NYC Boardgame Meetup 12/18/08 - Final Neutral Ground Meetup
Matt Lee
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After 13 years, Neutral Ground is closing, and the Meetup was well attended for our final Meetup there. There were far too many people spread out, so I missed a lot while enjoying the games I played. Please add anything I missed!
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One of my favorite games from last year, and still packs everything I like about Euros in about an hour.
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More Tetris pieces! Another of the greats came out today.
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3. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:133]
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Numerous games of this auction favorite was played. I know atonepoint there were two games going on side by side.
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Meeples made their way into the Meetup too.
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5. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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At least one 5 player game with the expansion was played. I think I need to pick up the expansion with the new cards and the new goals. Good stuff!
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6. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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I have no idea how many games were played, but with such a quick play time, it was a good number. I can see why it's grabbed people. It's certainly not the best of the best, but there's a certain addictive quality to the changing game from the card setups and trying to manage getting more money and victory points while also trying to keep as many options open as possible.
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7. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:482]
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The chameleons made their appearance at least twice.
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8. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:227]
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The second of the Knizia auction series made it out as well. I'm not terribly fond of it compared to Ra, but it has its fans and the clever auction/value system has withstood the test of time.
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9. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:884]
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The foam guns also came out. It's hard to believe that the game is so much fun. I'd love to try the Yakuza expansion one day.
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10. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Two different groups played Puerto Rico.
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11. Board Game: San Marco [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:512]
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I think there were at least 8 games going at once. Here are a few that I saw being played:
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12. Board Game: Tomb [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2323] [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
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13. Board Game: Terra Nova [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1974]
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14. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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15. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:743]
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Mark destroyed us. He played seven of those Plague Rats-esque dragons, plus the Almighty card. That alone was worth 55 points!
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16. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1465]
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We played a 6-player game of this new cooperative game, which is not as good as the new Ghost Stories, but still pretty fun and zany. Unfortunately we all died very early in the game from asphyxiation. I guess gnomes can't live without oxygen... it was a quick game!
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17. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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I finished the night with five-player For Sale, which Ryan won by a good margin due to an amazing second round.

So I played Fairly Tale twice, followed by Ra, then San Marco, and ended with Red November and For Sale.

It was a good last night at the Neutral Ground Meetup, although sad that they're closing down after all these years. I've met a lot of great geeks at Neutral Ground and will definitely miss it.
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18. Board Game: Quoridor [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:996]
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I saw Dave teaching this to someone. I wonder if he crushed them as bad as he crushed me when he taught me...
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19. Board Game: Mag·Blast (Third Edition) [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:2907]
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I saw John break this out and teach this game while I was finishing up San Marco.
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20. Board Game: Samsara [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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We played two 5-player games with different groups, so we used the dummy pawns each time. Unfortunately, some didn't understand the rules at first, so I'll have to get better at explaining things. (I know I explained the defense is only in one space, so people must have been making assumptions from some other game) We had a tie in the first game with 13 followers each.
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21. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:131] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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Avri brought this one, and I saw him playing it as a filler with John a couple of times.
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22. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
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A couple people have an ongoing competition on this game every meetup, it seems.
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23. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
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From Mark's comment below Puerto Rico. Hmm...I haven't played this in a while....
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24. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:1880]
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This game was brought out by Chris after Cash and Guns. My brother joined us and I won!
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25. Board Game: Fifth Avenue [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3747]
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This game was being played when I first came in.
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