GCL Swedish Meatball Division #320: What Comes After
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1. Board Game: The Wine Game [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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I enjoyed a delicious bottle of wine this week with a friend who had recommended it (2014 Bodegas El Nido 'Clio' from Jumilla, Spain). This bottle was just about perfectly suited to my preferences: bold, complex, punchy with dark fruit and oak, and capped with an excellent finish. It's on the pricier side, but not outrageous. It was so good that it's hard for me to imagine anything better suited to my tastes at or above that price range.

What's your favourite wine? If you're not a wine drinker, pick some other type of alcohol.
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2. Board Game: The Phantom of the Opera Mystery Game [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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I went to see Phantom of the Opera last night. I hadn't seen it live before. I don't see a lot of live theatre, but I almost enjoy myself when I do. Maybe the fact that I rarely go makes me enjoy it more when I do. I think I like Wicked more than Phantom--Phantom feels like a tragedy but doesn't end like one--but the music and the sets are spectacular.

Do you like live theatre? What's your favourite production?
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3. Board Game: Baseball Highlights: 2045 [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:378]
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Until recently I had never been to a professional baseball game. I fixed that by attending two: one with Tom, the other with my current girlfriend. Both were in Seattle against the Blue Jays. It was an amazing atmosphere, more of a home game for the Blue Jays than the Mariners given the composition of the crowds. Couple that with beer and peanuts, and it was easily my favourite sports experience.

The girlfriend and I went to a Vancouver Canadians game last week too. I think we'll make attending sports games a regular thing, since we're both fans of the same sports.

Do you attend professional or semi-professional sports games? Which ones? How often?
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4. Board Game: Treadmill [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Some people are more driven by exploration and discovery than others. Their hedonic treadmill seems to run at a faster speed setting. How fast is your hedonic treadmill? Are you easily satisfied?
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5. Board Game: BGG: The Board Game [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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I've found it difficult to maintain my enthusiasm for BGG as of late. Despite playing an enjoyable new game with Tom while in Seattle(Hanamikoji), I dont' have any desire to explore new things. I'm happy with what I know and what I have.

And that's greatly impacted my involvement with BGG.
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6. Board Game: The Cottage of Content [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Once you have what you want, should you stop looking?

Interpret that question however you like.
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7. Board Game: Firefly: The Game – Wash's Lucky Dinosaurs Promo Card [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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Hacienda x2. This was the Monday night selection, a game I enjoy and was just thinking we hadn't played in a while. We got some surprising bad news Monday: the restaurant/bar where we meet is closing. In fact, it's closing before next Monday! So we're in search of a new location. Fortunately, three years ago we were scouting for a new location and bounced around town to a number of places, so we're reverting to one of them for the coming Monday, when further thought will be given to our long-term plan.

10 Days in the USA
. My mom usually visits midweek and we try to manage some kind of gaming, even if it's just a little short something. Currently our MO is that we have a list of ten games, and every week we roll a d10 to pick what we're playing. We play the game and cross it off, and she adds a game to the bottom of the list.

Aquatic Hanabi, at which we put on a 25-point fireworks display to celebrate the safe return of green 5! We're not sure exactly what happened, but an apartment-complex employee had found it at the pool, and came to my friend with "Hey, is this one of your puzzle pieces?" Close enough, dear muggle, close enough.

We're really lucky that we've played this much aquatic Hanabi without ever losing anything. Of course the Hanabi Rescue Specialist is on standby for retrieving tiles that fall overboard. But one of the greatest danger points is when we've played one or more games, intend to play more later in the swimming session, and put the Hanabi table (with tiles still out) in drydock on the side of the pool. On at least two notable occasions, the good ship Hanabi has been raided by marauding small children; both times we spotted them and got the tiles back, but it was a close thing.

Roborally and Firefly at another friend's monthly games night. There was the usual what-to-play dithering at the start of the evening. A Yokohama table formed. Discussion continued. I was being noncommittal and hoping for something fun to happen. Then we hit the magic moment when four people had said the word "Roborally." We ended up with a good 7p game on the Cross and King of the Hill boards.

