Sacramento Boardgame Meetup January 22, 2008
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The 28 gamers who attended Tuesday's meetup at Crepeville is down from the record-setting numbers of the last couple of weeks. Nevertheless, this is a goodly number that shows that Sacto gaming is going strong into the New Year. It is good to see new faces returning for more and becoming 'regulars' as well as some old faces making reappearances as well.

As always, please add any games, names, scores that I might have missed.

If you want to learn more about boardgaming in the Sacramento, CA area, please see
www.sacgames.org
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1. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:491] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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I've been eager to get this Secret Santa game to the table, and David M. was kind enough to teach me the ropes. David M. reached 60+ first, and I was ready to throw in the towel, but David M. reminded me that I got one last shot. I lucked into getting a 'buy ware/sell ware' combo that put me over the top. I'm still learning the intricacies of the utility cards that make up the heart and soul of Jambo, but I like what I see so far. Leopard Good, Crocodile Bad

David O. 64
David M. 62

This is small enough to tuck into the ol' kit bag that I'm sure I'll always have it with me for a play or two.
 
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2. Board Game: Zombie Fluxx [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:2745]
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Check your BRAAAAAAAAINS at the door. The Zombies were on the prowl a whopping THREE times at meetup.

Spencer Mark, Cathy, Ben got in an early game of this.
Karen, Matt, Dwayne, Steph, and Michael E. also played later.
The Puerto Rico group also played after a game of Eco Fluxx

Fluxx and its spinoffs is definitely a 'you get it or you don't' game. The verdict is clear-at Sacto meetup there is a hearty core of "we get it, we love it, we can't get enough' of Fluxxers.

edit: per Spencer note.
 
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3. Board Game: Nature Fluxx [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:5289]
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The Puerto Rico group played this organismal version of Fluxx.
I recognized Conny and Greg among the 4 players.
 
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4. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:157] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Magic got several plays as well.
Ruben, Jacob, Matt were one group I recognized.
 
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5. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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DK, David M. Jeff, David C. and Barry dug into this meaty game.

edit: added Barry per Jeff's notes.
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6. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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With Jen in attendence, it is no surprise that Alhambra was topping the request list I've been wanting to get in another play of this tile building classic and it is always a treat to play with Jen and her passion for the game. I still tend to 'build em as I see em' and would rather saw off my limbs then take a placed tile to my reserve or put a bought tile there as well. As such, my play is still more reactive than strategic. still, I enjoyed the game and will definitely play it more often.

Ruben-109
Jacob-93
Jen-89
David O-78
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:390]
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We followed up Alhambra with more tile laying goodness, this time with my fave of the Carcassonne family. Sharing a river system with Steve and Jen definitely hurt, but I always enjoy this game.

Jen-101
Steve-81
David O-70
Greg-50
 
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8. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Conny, Spencer, Mark, Cathy, Ben played this top-rated game. For Conny it was a definite step up from the Carc/Alhambra class of Euros, but she indicated that she'd be game for another go at it.

edit: per Spencer note
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9. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
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Josh, Anne, and Kevin played Saint Petersburg.
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10. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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Janet, Honoree, and 2 semi-regulars had their weekly C&K bout.
 
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11. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
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I noticed a couple at the side table playing Ingenious.
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12. Board Game: Citadels: The Dark City [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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Kevin, Dwayne, Karen, Michael, and Anne enjoyed a spirted game Citadels, and I believe the Dark City expansion was in play.

edit: per Kevin's notes
 
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13. Board Game: Deadlands: Doomtown [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1671]
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Caylus finished up early enough that DK and I decided to shoot it out over the fate of Gomorra. This time, the Agency (DK) had to fend off those pesky Blackjacks (David O). I was running a bicycle deck, and brought out four cheapos-Clell Miller, Cain Regen, and two others. the Water's Edge Strike (2/+2) was my bread and butter, and placing a Claim Jumper freed up the dudes to wreak havoc elsewhere. With Dudes a plenty and Deeds ending up in my draw hands, I went on the offensive-staking claim to the Orphanage and Gypsy tent. My Jokers came out early and effectively, but DK built a balcony and slowly fought back. I had Jim McNeil for gratis (BlackJacks can reduce 1 non-BJ Dude to 0 upkeep), but those cowardly Agency sprung an Ambush and that was pretty much that.

Overall, I find my decks to be competitive, but I definitely need to avoid "big shootouts' and develop my infrastructure better.

Thanks again to DK for sharing the game and teaching the nuances. I'll definitely ALWAYS have a couple of decks ready to throw down at a moment's notice
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