August 11th 2018 Games Played at Mount Claremont
Alicia Smith
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Seeing as I'm sick, stuck at home I might as well make this geek list for you.
I know Pandemic and Barbarossa were played! It's a lovely fine day.
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1. Board Game: Thunderstone [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:560] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
Stephen Roberts
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Perth
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Three of us played this twice.
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2. Board Game: Western Legends [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:726]
Stephen Roberts
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Got taught this one by Patrik, with Misha, Steve, Jasmine, and Ethan. I had so much fun with this one. Thought I had it in the bag as Billy the Kid, but Misha started the end game proceedings, with Jasmine and Ethan then pouncing all of us, with Annie Oakley (aka Jasmine) finally showing us that the law always wins....
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3. Board Game: Everdell [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:305]
Misha Nosiara
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Como
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Patrik taught myself and Christina. What appears to be a worker placement game is actually a card combo game. Beautiful production values. Good game, but don’t feel the need to own it.
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4. Board Game: Rajas of the Ganges [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:234]
Misha Nosiara
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I taught David, Macca and Patrik this worker placement with dice racing game. Lots of fun as usual, with David’s fame strategy trouncing our money strategy.
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5. Board Game: Photosynthesis [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:325]
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Leah and Mubeen joined me to play this enjoyable thematic game that actually has a lot more strategy to it than first appears.

Tactically placing seeds and growing your trees while always considering the movement of the sun and it’s shadow will give you the most light points which will then allow you to grow your forest further.

After three revolutions of the sun, Mubeen took out the win with Leah second and me third.
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6. Board Game: High Society [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:720]
Patrik Affentranger
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Subiaco
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2 quick games of High Society before heading home with Misha, David F.

I won my first ever game of High Society after playing it for like 5-10 times...

The second game Misha won as it ended super early and David and I might've run out of money to spend beforehand
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7. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:496]
Patrik Affentranger
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Last game for me on the day where Warren taught David F. and myself Coloretto. Keith joined in as well and I think it was either him or Warren that managed to get the best trucks and therefore most points to win the game.

Thanks for teaching Warren.
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8. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:75]
Ernest Chua
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WABA ran a Pandemic Survival tournament. Pandemic Survival (a format borrowed from others who have run it before) transforms the cooperative game into a team competition. Teams take part to either be the last team standing or the first to find all 4 cures. All teams start in the same positions, have the same roles, draw the same cards, and have epidemics strike at the same time.

In this tournament, there were 9 teams of 2. This scenario also included roles and events from the Pandemic: On the Brink expansion. I teamed up with Richard and we somehow avoided the worst of things while groaning with others on parallel worlds when certain cities had an epidemic or furiously planning when things fell nicely for us.

One by one, other teams on parallel worlds fell. Unfortunately, Richard and I were not able to either find all 4 cures or be the last team standing. We were the last team to die (in our case via outbreaks) and came a very satisfactory 2nd, leaving the still alive Christina and Mubeen as the victors.

See also https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2031312/pandemic-survival-m... and https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/149257/item/6308362#item6...
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9. Board Game: Habitats [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1595]
Ernest Chua
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Richard brought out this game for everyone (me, Peter, Julian(?), Jason(?) to learn. Thematically, we each are trying to organise our park so that animals have appropriate surrounding habitats to survive, and tourists can drive their cars through your park, be see animals and flowers from watchtowers, and wonder around their favourite landscape.

Mechanically, it is a tile laying game where selecting tiles is done sort-of step by step, many tiles have certain preconditions about what needs to be adjacent before they actually score, and some mid-game incentives in how your tiles are arranged (or in my case, not).

It probably took us about 2/3 of the game before everything fully clicked game-wise. It's not a bad little tile laying game, maybe half a step above in initially grasping it compared to other tile laying games like Carcassonne or Karuba.
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10. Board Game: Kitchen Rush [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:921]
Ernest Chua
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Richard, Jason, and Tim (?) took my through this stressful real-time game. We are all in a restaurant/kitchen, trying to take orders, get ingredients for our dish, cook them, and serve them within a set time. Each action takes time, represented in real time by 2 sand timers each that can only be moved to take a new action when the time runs out.

Thankfully, this was a team game so my junior kitchen skills didnn't just hurt me! Despite normally getting stressed out (in a fun game way) over real time games, I really enjoyed this experience and would be more than happy to play this game again.
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11. Board Game: CrossTalk [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:2395]
Ernest Chua
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A rotating cast supplemented a core group in playing this fantastic word game. We agreed to gallantly call it a draw at 4:4 as hunger and dinner became a more enticing proposition.

I must remember to read my card more carefully blush

I also saw this game get another play later at the meet.
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12. Board Game: Downforce [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:511]
Ernest Chua
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6 of us sat down to play this (Jason, Tim, Warren, Richard, Nick, and I) with one of the expansions. We played it twice.

This is a racing game but more a betting/picking the winning car game, where the winner is the one with the most money made by your car finishing well but also (more?) in picking which car/s will win/do well at various points in the race based on what cards you have to advance the cars.

We played with one of the expansions, which had different tracks with unique rules for each track and new powers for each car.

Richard made the comment that he preferred the game at less than 6 players. On reflection, I think I currently generally agree (based on my limited plays). With 6 players, each player will purchase 1 car and the prize money purely for placing (as opposed to the money you get what car you predicted would win) means each person is only interested in 1 car. With less players, at least 1 person will have multiple cards, meaning the tension of which car to prioritise seems to be more interesting.

It reminds me of some of my plays of Chicago Express, where having 4 players had each player pushing 'their' train/track. At 3 or 5 (or 6), having multiple people interested in differing priorities in having a train/track succeed or not succeed and having the ability to affect it made those sessions, for me, much more interesting.

Or I could be completely off - it has been years since I last played Chicago Express. All this may have to be considered more through further plays
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13. Board Game: Insider [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1077]
Ernest Chua
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We finished off the night with quite a few (at least 7) rounds of this word game. Everyone asks the Master 20-question type questions that can only be answered yes/no/I-don't-know to try get a randomly determined word/thing/concept within a set time. Unknown to everyone, one person is the Insider who also knows the word/thing/concept. The Insider is trying to guide the group to the correct answer without everyone else working out who the Insider is.

This is a small, relatively quick game that can work well as a slightly more thinky filler and can have people rapidly willing to play another round or 3.
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