La Crosse Board Game Group - Games Played 2-11-10
Rick Rodrick
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Portland
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A game night defined by who was there: newcomers Mitch and Keith, four faces we love to see who don't visit often enough Derek M., Gia, Nate and Curt, and five trusty regulars Mike, Rick, Mandi, Mark, and Brian. (Especially Mark because one game went a little overtime and, fortunately, Mark waited until the end to close shop.

More information about the group 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/433

Oh, and we're on facebook, too. La Crosse Board Game Group, look us up.

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1. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:202]
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Newcomer Keith (Welcome!) joined an accomplished and competitive group of gamers for endeavor. To be sure, it was not a hostile or unfriendly group, just very good gamers. Endeavor is a neat game that combines a little worker placement with a little area control and a little bit of geometry to challenge. In this case Curt was the supreme strategist, Brian and Nate followed while Derek and Keith were a little farther behind.

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Brian 51
Nate 51
Derek M. 49
Keith 43
Curt 61
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2. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:136]
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Didn't we just play this last week? Well a couple of us did, yes. Mike and Rick were ready to give it another try as it is a favorite of both. Mandi enthusiastically joined in. It's a favorite for her as well. Mark was less enthusiatic in joining the game but declared difinitively "I'm in!" Our second newcomer, Mitch (welcome!), didn't really have much time to form an opinion as Mike was quickly (and I mean quickly) explaining the rules. As we were about to begin Gia arrived and was quickly assimilated into the game. (There really wasn't any choice for her. She'd never played before and Mandi has a life mission of making sure that Gia plays new games on game night. Ergo, Gia was player six.) Gia and Mitch both were quickly into the swing of the game and ended up bookended by more experienced players. Mike announced before the game that he had never beaten Rick. Foreshadowing? Of course.

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Mike 83
Rick 78
Gia 65
Mitch 61
Mandi 53
Mark 46
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3. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:573]
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We found a very sneaky way to keep Brian around after his Endeavor game was completed. Use his poker chips for money in Age of Empires. It is true that the Spanish Dollars and Pieces of Eight included in the game are really cool. They are also slippery as heck and hard to keep corralled. The chips are a very convenient substitute. Anyway...fortunately for Brian, Nate was able to stay around for a bit and they played a game of Roll Through the Ages. Brian had to stay even after this game to collect his chips (so to speak) but at least he squeaked a win out over Nate.

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Brian 20
Nate 18
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4. Board Game: Loopin' Louie [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:687]
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The ultimate rounds of qualifying took place. The finalists have been set. Look for news of the final round coming soon.
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