Colo Spgs Gamers: 2-21-08 Recap
Doug Saxon
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Several of the group went to the gaming convention in Denver the previous week and showed us some of the new games they learned. Tonight we had a smaller group which was nice as we didn't seem to have any trouble deciding who was playing what. There was Larry, Bill, Steve, Tim, Shannon, Smilie, Beth, and myself. It was a killer night with lots great gaming, old and new.

Music listened to:
John Denver
REO Speedwagon
INXS
Dream Theater (most found this irritating, will not select it for awhile)
The Cars
Rush: Vapor Trails
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1. Board Game: Felicity: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1083]
Doug Saxon
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This was one of the new games learned at the CON. Tim was raving that this game was better than For Sale and Ra, both staples of our group. I just laughed. How could a game with such a box art and a Dr. Seuss theme be better than For Sale, yet alone a good game? While it's not better than For Sale, it is a pretty darn good game. We opened the evening with it between Steve, Tim, Bill, Larry, and myself and I won after sneaking in some good auctions. Then it was played again between Beth, Smilie, Shannon, Bill, and myself. Thanks to Tim for showing us the game, one that could hit the table frequently.
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2. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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Just because we played the Cat in the Hat twice didn't mean we weren't going to play For Sale. Bill actually requested this one so we could hardly refuse. Beth and Shannon joined him and Shannon won.
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3. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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Tim, Steve, and Larry went for this one while the others were playing For Sale and I was putting the kids to bed. Tim clobbered them.
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4. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:576]
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I had just gotten this one in a math trade and hadn't had a chance to read the rules yet so I didn't expect to play it. Bill, however, requested it and I gladly obliged. We just did a quick one lap game with Bill, Beth, Shannon, and myself. I got off to an early lead but was overtaken by Bill halfway through. Bill shot way ahead rounding one of the corners with a perfect roll setting him up for the win. Beth and I were neck and neck for second, but she pulled out ahead on the final stretch.
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5. Board Game: Hamburgum [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:688]
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This was one of the games several guys had learned at the CON in Denver. Larry, Steve, Tim, and Smilie played and Tim did the explaining. Tim won again edging Steve by one point.
 
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6. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:227]
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After we finished Formula De the others were still in the middle of Hamburgum so we asked Shannon what she wanted to play and she was curious to give Modern Art a try. I jumped up and grabbed it before she could change her mind as this is one of my favorites. I explained it to her and we got going quickly. In one round, Bill, who comes rarely, got a little uneasy when I called him a jerk for making my Kraptos worthless. Beth easily got the win.
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7. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:621]
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The others finished Hamburgum while we were nearing the end of Modern Art so they broke this one out to pass the time. We actually finished Modern Art before they were done, but we all had a ball watching them play. Steve was ahead most of the game, but Larry threatened to win on one turn, but busted just shy. Steve then went on to get the win.
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8. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:793]
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Shannon and Smilie requested this one so I joined them with Larry. After the first round, I learned that I had been playing the game wrong for the last 10 years. I had always played that you drew eight new cards to everyone after every round, but the rules said you drew up to eight. I don't know if it was house rule years ago or if it was just read wrong, but we continued to play it that way anyway. Smilie's second turn was ridiculous where he grabbed 9 guys. He obviously became a target as Larry and I both put our disasters on him the next turn seriously crippling him. That brought him back to be even with the rest of us going into the final round and it was one of the most exciting final rounds I'd ever seen as it looked like anyone could have won. Shannon appeared to be setup best for the win, but was too far away from her city. Smilie also was still setup pretty good, but we had to take similar paths and I screwed him with the tile I put down as I went before him. Larry actually didn't look like he had a chance as much having most of the tokens still on the board, but as he took his turn he managed to get them all, the only one of us actually to get every token. But he was still two spaces away from his city. I then managed to get to my home city leaving one guy on the board and giving me the win.
 
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9. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:415]
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While we were busy moving boots around a board and picking up cylinders, Tim, Steve, and Bill played Cuba. Tim won again. yuk
 
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10. Board Game: Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1425]
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While they were finishing up Cuba, the four of us Elfie players went for a game of Labyrinth. Larry screwed me a couple of times so I moved my guy over to his spot and knocked his guy over. Smilie won and it was the only game he won this evening...a kids game.
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11. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:219]
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A bunch of the group left, but we still had Larry, Smilie, and Steve. I requested this one, being quite impressed with it after my first play. This time it was a little more frustrating as Steve had obviously figured the game out and easily won.
 
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