Game Week, Part Three
Ed Sherman
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Game Week is becoming a tradition at our house. Last year, for something to do during Thanksgiving vacation, I decided to learn a new game every day and teach it to Meg (and whoever was at the house) that night. We had so much fun we did it again during Christmas. Now, here we are with another Thanksgiving vacation, and what's more, it's National Games Week, so what better time for Game Week, Part Three!
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1. Board Game: Heroes Incorporated [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:6080]
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We actually started Game Week a day early, on 11/20 (Saturday) at our game group's game night and this is the first game we played. I liked the theme, except for the weird little inconistancies (why am I sending a supervillain to beat up a fellow hero? Whatever.)

Anyway, I thought it was too dicey for my tastes. Meg did too.

RATING: Ed and Meg -- thumbs DOWN
 
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2. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1018]
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Game two from game night. Played in a group of four, which I think is too small for playing Bang, but workable. It played better than the last time we tried it in game group (Bang with analysis paralysis -- ouch!) but still a little fiddly or something (maybe if everyone playing had a copy of the rules or some cheat sheet or something). I want to like it because of the theme and the hidden role aspect of the game but it still feels too cumbersome. I do think I am warming up to it and like it more that last time, but it is rare we get five or more people at our house for gaming.

RATING: Ed and Meg -- thumbs DOWN (but not as down as the first time we played it -- I wouldn't necessarily be averse to playing it again, only in a bigger group, hopefully with a cheat sheet for everyone)
 
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3. Board Game: BANG! Dodge City [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
 
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P.S. We played Bang! with the Dodge City expansion, BTW. Had some nice stuff in it, like the equipment cards.
 
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4. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:508]
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Got this from Gamesurplus recently on an excellent deal. (Thnaks again, Thor!) I've played the web based (no pun intended) version of this for a while and really wanted to get a real copy of the game. We had four players, and I have to admit, I didn't teach the game terribly well. Had a good time anyway. I realized that I haven't played this in a while and will need some more work to get into the swing of things.

RATING: Ed and Meg -- thumbs UP
 
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5. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:401]
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The final game we played at game night. Had a great time with this one. A classic that we never played until now. Liked this one so much that we went to our FLGS the next day and bought a copy. (didn't realize it was so hard to get until we came home that night and scouted ebay)

RATING: Ed and Meg -- thumbs way, way UP!
 
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6. Board Game: Kung Fu Fighting [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:3403]
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Sunday, 11/21

We had a friend over for dinner on Sunday and decided to do a "East Meets West Smackdown Royale". We had played this before so it isn't technically a Game Week game but we still had lots of fun with this one anyway. Meg beat us bad. Real bad.

RATING: Ed and Meg -- thumbs UP
 
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7. Board Game: Ivanhoe [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1673]
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Part Two of the EMWSR.

We've never played this with three players before and three players is MUCH, MUCH better that two on this one. (By the way, Meg beat us bad on this one too. All Hail Queen Meg -- winner of the East Meets West Smackdown Royale -- champion of many fighting styles!)

RATING: Ed and Meg -- thumbs way, way UP!
 
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8. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:879]
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Monday, 11/22

I had played Blue Moon a couple of times before so we gave it a try Monday. We both liked it a lot, especially all the MTG-like mechanics of the special action cards -- and what artwork!

RATING: Ed and Meg -- thumbs UP
 
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9. Board Game: Phoenix [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2912]
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Tuesday, 11/23

Tried this one for a two-payer abstract. We ran through the rules quickly and gave it a go. I barely squeaked out a victory 13-12. Very nice little game with some good competition available. (My only gripes: Lord, is that box ugly, and a folding board would have made this a perfect travel game. Still like it though.) Meg is thinking this could be one of her favorites.

RATING: Ed and Meg -- thumbs UP
 
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10. Board Game: Duell [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3103]
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Wednesday, 11/24

Meg and I had done a lot getting ready for Thanksgiving, so when Meg said, "what's the simplest game you've got for us to try," I pulled out Duell. I threw this in one of my last orders since I've been wanting it (and En Garde before it) for a long time.

Anyway, we played three games (one basic, one main game, one with the special cards) and had a great time. My summary: basic game is boring, main game is fun if you're not a card counter (we're not), and the special cards are cool. Great travel game.

RATING: Ed and Meg -- thumbs UP
 
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11. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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Friday, 11/26 (No gaming on Thanksgiving)

First up, Alhambra with three. I got this one for cheap from Fairplay -- I wanted to try it, and $15 was too good to pass up. All three of us liked the unique mechanisms in the game (four currencies, exact chnanges, etc.) and the resource management aspect as well. This was a big hit with everyone. If you haven't at least tried this, get it for its current price of $10-something practically everywhere.

RATING: Ed and Meg -- thumbs UP
 
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12. Board Game: Goldland [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1679]
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Second game -- Goldland! I've been wanting this game because of the exploration theme for quite a while, and I picked up a used copy for a good price from Gamefest (all pieces, etc in good condition, but there was a big dent in the box, but whatever).

Anyway, it took a few turns to wrap our heads around the rules but we had a good time. It ended a lot sooner than we thought and Meg stole two of my adventure tiles away from me (argh!) but we really liked it. We decided that that this game will grow on us after a few more playings.

RATING: Ed and Meg -- thumbs UP
 
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13. Board Game: Chase [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:3561]
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Saturday, 11/27

Saturday night we tried some two-player games again. This one I got on ebay for pretty cheap because I've been interested in this for a while. I thought it had potential, but Meg decided it was too much of a brain-burner for her (or maybe we played it too late at night)

RATING: Ed --thunbs UP, Meg -- thumbs DOWN
 
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14. Board Game: StreetSoccer [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1685]
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Second game of Saturday night -- this one was more of a risk because we're not really into sports, but we had a great time with this. We both thought it captured the theme reallly well and was a nice light game with a bit of a challenge to it.

RATING: Ed and Meg -- thumbs UP
 
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15. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
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Sunday, 11/28

Okay, this is on the fringe of Game Week, but we played this and had a great time.

RATING: Ed and Meg -- thumbs UP
 
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