Fairfield County Boardgames Recap 2008-02-08 (Home Again #3)
Don Sutherland
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Connecticut
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MarkD hosted our latest meetup to much success. We had a handful of first time attendees some new to gaming some not so new.

I think we had about 18 in attendence
MarkD, Ralph, MarkC, Don, Lisa, Steve, Alan, Bill, Karyn, Nate, Winter, Dave, Sara, Ed, Jill, Kristen, Tom and Mark's brother whose name i missed.

This is a work in progress list, i'm adding the games i was involved with and leaving it to the others to add the rest and their descriptions as i really couldn't keep track of everything that came out.

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1. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:522]
Don Sutherland
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Players: Steve Don Lisa MarkC Alan

Steve had said he wanted to try this, he hadn't played it before but had read through the rules and was looking for other victims to go along with himself. So obviously a bunch of us stepped up.

It is an interesting game with some bidding, bribing, plenty of chance for some backstabbing, an just plain fun as you try to ensure your goods have water and see if you make them into big plantations.

Halfway through i looked at that board, and it stuck out to me Alan was walking away with it, i decided to stop supporting his cause, especially as my cause seemed very very weak. Well to be honest i wasn't exactly supporting him to that point, but i wasn't working against him.

Lisa and I tried to buy our way into a good plantation worth of "green" (i forget the commodities) but watch much of wither and die to lack of water , Lisa putting down her free play canal after all my stuff had died off. This would have been good for me, but in the end she had a bunch in there with large plantation while i just had 2.

A round or two later it looked like Steve had made a play with Potatoes, which he had, it just wasn't quite as big in the end as it looked as he was focused there and didn't have a lot of other things.

I think the one bribe i made that worked (used loosely) was the one i placed down saying "this i make purely out of self interest to me" for 1 dollar. It was choosen because it looked to help noone else and i wasn't much of a threat.

In the end it was MarkC who had spread himself well over several plantations with a little here and a little there who took it. I did better than i was thinking i was ending up in the middle of the pack.

MarkC 72
Alan 66
Don 62
Steve 59
Lisa 55
 
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2. Board Game: Phoenicia [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1542]
Don Sutherland
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Players Don Lisa MarkC Ed

A bunch of games finished up nicely at the same time, and eventually we managed to figure out who was playing what. I went to teach this, which i think i managed to pull off, as MarkD was teaching another group.

After stumbling through setup and the rules, we started off walking through the first couple rounds explaining all the cards as they came out. Early on Ed didn't like being so late in the turn order, wanting to be the Overseer, and as the game went on, he made sure that wasn't the case, holding the position for most of the end of the game.

We stayed all together for the first few rounds, then slowly were pulling away form Lisa who hadn't had a chance to up her production value much. This hurt her in the long run, but she ended up not to far out of it in the end. Mark did a good job of keeping his production and victory points both moving along. Through out the game i think he consistently had the most income coming in. I trudged along slowly, tying to keep up and twice having to spend money on tools else lose it.

The second to last round looked like Ed might have been able to close it out, but didn't take the City Walls that was on the board. I did closing the gap with him, and MarkC also got himself in position for the last round. Going into the last round i was thinking Mark might be in good shape as he was getting 2 or 3 cards more than the rest of us. Ed was still overseer and start out i think with the port which i took, crossing the end game line. As i didn't have enough money to bid on the other items, i figured out my endgame plays and established the score to beat.

After the bidding it was me a head by two points while Mark and Ed figured out what to do with their workers and money. And when the dust settled, three of us were sitting on the same square. Ed taking the win on the tiebreak. One more coin somewhere and i would have had it

Ed 35
Don 35
Mark 35
Lisa 26
 
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3. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:591]
 
Don Sutherland
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This came out early and came out often, as often seems to be the case. I played a quick round of it right off the bat, with Steve, Lisa and someone else, but i can't recall who or even who won (it wasn't me)

It was also the last thing i played, a 3 person match-play race to 5 with Steve and Lisa. Again i did horribly, i had one good match which i won, and won it with a solid 45 points, but otherwise i don't think i was close more than once. Lisa and Steve kept swapping taking the matches, but in the end it was Steve with a couple good clearing shots, and me accidentally removing one of Lisa's dice not his, who took the win of that game.

I know it was out for some other plays too during the night
 
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4. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
Don Sutherland
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Players: Don Mark Alan

Did "Race" come out you ask??? Silly question, though it was again late in the evening when it forst was pulled out, though not so surprising in that it was pulled out by Mark Alan and Me

I got two games in before closing off with Tumblin' Dice and leaving while gaming was still going on.

