YollegeCon II - The Finale?
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On February 28th we had another game day with my gaming group and a few friends.

It turned into a bit of a going away party for my wife and I, because we are moving to Kansas on March 12th. Although we had set the date for the games before we found out about the move.

But, we never really focused on that, instead, having a great day of gaming.

Here is what we played, who played it, and who won (scores were recorded occasionally ).

I will miss my friends alot moving so far away, but maybe I can find some good gamers in Topeka. Our group started shortly after I moved up to the Twin Cities in 2000, and we have all become good friends since.

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1. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1466]
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Wow, almost everyone showed up right away for our event. Glad so many could make it.

We ended up dividing into 3 groups right away.

Chad (Pekin2121) had gotten this in a recent trade, and had played it at Con of the North recently, so I asked him to bring it with.

We have been pretty big into Co-op games as a group (which you will see), especially with all the good ones that have come out lately.

So we had no problem getting 4 right away for this one.

Chad was the only one who had played, so Mark, Kevin (GopherKH), and I were pretty lost as to what to do.

unfortunately, we had fires break out. often, and they cut us off from the room with all the grog, so we had few chances to actually approach the fires.

We got beat badly. Although the game totally rocks, and I now have another one I need to get .
 
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2. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1587]
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Klay (k5jaeger) and Shanda really like this game, so I wish I had gotten a chance to try it, but I wanted to play Red November too.

So Brian & Dan joined them to give it a shot. The details are a bit sketchy on how it went, but I know the final order was as follows:

Brian
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Shanda
Klay


Klay rarely beats Shanda, so if she isn't winning, he is really hosed .
 
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3. Board Game: Take it Easy! [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1381]
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Dina (Queendeo) really loves this game, so i was not surprised to see her break it out.

She basically picked up the 2 stragglers who missed out on longer games due to the small kids they had with them. Sean has played a couple time before, and it was a first play for Natalie.

The scores were farily low, but Natalie did well for her first game. I am guessing some odd tile pulls happened so Dina and Sean didn't score much...

Sean 127
Dina 111
Natalie 110
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4. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:807]
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Ken (plem45) and Lori had just arrived, so Dina pulled out her favorite party game, which she won here in a BGG contest (Thanks Dominic).

Lots of laughter took place behind our Red November game. Although it sounds like they kept the adult-ness a bit low key for this one (although when played later, I am guessing it got more rowdy ).

Sean 16
Dina 13
Lori 13
Natalie 12
Ken 10

Ken never seems to do very well with this one...


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5. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:563]
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Mississippi Queen had just wrapped up, so their group went and grabbed Liar's Dice from the table...

I never realized how loud this game is when not playing in it . Those cups are really freaking loud.

Anyways, klay managed to win not once, but twice, with Shanda winning once too. poor Dan and Brian came up short .
 
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6. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:190]
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Looking for any chance to play MY latest purchase, and obsession, we went from Russian Gnomes to Taoists.

This game isn't easy to begin with, but drawing 4 "draw another ghost" ghosts on the opening turn, didn't help much. 5 ghosts before the second player got their chance. Sheesh.

We were pretty much treading water all game. We lost 4 cards short of Wu-feng, who was the Hope Killer anyways, so we were really screwed.

Chad & Mark both loved it, and I think Kevin liked it too.



 
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7. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:730] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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This got played a couple of times, but I really have no clue who played.

I do know Shanda and Lori each won a game.
 
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8. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:660]
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Dina grabbed a bunch of people to play this.

In fact she grabbed 5. It supposedly plays 4. They thought it went ok.

I think Dina should have stuck with the right number, because she does better that way .

Lori 86
Sean 84
Ken 81
Natalie 67
Dina 58
 
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9. Board Game: Bananagrams [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1549] [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
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The remaining guests arrived, Kristen, Bianca, and Steve (Draven_cross) so we all start switching people around with the games...

This is a game I know nothing about. I've never even played it.

But Shanda, Lori, and Kristen played it. Shanda and Lori each won once.
 
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10. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Yet another co-op, this time with a different crew.

Sean, Natalie, Ken, and Bianca set out to save the world...

And as with the previous co-op games, were soundly defeated by the game itself.

0-3 in co-op games, man we stink .
 
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11. Board Game: Moto Grand Prix [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:4078]
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Chad had also just got this one in a trade. We had both played it at Con of the North (along with Steve).

We grabbed Dan, mark, and Brian, and set off.

We had a TON of back and forth. Except for Dan, who fell behind, and pretty much stayed behind. I think each of the rest of us led at one point. Mark, Chad, and I all pulled along side each other 3 corners from the end...

But Mark managed to hold us off.

Mark
Ryan
Chad
Brian
Dan
 
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12. Board Game: That's Life! [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1498]
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A group played this one too. I love this for a quick and easy game to toss out, with mostly familiar mechanics for people.

Natalie 17
Steve 13
Klay 12
Ken 5
 
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13. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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Another favorite of Dina's. Although I'm usually the teacher for this one, and she taught 2 newbies.

Dina 34
Klay 28
Kevin 20
Steve 13

Sadly, I think Steve scored more this time than the previous game he had played.

I did hear Kevin had fun, even though his whole ship was destroyed in round 1.

This game is a hoot to play, as long as you explain to people that you are very likely going to take heavy damages .
 
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14. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:660]
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A few people started leaving, so a group took this out again. I believe Sean was teaching the other 3...

Chad 115
Mark 111
Sean 98
Brian 87
 
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15. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:807]
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The Select-O-Matic 5000 came out again as we pretty much split into our final groups for the evening.

I believe this one got a bit more rowdy, but don't have many details.

I do know that Dina & Kirsten each won a game. Sean, Steve, Lori, and Bianca also played.
 
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16. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:149]
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Final game being played of the night.

Ken taught it to us.

He said today that he got a couple rules wrong. I wasn't particularly impressed by it, but maybe a second play will help.

Brian 24
Ken 20
Chad 19
Ryan 10
Mark 8
 
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