What Did You Play This Week? July 17-23, 2017
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1. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:697]
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All-day game days are nice...

Tuesday
Microbadge: Running fan - 4.0 mi 33:51 (8:27) - humid morning
1x - Castles of Burgundy: TCG

My summer solo plays continued this week with a post run game of CoB:TCG over coffee before work. I managed to keep pace or one step ahead of the AI until the last round when it completed four more triplets. That and scoring all the triplet bonus cards made it impossible for me to it. I lost badly, 41-31.

Thursday
Microbadge: Running fan - 3.16 mi 26:16 (8:18) - humid morning

Friday
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The first game of CoB:TCG felt like a race as the AI set the pace and I made chase and edged it at the finish line, 32-31. Game 2 was all me with a struggling AI, 32-23.

The third game however was trouble from the start. I was setting up a wild triplet but had to use another card to complete it just to keep pace with the AI's score or the game would have ended in the second round. Things didn't improve as I struggled and had to get creative just to keep pace which made for a very inefficient game on my part. I lost with a single round to go not being able to match the AI's scoring.

Saturday - RayCon 6
1x - Agricola
1x - Concordia
2x - Room 25
1x - Century: Spice Road
2x - Resistance: Avalon
2x - Istanbul - Microbadge: Challenge to play 10 games 10 times each hardcore participant

My college room mate and his wife both have July birthdays and host an all-day game day at their house. In its sixth year, RayCon was a lot of fun with a good mix of familiar and new people. None of the games I played in really dragged out which was nice allowing me to record 9 plays.

First up was the tradition play of Agricola to kick things off. This year I got nothing in the cards, which is my weakest element of the game play already. I was also stuck in last place of the turn order for the first few rounds which didn't help matters. I felt destined to pick from among the scraps and had great difficulty finding anything to build momentum until the late rounds when I had the animals growing in number. The winner had the best set of cards and the most in play that I've ever experienced for a significant win. I finished last.

Board Game: Concordia

Concordia was next up and more in my wheel house. For those of us who played before it was an epic game. It really came down to a one card difference for a close finish. I built in every region with every production type and had multiple cards for each, so I felt good about my overall game, it just wasn't enough. I was glad to get this one back to the table.

Board Game: Room 25

More folks arrived and it was my role to help the less familiar gamers get into some games and have a good time. So, I taught four new players how to play Room 25. We won our first cooperative play with some early round luck in a deceivingly easy manner. The second play, not so much. We searched every corner tile while running into some challenges at every turn before uncovering the Exit tile. With time running out and some major roadblocks, we only managed to get 3 of the 5 of us out before time expired. Everyone enjoyed the game and felt it was a fun and a different kind of co-op.

Century: Spice Road got played by multiple people at various times throughout the day. It was my turn to play and I taught a bunch of the teenagers and finished second in a 5p game.

By now we were up to four full tables as even more people arrived and some were getting ready to leave. So I offered to teach and facilitate a larger group Resistance: Avalon which I don't get to play very often. I won playing as a minion in the fist, 6p, game. Then my youngest daughter jumped in for the second play at 7p and we won again as the minions. It was nice to play this game and engage a larger mix of people. Some got it, some are still a little confused but I'd love to see these types of games get more table time when we get together. This is one of the few games my youngest likes to play so I might need to leverage playing it when she is around with family or her friends.

With about two and a half hours left my friend suggested Istanbul. In our first game which played quicker than I expected, I started to make a late game come back, but it was too little, too late. I finished second with the money tiebreaker and the birthday boy finally got his solo win for the day.

All the other tables were still playing their game so we reset and this time I pulled out to an early lead and maintained it all the way to the finish only to be surprised by another player who tied it up and won on money. It was an exciting game. Two plays towards my 10x10 was a nice way to end 14 hours of gaming.


Getting to play all games with friends is a great way to spend a day.

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2. Board Game: The Voyages of Marco Polo [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:46]
Board Game: The Voyages of Marco Polo
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Hi, how are you! zombie


It was a week filled with games, games & games... so, let's get on with it!


For starters a nice 'Duel' of
Orléans: Invasion

Board Game: Orléans: Invasion

Board Game: Orléans: Invasion


zombie And.. why not do the 'Co-operative scenario' afterwards?

kiss Why not?? kiss

Board Game: Orléans: Invasion

meeple This was very enjoyable, fulfilling & fun, (no swearings, beatings or any kind of frustration/anger!)
meeplemeeple All this 'expansion-stuff' keeps Orléans playable for many many many many years!! zombie






Some days it never gets late, and suddenly this box was on the table (again?)
Century: Spice Road

Board Game: Century: Spice Road

I Included the metal cubes...
Board Game: Century: Spice Road
...no, it's just an 'overdone photo' zombie



At night we talked about vacations, ...vacations lead to hotels,
and a famous hotel game is
Grand Austria Hotel

Board Game: Grand Austria Hotel

Board Game: Grand Austria Hotel

Board Game: Grand Austria Hotel

Board Game: Grand Austria Hotel


laugh "What the chef doesn't like, goes straight into the dustbin!" laugh

meeplezombie


The very next day I wanted to play
Istanbul: Letters & Seals

Board Game: Istanbul: Letters & Seals

Why not play with another extra helper? So we included a dog N
Board Game: Istanbul: Letters & Seals

kiss These 'Kiosk Tiles' look very adorable!

Any conclusions? zombie

Board Game: Istanbul: Letters & Seals

meeple Even without the dog, this is GREAT!
meeplemeeple I will always like Istanbul zombie



Board Game: Istanbul: Mocha & Baksheesh

thumbsup Come and visit our Istanbul Coffee Shop



When the weather is hot , we always play
K2


Board Game: K2

Board Game: K2: The Avalanche



robot Including the Avalanche

..."No Avalanche, No Party" zombie


Board Game: K2

As a motivation, free hotdogs... when a player reaches the summit!!


Board Game: K2: Broad Peak

thumbsup We also played a game using the
Broad Peak 'Horizontal Map'


Board Game: K2: Broad Peak

meeple K2 and all the extra stuff is by far one of the best games with wooden tents in it!
meeplemeeple A true evergreen zombie


snore Let's get some sleep...snore


6:04 A.M.
Time for a quick game of The Palaces of Carrara kiss

Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara

bluetaj: Altho there was a Do-Not-Open-Warning on the envelope, we did use the extra content bluetaj:

Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara

thumbsup We all won, due to foul play kiss

mintcamel I'm always in for this one!


In between we even played :
Asante
Board Game: Asante

meeple I like the art on these cards.. it feels 'thematic'




Lunch Money

Board Game: Lunch Money

Board Game: Lunch Money
Part of the Humiliation was... 'to put on a chicken suit!' kiss

meeple This is one of my all-time favorite card games
meeplemeeple ...and I don't know why!


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The next days or two, we had a Stone Age championship
Board Game: Stone Age: The Expansion

Board Game: Stone Age: The Expansion


thumbsup Including The Expansion & The New Huts

Board Game: Stone Age: The Expansion

Board Game: Stone Age: The New Huts



zombie I won because I've played this game online...

so I recieved a lot of 'booooooh!!!'s laugh

...Especially when I used my 'customized workers' zombie

Board Game: Stone Age

Board Game: Stone Age


ninja

thumbsup The Quarry Night Shift





Board Game: Stone Age

meeple This worker placement classic never gets old
meeplemeeple (see above)



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(And yes, also this week...)

