Placerville Boardgame Meetup October 13th 2010
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I forgot about entering everything since July! I'm a terrible updater guy!

Well, this is my list of games that we played at our most recent Boardgame Meetup here in Placerville, if you're here from Facebook, hey, check out the games below, they're a lot of fun.

The group was kind of small, but we had a good time anyway. It was myself, Jonny, Matt and Alex. Alex had recently bought a bunch of new games so we played the new games he'd picked up to break them in. A good time was had by all.
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1. Board Game: Nuns on the Run [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1376]
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This was the first game we played. Alex was the adult nuns and the rest of us were the kids. I had the secret goal of getting the key to the library and finding the Book of Dark Magic. The rules for when the nuns spot you were a little unclear to me so the Abess should have seen me at one point, but she was so close to another player that it wouldn't have changed anything.

Alex won because I was found in the library getting the book off the shelf making the 4th capture(The game ends if one player can succeed in their secret goal or if the Adult nuns can capture the number of Kid nuns that are equal to the number of players).

This was a great game. I'd play it again any time, I love secret movement and this has a very tense feel to it without being violent at all. Very kid friendly and a really deep game too.
 
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2. Board Game: Road Kill Rally [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2645]
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To counterbalance the deep thought of Nuns on the Run we next played Road Kill Rally.
This was a great game too, but for a completely different reason. As you may be able to tell from the picture on the box this is a race game where you get points for running over little old ladies and shooting rockets at children. No, seriously, that's what you do in the game, it's awesome.

The game is WAY over the top in its violence and has very cartoony graphics that make sure it's not a really dark and disturbing game.
The game is a race, players have to drive around the track(which is made randomly by tiles drawn from a stack) and can move a number of spaces based on what gear you're in.(So first gear you can move 1 space, 5th gear you move five, it goes up to 10th gear.) The higher the gear the more likely you are to crash, if you crash bad things happen.

This is a game that is made up equally of random dice rolls and random card draws, and yet it remains totally fun and fast paced. Lots of chances to get back at the other drivers as they drive past and back into the sights of your gun.

Very fun game, very random, I look forward to playing this more.
 
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3. Board Game: DungeonQuest (third edition) [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1337]
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Finally Alex and I sat down to play a little DungeonQuest. I was looking forward to this as I'd read a few reviews of it saying it was a game that was not done in the popular modern style of "Plan and win" and was much more "Hope you win" style game play. I knew it wasn't going to be deep like Mission: Red Planet, or have a planning element like Dominion but I didn't care, what I wanted was to wander into a dungeon and get attacked by skeletons, and that's exactly what happened.
Jonny and Matt had both gone home by this point so it was just Alex and I playing. I was a dwarf and Alex was a lady with a pet dragon. He was doing well in his exploration in that he was able to find money and no monsters, keeping him alive for a good chunk of time. I meanwhile fell into the Catacombs and had to wander around for 10 turns until I was able to find a way out. While I was doing that Alex found a path to the Treasure room. He went in and got burned alive by the Dragon, but he survived so he was able to try again on his next turn. On his next turn he went into the treasure room again and was burned alive AGAIN. This killed him, knocking him out of the game. I was left to wander the catacombs a little longer, but I found my way out. I was now very far away from my start position and couldn't even get to the Treasure Room with the tiles I drew. Eventually the Sun set and I wasn't able to escape the dungeon, I wasn't even able to get into the Treasure Room, but had found two Treasure Chests while in the Catacombs, these would have been worth about 1,300 gold if I'd been able to get them out of the dungeon.

In all this game was a lot of fun. It moved much faster than I expected it to, even with the slightly goofy battle system that it has. I really liked this game even though it is just a blast from the past and not a step forward in game play at all. In fact I think that's why I like it, it's not trying to be something it's not, it's a bare bones dungeon crawler, you have to get into the dungeon and get out with as much gold as you can carry and if you're unable to make it out, well... that's the way the game is. I can see that this wouldn't be a game for everyone, but I'll gladly play it any time.
 
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4. Board Game: Blue Moon City [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:526]
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And that was the game night. It wasn't a whole lot of games but we all had a lot of fun.
I'm posting Blue Moon City because it's what we've been playing at our previous Game Nights that I've forgotten to post about. It's been very fun and quite easy to teach(for as complex a game it is, it's been understood quite well with my group) and everyone has been enjoying it.

OK, well, hopefully I'll remember to upload more Game Night reports before another three months go by.
If you want to join us at our next Game Day it's Saturday October 30th at the Placerville Public Library. We're bringing all our spookiest games for a Halloween themed Game Day and there will be costumes too.
 
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