Northern Colorado Boardgamers Session Report (September 29, 2009)
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1. Board Game: Descent: The Road to Legend [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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skippen vs. Keldon, Pete, Shane, and Matt.

The campaign is almost over. The overlord had a good night last night. One more session, and the thrilling epic conclusion (hopefully it will be an epic battle). No bag of holding anymore!

 
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2. Board Game: Safecrack [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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Flint and others.
 
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3. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:282] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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4. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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5. Board Game: Masters of Venice [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2684]
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6. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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7. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:29]
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8. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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9. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:322]
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10. Board Game: Ivanhoe [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1689]
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11. Board Game: Space Hulk (third edition) [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:225]
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James vs. Nate
 
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12. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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William, Zach, and somebody else
Drafting with the I-deck

 
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13. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:218]
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William, Zach, new Shane, and a woman whose name I've not caught.

Rats!
 
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14. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:59] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
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William and Zach played two games with just the Intrigue cards.
 
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15. Board Game: Aces High [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:7041]
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Quentin vs Neil.

Neil: Bombing mission with an AEG CIV and an Albatros escort. Quentin: 2 Sopwith Tripes.

Game could have ended very quickly as my second shot on his bomber killed the pilot. In reality, the observer had a slim chance of taking over the controls, and so as not to end the game so soon, we allowed the observer to take over. Of course that ended the bombing mission at which point Neil turned and ran. I shot up his bomber and escort some more on the way out while trying to match altitude. Finally destroyed the bomber's engine and it caught on fire, though both of his planes did escape back into German territory. Great victory for the allies and an immensely enjoyable game for both of us.
 
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16. Board Game: Time's Up! Title Recall! [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:291]
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Jared, Shane S, Keldon, Quentin vs Dan, Matt, Scott, and Luke.

The game was extremely close. I was off my game last night and really stunk at the charades portion. However, next time we play, I would like to play the original version again, with people's names, rather than titles. Still tons of fun, though.
 
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17. Board Game: Rheinländer [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1691]
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Jared, Dan, Shane S, Quentin

Jared wanted to try this out to see if it was a keeper or not. I think I was tired and missed a few rules concepts, so was making some mistakes. However, by the end I enjoyed the game enough that I would definitely like to try again and play a better game.

 
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18. Board Game: Ido [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:7899]
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Zach, Kevin and Michael.

Interesting abstract that plays quickly. Thought it was a bit hard to plan ahead because it was not obvious how the board would change when the frame was pushed around. I won but I felt like it was more because I got lucky then played well.
 
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19. Board Game: Bridge Troll [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:3939]
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Kevin, Zach and Michael

2nd time playing this and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. Its an alright game, but there doesn't seem to that many tough decisions.
 
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20. Board Game: R-Eco [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1418]
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Kevin, Zach and Michael

First time playing for all of us. Good solid filler I think. Can teach it in 5 minutes, play it in 10-15 minutes.
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21. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:312]
 
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Played by Scott, Jared, and Dan.
 
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Played by Scott, Jared, and Dan.
 
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23. Board Game: Clue: The Great Museum Caper [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1642]
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Also got to try this out for the first time - Luke, Dan, Jared, Shane S. Two games, one with Luke as the thief and one with Dan.

First game, Dan declares Luke's opening position and move, and is exactly right; it was a very aggressive play that put Luke in a pretty dangerous position. He still ended up having a couple outs, but we ended up discussing all the possible scenarios and picked the best choice and caught him really quickly.

Second game, Dan just chilled for a while, took out some cameras, snagged a painting from the undefended brown room, and then ran in circles in the brown room for a long time while we spread out thinking he'd left. He was doing some sneaky and clever stuff, but we ended up snagging him in a corridor. We were looking at it afterwards and it looked like if Dan had gone to the middle room instead he would've had a decent chance of victory.


It's a pretty neat game and was fun to play, but does seem to have some issues. Even though we didn't hit them in our games, the locks especially seem awful because they can easily be an auto-lose after a well-played thief game. I don't remember what Dan and I decided was probably a fairly significant secondary issue, though (besides the poor rules). I'd also like to try Scotland Yard and Garibaldi sometime to compare.

I think I'll have to try it another time to really say for sure. Maybe a game with me as thief, and one with Will as the thief or something (I was an old BGG post where he was basically saying the thief should still do well even if he can't walk over players(!!), so I'm pretty curious to see him against our sleuth group.)
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