(Mini) Iowa City Game Day, Friday, December 22
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Nick was in town visiting family for the holiday and dropped by for a mini game day. Steve, Judy and Kate, who couldn't make it last Saturday due to weather and injury, dropped by. Brian and Suke attended as well.

Annie, Brian (Erolyn), Chris (TheCat), Edie (shfree), Judy, Kate, Steve (Verseboy), Suke (suke)
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1. Board Game: Bobbin' Bumblebee [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:5875]
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We pulled out the silly game to kill time while waiting for people to show up.

Chris (winner), Suke, Steve, Annie

Kate, Judy, Steve, Annie (winner)
 
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2. Board Game: On the Underground [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:954]
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While trying to decide what to play, someone suggested On the Underground. Suke jumped up and down and got very excited. So we played it.

Judy, Chris (winner), Steve, Suke, Brian
 
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Annie and Kate teamed up with parents to play this. Annie hadn't played with the bonus tiles before and really tried to get some. When we stopped getting them, she got bored and went to read manga.

Brian really likes this game.

Chris/Annie, Kate/Judy, Brian (winner)
 
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Nate arrived, so we split into two tables of three. This was the 'other' game. At one point, we asked why they were so quiet and Steve answered that they were all being contemplative.

Nick (winner), Steve, Suke
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Several people built up the Rio Grande, then Steve stole it. Judy stole it from Steve and was very happy about it.

I got lucky to split the UP with Judy on the second scoring round, despite only owning one share of UP. Everyone else waited too long to put theirs down. With a diversity strategy, I had a huge lead at the beginning, and Judy kept chipping away at it, only to fall $5 short in the end.

Chris (winner), Brian, Judy, Steve, Nick
 
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Suke and Edie had to look up rules questions on BGG.

Suke, Edie (winner)
 
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I chose this thumbnail because it expresses our reaction to the many rules and tiny symbols on the cards. Despite that, the game was fun. We definitely got more confused than I expected.

Brian won by conquering rebels.

Chris, Brian (winner), Nick
 
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Edie and Suke forgot to write down their game on the list. No cake for you!

Edie, Suke (winner)

I picked this picture because I like photos of kids playing games. The look of concentration on her face captures the essence of the game. Great shot.
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