Sacramento Boardgames Meetup-01/03/09
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The first official Sacramento Boardgames meetup of 2009 took place at Heroes Alley.

www.heroesalley.com

While not the icebox of the December meetup, 17 hardy gamers nevertheless were seen in a variety of sweaters, coats, and hats. No one wussed out and played in the front rooms though

Hey, after last year's baby-induced interregnum, it's nice to say that I have attended EVERY Sacto boardgames meetup for the year. let's see if I can extend the streak to 2fer2 w/ Tuesday.

I left early, so as always let me know of any games n names that I may have missed. For more information on gaming in the Sacramento area, please see:

http://www.meetup.com/sacramento-boardgamers/
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1. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:288]
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Spencer and Mike (from Placerville) arrived early, so I was able to introduce my newest binky to them. Both were quick studies and the game moved along at a nice clip.

Scores:

Mike-Illuminators/red (2)and Scrolls/yellow (3)
Spencer-Manuscripts/green (3) and Supply/blue (2)
Davido-Scribes/brown (5)

Mike won on Illuminators to break the 3 way tie.
Spencer got his resources on the cheap w/ relatively few cards/low values. I lost out on Illuminators.

Having now played w/ 2 and 3, I'd love to try a full 4 player game. This is now a full-fledged member of the ol' kit bag and I'll always have S&S with me.
 
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2. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Kevin and son MichaelH arrived as we finished scripts and scribes. Spencer left to play Last Night on Earth. Meanwhile, Anton (Smeelbo) joined the three of us for a fast game of Dominion. I was rusty after a month between plays, but Kevin patiently kept me on track. We did a random setup. I decided to go for 3-5 key cards to build my engine and then swap between treasures and VP. My main engine was Laboratory/Market alternating w/ MoneyLender. I alos had a Mine that never showed up. Mid-game I started going for 3VP or 6VP as I could afford, otherwise taking treasure (even the free copper to feed the Moneylender.

Kevin-34
Davido-30
MichaelH-24
Anton-21
 
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3. Board Game: Start Player: A Kinda Collectible Card Game [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:5074]
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Used twice to get us going:

Most countries visited (Davido by a bunch)
Longest Belt (Anton)
 
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4. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:532] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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from the cold of the grave to the cold of the Heroes Alley Warehouse, the dead walked among us. Afshin, DK, SeanG, Spencer, and one other were the players.
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5. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:63]
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The LNoE:tZG segued effortlessly into this hot new coop. Details, please-who were the cylons, and who fracked their toasters

A second game of BSG followed with Anton replacing Afshin.
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6. Board Game: Horus [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:6342]
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Anton wanted to play either Warrior Knights or Horus. I'd played the original WK and 'been there, done that', so I opted for the novelty of this new release. Anton did the 'splainin' and off we went. It took a few turns before I got decoupling the province placement versus the number placement.

MichaelH-24
Anton-21
KevinE-14
Davido-8

after Hoity Toity we did another go and I did much better
Davido-17
Anton-12
MikeJ-9
Dee-7

This is fun little game w/ plenty of opportunities for blocking/hosage/muscling in. That said, I'll put it on the 'willing to play, but not running out to buy' list. Thanks Anton for introducing this to our lil' group.
 
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7. Board Game: Outpost [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1539]
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I saw a group of 4 playing this classic.
 
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8. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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DavidM joined the Outpost group to give the BGG top dog some meetup lovin'.
 
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9. Board Game: Hoity Toity [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1196]
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After Horus, we needed a 6 player game that could be played w/in the limited time that Kevin and MichaelH had remaining, so I suggested Teuber's OTHER SdJ game My 'splainin skillz went south, so the start was a bit ragged. Kevin, MichaelH, and Anton picked it up quickly, but MichaelJ and Dee were still fumbling. My apologies for botching the explanations. I kept getting blocked at every turn and Anton raced out to the lead w/ some early exhibits. Kevin made up major ground and eventually snagged the win.

1-Kevin
2-Anton
3-MichaelH
4-Davido
5-MichaelJ
6-Dee

Overall, once the game got going, everyone got into the spirit of the game, cheering the detectives, booing the thieves, stealing and imprisoning w/ glee. So i think once everyone knows the game, it'll continue to be a nice fast paced fun tweener type of game.
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10. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:191]
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MichaelJ, his daughter Emma, and Mike from Placerville started w/ Ghost Stories. Michael H. introduced Ghost Stories to me, Dee and Afshin as well. I had a real tough time catching on, basically letting MichaelJ guide me. Afshin and Dee picked it up better. Michael fell first, then Dee, then me, w/ Afshin falling w/ 4 cards left (and a full board). We did get to w/in 10 cards of the full deck before losing anyone.

I *think* this is better than as Spencer would say "dying in Bag End"
ugggh. I'll have to read up on this or give it another go, but even if their engines are tough, Pandemic and Red November (not too mention old standbys such as Lord of the Rings or Shadows over Camelot) are Waaaay more initially accessible than Ghost Stories.
 
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11. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:469]
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Played by me, Joe and DK. DK was the Prussians, I played the Austrians, and Joe was the Russians and French. In this game the Prussian must defend himself against the 3 way assault.

The game started off well for the Prussians. DK demolished the Russian armies (such as they were) again and again. Not only was he destroying Russian troops without taking any losses, but he was winning the battles without having to play many cards. In this game, losing a battle against Prussia can be ok for the allies as long as you at least make him lose his resources, but that just wasn't happening.

Then Austria fought and won a major battle, and Prussia just seemed to go down hill from there. In fact, Austria never lost a battle all game (I have to question the mechanics of a game that lets me win every battle I fight -- usually I always lose battles). Prussia tried to send reinforcements down from the north, but it was too little too late, and Austria ended up with the win.

I liked the game, but I'm not too sure about the combat mechanism. You can only play cards that match the area you're in. In this case, it just so happened that DK did not have the cards he needed to defend against me in the south, which helped considerably. It was also our first game, and DK learned (after the fact) that he could have had a much smaller army defending the east against the Russians, which would have given him more troops to fight the larger Austrian army. Still, a fun game that I'd play again.
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12. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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I heard that this Saturday favorite was played in the "warm room." Since I wasn't in that room, I'm not sure who all was playing, although I believe it included Afshin, David M., and probably Marcus.
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