Northern Westchester Boardgame Group - January Game Night
David Levin
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Last night was our monthly Game Night at Barnes & Noble. After last months attempt to bring shorter games, this month the plan was to get some longer games played. It worked out very well.

The first thing I did was to post a few options the week before. As soon as I started to get responses, two games were established as the ones that would be played, Power Grid and Railroad Tycoon. Then people started to "sign up" for one or the other.

I arrived at Barnes & Noble early and as usual they were kind enough to set up 2 large folding tables for us and I got the games set up. That way people were able to walk right in at 7 and start playing.

I had always been wary of the longer games on our Game Night since we hold it in a public place that kicks us out at 11pm, but this seemed to work out well.

From now on I will probably do the same thing, offer up some ideas, and if a game is requested, let people claim a seat in that game and have it ready to go right as we get underway.

If I have gotten anything wrong, or if you have something to add, please feel free to comment and/or correct me.

Last months (December) session report can be found here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/37731

With school vacation and such I am going to have to push our next Game Night to the 4th Monday of the month, Monday, February 23th, same time and place.

The exact address of the Barnes & Noble where we meet is 3089 East Main Street, Route 6, Mohegan Lake, NY 10547.

Without further ado, here's what was played at our last Game Night on January 19th.
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1. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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The first game to get started, Alec, Tanya, Hal, Wilfried, and Bill got underway right at 7pm. For all my concerns that these longer games would take up most of game night, this one ended rather quickly with Tanya victorious. I don't have any details, but maybe someone will fill them in.
 
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2. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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First of all, this board didn't even fit on the table. It was hanging off on one side by 3 or 4 inches. Anyway, this one was played by Lionel, Laura, Chris and me. We did a brief rules overview and got started by around 7:20pm.

The east coast routes were claimed pretty quickly, with Lionel securing all routes into and out of New York. I had a few links from Baltimore down to Raleigh, and Laura south of Raleigh with Chris working mostly in the south. A couple small ones in the mid-west were also claimed early.

We all worked to get our income levels up and I managed to complete a couple of service bounties and set the Speed Record jumping to an early lead. But Laura was close behind and then jumped ahead when she managed to connect Atlanta to Raleigh and earn 8 points.

Lionel continued to claim the rest of New England while Chris really started to expand her network in the south, reaching New Orleans and claiming a service bounty for Mobile.

I managed to build across the mountains and connect Baltimore to Toledo for some points and eventually reached Chicago (which might have been worth some points at the end of the game had I been able to get into New York, but I could not). Lionel, being the only one who could even attempt it, set himself the task of connecting NY to Kansas City and creating a Western Link so that he could claim a 20 point card.

Chris continued to delivery throughout the south gradually catching up to the rest of us while Laura and I kept trading the lead. Lionel also managed to earn the points from his Tycoon card by being the first one to get his train to level 6.

None of us did anything to stop Lionel march over and through the Great Lakes. For my own part, I just figured I could end the game before he could do it. I kept making deliveries, much longer ones now and trying to extend my lead so that even if Lionel got his 20 points, I would be ahead by enough points it wouldn't matter.

In the end Lionel managed to have just enough turns to accomplish his goal, while my longer deliveries dried up and so did Chris's. And Laura, in an attempt to claim her Tycoon card victory points (by having the most money at the end) stopped spending money to upgrade her engine for longer deliveries, and just made shorter ones instead.

She did have more money than the rest of us, but the bonus wasn't enough.

Lionel made his Western Link on his very last turn and got his 20 points, just edging out the win!

Lionel 67
David 65
Laura 60
Chris 50

Great game, good fun, I should have been more ruthless, much like the actual Railroad Tycoons and claimed some routes to block Lionels drive west, then I might have been victorious. And Laura shouldn't have been so frugal, had she upgraded her train and maybe built one more route she could have made a few more longer deliveries and she could have been victorious. And had Chris gotten her massive Southern rail network going a little earlier in the game, she too might have had an easy shot at the win. But none of that was to be, Lionel worked long and hard and laid a lot of track and earned the win.
 
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3. Board Game: Balloon Cup [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:903]
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Nancy and Audrey played a few 2-player games during the course of the night. This was the first. Nancy had loads of cubes and Audrey had all but given up, but the tables turned and in the end Audrey was victorious.
 
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4. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:179]
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Then Nancy taught this one to Audrey and they played it without the Tactics cards to get a sense of how the game works. Nancy won that one.
 
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5. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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When Power Grid ended rather early, those 5 decided to play some of this game. I believe Tanya, Alec and Hal had played before and that it was new to Wilfried and Bill.

They also ignored the 2-4 player indication on the box and gave it a whirl with 5. It moved a little slow, but otherwise they didn't seem to notice any adverse effects.

Tanya won.
 
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6. Board Game: Wasabi! [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1185]
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Lastly, Nancy and Audrey played this one 2-player. Apparently Audrey managed to complete all of her recipes, and all of them "in style" to win the game. Holy cow! Well done Audrey.
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7. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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And after everyone else had left and we were still finishing up our game of Railroad Tycoon, Alec, Tanya and Hal played this one again. Tanya won again. It was definitely Tanya's night at that table.
 
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