Gathering of Friends 2010 - The Good and the Bad
Chris Kovac
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This is the first of two list summarizing the games I played at the Gathering of Friends and my thoughts on the individual games. The first list is on the games I liked the best and the games I liked the least.
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1. Board Game: Catacombs [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:683]
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A dexterity game of disk flicking dungeon quest. One guy plays the dungeon master and his various monster minions the other the heroes and the others the heroes. You fight across a series of boards using your crokinole type pieces to try and live long enough to defeat the dungeon master in the final room. Great fun and a great one for both gamers and kids.
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2. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:256]
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A good action choice and tile laying game with the theme of scottish clans. It takes the Carcossone tile laying idea and gives it a new spin. Plays in about an hour has nice bits and is a solid game play for both gamers and non gamers.
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3. Board Game: The Great Fire of London 1666 [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1902]
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The latest upcoming game from JKLM has great theme as you try and fight the Great Fire of London while trying to save your houses and historic monuments while directing the fire to destroy your opponents houses and historic monuments. A lot of tough decisions throughout the game and has a great visual feel as the fire expands and contracts throughout the game.
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4. Board Game: Havana [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:926]
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This is a role choice game where you are using various roles to get resources and cash to buy buildings. A nice spinoff from Cuba which is easy to learn. Apart from being a bit overproduced it is a nice quick game with some interesting planning in order to optimize your moves.
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5. Board Game: Mystery Express [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1432]
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Ok this is the first of my bad games. This is a deduction game which to way to chaoitic for its own good. Unless you have a photographic memory which can keep track of numerous card movements between players stay away. A nicely produced game but there are better deduction game out there.
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6. Board Game: Pocket Battles: Celts vs. Romans [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2188] [Average Rating:6.47 Unranked]
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This is the second of my bad games though this is more mediocre than bad. This is supposed to be a quick light wargame but really turns into who rolls better on the dice. Just not enough strategic decisions to make the game interesting to wargamers and just a bit dull for a game. I think it needs some more work to make it worthwhile.
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