[West Haven, CT] Recap 2008-03-12
Don Sutherland
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Connecticut
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A very good week and turn out for our "weekly" meetup. Three games going all night, with 9 played overall.

Attendee's (in order of the epoch they're from): Don, Lisa, Adam, Kelly, Rob, Charlie, Tom, Alan, Nate, Lori, Jeff, Jen, Neil
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1. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:415]
Don Sutherland
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Players: Don Jeff Tom

Tom had wanted to play this after learning it over the weekend, Jeff joined us. Tom start out creating a sugar to VP system for Rum. He took a early lead using it, but not an insurmountable one.

Jeff was figuring the game out still, so spent a lot of time sitting back further, though at the end caught up to with in a couple points in a fairly high scoring game (to my limited experience)

I started off trying to figure out a different path/strategy, and went though a couple revisions. I ended up buying the Hotel for its VPs on activation, and it helped, but didn't get as much as i thought. I did pick up the Large Market House which i utilized to earn a bunch of points, especially in the last round where i manged to ship 7 items for 16 VPs, boosting the lead i had already established and giving me the win.

Don 83
Tom 80
Jeff 74

 
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Märklin [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:235] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Don Sutherland
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Charlie brought this one and they pulled it out while we played Cuba.

Lisa 159
Kelly 138
Jen 117
[b]Charlie 173[\b]

 
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3. Board Game: Khronos [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1993]
Don Sutherland
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We had played this on saturday when we didn't understand the rules. Adam, Alan and I had all read through and figured out what we were missing. I didn't get to play as i was playing Cuba, but they said it went better.

Alan 61
Adam 32
Nate 8
Rob 45
Chris 39
 
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Adam Skinner
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I get up a lot earlier than Don =) This is an abnormally long session report, so if you'd like to read it it's included here for your enjoyment.
 
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5. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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Players: Don Charlie Kelly Lisa

Charlie is the latest in the always want to play this camp. So we sat down for a game of this. Everyones start was pretty good. Though both Charlie and I missed on getting a winfall trade by playing trade needing he settle when noone played settle for us . Lisa started getting her miltary down and quickly got enough to play just about anything, and was off.

Charlie started up an engine for consumption, as did I. I did really well on leeching off his activities, not needing to call produce myself, and getting 4 cards on my own production.

While i was settling building my tools up, Lisa was too. She had the big 3 rebels in play and in the end also have NGO out for her.

Charlie's engine was the clincher though, he got it going a round earlier than me, and was getting more points than I. He ended up with both Galatic Trendsetters and Diversified Economy in play. We ended the game pretty quickly at that point, making my final score a bit lower. Lisa ended up giving him the best run, but still for nought.

Kelly still learning didn't end up with too many cards down. I think it was her third or 4th play and given the quickness of it, and her not getting playable cards hurt her overall outcome, as will happen.

Don 36
Charlie 51
Lisa 41
Kelly 10
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6. Board Game: Lifeboats [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1230]
Don Sutherland
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Jeff and Jen had brought this and got a group going with it. Lori returned in time to join them. All i know about it is that its some diplomatic game about throwing people over board, to which i replied "doesn't a push work just as well".

Jen 36
Jeff 6
Tom 28
Neil 12
Lori 12
 
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7. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
Don Sutherland
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Players: Don Lisa Kely Charlie

Next the RftG players took on the Pandemic. Lisa and I had played before, Kelly and Charlie had not. Lisa and I was on the fence as to whther to include the 5 epidemic card, but charlie was all for it so we did.

It was a back and forth game. We found 2 cures and even eradicated the Blue plague early on, and kept many areas in if not safe, a stable state. We got into trouble at the third epidemic when we went to 3 infection cards and using the card that let us arrange the top 6 of the deck, saw that in one turn we had 3 outbreaks coming. We managed to get that down to one prior to it happening and though we were good when we had the setup for the 3rd cure.

Then disaster happened and the 4th epidemic card came, which the drawn card was a city where an outbreak has caused the plague to spread causing an immediate outbreak, which chained through three others, ending out game right then and there.

And the plagues of the world claimed victory, over our intrepid hero's.

 
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8. Board Game: Money [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked]
Don Sutherland
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Players: Don Kelly Charlie Lisa

Charlie pulled out this game and explain the rules to us. Its an interesting game with some bigging, and playing to collect the most points. I started out with a good set of british currency and worked to get that going. In the process i picked up a full set of another (don't know what kind). In the end that was plenty, giving me two types with more than 200 points in each so no penalty, and with some bonuses.

Don 820
Charlie 640
Kelly 350
Lisa 270

Fun quick game that i would think will be a nice filler. If its reprinted or i can find it i'll have to pick it up.

 
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9. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:148]
Don Sutherland
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The Khronos crew moved onto this, which is quickly becoming a favorite game in the group.

Rob 13
Chris 8
Nate 11
Adam 17
Alan 19
 
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10. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
Don Sutherland
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This time it was my USA that came out with different players.

Jen 119
Lori 73
Jeff 113
Tom 81
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