GCL Beehive #200: Two Hundred!
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1. Board Game: 200 Jahre Montgolfieren [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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A bit of history... What was happening where you live 200 years ago?
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2. Board Game: 200 Miles from Moscow [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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Geography time... Is there something or somewhere 200 miles (give or take) from where you live that you are particularly interested in, or want to visit?
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3. Board Game: 200 [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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I'm pretty sure some of you have played some games 200 or more times. If you have, what is your favourite game that you have played that many times, and do you still play it? If not, what games (if any) can you imagine playing that many times?
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4. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1586]
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A fair bit of gaming last week, some with Miss B, some with friends at work and at home, and a great mostly-casual games day at a friend's house.

 7   Koi Pond: A Coy Card Game - Looks beautiful and plays well, went down pretty well at work.
 7   Tides of Time - My game designer friend at work and I seem to have fallen into having semi-regular "show & tell" lunchtimes, and as he has been experimenting with drafting, this seemed a good choice.
 7   Wibbell++ - The "Dominell" game that Miss B and I dreamed up a couple of weeks back.
 5   Modern Naval Battles: Global Warfare - Really not my sort of thing this, it felt really clunky to me, but we had fun playing it, which is the important thing.
 7   Harbour - Good fun, I should get this to the table more often.
 7   BraveRats x3 - A coffee shop session with Miss B.
 N/A   Wordsy - It took me a couple of months, but I finally got around to playing this and it's really rather good.
 6   Watson & Holmes - Not convinced by this, but the post-game chat was a lot of fun.
 8   Sushi Go Party! - There seemed to be a lot of miso soup around!
 7   Small World - I have this down as a "real fun once in a while" game, and this was fun.
 8   Mississippi Queen - A real blast from the past, and we had a great 5-player game with much barging each other around.
 8   Lords of Waterdeep - I've still not got around to playing the expansion, but I really like the base game.
 N/A   Giftmas with the Grimms - Really pleased to get a 6-player game of this using the new "Dungeon Abbey" rules, which went down very well.
 8   Codenames x2 - I'm still terrible at Codenames, but it's still great fun.
 7   Spot it! x2 - A quick couple of plays with Miss B while the dinner was cooking.
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype x3 - One of my solo designs, and I still haven't beaten its current iteration; I think it may not be possible!

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5. Board Game: Dog [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2408]
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A modest amount of gaming for me last week. We did have some fun playing games with a visitor from Taiwan. No new to me games.



 9.5   Dog x2
 8.0   Schnipp Es! x2
 9.0   Cockroach Poker
 7.5   Conejos en el Huerto
 7.0   Crappy Birthday
 8.5   Deep Sea Adventure
 7.2   Duck, Duck, Bruce
 7.0   Heckmeck Junior
 8.3   Heimlich & Co.
 7.0   Machi Koro
 7.5   Machi Koro: Großstadt-Erweiterung
 5.0   Memory
 N/A   Mission Impractical
 6.5   Sleeping Queens
 3.5   Spot it!
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6. Board Game: Lascaux [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2524]
Murray Fish
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 8.8   Battle Line
 9.4   Wings of Glory: WW1 Rules and Accessories Pack
 7.7   Splendor x4
 8   Lascaux x2
 8   For Sale x3
 N/A   Battleship
 9.3   Zombie Dice 2: Double Feature
 7   Sitting Ducks Gallery
 8.3   Machi Koro x2
 6.8   Loopin' Louie x12

We hosted a gaming family to stay over at Schloss Fish on the weekend and between various other activities we played some games with the kids and then more until nearly 2.00am with the adults.

The main game was a 4-a-side Wings of Glory: WW1 Rules and Accessories Pack where everyone else wanted to be the Entente and I was the Germans. The game progressed well with the RFC being shot from the skies and them the tide turned with the two French fliers accounting for the cream of the Luftstreitkräfte. As players were knocked out they could either join the other side or sit out and take a rest.

The kids also enjoyed Loopin' Louie, Machi Koro, Sitting Ducks Gallery and Zombie Dice 2: Double Feature. Both the adults and the kids enjoyed sessions of For Sale and once the little ones were abed and (finally) asleep we played a few rounds of Splendor and then I introduced the other couple to Lascaux. Lascaux is, for my money, one of the best little auction games out there. Its a shame it never really took off. Great components, fun theme and interesting gameplay keep me coming back for more.

Add on a few more lunchtime games of Battle Line and it's been a pretty good week of gaming.

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7. Board Game: Wizard [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:673]
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 9   Throne and the Grail
 7   March Hares x2
 8   Bruges
 8   Patchwork
 N/A   Wizard NEW!
 N/A   Fuji Flush x6

Noteworthy games:

Playing Throne and the Grail inspired me to tinker with March Hares (not that it needs tinkering, Rob). I wondered what dividing each player's 18 cards into three piles of six would do. Well first, it made me realize that I may never have the patience to be a game designer. Your partners, families and friends must have oodles of patience for you. Second, it changed the feeling of the game so significantly that it was no longer the same game, which is probably not a good thing either.

Rob--you have to update the image files for March Hares!

I was in Toronto for work this weekend, but despite being there with a group of people who like to play games, all of us were too exhausted physically and cognitively to do much of anything beyond what we were getting paid to do. We did get a night in, which kicked off with Fuji Flush and then went on to more Fuji Flush. We ended up playing six times in a row, only ending when I finally won a game and my “friends” decided it was time to move onto something else.

