Games-O-Rama 9-11-08
Jenny Balderrama
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Thanks to everyone who came this week, we had a great time gaming with you all! Apparently, when we need a rainstorm, all Jose and I need to do is have a game night! We had a nice rainfall all evening. Anyway, here is the list for last week:
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
Jenny Balderrama
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I talked Dave, Larry, and Greg into playing this game with Jose and me, since we have only ever played the 2-player version - I was curious to see how 5 players worked out. When Smiley arrived, Dave bowed out (could he finally be getting tired of this wonderfully buccolic game?). I really enjoyed the extra elements of occupations and minor improvements, as well as the extra wronk factor with more players. It is remarkably well-balanced for all numbers of players.

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37 - Larry
36 - Smiley
30 - Jenny
29 - Jose
19 - Greg
 
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Jenny Balderrama
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Soon after Dave bowed out of Agricola, Tina arrived (bringing some delicious homemade cookies, thank you!) and they started a round of Carcassonne. Dave took the win.
 
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:390]
Jenny Balderrama
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Apparently still in a Carcassonne mood, Dave, Tina, Shannon, and Doug (our surprise attendee for the night! We are glad the in-laws ditched ya!) pulled out Hunters and Gatherers. I am curious why they classify this under the "Carcassonne" umbrella - it is such a different mechanic than the mother game. Dave took the win again.
 
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4. Board Game: Nefertiti [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1002]
Doug Saxon
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Smilie, Larry, Shannon, and I also played this. All I really remember was Larry completely smoking us. He got a corner on the golden head which gave him a ridiculous 70 points or something at the end.
 
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5. Board Game: La Strada [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2637]
 
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After razing our carefully crafted farms, we pulled out this simple, yet great game. I enjoy it because it is simple enough to not intimidate non-gamers, but has enough strategy to keep those of us who are gamers thinking! It has been a great addition to our collection.

27 - Jose
24 - Jenny
21 - George
19 - RP
 
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6. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1351]
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Pit was first published over a century ago - yes, in 1903! This game is an oldie, but goodie. (Of course, our version is not an original.) This was played in the kitchen, and those of us in the dining room couldn't help but notice the similarity of "TWO!TWO!", "FOUR! FOUR! FOUR!" to "MINE! MINE!" (Finding Nemo seagulls.) Absolutely hilarious.

240 - Doug
220 - Dave
90 - Tina
60 - George
-40 - Shannon
-40 - Ariel
-100 - RP
 
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7. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:613]
 
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Of course, we had to finish up the evening with the standard Diamant. Doug barely managed to avoid the 'ole goose egg!

17 - Jose
16 - George
10 - Jason
5 - Shannon
5 - Jenny
4 - Larry
1 - Doug
 
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