GRAB Session Report 09/05/17
Bruce Miller
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Gamers: Tony, Lauren, Jonathan, Bruce, Matt J, Matt R, Dan, Beth, Vann

Small Talk: GrandCon plans, GrandCon games, Downtown road construction, cookies from foreign lands, Gloomhaven, Voyager,'Geek Essen Spiel preview tool, Essen Spiel wishlist, Perrin Brewing, close good food choices, furnace maintenance, Carcassonne variants

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1. Board Game: Carcassonne: South Seas [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:735]
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Jonathan 37.6*, Lauren 35*, Bruce 17.6

Lauren taught this exciting tile game about the French colonial ambitions in the Pacific. The game ships with Culotte Meeples, but Lauren has upgraded her pawns to fun MeepleSource pirates and natives. On a turn players place a tile and place a pawn. The pawn can be placed in the water to fish, on a bridge to scrap barnacles or on islands to harvest bananas. These items are then, at no action cost to you, shipped to France for big points. Jonathan and Lauren failed to remember (in the heat of exploration), a slight rule which may have altered the outcome, but not for me.
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2. Board Game: Magic Maze [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:335]
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Jonathan, Lauren, Bruce

We lost the first game so quickly that we played a second time and won. I have advanced level at which the Dwarf and Elf have acquired special abilities. I won’t ruin the surprise for you, but it involves slight racial stereotypes.
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3. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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Lauren & Vann 1115, Bruce & Rick -15

I wasn't involved but last week’s game was also blowout. I need a new deck. “Rick likes the six player better.” I failed two Tichus, but Lauren made two and failed once. The best I finished was second in a hand, most of the hands I was didn’t finish. They finished 1,2 four times. In an early hand one team went all Truman and used the A Bomb.
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4. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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Jonathan -5, Rick -18, Tony -22, Bruce -32, Lauren -42

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5. Board Game: Ladder 29 [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:5087]
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Lauren 37, Matt 29, Bruce 21, Jonathan 18, Tony 11

This was Green Couch Games GenCon release and most recent Kickstarter. This is a ladder card game, less like Tichu and more like Dilbert: Corporate Shuffle or The Great Dalmuti. Cards are dealt, then a personal prohibition is selected, and then the game is played until Jonathan, Tony or I are the only player with cards left in hand. Each personal prohibition explains which extra rules are in force for you and how many victory points you receive at the end of the round. The score board is terrible. I will use paper when playing my copy. Another novel scoring feature is that players cannot occupy the same value; if you were to do you rise to the next unoccupied spot which in our game gave Jonathan a point.

“Jon got 16 in the first round, he taught well. Getting to 18 was scoring a point, but jumping over a person at 17.” In another hand: “At five players this is better than Great Dalmuti, but at four players Tichu is the preferred choice.”
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6. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:43] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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Well Red Team full of winning: Tony, Rick, Matt ; Bruce’s Blue Bombers: Lauren, Dan (right more than not), Jonathan

I gave more zero clues than normal clues. Podiatrist was used twice, once by each team. Frankenstein was a scientist, so it was well guessed. Unicorns have a tale or tail so that was well guessed too.
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7. Board Game: Roll Player [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:332]
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Matt J 30, Dan (first play) 27, Matt R 26

Dice are rolled then drafted, then placed on an AD&D style character sheet matrix.

Matt J: Human Sociopath Wizard Riftwalker
Dan: Dwarf Ranger Exonerated Champion
Matt R: Elf Street Urchin Protector
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8. Board Game: La Isla [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:724]
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Vann 72, Tony 63, Beth 58

No level 2 cards added because they separated in the box and the rules state do not use for the first few games because they have too much awesome. “Controversy about the species pictured. Also some colors were difficult to distinguish.”
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9. Board Game: NMBR 9 [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:816]
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Tony 79, Jonathan 77

Jonathan had a third level of points which gave him nine, but tony had an amazing second level which yielded twenty two.
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10. Board Game: Bunny Kingdom [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:645]
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Matt J 151, Dan 140, Matt R 118, Rick 111

Dan taught, it was everyone else’s first play of this hare raising game. “Matt R was King of Treasure, Rick was King of Parchment, and Dan had the most cities.”
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11. Board Game: Sheep & Thief [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2958]
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Jonathan 34, Tony 27, Beth 22

Beth earned half of her points on sheep and half from towns. Tony scored a bit from all sources. Jonathan went heavy into rivers, but also had points from sheep and towns.
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