Colo Spgs Gamers: Valentine's Recap
Doug Saxon
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So does anyone actually go out on Valentine's Day? My wife and I went out on Tuesday so we could still host this Thursday, but we weren't sure if anyone would show up. Turns out several others did the same thing. We had Larry,Joe, Steve, Jeff, his wife Carrie (how romantic!), Ryan, Erissa, Beth, and myself. This was Carrie's first time and hopefully we didn't scare her away. We did play some lighter fare and I even tried to create a more romantic atmosphere with the music, but people were falling asleep so I quickly switched into more normal music:

Romantic Classical Music
Moody Blues: In Search of the Lost Chord
U2: Joshua Tree
Emerson, Lake, & Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery
Led Zeppelin
Rush: 2112

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1. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:574]
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They started out with 6 Nimmt (also known as Category 5). Ryan, Erissa, Joe, Larry, Steve, and Beth played while I was babysitting. Ryan caught on quickly and won and actually didn't take any points.
 
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Jeff and Carrie showed up and said "hi" to me and the kids in the basement while the others were finishing up 6 Nimmt. This was Carrie's first time here and she admitted she wasn't a big gamer. They weren't able to convince her to play Age of Steam for her first game so Beth, Steve, and Jeff convinced her to give Settlers a try instead. Steve taught the game and also won. Carrie came in second and did pretty well.
 
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3. Board Game: Amyitis [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:795]
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Larry had been bringing this one the last few weeks and he finally got a few people to play it with him. Erissa, Joe, and Ryan joined him. Larry had read through the rules, but he hadn't played it before so it took awhile to explain and play. Settlers went a little longer than usual too with a newbie and I was standing around observing both games and talking to everyone. I actually got a few games on my Intellivision in while I was waiting for one of these games to finish. Amyitis finally finished and Larry won.
 
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4. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3149] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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Settlers finished first, so I joined that group and we played something that Carrie had actually played before. We had alot of laughs with this game and got to learn everyone's political leanings. Joe even joined in while the Amyitis game was going on. I got to seven cards or whatever first and "won".
 
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5. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:612]
 
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Amyitis still wasn't done so we started another quick game. Joe joined in again giving us six. Steve and Jeff got behind early and weren't able to catch up. Carrie and I were neck and neck going into the last cave and I played conservatively leavning early and got the few extra gems I needed to win as the rest got "disastered".
 
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6. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:444]
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Diamant and Amyitis finished around the same time so we inter-mixed and started two new games with two new groups. Steve, Joe, Larry, and I went for this. Steve and Joe were neck and neck going into the last round and Steve edged him for the win. Larry and I tied for last.
 
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7. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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The other group went for a game of this. A night at my house wouldn't be complete without this game getting played! This was another new one for Carrie, but she did well again, but not quite well enough. Erissa edged her by one point for the win.
 
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8. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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Everyone had left now except for Larry and Steve. I requested Ra and they both obliged. Steve had a miserable first epoch and gave up the rest of the game and deliberately played kingmaker the rest of the game to frustrate Larry and I. Larry and I had very closely matching tiles throughout the game and it was very hard to tell who was ahead. I ended up edging him by 10 points at the end.
 
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9. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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We had time for one more and went for this classic. I had perhaps the most woeful game I'd ever played. Bad decisions, miscalculations, and dumb mistakes abounded. Larry and Steve were very close and Larry actually could have won on his last turn if he had bought a different building. But alas, Steve won with a well orchestrated shipping strategy.
 
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