IC Game Day Jan. 20, 2018
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Yesterday's game day saw another large turnout with many attendees both arriving and departing early. Among them were Nathan (yes, Nathan!), Roni, Erin D, Andy, Max, Siraj, Jason, Jake, Sabrina, Steve, Judy, Kate, Abby, Jeff, Mark, Mike, Wesley, Elizabeth, Elise, Bryce, Jim, Jenn, and Korey. Please add the many titles that were not recorded or that I missed to the list. Hope to see you again soon.
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1. Board Game: Skyward [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:4113]
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Nathan 26 (winner), Chris 25, Roni 20, Erin 20

Nathan brought, unboxed, and taught this new card based building game to the rest of us and narrowly won a close game. I quite enjoyed this title, especially its Warden divide the cards and the other players choose a set mechanic that is similar to San Marco or Piece o' Cake.
 
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2. Board Game: The Voyages of Marco Polo [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:40]
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Jason, Max, Siraj, Andy

The fellows started their day with a fast and light (not!) game of Marco Polo. I am not sure who won, but this is one of their favorite titles.
 
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3. Board Game: El Grande Decennial Edition [Average Rating:8.31 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.31 Unranked]
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Chris 99 (winner), Steve 98, Judy 92, Mark 82, Jeff 74

We gave Mark and Judy a refresher on El Grande with the Portugal expansion and enjoyed a very competitive game in which anyone could have won. Mark got out to an early lead that he managed to maintain for quite awhile with a lot of 9 and 11 point scoring in New Castile. Judy did a good job of whittling away at his lead, while Jeff did the same to me. Steve made a spectacular late game comeback and very nearly won.
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4. Board Game: Linko! [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:704]
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Mike 69 (winner), Elizabeth 52, Sabrina 47, Jake 34

A close game of Linko was played with Mike earning the win.
 
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5. Board Game: Bears vs Babies [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:7852]
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Mike 10 (winner), Sabrina 9, Elizabeth 7, Jake 4

Mike is the king of lighter titles, winning another one with Bears vs. Babies.
 
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6. Board Game: Ethnos [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:244]
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Mike, Chris, Jason, Max, Mark

Our game of Ethnos was quick, fun, and surprisingly close at the end (2 VPs) despite Mike's apparent dominance. The dragon cards came up very early in ages II and III due to my excellent draws. ;-)
 
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7. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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Judy 118 (winner), Kate 100, Abby 59

Judy and the girls played TtR, a perennial favorite, with Judy narrowly winning.
 
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8. Board Game: Scythe: Invaders from Afar [Average Rating:8.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.43 Unranked]
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Jason, Max, Andy, Siraj, Elise, Bryce, ...

Scythe and its first expansion was played by many people including some first timers.
 
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9. Board Game: Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:59]
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Jenn (winner) & Jim

After arriving at an awkward time, Jim and Jenn got in a game of classic Clank!
 
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10. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:721]
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Roni & Sabrina (winners), Jake, Nathan, Elizabeth, Wesley, Erin

Shadow Hunters was played by seven people, which is a tricky number that results in three neutrals and only two hunters and shadows.
 
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11. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:482]
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Bryce 25 (winner), Elizabeth 23, Sabrina 22, Jake 18, Elise 16

The soccer gamers were able to squeeze in an excellent filler title that is deeper than its mechanics let on before heading out to have fun storming the castle.
 
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12. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:506]
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Jim 7 (winner), Steve 6, Jeff 5, Jenn 4

Jim brought Maharaja and refreshed everyone on the rules. The gang's play was super close with Jim winning.
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13. Board Game: Clank! In! Space! [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:230]
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Nathan, Roni, Erin, ...
Mike (winner), Max, Chris (dead)

Clank in Space was played by two separate groups back-to-back. In the second game, I believe that Mike might have beat Max by a few (5?) points. Max set a stunning pace through the ship after purchasing a speeder in his initial buy and then quickly inserting his data cubes into ports ;-) to acquire the command codes. He made it to the escape pods well ahead of Mike and me, who died before even making it to the cargo bay.
 
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14. Board Game: Not Alone [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:557]
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Jake, Mike, Sabrina, Elizabeth, Chris, Mark

We played two game of Not Alone. In the first one, Jake played an awesome alien and quickly assimilated us. The survivors did much better in our second game with Mike as the alien. Gotta love the beach!
 
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15. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:42]
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Siraj 60 (winner), Andy 47, Roni 45, Nathan 35

Keyflower, which has not hit the table in awhile, was played with Siraj winning handily.
 
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16. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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Steve, Judy, Jeff, Jim, Jenn, Kate/Abby?

After a long absence, Citadels hit the table at game day again.
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17. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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Steve, Judy, Jim, Jenn, Kate, Abby?

I know that For Sale was played again, but I am not sure by who.
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18. Board Game: Photosynthesis [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:345]
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Jason, Wesley, Mark, ...

Jason and the gang got in a game of this mind stretching new title.
 
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19. Board Game: Slide 5 [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2069]
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Steve and Chris 0 (winners), Jason 35, Korey 26, Abby 6, Kate 14, Judy 4, Mark 27

As a filler, we snuck in one round of Sliders 5 with Jason having the high score. ;-) The game was new to Jason and Korey but familiar to the rest of us in one release or another.
 
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20. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:469]
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Judy 130 (winner), Steve 119, Roni 114, Chris 109

Judy lead throughout our entire game of UP despite both Roni (black) and Steve (grey) having a monopoly in a color. Roni and my investments in UP turned out poorly in comparison with Steve and Judy who had many fewer cards. This game is a classic that I am glad that Steve brings as often as he does.
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21. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:48] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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Nathan 77 (winner), Siraj 51, Roni 46, Andy 39
Chris 64, Roni 43

Two fun games of this new tile based game that I highly recommend were played.
 
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22. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.38 Overall Rank:5]
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Siraj 55 (winner), Korey 53, Jason 50, Mark 40, Nathan 37

TM, both one of the best recent and all time titles, was played again in another very close game.
 
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23. Board Game: Dead of Winter: The Long Night [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:144] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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Jason, Korey, Chris, Roni, Nathan

We all came very close to winning The Long Night before losing to the game at the very end. We had one traitor (Roni), but this did not affect our game much. I still think the this expansion needs more characters to fully be standalone.
 
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