Suddenly, someone stood up and shouted loudly:

"Let's play a game that has Siesta's and Donkeys in it! zombie"



So.. we played La Granja
Board Game: La Granja

Board Game: La Granja

I destroyed the competition with the La Granja 'Market Strategy' laugh

meeple La Granja is by far one of the best games where you can turn 2 pigs into meat, just by taking a 5!!!
meeplemeeple Round 6 is amaaaazing!!!


S Oh, before I forget, this was the most interesting throw in years:

Board Game: La Granja

laugh A piggy round!!



In the very late hours we played
Hansa Teutonica
Board Game: Hansa Teutonica


A quick round of Zombie Dice determined the starting player
Board Game: Zombie Dice


Board Game: Hansa Teutonica: East Expansion

We played it with the East Expansion


Board Game: Hansa Teutonica: East Expansion


I really like the 'Pick your Skill Improvement'

And yes, the guy on the back (trying to be funny)
deserved a photo!

Board Game: Hansa Teutonica: East Expansion

Board Game: Hansa Teutonica: East Expansion


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I would like to thank you for your time and patience!



Board Game: Stone Age





Sorry, we didn't had the chance to play Schwarzer Kater arrrh ...again!!?!
Board Game: Schwarzer Kater
Board Game: Schwarzer Kater


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3. Board Game: Tiny Epic Quest [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:682]
Board Game: Tiny Epic Quest
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8.0  Innovation Deluxe
Played a 3 player game this week, and it started out well, and unfortunately I got a really good combo going and managed to kind of steamroll everyone. Naturally I think this put some people off the game. No idea how to get this game to go over well, as I think people kind of try to turtle, and not be aggressive.


7.0  Hero Realms NEW!

I hadn't played this before, but I had played both Star Realms, and Cthulhu realms, and I have to say this is my favorite version of the 3. The hero decks really change up the game, and the graphic design on this one is leagues better that the other 2. All in all my favorite realms game. I may have to pick it up, but I might wait till they put out some kind of complete box.

6.0  Doctor Who: The Card Game NEW!

I honestly didn't expect much from this game, but it was surprisingly fun. The theme feels pasted on, and the art is pretty much photos from the show, but the game-play is solid. I lost horribly, but I feel there is a decent game here. I want to try it again to see if I can pick up on the strategy of it a but more.

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8.0  Quadropolis

Got a game of Quadropolis in finally. I still really enjoy this game. Next time I think we will try the expert mode.

8.0  Tiny Epic Quest x2 NEW!

This showed up on Saturday, so the wife and I played 2 game. I really like this one. Its easy to learn, has some great art, and has some great decisions to make. The push your luck aspect of it is really great, and the IteMeeples are just cool. All in all my favorite Tiny Epic game.

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4. Board Game: Mechs vs. Minions [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:37]
Board Game: Mechs vs. Minions
Fernando Robert Yu
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My weeklong trip abroad only gave me a chance to play 2 titles...

Wednesday-Saturday

Board Game: La Granja: No Siesta
La Granja: No Siesta = 4 Plays

I played a soloplay of this for 4 straight nights when I was in Indonesia. I found out that I misinterpreted a couple of wrongs wrong which kept my initial scores low and managed to get progressively higher scores, no doubt helped by the advanced helper tiles which I included in the last 2 games.

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The last game which ended up with my high score of 62 (you can see my earlier scores of 24, 48, and 50 in the scoresheet).

Sunday

Board Game: Mechs vs. Minions
Mechs vs. Minions = 2 Plays (NEW)

I finally had the chance to try out this gorgeously produced game with my sons Sherwin and Shawn, who were the reasons why I splurged on this title (which is ridiculously cheap for waht you get btw) as the boys enjoyed Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 and while this is really not a true legacy game it was intended to be played as a campaign and you only reveal additional components when you finish missions. It is a cooperative programmed action game where each player handles a mech and each turn drafts 1 or 2 cards (under time pressure in later missions) and then use these cards to slot into their command board (or scrap for a beneficial effect). Cards either move, turn, and/or attack and by stacking cards of the same color on top of the other you can actually level up an action (up to level 3). The main opposition in the game comes in the forms of over a hundred minion minis and while they only take a point of damage to kill each one adjacent to your mech each round deals your mech 1 point of damage in the form of cards. These cards either have a funky effect or are slotted on top of your command cards forcing your mech to do an action you may not want. Damage can be repaired by scrapping certain action cards or by repair points on the map. There is also a gigantic boss model which I assume to be fantastic (I have not opened it yet) and other hidden stuff which I look forward to revealing.

We only got to play the tutorial where Shawn picked Tristana, I used Corki, and Sherwin used Ziggs. It took us 6 minutes to destroy all the crystals and we made the mistake of packing the cards after the resolution of damage as we were supposed to continue the tutorial with the Minions appearing. We simply drafted again and it took us 9 minutes to clear the board of the minions, hence the reason I logged 2 plays instead of one. In any case the boys seemed to like it so this means we will be going through the actual campaign soon.

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Tristana, Corki, and Ziggs clear up the board of minions by the end of the tutorial.
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5. Board Game: Wiz-War (eighth edition) [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:764]
Board Game: Wiz-War (eighth edition)
A couple people showed up late so we only had time for one game of Wiz-War. But it was a good one. A very close game. Everyone was close to winning so the last 5 turns of the game were people burning cards to keep other players just out of reach from winning. Eventually we ran out of stops.

I love this game. But I think it has to be played with close friends or people who don't care how crazy the game is and don't mind trash talking strangers.

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6. Board Game: The Builders: Middle Ages [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1628]
Board Game: The Builders: Middle Ages
Nick Shaw
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A fairly good gaming week for me!

Game Group
Board Game: 7 Wonders
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7 Wonders - It being the 7th Anniversary of 7 Wonders' release this month, we had an appropriate 7-player game of this. It was new to 4 of the players, so we took things fairly easy. Even so, I only managed to come in 4th (I went for a strategy of completing wonders and getting a load of cash, but the player going for Science won the game, and 2nd and 3rd place players had gone heavy into the blue points cards; it was very close between 1st and 4th). Great fun, and the new-to-them players really enjoyed it.


Board Game: Dragon Canyon

Dragon Canyon - NEW - A game by a Taiwanese publisher, published in Chinese, which Sweet Lemon Publishing are due to publish in English some time later this year/early next year. We played using English paste-ups. It was a fun 4-player game, and not too long (just over an hour), though we felt a few building cards were not balanced in their resource cost, and had a few issues with resource balance in general. BUT we all enjoyed playing. I'm not much of a fan of the artwork (very Manga style, so schoolgirlified female characters with heaving bosoms and barely any clothing, while all the male characters are heavily-armoured and ripped - come on publishers, we can do better than that these days), but play style is fun and engaging, and not too complicated.


Board Game: Cauldron Master
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Cauldron Master - NEW - Finished up the night with a 3-player game of this kickstarter game that a fellow player had just received. A fun set collection / order-fulfilment type game where you get points for brewing potions using certain combinations of ingredient cards, which you acquire via turn-order-bidding each round. The bidding was fun, though the potion ingredients bonuses were a little unbalanced I felt, with how randomly they showed up in the drafting market area. May need a few more plays to properly judge the balance though, and it was quick and fun to play.


