La Crosse Board Game Night - Games Played 08-06-09
Travis Sonsalla
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Rollingstone
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Due to various logistics, we are bumped from our normal game nesting ground. No fear, we'll fly over to Mike's house where the gaming does not end simply because the clock strikes ten!

Who are the La Crosse Gamers? We meet Thursday evenings every week to play games of assorted lengths and complexities. If you are in the greater La Crosse area you are welcome to join us!

Information and a schedule of game nights is available at www.boardgames.meetup.com/495.

We also have a guild on BGG. It is here: / www.boardgamegeek.com/guild/43
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1. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:92] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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It's the European edition of Ticket to Ride. Five sit down for a quicker game as we await the delivery of pizza. Nancy and Derek K. were first-timers with this version but had opposite experiences.

5th - Nancy 34 "But such a nice girl!" Mike noted.
4th - Amy 105
3rd - Mike 110
2nd - Derek K. 118 "Lost by a freakin' point!" he cried.
1st - Travis 119
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2. Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1162]
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I'm not certain which edition we played, but hey, it's the same game, yes? A fantasy adventure game seemed to be ideal for the six of us as Derek M. had arrived during Ticket to Ride Europe. But then Brian walks in fresh from biking around 50 miles and driving over six hours! What a draw game night is.

Four gentlemen remained in the quest to gather the necessary talisman and banish the evil from the land. How would they fare?

4th - Derek K. (as the dwarf) 0
3rd - Travis (I am the warrior) 9
2nd - Derek M (as the minstrel who was enjoyable to beat up) 15
1st - Mike (as the tough wizard) 20

The game was called early. Derek K. lost his battle of Death by Dice and was to re-start but time was getting late for some.
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3. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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We actually split into two groups of four as Louise pulled herself away from some dancing show on TV sufficiently enough to visit Puerto Rico. Much laughter was heard, and rumors have it that Louise was "most entertaining".

4th - Louise 29
3rd - Brian 32
2nd - Nancy 37
1st - Amy 51
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4. Board Game: Power Grid: China/Korea [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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So it's going on 11pm and what does a good game group do? Play one more! This time Mike's son Matt joins us for his first exposure to Power Grid. We go with the Korean map and the two resource markets.

5th - Travis 14 ($20)
4th - Nancy 14 ($59)
3rd - Mike 14 ($113)
2nd - Matt 15
1st - Amy 16

Everyone seemed to think Travis had the win in the final round, but he was just a little light on cash to make it happen. A great game as the close scores show, and Matt really enjoyed the game.

Amy's secret was to rest her eyes during downtime - game end occurred at 2am. Whew!
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