New York City Boardgames Meetup - 2/18/2009 at Lucky Jack's
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Another wonderful evening at Lucky Jack's. This was our second time here, and we seem to have found our new home. And it was great to welcome all the new people who attended tonight!

I think we are agreed that the place could use a bit more lighting, another table, and some more chairs. The staff at Lucky Jack's is super friendly and accomodating, and they were asking what more they could do for us. It seems to be working out extremely well for us to be meeting in the basement of a bar. It is great that we have the room all to ourselves. And I really like the atmosphere. With a few tweaks it will be even better.

I will just start off this list with a few games. Please add the other games that were played, and your comments. Thanks!

One more note: Nate Scheidler, the Organizer of the newly formed Chicago Boardgames Meetup, came to our Meetup tonight. What a nice guy he is! And he brought, as gifts for us, many games that he picked up for free at the New York Toy Fair (that has been held at the Javits Center over the last four days). Thank you very much, Nate, for so kindly bringing all these presents for us! And thanks to Steef for so kindly helping to distribute them!

I had a fantastic time tonight. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.
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1. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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My second and third plays of this great game. Thanks to Erik once again for bringing his copy of Dominion and further instructing the newbies among us! I love this game!
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2. Board Game: The Great Dalmuti [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1150]
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This was the first time I played this. I played about five times. I happened to win the first three games (and was thus "the Great Dalmuti") and came in second the next two games (as was then "the lesser Dalmuti").

Those of you who know this game, know that when you win one hand, you get an unfair advantage in the next hand. I certainly benefited from this and it helped me win three hands in a row.

Thank you very much to Charlie, who told us he used to play this in high school and who very patiently taught us the game. It was great to meet you all: Charlie, Sabrina, Nate, Gabriel, Joe and someone else. Hope to see you all back!
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3. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:179]
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Avri and Erik played this two-player favorite.
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4. Board Game: Pikemen [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:6158]
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Avri taught me this excellent Icehouse game. Thank you very much, Avri! Avri is one of the nicest guys in our group. And a brilliant, award-winning designer of Icehouse games!
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5. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
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This group favorite came out at the end of the evening.
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6. Board Game: Sutter's Mill [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4511]
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I saw this being played. I think this might have been one of the games that Nate gave to us.
 
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7. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:659]
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Zev brought Qwirkle again. I first played this two weeks ago (which was the first time for me). Thanks, Zev! This was the last game of the night tonight.
 
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8. Board Game: Leader 1 [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1666]
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Started the night with a 5-player, 10-rider play of this new game. The amount of playtesting that went into the design is clear - the mechanics match the theme perfectly, leaving a tense bike race which is fun and exciting, with very little luck.

I'll be bringing this one again . . .
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9. Board Game: Blam! [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:9115]
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I ended my night, well after Midnight, teaching David this simple Icehouse favorite.

David picks up the nuances of AbStrat games faster than anyone I know! I've seen him in action now playing tight matches on his first attempt at 3 of my favorite games - Blam!, Pikemen and Cannon.
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10. Board Game: Jungle Speed [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1056]
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Saw some people setting this up on one of the smaller tables.
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11. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6637]
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Edward talked Nate into a game to while he was waiting for Steef.
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12. Board Game: Friday the 13th [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1431]
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I picked this up from out of Nate's Toy Fair stash. The packaging is about 10x too big for the game which is nothing more than 56 donut-shaped cards. Looks pretty fun though (and upon further research, discovered it's a retheme of Knizia's Poison).

Thanks Nate! If you find yourself in the city again, have a beer on me.
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13. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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Chris was teaching and playing this involved-looking game next to our Leader 1 race early in the night.
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14. Board Game: Ice Lake [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:12880]
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Picked up this game from Nate's pile of goodies - it had actually been on my radar for a while . . .

Nate's not paying for drinks next time he stops by!
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15. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1185]
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A homemade copy of A&A made an appearance again early in the night. The owner also had an 18XX game - not sure which one, or if it was played.
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16. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:226]
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Chris was running this one after Galaxy Trucker.
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