With the Kids
Board Game: Splendor
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Splendor - 2 games of this, one with just my 11-year-old daughter, and one with her and my 13-year-old daughter too (linking to the entries for these on the new Kids on Boardgames monthly geeklist!). I won the first game, quite handily, but we carried on playing through the point trigger and just went on until EVERY card was bought. Endgame score with this variant was 84 to 63, and it only took 10 minutes longer than the regular game. Second game, my 13-year-old won with a cunningly timed final move. Good fun game, though I really want some variety now, so I'm super-looking-forward to the forthcoming Cities of Splendor expansion (which comes with 4 expansions in the box), though I'm NOT looking forward to it costing more than the base game! Rule #1 of expansions, publishers: Make them cheaper than the base game. Or, if you're going to make multiple expansions, give us the option of buying those expansions separately so we can at least spread the cost and pick and choose the expansion(s) we like the look of the most!


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Board Game: The Builders: Middle Ages

The Builders: Middle Ages - NEW - Kind of a cheat, marking this as new. I own The Builders: Antiquity, and the Middle Ages version is pretty much the same game; Antiquity added some intersting tweaks, but at its core, the mechanics are identical. But this is new on BoardGameArena so I've been giving it a play on there. One game completed so far, which I came joint 2nd (dropping to 3rd on tie-break); had I realised it was the final turn, I would have spent all my money for 2 extra actions to complete my building to get an extra 5VP which would have given me 2nd place, and only a couple points of 1st. Darn it. Must pay more attention to the scores other people have! Still really enjoy this simple game of "order-fulfilment" (if that's a mechanic - completing 'orders' to get money/points).


Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang

At the Gates of Loyang - Not played this in a while, and some of the guys on the Dice Tower slack channel wanted to try it. We played 4 players, with 2nd, 3rd and 4th places tying for 2nd place; I came 3rd on tiebreaker (final scores were 14, 12, 12, 12).

It was a fun-ish game. I still don't entirely "get" it though. I need to play it in physical form to decide what I don't get; for one, the helpers really don't work well online as I can't easily check what they all do from my phone, so I never use them.


Board Game: Cacao

Cacao - A good 3 player game. I came a close last place, final scores 59 to 59 to 55. Quite how I was ahead every turn until the last two, then lost by 4 points, I don't know. I think it was when the other players blocked me out of most of the temples that did it.
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7. Board Game: Rhino Hero [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:700] [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
Board Game: Rhino Hero
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I got in 3 plays of Rhino Hero with my daughter. She has trouble with knocking the tower over when she gets excited about moving the Rhino, but she's learning well.
Board Game: Rhino Hero


7 Wonders Duel

My first play of 7 Wonders Duel. My wife beat me by keeping me scared of military and science the whole game, which let her do what she wanted while I was digging out of a hole. Very fun!

A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King

I won 2 games of this during our evening of learning the game. A pretty thinky little abstract game by Bruno Cathala. I enjoyed it.
Board Game: A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King


Five Tribes

I played 2 solo games of Five Tribes. My first attempt was a quick loss. On my 2nd play I knew the rules a little better and was able to squeeze out a poor scoring win, but it was an improvement. I enjoy the single player rules.
Board Game: Five Tribes


Battle Sheep

I played this with my daughter a few times. She understands the rules well, but doesn't worry about strategy at her age. She enjoys the different sheep artwork on each disc.
Board Game: Battle Sheep


Various Other Haba Games

A few other Haba games with the kids. They really enjoy the ones we have. Haba puts out a very good, age appropriate product.
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8. Board Game: First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1854]
Board Game: First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet
Patrick Hillier
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Met with Zach at d20 our gaming cafe. A bit warm, lighting could be better and table was little sticky.

We met to play First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet. Over-all meh rating. I mean the production was great and the app did some good things with making the event cards a little more mysterious than in Robinson. I was just confused by a lot of things that were not answered in the rules. I later read the 5 page FAQ on the intro mission and found out most of them were answered by play, but unfortunately that isn't very well explained in the book or app.

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We ended the night with Akrotiri. 2nd edition printing which is a good as the original. My most recommended two player game.


Friday was our German Club meet up

We started with the future kickstarter of Vegas Wits & Wagers that I picked up at Origins. The Vegas betting adds a lot of fun to the game that I already enjoy.

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We moved onto Auf Teufel komm raus which means the "devil comes out" a push your luck betting game from Zoch games. Lots of fun for a group setting like this.

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Ending the night with Bohnanza



Saturday

Game day at Funks.

The Cousins' War small area of control - war themed game.

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I then taught Chris Kingdomino. Cute little game that won some sort of award.


The group grew so I suggested Pit Crew. A fast paced car prep / racing themed game. Fun for a 15 minute large group filler.

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We broke up into groups for bigger games.

The Pillars of the Earth and Deus.

Then we ended the night with my first game of Pit. I didn't come in last which was about all I could do.


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9. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:36]
Board Game: Power Grid
James Moline
United States
Tampa
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Board Game: Power Grid
Power Grid - I managed to get a 5 player game of Power Grid in at this week's meetup. The game length cut it a little close for the time we had, but we managed to get it done under the wire. Two of us had played before (but only once, a long time ago), so I taught everyone the rules and we got going. We played the German map without the purple section on the bottom of the board. I chose my first city on the board last, which meant I pretty much had to snuggle up to one of the other players if I wanted any reasonably priced connections. My sister (a first time player), ended up all by herself in Duisburg. In retrospect, I think I should have started closer to her to try and mitigate all of the super cheap connections there. She ended up winning the game without too much difficulty. Everyone really liked the game, which is awesome. I'm hopeful that that means I'll be able to play it a little more often.
Rating: 8

Board Game: Mechs vs. Minions
Mechs vs. Minions - On Thursday evening, I replayed the 6th scenario in Mechs vs Minions. We managed to complete it successfully this time, but it really came down to the wire. This was a pretty difficult scenario for us to get through, and not really in a challenging "oh we screwed up here, we need to do better" kind of way. More of a "well, we didn't draw any forward movement this round" kind of way. Still, we had a good time with it.
Rating: 7

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10. Board Game: Feudality [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:3320]
Board Game: Feudality
Carthoris Pyramidos
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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I was preoccupied with other things this week, and barely played any games.

Prp and I are still playing the Summoner Wars matchup between Melundak Attack Pack and Moyra Moves Out. In game six, I came up with the beautiful strategy of sending Xaserbane to Moyra's back row, where he could serve as a Shadow Summoning point. It worked like a charm.

We also had one play of Feudality, in which we both maxxed out the VP track, and Prp won on the second tiebreaker condition (largest army).

I did take receipt of my order of the Ta-Seti expansion for Kemet, which I'd had wishlisted for years, and I had the gratification of punching it and integrating it with the base game, as well as reading the rules. But I'm not going to substitute acquiring games for playing them, I'll tell you that.
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11. Board Game: Yokohama [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:99]
Board Game: Yokohama
Keith Rudolph
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Langdon
Alberta
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Board Game: Splendor
We played 2 games of Splendor on Monday at lunch. I won the first game by a few points and lost the second game by a landslide.