That game was Wizard, a game I’ve owned since 2011 but haven’t felt inspired to play since that time.
Here’s what I wrote in my notes:

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Playing Wizard left me with mixed feelings. First, I'm intrigued with the order of the bidding as going first provides less information than bidding last. The Wizard and Joker cards are interesting, but playing a Wizard whenever, even if players have the lead suit in their hands, felt against the spirit of trick-takers. Maybe I'm just being parochial. Finally, going all the way up to fifteen cards in a hand was problematic. On a positive side, the changing number of cards each round meant that I was always re-evaluating what I felt I could accomplish. However, the constant shuffling and dealing was a bore, and whoever determined that the game is 45 minutes long is a flaming liar. Maybe it will be faster with five, but yeesh, Wizard will be competing against faster, more compelling card games in my collection.


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8. Board Game: Santorini [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:74]
Fernando Robert Yu
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You can view my week in greater detail here: Item for Geeklist "What Did You Play This Week? July 24-30, 2017"



Santorini x5: great game to introduce the hobby to noobs.
Splendor x2: Ditto for this title as well!
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Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
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9. Board Game: 5-Minute Dungeon [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:740]
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Very busy week of games for me. It's school holidays, so lots with the children (Flash Point every day we had time to play!), including a day with my parents, where they were introducing some of my childhood games to them. Then at the weekend it was our annual BBQ, which always ends with Werewolves, and then the Sunday we introduce some of our friends to games - the Sunday attendees are all gamers to some degree, but mostly more family gamers, although some do attend gaming groups locally, but more of the casual variety.

New to me for the week was 5 minute dungeon, which one of my gaming groups owns and I was convinced to try this week at games night. Not bad, but I think I was too tired to enjoy a speed game properly!

Gaming with other adults:

 6   5-Minute Dungeon x7 NEW!
 9   Around the World in 80 Days
 8   Can't Stop
 10   Chronology
 8   Crappy Birthday
 9   Duplik
 8   El Grande
 8   Gnadenlos!
 8   Mississippi Queen
 8   Paperback
 9   Take Two
 8   Telestrations
 10   Terraforming Mars
 9   The Game (2015)
 9   Time's Up!
 6   Traditional Card Games
Werewolves x 5

Gaming with my children:

 9   Flash Point: Fire Rescue x4
 8   Contraband x2
 8   La Boca x2
 6   Battleship
 9   Boggle
 10   Dominion
 5   Dominoes
 9   Fauna
 6   Formula-1
 6   Go: The International Travel Game
 5   Odds On
 10   RoboRally
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10. Board Game: WBC: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Scott Saccenti
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Last two weeks, the entire family spent at WBC. Still getting through all the biz one has to get through upon returning from a long vacation. But here's a What I Played. I'll add more thoughts when I get a chance. Many missing entries below, but this is most of it!



 8   Lost Cities x11
 7   7 Wonders x8
 7   Ingenious x8
 9   Ticket to Ride x8
 8   Love Letter x7
 9   Race for the Galaxy x7
 6   San Juan x7
 8   Splendor x7
 7   7 Wonders Duel x5
 5   Can't Stop x5
 6   Formula Motor Racing x5
 7   Hoity Toity x5
 9   Ra x5
 9   Stone Age x5
 8   Thurn and Taxis x5
 6   Colossal Arena x4
 9   Egizia x4
 5   Elk Fest x4
 6   TransAmerica x4
 8   Carcassonne x3
 7   Ivanhoe x3
 5   Las Vegas x3
 6   Lords of Waterdeep x3
 4   Slapshot x3
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype x3
 8   Amun-Re x2
 4   Blokus x2
 6   Catan x2
 8   Dominion x2
 N/A   Fill The Barn x2
 8   Great Western Trail x2
 7   Incan Gold x2
 9   Puerto Rico x2
 8   Saint Petersburg x2
 7   The Castles of Burgundy x2
 7   Alhambra
 7   Chicken Cha Cha Cha
 7   Guillotine
 5   King of Tokyo
 7   Medici
 3   Ra: The Dice Game
 6   Rise of Augustus
 7   Sushi Go!
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11. Board Game: Ethnos [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:244]
Clay Blankenship
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It's been a while since I reported in so here are the games I've played in the last month. I played several games with old friend
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Some impressions...
Hanabi: more interesting than it sounds
Space Alert: less interesting than it sounds
Alien Uprising: more complicated than expected
Rumble in the Dungeon: pretty much random
Concordia: finally reacquired this great game
Grifters: first play was interesting, second play off to a slow start and did not enjoy




 8   Thunderbirds
 7   Fauna
 N/A   Hanabi NEW!
 7   Grifters x2 NEW!
 8   Burgle Bros.
 10   Innovation x3
 N/A   Space Alert NEW!
 10   Ghost Stories played at a way harder level than I have ever played and we almost won
 6   Alien Uprising NEW!
 10   Magic: The Gathering x ?
 N/A   Rumble in the Dungeon NEW!
 7   Roll Player
 9   Concordia
 9   King of Tokyo
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12. Board Game: Traditional Card Games [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2544]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
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The week of 24th to 30th of July:

A bit slow week again, as we were on the move again - a short tent holiday and then a visit to my parents.

 


 7   Traditional Card Games x5
 N/A   Jaipur
 6   Too Many Monkeys
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13. Board Game: War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
Eddy Richards
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Allanton
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I acquired this nearly a year ago (shame on me!) so thought that this holiday would be a good opportunity to try it out against my invariably keen opponent for LOTR wargames, Matthew. In spite of the obligatory struggle with the poorly laid out rule book, and having to cope with a map wherein the place names were in French, we quite enjoyed it, though we agreed just to stop once we'd played enough turns to understand the rules.

War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age x 1
Tzolkin the Mayan Calendar x 1
Settlers of Catan cardgame x 1 (new to Rebecca)
Metro x 1
Ticket to Ride Europe x 1
Lost Cities x 1 (also new to Rebecca)
Dungeon Petz x 1
Stone Age x 1
Big Points x 1
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