Then there was more what-to-play next, and we were clearly splitting into two tables. I was seriously considering helping to simplify the problem by going home early, because I was tired, but then the host said "Firefly," and I said "I'm in." It had been way too long, and indeed I see it had been a year and a half! We played the "Respectable Persons of Business" scenario. The goal is roughly to be the first to make $12k. I had a strong lead at 6k, then went backward, and ended the game with negative ~6k. Good times, though! Games night ran till 2 in the morning, but I had no regrets about not going home.
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8. Board Game: Hanamikoji [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:255]
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We played Hanamikoji for the first time - thanks to QwertyMartin and other Meatballs for the suggestion. It's a clever little game, but it had the same problem as many of our other simple directly-competitive games, namely it was brain burning. Husband and I are so closely matched and so competitive that the game ended up like world championship chess, which is great, but not necessary what you want every play. We couldn't play it twice in succession and it's unlikely to replace Jump Drive as a 'waiting for the oven to preheat' game. It's simply too intense. It's worth mentioning that our 'heaviest' and 'most brain burning' game remains Thurn & Taxis. The first person to make a minor mistake loses.

Spirit Island arrived from Kickstarter. We played it once yesterday, but - despite the 90 minute time estimate on the box - it seemed to take most of the afternoon. This may have been because I was supervising a crawling baby. It may have been because we were playing on full difficulty first time out the gate. It could have been because we were tired. Either way, we lost to blight and immediately wanted to play again. It seems to be a fascinating and challenging complex coop, which may possibly be on par with our best heavy coops Mage Knight, Robinson Crusoe, and Galactic Strike Force. I also love the novel theme of elemental spirits chasing European colonists off their island. The graphics, spirit powers and theme reminded me of Princess Monokoke or Nausicaa. Watch this space.

Having adored City of Iron: Second Edition last week, I promptly researched Ryan Laukat's back catalogue. I couldn't decide whether to get Near and Far or Above and Below. Since I'd just been commissioned to write some website text and a feature, and to produce two conferences, I bought both.
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9. Board Game: Kingdomino [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:187] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
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Games night

Unusually, started with a 2p game - 13 Minutes: The Cuban Missile Crisis. 13 Days was already highly abstracted and I think this microgame version might go too far for me. Seems like it could be interesting if both players knew the cards, but I think I'd rather play Khmer or Hanamikoji than put that effort in.

We then paid tribute to the new SdJ winner with parallel tables of Kingdomino. It's not perfectly suited to my tastes but it's a worthy winner - so accessible.

Polterfass continues to be a real winner - should be better known.

Honshū was new to me and didn't particularly impress. It's billed as a spatial trick-taker, but like Pi Mal Pflaumen, it's much closer to an auction and a slightly limp one at that since there isn't much differentiation between the items bid on. The individual puzzle part of it is quite neat though - 'patching' cards over and under each other to build a city.

Sooo many games at the moment where you only interact to get things that you then piece together in a solitary manner. For me, they live or die by how easy it is to see what your opponents need. Without that, I'd rather just have true multiplayer solitaire like NMBR 9 and Take it Easy.

A rousing 9p 6 nimmt! to finish - next play will be my 150th.

Lunchtime gaming

Jump Drive

Crokinole x2 (still undefeated)

Movable Type - nice second play of this ultra-simple drafting wordgame. It's fun building towards a big final word - this time my winner was BLEATINGS.

Home

Jump Drive x23 - Effie's got chickenpox so it's been a quiet weekend for us. Fit in a quick couple of Jump Drives last night, taking one each. I was pleased with my peaceful uplift/alien strategy in the first but my military build-up in game 2 was not rewarded with worlds to conquer.

EDIT: and one more. Sarah has cautioned me against ruining it with any future expansions like I did with RFTG
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10. Board Game: Time of Crisis [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:948]
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It's not often that my gaming pulse goes above 60 beats a minute for a new game. Yesterday afternoon it flickered towards a hundred during my first play of Time of Crisis, and this for the potential of the game as I played the short game against one opponent. I think it's going to be a great chaotic and tactical free for all that you are trying to impose some direction on by the deck building part of the game. Looking forward to a second play with three , preferably four.

