What did you play this weekend? 08.23.10
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Greetings fellow geeks! It's Monday! The weekend is now over, and as we toil at our assorted labors, we should recount our past weekend gaming exploits.

So, all you weekend gamers, bring your mini-session reports and stories of weekend gaming greatness, as you pop in here to answer the question:
What did you play this weekend?

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1. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:112]
JonnyRotten
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As is the tradition, I will start things off with my recap:

I had to gear up for work travel again this weekend, and tried to get a little more done on my Pocket Dungeon give away I am behind on. This was also the "get the kids ready for school" weekend. Not alot of time spent gaming, but with three game days in the next three weeks, plus a day planned for Twilight Imperium, I'll be making up for it soon.

2010-08-20 - A couple 2 player games with my wonderful wife. She schooled me completely in both.
Jaipur
Corsari

2010-08-21 - Had a couple friends over, one for her birthday, and the other so I wasn't stuck with 2 women. Not alot of games in, because we only had a few hours before we had to leave for sushi for another friends birthday.
Jaipur
Battleball
Vegas Showdown
Felix: The Cat in the Sack
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2. Board Game: Zombie State: Diplomacy of the Dead [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2658]
Jordan Stewart
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Played some games on Sunday evening.

Played Zombie State: Diplomacy of the Dead for the first time. I liked it overall. It's a bit overwhelming to figure things out the first time, but the other side of that is you have lots of options. Cool game, would like to play again. After that I taught Vikings, which always takes a round or so to figure out. It went well, cool game. I think I managed the win by having the most boatsmen at the end. We finished off with a game of Leaping Lemmings. I'm not very good at this game, but it's fun.
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3. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:609]
David Y
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We played Forbidden Island a couple of times. This is a new family favorite. It has familiar elements from Pandemic, which we also love, but we have actually been able to win Forbidden Island!

Also got some Heroscape action in with my sons, and played one family game of Witch's Brew.
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4. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:156]
Lisa Miller
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Saturday we got together with another couple (Chris & Katie) for some gaming. Katie & I demoed this game at GenCon and absolutely loved it.thumbsup So Katie came home and ordered the game! It's a long game but loads of fun. Can't wait to get it on the table again.

Lisa in CO
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5. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:60] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
Zé Mário
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Meh...

Saturday:
Two plays of Dominion: Intrigue + Dominion: Seaside

Sunday:
One play of Tichu gulp
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6. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:294] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
Jay Tipper
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2 x 2-player games with my 14 year old, occasional gamer son. We each one won game. And of course got to spend time together, which is the most important thing.
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7. Board Game: Zombie State: Diplomacy of the Dead [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2658]
Lisa Miller
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I read about this game just before going to GenCon and thought it sounded very interesting. They had a booth at GenCon and spoke with the designer and decided that I had to have it, so I forked over the cash. My hubby & I played a game before our friends Chris & Katie came over this weekend, so at least we knew how to play the game (but not win). We taught them how to play and they completely kicked our butts blush

We think the game is like Pandemic but on steroids!!! I was just happy to hang onto 1 population until the end. Must play more Zombie State zombie

Lisa in CO
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8. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:283]
Alan Goodrich
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Friday:
Innovation

Saturday:
Innovation
Texas & Pacific
Battle Line

Sunday:
Combat Commander: Europe
Innovation

My first play of Innovation was a 4 player game at my game group. Big mistake - as the box insert informed me when I received my own copy. Innovation makes much more sense - and is a whole lot more fun - as a 2 player game.

Our play of Texas & Pacific was our 2nd with just 2 players. For just 2, I'm liking this one better than WC/CE so far. Great game.
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9. Board Game: The Sinking of the Titanic [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:8997]
Lisa Miller
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I won this game at the GenCon auction. The game was in nearly pristine condition, although the box wasn't perfect. After publishing this game, the surviors of the Titanic made a big fuss and they had to stop making the game. The theme is a bit insensitive, but the board design is awesome.

My hubby and I played a game Sunday and I was able to save 6 people and get them aboard the rescue ship before my hubby

Lisa in CO
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10. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:246]
J. Jefferson
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I have really enjoyed Agricola since picking it up a few months ago, so I picked up Loyang in a math trade, thinking I would like another entry in the "Harvest Trilogy." Loyang turned out to be pretty good. Got in our first two games this weekend. Perhaps slightly more streamlined and simple than Agricola, but also a bit more downtime, and probably after a bunch of plays, less variety. Still, a really good game.

