Games played at London on Board 31.10.2011
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Halloween gaming!

Although I didn't see much on theme sadly. I did however see (and play) some great games!

Please add the ones I missed.

http://www.meetup.com/LondonOnBoard
http://www.londononboard.com
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1. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:495]
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First play of a game I was intrigued about. Nice enough, but seemed a little too straightforward, even for me. And too much seems to hinge on starting position, which I messed up completely. Still, a fun quick game which I'd play again.
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2. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:380] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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Kinda opposite on the weight spectrum, and a lovely theme to boot.

I really enjoyed this but as always with these types of games, it pays to know the cards inside out so lots of mistakes made, but it was fun. Tight at the top, with me and Nelson bringing up the rear...I thought I was much better at wasting money than that!
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3. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:77]
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Saw this being played. I hope you guys won. Maybe that's why my bug won't shift...
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4. Board Game: Panic Station [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3129]
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I think this got played. Don't know much about it, though..
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5. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:245]
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Would quite like to try this.
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6. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:423]
Martin G
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Seems to be one of those games that is hard to play only once, which has to be a good thing. I was Lord Vetinari in both games but went from an early win in the first to nowhere near in the second.
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7. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:307]
Martin G
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My first play with the new Iello artwork and while it's prettier, I think it's less functional. Having played 30-odd times to Sean's once and Astrid's zero, it was a bit of a whitewash...
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8. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:612]
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One 5p hand, one 8p. Fun as ever.
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9. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:39]
eryn roston
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first [insert mormon vampire twilight joke here]
second [apologize to mormons]

okay now that that's out of the way,

We played a four-player game of Eclipse over on the big table. It was a long game, but maybe not as long as other big space epics (I've not played Space Empires: 4X or Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) )

The Good:

+ Very slick design. everything makes sense, and even with the big rule book there seemed to be very little in terms of ambiguity.
+ Turns move quickly (you get one action per turn), the resource management aspect of the game is tight and tense.
+ A very tangible thematic feel of that Master of Orion experience.


Question Marks:


- Not sure yet about the balance between luck and strategy, the explore action seems to reveal some wild swings especially in the critical early phase of the game.
- Despite the victory point incentive for battles (even losing battles), our group was very tentative about initiating PvP combat -- could be a group thing or it could be a game thing.
- I'm also not sure how much room there is to maneuver. Again this could be a group think thing, as we all places our tiles down in ways to maximize our isolation from other players, and no one seemed to research much in the way of engine tech (which would allow more movement).

Overall though, a very positive experience. A game that deserves another play.
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