Weekend W/Out A Wife - Fresno Gamers 7/19 & 7/20
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Shari's in Nashville... so we got in some gaming here at the house this last weekend: Some Haba silliness, some GMT wargaming, and a couple of classics that got very positive responses!
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1. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:891]
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Braeden has been BEGGING to play this... and we managed to play twice this weekend - once each night.

The first battle was Boba Fett/Greedo (Steve C) and Darth Maul (Mark) vs Mace Windu (Steve O) and Luke/Leia (Braeden). Leia took out Greedo with one shot (ouch) but that was pretty much the highlight for the good guys. Darth Maul whirled & spun & chopped & generally carved up Mace while Boba jetted around & shot people. Braeden made one really sweet play ("I Will Not Fight You"), though.

The second battle was Yoda (Greg) and Anakin/Padme (Braeden) vs Jango Fett/Zam (Mark) and Darth Maul (Richard). A little better battle this time around - but the Dark Side still took the day, thanks to Zam & Jango doing lots of damage at a distance.
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2. Board Game: Verzauberte Eulen [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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This LOOKS like a kid's game but Braeden quickly lost interest. You have to manipulate 3 different die rolls & the permutations of moving 4-5 different pieces while blocking your opponent... a decent game, but not for kids.

Braeden (with our help) managed to win by getting 3 complete owls into the center of the board. Greg & Steve O both got 2 owls in. My owls went down to the pub & told owl tales.
 
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3. Board Game: Ringel-Rangel [Average Rating:6.24 Unranked]
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Another more appropriately kid-friendly Haba game followed... RR is a dexterity game of sorts, where you do have some control over what the next player has to deal with. It's a chain reaction game, not unlike Nacht der Magier.

Greg & I tied with 2 pieces each, Steve O had more pieces than that... and Braeden had a LOT more than that.
 
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4. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:127]
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Will won... and his win was cemented by the draw of a random card. In a game that took as long as this, I'd be bothered by that.

Q: is the event card drawn before or after you plan your moves?

More details will be forthcoming by those who participated...
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5. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:545]
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Meanwhile, John & I had the best game of SW:QG ever... the Trade Federation (me!) pulled out the win in the final seconds. Anakin was knocking at the door (one card & one space left to go), the battle for the plains of Naboo had stalled & I was down to about 6 Battle Droids... while John had a healthy Obi-Wan & the fake Queen & Cpt. Panaka.

I decided to ignore Obi-Wan & use the Battlefield droids to augment my "swarm the weaker characters" strategy... losing droids at about 2 for every 1 hit bought me just enough time to kill Panaka & win.

Yes! What a brilliant design.
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6. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:414]
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Since they were STILL conquering Japan, John & I played two games of LOTR: The Confrontation... and, to make up for my win at Queen's Gambit, he schooled me.

The first game, I lost as the Good player by the Flying Nazgul finding Frodo & eating him just outside the Shire. Ouch.

The second game, I wasn't evil enough... and Frodo slipped through when we were both down to 2 characters each. Sigh.
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7. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:807]
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Much fun was had... which is the main point of this delightful party game. Best question asked: "What famous person would be the funniest in a musical?" Stephen Hawking won, which I get, but I still my suggestion (Dick Cheney) would be a hoot playing the lead in Hairspray.
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Will & I ended the night with a 2 player battle - I edged out a win, 32-31.
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9. Board Game: Löwenherz [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:803]
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Greatest... 4 player... game... ever.

Seriously, I made 2 new converts to the cult of "I love Lowenherz" on Saturday night - and I'd have won, too, if the King would have died when he was supposed to & not hung on two more turns. Grrr.

Greg 52
Mark 47
Richard 33
Mike 27
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10. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:641]
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This is a weird hybrid of card-driven wargame & chess... and it still works pretty darn well. We played 4 player (2 to a side) and that made the game about double the length it needs... I really want to try it again as a 2 player game.

The British (Will) and the French (me) defeated the Ottomans (Mike) and the Russians (Richard) 8-5. Yes, we called the game on account of lateness... but it was pretty much a done deal, as I had the Ottomans on the run.
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See Steve's comment below.
 
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Expensive (for what it is) but very cool toy/game... Steve is the master & we are his pupils.
 
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