Girvdog's Games Played List (2018)
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1. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: A New Dawn [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:903]
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I am so glad that I got to open 2018 with a play of Civ: New Dawn because this was one of my favorite games of 2017. I played three players with Matthew Hannusch, and Misael; with Misael ending up as the winner which was such a total shock to the two of us because he never wins at board games. Matthew and I were so focused on not letting the other win that we forgot to check on Misael's progress until we realized that there was nothing we could do to stop him winning.

Civ New Dawn is quickly becoming my new Blood Rage: a game that I completely love but can't seem to win (I am now 0-3). However I am super excited to play this game a lot more, and I hope 2018 has an expansion to two for this game.
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2. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:30]
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Played a late night New Years Day game with Matthew and Misael, which I thankfully won. I traded for Eclipse late in 2017, but could never get the right numbers/group together to play it, so I was glad to finally be able to do so. I went with the glass cannon Dreadnought strategy and was heavily focused on the money (orange) track, Matthew went mainly Brown and Pink with lots of computers on his ships, and Misael just kind of messed around with a little of everything.

While I did ultimately win the game, my big lead had a major chunk taken out of it because of an epic series of space battles between Matthew and I in the Galactic Center tile where 3 Dreadnoughts, 6 Cruisers and and a couple Interceptors died. Matthew's ships needed at least two rounds of combat to destroy my big fleet, whereas my Dreadnoughts should have been able to slag anything he threw at my in the first round. However the dice gods were against me and I rolled poorly and was ultimately destroyed.

I am interested in the updated Eclipse release that is slated for 2018. I really like this game (and so did Matthew and Misael), but it feels like it could be streamlined a little bit to just make it a bit shorter and easier to explain.
 
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3. Board Game: Poo: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:7015]
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I am going to put this one in the same category as cockroach poker, not really much of a game but an enjoyable experience when playing with friends. I made a critical alliance that I used to claim victory.
 
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4. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:320]
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This was one of my most played games of 2017, so it is fitting that it was one of the first games played in 2018. Played a 4 player game with Mark, Misael, and Matthew which we won. I died about halfway through the game (a first for me) so I thought that it was all over for us, but since there ended up not being a traitor in the game they completed enough quests to stay one white sword ahead of defeat.
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5. Board Game: Gloomhaven [Average Rating:9.00 Overall Rank:1]
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Played three scenarios solo for 5 hours after work, but with three characters. I continued using my Inox Brute (Level 3) that I had built up when playing with Ian and Britton a couple weeks ago, but also added the Orchid Spellweaver and the Cragheart to the team (both at Level 1). I don't think my feelings about the game have changed much, but I do have some new thoughts now that I have soloed the game.

1) I think I like playing multiple characters at once. I know it probably makes the game slightly easier since I generally know what everyone is planning to do, but I like "getting to know" more than one hero at a time. I love story in games and this game has a lot of personality baked into it. I also don't really like the Tank-ness of the Brute, and that detracted from earlier play throughs, but now that I have other characters as well I don't mind as much.

2) I don't think this game will ever get easy. Every scenario I have played so far has come right down to the wire.

3) This game is a lot more fun if I play it out as a narrative in my head, rather than as a strict board game. This game easily lends itself to min/max decision making, but if I just keep my characters chosen personalities in mind, it is a lot more fun. As I said before I don't really like the Brute; but he is my most experienced character and is about 3/4 of the way to retirement. So I play that he is the wizened, older veteran that is at the top of his game but realizes that he doesn't want to do this forever so he is vested in training up the next generations of adventurers. He lets them do their thing and then picks up the pieces when they fail or get into tough spots and generally tries to keep things from getting out of control. This internal narrative really makes this game for me,and made the 5 hours of game play for these three scenarios fly by.
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6. Board Game: Evolution: Climate [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:236]
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Had a 5 guys over from BSF over for food and games, and since I knew that two of them had no real experience with games I decided to pitch my easier games and they latched onto the Evolution concept. It was a really good pick for this group.