Also got in one play of Agricola. I'm undefeated in (two games of) Loyang, but continued a long losing streak in Agricola.

Next weekend: Headed out of town for a family event and hoping to bring out Cash-n-Guns again.
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11. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:435]
John Holder
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We started with Vegas Showdown, a new title I received for my birthday. My daughter led up until final accounting, when my son caught up with her to tie for second, while I, being the only one to fill both casino and hotel while connecting them and having top $ and population, leapt way in front at the final tally to win. Dad came in last.


We had a lunch break, and while waiting for other players, I taught my Dad how to play Battle Line. Despite losing to me 5-1, I think he was just getting it, but we moved on to another game.


My son felt like playing cards, so then we played a round of Oh Hell!, a game I've always liked, but this time I lost dismally first by overbidding too often, then by underbidding to often. My 10yo son won, to my father's amusement.


We followed that with a game of Small World, which Dad really liked -- it was his first time ever. He had a very strong run early in the game, but I managed to catch up and lose to him, 86-81.
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12. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:893]
Doug Click
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Bristol
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Well, FINALLY someone wanted to play games at the lake. It has been a while since I have played any games because it has not rained except for one day over a weekend since early May and people would rather swim, dance, and socialize than game... but, yesterday someone said, "Let's play a game". I jumped up excited and ran over to the minature game shelf I have in the boathouse. There is Ingenious, Dominion, Pandemic, Apples to Apples, Coloretto, Finger Football, Finger Golf, High Society, Pente, To Court the King... but what did they see... poker chips.

Hey, lets play poker!

So, we played Texas Hold'em. I think the game is boring, but I did break even. I was up at one time and lost a lot when I had a flush on the river and someone else lucked up and got a full house on the last card.

Anyway... finally got to game again.
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13. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:573] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
Jason Cookingham
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My girlfriend and I got back from our Maine vacation, and settled down on Sunday for chili , football (well, for me), True Blood (for her), and board games.

We played two games of my newest purchase: Claustrophobia
I, as the humans, was able to quickly sweep through the first two scenarios. We were both a little sleepy-- so I am sure it will be more challenging next time.

Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game came up next, and it was the closest game we have played. The survivors were trying to escape on the truck, and were having a heck of a time finding the keys. It came down to Johnny with the keys trying to reach Sam at the truck. Thanks to a Trip, Johnny was one square from the truck.. and the zombies turned him into brain food. Sam was left standing on the truck as the rest of the undead horde slowly surrounded him in the sun's setting light.

Memoir '44 was out final game of the evening (after more chili), and it was mostly a learning game. My gf cleaned up as the axis with some great rolls.
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14. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:81]
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Friday:
San Juan
Merchants
Saga x2
Great Wall of China


Saturday:
Stone Age x2
Great Wall of China x2
Trendy x3


Sunday:
Samarkand
Isfahan
Wilde Horde
Armadöra x2
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15. Board Game: Rush n' Crush [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2943]
J.L. Robert
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Saturday was filled with a bunch of games at a local FLGS's game day:

First was 4 consecutive rounds of The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac. The store wanted to demo the game, using the prepainted figure set it had. I sat in, and having experience in the game, helped them run several demo games.

After lunch it was a couple rounds of Rush n' Crush. Anyone here remember Virtual World? This game has "Martian Football" written all over it.

Next was my first ever game of Eketorp. It was alright. Everyone was looking at me as the leader, and didn't watch the other guy who wasn't being attacked for most of the game, who outscored me by 2 points in the end.

Finally, we got in a 6-player game of Family Business. I hope the new players learned something from me...don't piss off the guy holding the Hit card late in the game.

I was also able to pick up a 4-player copy of Viktory II from their used game tables.
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16. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
Seth Pinter
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Railways of Eastern US was the only big game we played this weekend. I managed to win for the first time on the US map (I've won on the Mexico map with 4 players).

I was going to go with a Chicago strategy, but the starting bid went too high and the service bounty in Louisville got claimed. So instead I took the Philadelphia-NY connection. With 1 bond and money to spare I ended up taking the Phil-Baltimore connection and delivering 1 cube since I had some competition up north and didn't want to miss out on the cheap connection.

