Nomads, Ghosts & Baseball Players - Fresno Gamers 2/17/09
Mark Jackson
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9 of us played last night (7 adults, 2 kids) and much fun was had... esp. by me, who not only got to play lots of games I haven't played in a while but also got to win most of them!cool
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1. Board Game: Brawl [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2449]
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Braeden & I played a quick training game using a couple of the Club Foglio decks... thanks to the center base being Null'd, it was a draw.
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2. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:569]
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Two games of this nifty little dice game were played - one early (a 2 player) and one VERY late (4 player - 1:30 am!).

Richard 40
John 27

Mark 13
John 8
Wayne 8
Will 5

In the second game, I both ended the game with 5 developments and managed to beat Will in the race to build the Great Wall.
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3. Board Game: The Game of Life: A Jedi's Path [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:14851]
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While I was the only one who turned to the Dark Side (not for lack of Zachary trying to go bad, mind you), I was not strong enough in the Force to defeat Braeden, the uber-Jedi. Wayne could not roll to save his life - you could have worse luck in a game but I'm not sure how.
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4. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:678]
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Mike rode Nougat to victory, twice bringing him in by himself. Richard would have had the game, though - except the last place penalty on the final race. Wayne did pretty well... and John & I should not be allowed to play the ponies - ever.

Mike 1800
Richard 1700
Wayne 1450
Mark 750
John less than Mark (seriously, he wouldn't let us figure out his score)
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5. Board Game: Im Reich der Wüstensöhne [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:4113]
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This is, bar none, the best Entdecker implementation out there... and I say that as a HUGE fan of Entdecker. A little market manipulation and a 2nd extra camel gave me just enough juice to beat Jeff in the final scoring.

Mark 45
Jeff 42
Mike 30
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6. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:191]
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Will (and others) will provide more details... but their final score was -7 as the ghosts evidently ate them for dinner.
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7. Board Game: Anno 1503 [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:2530]
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Two great Teuber games in a row!

This time around, Jeff went for an exploration strategy (ports, contracts, the "no pirates" building) while I went for an economic machine (all three increased sales buildings, the "no fire" building). Mike was also trying to explore but ended up behind Jeff and had trouble finding useful stuff.

At the end, it was Jeff & I racing to 30 gold... which I won by a turn.

Mark 3
Jeff 2
Mike 0
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8. Board Game: Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3800]
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Mike was kind enough to finish out the night with a quick game of baseball - this little card game packs a nice wallop.

At the end of nine innings, Mike's home team managed to tie up the game and send us into extra innings... but when I put a run across in the top of the 10th, he couldn't answer and I won.

Mark (visitor) 10
Mike (home) 9
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9. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:220]
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One of the new favorites around here... Will won by building a fabulous monk-a-stery.

Will 106
John 101
Richard 81
Wayne 80
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10. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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First time out for Wayne, who did a really nice job with the game. (There was a definite crossover for his RftG experience here.) John was downwind of me, which meant I soaked up some good stuff from Will & Wayne. I was the only one able to man a special building, which decided the game.

city + vps + specials = score

Mark 18 + 17 + 8 = 43
Wayne 14 + 21 + 0 = 35
Will 12 + 20 + 0 = 32
John 17 + 7 + 0 = 24
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