Three main things really shaped the course of this game. 1) There were 4 carnivore species by the end of turn two, so everyone was ramping body size and defensive traits to deal with it. This created a shortage of consumable species so every new species that was created was immediately eaten to extinction. 2) There was more plant food in this game than I have seen in any other game. At no time was there even the hint of scarcity so there was none of the late game food grab madness that would have species losing population late. 3) The Climate event on Scorching was the meteorite which would have stopped the creation of plant food for the rest of the game. We bumped the heat track up on each of the first three turns then everyone started to freak out about the impending meteor. While I have absolutely loved the Climate expansion for Evolution, this was the most visible reaction I have seen in a game and it was great.

Ultimately Matthew Hannusch won because he effectivly created two barrier herbivore species that shielded his third species. He was the only one to keep three species of any length of time and the extra food tokens gave him what he needed.
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7. Board Game: Champions of Midgard [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:118]
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Played a three player game with Matthew and Misael after the other BSF guys had left. I had a critically bad Journey card on the 4th turn that kept me from and easy 20 points, and Matthew beat me by about 7. Everyone had a really good time, and Misael actually did pretty well at the game.

P.S. The Dark Mountain and Valhalla expansions were such a worthwhile buy for this game.
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8. Board Game: Shadowrun: Crossfire [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:611]
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I can only imagine that this game is fun for those who are already a fan of the Shadowrun RPG or video games. This is a campaign style game that is absolutely murderous in the first scenario, which we played twice. You can easily die in three turns, and since we only saw a single healing card in both games everyone was dying before they could get any engine going. Also this game pigeon holes you into one of 4 tracks which means you are really good at one thing, when you often have to be good at at least two things.

The only way that I see to win this game is to get a lucky draw for all the bad guys in the first couple turns. Would not play again.
 
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9. Board Game: Treasure Hunter [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1205]
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This is still an ok filler game, but that is about it. I really like card drafting, but the decisions in TH are not really that interesting.
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10. Board Game: Cry Havoc [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:359]
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This is my third game of Cry Havoc and it just reinforced to me that I do not like this game. This was my first 4 player game and I played as the Trog, and pulled in a third place finish. After the first two rounds I was liking the game and trying to figure out why I didn't like it the past two times; but then I was reminded in the 3-5 rounds. This game is too long and complex for what it is. Plus since everyone is always right up in each others faces which means that someone in the game is going to get frustrated which is going to leech the fun out of the game.

I hope to be able to sell this game before I move. At this point I don't think this game can be redeemed in my eyes.
 
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11. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: A New Dawn [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:903]
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Played this game twice at my game group on the same day.

Game 1 (4 player game): One of the players (Doug) is really good at Euro games and one of the best gamers at the group so I was looking forward to the challenge. I was one turn away from victory so I feel pretty good about this one. My record at this game is now 0-4, but I still love this game.

Game 2 (4 player game): One of the guys that is newish to the game group wanted to try New Dawn so we pulled it out again. This was the first game that really felt like it drug for me, for two reasons. 1) I have lost my tolerance for Collin's personality. 2) New Dawn breaks apart a bit when it turns into a war game. In the late game, 3 of the 4 players had Flight so turns took a long time because people started attacking everyone else or having to put major effort into defense. I won because of a trade heavy strategy that let me majorly dominate the science track (I ended up having four of my IV age Focus cards in play), claim some key wonders, and dump a ton of trade tokens on my military card for defense. This was my first victory in New Dawn which was nice; and while the game took way to long, I still had a good time.
 
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12. Board Game: Gloomhaven [Average Rating:9.00 Overall Rank:1]
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I am not going to record every play through of Gloomhaven this year, but I will record the highlights. I have probably played close to 10 scenarios by myself (with a 3 character party) and I just retired my first character, the Inox Brute. My game group recently introduced me to a couple of apps that track monster hit points, initiative cards and attack modifier deck on a mobile device and this has really helped the game for me. There are also a lot of neat looking campaign tracker apps that I have not tried yet, that reduce my fear about consuming this game. So I am still riding a high on this one and play about one scenario per evening if I have the time.

