Sacramento Board Game Meetup - Jan. 8, 2008
Kevin Ellingson
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We had an amazing turnout tonight. Jim, the organizer of our Meetup group, counted 41 people attending and playing games tonight. I'm not sure if we are seeing the effects of the article in the Sacramento Bee about board games that ran in mid-November, or if we have just managed to attract a bunch of new people some other way. If we continue to have this great a turnout, we may have to think about finding a new place for our game night.

I'll get the list started with the three games I played and some others I saw being played tonight. However, I know I did not get a complete list of what was played, and I certainly did not get everyone's names, so I would appreciate that others who were there would fill in the details.

As always, if you want more information about board gaming in the greater Sacramento area, please visit www.sacgames.org.
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1. Board Game: Start Player: A Kinda Collectible Card Game [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:5076]
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This was used at least twice to pick the who would be first.
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2. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:220]
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Jim, Ash, Michael and I chose to play this for our first game of the evening. It was a very enjoyable game that I would definitely play again. I managed to squeak into second at the end. Jim had played before, and managed to win by a comfortable margin.
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3. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:266]
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A game of this was in progress when I arrived. I think it was played twice this night.
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4. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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A group was just starting this when I arrived.
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5. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Played by a group of four people tonight. I think they may have started with two players and added a couple later on.
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6. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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Our usual Cities and Knights players, Janet and Honoree, were joined by two newer people, one who had played Settlers before, and one who was playing a Catan game for the first time.
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7. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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There was a group of four including Peter in the middle of playing this when I left for the evening.
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8. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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A six player game including Phil, Afshin, and D.K. was played. I believe most of the players were learning this game.
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9. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
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Two people attending for the first time, and two who had been to a previous game night in December were playing this game. I stopped by in a break from one of my games and explained the game to them.
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10. Board Game: Carcassonne: The City [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:503]
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I saw a group playing this one
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11. Board Game: Take Stock [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:5675]
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Jim, Ash, Michael, and I were joined by Keri for this game. It's been awhile since Simon's game has made an appearance at our game night. Keri had to leave in the middle of the second round, so we finished the game with 4. I had a four good rounds. Ash had a good second round, then I pulled away in the third. Jim had a strong 4th, round, but it was not enough to overtake me.
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12. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:519]
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Jeff, Jim, Michael and I finished off our night with this one. We all had four pieces left at the end, with Michael winning with 11 squares among his remaining pieces.
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13. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:523]
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My first game of the evening with the power grid group. I rather liked this game, thought it had some clever mechanics. I doubt I'd rush out to buy it, but I would certainly like to play again.
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14. Board Game: Ice Lake [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:12869]
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Ice Lake Peter, Jennifer, Jeff and I played this as a filler game. it's a light variation of Robo Rally, complete with the opportunity to huff dry erase markers. I like it as an easy way to burn 20 minutes in between more substantial games.
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15. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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OK, one time Randy Beaman had to take baths with his brother. So one time his little brother took a potty in the bathtub .....and now Randy Beaman gets to take showers alone. 'K, bye.
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One time, OK, see, one time Randy Beaman's little brother ate Pop Rocks and drank a soda at the same time and his head exploded! 'K, bye.
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Jen and I began the night with this one. A regular staple in our house.
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16. Board Game: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:757]
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OK, one time Randy Beaman had to take baths with his brother. So one time his little brother took a potty in the bathtub .....and now Randy Beaman gets to take showers alone. 'K, bye.
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Jen and I decided to continue the Egyptian theme (Ra) with this building game. Steve joined us and had never played. He did manage to outscore both Jen and I, unfortunately, he also had the most corruption (by 1) so was ultimately fed to the crocs. This is a fun game!
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17. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:659]
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OK, one time Randy Beaman had to take baths with his brother. So one time his little brother took a potty in the bathtub .....and now Randy Beaman gets to take showers alone. 'K, bye.
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Steph and Steve ran through a 2-player game of this.
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18. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3149] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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I saw a group having fun with this social game.
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