[Visalia Gamers] New Years Day Game Day
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Brian hosted a Game Day from 12 noon to 11 pm.

Here's the games we played.
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1. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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There were several games of Dominion.
Game 1
Brian 37
Brad 34
Will 21
Cates 20

I tried to do a small deck with Chancellor, Throne Room and Market as a combo but I got it going to late.

Game 2
John 24
Cates 24 Tie

Game 3
Stewart 30
Cates 29
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2. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:723]
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I went for Celerium to match up with my bonus points and the Northern Hemisphere. Brad and Bernie went for Ice Brad only beat Bernie out by one to get the 9 bonus points. Brian and Bernie went for Sylvanite. Brian also picked up Celerium down in Hellas unchallenged. I'm not sure how Brad got 27 bonus points that seems really high like may I added 9 twice.

Name Ice Syl Cel Bonuses Total
Steve 2 4 24 14 44
Brad 10 6 0 27 43
Brian 2 16 15 8 41
Bernie 9 18 0 1 28
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3. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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John, Grant, Stewart, and Stacy Lost the planet to disease.
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4. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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Very close game between Stacy and Stewart
Stacy 32
Stewart 30
John ?
Grant ?
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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There were a couple games going on in the other room I recorded 1 and a half.

Game 1
John 134
Amy 131
Bernie 60
Stacy 46
Claudette 44

Game 2
John 186
Amy 155
Claudette ?
others ?
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6. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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CapAp and Ironcates duelled 3 times for various territories after Dominion and Monsterpocalypse while waiting for the long game of Railroad Tycoon to finish we went to control the Galaxy, why not?

Name, Cards, 6 Dev, Chips, Goals, Total
Cates 18, 4, 0, 17, 39
John 20, 0, 11, 3, 34

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7. Board Game: Monsterpocalypse [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:1384] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Terra Khan (John, pictured 2nd from the left front row) vs. Demios-9 (Cates, pictured 3rd from the left back row)

Terra Khan is a viscous brawler much like Godzilla while Demios-9 is a Hit and Run Mars Attacks Tripod.

It was a close match. John had the upper hand on the power dice resource management and I was able to get good positioning. It came down to our last two monster turns and I was able to hit 6 vs. a 6 defense for the final blow. I had two health left and was an easy target for John's next turn if that didn't hit. Really fun game.
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8. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition): Shattered Empire [Average Rating:8.62 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.62 Unranked]
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This is a really balanced game. I was the only one to learn the game and they told me to just pick up role 8 for 2 victory points if I wanted. So that's what I did for the first three rounds and picked up my secret objective so I was winning 8 to 3 to 2 to 1 and the first person to 10 wins. Not a bad strategy.

Then they decided I couldn't take role 8 anymore so I took first player role so that I could get first pick next round and get the 2 vp again to win the game.

Will built a massive technological civilization.
Brian controled many planets and had strong political influence.
Jason was a warmonger laying waste to the Galaxy.
But nothing could stop my VP exploit.

I picked up 1 more VP fulfilling an objective. Actually I fulfilled two objectives but the rules say you can only take one per round. That makes no sense to me, when the most points you can get on a round is 1 maybe 3 if you happen to fulfill your secret objective but you can pick up a 2 vp as a role. Why wouldn't you?

Final would've been (had we done the last round) something like.
Steve 11
Will 4
Brian 4
Jason 3
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9. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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Brian 60
Grant 38

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Stewart 40?
Will 35?
Someone else? 35?
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10. Board Game: San Marco [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:512]
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This was another game John, Stacy and I squeezed in.

John and Stacy were newbies and I had played it once before.

The game flowed well from the beginning with John and Stacy staying about 8VP ahead of me for most of the game.

Stacy got stuck being the distributor (i.e. person to pick cards LAST) 2 times out of 3 rounds. very bad.

I was about 10 VP behind the dueling leaders when I got a fortuitous combination of cards to allow me to end the round with the least amount of point cards against me. This allowed me to annihilate Stacy and John's stranglehold on the most valuable province on the map.

I ended up scoring in most provinces and ended up Slingshooting my way to a win.

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11. Board Game: Wyatt Earp [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:817]
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This was played the evening of Jan. 3rd

Stewart 26,000
Grant 25,000
Ethan 24,000
Walter 2?,000

Very close one. Ethan made the mistake of being in the lead so others would throw thier hideouts on him.
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12. Board Game: Perikles [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1030]
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We played this also on Jan. 3rd.

90 minute game turned 3 hours.

Walter 48
Grant 46
Stewart 44
Ethan ?
Cates 42

Close game but boy does it outstay it's welcome. I might enjoy it at 90 min. But when the AP sets in the down time just kills the game.
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