[POSSIBLE SPOILERS IF YOU ARE READING AFTER THIS LINE]

Now that my Brute is retired, my party consists of a Cragheart, Spellweaver and now an Orchid Doomstalker. The Spellweaver and Doomstalker are ranged characters and the Cragheart is mostly ranged so we will see how that goes. I haven't played a scenario with the Doomstalker yet, but his abilities seem really neat and he isn't as fragile as the Spellweaver. One thing that will be interesting as I continue with this party is that my Brute often carried the team in tough situations because he was a couple levels above the scenario level, but now that he is gone I am playing Scenario Level 3 with all Level 3 characters so the game might go back to being really hard again.
 
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13. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:7]
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Played a three player game with Brian and Kali on their last weekend in Austin. Brian got Kali Scythe for Christmas but they hadn't gotten a chance to play it before they had to box everything up. Brian won with 57 points, but more importantly Kali said that she liked it and wants to play it more.

However, I am ashamed to say that is the worst game of Scythe that I have ever played, and I mean that quite literally. The 30 points that I scored is the lowest total points that I have ever scored in this game. I never increased my power track so I was constantly beatable in battle, but then I expanded so far that I was right in both Brian and Kali's spaces and got beaten in 4 separate battles (I have never been attacked that much on one game, much less lost that many times). I just never made a strategy that I stuck to, and I am honestly embarrassed by how poorly I played.
 
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14. Board Game: Star Wars: Armada [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:182]
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Played against Andy Hannin. It was both of our second plays of Armada.

Empire (Andy)
1x Imperial Star Destroyer
1x Victory Star Destroyer
3x Imperial Raider
2x Tie Interceptor, Advanced, Bomber squadrons
8x Tie Fighter squadrons
1x Firespray, YK-666, Agressor, and Star Jumper


Rebellion (me)
1x Assualt Frigate
2x Corellian Corvette
2x Nebulon-B Frigates
1x Torpedo Frigate
4x X-Wing squadrons
1x Millenium Falcon, Moldy Crow, Outrider, and Havoc

Final Casualties
Empire: All starfighter squadrons and all three Raiders (327 points)

Rebels: One Assault Frigate, Nebulon-B Frigate, Torpedo Frigate and Corvette plus two X-Wing squadrons. (287 points)

I really like the tactical nature of this game. I thought for sure that I had lost once my Assault Frigate was destroyed in turn 5, but killing all his starfighters put me ahead. The MVP moment for the Rebellion was when one of my Nebulon-B's let loose with a broadside against his right flank fighters squadrons and killed 4 or 5 in one barrage. Not only was that a ton of points, but it freed up that flank for me and made him retreat his Imperial Star Destroyer just enough that I didn't loose another capitol ship which would have lost the game for me.

PSA to yourself Girven: As much fun as you had with this game DO NOT BUY IT!!! It will just consume all your money and that will make you sad.
 
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15. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:320]
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Played a 6 player game with a bunch of folks from the Bridgepoint Young Adults group, which is the largest game of Shadows that I have ever played. This was also probably the closest game that I have ever played. We had to do some major strategizing at the end to make sure that we could squeak in the last couple white swords that we needed to pull out the victory, but we did win.

The most notable aspect of the game was that there was no traitor, but Misael did the absolutely worst job of playing a Loyal knight that he could possibly have done. Everyone was completely convinced that he was the traitor because he kept dropping only catapults even when that was a really bad choice. It got to the point where he was about to drop a catapult and the next three people said that if he did that, they were going to accuse him of being the traitor, but he did it anyways and he turned out to be a Loyal Knight. It ended up being more funny than frustrating, but for the rest of the game he kept trying to justify his actions but no one would listen to his logic.

I managed to get Lancelot's armor and it gave me every range of emotions possible. In the mid game it let me cycle some really bad cards to the bottom of the Black deck so we were doing really well, but then we got to the end of the Black cards and it was just a stack of about 6-10 really bad cards; which led to the immense strategizing on how to survive the Black deck till it could be reshuffled. We survived to the reshuffle with 4 of the 6 of us down to one health and we had a path that would win, but it required each of the next 5 plays to happen with nothing getting in the way. On my turn I pulled the Morgan card that did 1 hit point of damage to all players, then I pulled the next card and it wasn't bad so I just stuck Morgan on the bottom and we won it.
 
