Games Played a Bench's - 1/25/08
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My first meetup with the SHU crew in about 4 years. It was a marathon session that lasted until 5am with 13 people and a bunny.
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1. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2240]
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Didn't get a good look at this one but 5 people were playing for about 2 hours.

I'll give Bench credit though, he certainly puts some serious effort into the card design and flavor text.
 
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2. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
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Ingenious saw two rounds of play. I nearly won the first game--the only thing that could stop me was if Lil had a double purple piece. Unfortunately, she did. She won by scoring 18 in all colors.
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3. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:773]
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Fun little tile-laying game. I enjoyed how the games took no longer than 10 minutes, even for 5-6 players.

I didn't do so well the first game, getting myself knocked out on the second turn. Thing is, I knew as I placed it my first turn was bad, but I hoped it wasn't that bad. Oops.
 
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4. Board Game: Felicity: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1083]
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Picked this up after last week's NYC meetup. I didn't fare so well--2 dogs and 2 very bad kitties cost me six chips and -16 points. Same thing happened to someone else at the NYC meetup.
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5. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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The guys playing Bench's prototype moved on to Guillotine. I haven't played this one in a long time so it was nice to see it get some play even if I wasn't involved.
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6. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:131] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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Talked Rich into a round. He turned out to be a solid player, setting up some good moves I couldn't stop. Luckily for me, he failed to notice my game-winning play until it was too late.
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7. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:339]
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I declined to play this one--it's a bit too heavy for my tastes. The guy who brought it told people games only took an hour. I laughed when I realized he wasn't joking. Sure enough, their game ended 4 hours later.

The rest of us were a little annoyed that they took the big table for the game though.
 
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8. Board Game: Rocketville [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:15103]
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Pretty game to look at and pretty frustrating to play. Rich easily won both games, somewhat appropriate since he was the only player who's really into politics.

Both games I seemed destined to control the slums and little else.
 
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9. Board Game: ZÈRTZ [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:475] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Taught Country's girlfriend this one. The first game, she made nothing but random moves. She was better in games 2 and 3, but kept making the same mistake. She would force me to jump, but remove the wrong ring--giving me the option of which marble I could take (and thus move it away and rob her of a jump the next turn). Her play reminded me of my first handful of games where I made the same error time and time again.
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10. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:157] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Vinnie said Bench's friends don't play, so I shouldn't bother bringing my cards. So much for that idea. Four of us ended up using Joe P's decks which are a little like the precontructed decks each set releases--well-intentioned but kinda... you know.

Bench, on the other hand, had a crazy deck that used a conbo of enchantments and Stuffy Doll for insta-death on one player.

The game was mostly stalemated save for Bench's 2 insta-death combo, but Vinnie ultimately prevailed. It was a fun round though--since the decks weren't all that great, it forced everyone to be creative.

Line of the night came from Rich when I yelled at him for never reading what the cards do even though he's a lawyer and his job is to read every last detail of everything: "But I'm not billing anyone for it."
 
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11. Board Game: Real Dumb Laws [Average Rating:3.47 Unranked]
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Real Dumb Game.

The bunny got the most out of the game when it nibbled on the box for a minute.

Nearly every question was about a town in Delaware, Louisiana or somewhere else I don't feel like remembering.

Game played at 3:30 am.
 
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