Cathy Turns 13?! - Fresno Gamers (January 5, 2010)
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OK, so I've missed a few session Geeklists. (Well, more than a few.) But this is a new year - and here's a new list!

In addition to all the gaming, Darel & Cathy brought an ice cream cake to celebrate Cathy's 13th birthday. (Maybe I got the numbers reversed - who knows?!) Thanks, guys - we're glad you found the Fresno Gamers!
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1. Board Game: Tumblin' Monkeys [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:14691]
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Braeden & Zachary played "the monkey avalanche game" - which, for the uninitiated, is Kerplunk with monkeys.

I do not know who won.
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2. Board Game: The Mole in the Hole [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2995]
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I think this is one of the great Ravensburger games - while there is some luck (what order do your tiles appear?), you can mitigate it with good placement & manuevering. Plus, there's the homeboy mole pieces - very hip!

Wayne managed to find his way to the Golden Shovel, with Mark & Braeden hot on his tail. Zachary got knocked out one level earlier.
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3. Board Game: Ra: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1122]
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A _very_ close game of Ra Dice... well, except for Richard. Sorry, Richard.

John 45
Joe 44
Jeff 42
Richard 35
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4. Board Game: Piraten [Average Rating:5.32 Unranked]
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This is a tiny keychain game - it's basically a trio of custom dice and 8 teensy ships. And it's Yahtzee for kids - except that you can steal from other players.

I'm really kind of impressed at this - we are always looking for games you take "out to eat" and this one is perfect, what with the easy rules, the small pieces and the metal tin that fits easily in any pocket.

Zachary beat me in a head to head match... which is sad.
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5. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:50]
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A high scoring two player battle between Richard & Wayne - the first game of RftG that's been played at Fresno Gamers in a while. (Which is weird.)

tableau + 6dev + vps + goals = score

Wayne 38 + 0 + 6 + 11 = 55
Richard 18 + 12 + 4 + 8 = 42
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6. Board Game: Valdora [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1218]
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Jeff keeps saying this is like Hansa. He's wrong. The only thing that's like Hansa is that it's designed by the same guy.

Jeff was the only one who had played before, so it went a little slow in the beginning, but it picked up speed nicely as the game went along & we all figured out different ways to score points.

The final score was close (for the first three places) and all of us really enjoyed this one - thanks for teaching us, Jeff! Darel won on a last big (25+ pts!) play.

Darel 105
Mark 103
Joe 102
Cathy 83
Jeff 76

Jeff thinks this is probably better with 3 or 4, but I really liked it with 5.
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7. Board Game: Four Dragons [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:3208]
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The guys played two games and split the pair.

WARNING: this is a brain-burning game. But still very cool.

Wayne/John 1
Richard/Mike 1
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8. Board Game: Basari [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1376]
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I taught this to Jeff, Darel & Cathy - and then proceeded to get beat up. It's a great little game that rewards multiple plays (as you get the hang of the gem exchange system).

Darel 79
Cathy 62 (had some gems)
Mark 62 (no gems)
Jeff 58
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9. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:2203]
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John's wonderful prototype took another spin... and John beat Joe in fearsome combat.
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10. Board Game: Tanz der Hornochsen! [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2624]
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Thanks to John for playing a game that is OBVIOUSLY not his cup of tea. IMHO, this is the best of the 6 Nimmt family. Darel ended the game for us, head first in the poop pile.

Cathy 26
John 35
Joe 41
Mark 49
Darel 60
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11. Board Game: Alhambra: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2574]
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I'm on record as liking this MUCH better than (cough, spit) Alhambra - and once we got in a groove, this moved along very nicely. John edged me out at the end... grrr.

John 69
Mark 67
Cathy 54
Darel 53
Wayne 42
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12. Board Game: Marrakech [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1234]
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We ended the night with Marrakech (also known as Sulieka). I taught the game to Darel & Cathy and then proceeded to play VERY badly.

I really like this - it was my one gaming Christmas present from my wife & it's a great one.

Darel 55
Cathy 42
Mark 34
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