Board Game: Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers
With a little bit of time left, we managed to squeeze in a quick 3-player game of Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers. There was a bit of a come from behind upset from the winner.

Board Game: Mystic Vale
We managed to get in 1 game of Mystic Vale that evening. I thought I was doing fairly well as I was able to collect most of the VP tokens from the pool... the problem was that I seemed to get very few cards that were worth any points themselves at the end of the game. Whoops! My wife, on the other hand, did not neglect that and was able to beat me, even before she scored for having the most spoil icons in her deck. She won this one 35-46.

Board Game: BANG! The Bullet!
Tuesday's lunch game was BANG! The Bullet! which went on much longer than any of us thought it would. One of the outlaws killed the renegade while I managed to confuse both outlaws into thinking my deputy was their partner long enough so that the sheriff could take one of them out. It took us quite a while to finall drag that last outlaw down but we were eventually able to overpower him.

Board Game: Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers
With only a little bit of time left, we managed to squeeze in a quick game of Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers. One wrong move on my part brought down the whole stack and really set me back. I came in dead last.

Board Game: Mystic Vale
My wife and I managed to work in another game of Mystic Vale that evening. I ended up giving her a few points; she had the hero where I could discard my on deck card at the cost of her getting a point from the box, and I took advantage of it a couple of times to get some trash out of the way. Between giving her those points from an already over-valued hero (worth 15 at the end of the game which is ridiculous), I also gambled on having 2 cards that would give me extra points for having the most spoil symbols in my deck at the end of the game. The big gambles ended up paying off in the end as I just barely snagged the win in this one with the final scores being 45-44. I think this is the first time we ever managed to win again against the player that has that hero.

Board Game: Dominion
Dominion was Wednesday's lunch game. I was able to force the end of the game before most people were ready for it after ensuring that I had enough points to take it. The closest person was 5 points behind me and everyone else a solid 15 points or so further down.

Board Game: Sushi Go!
One of the guys had borrowed Sushi Go! from a friend to try out, so we gave that a play next. I came in dead last.

Board Game: 7 Wonders
Thursday's lunch game was 7 Wonders. I thought I was doing alright until I looked over and saw one of my neighbours was sitting on a ton of science cards; I had ended up feeding him quite a few and never really paid any attention to it. Whoops! He won by a fairly good margin while I hung back in fourth place.

Board Game: Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers
There was just enough time to finish off lunch with a quick game of Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers. I did OK for a little while and then completely lost the knack for it, knocked over most of the structure, and pretty much paved the way to victory for the winner who had a really easy base on which to place his last piece.

Board Game: Sushi Go!
One final game of Sushi Go! in which I came in last.

Board Game: Exploding Kittens
One of the guys brought in Exploding Kittens which I had never played before. I suppose it's technically a game - just not a particularly good one. Or a particularly interesting one. There is zero strategy or depth to this one. We ended up playing 3 games of it. It was somewhat amusing to try and I feel like this is something that's going to make semi-regular appearances during lunch... I'm just not going to be the one to ever suggest this "game".

Board Game: Lorenzo il Magnifico
Finally back to some more interesting games! My wife and I played 2 games of Lorenzo il Magnifico on Saturday. These were only our second and third plays of it. She was a little bummed in the first game as she felt like she was really far behind for most of it. I had built up a quick little engine that could churn out resources rather quickly but really ran out of gas by the mid-point of the game as it couldn't produce enough and I needed to focus on other things. She finally got a chance to fire up the engine she had been working on and struggling to get resources for, only to see the thing produce points in spades. It was interesting watch her catch up so quickly. It looks like waiting to build up a really powerful engine and firing it once it's ready is certainly a viable strategy. I ended up winning by only 7 points.

For our second game, I had 2 goals in mind: get all 6 blue cards and get up to 30 on the faith track. None of my personnel cards lined up with these goals and the payouts for them made them not worth chasing. I ended up hitting both of my goals which was great because I was waaaaaay behind for most of the game (by 60+ points). The massive payoffs I got were fantastic but came at a terrible price of neglecting anything else that would give me resources and points. I wound up losing by 24 points this time around. So maybe going so heavy into both of those areas isn't such a hot idea, but it was worth trying.

Board Game: Yokohama
We finally managed to get our copy of Yokohama to the table as well! It didn't take long to get the hang of things; it's mechanically simple but takes a while to figure out why you want to go somewhere and how to go about building up your collection of goods. My wife really like the game for the first 2/3 but felt like it dragged on a little longer than it should which is odd, as she's usually happy with the length of things or saying that they end right as they get good. I think this is the first time I've heard her really say that a game overstayed its welcome. Part of this is certainly due to just learning the game; it took longer than the 90 minutes the box advertises simply because we were still figuring everything out. I'm hoping further plays help bring that take back in line with what it should be. I probably didn't help much at all as I was avoiding the port, knowing that we'd run out of cards before I was ready to finish my plan and collect a lot of points to secure my victory. That's pretty much what happened as well - my last move gave me 14 points which just put me ahead of her. I won this one by 11 points.
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12. Board Game: Orléans [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:25]
Board Game: Orléans
Evan Scussel
United States
Longwood
FL
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Board Game: Signorie
Board Game: Lords of Vegas
Board Game: Biblios
Board Game: Roll Player
Board Game: Trickerion: Legends of Illusion
Board Game: Port Royal


8.6Orléans NEW!

Orleans had been on my "want to play" list for quite some time, but I have started to resist the urge to buy games without having played them before in all but the rarest situations. When CSI had this in stock earlier this spring, I didn't pull the trigger. Now, it's out of print and rightfully so. This game is great. The game deserves its high BGG ranking because it is 1) easy to teach, 2) quick to play, 3) full of meaty decisions throughout and D) has multiple paths to victory. I lost because I didn't realize how important the Town Hall was for scoring. I thought everything centered around the multiplier track, so I exclusively focused on that. Still, despite hardly using the Town Hall and making a poor decision midway through the game, I finished second with a respectable score. The game has a pasted on theme, but the bag building is super fun. This one will find its way into my collection before the end of the year. I'm certain of that.

8.2Signorie NEW!

I picked up Signorie at Dice Tower Con for $25 at the CSI ding and dent sale. I'm a pretty big fan of What's Your Game as a publisher, so buying this was a no brainer. Largely, it did not disappoint. Signorie is a dice drafting game in which you use dice rolls to take five main actions using female meeples to get married into noble families while male meeples get trained in military, faith or politics and then get assigned diplomatic missions. If you keep your dice rolls under 13 each round, you are eligible for special bonuses. There are some unconventional mechanics in this game and needing both male and female pawns in almost even proportion is interesting and tough to manage. Everything feels well balanced. For instance, we played a three player game and everyone tried to get the end round bonus most times (I decided against it in round 2). However, I think you can go for all high pip dice all game long, forego all round bonuses and still do very well. However, I do think that first player advantage is huge in this game and some of the "recommended" variants are worth considering. For example, one of my opponents kept getting shut out of tiles he needed because he was unable to claim any that were on the board and they don't get swept each round. I think we might play a house rule on that next time. While I'm interested in exploring this one more, there was a general lack of "fun factor" for me that I can't explain. It wasn't due to lack of success as I won this game easily. Not sure why this one didn't really grab me. It's a very good game that will surprise me if it gets played more than 1-2x per year.