Also had a second play of Hit Z Road which is a fab push your luck/auction game.

First play of King Domino - clever but the pulse stayed at 60.

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11. Board Game: Journey to the Center of the Earth [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:3521]
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A week with Miska and Veronika:
In the last week of my extra holiday I was with Miska and Veronika, and while we did have some extra programs (zoo, zoo cafe) we always played with Miska when during Veronika's daytime sleep.


 7.3   Ticket to Ride: First Journey (Europe) x2
Showing how good this adaptation is, Miska prefers playing it over the big thing right now.

 7.5   Kingdom Builder x2
After learning the game with Marshlands, Miska was curious so I taught him the base game - all the 8 boards and 6 of the aim cards. I won one of the games by lots of points but he won the other.

 6.5   King Arthur: The Card Game x2
It's Miska's favorite but I prefer playing it with the advanced rules (he does not), so by my request we played it that way the second time. Now I checked, the last time we played with the advanced rules was a year ago and then, just like now, he won.

 7.2   Tobago
He was quite bored, probably because he didn't really feel the tactics yet - I won by 64:38 but even I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped. I think the part that should bring the most pleasure - distributing the treasures, woohoo! - is too procedural. Take off the treasure, draw cards according to the number of the markers, add one card, look at them, shuffle them, reveal them one by one and decide if you want to keep them in player order, repeat until cards or markers are over or a cursed treasure is revealed, play a new card at that treasure, reveal new amulets on the sheashore, turn the statues clockwise. It's just too much, it kills some of the fun the game otherwise has. However unusual (novel?) and beautiful the game is, it can§t soar because of all these steps you have to keep in mind.

 7.5   Château Roquefort
 8   Cheesy Gonzola

 6.8   Journey to the Center of the Earth
In three mornings we watched the Back to the Future trilogy with Miska as I guessed he is at the right age for it (I've seen each movie a few times many years ago; now rewatching them I still enjoyed them pretty much, though I found the middle one pretty much inferior to the other two, even awkward or cringeworthy at times). In the third movie Doc refers to Jules Verne a few times and then I told Miska about Jules Verne and we ended up playing this game. Rüdiger Dorn is ready to admit he's not the best when it comes to adapting stories to board games and just like Hobbit - Enchanted Gold, this game is also about moving forward in the story and collecting sets (so the player who collects the most valuable sets wins in the end). While I could keep on explaining the similarities between Dorn and Knizia games, this is a clear difference: in the rare cases Knizia wants to tell (adapt) a story (and I'm not talking about the numerous abstracts that got a franchise-themed update) he tries to make an abstraction of the story elements and themes, Whatever, this is a Dorn game and while he's really better when not adapting a story, Miska also likes Enchanted Gold and I think this is a fair game as well. The main part of the game is about descending and collecting fossils and minerals. Also this is the part where you can collect the most stuff to be discarded later. Then, during a shorter journey on a boat, players have some encounters (and discard or gain fossils) and finally, in a very short part (ascending via the lava of the volcano) they discard a few cards that would have scored them points. That's it, I'm not sure there is much depth to it, but as a family game it works fine.

 7.1   Kingdomino x2
After we watched the live broadcast of the SdJ ceremony Miska wanted to give this one a try. I was somewhat surprised, as I had already played the game 10 times with various family members (Saci, Borcsa, my sister, my mother) but it turned out I never played it with him. As we played two-player I taught the game with the official 7x7 variant rules (I do think the game is way better this way). And now I met the first player who was enthusiastic after first play (no one hated it before but it wasn't requested for repeated play either). And he won one of the two plays.

 7   Backgammon x2
The success of Tatsu brought the revival of Backgammon. And I prefer this one in certain aspects - but not in the endgame which can be pretty boring if a player has a clear lead. Tatsu is more fun in this department.