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16. Board Game: Hunt for the Ring [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:2477]
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Played as one of the Nazgul at the gaming group. As deduction games go this one was really good, but that has a gigantic asterisk in it. Like Descent this game is designed where you play Phase 1 and the results of Phase 1 adjust the difficulty of Phase 2. This game is only really good if you are playing both Phase 1 and Phase 2, otherwise the game breaks down and it becomes an unsolvable puzzle for the Nazgul. We never found even a hint of Frodo because the Frodo player was not planning on making it to Bree, he was planning on making to two spaces away from Bree and then sacrificing his Sam and Pippin cards to not take any further corruption. This broke some of the fundamental rules of the game that would have been devastating to Frodo in Phase 2, but made the game unsolvable for us in Phase 1.

Since it took us nearly 3 hours to play Phase 1 only, I really wish this game had distinct ways to win/lose Phase 1 or Phase 2 and then a separate rules set for combining those two if you wanted to. As it stands I can't say this is a good game, because I think it really limits who/when you can play this.
 
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17. Board Game: Hero Realms [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:187]
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I had only a short time left at the game group so we decided to play the coop Hero Realms with 4 heroes against the Dragon Villain. I really liked Hero Realms when I played it with Ian, but this coop scenario is completely broken. The dragon starts with as many hit points as all the Heros combined, has an 8 card hand limit, and keeps turning out cards that dilute the heroes ability to focus on killing the dragon. While the heroes are starting off with the slow ramp up of building an engine the way the game is designed, the dragon can buy the most powerful cards from the very first turn because he gets so many cards. He killed the Fighter in turn three, Wizard in turn 5, and the Ranger and Cleric in turn 6. We didn't even get him to half his health gone.

I still like the base Hero Realms, but this scenario is completely broken and I will not ever play it again.
 
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18. Board Game: King of New York [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:424]
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Played a 7 player game with a bunch of BSF guys for Josh Florez' birthday. I stayed in Manhatten one turn too long and got killed early in the game by Jake Haskell's rampage of death roll. After death I wandered over to watch some guys play video games so I didn't see the end of the game, but the guys seemed to be having a lot of fun.
 
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19. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
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Played two seven player games at the Vesey's, and finally got to play with the Leaders expansion that I recently bought. I absolutely loved the Leaders expansion. I ended up third to last both games, but I still had a lot of fun along with everyone else.
 
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20. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:85]
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Played three 7 player games and two 6 player game at the Vesey's. I don't tend to be a big fan of social deduction games and I don't think Avalon changes that, but it was still fun enough. I was a bad guy the first three games, then Percival and Merlin the next two. The bad guys won the first 4 games handily because we made sure to fail the first Quest. We won the final game with some clever use of deception about who was Percival and who was Merlin.

Seven players is not this games strength because the ratio of bad to good guys is not very good. Six players was better, but I still felt like it was really easy to determine who people were. I still liked that you really quickly had all the info you needed to make a deduction if you were paying attention, so there was no completely hidden info like Deception in Hong Kong, but it never felt terribly challenging.
 
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21. Board Game: Hunt for the Ring [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:2477]
Girven Kissell
United States
Richmond
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Scotty's Birthday Weekend

Game 1) Scotty and Ian as Nazgul, me as Fellowship.
I used the allies really well as blockers in this game and made it to Bree with 6 corruption. I did not move in the third night phase to reduce my corruption from 3 to 2, but that one movement lost ended up giving me 4 additional corruption as the Nazgul caught up to me right outside Bree.
In the second phase I was doing well early, but then the Nazgul found we a couple times. My first tile pull was really bad and I had to sacrifice too many party members such that the next time they caught me the drove me over the corruption limit.

Game 2) Scotty as Fellwoship, Britton and I as Nazgul.
This game did not go well for Scotty. He was making a beeline down the road but then jogged off to try and make a backtrack loop to throw us off, but I had a card that let me search all the locations connected to me. I played it at the absolutely worst time for Scotty and we were on his trail for the rest of the game. We didn't catch him till just outside Bree, but by then we were absolutely certain of where he was and he took 8 corruption tiles in the last two turns. We did not completely corrupt him, but we decided to call it and play another game.