8.1Lords of Vegas

Another play of Lords of Vegas, my third play in the last three weeks. While I still love this game, I can see why it has it's detractors. Just like Vegas, you need Lady Luck on your side to win. I had a five plot brown casino for at least 75% of this game, yet a brown card NEVER came out of the stack once. One time, my wife reorganized and took the casino away from me for ONE TURN and of course on that turn, the card pulled was brown, netting her the five points. When the game ended, my wife won 54-26-20 and I looked at the bottom of the deck under the "game over" card and what did I see? Five brown cards! Nice shuffling Evan!

8 Biblios x2 NEW!

Biblios is another game I picked up at Dice Tower Con, this time in trade and another "new to me" game. I really enjoyed my two plays of this, once with four, once with three. I enjoy the imperfect information early on followed by the clever auction mechanic and dice manipulation throughout. This might be my new favorite filler. Super fun and easy to teach.

7.9Roll Player NEW!

I recently backed the Kickstarter for the Roll Player expansion (plus the base game) on the theme alone. I didn't request special shipping for my copy, so I'll get both the base+expansion in February. However, my buddy Tsar picked up the base game from the recent reprint, so we got it to the table.

I'm glad I backed this one. It was a ton of fun and I'm looking forward to Monsters and Minions. I liked this way more than Sagrada. It's just more my style of game due to the weight and decisions you have to make throughout. This is also WAY harder than Sagrada. The game is interesting, colorful, and challenging. If I have a complaint, it is that a lot of the aspects of the game compete with one another. For instance, your attributes card often competes with what you are trying to do with alignment or reputation. Also, some of the market cards give you points for doing things that are at odds with you character class objectives. This is a lot to take in for a first timer and can lead to AP as you don't know what path can result in the most points. I also found dice mitigation to be pretty difficult to manage and a bit frustrating. However, by and large, I loved the game and can see my rating increase over time. Plus, I love that the game can be played solo.

7.7Trickerion: Legends of Illusion

I taught and played Trickerion (base game) after a challenging experience playing the game for the first time using the Dark Alley at DTC. Unfortunately, despite doing much better this time around, I became even less enamored with the game subsequent to this play. I think this is a really good game, don't get me wrong. But the base game feels too short to me. I wish it was six rounds long. Just as I had the materials and tricks I needed to pull off some high fame illusions, the game was over. The Dark Alley has game breaking powers on every action card, which is a mechanic I tend not to like in games, so I probably wouldn't want to play it that way most times. When playing with Dark Alley, at seven rounds it is probably the perfect length and allows you to effectively build your engine, but takes too long to play. Plus, this is a fairly long teach and how you put on shows at the theater is not intuitive, even for experienced gamers, which can lead to confusing moments and frankly, hurt feelings when someone performs a show on Thursday in which you have placed the majority of your tricks. This is a game I am happy to play when it is requested, but I don't see buying for myself.

6.5Port Royal

Another disappointing play of Port Royal. This time I lost to a woman who was 1) not a hobby gamer and 2) so drunk she could barely speak coherently. I continue to believe this is a very luck driven game with little ability for gamers to impart strategic decisions to override the luck factor. But because the game is short, I'll play it a few more times to see if this pattern persists.
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13. Board Game: Xia: Legends of a Drift System [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:146]
Board Game: Xia: Legends of a Drift System
Kent Pritchett
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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This weekend was game night so I had a game of XIA with four other players. With five players there is a bit of down time between turns but I didn't find it too bad. My final third level ship I think was called the longhall, the one with the shuttle. I just found that to be so neat being able to park at the entrance of a planet and send the shuttle in to buy and sell goods. Sometimes I would use the shuttle to take a pot shot at the other players, or investigate a black hole without worrying. It made the ship fairly versatile and was very thematic. I played a solo game with the campaign and finally won and completed my first objective.

Board Game: Friday

The other game played this week was Friday, I finally won at level 4. It looked bad when I went into the red but took some big risk that payed off and managed to pull out a victory.
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14. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:657]
Board Game: Santiago
Tony Fryer
United States
Denver
Colorado
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No 18XX this week, but I am learning 18CLE, gonna get that played in a couple weeks I hope...

Amun Re
I have been wanting to play this game for quite some time. Knizia + auctions + Egypt = Tony should love it. I had never pulled the trigger on purchasing the game - yeah, me, a serial "game renter" never pulled the trigger. A couple of reasons for not doing that. I just had doubts about the game, nothing I can put my finger on, just guts. Also, I know my wife would hate the game - she's an auction hater. We love auctions in several of the game groups I hang with, so it would not be a problem to get played. Well, finally, some one in the group brought it and we played a 5-player affair.

Annnnndddd. Blah. It was like diet Vanilla ice cream. Bland and boring. There was just no tension in the auctions. Also the drawing of the Power Cards was super random and not in a good way. I just couldn't wait for the game to end. I am glad I never rented it, and I'll be glad to not hear it suggested again. If it is, I'll see what's happening at another table.

Santiago
I enjoy Santiago quite a bit. In the past I've only ever played with 5 players, but this session was with 4, so that was good to try. With 4 it wasn't as tight, but was not exceedingly open, everyone had a good time. The auctions were tense, and I enjoy this type of auction - it's like the turn order auction in Indonesia: you don't have to top the high bid, you're bid, whatever the amount, places you in a slot in the turn order.

The auction is deeper than just turn order. It is turn order for selecting plantation tiles as well as who will be the Canal Overseer and make the water decisions. With the tiles, there is thought to be had about what you want, the presence or possibility of water, what's the value of the groupings of plantations in play, who is in what grouping and are you behind them in score, save money to bribe the Canal Overseer or at least make his/her decision expensive.

Seriously, there's a lot going on for such a simple game. I remain a big fan. Eric and I finished in a tie! That was cool. It was his first play and I could see the wheels turning (plus, he must have had an incredible teacher *wink*).

For Sale
For Sale is so fast and so simple and so awesome! It is one of my favorite filler games. Two auctions in the game and the first sets up the second just so wonderfully! I get that same "one sets up the other" feeling from Biblios too. This For Sale session was a 6-player affair and I enjoyed all 20 minutes of it!

It made me recall that I gave my copy to my daughter - so, I need to get another copy!

Dominion x2
Yep, more Dominion got played - in fact, I introduced two new players to the game, all loved it - one of the new players kept saying "I really like this game" many times during the two plays. The other new player, about halfway through his forst game said "oh, I get it, this is awesome". So, much more Dominion on the horizon. We got a couple of diverse hands played. That is one of the things that I like a lot about the game is its diversity. Really, no two hands will be the same.

Coloretto x2
Silly little game, but a really cool one - fast, fun, filler.

Terraforming Mars x2
At game day, TM was requested by two groups of players, so I got in on both games! First up was a 5-player session, I taught 3 of those for the first time. They all enjoyed the game and no one AP'd - we played pretty quickly. Second game was three of us, all experienced - that was super fun!

Kindomino
Needed some filler time and this one never disappoints. Another fast and fun filler! I hear it just won some award?

