Andy Saves Christmas!
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Every guild member in CBBS looked forward to Game Night a lot.
But the Tim, who lived in a flooded out basement did not.

And the Tim, with his Tim-feet ice cold in the water,
stood puzzling and puzzling, is Game Night a gonner?
It doesn't have carpet. The tables are all bare.
The games are in boxes, and in piles everywhere.
And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Tim thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Game Night, he thought, doesn't have to be here.
What if Game Night, perhaps, could be somewhere else near.

And what happened, then? Well, in the CBBS Guild they say - that the Tim's small heart grew three sizes that day.
And then - the true meaning of Game Night came through, and the Tim found the a place with the room of *ten* Tims, plus two!

And the minute his heart didn't feel like dry toast
The Tim called the Andy and asked him to host.
And the Andy brought out the games! And the food for the feast!
And he, HE HIMSELF! The Andy scored the least!

Welcome, Game Night bring your cheer.
Cheer to all CBBSers far and near.
Game Night is always in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp.
Welcome Game Night while we stand, heart to heart, and hand in hand.


Fifteen gamers managed to find their way to Andy's house, and celebrate the Game Night that almost wasn't. The whos who came through included Eric 5, Ian, New Eric (aka Eric2), Elden, Eric Classic, first timer Kim, Tom, Jerry, Shawn, Kelli, Vivian, Aaron, Art. The two grinches were the Tim and the Andy.
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1. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:569] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Start: 6:30pm
Stop: 7:05pm
It does not matter when, where, how or why; Game Night must always start with Ricochet Robots. Because the Tim says so.

Reading the score sheets for this game has gotten more and more difficult over the years. As best as I can tell, Tim, Eric 5, Ian, Andy, Jerry, Elden, New Eric, Aaron, Ian (again), and Art all got at least one token.

Andy and Ian (the first Ian) got pre-asterisks, that were later modified to regular asterisks. New Eric got an asterisk, and Ricochet Robots also got an asterisk.

A long time ago, those asterisks meant something. They might still mean something today, but nobody knows for sure.
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2. Board Game: Christmas Party Gift Exchange Game [Average Rating:2.20 Unranked]
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Start: 7:10pm
End: 7:30pm


As is our wont, many of us chose to participate in the annual exchanging-of-random-gifts-hoping-to-turn-that-crappy-50%-off-game-you-got-at-Walmart-for-the-grail-game-you-have-been-coveting-all-your-life event. About 13 people participated, and with the Andy running the show (since we were not at the Tim's house), things went amazingly smoothly, and everybody got something that was three sizes larger than what they brought. No laws of physics were harmed by this gift exchange.
 
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3. Board Game: Rococo [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:196]
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Start: 7:30pm ish
End: 10:36pm


The Andy desired to play this great game from a few years ago. As host, he was allowed to fulfill his desires this one time. the Tim, Jerry, Vivian and Aaron joined him.

Since it had been awhile since Jerry, the Tim or the Andy played, and Aaron and Vivian had never played, the Andy spent a few minutes splaining the game. By the time splaining was done, Jerry was not feeling well, so he went home to get some rest. This was the first ever documented case of the Andy's splanations causing physical harm to another person. So be warned if you sit down at a table where the Andy is talking.

The Andy started the game by grabbing one of the 5 point expensive dresses that showed up in the first round; he cashed it in for money, thinking it would give him an edge on getting decorations, which is sort of did, but in hindsight, getting an early 5 pointer up into the throne room so it can be tripled or doubled, would probably have been a better strategy. The Andy did manage to get the first bonus for being in all rooms, and bought several additional helpers early, hoping to blitz into a good score.

The Tim remembered things a bit more clearly, and had a better strategy of getting dresses into the throne room, grabbing severl of the multipliers, and building a good deck that had all kinds of synergy. This was enough to propel him to the win with 65 points. Aaron did a fantastic job for his first playthrough; he focused on the fountain decorations for steady income, and also got several helpers who gave in-game points. He finished in second with 59 points. The Andy's failure to grok the value of that 5 pointer in the first round was enough to drop him into a tie with Vivian for third, with 58 points.

All in all, a good game, that was close and very enjoyable. One wonders though, if the Andy hadn't chased Jerry from the game, how different it might have been.
 
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4. Board Game: A Feast for Odin [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:31]
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Start: 7:30pm
End: 10:30pm


Shawn, Ian, Kelli and Eric 2 met in the kitchen to play A Feast for Odin. How thematic!

Shawn won with 85 whale steaks, followed by Eric 2 with 78 horns of mead. Ian's 64 buckets of peas and Kelli's 61 cabbage heads rounded out the feast.
 
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5. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
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Start: 7:30pm
End: 8:00pm


Juxtaposing the longer, strategic games chosen by the first two groups, the remaining players chose a lighter game.

According to the score sheet, Eric Classic won by attrition. First to die was Tom (victim of a 6-claw yahtzee), followed by Art, then Kim, then Elden. In the Eric 5 lost the duel of the Erics, leaving Eric Classic as the victor.
 