There were two service bounties claimed in the first round sending two players to a large lead and I only had 1 point. However, I noticed that I could get to the 3-train first and deliver a cube, thanks to my dad's network, without having to bid for first so long as my brother didn't upgrade his engine on one round. Luckily that was the case and I managed to grab not only the 3-link bonus, but the 4 color cubes bonus by the beginning of the 4th turn (turn being set of 3 rounds) with only 4 bonds total.

This then provided me with the income needed to break across the mountains toward Chicago to pick up another bonus 10 points for NY-Chi. I managed to nab the last exit from Chicago which then made it impossible for anyone to stop me from getting that major line as the only other person with an entrance to NY was my dad who didn't have a Chicago connection. I also nabbed the Toledo-Baltimore major line for 6 points. From there it was upgrade, upgrade, upgrade to a 7-link train, nab my Baron bonus of having the first 6-link train and delivering all the red cubes from the north to Chicago, and all the red cubes my brother was generating in Chicago back to NY.

The only reason my brother was generating cubes in Chicago was because at that point I had already gotten so far ahead that everyone was competing for second. It was a decent strategy, but his wife ended up beating him by a couple points due to being able to take cubes out of Chicago for 6 points, while he was only putting them in for 5 points.


Friday
1x - 2p Ticket To Ride + USA 1910 Mega Game

Saturday
1x - 6p Railways of Eastern US
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17. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:155]
Joshua Gottesman
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We started off Saturday playing 3 games of this, I won the first 2, which were very close. I believe I won them by 1 point each time. The 3rd game Shannon got some great card comos (using his famous "whine your way to victory" tactics) and smoked us all. I really, really like this game. The rules were a bit confusing in terms of seeing how it all fit together, and then when we actually played it, the mechanics really started to make sense...the actual play, though, will be much more challenging. So much variety is possible!

Then we moved on to Egizia, which I really enjoyed despite coming in last (hey, in my defense, the other 3 had played it before and had an idea what they were doing). A lot of interesting mechanics and a lot of room for replay here.

The evening saw a game of 18VA. I'm an experienced 18XX player, the other 3 playing it were on either their 1st or 2nd games of it. I won, although not by much, and the game took a long, long time, partially from rules explanation, partially from dinner break, and partially from inexperience. Overall, though, I think everyone enjoyed it.

I will say that even with all the 18XX I've played, some rules concepts in 18VA through me for a bit of a loop. Not super complex, they just have a big impact on strategy.
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18. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:16]
Jeff Mays
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My wife and I took Puerto Rico out for the first (and second) time(s) in almost a year. Still a wonderful game and I even won one of our two games. thumbsup

We also played a game of Scrabble, another old favorite that hasn't seen the light of day in a long time. I managed to win that one as well, but the win was less than rewarding as we had really managed to screw up a good fourth of the board.

I also got in a few games of Wings of War: Famous Aces and Stratego with my daughters (5 & 7). So, over all, a decent weekend (considering how little free time we generally have on the weekends).
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19. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1021]
Neil Henning
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I just got two new games, Guillotine and Glory to Rome. We played 14 games of Guillotine over two days. I taught my daughters, their friends and my small gaming group how to play and all of them enjoyed it alot, as is obvious by how many games of it we played.
I also introduced them to Glory to Rome. This game did not go over as well with most of them, which was disappointing for me, as I love this game. They thought it moved too slow and lasted too long. I told them that since they were just learning it, that is the big reason it lasted so long. After they play a few games and became more comfortable with the mechanics and the cards I told them I thought they would like it. I really hope they will give it some time. I did manage to get four games of Glory to Rome in this weekend though.

We also played:

Ticket to Ride
Infinite City
Carcasonne
Pandemic:On the Brink
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20. Board Game: Ninja Versus Ninja [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3815]
Everett Warren
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Marietta
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The first and fourth game of the weekend was Ninja Versus Ninja.

My eldest son and I arrived at the Lehigh Valley Gamers Guild a little late, so everyone had games in progress. We took this out first, as it was the only two player game I had with me.

