GRAB Regular Tuesday Gaming, 10/24/17
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Attending: Dan, Lauren, Jennica, Jonathan, Mary, Matt J, Matt R, Sebastian, Tony
Twice as many X chromosomes as Y!

The tunes:
Barenaked Ladies - Gordon
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
?uestlove - The Keith O Challenge playlist
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1. Board Game: Morocco [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:4721]
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The night began with a fun round of "What piece did this game come from?" Because we could not positively identify the item found on the floor, we asked Microsoft's artificial intelligence supercomputer to assist us:



Works pretty well!
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2. Board Game: Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:150]
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Jonathan 70.8, Matt J 66.6, Lauren 65.8, Mary 54.2

Scoring opportunities included clusters of brochs, animals served by farms, a preponderance of whiskey, and tall columns of tiles.

Mary and I missed opportunities to buy tiles, Mary once and me twice. At game end, Lauren had 16 tiles while everyone else had 12. However, this was largely due to Lauren's tile draws being underwhelming on the whole. She did dominate the column scoring as a result, though. I went all-in on the whiskey game from the start, and had enough money to score big on brochs by the end.
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3. Board Game: Ethnos [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:244]
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Tony 119, Matt R 112, Jennica 69, Sebastian 60, Dan 50

Tony had played before. So had Dan, but his attention was divided by teaching other players.

"The third round was silly. Tony played the first 6 cards as 2 melds, and everyone else drew up to 10 cards and flooded the market."

I'm not sure which races were used. Whichever they were, they made the game quite raucous.
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4. Board Game: Sheep & Thief [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2969]
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Lauren 40, Jonathan 31, Mary 26, Matt J 26

New to Lauren and Matt. The public goal was longest river, which Lauren had buttoned up easily. All players scored ten points for towns, but in different ways.

This is much better with 4 players than 3, because Fritz gets moved around much more frequently.
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5. Board Game: Nefarious [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1876]
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with Nefarious: Becoming a Monster Expansion
Lauren 21, Sebastian 20, Jennica 20, Matt J 17, Jonathan 16

Twists: City Organs and Loners

Sebastian and Lauren both had 19 points going into the final turn. Both had a zero-cost invention in hand, but Lauren's Buttered Cat Array was worth more points to win the day.

The Loners twist made things particularly swingy, but in a fun way. In addition to the twists from the expansion, we saw a few expansion inventions, including one which we thought was overpowered, and later determined this was errata'd:
donaldx wrote:
There is a horrendous mistake in one of the expansion inventions (in the English version). Neutron Anti-Compressor (called Matter Warper in the prototype; that's not part of the mistake but I don't know why Matter Warper wasn't a good enough name) has a - that should be a +. It makes a difference of ~$14 in the value of the card; as printed it's the I-win card from hell. I recommend adding the downstroke with a pen, or tearing that card up.
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6. Board Game: The Hanging Gardens [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1183]
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Dan 50, Matt R 20, Mary 19, Tony 13

One of these things is not like the others.
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7. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:43] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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Tony, giving to Lauren and Matt: 8 (win)
Dan, giving to Jonathan and Mary: 8 (not win)

Strong 3-card starts by both teams.
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8. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:43] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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Lauren, giving to Tony and Matt: 8 (win)
Jonathan, giving to Dan and Mary: 7 (not win)

Our dreams were crushed when Lauren used an Unlimited clue to earn a crushing 5 cards from her team.
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9. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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Tony and Lauren 1150, Matt R and Jonathan 350

Each team had one failed Tichu. The winners had four successes while the losers had only one.

In one hand, Matt had to throw away a straight flush bomb to make a large straight to top Tony. But then Lauren countered with a straight flush bomb of her own.

In another hand, I had this after the pass:

I was excited. Then Tony wished for a 6, and good became garbage.
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