Mad Anthony Gamers - May Sessions List
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Once again we're behind on our weekly sessions, so this is another catch-up list for the month of May.

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: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:469]
Ken F
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May 9th - First of Two Games:

I've been wanting to own and play this game for some time now and finally decided to pick up a copy through Wargame Depot. Jim had also heard good things about and it and was more than willing to give it a go. Our first game was a 4-player session, with Jim taking on the Prussian army, defending his realm.

Sandy kept trying to make headway into Prussia, but was having a rough time of it, as Jim kept her at bay, while her army in Sweden was proving a bit useless to the cause. Ross, who controlled the Austrians and Imperial army, working to aid the French, swarmed up from the southern end of the map to battle with the Prussians. The French encountering only a fair amount of resistance met their objective on game turn 6. Had Ross worked to secure a victory for the Austrian-Imperial armies, the game would have gone on longer allowing the fate cards to be revealed, and possibly allowing Friedrich a chance at the win.

Ken: France / Sandy: Russia-Sweden / Ross: Austria-Imperial / Jim: Prussia-Hanover

This game was played nearly a month ago, so if I got any of it recored incorrectly, hopefully Jim will add a comment.
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2. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
Ken F
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May 9th - Second of Two Games:

Whenever there are only four of us, Tichu is the must-play game. This was either our 22nd or 23rd game in the past 11 months. This game never lets us down, though there have been a few games with strange results.

Hopefully, we'll have played 25 games by the time the Mad Anthony Gamers hit their 1 year anniversary on June 20th!

Final Scores: Jim & Ross: 1075 / Ken & Sandy: 725
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3. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:506]
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May 16th - First of Five Games:

Maharaja is one of my favorite games which I find best with more players at the table. Sandy was out with a nagging headache, so we were four players (enough for a good game).

Jim Rick and Ross had never played before, but grasped the game easily enough after a quick run down of the rules. Jim and I were doing the most building, with Ross just a palace behind for most of the game. Rick was holding on to his money a bit too long, but finally started building more mid-game. As far as I recall, it was Rick who was getting more income from his buildings in villages than were the rest of us. And if my memory again serves me correctly, Jim was the one who was messing with the Governor order track to screw with our building plans. There wasn't a great amount of roll switching during the game, and I believe most of it took part during the latter part of the game. The end of the game was very tight and the second place player only lost because Rick pointed out to Ken a better path to take, which deprived Jim of much needed coin.

The game lasted 9 of 10 turns. This seems to be a game the entire MAG group enjoys.

Final Scores: Ken: 7(10g) / Jim: 7(2g) / Ross: 6 / Rick: 5
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4. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:574]
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May 16 - Second of Five Games:

We love playing 6 Nimmt! as a side-splitting filler. That is until we introduced humorless Rick to the game. His reaction couldn't have been worse if we dropped a turd on the table.

Final Scores: Ken: 34 / Ross: 34 / Jim: 41 / Rick 75
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5. Board Game: Cloud 9 [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1650]
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May 16 - Third of Five Games:

This one was the surprise of the evening. I never much cared for push-your-luck games, but this one had us laughing (and shouting Jump!) for most of the game. Ross plays an extreme game of Cloud 9, which is often times quite reckless.

A new group favorite filler!

Final Scores: Ken: 53 / Jim: 39 / Rick: 31 / Ross: 25
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6. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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May 16 - Game Four of Five:

With time running out for the evening, we decided on another group fav filler -- this time No Thanks!

Ken went for his usual long-shot run in the high numbers which he was able to string together ending in a reasonable score with a lot of chips to lower it further. Rick was on his way to end the game by going over 100 points and losing the game until a bad bit of luck crossed Jim's path (ouch!)

Final Scores: Ken: 58 / Ross: 65 / Rick: 111 / Jim 114
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7. Board Game: Cloud 9 [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1650]
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May 16 - Game Five of Five:

We had time for one more quickie and all voted for another game of Cloud 9.

Ross played the same strategy, but this time it paid off and won him the game, ruining Ken's winning streak for the evening.

