What I did today when I could have been shining my shoes.
Jesse Griffin
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Navy life is fun. Especially when your "A" school doesn't start until February. I've got a surprising amount of "free" time every day, and that's twice as true now that it's the weekend and the winter leave is in full effect. I'm just killing time until Tuesday, when I hop on a plane and fly across the country to Florida.

This morning I was told that there was going to be a game of Settlers of Catan in the computer lab, so I had to make my way over there. I'm in a place surrounded by fellow boardgamers, so I knew that today was going to be a good day.

What started off as a crash course in Settlers ended up in a quick run to the FLGS, two large pizzas, and A Clockwork Orange while we played each new game we bought earlier.
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:281] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Jesse Griffin
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It started off with this classic. I've been thinking about purchasing my own copy, but I just haven't had the money to buy it and the time to play it.

I'd never played before, so I got a quick introduction and the rule book placed unceremoniously on the table next to me.

I did alright for a first time player; I placed 3rd out of 4.
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2. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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After a few games of Settlers, our group headed out to the FLGS to see what they had in stock for the holidays. If you're in the Monterey area, The Game Habitat is awesome. Very friendly and it had a respectable selection.

I didn't buy this, but someone else in the group did.

Since I had been a Catan vet for all of 2 hours when we first played this, I was a tiny bit overwhelmed by the changes but got over it quickly. I fared better, though.

Using the longest road bonus and strategic placement of my cities and use of upgrades, I won both games.
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3. Board Game: Travel Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:2142]
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I'm using on base housing right now, so there's not too much room for me to utilize. I've got a few empty drawers that will do the job of boardgame storage receptacle, but not much else. It just makes sense to buy a travel, compact version of a boardgame.

I had a lot of fun with this. It was really simple to pick up after we read over the rules once. I, unfortunately, lost both games. I'm going to throw this in my bag when I go back home and play a few games with my sister.
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4. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:180]
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I have been looking at this for the past few weeks and deciding what the best course of action would be.

Played a quick game while we were waiting for the pizza to arrive. Very fun and simple. I captured all 3 flags on the far left flank for the victory. And that meant I didn't have to pay for the pizza. I'm very proud of my epic victory.
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5. Board Game: Zombie Fluxx [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:2772]
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This was another quickie game we played. A few people in the group didn't quite grasp the concept of the New Rules and Goal cards, and the looks on their faces as the game progressed were priceless.

A few games of just the base rules and then 2 or 3 more with the zombies were played. Unfortunately, it's not my game so I won't be able to bring it on the plane with me. I'm definitely going to pick up a Fluxx game soon to fix that situation.
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6. Board Game: Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1681]
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The last game of the night was played while we watched A Clockwork Orange.

We sped things up a little bit by just blindly dealing the cars instead of bidding for them. After that, we did two races on each track.

Overall, I really like the game. It's deceptively simple. I lost the first race because my opponent did his best to position his cars in a manner that took up the whole track. And then we'd hit a turn and the balance of power would shift. It's little bit of luck and little bit of strategy, which I really liked.

This is definitely going to make the trip to Florida with me and see some action down there.
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