Friday Night Gamers (FNGs) 29 August 2008
Jason Leveille
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Colorado Springs
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On another warm summer evening, the Friday Night Gamers gathered at Joe's place in Colorado Springs for some good socializing and gaming. We had another good crowd, and we went until the wee hours, just as Jose had foreseen. I rode over on my motorcycle so that the group could see my early birthday present.

Attendees: Joe, Brian and his wife Michelle (along with their daughter), George, the Jameys, the Larrys, Jose, Jenny, Wes, Amy, and me.

Ice tea consumed: a full 3 gallons, yes that's THREE whole gallons!
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1. Board Game: RattleSnake [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:4009]
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I believe that there had already been a game or two of this before I arrived, and then I got in a couple of rounds. With four players, this went quick, as Jose was the first to place all his eggs in the minimum number of rounds.

Jose - 2
Brian, Larry Classic, and Smilie - 0
 
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2. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:729]
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I had played this once months ago and loved it. The pieces are cool and the mechanics are quite interesting. Jose had some early scoring rounds that got him the early lead, but Brian and I managed to score a bunch of points late to pass him. Larry Classic didn't quite manage to get all of his workers on the board and it cost him.

Brian's wife, Michelle, was happy just to sit and watch. While most observers glaze over during the rules explanation, Michelle was listening intently. Throughout the game, she chided all of us on messing things up, correcting us on the proper way to play. It was clear that she needed to be invited to join the next game.

Smilie - 101
Brian - 93
Jose - 86
Larry Classic - 66
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3. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:170]
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One of the favorite pastimes of the group is that when a second table is about to start playing, they find someone already playing and select one of their favorite games to play, just to hear the cries of agony. I was fortunately spared this treatment, but Jose missed out on this one while playing Arkadia.
George and Jenny - tied for win
New Larry and Joe - did not win
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4. Board Game: Tower of Babel [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1316]
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While I rode my motorcycle home to avoid sobriety checkpoints later in the evening (not that I was drinking, but just that I have not quite satisfied the legal requirements to ride), the group busted out this one. They were still trying to sort it out when I got back. We managed to muddle through the first round and then got on a roll. Larry Classic seemed to always have a bunch of cards that someone needed, and he just scored victory point after victory point. He cruised to the win. It should be noted that Michelle did not need any rules clarifications, and it is hoped that she attends again in the future.

Larry Classic - 59
Jose - 50
Brian - 49
Smilie - 46
Michelle - 44
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5. Board Game: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:757]
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Again wishing to torment Jose with one of his favorite games, the group in the kitchen brought out this one. The only thing that I know is that Jenny made a tasty crocodile snack.
George - 52
New Larry - 47
Joe - 45
Wes - 45
Jenny - gator bait
 
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6. Board Game: League of Six [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1186]
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The tables then were able to mingle, and I had desperately wanted to play this game with the full complement of players. It's five players, despite what the title might lead you to believe. I got a huge lead as I was able to dictate the delivery of goods and cash in on some major taxes, but New Larry had tons of aristocrat cards to score crazy points and go from worst to first in the final scoring.
New Larry - 67
Smilie - 64
Jenny - 55
Larry Classic - 52 (but 4 guards)
Brian - 52 (and only 2 guards)
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7. Board Game: Villa Paletti [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1391]
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George managed to talk Michelle into staying a bit longer to get in a quick game of this. Joey (Joe's 12 year old son) was only too happy to play this, although he was hoping to get in a game of PitchCar, and mentioned it throughout the evening. Joey knocked a couple of pieces off, but since most of the structure remained intact, they played on, only to have Joey later bring it all tumbling down anyway.

George - columnmaster
Joey, Michelle, Jose - day laborers
 
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8. Board Game: Ponte del Diavolo [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2172]
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Somehow George and Jose got isolated into a two-player game. They played this, and I mentioned that they misplayed a couple of pieces, to which they gave me glaring looks, and rightly so. angry
George - 13
Jose - 10
 
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9. Board Game: The Testimony of Jacob Hollow [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:9765]
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The group in the kitchen then set up this one. Although this seemed to take quite some time, it is still a group favorite, and it seems that I'll have to get in on it, since I've never had the chance to play. Jamey killed off his new girlfriend to get the victory, which seems to not be very romantic.
Jamey - victor
Jaime, Wes, Joe, Jose, George - other participants
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10. Board Game: Patrician [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1706]
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Wanting to get in a shorter one while Jacob Hollow finished, I opted for this one. Yet again, Larry Classic seemed to be capturing large tower after large tower and he crushed us.
Larry Classic - 50
Smilie - 37
New Larry - 32
Jenny - 12
 
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11. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:773]
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Still having a few minutes, I selected this one. We had fun racing around the Asian board, determining our path to enlightenment, happiness, and all that is good in this world.
Larry Classic - 1st
New Larry - 2nd
Smilie - 3rd
Jenny - 4th, but decided that she absolutely needs to add it to her collection anyway.
 
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12. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:317]
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It was after 1 AM, yet there were still ten players left. As Brian had not yet played this group favorite, this was suggested and a group started down and played. Jamey has painted all the miniatures and done a wonderful job, which really enhances the playing experience. The knights got up to 11 siege engines, yet were able to bring the number all the way back to 6 by the end of the game. The traitor, however, was not yet revealed, and when the appropriate swords flipped, the game was over with yet another defeat for the knights.
Larry Classic - smugly smiling as the traitor
Jamey, Jaime, George, Brian, and Jessica - nobly defeated
 
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13. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:127]
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Jose was desperate to play this, since he recently purchased it, but has yet to play it. Knowing full well that it would be at least 3AM when we finished, we pulled it out, considering how much we love to play it. Jenny was off on the west side of the board and was surprisingly aggressive. She did not build many buildings, which ultimately cost her in the end. Jose and I were in the middle of the board and fought back and forth, with me winning some lucky victories, but certainly not enough for me to do very well. Joe stayed on the east side of the board, wiped out what little opposition existed there, and rolled to victory.
Joe - 57
Jose - 45
Smilie - 42
Jenny - 38

It was nearly 4 am when we finished, and it was definitely time to call it a night, with yet another great evening with the FNGs!
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14. Board Game: Airships [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1623]
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Following Cleopatra, Joe pulled this one out, which is one of his favorites, even though the dice hate him. As I look at the scores, I can only say that the dice still hate him.
Jaime - 21
Jamey - 16
Wes - 12
Joe - 11
 
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