GRAB Regular Tuesday Gaming, 7/3/18
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Feeling independent?

Attending: Beth, Bruce, Dan, Jennifer, Jonathan, Kamryn, Lauren, Mark, Matt R, Ron, Sharon, Tony

The tunes:
Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks
Max Richter - Miss Sloane
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out
David Holmes - Ocean's Eleven
Christopher Larkin - Hollow Knight
Daft Punk - TRON: Legacy
Mark Mothersbaugh - Thor: Ragnarok
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Matt 63, Mark 42, Jonathan 29

A rough game all round. All players put 8s in all three rows early on, making the frequent 8 rolls later unusable. First play for Mark. He ended with 4 Fehlwürfe, but Matt was right on his heels with 3 and I had 2. I had no completed rows, which stings.
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Ron, Sharon, Lauren, Bruce

Attempted two expeditions. Lost #1 due to thirst, having collected two of four airship components. Game #2 fared better, with three components collected, but all the sand came out ending the game with the final component buried in the dunes.
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Beth: 18 (win), Tony: 24 (win), Jenny: 25 (win), Jonathan: chill (win)

We misplayed one rule, making techniques much more powerful than they should have been which resulted in my extra chill. We should play it right next time. But Bob doesn't care; he's just chilling.
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Kamryn 167, Matt 147, Mark 128, Dan 107

Dan played the most bunnies. Matt didn't play his quarry resources. Mark had lots of mountains. Kamryn was surprised that writing on the (un)Official GRAB Scoresheet is the responsibility of the game winner.
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Jenny 54, Jonathan 46, Tony 40, Beth 37

New to Beth. We only played two hands because we wanted to sync up with the other tables completing their games. Jenny had the highest score in each of those hands, though.
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Tony, Kamryn, Beth, Jonathan

We scored 16: Honorable, but forgettable. This is a very generous description of our score, which I would refer to as "bumbling." Kamryn forgot the position of one of her safe plays because of drawing a new card and moving them around. I forgot the position of one of mine without even moving it, because I'm an idiot.
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Mark 30, Lauren 28, Ron 27, Dan 9

Ron & Lauren learned. Dan was a good teacher.
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Bruce #1, Matt #2, Sharon #3, Jenny #4

Bruce knew the exact date of the colonization of Africa. Matt was displeased.
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Kamryn 24, Matt 12, Beth 6, Bruce 0, Dan -4

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Jonathan (Xaman Ek) 69, Tony (Yumkaax) 65, Lauren (Ah Chuy Kak) 58, Mark (Ahmakiq) 33

Played with both Tribes and Prophecies. Lauren made the best use of her tribe's ability, though it petered out in usefulness as the game progressed. Mark and I used ours only once each. I focused on grabbing lots of corn tiles from Palenque due to a late-game prophecy there. Mark was the only one to substantially work on temple advancement, and I was the only one who built a monument (worth 28 points!).

Lauren documents: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk0A6OMBRvQ
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Lauren 43, Jonathan 36

Lauren was kind to suggest a playtest to wrap up the evening. We implemented ideas from Thursday's GRUBS meeting, and the results are very promising. I'll need to run some more tests in the next days to solidify my thoughts before Protospiel, when things will undoubtedly greatly shift again as they always seem to in designs that feel mostly finished going in.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk0BhE8B91D
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