COS FNGs Session 09/26/08
Joe J.
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A larger group than the last two weeks congregated on my home this last week for a night of new arrivals and old favorites.
In attendance: Jose' (josebald) & Jenny (vorlanthiriel), Craig, Larry Classic, New Larry (lburns314), George (belkeoki), Jason (smilingra), Scott, Jamey & Jaime, and Brian, Michelle and Haley. They even got my non-gamer wife Paula to play a couple.

Iced tea consumed - 2 gallons
Snackage - frozen burritos, popcorn and a massive veggie/dip tray supplied by Craig
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1. Board Game: Guatemala Café [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3148]
Joe J.
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Michelle, Brian, Haley and Craig were the first arrivals, followed shortly after by New Larry, Jose' and Jenny.
I suggested this new acquisition, and was joined by Jose, Jenny and Scott. Larry Classic arrived just after we got started and elected himself banker to watch the game.
Having played this only one time before, we used the suggested set up and got started. I tried for a monopoly in black coffee, which was repeatedly stymied by Jose' and Scott. In other word, "Move there so Joe can't pick up that black coffee sack and score a lot of points." Hear that repeated a half-dozen times and you'll lose your enthusiasm for any game, but I kept it fun and finished in dead last.
Stupid, lousy game...
 
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2. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
Joe J.
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In the den Craig, Michelle, New Larry and Brian got this out. I'm not sure if anyone other than Larry had played before, but since it took them more than an hour I would have to assume not.
This game has become fairly popular with the group, despite the fact that it takes awhile to play. I put credit on the quality components, which certainly make this one an eye-catcher.
Larry ended up with the victory - but no scores were recorded since I forgot to print any sheets.
 
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3. Board Game: Batavia [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2389]
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Jason managed to get a kitchen pass from his wife for the evening, and left her at home with the week-old baby to come play games. He's either very brave or very lucky, we're not sure which. Anyway, while the other games were still going, he grabbed the rules for this one, which I had picked up at the FLGS on my way home from work. Twenty minutes with the rules and he was ready to go.
George, Larry Classic, Jose' and I eagerly sat down. The game came as quite a surprise not only for its looks, but for how quickly we all picked it up and got ruthless. The closed economy with the promisory notes is a nice touch. I never did manage to turn in a set, but placed a respectable third out of 5, which I won't complain about.
This is now one of my highest rated games, and I can't see turning down a chance to play it for the next few weeks.
Jason loved and hated this game. My bet is he ranks it at least an 8, if not higher, and it'll be the first game he requests next week.
SCORES:
George-42[b]
Jason-29
Joe-18
Jose-17
[b]Larry-14

 
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4. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:446]
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Jenny is popular with the kids, so it was no surprise that Haley and my two (Emily and Joe), were able to talk her into playing this fun family game. I believe Haley won the game, and will confirm it later.
 
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5. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Still on loan from Dan (who thinks he's getting it back), and a group favorite since July; when Jamey & Jaime (cute, eh?), arrived, this was the first game they grabbed. Scott was easily convinced to join in, and they convinced Paula to give it a try. This was played several times, and despite their efforts, the world ended with a gooey sneeze three times.
 
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6. Board Game Accessory: Wings of War: Miniatures
 
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Scott is a huge fan of this game, and always brings his planes along even if the chances of playing are fairly thin. He lucked out this night as Larry Classic had brought his as well, and Jose' and Jenny had been wanting to try it. So with borrowed planes, they set up and went to war.
Larry flew off the table a few turns in after mistakenly choosing the wrong cards, leaving Scott alone. Scott's tailgunner took out Jose' and that gloating laughter was heard two rooms away. However, his jubilation was shortlived, as Jenny knocked him out of the sky.
I'm betting they have their own planes before next week.
 
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7. Board Game: Keythedral [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:681]
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Second week straight for this game. It was the second go-round for George and Larry C., and my third. This was probably the most vicious game I've played so far, and George was absolutely disgusted with his second last-place finish and swears he'll never play it again.
Jose' did his unst-unst dance after his final score beat me by just a few points.
Larry Classic-48
Jason-44
Jose-41
Joe-38
George-33
 
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8. Board Game: Guatemala Café [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3148]
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Second play of the night for this one, as New Larry was interested in it after seeing it played twice. I was agreeable to teaching it again, and Jason is always up for any game with purple (graple), pieces. George isn't the greatest at economic games of any sort, but he thought this looked easy enough.
This time I diversified and tried for several coffee types, which allowed me a better score and the eventual win.
Larry spent most of the game griping about how going last was a sure-fire way to lose the game, but he managed to take second place even with all the grousing.
Jason thought the game was okay, and might be willing to play again, but I think George had his fill. It's anybody's guess with Larry. I'll suggest it from time to time, but I don't think it will ever be first choice, even though it's not bad.
 
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9. Board Game: Aqua Romana [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2179]
 
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Both the Larrys took off, leaving just Jenny, Scott, Jose' and me. Wanting something easy and fairly quick, we chose this one. It had been some time since I last played this one, so I needed a small refresher with the rules, but luckily everyone understood my flighty instructions (meds had kicked in), and we had an enjoyable game.
Jose' once again got the win thanks to an impressive 20 point acquifer.
My next bet is that this hits their 'must-buy' list before the end of the year.
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Our night ended here and at 2:45 am. Until next week!
 
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