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Look, by now everybody knows how hot it gets in the summer here in Eastern Washington. So it should be no surprise when I inform you that the CBBS Game Night held on June 15, 2019, took place in unbearable, soul-murdering heat. Fortunately, the official CBBS Gaming Basement itself was merely hot and stuffy. Also, there was food. Tim, Eric 5, Elden, Nyck, Ian, Art, Mason, Shawn, Kory, Tom, first-timer Keith, and eventually Eric 2 were all there.


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1. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:626] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Tim Shippert
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Start time: 6:30pm
End time: 6:55pm


There are only two Ricochet Robots puzzles this time around, and neither of them are very interesting. We blame society.



Eric 5*, Tim, Elden, Nyck, Ian, Art, and Mason all earned a chip. All others failed. They were considered failures. Because of all the failing they did.
 
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2. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1303]
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Start time: 6:55pm
End time: 7:00pm


The official clock showed 6:55pm, even though Shawn claims it was slow. It probably was slow - no matter how Tim sets it, it always seems to be five minutes slow. Nevertheless, it is official, so we had five minutes to kill before the real games were allowed to begin.

Thus, we played SET.

The end.
 
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3. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:23]
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Start time: 7:15pm
End time: 10:15pm


After the traditional Configuration Powwow, where we all hem and haw and air grievances and perform feats of strength, it was decided, by unanimous proclamation, that Tim, Shawn, Nyck, and Ian would play Caverna: The Cave Farmers, using the now-mostly-mandatory Caverna: The Forgotten Folk expansion.


Tim was the Pale Ones, who can grow mushrooms and overhang in the dungeon. And, since there are way too many tiny little room chits to read and understand, he decided fairly early on to concentrate on mining as a way to make points. Because the mining spot also includes a 2-up expedition action, it seemed wise to get a bunch of early ore and start working up those weapons.

Tim finally did decipher a couple rooms that might help, which he could also afford to build: the one that gave an ore for every donkey in a mine, and the one that scored an extra point per ruby. With these in hand, his strategery was clear: overhang to get mushrooms and set up mines, build lot of mines, build lots of ruby mines, stock the mines with donkeys, use all that ore to get big weapons, and use the expeditions to get donkeys and build rooms and do all the cool expedition stuff.

He was fortunate in that only Shawn (as the Trolls) was also doing expeditions. Ian was another underground race and thus was also fighting Tim for mining actions, but towards the end Tim was sitting on a couple fellers with huge weapons who nevertheless got to do 3-up and 4-up expeditions, because nobody else had taken those spots. This let him horde his rubies to score with instead of use them to go out of order, which was nice.

Shawn, meanwhile, had been building a huge outdoor complex of animals in pastures and an impressive array of yellow scoring rooms inside. Nyck was the inverse of Tim and Ian, with bonuses outside and penalties inside, so he was working big farms and pastures as well. Ian had a bunch of mines and, because he didn't need wood to build, had constructed a bunch of high scoring rooms, as well.

In the end, though, Tim's stockpile of 13 rubies, his large network of ore and ruby mines, and a bunch of in-game points scored through the ore conversion action and from expeditions gave Tim 112 points and the victory. Ian's impressive room score got him to 98 points for second, while Shawn's bonus buildings earned him 90 points and third place. Nyck finished out the group with 87, so it was a fairly close game all around.
 
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4. Board Game: Teotihuacan: City of Gods [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:87]
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Start time: 7:20pm
End time: 9:15pm


Another game that was played was Teotihuacan: City of Gods, by Elden and Eric 5 and Kory. Back in the Lounge, where such things happen.


I know nothing of this game. Nothing! Except that Elden scored 196 fried banana slugs or whatever. Eric 5 scored 172, while Kory scored 91.
 
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5. Board Game: Photosynthesis [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:338]
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Start time: 7:20pm
End time: 8:50pm


Also a game played that was was Photosynthesis. Tom, Keith, Art, and Mason made the fateful decision to play this on Table Two.

That decision was fateful because the Table Two overhead camera (i.e. a phone from two phones ago) chose not to work this time around, so we have no photos of this game. You might be able to see something from the overhead camera on Table One - we'll see. (Ed. You can, kinda - see below.)

Anyway, they played the non-advanced game, so you could seed and grow in the shade. That makes the game go faster and easier. Keith won, with 71 points, while Art, Tom, and Mason scored 54, 50, and 16, respectively.
 
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6. Board Game: Fuji Flush [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1788]
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Start tine: 9:00pm
End time: 9:29pm

Table Two won the race to the reconfig, so they played a few round of Fuji Flush to murder half an hour or so.


Keith won game one, Art won games two and four, and Mason won game three. Tom enjoyed his white "participant" ribbon.
 
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7. Board Game: Just One [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:500]
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Start time: 9:30pm
End time: 10:40pm (two games)


Table One was soooooo slooooowwwwwwww, so everybody else gathered in the Lounge to play a couple psychotic games of Just One.


