Labor Day Weekend Gaming at Tao's place
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Some games, some drinks, some food. A weekend of gaming!
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1. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:521]
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Actually, we started off with Mini-bridge, just a few hands. (My son wants to learn bridge, and this is a way to ease into it). After a few more people arrived, we went into ...
 
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2. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:34]
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Scott, Dave, Ben, the Mrs. and I played on the US map, with the full expansions (theme park, warehouse, shortage, surplus and transformer). We had five players, and played without the yellow region, so the NorthEast was a dead end. There was a fairly brutal stall, with my wife having the western edge locked up and able to power 5 free cities. She eventually went to ten to end Stage I. I had a nice reserve built up and was in last place, so I went from 6 cities to 16 (taking the second slot in most of the North east and Florida). We both went to 18 the next turn, and I lost on tiebreaks.
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3. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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A few minutes after we started, a coworker and his wife stopped by. After watching for a few minutes, they played Dominion (joined by my son).
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4. Board Game: Botts and Balls [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:9164]
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After Power Grid, Ryan arrived. Everyone but Scott and I played Botts and Balls (since we'd been talking about Ricochet Robots-type games).
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5. Board Game: Wiz-War [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1378]
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So I played a 2-player game of Wiz War with Scott. I played a cage-match (homebrew card that removes the wraparound external connections) to tighten the board up, and then my Enchanted (+1) 4-damage Wizard Blade with Shadowstone (gain any VP I inflict) went snicker-snickt. Scott almost got past me with the second treasure, dispelling my wall I'd trapped him with, but I had a second wall. I ended the game with ~25 points, the highest total I've ever seen. (Gaining any points is rare...)
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6. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:576]
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My strategy? Cutting cards that add 10+ points to my hand. It works.
 
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7. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:784]
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By this point, my coworker had left & Ryan wanted to learn this, so we learned him. Killing his doubly-backed Titan, then his double-backed Daimon.

Then was the caloric interphase (Pizza & Beer), followed by...
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8. Board Game: Apples to Apples Junior [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:5027]
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By this point we had a few more people, so played a quick game of apples to apples.
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9. Board Game: Hab & Gut [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:995]
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A new-to-me game of stock manipulation. I thought it was clever, and short enough that I'm willing to forgive any flaws, like the fact that I got eliminated for having made the least charitable donations. Not that I would have won anyway.
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10. Board Game: Ascending Empires [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:811]
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At this point, we split into two games. I played Ascending Empires, the flicky-space game. I rather liked it, although I think the creased board is slightly annoying. But again, fast turns make me forgive lots of sins.
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11. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:155]
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Tim and Rob introduced Ryan to this game. I think it went over well ... at this point we called it a night, chatting for a bit. Have to pace ourselves for the weekend.
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12. Board Game: To Court the King [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1462]
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We reassembled the groups after Rob left for this one.
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13. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
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Sunday started with saving the world ... at the last possible minute.
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14. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:331]
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Stories were told....
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15. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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The boys played Dominion....
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16. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:643]
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Dice were rolled ... and rolled ... and rolled ....
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17. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:251]
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I think A Few Acres of Snow was played 3 or 4 times, I'm not sure exactly how often..
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18. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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Humanity, saved from a plague in the 21st century, succumbed to the Cylons in a later one.
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19. Board Game: Mahjong [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:642]
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Imaginary money changed hands....
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20. Board Game: Ubongo [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:858]
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Puzzles were solved....
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21. Board Game: Tinners' Trail [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:483]
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Honestly, I'm not sure what happened here.
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22. Board Game: Rallyman [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:749]
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Cars raced, and crashed. And then everyone went home.
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23. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:137]
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Scott, Ana Maria and me played a game of the Knizia classic. Scott got unlucky on two rounds where he ended up bidding alone but drew too many Ra tiles. Ana Maria did good on the round scores, but my final game scoring round put me over the top.
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24. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:181]
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Monday was dedicated to a long game -- Here I Stand. I've got a session report pending, I'll post a link to it when it's released...
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