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6. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2062]
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Start: 8:00pm
End: 8:31pm


Eric Classic decided to retire undefeated, so he and his lady friend (and first time CBBSer) Kim skedaddled.

That left Art, Eric 5, Elden and Tom looking to do more killing, so they played this murderous game.

Art managed to Kill Doctor Lucky, which is good enough to win.
 
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7. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:58]
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Start: 8:35pm
End: 9:07pm


Looking to 'kill' even more time (see what I did there?), Eric 5, Elden, Tom and Art rolled out Roll for the Galaxy (I did it again!) When the rolling ended, Eric 5 won easily with 44 points. Art scored 25 and Tom scored 19. Elden really, really sucks at this game, as evidenced by his measly score of 17. Elden should just excuse himself the next time this game is suggested. It would be better for all of us.
 
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8. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:49] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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Start: 9:18pm
End: 9:55pm


While still waiting for the first two tables to finish, Elden got a chance to redeem himself by playing a game that he doesn't totally suck at. He managed to win with 89 points. Tom took second with 85. Art finished third with 76. And Eric 5 got a participation trophy for his score of 41.
 
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9. Board Game: Automobiles [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:609]
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Start: 10:05pm
End: 11:35pm


Those jerks on tables 1 and 2 just wouldn't end their games. So once more, the four musketeers had to fend for themselves. This time a cube-building/cube-placing race game. All we know is that Eric 5 won and Tom took second, while Art and Elden did not finish. The notes mention that Art was "just before finish line, unable to cross"; Elden's position at the end was not specified (and likely was really bad).

Then they all gave up on waiting for the other tables, and went home.
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10. Board Game: Sticheln [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:808]
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Start: 10:54pm
End: 11:48pm


The first two tables finally ended. Despite the exhaustion, they decided to join up for an eight player session of Sticheln.

This is a very interesting trick taking game in which you are trying to avoid getting points; but it's much easier said than done, as you can easily get dumped on due to the way in which tricks are taken (highest card that does NOT match opener) and points are gained (taking cards matching your 'poison' suit are negative at face value; all other cards are +1). So this can lead to really negative scores if you're not careful.

Shawn was not careful. In the first round, he scored -24 comfortably securing last place. Vivian scored +16, which is a really good score, for the early lead. The other scores after round 1: Kelly -11; Eric 2 -2; Aaron +3; the Andy -2; Ian +7; the Tim +2.

In the scond round, Shawn again went negative, adding -12 to his score to finish with -36. Aaron managed to score a mind-boggling +25, to finish with +25 overall, beating Vivian, despite scoring +6 (for a total of +22). The rest of the scores: Kelly +3 (total -8); Eric 2 +11 (total +8); the Andy +7 (total +5); Ian -2 (total +5); and the Tim -2 (total of 0).

It's like the Tim didn't even play!
 
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11. Board Game: Ivanhoe [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1668]
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*** Seriously?! four games with the name 'Ivanhoe' in the database?? C'mon, people, try to be more original when choosing game names. ***

Start: 11:45pm
End: 12:50pm


The late hours continued to take their toll. Vivian, Kelli and Eric 2 called it a night. That left the Tim, Ian, Art, the Andy and Shawn looking for a five player game appropriate for late late night gaming. The Tim suggested Ivanhoe, and all were too weak to resist.

Tons of screw your neighbor in this game. Reminds this writer of the battle for scoring tokens in Taj Mahal. It's a race game (first to win 4 jousts), and Shawn proved victorious. the Tim and Art both were just a bit outside with 3, the Andy got halfway there, and Ian couldn't find success and finished with one joust win.

Oh, and apparently the game was played withthere was a discussion about some dumb variant that is supposed to make it better. Because the designer of this game obviously has no idea what he's doing.
 
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12. Board Game: Cat Lady [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:1564]
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Start: 1:10am
End: 1:28am


Art decided to do the smart thing, and go home and get some sleep. The Andy, Ian, Shawn and the Tim were dumb enough to play 'just one more game'.

Cat Lady was the perfect light filler to end the evening with. It got even better when the Andy dominated in the first game, cleverly deducing the difficult intricacies of the 'Cow' strategy. Winning over the Tim, Shawn, and Ian with a score of 31 (to their paltry scores of 22, 25 and 23 respectively), the Andy clearly was the superior Cat Lady of the night.

The whining was loud and piercing, so in the spirit of Christmas, the Andy agreed to another playing, this time without the evil Cow. Shawn prevailed over the Tim, Ian and the Andy (29 to 22, 19 and 18 respectively).
 
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13. Board Game: Meeple Feast [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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As always, we must acknowledge all the preparations that our wonderful hostess (and loving spouse of the Andy, despite his occasional grinchiness) Cindy for all the wonderful treats. We had all kinds of Christmas treats in addition to our regular game night snack choices. And the decorations through out the house made the evening all the more enjoyable.

Thank you Cindy!
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