My 42nd - What we played
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I had three of my closest friends over on Saturday to game all day in celebration of my birthday (it was Feb 22nd). The cast of characters were Rob (my brother-in-law), Timm (one of my closest friends since grade school) and Roz (a close friend of mine).

So, at 11 that morning, I heated through some hotdogs and waited for everyone to arrive.
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1. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:621]
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Timm and Roz got to my house at right about Noon. I knew Rob would be a bit late, so we decided to go with a quick game that was easy to learn (Timm hasn't played many of the games from the last 8-10 years but we have gamed together since we were 10).

We pulled out Can't Stop. First game everyone was cautious and moving up the board in small increments. Roz ended up pulling out the win, squeaking by Timm by completing the 9 column in front of Timm. I didn't do well at all.

The second game was different. Roz started and had a nice little run of 6, 7 and 3 (I think). I went and closed down the 8's in my first turn. Timm went and closed out the 6's in his first turn, as well. The game flew by as everyone felt the pressure of having to make the big run. Timm pulled this game out.
 
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Rob arrived, watched us finish up our very quick game of Can't Stop. This was a new game for all of us as I had just received it in a recent math trade. I sent out the rules to everyone and Rob and Timm read through (which helped the game along).

It wasn't very difficult to pick up, as the rondel system keeps things moving along. But strategy wise, we weren't really sure on what we where actually shooting for.

Timm took an early lead as he snagged up on one of the tiles which gave him a ton of points. Roz and Rob both had money systems in place and producing a ton of cash to buy what they needed. I, frankly, didn't do so well as I didn't jump in and build buildings right away. Roz ended up squeezing out the win as Timm decided to build the final church. I think we all agreed that we enjoyed the game and look forward to playing again now that we know more on how to produce points.
 
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It was time to race. We pulled out the Daytona track and did a two lap race with two cars each (8 cars). We ended up racing on the road course (Roz was pushing for the oval) as it gave a bit more choices.

Well, after the first couple of turns, Rob lost the first car from body damage after being bumped by Timm. My car way overshot a turn shortly after and crashed and burned.

Rob's other car had a nice lead, but he blew a turn in the second lap, which lead to Timm's car overtaking him in the back strech and taking the checkered flag. Roz's cars were hanging for awhile, but too many fast turns ended up taking him out of the race.

My last car took a miserable last place after spinning out trying to make a comeback.
 
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Pulled out a game of this. Timm had not played this one, so I thought I'd show him it. He picked it up pretty quickly as we all worked our way across the country. Strangely, everyone had tickets out west to start with. You had to work quickly if you wanted to connect from out there. Overall scores (guesstimate). Roz 139, me 136, Timm 100, Rob 60.
 
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It was my birthday, so I pullled this one out (Roz dislikes the game). Again, it was Timm's first game of this. Early in the game, Rob was getting some efficent shipping going with corn but that advantage tailed away as Timm started doing some shipping of his own. I worked on getting a factory and was producing money and goods (and ended up shipping some nice coffee later). Roz's plans were floundering.

Score: Gary 55 Timm 49 Rob 46 Roz 36.

I still enjoy this one. Not sure if Timm really enjoyed it (but he will need to get a second game under his belt).
 
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We then set up a track for a couple of games of Pitchcar. It was shaped like a B and was quite a quick track. Ran two races with Timm taking one race and Rob taking the second.
 
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Busted out for a four player game of LotR. We actually were managing things quite well in this one. WE did start Sauron on 15 (as we had only won twice out of 12 games previously). And this time, we won pretty handedly. Is it me or is the winning this game anti-climatic?
 
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Well, it was roughly midnight and everyone was pretty burnt from going all day so most everyone left. Timm was waiting for his wife to pick him up so we brought out Tumblin Dice for a couple of quick games. And there isn't much quicker than TD. I won the first game and he, the second.
 
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This is one of the items my wife got for me for my birthday. Should arrive today. I'm looking forward to trying this one out.
 
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The second items my wife got for me.
This one always looked fun in pictures and when I finally seen this at BGG.CON in '05 (and seen how fun it played, as well as looked) I knew I had to have it.

 
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Also this one. I have been interested in this once since I first heard about it. It's about coffee! What's not to like?
 
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