Colo Spgs Gamers: 2-12-08 Recap
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Despite the Genghis Con gaming convention taking place in Denver this weekend, we still had a few gamers mosey on over this Thursday. It was a smaller crowd with Tim, Wade, Larry, Matt, Beth, and myself. We also had Terri make her first appearance who fit right in. Our 20 lb. pug also makes the attendance list this week as he constantly reminded us of his presence under the table with his unusually frequent flatulence.
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1. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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So Tim was the first to show and we didn't waste much time before we got this one setup. Matt showed up shortly after and he hadn't played before so Tim started explaining when Larry and Terri showed up shortly afterward. Terri then jumped in as Larry was more than willing to pass on another auction game. I felt like I got off to a pretty quick start, but then stalled midway through. Tim passed me up and I was unable to catch him the rest of the game. He absolutely sealed it when he picked three expedition cards in the last round, all with the same symbol. Matt finished not too far behind me, but Terri had a good newbie score.
 
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2. Board Game: Faerie Tales [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:8612]
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Wade showed up and he and Larry broke this one out. It was only Wade's second play so they kinda learned as they went. Beth came down shortly afterward expecting to play shortly, but this game ended up taking longer than anyone expected. Wade edged Larry by one for the win.
 
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3. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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We were still engaged with Goa, so the three of them went for a game of this with the decks randomly chosen. Wade and Beth ended up having the same number of provinces, but Beth got the edge due to the gardens that she had. Interestingly enough, the supposedly invincible chapel was one of the decks, but she did not use it and still got the win.
 
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4. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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We were nearly finished with Goa, so Wade, Larry, and Beth convened one more time for a quick game of this. The only thing notable about this game was that Larry edged Beth by one point.
 
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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So Terri showed up with a wealth of Settlers experience, Matt is also a seasoned player, and I simply love the game as it was the game that got me into boardgaming 13 years ago. So we had three experienced players, all with a deep love for the game. We played two of the fastest games I'd ever played. In the first game, I was able to get a city pretty early which gave me a huge edge. I also managed to beat Matt to the largest army and got the win easily once I got the longest road as well. In the second game, it was Terri who managed to get an early city and never look back. She completely stomped us.
 
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6. Board Game: Löwenherz [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:803]
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This is the second week in a row that this game has been played. Tim joined Larry, Beth, and Wade. Larry got an early lead which usually spells doom in this game. Tim managed to creep on him and eventually pass him up by the very end, but Larry smuggled all three of the victory point political cards which gave him enough to pass Tim back in the final scoring for the win. Of note was Wade's whining which was actually responsible for the win the last time he played...not this time.
 
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7. Board Game: Time's Up! Title Recall! [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:290]
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Wade brought this fun party game and we convinced Terri to stick around for a final game promising her this one would not fry her brain a la Goa. Tim had to leave and Larry actually enjoys this game more as a spectator so he just watched. Matt and I were partners the first two rounds and we were completely imcompatible. We both did fine with our other partners, but we could do absolutely nothing together. Beth did fantastic with whoever she was with and completely blew us out.
 
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8. Board Game: Faerie Tales [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:8612]
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It was close to midnight and Larry and Wade were the only one's left so we decided to play this one again. I was certainly willing to learn it as it was claimed to be similar to Stratego which is a game I enjoy. This ended up taking a little too long though, especially with such a banal final score of Wade 12, Larry 11, Doug 11. I did manage to get my journalist onto Wade's camp, but really spent the entire game merely blocking Larry out of my camp. Wade got the most kills in and was able to get a few sneaky one's in on Larry as he was completely preoccupied with trying to breach the defense of my camp.
 
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