Gaming As Usual - 3/25/08 (Fresno Gamers)
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9 folks this week (plus a visit from Cliff to kibitz the World's Longest Power Grid game)...
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1. Board Game: Warriors [Average Rating:4.97 Overall Rank:15207]
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Braeden & I played a quick 2-player game of this Richard Borg/Alan Moon take on Risk as a card game - Greg helped him out with the last round but no amount of help could change the fact that he got really, really lousy die rolls.

Mark 54
Braeden 25
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2. Board Game: Gumball Rally [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:11119]
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Six of us raced our go-karts around the track... and it was a pretty tight finish for most of them (except Nicole & I). Timing is everything in this game... and I didn't have it.

Joe 8
Mike 8
Braeden 6
Greg 6
Nicole 4
Mark 3
 
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3. Board Game: Operation Rescue Kit [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:11713]
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Joe & Braeden played a quick game of Operation: Rescue Kit, which is the new & improved version of the old classic. They played the first of four games programmed into the box, which allows you to touch the edges BUT you lose points for doing so.

Joe won, btw.
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4. Board Game: Dancing Dice [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:7642]
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5 of us took to the virtual dance floor & cha-cha'd the night away. Despite my early title of "King of the Macarena" (this is NOT a good thing in game terms), I ended up surviving longer than I thought I would.

5th place: Mike
3rd place: Mark & Nicole
2nd place: Greg
1st place: John
 
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5. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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John & I taught this mind-blowingly good (but difficult to "grok") game to Joe & Nicole... and had a lot of fun playing it. John's margin of victory was his 5 pt Prestige card - but even if I had tied him, he'd have beat me on cash.

John 69
Mark 64
Nicole 55
Joe 49
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6. Board Game: Power Grid: France/Italy [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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Three new players (Greg, Matt & Mike) meant slow going for this nearly 3 hour game of Power Grid on the Italy map. Matt got hosed in the commodity market on the last turn (which explains his score.)

Mike 18 cities powered
Greg 17 cities powered
Will 17 cities powered
Matt 6 cities powered
 
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7. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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The four of us who'd played Princes then took to building fanciful cities - and John took it in the teeth as we lost count of how many times he was asasinated or stolen from...

Joe 34
Nicole 27
Mark 24
John 13
 
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8. Board Game: Hula Hippos [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4332]
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Power Grid was STILL not finished, so while John took a cigarette break, the three of us played this silly flicking game. While I had more practice, it didn't translate into a win for me... sigh.

Nicole zero!
Joe 1 remaining
Mark 3 remaining
 
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9. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:377]
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Greg had to boogie... so four of us played Thebes. I was a digging monster who could do no wrong - and the other three each had multiple digs that were pretty much fruitless (sand, sand, sand!) Nicole picked up most of the lecture cards, but it wasn't enough to catch me.

Mark 73
Nicole 47
Joe 41
Mike 29
 
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10. Board Game: Around the World in 80 Days [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1314]
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John & Will taught this one to Matt... and then managed to have one of the ugliest games of this I've ever seen. Matt won at 80 days - with both Will & John at 85+ days. (That's a LOT of storms & delays...)

BTW, Matt wanted me to note that this is the FIRST game he has won at Fresno Gamers!
 
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11. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1277] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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We were still digging up artifacts, so the boys decided to make some pizzas... and Matt managed to win his 2nd game!

Matt 8 (more ingredients)
John 8
Will 4
 
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12. Board Game: Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3804]
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It was Opening Day... and I taught Mike this fast-paced baseball card game. Mike jumped out to an early lead, but I managed to keep it close (despite my relief pitcher throwing him a softball for a triple). In the bottom of the 9th, I finally got the go ahead run for the win.

Mark 11
Mike 10
 
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13. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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My military world strategy was DOA... but Mike's produce/consume monster managed to rack up one of the highest scores I've ever seen.

Mike 41
John 26 (more cards in hand)
Will 26
Mark 21
 
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