The game worked out along very different lines than any of our prior plays ~ it was very bloodthirsty and slow to score, as we each decimated the other's ranks and it wasn't until we each had two left that any points were scored. That stinker of a son of mine then proceeded to make it to 7 points before me ~ the nerve!

The second game was with Tim (I think I'm connecting the right name to the right person?), and it played along quicker, as both of us went for the points first. Tim had a choice between scoring or stopping me early on, and that ended up giving me a solid 5 points. I was able to slip a ninja in for a quick two points and make it half way out. If he got a 5, 6, 7, or 8 he would have been able to stop me from nabbing victory.

He rolled a 4.

Great thing about this game is that, win or lose, you still end up smiling. Fun little game.
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21. Board Game: Mad Zeppelin [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:15680]
Everett Warren
United States
Marietta
Pennsylvania
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The game of the weekend was really Mad Zeppelin, with three plays at the LVGG meeting.

The first play was with my son while we waited for the other games to finish up. It moved a little smoother than our initial play with it, but there's still some 2 player awkwardness with this. I took the win, although I hadn't expected to.

The second play involved Z and Tim, and even with that single additional person, the game became Much Betterer(TM). While we were playing this, we realized I had misinterpreted a few rules, which did work in Tim's favor, handing him the victory when he discarded all his level 2 cargo as the special ability... something that we hadn't even thought of in earlier games where it only applied to one cargo at a time suddenly became all-powerful when you had a handful of them.

The final play of Saturday was a four player game, with my son, Matt, and (I believe?) Chris. Even better dynamics with four, and I'm positive that five or six would make it even more fun ~ the game definitely benefits from a crowd. With the two earlier plays, I was able to teach the game to Matt and Chris much more competently (and with the correct rules!) and it went over well.

I might bring this one along again in hopes of trying it with six players...
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22. Board Game: Elemental Rift [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:9605]
Aaron
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Columbus
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I went to my first meeting of the Columbus Area Boardgaming Society on Friday. I came late and had to leave early, but managed to get a few games in.

When I walked in someone was recruiting players for a party game I hadn't encountered before, Sounds Like a Plan, so I figured I would give it a try. It has a lot of the feel of Apples to Apples, with one player acting as judge while the others play cards face down for them to score. Sounds Like a Plan adds a die to the mix to introduce a little more chaos. The most entertaining turn was when I was judging and the die required me to pick the advice card that was most like the kind of advice a child would give me. As it happened, one of the players was a six your old, and his card turned out to be the one I thought least likely to be a child's advice. We debated a house rule that I should lose points for that.

Afterwards I got the chance to teach Summoner Wars to a couple. He took Phoenix Elves and she took the Fallen Kingdom. They managed to grasp the rules fairly quickly, but they were weak on strategy. They both focused too much on attacking walls, and the Fallen Kingdom player was not nearly aggressive enough, leaving her Reapers back out of melee range while the Elven Archers shot them full of holes. He sealed the deal when he summoned his Fire Drake, leaving her unable to hide behind her wall for protection anymore.

Then I was able to teach someone a game I've wanted to try for a while now, Elemental Rift. The game is just as wild and dynamic as I expected. My opponent won, commending that he felt like he almost won by accident, but the truth of it is that I misplayed two of my turns, costing me the initiative and the game.

I had to leave early because I had work Saturday, but before I left I borrowed a solo game, Nemo's War, from the club library. I played through the game three times on Sunday. When you start the game you choose a motivation that affects how your actions are scored. I tried the Exploration motivation first, which gives mid-level rewards for most actions, but focuses mostly of treasure hunting in the hopes of encountering Wonders. I had to be careful however, as if I didn't consistently sink enemy ships, I risked having the Imperial powers take over the oceans, which immediately ends the game with a -50 point penalty. I managed to keep that from happening, but only discovered one of the six undersea wonders by the end of the game, leaving me with an "Inconsequential" score.

Since I knew I was going to be sinking ships anyways, I tried the War motivation for my second game, which most heavily rewards sinking Imperial warships. Unfortunately I played too aggressively, heavily damaging my ship and crew. I was still afloat by the end of the game, but the damage I had cost me the points I needed to avoid a failing score.

