Mad Anthony Gamers - Sessions List
Ken F
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We're way behind on our sessions list, so this one's a three week catch-up. It's actually more fitting considering we only played one game last week.

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: Shogun [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:127]
Ken F
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APRIL 4th - First of Four Games:

Our newest member, Rick is a big fan of this one so he brought it over and taught us the rules (it was new to everyone else). After the "oooohs" and "ahhhhs" subsided (cube tower effect), we went at it using the predetermined set-up. Actual play time was around two hours. Combat I would guess was moderate (number of battles), as well as building actions. The game ended with mixed reactions - 2 players really liked it, 2 were lukewarm, and then there was me, who didn't even like the cube tower.

FINAL SCORES: Rick: 47 / Sandy: 40 / Ross: 38 / Jim: 34 / Ken: 34
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2. Board Game: Felicity: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1086]
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APRIL 4th - Second of Four Games:

To take the edge off of the previous moderate weight game, this game was demanded suggested by me (at the time I didn't realize Sandy loathed it). For those who don't know, it's an auction game somewhat similar to For Sale, but with slightly deeper play.

FINAL SCORES: Ken: 46 / Ross: 43 / Sandy: 40 / Rick: 38 / Jim: 30
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3. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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APRIL 4th - Third of Four Games:

Another one of Rick's favorites; and one which won all of us over with its simple, sweet and wicked play. First-time play for all, except Rick. The game went for 4 hands, which Rick said was unusual, but it was a fast and fun four hands.

FINAL SCORES: Ken: 34 / Jim: 86 / Rick: 91 / Ross: 116 / Sandy: 121
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4. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:442]
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APRIL 4th - Fourth of Four Games:

This is one of my all-time favorite auction games, and one fairly popular with the group. We've all played it prior, except Rick, who did well and is now looking for a copy.

FINAL SCORES: Jim: 111 / Rick: 97 / Ross: 91 / Ken: 86 / Sandy: 57
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5. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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APRIL 11th - First of One Game:

I believe this is Jim's favorite Euro (geesh - the guy has 3 copies: 2 German and 1 Valley Games edition), so when Rick expressed an interest in learning it, BAM! it hit the felt.

Jim pulled out the German edition (better cards) and ran through the rules - mostly for Rick, but I found I needed a refresher. We played the full 7 election game. Including instruction time, we still managed to finish under 5 hours.

FINAL SCORES: Ken: 334 / Ross: 316 / Rick: 297 / Jim: 286 / Sandy: 174
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6. Board Game: Mare Nostrum [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1072]
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APRIL 18th - First of Three Games:

Mare Nostrum is a game I've been wanting to play for the past year. Lucky for me, Rick decided to purchase a copy with expansion from a fellow Geek.

We decided to play this game once a week for 3 weeks (our current Spotlight game), using the base game with predetermined set-up. Next week will be advanced set up, and the final week will include the expansion set.

The first turn was pretty tame, but unfortunately Rick interpreted my expansion into a province bordering one of his as a hostile act and decided to try out the combat system on turn 2. Rick must have really liked the combat system, because the attacks kept coming throughout the game. Sandy ignored most of us, with the exception of building a massive fleet and fortifying her provinces, and spent her time expanding into the surrounding areas of Greece. Jim had Rome and kind of did the same thing, except at one point where he jumped on an unprotected caravan I had and reaped the rewards - something we'll see more of next week - that and sacking!

This was a learning session and I know we'll play the next game quite differently next week. The game received an above average group rating, so I'm hopeful it will become a regularly played game.

GAME WINNER: Sandy who built the Pyramids with her many, many commodity cards.
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7. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:444]
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APRIL 18th - Second of Three Games:

Because Jim had to work the next day, we decided to play a somewhat short game before we jumped into our mandatory game of Tichu.

Rick had not played this one and was more than willing to learn. Perhaps we should not have shown Rick this game, because he wound up kicking butt!

FINAL SCORES: Rick: 55 / Sandy: 53 / Jim: 45 / Ken: 33
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8. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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APRIL 18th - Third of Three Games:

This marked Rick's third time playing. He has now more than caught on and did quite well. There were two notable occurrences in this game: for most of the game, the scores were incredibly close, varying no more that 40 points in either direction for the better part of the game - and (this is the most important part) I made a Grand Tichu!

Okay, there were actually three - Rick and I were able to break the close game by calling Tichu on the last two hands and going out back-to-back on both.

FINAL SCORES: Ken & Rick: 1160 / Jim & Sandy: 740

Did I mention I made a Grand Tichu! (and it was a crap hand).
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