Berkeley Board Gamers: Games Played Tuesday, June 29th
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This is the list of games played Tuesday June 29th, 2010 by the Berkeley Board Gamers. It was a packed house again last night with lots of new people. I was downstairs the whole time, so the list is a little incomplete; feel free to add items.

A great gaming night, I got to play lots of new games.

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1. Board Game: König von Siam [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1018]
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Grant taught me and Garrett. Grant won, but I think I did pretty well for my first time out. Grant just had more actions left at the end than me or Garrett. I actually went and bought this game because I liked it so much. It is actually kept in the War Game section of GOB, hilarious because I thought I hated "war games." The board is constantly changing in the game, so it is very fascinating in that way.

Thanks, Grant for teaching!
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2. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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3. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3399] [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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4. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:279]
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5. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:363]
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So sad this got played without me. Aram and some others. It's funny because Aram hated this game, but he loves Genoa, which is also a negotiation game. He said Chinatown is too unstructured. This is one of my favorites.
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6. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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7. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:283] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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8. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:188] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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9. Board Game: La Città [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:570]
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Mark L teaching me, Brad and Aram. Mark L won, but I think I did pretty well for my first time out. Tons of fun. I had a hard time keeping track of how much food I would need, because I always had enough for my people, but then my cities were so spectacular that I kept attracting people I couldn't feed, which meant that I lost two actions at the end of the game, which was a little painful. I needed to build two more cities to be able to keep up with Mark, which I wasn't able to do. I like this game a lot and would definitely play again.

It's funny because the aggression between players is much more covert in this game. You hurt other players simply by improving your own cities; you really don't have to do anything to them at all (not directly). It's mean without actually attacking people. Leader-bashing seems less likely because of this aspect. The only way for people to hurt you is by improving their own cities, so interesting.

Thanks, Mark for bringing and teaching.
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10. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:224]
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11. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:123]
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12. Board Game: World of Warcraft: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1181]
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13. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (second edition) [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:403]
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14. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:248] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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15. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:109]
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Me, Brad, Aram and Paul teaching Brad. Paul won. I had a pretty good game, but couldn't keep up with Paul's network. Aram suffered from a shortage of actions.

I have to buy this game; I suffer when I don't get to play for a month. We popped Brad's brand-new copy. I think he liked the game, so hopefully he will keep bringing it.

As Paul would say "Good game, good game."

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16. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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I just joined the D&D group that plays in the back room. But as the GM was at Origins, we decided to play Agricola instead. We roped in Ari to go with Ben, Tom and Tom. I taught Ari the game and let him go first to help him, and he won the game with 35 pts. Ben caught 34, I got 33, and Tom ended with 27.
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17. Board Game: Dixit: Quest [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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18. Board Game: Eat Poop You Cat [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:696]
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19. Board Game: Tinners' Trail [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:460]
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20. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:132]
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21. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:525]
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Wendy and I played a game, I won.
 
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22. Board Game: Polarity [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2034]
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I played this with Jackson.

This game have a fantastic rule about if a cat runs on the table and knocks stuff over: If it happens on your turn it is your fault.
This can ruin your chances if someone bumps the table while on your turn.

The game is also odd in that there is basically only one thing you are allowed to do (balance a piece on another piece's magnetic field, so most of the game rules are about what happens when you fail to do so (because it is hard).

For me it looks amazing and is pretty tense as you put the stones down, but for me it is more of an activity than a game.
 
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23. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1 [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:410]
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Kimmo gave me the chance to see a little about of how this game works.

It is, not surprisingly, more of a simulation than a game and thinking about winning it like a Euro is probably not ideal.
I was surprised, but not discouraged, by the amount of dice rolling, and the devastating effects of a good roll.

Much like my experience with backgammon, dice seems to favor the player with the better odds and better position. Having a 1/18 chance to achieve my objective in a mad melee in the final round felt good though.

It would be fun to play this again, but I am not sure I will only want to play this game.
 
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24. Board Game: Horus Heresy (2010) [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1122]
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I think this was being played behind my back. Not sure of the name of the players.
 
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25. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:124]
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This was also played.
 
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