I tried War again, with a more conservative approach where I slowly salvaged sunken ships for the parts to retrofit the Nautilus. I did much better in this game, sinking many more ships despite the more conservative approach. I only managed an "Inconsequential" score again though, as I was penalized for losing all my passengers and a battered hull, and my lack of support for anti-Imperial uprisings in the native populations.
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23. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1136]
Everett Warren
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Marietta
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Late Sunday evening, after picking the younger kids up and bringing them back from their mom's, my nearly-6-year-old son wanted to play some games, so we selected three, and the only one we had time to play before bedtime was The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac.

My daughter opted to go light, and was the first one out, but with only one treasure to show for it. Mr. B made it out next, with 4 lava room treasures that were large enough to land him with second place. I cleaned house on the lava room and had a couple from the wall room as well. Staggered out a bit slowly, but had far more goodies than the others and still made it out before the boulder rounded the final corner. My eldest came out last after spending some time with the last alcove ~ a high point value, but not enough to raise him out of third place.

As always, John Williams provided the soundtrack ~ the music from the Indiana Jones films definitely add to the atmosphere!
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24. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:495]
Henrik Havighorst
Germany
Haltern am See
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Once again, it was time for me to host my gamegroup but alas, only 2 out of 4 lads could make it but we still played a few nice games.


We started out with four 2-players games of Coloretto and I am always impressed by how nice this game works with 2 players and how many strategies are hidden in such a simple game, go for jokers, play aggressive, go for the +2s etc. Good, quick fun.


While waiting for Sunil to arrive, me and Jeroen tried another 2-player game, Mr. Jack. It can be quite a brain-burner and easily overwhelming the first time you play it. The game was over fairly quickly and I caught old Jack before he could cause more havoc in whitchapel.


When Sunil finally turned up he did not come empty-handed and behold, Neuroshima Hex! 3.0 snuggled up in his arms. He explained the game to us and it was great fun. Fantastic game, although I am not that keen on the theme, sci-fi and/or games set in the future do not really do it for me. I had a good run in the first few turns and dominated the board and that was when the others decided to knock me out and that is what happened. Lovely game, really have to play it again.


Both of my fellow players had never played Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game and were happy to give it ago. We ended up playing three games (everyone played the Zombiemaster once) and the humans were always wiped, although they almost managed to escape in the truck scenario. Funny game with lots of dice rolling (we like!)


Last but not least, I decided it was time for a simple and cute Eurogame and we quickly settled for Portobello Market which is easy to learn but can be quite challenging and interesting if played against the right opponent. It was a quick 2-player game (Jeroen called it a day) and that was my Sunday game day.

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25. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:589] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
CassSoren
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Springfield
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Friday: We kicked off game night by breaking into two groups. Four of us played Toledo, a light Martin Wallace game. We continued with In the Shadow of the Emperor. I didn't follow the rules on voting at all and did very poorly. I would like to try it again, though. We finished the night with a couple of runs with Ricochet Robots. It arrived from the Dog Days math trade just a few days earlier. We've been having a lot of fun with it.

Saturday: We tried another Dog Days arrival, Sylla. We had a nasty famine early. It pegged to 6 in the third round and stayed there. Likewise, all but one of the res publica tokens tanked and the one that didn't was only worth 1. We went for a lovely long walk to visit Hermit's Castle in Erving MA. He wasn't a hermit, it was neither a castle nor truly a cave, but it was a beautiful day to be out and we saw many interesting rock formations typical of this ridge, and Caboodle found many interesting things to sniff. We played Ricochet Robots again after we get home, during a break in dinner preparation while the potatoes roasted. I was surprised to win! I've been surprised that our scores have been fairly close at all in this game. I like it, but I thought RnR would be much better at it than I. While we ate, we played Jambo with the rugs from Jambo Expansion 2.

Sunday: We tried Sylla again, with much better results. We're both eager to try this with more than two players since it isn't really designed to be for two. We played Hamburgum one more time since it is borrowed and will be going home after next weekend's game day. We did some prep for that, including a grocery list. It should be interesting since I've not used fennel bulbs before. We played two rounds of Race for the Galaxy (all expansions). I continued my winning streak. We also tried Castle Merchants during dinner. We called an early stop. It was clear who the winner was and just as clear that the other person had no chance since they'd've had to both gone to pick up goods as well as interfere with the other players path. It wasn't as much gaming as we usually fit into a Sunday, but we'll be making up for it next Sunday!
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