GCL Beehive #202 - Re-assessments
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1. Board Game: Rising Sun [Average Rating:8.26 Overall Rank:64]
Scott Saccenti
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I've been thinking about two recent heavy (by my standards) designs of recent times--Great Western Trail and Terraforming Mars--and my different reactions to them.

The first, I liked instinctively and right away. The second I didn't much care for, but is now growing on me.

With so many games competing for my attention, it's unusual for me to give third and fourth chances to a design that doesn't grab me!

Are there any examples of games that you didn't like after a couple plays, but that went on to become one of your favorites?
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2. Board Game: Falling (revised edition) [Average Rating:6.43 Unranked]
Scott Saccenti
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What about the opposite? What games did you like immediately after a play or two...but then QUICKLY sour on?
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3. Board Game: Grammar Girl's Peeve Wars [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Scott Saccenti
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Do you have any boardgaming pet peeves?
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4. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:307]
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The latest rage in my house is Game of Thrones. My boys and I have finally gotten around to watching it, and are nearly through Season 4. No spoilers, please!

What are your Top 5 favorite TV series?
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5. Board Game: Tournay [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:758]
Eddy Richards
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By all accounts this was similar to Troyes, but sufficiently different to be interesting. As indicated above, the base game lacks some necessary (in my opinion) player aids, so thank goodness for the denizens of BGG who are happy to labour to provide them, as it meant I was able to print something out mid-game to enable us to play successfully. Definitely one to have another go at in the near future.

Tournay x 1
Rosenkonig x 1
Race for the Galaxy x 4
Puerto Rico x 1 (taught to Rebecca)
Ticket to Ride Europe x 1
Love Letter x 1
Empire Engine x 1

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6. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.38 Overall Rank:5]
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Terraforming Mars is for sure the new hotness right now, enjoying this as a 3-player game with my two oldest boys.



 4   Sleeping Queens x3
 7   Terraforming Mars x3
 10   Android: Netrunner x2
 9   Ticket to Ride
 7   War of the Ring (Second Edition)
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7. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:255]
Sharon Khan
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Flash Point is still going strong with the kids, and we've played it most days, just missing the day when we were out for the entire day on a family gathering. I've also been introducing them to various other new games in our collection - they're actually being really receptive to new games right now, having enjoyed most of the ones I've shown them.

Gaming with other adults:

2 x Terraforming Mars
1 x Escalation
1 x Great Western Trail
1 x Thunderstone

Games with my children:

6 x Flash Point Fire Rescue
2 x Plague Inc Board Game
2 x You Robot
1 x Hero Realms
1 x Kingdomino
1 x Machi Koro
1 x Mice and Mystics
1 x RoboRally
1 x Story Craze
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8. Board Game: T.I.M.E Stories [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:44]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
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The week of 7-13 August:

Bought T.I.M.E Stories during summer vacation, but didn't get it to the table until last week. We didn't finish the case, but are intrigued by the game. But can anyone tell me why there is no period after E in it's title?



 10   Splendor x2
 5   Cluedo: Juniordetektiv
 N/A   T.I.M.E Stories NEW!
 7   Traditional Card Games
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9. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! (second edition) [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:461]
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? August 7-13, 2017"

Wargames dominated my plays last week...

Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan x 1
Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! (second edition) x 1
Up Front x 1
Cacao x 2
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10. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:985]
Robert
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Ottawa
ON
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Busy with marking papers, house renos, etc, so just a few games last week (but all of them felt significant in one way or another).

N, her sister and I tried Big City for the first time, and yeah, top spot.

Big City was much more puzzle-y than I had expected (not a bad thing), and we loved how every move seemed to set the other players up for significantly better moves. We also appreciated that placement did not cause a cascade of points (*cough Suburbia *cough). N's sister won the game way out ahead of N and me, which made the end feel like a fight for 2nd and 3rd. Wondering whether it will always be this way.

(Photo by Chris Norwood)


We followed Big City with Colors of Kasane, and maybe fittingly for this week's theme, I feel like I rated it too highly in the past.

Positive points include play time (lightning fast), aesthetics (unlike anything else--handcrafted) and clever mechanisms (reminds me of Koi-Koi and Bohnanza). But this time, I noticed that playing well in Colors of Kasane was very dependent upon what other players chose or didn't choose. N won without, she says, knowing what she was doing. Not a good sign.

(Photo by Steph Hodge)


Speaking of Bohnanza...

We weren't ready to call it a night, and I like making comparisons, so Bohnanza was the obvious choice to make.

I almost put this in the top spot just because our turn with the game was so filled with laughter. The player interaction, which I'm learning is important to me/us, was rich and satisfying. Even with just the three of us, even when the choices felt just a little obvious, this was a blast.

(Photo by Dmitriy Beskrovnyy)


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11. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:43] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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That's all, folks.



 7.5   Codenames x5
 6.0   Bad Bunnies x4
 8.5   KUBB x3
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12. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:690]
Murray Fish
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They explained everything in detail and at great length. After they finished I sat, despondent, contemplating a bleak and empty future. "I’m glad you’re depressed" said one. "It means you’ve understood the situation.”
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Been a bit light-on gaming wise this week. Lots of sport, kids parties and other stuff with the Little Fish and this is unlikely to change over the next few weeks.

More Parade at work - introduced a new player to the game and he is keen to play again.

Also played LEGO Batman, Hungry, Checkers and Palace with the Little Fish.

As an aside, my miniatures chum and I have worked out what we're doing for our This Is Not a Test participation game at a upcoming local small convention and have even written the blurb for the promotional materials.
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13. Board Game: Beowulf: The Legend [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1829]
Rob Harper
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Wantage
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Nothing massively exciting last week, but I had a couple of days alone with Miss B, and managed to get in a couple of decent boardgame plays as well as watching a pile of Babylon 5 episodes (we're slowly working through them together and are currently about a third of the way into season 2).

 7   Monsoon Market x2 - A couple of plays over lunch at work, and this went down well.
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype x2 - One of my games, Invaded, and a try of a friend's very early prototypes.
 8   Vikings Gone Wild - It's a shame we don't get this to the table often as Miss B and I both enjoy it when we do.
 N/A   Subdivision - On a whim I pulled this out for a solo play, and it works pretty well.
 7   Beowulf: The Legend - Initially appears to have similarities with Knizia's Hobbit and LoTR and looks complicated, but is actually pretty simple and mostly an auction game; we had fun.



We're off tomorrow for a week in the South of Austria (mostly for a friend's wedding), which should be nice. I'll be mostly offline for a while though.
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