Fresno Gamers - 5/27/08
Mark Jackson
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Actually, a weirdly normal night for us... I was there on time, with Braeden... and Race for the Galaxy got played 3 times.

Welcome as well to Jeff Myers - glad to have you with us, my friend.
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1. Board Game: Techno Witches [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3550]
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Braeden & I played through the introductory scenario of this weird little mash-up of Wings of War & Dragonriders... and had a lot of fun with it. It's more RoboRally-ish than anything.

I grabbed the cat first, which gave me the win.
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2. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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Three games tonight - one early & two late.

I played Richard Irving with Braeden & Jeff looking on - at one point, Braeden said, "I don't understand what you're doing, Dad." I replied, "That's OK, bud - neither does Mr. Jeff." Big honkin' New Sparta military buy-up wins:

player tableua + victory points + developments = score

Mark 28 + 12 + 0 = 40
Richard 16 + 6 + 8 = 30

A late night three player game saw John create a consume/produce monster, while I edged Will out with yet another New Sparta military set.

John 18 + 38 + 0 = 56
Mark 28 + 0 + 11 = 39
Will 19 + 8 + 9 = 36

Finally, we ended the night with a two player match - and I managed to turn Epsilon E into yet another military power.

Mark 25 + 12 + 7 = 44
Will 19 + 17 + 0 = 36
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3. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:672]
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I like this semi-abstract shrinking board game better with 4 than with less players - more "grab what you can" and less "sit & watch people think." The game was close & I managed to hand it to Richard by cutting off Jeff.

Richard I 29
Jeff 28
Braeden/Mark 20
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4. Board Game: Tante Tarantel [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:7203]
Mark Jackson
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Richard I proved to be the supreme bug wrangler... while Mike wins the award for "Most Likely To Be Lunch."

Richard I 17
Jeff 11
Mark 5
Braeden 3
Mike 0
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5. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Jeff had never played Puerto Rico - so we taught him. (And he won!) Jeff had the option to end the game (by taking the Mayor) or send us for one more trip around the board - but with Richard L & I both sitting on stacks of barrels & lots of cash, he made the right decision.

player buildings + victory points + big buildings = score

Jeff 16 + 14 = 6 = 36
John 11 + 18 + 5 = 34
Richard L 14 + 12 + 0 = 26
Mark 13 + 11 + 0 = 24
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6. Board Game: Viva Pamplona! [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3793]
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While the war in Europe continued (more on that in a minute), the rest of participated in the running of the bulls. It's the first loan I've seen in a long time (wow, Jeff)... and Will pulled off a close of the game move of unprecedented bullying - pushing two of us out of the arena - well done!

Will 47
John 36
Richard L 15
Mark 8
Jeff 0 (but NOT negative!)
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7. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:575]
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My Paramount studios managed a spectacular (21 pt) The Ten Commandments - and a bunch of other stuff that led me to total dominance. I knew there was a reason I liked this game.

player films + awards + contracts = score

Mark 48 + 30 + 10 = 88
Will 36 + 20 + 13 = 69
John 29 + 15 + 5 = 49
Richard L 30 + 10 + 6 = 46
Mike 17 + 5 + 13 = 35
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8. Board Game: Im Reich der Jadegöttin [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:5732]
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I didn't get close to winning - Mike's winning share of "the dig that covered 1/4 of the board" gave him a distinct advantage - but I had a lot of fun with this Entdecker re-think. John, who's not a fan of the original game, liked this one better (to a point).

player artifacts + bonuses = score

Mike 15 + 8 = 23
Mark 13 + 5 = 18
Will 10 + 8 = 18
John 9 + 8 = 17
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9. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:102]
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Richard I (the Germans) and Mike (the Americans) held a pitched battle while we were playing Puerto Rico & Viva Pamplona... Mike won as time ran out & he was up by 21 points.

There was also some Sgt. Pepper jokes... but I didn't completely understand all of that.
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10. Board Game: Blackbeard [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:3255]
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Steve G, Steve (with Steve G's brother), Mike, and I all played a game of this Thursday night at Steve's place. It was pretty fun. Started out a little slow as we were learning the rules, and the added rule of KC's being able to stop an action (even if they were evaded) kinda disturbed us at first.

But as the game speeded up and we started to get VP's from killing the KC's or getting VP's even from dying, we started to enjoy it more. We didn't actually finish the game, we just called a halt at about 12:30 (about 4 hours of gameplay). However we were pretty far along, and since we had started to take our turns faster and faster, we probably would have finished in another hour.

Overall we had a pretty good time and I think we all enjoyed playing.

Steve G won with 57,
I had 55,
Steve had 53
Mike had 32.

It was a pretty close spread, and overall I'm pretty happy with my experiance.
 
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11. Board Game: Cosmic Eidex [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2557]
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We played this 3 player trick taking game before Steve and his brother Paul showed up. The cards are 6 thru Ace in 4 suits (Hearts, Lizards, Ravens, and Stars)

VP are scored at the end of each round. If a player shoots the moon 2 VP, if one player is over 100 points and doesn't shoot the moon the other two players each get a VP, and if all players are under 100 the most points and the least points get a VP.

There's special abilities that you can play with, though we kept it simple.

First and only round Mike racked up 103 points so William and I got the win. I was at 2 points.

I really like the card art. The points are scored in a strange way so that will take some getting used to, like the Trump Jack is 20 points and Aces of all suits are 11 but non-trump Jacks are 2 (?)
 
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