New York City Board Game Meetup - July 26 - Cosi, Park/31st
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A good turnout of at least 30 at one point. The place wasn't too crowded, they turned down the AC when it got too cold, they let us take a couple of tables in the main dining area, and we got to play for six whole hours this time!

For photos of the meetup, go to http://www.meetup.com/nyc-boardgames/photos/672962/#9881598

I tried to keep track of all the games, but I may have missed a couple. Please add any others that were played and comment on one's you played.

Next meetup is the other Cosi at Broadway and 77th on Thursday night, 5 to 10 p.m. RSVP at meetup.com.
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1. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:29]
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I got to play one of my favorite games to start out the afternoon. There were six of us. I think it was Jerry's game, and he ended up winning in a close race between him and Chris. I ended up choosing cities last a lot, so I was kind of limited there. I was 4 cities behind the leaders at the finish. I still love the game and want to buy it though.
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2. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:371]
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I brought this, and we played a 6-player game of this too. I think I came in second after Susan and before Edward. Most of the players were new, but did very well and had fun. Since no one had taken any bean cards out of the desk, we decided to end after two times through the deck.
 
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3. Board Game: Samsara [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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We had a four-player game of this next, and everyone was new except for me, I think. I had the greatest number of points I think were ever recorded in a game, 17. (Average scores are usually closer to 10.) I think Kath, Kevin, and Susan each had around 1 or 2 points. Everyone assumes because I designed the game that I should win, but I think I playtested it for at least 9 months before I ever won a game. I'm not usually good at games that require spatial awareness, but through playing this game, I've learned to become more aware of how close other players are to all my followers.
 
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4. Board Game: The Hanging Gardens [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1189]
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I brought this game out, and Kath and Kevin and I played a game that ended just about the time we had to leave. Kevin blew us away with around 55 points -- I think Kath and I had 30 and 36, respectively. He cleaned up with gates, which accounted for 34 of his points.
 
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5. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:50]
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Stacey brought this game out early, and I think at least two games of this were played early. I think the first game had 5 players, and the second game just 4. There may even have been a third game.
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6. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Chris brought this out and played one or two 2-player games back in the corner.
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7. Board Game: Fifth Avenue [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:3770]
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I think Edward brought this game out, and he had a 3-player game going with Steef and his son. I've played it once, and it's got an interesting mechanic.
 
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8. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:109]
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After Fifth Avenue, I think Steef had a 5-player game of this going. He really seems to like this one a lot, given how often he brings it. I guess I should try it one of these times, but I have played so much Ticket to Ride, that I am both overloaded with train games and cautious about learning a new system when I am so in love with the simple mechanic of the other game.
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9. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
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Jerry had a 3-player game of this going about midway through. I enjoy the game now more after two plays, because I have a better sense of how to budget my money and of the primacy of nobles among various buying choices.
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10. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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I really like this game too, and I was sorry I wasn't free when it was played. It seemed like a very lively game of 5 players, including Josh and Andy, and I don't remember who else.
 
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11. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:59] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
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This variation of the popular card game came out near the end of the event as well.
 
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I brought this card game, and someone borrowed it at one point, but I don't know if it was actually played.
 
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