I had too, i played two games versus Mark and Alan and won them both. I mean i can't expect to top that .

Both of mine felt different that other plays. The first being because was doing a Gene thing which i rarely have done before, i'm not sure why the second did. But they both worked

Game 1
Don 341
Alan 39
Mark 35

Game 2
Don 39
Mark 31
Alan 18

I know Mark and Alan continued playing also.
 
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5. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:621]
Mark Casiglio
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Before saying goodnight, I taught Can't Stop to Steve and Lisa. We had a blast with it, and took a very light-hearted approach to taunting each other and trying to push each other into making bad push-your-luck decisions.

I pulled out to an early lead (because Steve and Lisa both kept pushing their luck just a little too much), but ran into trouble when the others started catching up. Lisa actually had our backs against the wall, having completed two columns and needing only one more 7 to complete her third ... but I was able to finish it up on my next turn and she never got a chance.
 
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6. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:773]
Mark Delano
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Players: MarkD, Dave, Winter, Bill
Players: MarkD, Dave, Winter, Bill, Tom, Alan(?)

The first game ended with three players being eliminated on the last move, leaving the winner on the board. It was over quickly when all three got trapped near the edge. The second took longer and almost came down to the last tile, but Dave found himself with room to spare at the end.


 
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7. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:884]
Mark Delano
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Players: MarkD, Tom, Jill, Kristen, Ed
Players: MarkD, Tom, Jill, Kristen, Ed

Two games with the same crew, second game using special powers. The first game few shots succeeded, with people withdrawing at the right times.

The second game was a bloodier affair, featuring a grenade, a shotgun and an uzi. I don't think I successfully tagged anyone when it mattered. The one time my uzi got the jump on someone the grenade went off and took us all out anyway.
 
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8. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1805]
Mark Delano
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Players: MarkD, Jill, Kristen, Paul

Lot's of shifting alliances in this one. I think everyone had some very painful setbacks when a bribe didn't turn out at all well. It came down to a set of big bribes near the end, which gave me enough for the win. Everybody was in this until the end.
 
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9. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:390]
Mark Delano
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Players: MarkD, Jill, Kristen, Paul

"All it takes is one field"

Despite falling behind in points early, Paul jumped out to a big lead midgame with a series of small point plays and a couple of big forests. Unfortunately he had few field points and Jill, Kristen and I shared a 20 point field which pushed Paul into third.
 
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10. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Players: Nate, Winter, Karyn, Dave, Sara, and Bill (Bill subbed for Sara halfway through the game)

I think the only experienced player there was Nate, and he did a fantastic job teaching all of us. Through most of the game many of us were just simply going through the motions, acting on impulse with no real strategy to speak of. The only person that consistently had a plan was Nate, and he was very good about pointing out strategic possibilities for the rest of us.

Sometime after the halfway mark, the bigger picture started to make sense. The inner workings of the game were becoming clearer, and actions were now performed with a lot more thought, and understanding.

The game continued on to a fairly nail biting conclusion. Nate ended up with 47 VP's to my 43. It was a great introduction and I would certainly love to play it again.
 
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11. Board Game: Mexican Train [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:10697]
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Players: Sara, Karyn, Dave, Winter, and Nate

We were all pretty much new at this game and there was some confusion over the rules through most of it, but it ended up being a pretty fun and unique twist on the more traditional game of dominoes. The big winner for this match was Karyn.

 
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12. Board Game: Caylus Magna Carta [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:665]
 
Alan
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Tom, Steve, Ralph and I played Caylus Magna Carta (a teaching game for Tom). Initially we had a glut of stone and a real lack of wood. Wood managed to stay in relatively shorter supply, though there were a few ways to buy it. There was the occasional screwage, including one time when I was able to convince Tom to move the provost back 2, forcing Ralph to move the provost up 2, and convince Steve to move the provost back 2 to ultimately screw Ralph (and himself a little). That may be the last time any of them ever listen to me.

In the end, all of the prestige buildings got built and we still had a stack of VP chits to go. Even though Steve managed to buy up the last two 2-VP chits, Ralph won the game with 3 prestige buildings and a bunch of resources. I don't have scores, but the final standings were:

Ralph
Tom
Alan
Steve
 
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13. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
Don Sutherland
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This was mentioned below but noone added this so adding it for completeness.

Players Nate Tom Ralph Ed

Winner: Nate

 
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