Central Texas Boardgames Meetup Games Played 12/07
John Gravitt
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Northglenn
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We had about 28 people show up. That's only a few no-shows off the RSVP list. There was an accident on the way over that closed an exit so I'm glad more people were not scared away from our regular, first Friday meetup.

A few of us played till about 1:30 this time. In January, we'll do GITHOT--Games in the Heart of Texas so we can play all weekend.
http://githot.com . If you can be near Austin in January, we'd love to have you.
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1. Board Game: Escalation! [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:6437]
John Gravitt
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Ed is always ready with a quick filler to occupy early (on time) arrivals while we wait for others. In the past, he has also started us with Tsuro which is great for this in my opinion.

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2. Board Game: Mordred [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3675]
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Had a new, old game from Martin Wallace. Most of Wallace's games are long brain-burners. This one lists a playing time of 45 minutes so I'll have to check it out sometime.
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3. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:500]
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Wits and wagers is such a quick game it was played several times.
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4. Board Game: Faces [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:5759]
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There was a ton of laughter coming from the Faces table. My wife asked me to buy this the next day. She had fun and thinks my nongaming mother will enjoy it when she visits soon for Christmas.
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5. Board Game: Beowulf: The Legend [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1834]
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Gina, my wife, won this game as usual. She takes a lot of risks but she also looks at what is coming up on the board and plays accordingly. On one episode she took a wound instead of a scratch so that she could take two cards and she planned to get rid of two scratches in the next episode. If she had three scratches turn into a wound it would have been harder for her to get rid of it. It worked.
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6. Board Game: Gipsy King [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2576]
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A group of four played Gipsy King and so did a group of two. This game is quick, easy to understand, and has a lot of replay due to the random setup.
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7. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:489]
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Nick practiced explaining bridge bids with an interesting system he has been working on. I liked it and would devote a few evenings to learn more if there is enough interest.
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8. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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A partial game of Tichu was played. A highlight for Traci was calling and making her first Grand Tichu. One of the players had to leave before the game reached its natural conclusion.
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9. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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I'm glad someone brought vanilla Settlers. A new couple came to the meetup who have already registered for our GITHOT--Games in the Heart of Texas games weekend in January. Amusingly, they brought Talisman and Zombie Fluxx. Neither one was played. Settlers was played.
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10. Board Game: Manila [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:614]
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Jeff hated Manila. This late game actually broke the bank with all of the pesos being out. Jeff said every boat he got on was doomed to failure.
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11. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:418]
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Unfortunately, the game of Cuba stopped due to a rules mistake. I think there's a building that allows you to fill a ship. It sounded like the group was playing so that you didn't actually have to have the goods to use that building, they took them out of the supply.
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12. Board Game: Blue Moon City [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:495]
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Blue Moon City always goes well at the meetup. Ed was kind enough to stop his game of Mordred while he went over and helped a group of new players figure out some of the card powers in Blue Moon City. This is one of my wife's favorite games and I enjoy it also.
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13. Board Game: Caylus Magna Carta [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:666]
 
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Traci taught Caylus Magna Carta, which I've owned for a couple of months but haven't played yet. It was fun but so far I prefer Caylus. Our game was odd in that very few new buildings were built before the end of the game.
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14. Board Game: Hamsterrolle [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1181]
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Hamsterrolle made its usual fun appearance at our meetup.
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15. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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A group of 5 enjoyed Ticket to Ride. This is a great meetup game. Cindy had driven all the way up from LA Grange, Texas so at least she got to play something fun.
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16. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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Northglenn
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Race for the Galaxy was played at least once. I think it was considered for play a second time but may not have actually hit the table. I've only played this game once and enjoyed it.
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17. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:683]
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Childcare ended at 9:30 and we put the kids in the room across the hall with a movie. Eventually, my 7 year old came in and was looking to play a game. Traci and Nick were kind enough to oblige as we played a four way game of Loopin' Louie. This game has also hit the table at our meetups when there have just been adults playing.
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18. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
John Gravitt
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This is the one that got away. Tim was kind enough to bring it but it didn't hit the table. I was looking to play this one and Amyitis. It might have gotten played if it supported 5 players instead of 4.
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19. Board Game: Hamburgum [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:688]
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I don't own this one yet, it wasn't at the meetup, so it didn't get played. I've played three times now and enjoy every game a little more. I'm hoping to have it before GITHOT in January.
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