pflaumen [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1905]
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Whilst the opening posse finished their game of Century: Spice Road, five of us settled down to this gentle trick taker (despite Tom 2’s loud protestations).

It’s an odd one. There is definitely some strategy involved in terms of when to play high and when low but I think that Tom is right in terms of it being more dependent on luck than other trick takers. If you end up with a lot of 6-14s, you are likely to end up continually coming 3rd or 4th which not only means that you’re unlikely to get combo & action cards but that you also miss out on plums.

I think that it also needs a more on-it crowd for the full experience; by that I mean that you need to be actively seeking to prevent others from acquiring what they want through hate-drafting. For example, it was clear towards the end of the game that Gareth needed either an orange or apple to get a big point haul and he was only stopped by Sarah at the last minute (despite being 4th in turn order). Despite this, Gareth managed a handy win through some clever card management.
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4. Board Game: The Captain Is Dead [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:980]
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After this, four of us sat down for a repeat of this delightful co-op. A complete turnaround from last week: we were a lot more in control of events and seemed to be coasting. However, we had been hit reasonably hard in the opening draw, leaving our shields exposed. As a result, when the Level 2 cards started to hit, we were struggling to hold back the tide. Tom 2 was one Engineering card from being able to fix the Jump Core completely (thanks to his Chief Engineer and Torch) but the ship exploded just before his turn.

This is a real gem of a game; it played very differently from the week before. Without Dan, we were less on top of our upgrades and the aliens caused more havoc than previously. We also struggled to draw any key Battle Plans without my First Officer (I had picked the Scholar). At the same time, we had a much easier time of it with the Jump Core.
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5. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:720]
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Despite loud protestations from David (what a bunch of moaners), the four of us added Tong to our motley crew and started frantically dice rolling. I agree with David that our last outing of this was not the best – mainly due to his lack of patience with revealing his dice.

This time, however, was a rollicking good time with plenty of shafting through rather arbitrary Sheriff choices – screw you Tom and David. Me and Paul invariably ended up fighting over the same thing, be it cash or property. However, Tom managed to build up a decent Property portfolio and this, together with a last minute acquisition of the Sherriff, took him to victory despite David’s pile of gold nuggets. I think that David was even won back over again!
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6. Board Game: Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:59]
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David and Paul departed leaving me, Tom 2 and Tong to try Clank! Thanks Pete for the loan!

Both Tong and Tom 2 had played before but it was my first time despite having heard great things about it.

Tong managed to pick up a backpack and two decent treasures before seeking to escape as soon as possible, In the meantime, Tom 2 had run out of precious movement and I was pootling around acquiring Gems. Sadly for Tong, he had gained a considerable amount of Clank whilst picking up his treasures and was turned into ash by the dragon just before the exit. Tom 2 soon followed him into the urn. This left me on my own and close to the exit with some health to spare. Unfortunately, two bad draws prevented me from reaching the exit in time, robbing me of victory. Tong managed to scrape the win due to his early demise, thanks to the two high value treasures sat next to his charred corpse. A pyrhhic victory but a victory nonetheless.

Again, this was a real treat – a heady mix of deck building and risk management with a relatively low rules overhead – I think that this would be a real hit at my place.
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7. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:288]
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A fine filler which sometimes doesn't get its fair due to its theme.
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8. Board Game: Habitats [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:1642]
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Would love to give this a go at some point!
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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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10. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:108]
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This saw more play in 10 minutes of James's care than in 10 months sat on my shelf! Apparently, a certain Mr Duckworth ran away with it ninja
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11. Board Game: Fabled Fruit [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:607]
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