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Nathan Woll
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Last weekend (12-3-09 to 12-05-09) the varsity basketball team that I help coach went to Clarkston, MI for a tournament. It was an 8 team tournament so we had one game each day, Thursday to Saturday. One of the highlights of overnight tournaments is playing board games at night at the hotel.

Here's a list of the games we got to play. These were all played with high school guys with minimal gaming experience.
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1. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:421] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
Nathan Woll
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Thursday night not a lot of games were played since we didn't stay overnight (because of school on Friday) I brought a travel chess set to play on the bus and there were about 10 games played total. (2 plays for me) A lot of the guys are active chess players, but since they only play each other their skill level isn't that high.
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2. Board Game: TAMSK [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1506] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Thursday night several guys were asking me to bring this on the bus the next day (I had brought it on a trip last year) So Friday I had this on the bus and several guys played it on the way to the game. This is a good travel game because the pieces sit in grooves so they can't fall over. The game is very large though so a bus trip is probably more ideal than a car trip. I like this game a lot (ZERTZ is the only GIPF game I like more . . .yeah I know TAMSK is not a GIPF game any more, but in my mind it is), but I didn't get a chance to play on Friday. Around 10 games of this were played on the bus Friday.
 
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3. Board Game: Calypso [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:8038]
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This is a great travel game. I brought this on a trip earlier this year and several guys were looking forward to playing again. This was another game that got passed around a lot that I didn't get a chance to play. This game gets very tense with each player trying not to make a mistake. This got played almost 20 times since the games are so short.
 
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4. Board Game: Shuttles [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:10333]
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This is another good travel game. It seems to have a first player advantage though I'd have to play more to be sure. I played a game of this on Friday and there were 2 other games played as well.
 
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5. Board Game: Formula Motor Racing [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1948]
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After the game Friday we got to the hotel with lots of time to kill. Some of the games I've had success with on overnight trips in the past have been Citadels and Double or Nothing I brought Double or Nothing again, and even though a some of the guys were begging for it, I was in the mood for something different. I brought out Formula Motor Racing and it was a blast! The guys enjoyed playing bad cards on my car (even when I wasn't winning) and they liked all the trash talking they could do. We played three heats and I think I came in 4th (out of 5)
 
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6. Board Game: Repeat Pete! [Average Rating:5.37 Overall Rank:12757]
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We had some time Saturday morning as well so I brought out this game. We played it in the hotel lobby and there were some great moments of hilarity including me standing up and yodeling as three businesswomen went out to breakfast, and one of the players doing the hula-hoop in front of the staff. This game is a fun party game with maybe too much luck, but very humorous. The guys were begging to play it again but we never had time.
 
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7. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:204]
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On Saturday morning, I played two games of Hive with one of my Chess partners from Thursday. Previously my only games had been against my seven year-old son. I lost both games on Saturday. I'm going to have to get some plays on boardspace to get competitive.
 
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8. Board Game: TAMSK [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1506] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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On the way home I finally got to play some games of TAMSK on the bus. I also got to play a few games of Calypso.

The trip was a great success, both for board games and basketball games. Our team won the tournament, and I got to introduce several new people to the fun of boardgames.
 
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