La Crosse Board Game Night - Games Played 6-18-08
Travis Sonsalla
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Volume Three of the Birthday Bash continued with Shawn the man this time. He had narrowed his game choice to El Grande or Tikal, and he went with Tikal. Three others joined Shawn in the exploits of exploration while two others looked skyward to explore Airships and have an aborted exploration of Lost Cities. Later, all met to connect our nation on the rails of TransAmerica and then have a flickin' race of Pitchcar Mini that closed down Peaberry's.
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1. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
Travis Sonsalla
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Travis was the only experienced gamer joining first-timers Shawn, Brian, and Mike. Would experience pay off? Or would birthday magic give Shawn an edge?

4th - 77 Shawn
3rd - 87 Travis
2nd - 103 Brian
1st - 112 Mike
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2. Board Game: Airships [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1623]
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John and Amy ventured off for a two player game of Airships. This was a game they had tried once before with Travis, and all had walked away underwhelmed. After reading more on the game and getting some rule clarifications John was certain that a repeat play would cause a more postivie evaluation. In the end both agreed, but only one would win.

2nd - 18 Amy
1st - 25 John
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3. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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John and Amy finished Airships while Tikal still had a bit of time before concluding so they pulled out Lost Cities. The game went through one round, but a misunderstanding in the number of cards for each color skewed the outcome. As Tikal was completing when the round for Lost Cities ended, both agreed to abandon the game in favor of a game with more players.
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4. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:893]
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All six gamers agreed upon a game that all could play, and TransAmerica was the choice. A mix of first-timers and experienced rail-builders resulted in a close game.

6th - 0 Amy, Brian, and Shawn
3rd - 4 Mike
2nd - 5 John
1st - 6 Travis

Travis got the win one turn earlier than what John would have liked. This cost John a seven point reduction taking away what appeared to be a commanding 12 to 6 lead over Travis.
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5. Board Game: PitchCar Mini [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1012]
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After the train ride we hurried over to the Pitchcar Mini track that had been set up earlier in the evening. After a time trial lap the race was on! Below are the results and the starting position of each racer.

6th - Shawn (started 3rd)
5th - Mike (started 2nd)
4th - Amy (started 6th)
3rd - Travis (started 3rd)
2nd - Brian (started 1st)
1st - John "Flick" (started 5th) "Flick, Flick who?"
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