Game Day in CR -- June 12, 2010
Thies Kolln
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After taking May off because of preparations for some home renovations, we were back to hosting our monthly game day in Cedar Rapids, IA in June. A bunch of us got together this past Saturday to eat some BBQ and play some games.

Thanks as always to everyone who came and made the day a success, especially those who brought lots of yummy snacks and beverages.

So now, on to the played games:
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1. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:647] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Joel (English) wins by eliminating 5 units of Thies (French)

Joel arrived first and we broke out this recent trade acquisition of mine. A fun, quick, light little wargame. It came down to the wire, with Joel holding much better board position, but I almost managed to eliminate 5 of his units before he eliminated my 5th on the last turn of the game.

I liked this one and am glad I got it. It reminds me of Commands & Colors: Ancients in terms of length and weight, but it is a different play experience.
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2. Board Game: König von Siam [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1018]
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Erin (winner via tiebreaker), Roni, Chris R.

First Roni, then Erin and then Chris arrived while we were manoeuvring and they sat down to a quick play of this little gem of a game.
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3. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:348]
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Steve 24, Chris R. 20, Judy 19, Roni 6

By the time Manoeuvre and King of Siam were finished, Steve and Judy had arrived so we split up into two groups with one deciding to deliver mail in Germany.
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4. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:771]
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Steve (winner), Chris R., Judy, Eric, Roni

And Eric arrived and joined a game of Tsuro while the other table was finishing up.
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5. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:109]
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Thies 49, Erin 33, Joel 27

This was going on at the same time as T&T and Tsuro. It was my second play and Erin's first, with Joel teaching this new favorite. I'm very intrigued with this at the moment and can hardly wait for my copy to arrive.
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6. Board Game: Zendo [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:697]
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Roni (winner), Steve, Judy, Eric

Callie (winner), Roni, Fred, Chris S., Eric (master)

Eric led a couple of rounds of Zendo through the course of the day.
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7. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:478]
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Steve 114, Roni 102, Judy 97, Eric 88, Chris R. 78

An old game day standby made its appearance next. This hasn't come out as much as it used to, but still has its enthusiastic proponents. Actually, quite remarkably for one of our game days, this was the only game involving trains that got played.
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8. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1739]
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Callie 1030, Fred 820

Fred and Callie arrived in the middle of other games and kept themselves entertained with this game while waiting for other to finish.
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9. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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Judy 38, Steve 27

Judy and Steve got in a quick game of this while other games were breaking up. Not sure whether there was cursing involved.
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10. Board Game: Neue Heimat [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:1526]
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Erin 41, Joel 28, Thies 3, James -50

Meanwhile, four of us were playing this brutal new game. James and I were both deeply negative after the first round, which meant that the second and third were really just deciding who out of Erin and Joel would win. I could at least claim a moral victory by climbing back to positive points.
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11. Board Game: Blokus 3D [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:897] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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Steve 24, Judy 23

Another quick filler. Just don't call it Blokus 3D. Around here we play Rumis.
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12. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:102]
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Eric, Fred, Callie, Roni

Eric taught this game, and (from what I can tell) shared the win with Fred.
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13. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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James 42, Thies 37, Erin 18.

James's Imperium Warlord ruled the galaxy. It must be the goggles.

I haven't played 3 players in a while and definitely like either 2 or 4 better, but I'm always happy to play this and it was a good quick way to wait for dinner to be ready.
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14. Board Game: San Marco [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:521]
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Chris S (winner), Steve, Judy, Erin

After dinner, we still had two tables of games going. One group of four took on San Marco.
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15. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:585]
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Thies 135, Joel 131, James 129, Eric 117, Roni 79

This was the other after-dinner game. I'm pretty certain that this was my first win at this game. I really like it but usually fare quite poorly, so this was a departure from that tradition.
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16. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:493]
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Joel 64, Chris 53, Thies 37, Roni 33

We finished off the evening by dining on some coral. This is another title that I just received in trade, although I had previously played a few times with Joel's copy. I think I'm starting to get the hang of it, but I clearly still have a ways to go.
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