Sacramento Game Day at the Arden Dimick Library, April 26, 2008
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For the first time in three months, we had a game day at the Arden Dimick Library, one of our regular locales. Unfortunately, since we can only reserve 6 dates at a time, and this community room is popular, we sometimes cannot get it every month.

We had very good attendance today, with about 32 people. I'll start the list with the games I played and a few I saw others playing. Since I know I didn't get everything that was played, I hope that those of you who were there will fill in the holes.

For more information about board gaming in the greater Sacramento area, please visit www.sacgames.org.
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1. Board Game: Start Player: A Kinda Collectible Card Game [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:5082]
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I saw this used a couple of times to get games started. I may have used it once or twice myself (OK, 4 times).
 
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2. Board Game: Sword of Rome [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:846]
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A group of five, including Spencer, D.K., and David C. were playing this.
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3. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:217]
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A group of five was playing this when I arrived. The players included David M., Howard, Jeff, Mikki, and Cathy.

(Edited to correct per Jeff's comment.)
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4. Board Game: On the Underground [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:954]
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I started with this, a particular favorite of mine. Scott, Jean, and Robert joined in. Scott got out to an early lead, but I was able to catch him and pass him by, since my lines seemed to due a better job of attracting the passenger. Further, I was able to complete a loop that scored me 5, but Scott was thwarted from completing a loop that would have scored him 8.
 
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5. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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I did not start our my day with Age of Steam, since Jim wanted to try this game. I think they had a four person game, but I am not sure who were the players.
 
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6. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:266]
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A favorite of the local game group. A five player game with Jeri, Ben, Michael, Frank, and one other was played. I believe a second game of this was played by another group, as well.
 
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7. Board Game: Blue Moon City [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:495]
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I saw a group including Phil and Greg playing this. I think it also may have gotten a second play latter in the day.
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8. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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My second game of the day, played with Anne, Greg, and Robert. We all managed to settle all four colonies. I got 25 points from my developments, and had a set of 2 and a set of 3 in my cards, for a total of 43 points. I believe Anne was second.
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9. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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This was played by Frank, Marcus, and 2 or 3 others.
 
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10. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:28]
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I saw a group playing this that I believe included Frank and Marcus.
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11. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:127]
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Played by David M., Michael, Ben, Jean, and Scott.
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12. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:26]
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A group of three, including Afshin, played this game.
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13. Board Game: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:757]
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I saw this being played. I believ the players included John W., Kelly, and Phil.
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14. Board Game: Leonardo da Vinci [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:968]
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I finally got a chance to play this. After finishing Goa, I went out to get my son, my nephew, and I some food. When I returned, Jeff had just started to explain this to Jeri, Nate, and Howard. Since they were not far into the explanation they allowed me to join in. I did fairly well, but made a mistake in the late game that cost me. Jeff won fairly handily. This has a lot going on, and can be a little nerve racking with not knowing what inventions others are trying for. I definitely want to try this again, but not sure I need to add this to my collection.
 
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15. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #1: England & Ireland [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked]
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I got my Age of Steam game in, with Jim, Scott, and Jean. We played on the Southern England map. Scott got off to better start than I did, and seemed to be ahead or even with me on income, with fewer share issued, the whole game. He also a couple of times manager to do builds that thwarted me, that I didn't expect, probably because I wasn't looking closely. He beat me by five points because he had issued two fewer shares than I.
 
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16. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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While we were playing Age of Steam, another group, including Phil and David M., were playing this. They may have used the new Rails of Europe map.
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17. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3354] [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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Ben, Michael, Frank, Marcus, and I believe one other were playing this while I was playing Age of Steam.
 
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18. Board Game: Freight Train [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:3200]
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David M., Phil, and one or two others were setting up to play this game when I was leaving.
 
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19. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: Growing Hunger [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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DK, Sean and I played LNOE with the new Growing Hunger expansion (thanks to Afshin), with DK playing (once again) the zombies. We played one of the new scenarios, Zombie Apocolypse, where DK had to destroy 6 buildings before time ran out.

It started out grim for the heros. The zombies were able to quickly tear down two buildings in the first 4 turns, and two more followed shortly thereafter. With about 8 turns or so left, the zombies needed only one more building, plus two of our heros had been turned into zombies. But then Jenny, apparently a fan of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, went on a killing spree, taking out both zombie heros and saving a building that was about to destroyed. On the other side of the board, both Racheal and Billy failed to reach a building in time to save it, but Becky, without any weapons, ran from across town and made it to the door causing the zombies, in their hunger for brains, to leave the building and come over her.

It looked like the heros may have a chance, and there were only 5 turns left until dawn. But then Racheal was killed, and since Jake had been ripped to shreds just a few turns before, the game ended with a zombie win by killing 4 heros.

Thanks to Afshin for letting use the Growing Hunger expasion. I liked what I saw, and will almost certainly be buying it.
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20. Board Game: Quicksand [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:3214]
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I saw a three-player game of this, but I forgot to write down who was playing.
 
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21. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:127]
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A 5-player game of Shogun was starting as I left in the afternoon. I think David M was in it, but I don't remember who else.
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22. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:314]
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OK, one time Randy Beaman had to take baths with his brother. So one time his little brother took a potty in the bathtub .....and now Randy Beaman gets to take showers alone. 'K, bye.
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One time, OK, see, one time Randy Beaman's little brother ate Pop Rocks and drank a soda at the same time and his head exploded! 'K, bye.
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David M was kind enough to set this up. During some down time, John, Jason, Nate and I played a two lap race. Definitely some good finger-flicking times!
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23. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:179]
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Me and Ashfin got in one last game before calling it, with me pulling out a breakthrough at the very last second.
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24. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1626]
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Played by Mikki, Jean and me. Mikki killed us.
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25. Board Game: Thor [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3940]
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Played 4 times by Cathy, Ben, Michael and myself. Only one person never won a game.


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