Fairfield County Board Games Meetup 1.11.08
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First get together of the year. We saw a number of new faces, personally I was stoked to see people taking such glee in screwing The Boy five minutes after meeting him.

We stayed pretty late tonight, perhaps this will be the norm from now on? Fine by me.

http://boardgames.meetup.com/386/
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First to hit the table. I think it saw a few more plays though out the night too. Fast to play and teach so it works great for the group nights.
 
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I asked Mark to pick something I'd really enjoy but hadn't played. Go go Mark for the sweet pick. Since being a shady asshole is pretty much what wins this one, I shredded it even though it was my first play.

Trish got me back for some less than savory actions against her in this during Caylus Magna Carta. I knew we shouldn't have played this first.
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Not nearly as much play as last time, but this still saw like 10 games tonight.
 
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Didn't play it, but it was loud and they played a few games so it must have been good.
 
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I had looked at this when I was looking for a fun dice game to pick up but ended up getting To Court The King instead. I think I would have been slightly bummed had I gotten this instead. Not because this game isn't awesome, cause it is, but rather that this isn't nearly as "dicy" a game.

I managed to score zero points in the first week. Impressive.
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This was a first play for me, though Trish had already made it clear that we'd be owning this very soon. I'm stoked that we'll be getting a great game.
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A favorite of the game group. When there are 8 people standing around, it's a good bet that this will see some action.

Personally, I'd rather play Metro for my snakey path tile planning needs, but this a short and plays more so it's a better fit most of the time.
 
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This came out for a number of games. I suck, but not nearly as bad as The Boy, so it's alright. I think this is a perfect meetup group game, it plays a large number, its easy to play (not easy to be any good...) and it's really social.
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Mark pulled this out while another game of Pitchcar was going, and it saw at least three games.

Are they "moose" as stated in the rules or "elk" as implied by the name of the game? Is it the same word in German or something?

My beast crossed all over Trish's. Though I was mildly disappointed to learn that knocking the stones out from the enemy moose is in fact a bad thing for you to do.
 
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Listening to the Boy try and explain how to play was half the adventure. Unfortunately I was trying to play other games at the time. He won, but probably because he "forgot" important rules until they helped him.

I wish there was a game that took elements of this and elements of Runebound and made a much better game. I do still have a lot of fun with this when we play it though.
 
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Steve was super stoked to play this and he ended up playing twice, once teaching myself and Trish. I dug it, though I wish I was killing goblins or riding aliens rather than "impressing a king".

I felt kinda like I was just going with the flow for most of the game with no real strategy yet I still ended up with a solid score at the end. I wonder if this is more due to the game itself or to it being a first game for me and Trish and a fairly early game for Steve. I also wonder if I think this sort of balance is a good thing or a bad thing. To compare, when I played Race for The Galaxy the first few times (and still sometimes) and didn't know what was going on I just got totally shredded. I think that's generally more proper, but it leads to less fun when you have a mixed group. I dunno. Maybe this isn't even a factor with CMC and I'm ranting in the wrong place due to a fluke session.
 
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I hear Brian is a lucky dick.
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14. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:630]
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Alan Mark Ricardo and I pulled this out for a game. Was pretty close, most of our pieces placed in the lower left section, with next to nothing in the upper right. Also very tight on emissaries i think there was only like three total scored. Though had one more round of play been done i would have managed to add a good 15-20 points to my score through them due to Mark closing out one area and upping the number that could be there to 4 so i could gain a tie. Would have game me the win. As it turned out Mark took it.

I enjoy this and need to get it out more often now that i own it .
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15. Board Game: Factory Fun [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:867]
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This came out with Myself, Mark, Alan and Ricardo after we played China. I ran into some serious design troubles early on cornering myself and making it tough later in the game, though i actually ended up doing ok despite that, due to some higher value connections for end game scoring.

Looking at the boards initially, they didn't look that small, right up until you're trying to connect everything.

Mark 77
Don 69
Ricardo 58
Alan 35
 
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