AireCon Aide Memoire 2018
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Tuesday was Mrs Meeple's birthday and the preceding weekend was AireCon, so we packed our many bags and set off for Harrogate (having booked our hotel room June last year).

Here's some of what we did.
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1. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:507]
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Having booked into the hotel we set off for AireCon to dump shelf clutter sell cherished games on to others to enjoy at the Bring 'n' Buy. I must admit to mixed feelings about letting go of Kardinal und Koenig
 
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2. Board Game: Eminent Domain: Microcosm [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1893]
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Picked this up at the B&B for a couple of quid. Other than set up and scoring, there are only two rules on the rule sheet. :sigh: so when, exactly, may one "reveal" a colony during war? I think Mrs Meeple won.
 
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3. Board Game: P.I. [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1549]
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An actual board game with an actual board. Mrs Meeple successfully ambushed a couple of innocent passers-by called Dan and Richard and lured them into a game of P.I.

Now I quite like Mastermind and used to have a soft spot for Cluedo, so why not combine the two with a bit of hard boiled 'tec action on the gritty streets of an unnamed metropolis? After all "down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid".

Dan won.

 
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4. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:672]
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The four of us then enjoyed a brutal, vicious, knife-fight-in-a-telephone-kiosk game of purloining penguins.

Dan and Richard kept pointing their flippers at me, insisting I was going to win. Mrs Meeple won. I think she was smirking slightly when she counted up her haul.
 
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5. Board Game: Red7 [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:540]
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Two hands of Red 7, I won one and Richard the other, after which we broke up for a stroll around and food. I liked the £5 meal deal at the 'burger food truck.
 
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6. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:499]
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Later on Mrs Meeple and I headed on to the Giant Wits and Wagers hosted by Bez, where we latched onto Adam and Patrick.

As a returning champion from last year I managed to be both smug and nervous. Strange combination of emotions.

Astuteness in the beginning gave us a healthy lead, increased by tactical betting in later rounds, saw us go into the final question with a commanding, if not domineering, position. Which is where it all came unstuck.

Team Swirly-Whirly was in third place, out of three teams, and teams could bet any and all of their winnings on the last answer. We played cautiously, but Team Swirly-Whirly gamed nicely going all in. Getting it wrong meant coming in third. Getting it right meant victory! And in the end victory did indeed favour the brave.

Plaudits for Team Swirly-Whirly.

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7. Board Game: Timeline: Music & Cinema [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1119] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
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After Giant Wits and Wagers was the THE QUIZ!

Mrs Meeple insinuated ourselves into the Eleven Seriously Challenge Meeples' team (of which there were two (or possibly six)).

During the quiz we squeezed in two games of Timelines. Although not triumphing in the quiz, we did not disgrace ourselves.

I forget who won Timelines.
(I lie, it was me both times.)
 
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8. Board Game: Cubist [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2326]
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Saturday saw us dragooning Chris from York into a three player game. I won!
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9. Board Game: The Gallerist [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:69]
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Horse's doobries out the way onto the main course.

Robert, a fan of heavier games whom we had met the year before, met me to play this work of art. Mrs Meeple declined.

Joining the two of us were Mike and Mark.

This is one those games where I enjoy the play, and the headaches it brings, regardless of where I finish in the rankings.

Mark won, with Mike and Robert tieing for second place. Yeah I came last.
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10. Board Game: Kanagawa [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:522]
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Meanwhile Mrs Meeple was off, unchaperoned, playing lighter games.

She beat Chris.
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11. Board Game: Century: Spice Road [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:219] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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Then she played with Will, Ross, Joe, and Dave. (Where does she keep meeting these men?)

Will won.
 
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12. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:48] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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Finally Azul with Will, Joe, and Dave. But not Ross.

A win for Mrs Meeple!
 
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13. Board Game: Key Harvest [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1310]
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The Gallerist having finally broken up, I joined Mrs Meeple, Oliver (who we met last year), and Richard for a game.

Richard won.
 
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14. Board Game: Kanagawa [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:522]
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I went for a wander, leaving the three to play Kanagawa.

Oliver won.
 
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15. Board Game: Timeline: Discoveries [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1063] [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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Wander over I returned and Richard went.

Oliver won.
 
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16. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:695]
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Fleet, just the base game, is one of my all time favourites.

And I won!
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17. Board Game: Lotus [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1290]
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One last, quick game before Oliver had to go on tea-urn duty.

Mrs Meeple won.
 
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18. Board Game: Capt'n Clever [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:9433]
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After meals, a wander about (most of the wandering was to keep tabs on the Bring and Buy), and some heavy duty nicotine consumption on my part, Mrs Meeple and played Robert's bargain priced Capt'n Clever.

Surprisingly vicious and tactical. Mrs Meeple out-pirated us.
 
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19. Board Game: P.I. [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1549]
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Another game of P.I.

Robert won.

Another wander around and then back to the hotel.
 
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20. Board Game: Capt'n Clever [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:9433]
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Mrs Meeple and Robert, along with Michael, played at pirates.

I went to the Bring and Buy to slash prices. Don't know who won.
 
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21. Board Game: Age of Industry [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:459]
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Mrs Meeple, Steve, and me.

Steve won.

This was the last we played at Harrogate.
 
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22. Board Game: Buccaneer [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:5988]
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Off to the Bring and Buy to cash in. The price cutting worked, we had sold all our wares. So I splurged £20 on a 1957 copy of my favourite childhood game. All six ships present and the board unwarped. Worth every penny!

Meal and a final wander around, and then on to Whitby for a mini break with a bit of swimming in the North Sea.


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It was cold.
 
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23. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:15265]
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At the cottage in Whitby we found this oldie.

The challenge was to see how many "wheels" I could fill before Mrs Meeple completed hers.

Two. Hah!
 
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