Cardiff Games Day 21.5.11
Chris Morse
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:15]
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Not played this very popular game before. Steve & Ben were teaching, and they did a great job despite my dummy questions every 5mins.
I came last, but that's fine, I learned how to play and would have liked to play again straight away.
 
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2. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:125]
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This was up next with the same gang.
it's pretty good, extremley well made and good looking and may end up on my wish list. There were tactics I could get to grips with, and actually came second. Steve of course mopped up by almost lapping us all.
Juan was great, he turned up and started telling us all how to play properly LOL he needs to turn himself into an App of some sort, would be very useful LOL
 
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3. Board Game: Martian Fluxx [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:3336]
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After those 2 games I found Jake playing this with the family and joined in. If you've not played a Fluxx game before they are definatley worth a go. They don't seem as 'hilarious' as they are advertised as, but still good fun. Just starting a game where no one knows what they need to do to win is fun.
 
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4. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:39]
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AGGGHHHHHH. Didn't like this much at all. Played with Mike, Rachel & Jo.
How did we end up talking about vegetarians? But Mike's comment was so funny: If God didn't want us to eat animals, why did he make them out of meat?
The actual game I found tough, like Agricola, balancing getting any points with paying the food fee every round. With 4 players it meant I had 2 actions to get ahead every round. gather food. Convert food to more food. Pay all food to bank at end of round.
Not a fan of this.
 
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5. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:43]
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After Le Havre my brain was frizzled and was going to leave, but got persuaded by Mike to sit in on just one more.
I'm glad I did, this was a quite light and fun game. I think I came joint 3rd with Nicky? Calvin won of couse. Nobody beats Calvin, NOBODY!
 
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6. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2652]
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Next time I think I'd like to try and bring Heroscape again and play 3 or 4 player games, but space is a worry. I don't think many had played it last time I bought it and my son Nathan was teaching people, which was probably not the best for all (he would have only been about 8).
I also stop myself bringing games like Memoir and Space Hulk as 2 player games dont seem appropriate for the space they take up.

The games day is great though, I've been fortunate enough to go to all of them so far, learn a lot of games and think there are some superb people at them.
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