La Crosse Board Game Night - Games Played 3-12-08
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It was another great night of game playing in La Crosse, Wisconsin. We had some early departures and later arrivals but in the final tally 16 people joined the fun. Sixteen is our second biggest crowd so far. It is great to know there are so many enthusiastic gamers in La Crosse.

Four newcomers joined our mix of new and experienced faces this week. Travis and Amy had initially thought they wouldn't be able to be there but a schedule change blessed us with their presence--yeah! John and Rick were there, of course. Brian, Nick and Laura are regular attendees and were there. Paula joined us for the third time as did Mike. Marie attended our first game nights but hadn't been able to attend for a while. She was back. Dennis and Derek returned for a second time and completed our initial twelve. About when we were finishing up our first round of games our four newcomers, Elise, Sydney, Betsy, and Janet found us upstairs at Peaberrys. So all told, sixteen souls set out to sample some super games.

If you are in the La Crosse area you are welcome to join us for game night! This meetup.com website has the most up to date meeting schedule information www.boardgames.meetup.com/495

We have a guild on board game geek and La Crosse area gamers are welcome to join. The guild is here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/433

Seven games were played. Here are the games and the results.
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1. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Pandemic made it's first appearance at Game Night. This was our first venture at a cooperative game as well. Unfortunately, the best intentions and plans of our four person crew could not stem the virulent tide and the pandemic was victorious. The cards were in hand to cure the final two diseases and the blue flue and the yellow fever were seething just below the outbreak stage. Despite the opportunity to order the top six cards on the infection pile, our intrepid team put too much energy in getting to the research center to trade cards for a cure and not enough into healing actual sick people. The result two blue flue outbreaks centered on New York. The outbreaks used up all the blue cubes and the game was over. Quickly, but finally.

The results:
Viruses Win
Travis Loss
Marie Loss
Paula Loss
Rick Loss
 
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2. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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At table number two, another first time play for Board Game Night. Alhambra challenged Derek, Brian, and Amy. They didn't give me any information about how the game went although the scores seem reasonably close so I don't think anyone ran away with the game. Derek was the winner.

Scores:
Derek 132
Brian 128
Amy 115
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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The third table got things underway with a game of Ticket to Ride: Europe. Not the first or even second time this has found table space at Game Night. I believe that John was a little frustrated with the outcome based on the notation on the game report. Mike showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with as he accomplished a solid victory in this game. (Laura would want it to be noted that she finished ahead of Nick.)

Scores:
John 114
Dennis 98
Nick 99
Laura 103
Mike 127
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4. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:893]
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Yet another game making it's Game Night debut. The Pandemic and Alhambra games finished about the same time that our four newcomers arrived. Marie and Derek had to leave as well so we shuffled the first two tables and added the newcomers and ended up with a game of TransAmerica! Brian and Travis were joined by newcomers Elise and Janet. The newcomers seemed to pick up the game just fine. The notes say that Brian and Janet had big leads for most of the game but Travis got lucky in the final round for the win. (Apparently, Brian lost 14 and Janet lost 7).

Scores:
Travis 3
Elise 0
Janet 2
Brian 0
 
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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The other table played a Game Night standby--Ticket to Ride: 1910. Newcomers Betsy and Sydney joined Amy, Paula, and Rick for the game. The final scores reflect the fact that Betsy and Sydney were new to the game, they played quite well but couldn't quite match the experienced players. In the end Paula and Rick tied for the victory with Paula compiling more points during the game but Rick adding the longest train bonus.

Scores:
Amy 107
Paula 119
Betsy 80
Sydney 92
Rick 119
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6. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:308]
 
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The Ticket to Ride: Europe game finished and Dennis had to leave. The four remaining players decided to have a go at Vikings. The game was at the other end of the room from me so I don't know the details but I do have a couple of comments on the game report to go by. I know John won. I know Nick and Mike tied for second a few points behind. There is a big drop off in points to Laura who the game report says finished "last." A couple of notes have been added to the game report to clarify that finish. After the report of last on the card, Laura has added a parenthetical explanation. In her words "just to support their egos." At the bottom of the card the same handwriting says "my men went hungry...and..." I believe that says it all. Sounds like they had a lot of fun!!

Scores:
John 39
Nick 36
Mike 36
Laura 26
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7. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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One final game was played. The TransAmerica players were first to finish so they decided to slip in a round of the Game Night favorite For Sale. Congratulation to first time attendee Elsie for winning her first ever game of For Sale. The always formidable Travis was close on her heals. The other players, not so much.

Scores:
Travis 66
Brian 46
Elsie 68
Janet 52
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