Action! Game Night - July 13th, 2009
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We gathered together the entire Action! Game Night crew and were blessed with the addition of rlolar’s brother Chris for the evening. I’ve decided, although fun was had, six is just too many for game night and, if and when it happens again, we’ll be splitting into two tables or playing Battlestar Galactica.
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1. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:361]
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I am more and more convinced that 6-player Chicago Express isn’t for me. This was an incredibly fast game, ending with the second dividend. Even with that, one train, the three-way-split PRR, made it to Chicago. The addition of a sixth player really messes with the ebb and flow of the game, making it almost impossible to come back from another player’s bad move. In 3-, 4-, or even 5-player games, you can deal with a bad choice or two by other players. With six, the individual players have so little leverage from one action that, when big boo-boos happen, it takes a concerted effort to correct them. I’m not saying I didn’t make any mistakes - for instance I probably should have capitalized a share of the PRR as my first action instead of expanding. I am more and more frustrated by this game each time I play it because I feel I get it now but still can’t seem to win. rlolar pulled off a very close win over Marc when all was said and done. I was in fifth place.
 
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2. Board Game: Alhambra: Big Box [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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A commonality between Chicago Express and Alhambra? I love both games, but NOT with six players. Both games just don’t have enough "room" for that many. Sure, the mechanics still work but the paths to victory become more constrained, allowing for much less variation or experimentation. In other words, it isn’t about what you choose to do, it’s about what you get to do. I came in third, behind rlolar and Marc, so it wasn’t terrible. The game itself is great. We bought The Big Box and I am looking forward to the day that we play a single game with all 20 modules from all 5expansions AT THE SAME TIME!
 
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3. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:320]
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We finished out the night with a game of Citadels which, thankfully, comfortably plays six. My winning streak was ended by a triumphant Saul but I managed a tie for second (which was really a third place finish, because Marc won the "who has more gold" tiebreaker but, you know, whatever). I’m about ready to regularly play with expansion characters now, just to mildly shake things up. I’m not bored with the game at all, just ready for a little change-up.
 
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