I really like this deduction game. Both the Nazgul and Frodo are interesting to play and both are actually rather hard. I have only played the second phase once, but I don't really see the value in what Gandalf's character is supposed to accomplish.
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22. Board Game: Mythic Battles: Pantheon [Average Rating:8.91 Overall Rank:366] [Average Rating:8.91 Unranked]
Girven Kissell
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Richmond
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This was definitely the game of the weekend because we played three games. Scotty clearly loves this game, and the expansiveness of the number of playable characters is way over the top.

Game 1) 3 player free for all. I commanded Helios, Lyceon, the Argonaughts, and one other monster that I can't remember. I ended up winning because Helios and my unnamed Monster could grab the omphalos from adjacent spaces which made it easier to get them without fighting for them. Ian ended up getting dogpiled because he started close to Scotty and a bunch of omphalos . He forgot one of his main God powers a couple times and took more damage than he should have which was a shame.
Over all this game is not really a 3 player game. It is just to easy for one person to get tag teamed.

Game 2) 2 v 1 game. Scotty had Ares, Atlas and Persephone, and Ian and I could only run Monsters, Heroes and troops.
This game play style was made up by us as players rather than coming from the scenario book and it showed. The combined army had the same number of build points as the God's, but we had two activation's to Scotty's one. We thought that the God powers would balance that, but it didn't so Ian and I won really easily.

Game 3) Britton picked his army, but Scotty played it after the first couple turns when Britton went to bed. I had Pan, the satyrs, Hector, Leonidas, Campe, and the Griffon.
This game was really frustrating for me because there were two characters that I felt were grossly underpriced for their cost. I liked this game overall before this play through, but was soured on it after this one. I would send a unit to grab an omphalos, but then Scooty would use Orion's ranged Mighty Throw to do damage and toss me out of the space leaving the omphalos behind. Then he moved Orpheus into the center of the board which meant that any unit that activated in his space or adjacent had to use an extra Art of War card, but he could stun and character that was on his space. Scotty won handily because my army basically could not move becuase I couldn't cycle Art of War cards fast enough.

There is a lot to like about this game. The army building is really simple but really fun, and the activation mechanism is really neat as well. But there are some huge balance issues in this game, that could have been fixed with a bit more play testing or thought into particular characters. The vast majority of the units are well balanced within the framework of the game, but I ran across at least 4 Monsters and Heroes that really broke the game. In a game that is clearly designed to be finely balanced enough to come down to play skill, these OP characters throw off the game really badly. I really do want to like this game, but I am not sure that I can; although I will definitely play again if given the opportunity.
 
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23. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:7]
Girven Kissell
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Richmond
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We played with "The Wind's Gambit" expansion for the first time and I am a really big fan. It made the opening moves of the game much more expansive and opened up some neat abilities for everyone. This really adds a lot to a game that I already love so much.
 
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24. Board Game: Lovecraft Letter [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1126]
Girven Kissell
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Richmond
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This was the surprise game of the weekend for me. I am not much of a fan of Loveletter, but the addition of the insanity actions added a lot to this game. It often made you choose between staying sane which was typically safer, or playing that really powerful insanity card that might come back to get you in the end. Definite thumbs up for me.

I won game 1 with Cthulu. I forget who won our second game set, and then I won the third game set on the Insanity side.
 
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25. Board Game: Great Western Trail [Average Rating:8.28 Overall Rank:9]
Girven Kissell
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Richmond
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I made a trade for Great Western Trail before driving up to Scotty's for the weekend so I was excited to play this game. I blitzed through the rules over lunch on Saturday but I wasn't familiar enough with them, so the play through was much shakier than I would have liked; although everyone still said they liked the game. I went for the high value cow strategy, Britton went with the move his train and ship a lot strategy, and Scotty didn't really have a strategy. I ended up winning, although I am still surprised by that because I felt that both other players had played better than I did.

I really like that you are playing the same board over and over, but get to develop it over time. This gives you the chance to learn all aspects of the game and then shape your strategy as the game progresses, rather than having to pick a strategy and hope that the game develops to match that strategy. I look forward to playing this game a lot more.
 
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