In Game One, the hearty crew solved six words out of a possible 13 (although, if you recall, when you guess wrong you lose an additional word, so you rarely play out all thirteen rounds).

Elden solved Italy, Eric 5 solved Hole, Tom solved Knight, Art incorrectly guessed Show for Cinema, Keith failed to find Ripe, Kory solved Spice, Mason solved Mower, Elden skipped guessing on Lighthouse, Eric 5 got close by guessing Flint rather than Flintstones, and Tom solved Comforter. That's ten rounds, three misses, one skip.

In Game Two, the intrepid band improved by one, with Art solving Friday, Keith skipping Troy, Kory solving Mars, Mason skipping Venus (hmm), Elden solving Cocktail, Eric 5 solving Crown, Tom solving Dentist, Art missing Karate, Keith missing Register, Kory solving Oasis, and Mason solving Slippers. Two misses and two skips over eleven rounds.
 
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8. Board Game: Fuji Flush [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1788]
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Start time: 10:30pm
End time: 10:35pm


Now Table One needed to kill a few minutes, so they played Fuji Flush, because we've apparently never heard of any other filler games.

Nyck won game one, while Tim won game two, despite having four cards left when all three of his opponents were down to their last card. Fortunately for Tim, all of his were high cards, so he was able to run the table when nobody else was able to draw a lucky 18 or something.
 
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9. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:98]
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Start time: 10:55pm
End time: 11:45pm


It was finally time for a reconfig. Mason, Elden, Eric 5, and Art, decided somewhere in time and space, to play Istanbul. It's possible they used the Istanbul: Mocha & Baksheesh expansion. This might have happened on Table Three, but that camera was also wonky, so who knows.

Art won with 6 rubies. Eric 5, Elden, and Mason scored 5, 4, and 3, respectively.
 
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10. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:126]
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Start time: 11:10pm
End time: 1:15am


Meanwhile, Tim, Kory, Nyck, and Eric 2 played Village, because it is well-known this only takes forty-five minutes to play.


This was a very close game where everybody was doing something different, which is always a pleasing thing. Tim focused in the Market with some travel, Kory visited everywhere and packed the church (and chronicle), Nyck earned the two church points every round, plus some sixers and some travel points, and Eric 2 concentrated on the Market.

The key for Tim was that he quickly advanced an age 2 feller up to the third council spot - but nobody else did much at the council all game. Eric 2 ran to the top early but eventually had to kill off his age 1 councilman, and after that most of those council cubes were available all game for Tim to use to get some quick goods to trade at the market or a wagon for some late-game travel. The only "downside" to this strategy was that tapping the council member without promoting him doesn't take any time, so it was difficult to kill three guys off quickly enough to score minimal chronicle points. But a well-timed plague cube allowed Tim to blast halfway around his board to plant his third farmer amongst the honored dead.

In the end, Tim scored 43 in the market and 16 via travel, so with his civil servant and chronicle points he finished with 67 and the victory. Kory basically did everything but sell goods, maxing the travel points, dumping a bunch of late guys into scoring position in the church, and getting five guys in the chronicle, to finish with 62, just a late market tile away from victory. Nyck had been scoring church points all game and advanced two to the top level, which, along with travel and some market tiles, got him to 61. Eric 2 had some big market turns - the difference was he got no travel points, yet finished with a still-respectable 57.
 
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11. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:38] [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
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Start time: 11:50pm
End time: 12:20am


Eric 5 and Art hung around while Table One finished to play Azul.

Eric 5 won, 47 to 38.
 
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12. Board Game: Machi Koro: Harbor [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Start time: 12:30am
End time: 1:00am


Eric 5 and Art hung around some more to play Machi Koro: Harbor.

Eric 5 got to all landmarks first; Art was just missing the airport, but wasn't all that close to finishing.
 
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13. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:4080] [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:112]
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Is it considered uncouth to cut the rind off a brie? I don't care for it, as it is kind of bitter and makes it harder to spread on a cracker - but it is edible, and slicing it off seems like a lot of work.

I like those hexagonal backed cracker things, and feel they are a better vehicle for delivering meats and cheeses than Ritz crackers, which always seem to be crumbly and broken coming out of the package. The Triscuits, of course, are fine for this.

Similarly, I like Jelly Bellies slightly more than Spice Drops, but the later always get eaten completely while I always end up with half the Jelly Bellies left over. That may actually be a feature, not a bug, as it enhances my Sunday snacking - still, one wonders why. Is it the mysterious combination of flavors one might expect? Again, I consider that a feature, not a bug, and they are all real candy flavors and not some vile trick-or-treat nonsense going on.

The hazelnut spread M&Ms seem to go pretty quick - one must stock up early on those. The dipped pretzel things were red, white, and blue and in the shapes of stars, because Independence Day is around the corner. I never got a complete accounting of what was in the Cowboy cookies, mostly because Mason dumped half of them on the floor.

One of these days I should just order a bunch of pizzas - that's not really ideal food to eat at the gaming table, but putting up a spread like this is a lot of work.
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