Colo Spgs Gamers: 1-3-08 Recap
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We started out the new year with a pretty busy night. We had Steve (who came despite a broken ankle), Tim, Dave, Ryan, Erissa, Larry, Wade, Pete, Shannon, Beth, and myself. There was nothing particularly unusual about this night except that a couple of guys brought only one or two games when they usually bring a large tub of games.

Music listened to:
Sting
Billy McLaughlin
Porcupine Tree
Orbital: Snivilisation
Yes: Relayer
Rush: Counterparts

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1. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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I went downstairs with my kids to watch Little People once guests started arriving, and I understand it was Beth, Tim, Larry, Ryan, and Erissa who opened the night with this. Ryan and Erissa hadn't played before so they played together. Someone wrote on my notes for the night that, "Tim whipped everyone". And he says he never wins anymore?
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2. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:660]
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Shannon showed up while the RFtG game was going on and Erissa jumped out of that and kindly kept her company with a game of Qwirkle. I was still downstairs so I wasn't sure if it was pure kindness on her part or an excuse to leave a game of RFtG where she was getting pounded by Tim.
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3. Board Game: Confucius [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1996]
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Wade and Pete showed up and I told Wade beforehand that I would be willing to playtest this game that he had received. We actually had tried it once awhile back, but were too confused on the rules so we told Wade he had to get off his @$$ and actually read the rules before we would play it again. This time the game made more sense, though there were still some confusing points that Wade is clarifying with the designer. Shannon, Pete, Wade, and I played a full game of it and it went OK until the very end where we were too confused about the final scoring to have a really meaningful conclusion. I would be willing to try again after getting some of the issues we noticed fixed.
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4. Board Game: Escape from the Hidden Castle [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2024]
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Dave entered the scene with one of his obscure thrift store finds and he got Erissa and Beth to play this one while we were playing Confucius. It actually looked like a fun game hiding your characters from a ghost, although a little silly. Beth made ghost sounds the entire game which Erissa was amused by. I think she was too amused as she got blown out by Dave and Beth. Dave took the game very seriously and edged Beth for the win by two points.
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5. Board Game: Employee of the Month [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:14478]
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After Midnight Party, Dave showed this one to Beth and Erissa. Beth trounced Dave and Erissa. She must have some innate advantage being married to me as this is my job put into a game. Brown-nosing, kudos, peer suspicion, it has it all.
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6. Board Game: Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1425]
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Dave, Beth, and Erissa were stuck playing a third game with each other due to the other two longer games taking place. Erissa actually left halfway through to jump into another game of ItYofD (listed below). Dave wanted it pointed out that he was actually winning at that point when she left, even though Tim took Erissa's place and Beth actually won when they finished.
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7. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:219]
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This much talked about game finally arrived in our group and several people got to play it who had been dying to try it out. It was the only game that Steve brought with him and it got played twice. The first game had Steve, Tim, Ryan, and Larry. Steve breezed by for the win. On the second game, Ryan pulled Erissa into it and Wade and Pete jumped in along with Steve. Ryan must have figured the game out fast on his first play as he won.
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8. Board Game: Hoity Toity [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1196]
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This is one that I really enjoy and it doesn't get played enough. I somehow got Tim to play this along with Shannon, Larry, and Beth. Larry was living vicariously through the game collecting as many pieces of junk he could early on. Unfortunately for him, the first time he decided to show off his collection he got thieved by three of us. Beth thought the game's theme would be enhanced if we were showing off our game collections to various Euro game designers instead of showing off worthless pieces of crap to English noblemen.
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9. Board Game: Quoridor [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:996]
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Larry and I got a few 2-player games of this in while some other games were going on. I had never played this before and was surprised by how much I liked it. It was fast and fun.
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10. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:375]
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Most everyone headed out around 11:30 except for Larry and Steve. They kindly agreed to a game of Thebes despite the fact they both don't care much for it. The theme and pure fun of this game keep bringing me back to it. We thought Steve had won at first, but I miscounted my tokens the first time and after recounting I edged him by a few points.
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