The Games Dictator's Selections: Round 4
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Pretty much every week, a group of Cleveland-area, like-minded people gather together at the house of Bess and Steve to play games. They are kind folks with wonderful food, and they provide a place for weeknight gaming, often two tables at a time.

It's a friendly group, willing to play a range of games, and generally fun-loving and level-headed. But, when everyone is polite and accommodating, it can be hard to get a group to choose a game for the evening.

No more polite "I'll play anything." No more wishy-washy groupthink decision-making. We decided the group needed... A Games Dictator.

Our Dictator is a relatively benevolent autocrat. He listens to his people well, but there are a few ironclad rules:

1. Each person shall choose one game they wish to play.
2. The Dictator shall compile a list of the wishes of the people.
3. Each week, The Dictator randomly chooses one game to play. The people must abide by His Decision and play this game. The Dictator will also choose a person for "emergency backup" should the primary person not be able to attend.
4. The people shall be encouraged to comment on The Dictator's selections, and shall sing praises of His Gentle Rule.


After our first attempt at this approach, The Games Dictator came up with some ammendments:

5. At any time, for whatever reason, the chosen person for the week has the right to change his or her selection of The Game of the Week. All that The Games Dictator asks is advance notice if possible.
6. The backup person for the week is not obliged to bring his or her game selection. All they are asked to do is bring a game they can teach. Anything will do. Their role is to provide an option should the primary person not attend the event. The backup person will not lose the right to play their selection in the future.



This list contains the fourth round of games chosen by our group for The Games Dictator.
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Our Geeklist of selections from the prior round... Round 3.
 
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2. Board Game: Railways Through Time [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
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Submitted by: Bill
Status: Played on Sept. 8!
General reaction from the group: Difficult to tell.
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3. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Conquest of Nerath Board Game [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1428]
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Submitted by: Bess
Status: Played on Sept. 22!
General reaction from the group: TBD
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Bess and Mark (the "good guys") vs. Greg and Mike (the "bad guys")... and the good guys won by sneaking in a victory on the last turn.
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4. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:527]
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Submitted by: Mark
Status: Played on Sept. 29!
General reaction from the group: Generally positive. Some like Tikal better, some like Mexica better, but no one would say this is a poor game!
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Well... we didn't have an full-blown "action point tourney," but the Dictator was appeased by making sure that at least Mexica hit the table.
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5. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:719]
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Submitted by: Robin
Status: Played on Oct. 6!
General reaction from the group: TBD
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Well, we made it to the final board, only to have sauron crush us immediately. Only Steve and Bill lasted one turn longer than the rest of us.
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6. Board Game: Inca Empire [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1121]
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Submitted by: Greg
Status: Played on Oct. 27!
General reaction from the group: Generally positive. Mark, Bess, Bill, and Greg played a four player game. Bill gave it a 9. Others can weigh in on their thoughts.
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Also at the table was Steve, Grant, and Robin with a game of Troyes. We also started our practice of letting the game provider pick tunes as well. The evening consisted of Crime Jazz, the rhythm playlist, and the Moog Cookbook.
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7. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:204]
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Submitted by: Steve
Status: Played on Nov. 10!
General reaction from the group: See below
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The Dictator was at the other table, at first building his own homestead and then building his own dungeon. Lots of fun building!
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8. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:151] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Submitted by: Nathan... with support from Jon!
Status: Played on Nov. 17!
General reaction from the group: TBD
Comments:

Our first "co-pick"! Nathan requested MtG, and Jon came through with his personally crafted cube.
 
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9. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:51]
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Submitted by: Michael
Status: Played on Dec. 1!
General reaction from the group: Solid. This appears to remain a well-accepted choice within the group.
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Dominant Species gains the coveted honor of being the first Dictator's "re-pick" courtesy of Michael Miller.
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