My Most Excellent Time at Oasis
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I one day hope (after getting a job) to discover the joys associated with other mainstays on the gaming circuit around the country and meet more and more of the friends that I have made on Facebook in the gaming community. Until then, Oasis will do nicely in bringing many of these friends to me. Thanks Stven for another great event. Thanks to all my friends who provided me a respite from my worrying about finding a job.

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1. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:256]
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The weekend started by my getting to play a game I had been looking forward to for a while. Glen More is a tile placement game with lots of fun paths to victory. I immediately decided it was what I wanted from the prize table and amazingly my name was called 4th and I got a copy. Now to find some English rules that make all the rules clear and I'll be set. This is going to be a game I want to play a lot.
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2. Board Game: Cornerstone [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:3490]
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Action dexterity games are not my strong suit. In fact I don't own a single one. This one intrigued me as it added a bit of strategy other than just not knocking the constructed tower down. Alas, while the company was fun, the game didn't excite me any more than any other of the genre.
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3. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1004]
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A game I own but have never gotten to the table. Daniel, Kendall and I sat down to tackle learning the game together. The rules are pretty straight forward. I didn't catch on to the tricks of making big points, so didn't do well at my first attempt but I really like the game a lot. It has lots of cool bits. Daniel compared it to sim city without the computer and I tend to agree with that. It would be cool to have Big City with roads.
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4. Board Game: Samarkand: Routes to Riches [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1253]
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I was a bit tense learning a game with the same name as one of the games by my most beloved Sid Sackson, but decided to give it a whirl. I had been turned off by the idea of marrying into a family until Ward pointed out that the option was there to marry males or females in the family. Fabulous, I exclaimed, not appearing gay at all. So, I decided to play and I'm glad I did. Its a fun game where family bonds act loosely as stock investments (there value goes up with the more connections made to their trade routes. I think it may join my collection at some point.
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5. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:478]
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One of my all time favorites. I still get messed up with the timing of the scoring which seems to toy with my strategy every time I play. But I love the game nonetheless. I did well but didn't win.
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6. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:591]
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A simple cooperative game which I think would be great for non-gamers or for playing with children. It does require some logical steps and some organization of resources. I still don't like the genre in particular. My fix to cooperative games would be that asking for advice or sharing information or advice with other players would have some associated cost to the team.
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7. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:204]
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My one game experience with Janna, so that in itself made it enjoyable. Unfortunately, I once again fell into the trap of using the shipping strategy when several others went the occupation route. I also got stuck on shipping tracks that others has no interest in which left me high and dry. I did so badly that I think I will remember the lessons learned from this in the future. I still really love this game.
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8. Board Game: Was sticht? [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2052]
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Carlos was kind enough to get my attention early in the fest and offer to teach me several trick taking games he had brought with him. I love trick taking games so this made me happy. This was the first game he taught. I own this game as part of Mu and Much More. This immediately jumped into my top 5 trick taking games of all time. It is a spectacular game.
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9. Board Game: Beggars and Thieves [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:10775]
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Carlos then taught this old Parker Brothers game. The idea of the game seemed quite fun. Secret partnerships, not knowing which team you are on. Very cool. I think I would like to try it again with 4. You just didn't seem to get enough cards to form a plan when 5 are playing.
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10. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:195] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Fast becoming one of my favorite party games. I hope it wins Spiels de Jahre.
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11. Board Game: Fresh Fish [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2027]
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Been wanting to play this one for a while. Its fairly interesting. It has the typical random feeling of many of Friedmann's games. But, not sure that it would be interesting over multiple plays, at least not for me.
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12. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1088]
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A reliably fun racing game. However the copy we played with had different rules than the game I normally play which took a lot of mental adjustment. I also wasn't able to teach it well. I like the version I own better.
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13. Board Game: Space Dealer [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1653]
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Building factories, powering them, shipping goods across space, all in 30 minutes. I really liked the game play but don't know that I would ever enjoy the time pressure, maybe if I was younger.
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14. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:582]
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Knizia's 2nd best auction game after Ra in my opinion. I did quite well. I seem to be catching on to the strategies needed to do well at this game.
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15. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:132]
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I fall more in love with this game every time I play it. Definitely one of my top 10 games. A masterpiece in game design in my opinion.
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16. Board Game: Filipino Fruit Market [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:4489]
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Carlos once again offered to teach a trick taking game that I hadn't tried. I had played one of the games that comes with FFM, but not the other. I had played Tindahan but not Bathos. Bathos is as good if not better than Tindahan. Just simply trick taking greatness.
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17. Board Game: The Great Balloon Race [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:5594]
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The balloon racing game. I had remembered having fun playing this the first time I played it. This time, not so much.
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18. Board Game: Raj [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1879]
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I typically use this game as a game night opening and only play 1 round while waiting for everyone to arrive. Friend Daniel suggest we play tournament style (5 rounds with each round worth a higher number of points). This was quite enjoyable and gave the players more of a chance to try and interpret the strategies of other players. Made a game I love, even more lovable.
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19. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:106]
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I have recently traded or sold all my two player games. Just don't have the opportunity to play them. But for those who do like 2 player games, I highly recommend Jaipur. Trading goods at the market to get the highest prices. Play 3 rounds, best 2 out of 3. Its great. I will seek out the chance to play it again.
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20. Board Game: Powerboats [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1347]
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A boat racing game. I love racing games. This one takes some real thinking to do well, plus some great dice rolls. I like it because it is pretty different from other racing games. Plus the track changes every game.
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21. Board Game: Zoff in Buffalo [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:4337]
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Cows and Leon go together like peaches and cream. Thankfully I was able to get in one game of Zoff with Leon. Good times, good times.
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22. Board Game: Uruk: Wiege der Zivilisation [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2317]
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Okay, at first I hated this game, then I kind of figured it out and now actually think I would enjoy playing it more.
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23. Board Game: Die Fugger [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2780]
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Card based stock game that really plays well. I have never played a game of this I didn't enjoy. Group think, planning, card management.
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24. Board Game: Code 777 [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1365]
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Love this old Randolph game. Part of the fun of this game is that hardly no one owns the original, so you get to play all different kinds of sets.
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25. Board Game: Peloponnes [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:681]
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For the last game of the weekend for me, I wanted to try something else new. My friend Ron agreed to teach this one. I liked it somewhat, but not as much as I thought I would. Very similar to a lot of other games. I would definitely play it again, but no desire to own it.
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