Sacramento Boardgame Meetup March 11, 2008
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I arrived early and left early, but here is a seed list of games that I played or observed. As always, please add games and names that I missed or goofed on. A special meetup welcome to Puckhead and his wife who made the drive from east of town to join us for a couple of games.

Overall, I counted about 24 or so eager gamers.

If you want to learn more about boardgaming in the Sacramento, CA area, please see
www.sacgames.org
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1. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:628]
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I offered to teach this area majority game to Spencer and Mark. We were quickly joined by Phil and DK. I got a good jump on emissary placement, but couldn't follow up. At the end of regular play, it was bunched up, but despite my Emissaries, Phil was able to capture some emisasry majorites and Spencer had a 6 section road.

Spencer-30
DK-28
Phil-26
Mark-26
Davido-24

despite the poor showing (I may have to go back to being a "house whore"), I still enjoy this gaame as it plays well under 45 minutes, even teaching to n00bs (who then kick my arse).
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2. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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Jeff, Jen, Rick, Joan, and Trevor and his wife/so started with this light, but fun, filler/starter.
 
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3. Board Game: Deadlands: Doomtown [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1674]
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After China, it was time for the weekly Gomorra showdown. DK wanted to try out his tricked out Maze Rats, featuring the hoppped up kung fu cards from Do Unto Others. I tried to do a Sweetrock "turtle deck" and wait it out, while amassing control points. I got the deeds, and a decent crew, but I was NOT prepared for the power of the Kung Fu. Yikes. Again, I need to be selectively aggressive and send a beefed up Abel Owens or Mae Parker to squelch the karate boys in their tracks.

DK was able to get us some major scores (Do Unto Others plus decks/boosters) so we'll have decks coming out the wazoo and would love, LOVE to have more players.
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4. Board Game: Blue Moon City [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:495]
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Phil, Nate, Spencer got down and funky amidst the ruins of BMC.
 
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5. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:327]
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Conny, Steph, Tree, Dwayne, and one other played this abstract strategy game.
 
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6. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:368]
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Karen, Josh, Matt, and one other swapped the beans around.
 
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7. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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Jen, Rick, Joan, Trevor and his wife/so played this auction classic.
 
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8. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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Steph, Mark, and 2 others collected some heads.
 
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9. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1277] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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Josh, Conny, and one other were playing this pizza game.
 
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10. Board Game: Vampire: The Eternal Struggle [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:952] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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As promised, Jeff and Steve inducted Anne into the World of Darkness. By all accounts, Anne is sold on the game and we hope to get her into a full game soon.
 
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11. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:226]
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Josh, Conny, and 2 others bought and sold overrated trifles. Let's see if the game rewarded Josh with a win or at least strong finish
 
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12. Board Game: This Game Sucks [Average Rating:4.10 Unranked]
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um, really? In any event Dwayne, Karen, Kate, and 2 others gave this one a spin. Gimmick or a real game here, I'd love to know.
 
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13. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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after This Game Sucks, the above group moved on to more standard Euro fare in the form of Carcassonne.
 
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14. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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I finally get to play a "hot game du jour" as DK busted out his copy of Pandemic.
DK-Scientist
DavidO-Operations Expert
John-Medic
CoraLynn-Researcher
Greg-Dispatcher

While it was touch n go, we did pull off the win, curing all 4 diseases. I am NOT a Shadows of Camelot fan, but do LOVE Lord of the Rings. After a play, I put Pandemic in the middle-I still adore LoTR, but definitely see Pandemic as 1) quick playing in well under an hour, and 2) more accessible to new players and non-initiates. So bring on the lil' germies and buggies again
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15. Board Game: Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
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I believe Jeff mentioned that the Benelux map was in play as was the new expansion deck. Players were: Jeff, Nate, Steve, and Phil
 
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16. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:266]
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Treveor, his wife/so, Jen, Matt, and on other vied to advise the king as the love continues for this new game.
 
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17. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Anne was playing this with one other as I left.
 
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18. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1179] [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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I finished up my evening with another trip to the Red Dragon Inn. I played Fiona, DK was Diedre, and Greg was Zot. I started the game by making the inquiry as to whether the other two had seen a lot of games where someone lost due to running out of money (as opposed to passing out), noting that I had not experienced many games like that. Needless to say, I lost first due to running out of money. DK barely pulled out the win, preventing a knock-out blow with his "I don't think so" card.
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