Mike's Mini Meet X - 2011 - The games I played this year.
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The 10th installment of Mike's Mini Meet was held this past weekend at Mike's house. It's always one of the best gaming weekends of the year. Between MMM and RaierCon in June there really is not much better gaming to be had. We gather at 6:30 on Friday and fun through Sunday when well...basically the last gamers leave. A few hours breaks do happen between each day but really only a few hours. With folks gathering from all over the state it seems we always have new people to meet and old friends to engage with again. What else could be better?

Thank you Mike for this year's incredible time.

This is the list of games that I played...well...hopefully I get them all. I didn't write a list or take pics of my games exactly (more sporadically) so this not going to be chronological. Just as I remember them.
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1. Board Game: Shut the Box [Average Rating:5.03 Overall Rank:17468]
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Corey and I showed up a early to help Mike setup tables and get things in order for the event. Turns out I got there about 3pm and well...they had most of it done already (so my timing was near perfect.) Mike got a package delivered and in it was a copy of this. Sooooo we opened it up and played it. My first game of the weekend.
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2. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:63] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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I have only ever played base game Dominion so Mike, Corey and I ran an all Intrigue based game as it was only Mike's 2nd game and now my 1st with these cards Corey was the only one to have seen these cards. I like some of what I saw of what I didn't like I think it's just because they would have worked better with other cards that didn't come out.
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3. Board Game: Win, Lose, or Banana [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:17047]
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I made some custom MMMX Win, Lose or Banana chips with his daughter's images on them. She colored her hair to match all three cards (as pictured) and well we had these as hands outs. Wish I hadn't run out of ink and could have made more. Still it got played quite a bit over the course of the weekend.
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4. Board Game: Venture [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:3110]
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Finally got to play this game. Wow what a cool little card game. I'm quite impressed with this one from Sid Sackson. Some of his designs aren't that great but others really shines and this one is right up there with Acquire if you ask me.
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5. Board Game: The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:860]
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We had 2 rounds of this kind of late on Friday night I don't even remember how many but we crammed in around the table. As a wolf I got killed off quickly in the first but won was a live villager in the 2nd.
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6. Board Game: Clay-O-Rama [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:6608]
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So this game actually came from an old Dragon Magazine. Grab some Play Dough, make a monster then play a very loose miniatures game with your monster's in the hope of being the last Claydonian standing. Holy crap this was a fun and silly game. I made an ash tray monster who's entire perimeter was the mouth. The final battle was between Sabrina and I. She got first roll and basically if she hit, she won. The dice loved me for a change.
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7. Board Game: Nostra City [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4861]
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I had brought this home the last Friday night @ Mike's and learned the rules. I was very excited to play it and we got 5 of us together and we got to it. Now I'm kind of a dork for gangster games...it's probably my 2nd favorite theme for games so I went into this with pretty solid grasp on the rules. Still it was a first play but I think we got through it pretty smooth. The Vendetta cards however ran out and got reshuffled so many times the "pile" at one point was a single card. I wasn't too keen on this. I'd like to see the deck have more cards and maybe some more and different kinds of action cards to change things up. Good game no doubt I enjoyed it a lot.
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8. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1401]
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Best zombie game ever...IMO.
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9. Board Game: Nostra City [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4861]
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Saturday morning I grabbed some people and decided to give this one another try. With only 4 players this time the Vendetta deck ran out but didn't get reshuffled which was nice to not have some of those nasty cards coming 'round again. Also it felt like there were enough turf's and wiseguy cards whereas in the 5 player game it felt there were not enough. So I would say I like this game a lot at 4 players. Any fewer though and it would have too much stuff and wouldn't be fun or worth fighting over the cards.
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10. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2554] [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
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A MMM staple game. Can we have a MMM without Nuke War? I hope not! I got a really cool country this time (cause I really like playing with the country mats) where I gained 1Mil population each time I killed some from someone. I also lucked out and was able to really arm up crazy amounts with an atomic cannon and 2 nuke subs so I looked like a massive threat...but I really couldn't seem to pull any warheads out of the deck and if I did they were small...but I looked scary.
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11. Board Game: Ascending Empires [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:907]
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Jesse brought this with him and taught us the game. We had a pretty cool 4 player game going. I liked this game quite a bit. I wasn't sure if I was going to or not but yeah I love it. Can you get screwed by the dexterity aspect of the game? YES. For me that doesn't reduce the enjoyment of the game though...even when several of my flicks would take my ships out of orbits I really needed to be in.
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12. Board Game: Yomi [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:931] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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He also brought this and I was eager to give it a try. This is a super fast game and I had a good time taking several beat downs. This game emulates that feeling of playing Street Fighter so well I was wholly impressed. I sat there with this stupid smirk on my face each reading the cards, trying to out guess Jesse in the Rock/Paper/Scissors part and hoping to pull off a combo maybe.
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13. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:428] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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With all the scuttlebutt that took place with this game Jesse and I ran this next as we waited for others to wrap up their games. I will give this game another try and it's a pretty easy game to play but my initial impression is I just wants bowled over by it like so many others have been. It was just OK.
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14. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:21]
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We round up 4 players (I think others wanted to jump in but Brass only holds 4) and we gave this a try...finally. Again thanks to Jesse for having taught this one. We got screwed up in the card count by the 2nd round so we reset and started from scratch. I hope to get more plays of this in because I found this to be a very amazing game. Very very cool game.
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15. Board Game: The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:860]
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It's Saturday night so more games of this happened.
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16. Board Game: Pow Wow [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2862]
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Woooo Hooo I won. I don't do that typically in this game but every now and again someone else messes up and let's me win. It was Mike this time.
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17. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:75]
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So I'm first to arrive on Sunday and it was requested I bring my board so I did. Josephine wanted to know what it was. So we taught her the butt cheek rule and away we went. Lots of games of this got played and it was only there on Sunday.
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18. Board Game: Qwirkle Cubes [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2257]
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I think I like Qwirkle better but then again I've only played each once. So hard to say.
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19. Board Game: GOSU [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1644]
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Jason showed up with Keith's copies of this and Macao. We were 3 at this point so we tried it out. I'm kind of so-so on this. It's got some cool ideas going on certainly but Yomi was a lot more fun.
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20. Board Game: Safranito [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1531]
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I have to say I really didn't care for this one much at all. Not sure what it is about it as I like Dex games (Ascending Empires was very cool) but this game just fell flat to me.
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21. Board Game: Tribune: Primus Inter Pares [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:540]
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My MMM ended with this game and I just love it.
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22. Board Game: Autoscooter [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:6536]
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I did not see this on the list. Did not want you to forget this one. Especially since since it was my first ever win for this game. It would go on Saturday between Werewolf and Pow Wow.
 
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