Splendor
We really like Splendor over here, always have, always will. We like Century: Spice Road too (we play it a lot - it got played at game day this weekend too, but I wasn't in that session) - so no "gamicide" for us with respect to those two games.
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15. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:172]
Board Game: Cyclades
Jon Enns
Canada
Herbert
Saskatchewan
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Monday
Board Game: Entdecker: Exploring New Horizons
Board Game: Tenzi

Monday was "Jon & Lindy's 10th Mid-Summer Game Day!" We started off our day with Entdecker. It had been a long time for both of us since we last played this, and despite being rather long for this level of game, we both thoroughly enjoyed it. We used Tenzi as a start player game as we did for most of the day as indicated by the game images below.

Board Game: En Garde
Board Game: Tenzi

Next up was En Garde.

Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang
Board Game: Tenzi

Then we played At the Gates of Loyang.

Board Game: Patchwork
Board Game: Tenzi

We followed that with Patchwork.

Board Game: Pick Picknic

After that we played an old favourite, Pick Picnic.

Board Game: Hawaii
Board Game: Tenzi

Another game that we have enjoyed many times is Hawaii.

Board Game: Kingdomino

Later we played Kingdomino.

Board Game: Seasons
Board Game: Tenzi

Last game of the day was Seasons. Lindy usually wins but I won this time bringing our daily game wins to 4 each and 4 wins each of Tenzi. Perfectly matched!

Wednesday
Board Game: Kingdomino

Lindy and I played another game of Kingdomino.

Board Game: Pick Picknic

Melissa saw Pick Picnic was out and wanted a go.

Board Game: Finca
Board Game: Tenzi

Later Melissa and I played Finca with a game of Tenzi for start player.

Thursday
Board Game: Maori
Board Game: Tenzi

At noon Lindy and I played Maori and a game of Tenzi.

Board Game: Cyclades

In the evening Lindy and I learned Cyclades. It took long but we both wanted to give it another try.

Friday
Board Game: Dixit
Board Game: Dixit: Quest
Board Game: Dixit: 2012 Asmodee Special Cards

Lance and Stacey arrived for the weekend and together with Lindy and Melissa we played Dixit.

Saturday
Board Game: Scoville

I taught Lance Scoville in the morning.

Board Game: Cyclades

After lunch Lindy and I had another go at Cyclades. This time the length was much more reasonable - just over an hour.

Board Game: Dominion
Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue
Board Game: Dominion: Guilds
Board Game: Dominion: Dark Ages
Board Game: Dominion: Hinterlands

Melissa, Lindy, Lance and I played Dominion. We got a combination of cards we really liked so we left them out for a few future games.

Board Game: Tenzi

We then played 5 games of Tenzi. Melissa wanted to keep playing until she won.

Board Game: Traditional Card Games

In the evening we went to Stewart and Terry's place. They wanted to show off the basement that I just finished for them to my family. I was rather honoured. In the evening we played an 8 player game of Snitch.

Sunday
Board Game: RoboRally

Lindy, Stacey, Lance, Melissa and I played RoboRally in the patio.

Board Game: Jericho

Melissa and I played Jericho.

Board Game: Dominion
Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue
Board Game: Dominion: Guilds
Board Game: Dominion: Dark Ages
Board Game: Dominion: Hinterlands
Board Game: Dominion: Governor Promo Card

Melissa, Lindy, and I played Dominion with the same card combination, however, we pulled one card and replaced it with the Governor which is a favourite.

Board Game: Tenzi

We played 3 games of Tenzi at Melissa's request.

Board Game: Farkle

49 games played this week, 11 of these were expansions, 8 were start player games.
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16. Board Game: Star Trek: Frontiers [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:769]
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Board Game: Rialto

On Wednesday night we started out with a game of Rialto. Wendy, Steve and I had played it before and I taught Frank and Alain. Frank kept ahead on the doge track for most of the game while Alain avoided it altogether. Steve quickly got all his councilmen out of general supply and used that to generate victory points. I did pretty well on the bridges, moving up in VPs but, while I consistently played them I'm not sure I ever won the bonus...which cost me on one bonus tile. Steve had a well-balanced strategy and was the first to grab one of the district bonus tiles. Frank grabbed the second one. Wendy placed lots of councilmen in the districts. In the end, Alain and his no-doge strategy won the day with good points from buildings and district scoring.


Board Game: Broom Service

Next, Andre, Andrea, Charles, Bill and I played Broom Service. I brought Charles up to speed on the base game while Andre explained how things were changed in the advanced side of the board. It was my first time playing the advanced side and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, we weren't able to complete the game as our hosting institution was closing up. Interestingly, Andrea randomly selected her roles and had the lead when we closed up. Her random hand really threw a wrench in the works as there was no basis to guess which cards she might have. I think I was successfully "brave" only once and got gun shy later. Andre and Charles seemed particularly well-positioned to do well had the game ended after the 7th round. I will definitely have to explore the advanced side some more. Thank you Andre for suggesting the advanced side.



Gaming with My Brother
Board Game: Limes

One last chance to play a game with my brother during his visit and we picked a quick one that he's been interested in for a while, Limes. It was a learning game for him and his scoring was pretty even with 10 points from 2 farmers, 11 points from 2 fishermen, 11 points from 2 woodsmen and 6 points from 1 watchman. My scoring was distinctly slanted away from fishermen. My 43 points came from 1 farmers for 7 points, 3 woodsmen and 13 points from 2 watchmen. Now that I look at the scoresheet I notice I forgot to score a meeple so I guess the margin was better than 43-37. My brother enjoyed it enough to play a solo game afterwards, scoring in the 40s.


Solo Gaming
Board Game: The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game

[New to Me]
I've become a fan of The Dresden Files since hearing about this book series on the D6 Generation podcast. So, I was excited to get The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game and enjoy playing a game in this world. I had a chance to play it twice this week, both games using the Storm Front scenario in Apprentice mode but with two slightly different teams. In the first game I played with Harry Dresden, Karrin Murphy and Susan Rodriguez and won the game with 4 cases solved, 2 undefeated and 3 fate left. In the second game I played with Harry Dresden, Karrin Murphy and Michael Carpenter. This game was closer with 3 cases solved and 2 undefeated and needed the final showdown to secure the victory. So far, this has been enjoyable. It is a fairly static puzzle but I've enjoyed the manipulation of the tableau and the limited draws from the deck make it very tight. I look forward to exploring other character combinations and scenarios.


Board Game: La Granja: No Siesta

[New to Me]
Another new acquisition for me was La Granja: No Siesta. It is a nice little roll and write dice drafting game. I played it twice. In the first game I scored 39 points. This relatively low score was despite my making a setup error that didn't give the AI its first cart. In the second game I did much better scoring 59 points and beating the AI to getting first place for the second two cards. I have really enjoyed this game (although I'd like a more reliable way of keeping track of rounds). It offers enough ways to score and manipulate income to keep it interesting.


Board Game: Star Trek: Frontiers

[New to Me]
A third new game I got to try was Star Trek: Frontiers. I'd heard tons of great things about Mage Knight Board Game and thought the Star Trek theme might appeal to me more. After one play (assisted by watching some Box of Delights videos) I am really impressed and can see why Mage Knight Board Game is so well-regarded. I played the introductory scenario and ended up discovering the Borg Cube in my last chance. There are clearly lots of rules for me to clarify and I'll have to read the main rulebook pretty thoroughly but I'm looking forward to playing this more. I really enjoyed the deckbuilding elements and the levelling up.

