SF Board Games Night 11/9
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Went to a new board game meetup last night in San Francisco (http://boardgames.meetup.com/488/). Here's a list of what I played and what I saw everyone else playing.
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1. Board Game: Taboo [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1629]
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Starting with the games I played. I got there a little late, so unfortunately most people were already involved in games. I managed to hook up with a couple of late comers. They wanted to play a quick game of Taboo before moving on to the hard stuff. I'd played it years ago. Turns out I'm pretty good at it. We had 6 players (2 teams of 3). We were going to play to 50, but my team was pretty far ahead (45 to 35 or so) when some other folks showed up and we broke the game to play...
 
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2. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:208]
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Acquire! I'd never played this before. We played with 6 people, 3 of them new. I ended up coming in second with about $36,000. Session report here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/237777

I liked this game quite a bit. I know it is out of print, but if I get the chance I will, umm, Acquire it. :groan:

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3. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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We finished Acquire around 10:30 or so, but the cafe was open until midnight. Not enough time for a heavy game, but most of the Acquire players were still up for something light. I pulled out Guillotine. It was one of the shortest games of this (not a long game anyway) I'd ever played. First I ended the second day about 5 nobles early by playing Scarlet Pimpernel. Then a player played Mass Confusion (put the nobles in line back into the deck, shuffle it, and deal out the same number) with 9 nobles left. First noble off the deck was Robespierre, ending the game as soon as he was taken. Usually the winning score in this game is in the high teens or low twenties. I think the winning player (the guy who played the Mass Confusion) had 9. He had placed last in Acquire though, so everyone gets to win!

After Gullotine a few of us played Taboo until they kicked us out of the cafe a little before midnight.
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4. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:412]
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On to the games I didn't play. Actually this one didn't get played at all. When I first arrived and most people were playing games, one guy I met said he was interested in trying Vegas Showdown. I set it up in the hope that we'd be able to wrangle a couple more players, but we ended up getting dragged into Taboo instead.
 
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5. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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This was one of the games that was already going when I got there. I've played it maybe a dozen times, but always up for a game...
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6. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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Here's one I wished I'd gotten there early enough to get in on. Some folks were a couple turns in when I showed up. I hadn't ever seen the game before, but I'd heard a lot of good things. The camels are cute.
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7. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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Another one that was already in progress when I showed up. Another one I've heard good things about but never gotten to try, or even see before. 20 minutes late and I missed all these things I wanted to try!
 
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8. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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This one get started while we were playing Acquire. I think it was mostly the folks who had been playing Puerto Rico. Another game I haven't had a shot at yet. This being my first time at this meetup, even though I didn't get to play them, I was glad to see a number of games that I'm interested in being broken out.
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9. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:710]
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Some folks were getting started at this just as we finished Acquire. I own this but haven't had a chance to get it to the table yet.
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10. Board Game: Starfarers of Catan [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:847]
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Someone came in fairly late and brought this with the 5-6 player expansion. The rocket ships are cool! I didn't think they were going to be able to get it going, but sometime around 9:30 or so I think they managed to start a game. I'm not sure if they managed to finish (I think there were a number of new players).
 
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11. Board Game: Quiddler [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:2878]
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When Taboo broke, the ones of us who didn't play Acquire played Quiddler. Another one I own. I don't love it, but at least it is faster than Scrabble.

That's all I saw being played that I can remember. I probably missed a few. Can't wait to come back!
 
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