Final Scores: Ross: 51 / Ken: 39 / Jim: 31 / Rick: 30
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8. Board Game: Mare Nostrum [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1072]
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May 23rd - First of Four Games:

This was our second game of Mare Nostrum. The previous game was played with 4 players, with the Greeks and Romans agreeing to a soft aggression pack for the early part of the game. This time since we had a full compliment of 5 players, the gloves were off. Oddly enough though, there wasn't all that much combat, though there was positioning and broadsword rattling.

After Ken (who was playing a heavily defensive game) built his 3rd Hero/Monument, three of the other players purchased the remaining cards to keep Ken from the win. At that point it became a race for the Pyramids. Ross and Rick had agreed to trade between them the same resource cards I needed to get a set of 12 (nice play). In the end Ross was able to collect 12 tax cards and take the victory!

This second game with 5 was much better than our first, though how much is based on a better understanding of the game, or a fuller board is up in the air.

Ross: Egypt / Jim: Rome / Sandy: Greece / Ken: Carthage / Rick: Babylon
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9. Board Game: Cloud 9 [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1650]
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May 23rd - Game Two of Four:

Since Sandy missed out on the previous week's debut of this one, we decided to throw her into the fray. Ross' strategy again won him the game, so next time we're going with the optional rule that states with 5 of the same balloon cards, you can toss a player over the side (you can bet it will be Ross).

Final Scores: Ross: 55 / Rick: 42 / Ken: 40 / Sandy: 36 / Jim: 24
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10. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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May 23rd - Three of Four Games:

We had always played this co-op with 4 players, but since we're usually a group of 5, we decided to modify the win condition and play with all 5 of us. Since the biggest problem is the deck getting used up too fast with 5, we decided on finding a cure with 4 cards instead of 5 (3 with the appropriate role card - researcher?), as well as only putting 4 epidemics into the card mix. As it turned out, we won the game with 6 cards remaining, so next time we'll either go with the normal cure conditions, or increasing the number of epidemic cards.

If anyone has a suggestion for 5 players, I'd love to hear it!
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11. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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May 23rd - Game Four of Four:

Just enough time for a quick filler.

This was a three round game of No Thanks! with Jim, Ross, and Ken trying to out do each other for the highest (losing) score. A very close game between Sandy and Rick, with Sandy scoring only 6 points to Rick's 13 in the last round in order to get the two point win.

Final Scores: Sandy: 30 / Rick: 32 / Jim: 110 / Ross: 118 / Ken: 124
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12. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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May 30th - Game One of Four:

Goa is a group favorite that the new guy (Rick) has been wanting to play. Jim and I went for the way we usually play, but Rick went for a money game (tax, tax, tax) and wound up with a butt-load of bucks which he spent to get some very good tiles, especially in the second half of the game. Jim and Rick were also going back and forth with the flag/1st player marker, with Jim getting it more often than not.

Final Scores: Rick: 38 / Jim: 28 / Ken: 25
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13. Board Game: The Bottle Imp [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1087]
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May 30th - Game Two of Four:

We decided on a filler for the second game and since we were short both Ross and Sandy, and we usually play some card game, Bottle Imp it was.

This is one that Rick owns, but has never played. Since my copy was handy, out it came. It took a short while for Rick to grasp the differences between traditional trick-taking games and Bottle Imp, but since Rick seems rather good at cards, he picked up on it fairly quickly. This was very evident by the fact he was never stuck with the bottle at the end any round.

Final Scores: Rick: 205 / Jim: 59 / Ken: 50
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14. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:172]
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May 30th - Game Three of Four:

Another MAG Fav, but new to Rick.

Jim ended the game by taking the last of the high hats. Everyone had the most of something, so it came down to who had the most after subtracting their highest scoring piece.

Final Scores: Ken: 6 / Jim: 4 / Rick: 3
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15. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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May 30th - Game Four of Four:

Another one new to Rick (who owns it, but has not played it).

Ken was able to use a couple of Royal Favors towards the end of the game to push up his prestige to just edge out Jim for the win. This makes up for his crushing defeat earlier in the year when Jim won 71 to 70!!!

Final Scores: Ken: 36 / Jim: 34 / Rick: 31
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