 7.5   Fauna junior x2 NEW!
I found an opened-but-never-used copy of it cheap and I thought the kids are at the right age for this. It's a very good adaptation of Fauna to kids, and while some questions are easy, there are questions hard to answer. Instead of dry numbers and map knowledge, players answer the questions 'what kind of surroundings does it live in? Forests? Hills? Rivers? Does it lay eggs? Does it eat only plants? Is it heavier than a glass of orange juice, but lighter than a (2.5 kg) bag of potatoes? And the answer is not even as easy as one might think (e.g. does the anaconda lay eggs? Does a giant panda only eat plants?). Some of the tactical decisions are taken away (e.g. you need to choose an answer in each category) but it's still got that Fauna feel. It's good!


Family party in the weekend:
Visiting Saci's family, celebrating a few birthdays and playing a little there. Of course two of the three games below were given as a present by us previously, and the kids knew all the games.
 

 8   Spooky Stairs
 6.5   Big Pirate
 7   Drachenhort


Sunday morning plays with Veronika:
When the older kids watch something scary for Veronika (this time, Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds) one of us goes to the kids' room to play something with her. This time it was me and she just kept opening the boxes of all the board games she can play as a 3-year-old.

 6.5   Viele Tiere
 6   Pino Sortino
 7   Orchard
 7   The Little Orchard
 7   Dreaming Dragon
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12. Board Game: Council of 4 [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:988]
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.NA. Council of 4 - 4 Players
.NA. Valletta - 4 Players
_9_ El Grande - 5 Players
_9_ Battle Line - 2 Players
_6_ Herbaceous - 2 Players
_6_ Liar's Dice - 6 Players
_6_ Rise of Augustus - 4 Players

With the kids...
_8_ Near and Far - 3 Players; 3 Players
_7_ Circus Flohcati - 3 Players
_6_ Herbaceous - 3 Players
_6_ Fauna - 6 Players
_6_ Reiner Knizia's Decathlon - 2 Players
_6_ Batik - 2 Players
_5_ Sharp Shooters - 3 Players



(1) Council of 4, Valletta - Played both of these new-to-me games last Sunday with 4 players. Valletta was first and it's a newer game that is basically a deck-builder with some other tableau-building and point-scoring on the board (the board is really just a grid of cards). It was a good game and one I'd play again. Council of 4 is a snowballing game where players string things together and get the bonus from each location for everything in the string. I enjoyed my play and would try it again, but I doubt it's the sort of game I'd want to play a lot.

(2) Near and Far - Azalea expressed interest in this game as she also liked Above and Below. Dane and I played the intro game with her on Friday night and then all of us played the next full game in the campaign on Saturday. We loved having all four of us at the table and it also kind of created a long, long play. The kids really slowed down as the game progressed. We're thinking next time we may play half a game then break and play the next half another day. It worked better with three in terms of length of game.

(3) El Grande - I've read other Meatballs (I think) indicate that they wouldn't want to play this game with 5 players. I still can't imagine playing it at any other number. The area-scoring game requires that 5 players are all pushing and pulling, IMO. This was a great round with one player running away and everyone else pulling him back. In the end, he was able to do just enough to get the win but it was in doubt.

(4) Herbaceous - My birthday was last week and my family and I went to the game store to use my b-day discount and I picked this up. I like the simple components and simple rules. It's not a bad game, but also so light that I'm not sure I'll want to keep playing it. It's a nice looking game and I may have snapped it up too quick.

(5) Sharp Shooters - Hadn't played this in 3-4 years and played it with Marie and Ivory. It's not bad, but it's okay. I'm getting rid of it as I look for more games to drop from the collection. This one has been hanging around a long time and not getting played... that's a good reason to let it go.
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13. Board Game: Valletta [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1721]
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Listen son, heed my tale
i had position, but a gale
swept through and changed from black to white
So never think that you're immune
The game can and very soon
you're always on the brink this fight
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Oh man. I don't know what happened, but Hurricane Megan swept through and had the first 3-1 we've had in a long time. And my one was just setting up her third. It was brutal, and thoroughly enjoyable.

