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Just for the hell of it, a list of the games we've played on the fortnightly boardgames evening at my place.
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1. Board Game: Chez Geek [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:6045]
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A typical SJG title - lots of flavour, lots of humour, and a lot of luck needed to win. Play time is short, which makes for a fun pickup game.
 
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2. Board Game: Murdero [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:13605]
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Yet another Rummy variant. This one adds enough special rules that our one play ended up with no one able to end the hand. Sub-optimal plays were needed just to finish the game, so we could go play something else.

Houserules could probably save this one - and it does have a strong theme - but why not just play Rummy?
 
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:141] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Classic game! Always fun.
 
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4. Board Game: ChickenFoot [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:9528]
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A fun, fast domino variant, played with a double-12 set kindly provided by Ruth & Duncan. The link isn't quite the rules we used - the chicken-foot was 3 matching dominoes, not all of them. I suspect that works better.
 
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5. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:1430] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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Start of the second session, and one of the all-time classics.
 
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6. Board Game: Mexican Train [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:11395]
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Another double-12 domino game to finish, and another one that's fast and fun. I even won the first hand - my first win of these evenings!
 
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7. Board Game: DungeonQuest [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1342]
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To start the third evening, the most vicious boardgame ever devised. And another win for me! By running away like a little mouse!
 
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8. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:335]
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The first appearance of one of my favourite genres - the co-operative with traitor. We didn't do so well, getting Pict and Saxoned to defeat. Must not get so distracted by the grail quest next time...
 
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9. Board Game: Lord of the Fries [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:3713] [Average Rating:5.96 Unranked]
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Only time for one game on a rather short evening - but it is a classic!
 
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10. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:97]
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A three-hander of "Chaos in the Old World" this time, courtesy of Nick. A fun game - crunchy enough for wargamers, but not over-whelming for the more casual gamer. Took us a while to get through the first turn, but after that, all went smoothly enough. And a win for my Slaaneshi. Definitely one where watching who might be close to winning and clobbering them will pay dividends, and looks to have good replay value. Me wants!
 
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11. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:64]
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Galactica is an established favourite of many of us, but one new player, some complex turns, and a lot of very careful play meant we had to abandon part way through. It was pretty clear the cylons, led ably by Chris, were going to win, though.
 
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12. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:192]
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Mum gave me Dungeon Lords for Christmas, and this is the first chance I've had to play. Very much a four-player game, which some of us had just about got the hang of by the end. The combination of building and combat works well, and the humour level and length are about right. I'd like to play this again soon...
 
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13. Board Game: Aquädukt [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2025]
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One of two games I picked up in a charity shop in Falkirk. This one is fast and strategy rich. We played twice. First time, everyone dropped most of their houses, and I managed a narrow victory. Second time there was more fighting over the direction of the aquadukts. I tried to stay out of that, and won comfortably. I like this game a lot...
 
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14. Board Game: Attika [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:594]
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My other charity shop purchase, played to finish off the evening dominated by "Aquadukt". Another building, area control game, this time rather more complex, but on first play rather less depth. We did miss one rule ("Starting a new settlement costs one landscape card for each settlement you already have.") which may have made it more challenging, but so far not overly convinced. A narrow victory for Chris, this time.
 
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15. Board Game: Chaos Marauders [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:6194]
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10. An ancient GW game. Lots of luck, lots of (fairly juvenile) humour, and a quick game that doesn't out stay its welcome. Not one we'll return to soon, I suspect.

(I've started adding the session number to the start of these posts...)
 
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16. Board Game: Save Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:5087]
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10. Second and final game this session was one of Cheapass' most popular titles. I prefer this to the original "Kill..." - the sinking ship provides a nice pressure on the game play. This is fun for an occassional quick game - it rattles along nicely, and has a lot of humour. But on the whole I'm not a fan of "be the first one to do something when everyone else has run short of stop-them-cards" as a victory condition. James Ernest has designed much better.
 
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17. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:423]
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11. Only time for one game this week, another of my charity shop purchases. Taluva is simple enough, but the rules are odd so it took one game to get our collective heads round. I won that one (by mistake - I'd got the victory rules wrong). The second was a comfortable win for Nick, partly due to his superior grasp of strategy, partly because if you're going to screw each other over, make sure you screw over everyone equally.

I quite like this one. Not sure at the moment if it has enough tactical depth to stand much repeated play. Time will tell.
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18. Board Game: Cargo Noir [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1619]
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12. Another new game, this time courtesy of Nick, and another single-game session. Cargo Noir is well-presented, with a theme that closely reflects the mechanics. It plays fast (at least after the first couple of turns), but has enough tactical depth to stand quite a lot of repeat play. One I'd like to return to soon.

Slight niggle, though - there's a bag supplied for drawing tiles from. The quality is guff, which is a shame given the high standard of the other bits.
 
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19. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:609]
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13. Thirteenth time lucky. Forbidden Island is light, fast, and fun. Normally, I'm not a fan of cooperatives, but this one has enough options, and runs quickly enough that it doesn't feel like playing solitaire by committee. Good fun.
 
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