Played by SoCal Gamers 9/27/08, Gameology (Claremont)
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A very large turnout this week. The end of the summer has probably brought everyone home from vacations.

Listed are the games I played while I was there. Other participants, please feel free to add your experiences.
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1. Board Game: Clash of Monarchs [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:2926]
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I arrived a bit after noon, and this was the only game set up that hadn't yet started. I'm not a big fan of CDG's, and the period isn't of particular interest to me. But I held my ground as the British, keeping the French hoards at bay.

We only played a couple of turns, just to get a feel of the game. It's a little convoluted for me, but CDG'ers probably will enjoy it.
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2. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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After packing up Clash of Monarchs, we were at a loss as to what to play next. We wound up deciding to play a 4-player game of Ra.

I gambled on Epoch II, closing out quickly with 2 players left and 2 Ra chits left open. Both players proceded to pull 8-9 chit draws, jamming me out of points I could have been competing for. I still wound up in second place, but was about 10-12 points behind the winner.
 
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3. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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Next on the table was El Grande. I had been wanting to play this for a while.

My assessment of the game is that it's a terrible learning experience for the first-time player, who'll have no chance of being competetive. Not good for the group I'd likely play this game with; if they don't feel like they're in the game, they'll likely not play it again.

I was 30+ points behind after 3 turns, but was fortunate enough to have been able to close the gap to about 10 by the end of the game. An okay game, but I'll have my work cut out for me if I'm going to successfully teach others.
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4. Board Game: Sushi Express [Average Rating:5.18 Overall Rank:14468]
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I went to try a nearby sushi restaurant afterwards. An all-you-can-eat dinner for $25, with sushi prepared fresh at the bar.

I may have to try it again soon. While the sushi was tasty, the rice seemed a bit undercooked. It was still worth the price.
 
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5. Board Game: Yetisburg: Titanic Battles in History, Vol. 1 [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:9528]
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Back from dinner, the games being played just didn't grab my attention.

I wound up teaching a game of this little card game. It's definitely growing on me, being just an absurd theme wrapped around a decent little card game.

Spent the rest of the evening talking about the gaming scene in Southern California, and the after-effects of the last convention.
 
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6. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Switzerland [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
 
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I did a little purchasing, too, picking up this, along with:

Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe


and the Expansion Pack for Duel in the Dark
 
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7. Board Game: Plague & Pestilence [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:4053]
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12. Board Game: Okko: Era of the Asagiri [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2372]
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13. Board Game: Jamaica [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:400]
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14. Board Game: Power Grid: China/Korea [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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15. Board Game: Kutuzov [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:3900]
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We had a 2 turn game of Kutuzov that went very badly for the French through the first turn, but they came back very strong the 2nd turn. Too bad we had to end it.
 
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16. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:220]
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17. Board Game: Prussia's Defiant Stand [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:4757]
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18. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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19. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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20. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:839]
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21. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:612]
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22. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:157]
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23. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:115] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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24. Board Game: Jenseits von Theben [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1941]
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25. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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