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17. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:26]
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Board Game: Puerto Rico

Played Puerto Rico after a really long hiatus. It has probably been about ten years. My wife agreed to play which she hasn't done in a long time so everyone else was willing to learn. It was the first time for all of them. Five total players in a close game. Two points between first and second and two points between second and third. The other two were about ten points behind.

Board Game: Ticket to Ride

Another game getting to the table after a while. At least two years. Only two players but a close one. I beat my daughter just by having the longest train.

Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill

Everyone loves this game but this one was a little of a downer. We played the United We Stand haunt but the traitor seemed really powerful and won easily.

Board Game: Quarriors!

Quarriors is a fun game for us. Three players which my daughter won. We were al close but she got a good creature and won with eighteen points. Need some expansions for this we think.


SUNDAY
Board Game: Munchkin Zombies

Decided to get a game of Munchkin. It's usually either this or Munchkin Marvel. Five players which ended quickly. Two people shot up in level and everyone spent their card stopping one from winning. The other then kicked the door down to reveal a level one creature. Still fun.

Board Game: Quarriors!

Quarriors is a fun game for us. Four players which I won by emptying the fourth creature card. Definitely need some expansions for this. We play it enough and need some more variety.
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18. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:9] [Average Rating:8.30 Unranked]
Board Game: Twilight Struggle
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So, mid week we've been showing a little love to:
Haggis
Patchwork

and Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island - Which I have to say has lost a bit of its 'shine' to me. I mean, all the game mechanics are great individually, but as a whole experience it feels like a huge weight.. I was surviving easily enough, but for the last few turns, having not completed the objective, it started to feel utterly pointless... oh and while 'randomness' is fine, especially playing solo, when nearly everything becomes reliant upon it, it becomes a bit daft! Still, that's just my opinion and I know there are plenty of people who love it...

Friday..

We warmed up with an early afternoon game of Star Realms, which I easily beat Clare at...and then it was time for the main event..

Twilight Struggle - Our first two plays. The first of which I lost very quickly having forgotten that nuclear war loses the game. The second was a little more 'beefy' and for a while I was doing pretty well as the USSR... Mid war it all slipped away very quickly and Clare won again!

I actually felt like I'd spent the evening playing what would be my favourite game in ages... But then Saturday came....

Saturday..

Quartermaster General - This game is brilliant. Simple as that. It has the ease of understanding of Ticket to Ride, plays fast and yet has some fantastic historical touches. I think the 'response' cards are a stroke of genius especially when it sets off a chain of responses from each side. For two players I would absolutely recommend this game as,yes, it may well be about 'supply' but it has some really great elements.. Rather than getting hung up on inaccuracies, I really did enjoy moments like the Italian Navy wiping out the US fleet in the North Sea... Honestly I can't say enough good things about the game, even though I lost twice as the Axis player (we used the 'tournament' rules as it made for a quicker game)

Sunday (Clare's choice)...

Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 2 – India & Switzerland x 3 - Despite winning the first game, I went on to lose the first game. This is my favourite two player map after Nordic Countries so it's always good to get to the table.

Monday (today, Sam's choice)...

Star Wars: Imperial Assault - We're currently on our lunch break splitting up the two skirmish games that Sam wants to play today. His sister has gone on holiday, so I knew he'd choose to play this in her absence. I lost the first game, but only just and I did kill Luke which will always be fun (remember to an 8 year old these plastic figures might as well be real, so his little face when Darth force choked Luke to an early grave was a picture!!). My initial thoughts are that Skirmish games are much more balanced than main games, so I've bumped up my ranking on this one!

And later Clare and I have dug up Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game from the dust, so I'm looking forward to giving it another go!
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19. Board Game: Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:60]
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Clank

Was taught this by a couple reading through the rulebook and then them getting any clarification from the person who owned it. Well, I never went and read my copy so a wrong rule stayed. Needless to say once I found out the correct rule in my 6th play the game felt a lot more natural. Still deciding where it goes in my Top 50 after this. I still think it will stay put unless additional plays from it and others change my mind.

Stone Age

While I got a decent score, I had mentally checked out and was well into last place in a 3-player game. I continue to like it, but the person who has won in my two plays, self included, did the most with tools. Easy add to my Top 50 after another play though.
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20. Board Game: Raiders of the North Sea [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:83] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
Board Game: Raiders of the North Sea
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I picked up this KdJ nominee this past week. I played it as a 2P, and very much enjoyed it, though I strongly suspect it will play better with more people.

As an aside, I was pretty amazed at the quality of the components in the box, particularly considering the game's price point.

Speaking of which, I also played

Board Game: Dice Forge


twice. I watched people play the game early in the week, expecting to stay for about 10 minutes, then leave for home. I stayed for the entire game, after which I, and two of the players, went to the front of the game shop and bought a copy.

I would not have expected to like the game so much, but a combination of smart game design, very nice components, and an incredibly reasonable MSRP conspired to get me to pick it up.

Board Game: Century: Spice Road


I wanted to see what had people so excited about this game, so a friend lent her copy to me. Unfortunately, my fears about the game after reading the rules were confirmed. There's about five minutes of interesting game played out over 30-40 minutes.

For me, the only interesting part is drafting cards to make an engine. After that, it's just mind numbing repetition. I'm both glad I played it, and glad I played it only once. Definitely not for me.

Board Game: Valletta


A 4P, which seems to be the optimal number. I very much enjoy this quasi deck builder.

Board Game: Great Western Trail


I'm still learning new things about GWT every time I play. This was a very interesting 4P with loads of buildings built, lots of train advancement, and lots of cowboy movement. One person played a much stronger game than the other three and won by a fair margin.

Everyone delivered at least once to KC, so there was a fair amount of money injected into the game early on.

I continue to be fascinated, and suspect this will be my most played game of 2017.

Finally, one scenario of

Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous – Base Set


We won.

That's it...until next week.
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21. Board Game: Middle-Earth Quest [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:551]
Board Game: Middle-Earth Quest
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Hello, everyone! This week I had three good days of gaming - nice!

Monday
Santorini x1
Middle-Earth Quest x1
Mundus Novus x1

Santorini was a 3p game, which isn't the best number. The play was rather fast, though, since my Pan was able to be left alone in a corner and joyfully stepped down from the second story for the win.

MEQ is one of my top games. I love it. This time I played as Argalad, which I had never done before. The heroes mission was to kill Minions of Sauron - maybe the hardest one. Using a lot of effort and two battles, we manage to defeat the Black Serpent, but it returned due to a shadow card. That made everything so much harder. Still, we had some chance. But we wasted resources going after things we don't really needed, and with Argalad I made two bad choices: one, I went to the North, in order to battle with Gothmog, when I should be in the South and help Eleanor. The second one was in the last round, when I finished off the Mouth of Sauron, instead of taking out a Sauron's plot - I knew (or, at least, would bet on) by this time that Sauron's goal was to have three active plots - but I thought I would have another round to deal with this. But no. A shadow card made the Yellow marker advance two times and end the game, just after Sauron put his third plot on the board. If I did things differently, we would, at the very least, had a final battle (as the heroes wouldn't also be able to fulfill their goal). As it was, Sauron won!

