Games I lost this Weekend
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A lesser man might wonder why the gods have forsaken him. May 10 was one of the periodic day long open game days for the Grand Rapids Area Board Gamers. This geeklist is a tribute to my futility and my utter hopelessness. But I'm not one to live alone with my horrid play. Share and share alike I say! Add in the games YOU lost this weekend.

But it's all good right? I mean, the *point* is to have fun right?


ARE WE HAVING FUN YET‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽

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1. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:583]
 
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A game *I* brought and *wanted* to play. cry

The basic mechanics were grasped easily enough but evidently the strategy utterly elueded me.

TJ - and cold_fuzion had 80 something and 90 something. One of them won - who cares.

Me. I got 33. W00t!!!
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2. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Ok, let's play something we know! *Everyone* "We should play with 4 epidemics"

Van - "Real men play with 5"
Weldy - "Real men die with 5"

We lost.

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3. Board Game: To Court the King [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1403]
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Weldy described it as "Yahtzee with a story!" I actually quite liked this game. I liked it even more as we were down to the last rolls of the dice.

I had 10 5's I believe - something like that. Everyone was saying, "oh, that is going to be hard to beat."

Van - "Yea but Mr. "I come in at the last minute and crush you" Weldy is up to bat next."

Weldy - Rolls eyes, "nah"

He beat me on his last roll. same number of dice but all sixes.

Why? Why me? Why do the gaming gods hate me so?
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4. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:879]
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I traded a copy of Hive to get this game in a Math trade. First Play. cold_fuzion crushes me. Did I attract a single stinking dragon to my side? I did not.

Second game. Cold_fuzion crushes me slightly less convincingly. Did I attract a single dragon to my side? I did not. But I at least moved one back to the neutral area.

Once.

And I gave up my wooden copy of Hive for this abuse????
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5. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:320]
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Read all about it here.

Am I bitter? Am I jaded? Am I angry? Am I sad? Would I kick a puppy should one cross my path right now?

YES!!!
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6. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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No doubt in my mind I was going to lose this one, I almost always do. I've won once so far out of 10-15 games of this. Still, my chances looked pretty good about 2/3 of the way through, when, as New Sparta, I had a military value of 12. I simply needed to draw enough military worlds and settle them before Bruce got his production/trade system ticking.

I didn't. He did. Bruce won. I was tied for last.

I must really not understand what I'm doing in this game.
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7. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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Could we have botched the rules explanation any worse? I think not. Still, of the five at the table, I had probably played this more than anyone else, so that should have given me some sort of advantage, you would think.

I think not. I came in fourth. That Weldy guy won.
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8. Board Game: Auf Achse [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2467]
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Sure enough, I lost this one too. It was close, but I came in second. To a fourteen year old girl!
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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:115] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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I won the first game of this I played on Saturday, but lost the second. Thankfully I didn't lose to Weldy a second time. Matt trounced the both of us.
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10. Board Game: PalastgeflĆ¼ster [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1224]
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I scored one point. Everyone else scored 5 points. I lost miserably.

Unlike Van, I did win a few games. In between losing the games I added to the list, I was busy winning these games: Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries, Union Pacific, Ticket to Ride, Um Reifenbreite, and Kupferkessel Co.
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11. Board Game: Darjeeling [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1894]
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Taught this one to TJ, a big Carc fan. He got the broken 2p strategy -big ship right after I shipped - and beat me something like 102 to 52.
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12. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:313]
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I have yet to master the art of car flicking. Heck, I have yet to just plain learn it. I came in dead last in a field of 5.
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13. Board Game: Candy Land [Average Rating:3.17 Overall Rank:15345]
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Yes, shamefully I lost BIG in a two-header of this classic against my 7-year old. I'm talking HUGE loss, like I was almost at the beginning of the route both times when she won!!

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14. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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This was my first game of the day. I knew going in that Andy and I would lose. Heck, we didn't even call Tichu when we should have. I can't even blame our loss on the dog! Thanks, Josh and Chris, for the trouncing.
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15. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
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Two of the four scorings happened right before my turn. Despite this, I managed to come in second, losing to Dave by a measly $2 million! angry
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16. Board Game: Unspeakable Words [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2502]
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Tony went insane on his last roll. His final word was "holy".

Considering the game and our venue.....
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17. Board Game: Gold Digger [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:6725]
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3 players. At the end game, it's pretty close, but my daughter and I both have exclusive mines. I have about 4 gold in mine, my daughter has 2. My wife is the only one left with a claim. Of course she puts it in my mine.

Then my 5 year old daughter plays 8 gold, then a turn later 6 gold.

End score is something like 19 (daughter), 8 (me), 7 (wife). shake
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18. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:133]
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This was my first family game of this.
Before I continue, let me say I love my family. I love them to death.

The problem is that my sister simply doesn't think a game should last more than 30 mins or so (Despite her ability to watch TV for 3 hours straight) so it always takes a lot of talking to get her to play.

Anyway, we start, and... It took about 45 mins to answer all the rules questions my Mother and Sister had (Dad had played with me before, and I've managed to turn him into a gamer over the years.) If I had heard one more time "What does the merchant do?" I was gonnna FREAK.
The boxes were just too complicated for them to get, and they looked at me with tearful eyes before we started, obviously not believing me when I said that after a few turns they wouldn't even need to think about what the boxes did.

Cut to the end of the game. My sister has this bad tendency to cut games off early. "Well, it's the end of a turn, why can't we just end it?"

BECAUSE IT CHANGES THE ENTIRE GAME IF WE END IT AT THE END OF THE SECOND AGE! And we didn't even plan on it from the beginning, so I had played up to that point like I had 2 more turns. Nope.

Long story short, second. To dad. Again. First time we tied in points and he won via money. This time... 7 points. Ouch. Granted, he only had 78, but still...

Good news? They love the game and want to play again. A heavier game in the 'family pile' with Pillars of the Earth! WHEEE!
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