Valletta 2p x1

Like a junk food baron I
must figure the proportion of
good to garbage to apply
to make them work like hand in glove
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An interesting deck builder with a shared SPATIAL market (more spared spatial things please)that is also a shared building space, and an interesting conceit: Deck thinning costs you actions in the final round. However, it's short, it's quick, and I am enamoured of its system, and the interesting considerations re: deck cycling and your hand- especially with the only 3 actions from a 5 card hand. Megan and friend seem unamused, however. I did very much enjoy a moment when my friend stole a lynchpin from my deck- reducing a drubbing to a mere spanking.

Polterfass 3p ww x1

You want to drink you greedy sow?
That's too much beer- I disallow.
Besides I'm far too drunk to stand
these barrels upright by my hand
No beer for you yells publican
like health and a republican
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Oh man. What a brilliant little dice roller with adorable components! There's a neat little undercutting, blind bidding, pyl mechanic that rolls all three of those into one fast falafel. I only wish we had one more player, as with three it was perhaps a little too swingy at times, and safe at others.
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14. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:925]
Joshua Kuhlmann
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 7   TransAmerica NEW!
 3   Concordia NEW!
 7   Via Nebula

At Home

 N/A   Traditional Card Games x2
 7   Adaptoid x2

The meetup I attended last week started out with a group of 5. The group regularly started off with TransAmerica and I had never played the game before, so we gave it a go. It's a great game, way better than Ticket to Ride (and I don't care what you think about nongamers, most of the nongamers I introduce TtR to think the game takes too long because they all play very slowly). Shared incentives, mm; I didn't know this was originally a Winsome title, but it makes sense. Why are not people playing more? I tied the game for first with a player (P) I hadn't seen in a while who usually outperforms me.

P had also brought Concordia, which I was interested in playing after hearing it covered in a Long View episode. The mutual production and cards as VP multipliers sounded cool, but... it was not. (I didn't know soulless Euros got covered on the Long View! I thought people who liked them just moved on to the next one after a few months. But people are still playing this! Why!?) P built lots of cities in different places, got efficient production, and focused on a few card types, I bought cards like there was no tomorrow and continually ran out of money. The game ended in another tie (120-120) between P and myself, but I had the tiebreaker/doubler thingy. OK mutual production was fine and diplomat sequencing was moderately interesting but really, why would anyone play this.

P and I finished up with a game of Via Nebula 2P, which did not end in a tie. That is still a great game, and one I'd be happy to play more even if 2P isn't its strong suit. I developed more, spent less time laying tiles, and built an extra building leading to a pretty lopsided 29-21 score.

At home, I played a few rounds of Speed with my brother and I introduced him to Adaptoid, spotting him a capture as a handicap. I won the first game by eliminating him, but the second game he just traded several times and won through the handicap stone (he pronounced this result "boring"). As a first approximation, giving somebody a free capture works but I suspect it is not at all robust to any sort of high-level play. Still an enjoyable game, and if I do end up giving somebody else a handicap stone I'll make sure to be more careful about trading.
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15. Board Game: Mini Mölkky [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:3650]
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 8   Skull
 6   Love Letter
 7   FrogRiders x2
 8   Coloretto x2
 7   Century: Spice Road x2 NEW!
 8   Mini Mölkky NEW!
 5   Trickerion: Legends of Illusion NEW!
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 6   PitchCar
 10   Go x3
 8   Number Rumba
 9   Quantum
 N/A   Bridge NEW!
 N/A   Chicken Cha Cha Cha
And one play of Gulo Gulo from today.

You know. Just playing some games. Ask if you're interested in anything specific.
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16. Board Game: Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1465]
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Labyrinth x3 - Tablet games were what we played while travelling. I had installed this one long ago and forgotten about it. For some reason, though she had never heard of it, MC wanted to play it. So we did. Turns out she likes it. It shows up in thrift shops on the regular so I imagine it will end up on my shelf at some point or another. Perhaps I'll enjoy it more that I used to.
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