Mundus Novus wasn't a pleasant play - one event kept triggering (because no player was interested in the card, so it remained in the first spot), the indians, which made trading cards for money much less attractive. Therefore, the game went on for too long.


Thursday
Battle Line x1
FaceEater x2
Parade x1
Homesteaders x1
Portobello Market x1
Mundus Novus x1
Formula Motor Racing x1
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar x1

I wanted to play Battle Line for quite a while. This was a tight fight, with both sides going to 4 flags, but mine army managed to win the last spot and was victorious.

FaceEater is, probably, the worst game I played in quite a while. It could be the worst one ever, but, at least its plays were rather fast, so it didn't take the lowest spot. But sure is the most chaotic.

Parade is always fun. And even though I took 4 majorities, I almost won.

Homesteaders is quite a fun game, and it should appear on tables more often, since is very smart, has a neat auction mechanic and is quite fast-paced. The play was fun, and three players tied in second place (or, in last)! I was one of them.

Portobello Market is so quick and easy that is a head-scratcher why I don't play it more often. Again I was second, but, had I managed my special scoring better, I could have won.

Mundus Novus came to table again, in order to take out the sour taste it left on the day before. And it did just that - the play was much quicker and more fun. It was even better because I won by making the perfect hand.

FMR was dusted, but we took it out of the shelf for a spin. While I didn't win the race - finishing in second, after the Red bot, I had the best position among the humans, so I consider a win.

In Tzolk'in things were, uneven. I went with the Huracan tribe, which seems very good, but wasn't able to use them properly. After the first scoring, one player jumped so much ahead, since he was first in the three gods tracks - and without all that much effort, all that was needed was three, four advancements - that the rest of us thought what we could do to close the gap. Answer: nothing. But that was because the player continued to crush, getting resources, advancing more in the tracks and using resources to make monuments. In the end, he won by a wide margin - enough so that, if I, that finish second add the score of the fourth place player, I still wouldn't reach him! It was nice the play Tzolk'in again, as I was quite some time ago since my last play.


Wednesday
Arkham Horror x2

Two solo plays of Arkham Horror. I went with two investigators in both plays. In the first, I got close, with four seals and were near to get the last two - and Trish took out two Rumors! But Yog-Sothoth awoke and won somewhat easily the final battle. In the second, I didn't do much - only three seals before Bokrug awoke. I had taken out one Being of Ib, so there was some fight, and the two investigators - Tony and Diana - actually did a pretty good job, taking out 12 dooms - however Bokrug started with 18, so it won in the end.


And that was it!

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22. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:532]
Board Game: Kingdom Builder
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Solo and online gaming this week.


Solo Plays

Kingdom Builder - Played 3p. Interesting game with Fishermen, Miners and Farmers but three nomad boards.

Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game - 3p Hadley's Hope, one drone per objective. Lost badly, barely completed the second objective.


Online Plays

Haggis x2 - Really enjoying this game. Finally started a 3p game, will probably only play 2p online from now on. Would be willing to play 3p in person.

Race for the Galaxy x2 - I won on good card luck, but got crushed in the rematch. Played a little keldon AI as well, I'm an not very good at this game.

Machiavelli x2 - Appears the strategy is to draw a big hand and setup to go out all at once. Losing it's appeal.

The Builders: Middle Ages - Tried this one, it does remind me a Splendor, but I like the clean nature of Splendor better.

Jaipur - Very tense and exciting game that I squeaked out.
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23. Board Game: Star Wars: Destiny [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:438] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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My buddy and I have been playing this with the starter sets and a few boosters. Saturday we ventured out and bought a booster case of the awakenings and decided to split the 6 legendary cards.
It was a good deal for us. We played two games in which he beat me both times, but now we can construct better decks and take the game to the next level.

Splendor
I generally dislike Splendor. Something about it is just too simple and thoughtless. I have been tempted to trade it away but my wife and friends like it. So, I broke it out again for a four player game. While I did come within one turn of winning, I still think the game is OK at BEST. Still, the rest of the group enjoys it, which is enough for me.
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24. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:761]
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Hi everyone,
I hope you are all fine and I hope you had the same gaming week we had...
So we are in holidays in Kent, England and for the first time they told me I haven't brought enough games
So during this week we bought Power Grid and Mysterium...
So here is what we have played this week (sorry for not adding the links and the pictures to the text because I am writing from my cellphone, this will be done later )

On Monday
1 Bento Blocks 3-player game
3 Can't Stop Express 3-player games
1 Bento Blocks 2-player game
1 Ticket to Ride : Great Lakes 5-player game
And finally 1 Res Publica 5-player game

On Tuesday
1 Bento Blocks 2-player game
2 Can't Stop Express 3-player game
1 Power Grid (German map) 5-player discovery game.

On Wednesday
1 Circus Flohcati 3-player game
1 Res Publica 3-player game
1 Power Grid 5-player game

On Thursday
Special day as we went to Rochester to go to a Board Game café called Playopolis. We discovered 2 games.
1 Chinatown 5-player game
1 Dice heist 5-player game
2 Black Stories.

On Friday
1 Ticket to Ride : Great Lakes 5-player game
1 Res Publica 5-player game

On Saturday
We decided to go back to Rochester to Playopolis :-)
1 Artificium 5-player game
1 Chinatown 5-player game
1 Dice Heist 5-player game
1 Dobble 5-player game

On Sunday
1 Res Publica 4-player game
2 Ticket to Ride : World Map 3-player game
1 Can't Stop Express 3-player game
1 Res Publica 5-player game
1 Ticket to Ride 4-player game

This was our biggest gaming week this year. It also resulted in having three of our 10x10 Normal Challenge completed (Res Publica and Ticket to Ride).
We now have more than 53 games plaued in our challenge.

Thanks for reading
Have a nice gaming week
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25. Board Game: 1846: The Race for the Midwest [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:458]
Board Game: 1846: The Race for the Midwest
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Not much gaming this week, but a couple longer games...


Monday

Age of War (1)

Saturday

Age of War (1)
Power Grid: Deluxe (North America) (1)
1846: the Race for the Midwest (1)
Saint Petersburg (Second Edition) (1)


Not much to say this week, and not much time to say it in, but here's a quick summary:

Mrs. Drazen once again continues to dominate at Age of War; I beat someone else on Saturday.

Power Grid was a 3 hour slugfest, and we actually had an extra region in play by mistake (I forgot Deluxe has 7 regions, not 6, on the maps). I cannot imagine how awful it would have been with an even tighter squeeze with those connection costs!

1846 saw a player win in only his second game ever. He and I both had a huge share payout advantage. Player three pushed to buy a green and a brown train in OR2.2, but it backfired, as we had enough to get permanent brown trains as well. The winner had over twice the train rusher's net worth at game end. I finished a few hundred back after an ill-fated start with a cheap GT (when I should have been running an expensive IC instead). Live and learn.

Saint Petersburg was my best performance, but I narrowly missed out by 3 VP as the winner had a big blue lead. I got out more blue buildings eventually, but only made up ground in a couple rounds. We both had 10 nobles. I pushed the end thinking I might catch him with only 9 nobles, but he got 10. In retrospect, I should have let it go one more round -- I would almost certainly have won in that case, with better income and VP production.

The upcoming week looks to be even thinner on games... just online and an 18xx.
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