Games, Food, Good Cause Make for a GREAT B-Day Gaming Bash!
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March being the month a gaming buddy and I share our birthdays - we thought there would be nothing better than to invite some friends over, mix in some good food and help out with a good cause - so we hosted a B-Day Gaming Bash!

The friends were great! Over twenty came and for most of the night we had at least 3 games or more going at once.

Good food included Carcassonne decorated cookies.

And the good cause was in lieu of gifts Mark and I asked everyone to bring a nonperishable food item for our church's food pantry. We have some generous friends by the response we got.

Following is a list of the games played along with a few extras.

Thank you to everyone for a great night and especially for all the food that was donated to our church's food pantry! What a great group of friends.

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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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To start the night the two B-Day boys play one of their favorites. Travis stays true to his roots on a Minnesota farm and pulls off an satisfying win against some farming heavy weights. Eric showed his true geekness as he pulled out his laptop to calculate their scores thanks to a site he found through the Geek. I'm trying to get the picture loaded of it so stay tuned.

Travis:38
Eric:33
Mark:32
Brian:20
Bill: 8

Here's our scores as the look on the Agricola Calcultor here on the Geek.

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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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A classic is played in the first round of games. Although my personal favorite is the Marklin edition, you have to pay respect where respect is due. Seems as if Kathy's own marathon gaming day (12 hours) last weekend payed off in setting up this win.

Kathy: 146
Lea: 144
Mandi: 136
Kirk: 127
Cheryl: 78
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3. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1095]
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One I forgot was in the game cabinet. But that didn't stop this eager group of friends learning as they went. It seems Ben wasn't up a river without a gem because he wins with one of each color. This one even Mom (Judy) got in the mix and didn't do all that bad.

Ben: 5
Kathy: 3
Judy: 3
Mandi: 1
JJ: 1
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4. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1095]
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After they figured it out they put the canoes to the river once again with Trvis in one of the canoes. What happened to mom? Anyway, Trvis collects one of each for the win.

Travis: One of each.
JJ: 4
Mandi: 2
Kathy/Tim: 1
Ben: 1

Ben what happened? From first to last?
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:115] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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Ticket to Ride hits the table for a second time. But this time they went Nordic. And wouldn't you know Kathy shows she is more than a one time wonder with another win.

Kathy: 128
Shannon: 117
Pilar: 85


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6. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Another classic hits a table that inspired our cookies in the kitchen. Who doesn't like building cities off of France? This time Becky shows her building prowess with the win.

Becky: 71
Cheryl: 68
Lea: 63
Kirk: 60


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7. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Maybe it was the cookies in the kitchen or wanting to try and humble Becky but the same group was inspired to play a second round of Carc. And Becky can keep her bragging rights with Lea pithing in a brag or two as well.

Becky: 100
Lea: 100
Cheryl: 78
Kirk: 88
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8. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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While all the above was happening another group decided to go prehistoric and took on Stone Age. Nate proved what Shannon (his wife) alrady knew - he is a neoanderthal through and through.

Nate: 162
Glenn: 141
Jacquelene: 137
Shannon: 124
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9. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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Our Carcassonne players decide to spread their world travels from southern France to southern Spain to build their Alhambra. Kirk shows his experience in home remodeling with an impressive win.

Kirk: 163
Becky: 127
Lea: 118
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A great game that has more depth than you realize at first glance. Quick too. This group played three games with Mark one of the b-day boys not winning any.

Jackquelene: 2 Wins
Brian: 1 Win
Mark: no wins.
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To the south of Spain it is again this time with Cheryl and the rookie Shannon along for the trip. Kirk still won but perhaps took is showing that it was getting later in the evening at this point.

Kirk: 121
Cheryl: 118
Shannon: 117
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From farming on tera firma to the outer reaches of tera nova the other b-day boy (Eric) played a game he was eager to give a try. We learned as we went so fatigue was a factor but all in all a great, destructive, fun time. Who would have known Nate was so versatile in prehistoric times as well as futuristic times. What a guy!

Nate: 95
Rick: 54
Eric: 43
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Later in the evening the cave people were out again in full force. Kathy picks up her third win for the evening. Would you believe the train queen in two countries is also a cave woman at heart?

Kathy: 154
Brian: 136
JJ: 103
Adam: 101
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Late in the evening when most would shy away from a challenge this group of friends show what they are made of by discovering new worlds. With last to arrive Pete finishing first. I'm glad you were able to make it Pete but I'm sure this group isn't. shake

Pete: 90
Travis: 76
Jaquelene: 70
Lea: 61
Mark: 41
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Around 12:30am a few people were mingling around and one last group took their wagons and headed west to settle new lands. B-Day boy Eric showed even at just after 1am he still had game.

Eric: 89
Kirk: 77
Adam: 75
JJ: 53
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