Pueblo Gamers: Starting a New Group- Take Three
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So here we are at three weeks in a row. I thought others might enjoy watching a group grow from the gaming ether to a steady euro group this Summer and fall (hopefully).

This was our third week, and first week introducing two of the others who had come on different weeks.

We had Kirsten and Mike both, eager gamers and sharp players. My wife and I really enjoy the 4 person game night so we can get to know everyone. Besides we think its best to get everyone familiar with the games and each other before we open it up to tons of new people.

We tend to be a bit more social in our gamming and follow the axiom of the Springs group organizer: games are social lubricants. We're using games as a means to meet new people and make some friends, if they become euro game freaks and Agricola fan boys, then that's just icing on the cake!

This week we learned that Mike has lived in Australia, Kirsten in China, me in Ireland, and that someone has a penchant for some pretty entertaining (and just wrong) definitions.

This week we had baby issues so the fare was light, yet having never played many "fillers" I thought I could at least expose them to all that I have in one sitting.
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So our random peach tree planted by the previous family sprung forth this year and we were swamped with hundreds on peahces. We brought them all in and demanded that every winner must brign home a bag. To our shagrin, Kirstena dn Mike like fresh fruit and helped nibble down the pile before festivities began.
 
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2. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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Now that everyone had played with opened with something familiar and fun. Kirsten got the "turn order bitchslap" and went down in a ball of flames, something that would not be outdone until my game of For Sale Sunday. Hannah on the other hand bid high early and strolled to a victory over me by a couple of points. This would start a trend for the night.
 
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Mike and Kirsten picked this one out and after a brief explanation we were off. Mike showed some serious prowess figuring out the strategy quickly. Kirsten seemed a little lost, while Hannah and I traded baguette shops along the boulevards. With some killer locations during the final round Hannah beat me by a couple points. Mike's apparent strategy didn't quite pan out. They were all left a little funny on this one as to what to do, my even made some comments about it the next day.
 
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4. Board Game: Who's Having This Baby Anyway? [Average Rating:3.90 Unranked]
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Well we cant always be lucky. The baby starting fussing at this point so we kept it light to include my wife. Hannah, Kirsten and I all took turns keeping him happy. He was happy at the table, but wouldn't stay asleep in his bed. Oh well, we muddled on.
 
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The fussing gave us some breaks to talk music, and Kirsten was invited to DJ, with some amazing Franco-Slaviv-Gypsey music that Hannah and I enjoyed.

It was nice to hear some music made after 1982 for a change
 
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Fussy baby?
Got to Flochati, easy to play one armed.
Mike couldn't quite grasp the startegy to this one, but Hannah gave him a scholling as she blew us all away with tons of triples, again I was second!

Finishing with 3 cards in his hand Mike remakred that he didnt quite pick up the point of this one early enough.
 
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7. Board Game: Escalation! [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:6424]
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Another fast one waiting for the baby to finally fall asleep.

Easy to grasp we all jumped in and had a good time. Despite a horrible first round I came back for second to guess who...
Yep, Hannah won again.

Mike and Kirsten joked half way through that they could start their own game with all the cards they had together.
 
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8. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:771]
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Kirsten vaguely remembered this one from last year and Mike was new. We played 2 x players as people held the baby and chatted.

I won the first one over Mike and Hannah, then I believe Mike beat the two ladies in round two. They enjoyed this one I believe. It was a good "won't the babay ever fall asleep" filler.
 
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9. Board Game: Balderdash [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1491]
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Ahh another night of Balderdash, and it's officially out of my system now. Not quite as hilarious as last week, but still a very good time. No better way to get to know someone then to see their tipsy creativity.

Strangest part was when earlier Kirsten had remarked about how fuzzy my peaches were. Then she actually found a word that related to fuzzy peaches!

Mike won, at which point Kirsten remarked: "the score doesn't mean anything Mike." It was phrased funnier, but that's all I can remember now.
 
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