Mad Anthony Gamers - Weekend Games Played
Ken F
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Fort Wayne
Indiana
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This is what the Mad Anthony Gamers out of Fort Wayne, Indiana played on the 16th and 17th of November (Friday and Saturdays are our weekends).

We encourage all comments from fellow Geeks, especially those located in Indiana.

MAG is a small group of 4 members who play on Fridays from 7pm to 2am, and on Saturdays from 3pm to around 1am. We have had the pleasure of one BGG drop-in guest and hope there will be more in the future. If you wish to know more about us, contact Jim (kiraly) via GeekMail here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/user/kiraly

Our previous session GeekList can be found here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/26136

The list of the games we've played since our recent inception can be found here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/24281

And our website can be visited by following this easy to remember link: http://www.MadAnthonyGamers.com
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1. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The King in Yellow Expansion [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
Ken F
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Due to unusual circumstances, our normal Saturday Arkham session was flipped over to Friday night, in turn delaying our 'spotlight' game until next Friday.

The three players for this Arkham Horror session were:

Jim K. as Mandy Thompson, Sandy Niche as Jenny Barnes, and Ken Boneroller as Diana Stanley, all of whom were brave enough to share the stage with Glaaki and his troupe of vile worshipers in the Touring Performance of that most controversial play, The King in Yellow.

Heading into this version of the King of Yellow in which all of the expansion cards are placed on top of the Main Game cards, seemed to me, much like self-medicating with a .45 caliber sleeping pill to induce a quick, yet painful dirt nap. The expansion played this way can be quite nasty depending on cards drawn and opponents faced.

Fortunately for us, however, Blight Cards never came into play and Diana Stanley (reformed cultist) had possession of the Arcane Insight card allowing her to look at and rearrange the top 3 Mythos Cards. Also fortunate for us, the Doom Track was filled just in time, as the 3rd Act of The King in Yellow was about to start.

The final battle with Glaaki was over pretty quickly, with our small troupe of players emerging with only minor injuries, yet and critical reviews.
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2. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
Ken F
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Fort Wayne
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It's been awhile since Goa has seen the felt, and this was the first time our group has ever played it with four. While Sandy, Jim, and I have played this fine game on at least 2 occasions, our newest member, Ross, was unfamiliar with it.

Goa has some very nice game features which we all enjoyed: auctions in which auctioneers rotate, allowing them to receive the bids for use in later auctions; as well as a 2-part game, played over 2 parts. By this, I mean in the first part of the game you have an auction section, followed by actions, which is repeated four times; the board is then reset with new auction pieces and once again auctions and actions are played through four more times, resulting in a winner. I find the multi-purpose Exploration Cards a very nice mechanism, and the Action Cards, quite beneficial.

Goa is one of MAGs higher rated games, though not one frequently played.

Final Scores:
Jim: 45
/ Ross: 36 / Ken: 32 / Sandy: 32
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3. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
Ken F
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Fort Wayne
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Tichu is King in the land of MAG!

This week history was made when Sandy called and made her first ever Tichu! Sandy had called Tichu for the first time the week prior, but fell short of her goal. This time she quickly made it, leaving Ross with a look of astonishment at her seemingly effortless execution.

Placing that historical moment aside, the game started rough for the Sandy/Ken team as our opponents came on strong with a Tichu one-two finish in the first hand. This was followed by Sandy's historical play, and then by another one-two and Tichu by opponents Ross and Jim, leaving our side in the dust. But our deficit was short-lived as my first 8 cards in a later hand led me to believe I could make a Grand Tichu, which indeed I did. This was followed by first another Tichu and then a one-two finish, giving Sandy and me the win. I should note that Sandy is excellent as a defensive player and is well known for dismantling many a would-be Tichu.

Final Scores:
Ken & Sandy: 1055
/ Jim & Ross: 755
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4. Board Game: EastFront [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:1340]
Ken F
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Fort Wayne
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Jim: Russians / Ken: Axis

Saturday Jim and I finished up the last 3 turns of the Barbarossa scenario. The first turn was a normal weather turn, but the Axis was inefficient in their attacks and quite often (nearly 100%) repelled during river crossings. The next turn was a mud turn in which both sides basically stood their ground and recuperated. The final turn was snow, which as the Axis player I preferred over mud, and so battles continued after a month's rest. The dice, however, still favored the Russians, and in the end the stack of eliminated Russians and handful of gained Production Points did little to offset the 40 point scenario handicap.

Final Scores:
Jim (Russians) +24 differential
/ Ken (Axis) 0
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5. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
Ken F
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Saturday evening Ross had brought with him a guest to our group. Janelle has played games before, but aside from Tichu, has not been exposed to any of our group's usuals. This being the case, we decided to breakout a game appropriate for all levels of players. Another plus was that Lord of the Rings is a cooperative game.

In the BGG community it seems LotR is broken up into two camps: those who love it, and those who loath it. With this in mind, I wasn't sure how we would react to this Kinizian best-seller, since none of us has played it before; but regardless of whatever impact the game would leave us with, it did seem to be an easy game to slip into.

The game flow is easy and game is self-progressing by just following the text on the boards. Most of our encounters (by this I mean obligations and penalties through events and tiles) were easily handled, and not many of the die rolls were too harsh. The game finished in fairly quick time (considering it was a first time for all of us) and we emerged as victors without any reduction in party size. We did play this game at the beginner's level, and if we play it again, will either play it at advanced or expert level to give us a small amount of the tension we get from our Arkham sessions.

This game received a lukewarm rating from the group and could be elevated by a subsequent play at the expert level; but I think the only thing that may pull us into the pro-LotR camp would be the Sauron expansion.

Winners: The Fellowship of the Ring
Loser: That Big Ugly Piece of Black Plastic
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6. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:226]
Ken F
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LotR was followed up by a game I truly hate to play. I give Modern Art the kudos it deserves, but I hate to play it nonetheless. I really love auction games, but I find Modern Art too mathy for my tastes. Acquire is the only other game I put into this too-mathy-to-like category.

Having said that, everyone else in the group really enjoyed Modern Art. Both Sandy and Ross were pretty aggressive in their auctions; Jim, I believe, sold to his advantage and purchased where profit was to be made; Janelle sold the odd piece here and there for extra income, but usually overpaid for her acquisitions; while my mistake was sitting down at the table.

Final Scores:
Ross: 490K
/ Sandy: 463K / Jim: 357K / Janelle: 347K / Ken: 305K
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7. Board Game: Oasis [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1244]
Ken F
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The last game of the evening is one of my personal favorites, Oasis. Many of Allan Moon's designs, it is said, are made for a set number of players, and for Oasis it is definitely five, since a crowded board makes for a tense game.

The last time our group played this game, Sandy was constantly stuck with bad cards which made for weak offers. This time around, both Jim and Ross had this problem, though Sandy's fate had been reversed. I personally do not mind the random/luck element of this game (introduced by a hand of cards which cannot be viewed prior to play, or its order rearranged) and find the unique auction mechanic makes the game worth playing.

At the end of the game everyone was pretty much invested in at least a little of everything, though Sandy and I had the largest stacks of multipliers. For me the game still remains one of my favorites. Ross has cooled considerable on this one, and Jim seems to feel the same. Even Sandy with her great score, is still unsure.

Final Scores:
Sandy: 121
/ Ken: 118 / Janelle: 80 / Ross: 56 / Jim: 36
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