Sacramento Boardgame Meetup September 6, 2008
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The post-Labor Day meetup at Heroes Alley found 21 adult gamers plus a half-dozen kids absorbed in a variety of games. My brain is still in post-baby mush mode, not to mention arriving late and leaving early. So as always, add/correct and names, games, notes that I missed.

edit: with 3 Michaels in attendence, I definitely missed a bunch, not to mention others. Thanks everyone for filling in the details. I won't update the main listings, but thanks again


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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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Still getting much love w/ 2 games played. I know 4 were playing this as we came in, and DK, Spencer, Afshin and 2 others also got a game in.
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2. Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:951]
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As promised, Kevin broke out the crayons on this choo-choo chestnut. DK and one other joined in the coloring connecting fun. This was the newer version with Mexico added to the base US and southern Canada map.
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3. Board Game: Chill: Black Morn Manor [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:5292]
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Another oldie but goodie hitting the table. Spencer, Afshin, Mike E. and 2 others were playing this as we arrived.
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4. Board Game: Dungeon! [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3533]
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no wimpy remakes here-JohnW (Reapersaurus) was leading MichaelW, Emma and 1 other through this primiveal dungeon crawler.
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5. Board Game: Max [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3616]
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Two plays of this simple but fun coop. Catherine and I started off w/ this, and later JohnW, Emma, Jenny, and MichaelW. also gave it a play. In both cases, all the wee critters made it safely home
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6. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:266]
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It wouldn't be a SactoBoardgame Meetup w/ a group rolling the bones, would it? Doing the advising were Mark, David Mitchell, Scott, Jean, and Frank.
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7. Board Game: Dawn Under [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2786]
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JohnW and MichaelW had been hankering to give this riff on concentration/memory games a whirl, so I was happy to bring Dawn Under to the table. Catherine and I, as well as Emma joined the grave finding fun. This was my first play beyond 2, and I wanted to see how it would fare. Overall, the kids enjoyed finding the matching graves and inflicting the hosage (via garlic and stakes), but I agree with JohnW that the game is a bit fiddly for the intended age group. I managed to eke out the win by planting all my vamps first. Yeah, I need a 'destroys kids w/o mercy' microbadge
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8. Board Game: Escape from the Hidden Castle [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2036]
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JohnW introduced the Dawn Under group to moore spooky shennanigans. Everyone got into the 'green ghost' moan and knocking the other pawns out. My usual dice rolling form was in effect-e.g. major ghost magnet. John and I finished in the rear, while Catherine, Jenny, and Emma tied for the win.
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9. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:133]
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I came *this* close to finally getting in on a game of Railroad Tycoon, but the group of David M., Scott, Jean, and 2 others ended up pushing the plastic of this intriguing game.
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10. Board Game: Munchkin Fu [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4120] [Average Rating:5.89 Unranked]
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I saw Frank and Mike E. and perhaps Mark and another getting their Chop Socky yuk yuks on. I have no idea whose Munchkin Fu was weak or strong
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11. Board Game: The Scepter of Zavandor [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:842]
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The Munchkin Fu crew later continued with this game.
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12. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:411]
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Good thing I got in a play of V$ last Tuesday, otherwise I'd be really P.O.ed at not getting a game in. Kevin and 3 others built 'em up.
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13. Board Game: Sleeping Queens [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1935]
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The Midnight Party continued, this time attempting to wake the Queens. I lucked into the Rose Queen to take the 4th I needed. After Catherine and I left, the smaller group was setting up for another game.
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14. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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I started off the evening teaching this to Afshin, Mike, and Michael. No one had played before but me, and as is typical in this game, the person with the experience won. Michael, despite repeated claims that he did not like the game, still managed to come in second, and Afshin and Mike both did pretty good for their first game.

This is still a game I love to play. But admittedly, if you're playing for the first time, it's probably more fun to have someone teach you and then play with all newbies so you're all in the same boat.
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15. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
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Sorry David, but you had already left when we broke this out.

Mike, DK, Afshin and I took four hobbits from one end of Middle Earth to the other. It was the first time for Afshin and Mike. We played without any expansions.

The hobbits successfully dunked the ring and only lost one of their members (Pipin, aka DK), who didn't fall until the very end. All and all it was one of the easier games I've played (quite a contrast to the last time I played and we died in Helm's Deep).
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16. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:612]
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Michael (mjacobsca) was playing this with Emma when we arrived.
He showed me his ultra pimped-out version that included some great Egyptian-themed artifacts and scads of jewels.
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17. Board Game: Rat-a-Tat Cat [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2452]
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Emma, Jenny, MichaelW and I played a couple rounds of this kid's cardgame.
With tweaks, its gameplay is improving:
Playing with both the outer cards face-up increases the amount of known information and decreases the game length.
Draw 2 cards are able to be used as Draw 2 or as Peeks. This increases the amount of information in the game, as well.
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18. Board Game: Attika [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:563]
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Brad, Jason, and I started this one before most showed up. Brad had to stop Jason from connecting the shrines a couple of times, which helped my efficiency strategy claim the Victory.
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19. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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A bunch of us closed the store on Citadels.
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