08/06/2017: The What! We're Moving Again?! Game Day
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We have a lot to celebrate in the past few months. I've graduated, passed the boards, become licensed, and found a job in my new career. The commute is just long enough that here we go again on the house selling/buying merry-go-round. We're hoping that our games won't need to be packed away for quite so long this time.

We lucked out with reasonable weather, but it was still warm enough that we made salads rather than soup. We served hummus with savory and red pepper cheeze for snacks. For dippers, we had carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes, all from our CSA. The CSA haul tends to dictate what we make in the summer - this week it was tabouleh and a Mexicali salad. There were some also chips and pretzels for dipping.

We were also joined by Jess and Clayton who are newer to gaming, and happen to be associated with the same school from which I just graduated.

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Numskull, Raege, and I kicked off the day with 2 plays of a fun new game that Numskull just got. I liked that it was fast-paced and involved trying to figure out how not to win some bids.

This game and Terraforming Mars were both played 3 times!

First play: Me:76, Raege: 68, Numskull: 55
Second play: Numskull: 95, Me: 66, Raege: 45
 
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I'm not sure what happened at this table...

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We were looking for something quick to play. I was relieved that everyone agreed on this rather than insisting on No Thanks.

I won.
 
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with Doomsday weapons

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Broggi: 7, RnR: 6, Legomancer: 6
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I suggested we play Genoa, which has been in my trade stack for a while. It turned out to have been 7 years to the day since it was last played. I very much liked this play of it, but it will stay in the stack because it isn't good with 2 players, which is how I mostly play games. Turns out to be one of Numskull's very favorite games, so he knew it well enough to teach.

Me: 735, Raege: 620, Numskull: 615, AlanM: 570
 
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I'd played this once before and enjoyed it just as much this time, even though I just couldn't seem to build annexes.

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Base game.
Broggi (Inventrix): 54, Jess (Tharsis): 50, RnR (Saturn): 43, Legomancer (Thorgate): 42, Clayton (Mining): 39
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I was happy to give this a third play when we were looking for something quick.

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From a talking ghost to teasing about a previous game, this was an adventure.

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partial play with RnR, Broggi, Jess, and Clayton
 
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Hellas side.

Numskull (Inventrix): 87, Me (UNMI): 75, RnR (Thorgate): 72
 
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Meanwhile, at another table, the Elysium side.

Kayteagrace (Helion): 83, Mattwran (Thorgate): 82, Legomancer (Tharsis): 74, Thunkd (Credicor): 67
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I didn't care for this game much but am willing to try it again.

RnR: 82*, Numskull: 82, Me: 71
 
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with the Location promos.

We all felt that the locations were too powerful. Since many of them make it easier to rally or purchase a card at that location, the chances of having another location card added to it were increased. We ended the game with something like 7 locations for one slot, 4 for another, and 3 in a third spot. We all agreed that the game would have been better without them, or at least house rule that only 1-2 locations promos can be added to a slot.

Me: 121, Kayteagrace: 93, Thunkd: 78, RnR: 74
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