Indy Gamers, Labor Day 2008
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Well, Dave our faithful host stepped aside for some family matters this weekend. My wife and I filled in with hosting duties and had some people over. My focus was to nail off the last of my own and unplayed games.
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1. Board Game: Empyrean, Inc. [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:7421]
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This obscure title was first:

Shawn - Win
Angie
Shea
Ross


Quite a bit of fun. Tough to get all the names of stuff out though. It didn't run over 30 minutes for us though.
 
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2. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:752]
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Ah, this had been on my shelf for quite awhile.

Shawn - 12 - Win
Ang - 12
Shea - 7
Ross - 10
Denise - 9

Eh. Might be better with fewer. But it's have to be a *lot* better with fewer.
 
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3. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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First of the big worker placement games played on the other table.

Todd 72
Mike 65
Diane 62
Kevin 57

This was an epic game, but went reasonably quick. I let them describe it later.
 
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4. Board Game: Frank's Zoo [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1197]
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This was a fun oddball trick taking / climbing card game.

Angie 31
Denise 16
Shawn 18
Ross 23
Shea 23

Yea, Angie just killed us. I did like this game though. The fun partner rules really made it for me. "Would you help me?" "No, screw you."
 
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5. Board Game: Attribute [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2375]
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One whole heck of a lot better than I thought it would be. I sure wish the cards were a little bigger however!

Shea 10
Ross 6
Todd 6
Angie 4
Shawn 9

The fist smacking really wasn't too bad at all. It's coming right off the trade pile.
 
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6. Board Game: Enemy Chocolatier [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:3550]
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Played this gem back to back.

Ross 1 win via Points
Todd
Angie 1 win via Recipe
Shea
Shawn

This first game saw Ross take the "boring strategy". He bought the neighborhood that pays points based on assets. He then just passed every turn until he won. I was only 1 turn from winning however.

The second game saw a nasty fight. Todd and Ross both had a "buy anywhere" neighborhood. Todd was ahead on his recipe, but Ross was earning $8 per turn. So Ross just started buying all of Todd's cubes. This did stop Todd, but then Ross had to fend off Angie and Todd. He split the difference and hindered them both a little, but Angie pulled through.
 
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7. Board Game: Snorta! [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:3118]
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Saw this in target the other day! Get it!

Todd
Ross
Shawn
Shea
Ang - Win

Todd wasn't amused though. And the other table was sitting up Stone Age. So we called it a little early and gave it to ang with the smallest stack.
 
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8. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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Oh yes, what day would be complete without this. Well, mine was okay without it

Denise 31
Diane 28
Mike 25
Kevin 16

Experience won out. They did keep the pace up and finish in under 3 hours however.
 
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9. Board Game: The Hanging Gardens [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1184]
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Ross 37
Shawn 35
Angie 47
Shea 50

Okay, so I sort of won this one. Angie helped me out with a big placement in the middle of the game however, so it should almost go to her.

And this game is growing on me some. I'm getting better about not covering up my old gardens.
 
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10. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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And the worker placement trilogy has come to an end!

Todd 213
Kevin 162
Diane 193
Denise 153

The cave meeples went flying. And this game still took too long!

Kevin was the trooper that literally made it through Caylus, Agricola and then Stone Age back to back to back. We then had to give him 2 excedrin.
 
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11. Board Game: Make 'n' Break [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:3318]
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So after a quick snack, we set up a Make 'n' Break super game. We sat 8 people around the table and dug out Make 'n' Break regular and Extreme. We ran both copies around the same table at the same time. After two long rounds we tallied up the total scores:

Shea 57
Angie 50
Shawn 35
Todd 55
Diane 46
Kevin 45
Ross 44

Todd did great for his first try at this. That engineering degree really came through!
 
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12. Board Game: Ubongo Extreme [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1517]
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I snuck off to show todd Rock Band, but the others wanted to try and fit pieces into spaces.

Diane 17
Shawn 11
Ross 15
Kevin 20

Everyone had so much fun, they went on to play:
 
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13. Board Game: Ubongo Extrem Craxy Expansion [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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This insanity!

Diane 6
Shawn 0
Ross 8
Kevin 9

Yes, those Excedrin were really kicking in for Kevin. He was an absolute trooper!
 
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