Mad Anthony Gamers - Games Played 0n 03/28
Ken F
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Fort Wayne
Indiana
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After a 3-week break from gaming, the Mad Anthony Gamers are back at the table. We've also increased our small group by one bringing the active member list to five.

MAG meets on Fridays in Fort Wayne, Indiana and plays for about 6 hours. If you want to check out our website, we're located here: http://www.MadAnthonyGamers.com
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1. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
Ken F
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We started the evening off with this popular title, recently acquired by our newest member Rick (Lone Ranger).

Jim and Sandy were able to jump right in on this one, while I was a bit bogged down by the iconography; Rick, who has only played San Juan once, and hampered by my attempt at teaching it, made the best of it.

The game ended when Jim built his 12th in the Settle phase, which happened to be the last phase of the round. Unfortunately for him, he didn't realize Sandy was doing so well.

Final Scores: Sandy: 26 / Jim: 23 / Ken: 17 / Rick: 12

Group impression: We like it!
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2. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
Ken F
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We followed RftG with Pandemic, another game from Rick's collection.

MAG seems to enjoy cooperative gaming, though Knizia's Lord of the Rings is low on the list. I only mention LotR because it seems to lack the tension for good co-op game, while Pandemic is a roller coaster ride start to finish.

Our group squeaked out a win with only 6 cards remaining in the deck. We even had to suffer through a back-to-back draw of Epidemics on a single player turn. Luckily though, the Breakout track only got to 6.

Jim: Medic / Sandy: Dispatcher / Ken: Scientist / Rick: Operations Expert.

Group Impression: We really like this one quite a bit. We found that the Dispatcher is a very important role and wouldn't care to be without it.
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3. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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Rick is fairly new to Eurogaming and hasn't played all of the classics, so he wanted us to break out Ra and teach it to him.

2 things occurred in this game that was a bit unusual: nearly all of the flood titles came out in the first epoch; and Jim was able to run crazy with his leftover Sun tiles after everyone else had used theirs, leaving the the Ra track only half full. What a haul! Other than that, it was a typical game with Ken yelling "Ra" the most.

Jim: 51 / Rick: 34 / Ken: 29 / Sandy: 20

Group Impression: A solid game.
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4. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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Since we're now 5 active members, and Ross happened to be unavailable this week, we naturally had to jump on the chance to bring Tichu to the felt!

This was only Rick's second time with Tichu, so team Jim & Rick were a bit handicapped, though they still gave Ken and Sandy a good run for the win. Also of note, while Ross and myself call Tichu the most, followed by Sandy then Jim, this week's game saw Jim calling Tichu 2 times, Sandy 3, Rick his first ever, and Ken none at all. Not only that, but everyone made their calls!

Final Scores: Sandy & Ken: 1010 / Jim & Rick: 790

Group Impression: Need you ask - simply the best!
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