Games played at London on Board 01.11.2011
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Tonight's theme was Shiny New Toys, so we were encouraged to bring/play new games from Essen or older games which are new to you. A good few games on-theme and a healthy smattering of old favourites. Also nice to see some new faces. As a point of interest, good to see (in person) the 1000th person to sign up to LoB!

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1. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:380] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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Soren - Good worker placement, engine building game. A bit complex to learn with the many different cards and quite hard to match all the different options for an efficient money burning engine. That wife and big mansion I started out with looked promising but turned out to be pretty inefficient and inflexible while Edward and Sadie spent money like the United States of Greece and Italy. .....
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2. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:171]
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Soren - Good worker placement, puzzle game. Played with 2 inexperienced (and 2 experienced) gamers as it is supposed to be lighter than Dungeon Lords. It is simpler and more streamlined to learn/teach and play, but it is definitely still a gamer's game with many rules and hard decisions. I do not recommend to play this with inexperienced gamers - it is still too much.
Sadie - Dungeon Pets was a little more challenging that I was expecting and didn't get enough time to finish it but bearing in mind it was the first time we were playing it don't think we did that bad!
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3. Board Game: Galactic Destiny [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:9249]
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Lena - finally found people willing to give Galactic Destiny a try - and it was well worth it. Now let's just hope we'll manage to actually finish a game next time.
Andrzej - Galactic Destiny just turned out to be the best game ever, even though its rulebook is the most convoluted thing on the planet.
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4. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:66]
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Chris - My second game of BSG was had and we had a great time getting rather stressed over running from the cursed Cylons. If ever there was a game that is certain to raise one's ire during play, it is BSG!
Paul A - great game of BSG. thxs all for playing it. Although I'm probably the worst human player ever, managed to shoot the pegasus twice and mixup green and blue skill cards. I blame the dodgy lighting lol. was all very entertaing though.
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5. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:423]
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Dominic - Got to play a Discworld character that wasn't one of the Lords, but still lost.
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6. Board Game: Panic Station [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3129]
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Dominic - Slight misunderstanding of the rules that I couldn't ask about mean I lost at Panic Stations also, although it was a good game.
Russel - interesting premise although the humans won very easily. and I note there is a newer set of rules available which might clear up some of the confusion we had.
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7. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:573]
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Roger - My understanding of SHA has hugely improved.
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8. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:500]
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Roger - Not hugely impressed by Elder Sign but I think it would be great with scenario "a la MoM".
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9. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:269]
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Roger - a treat BB:TM which I lost and therefore lead to the prompt execution of all the member of the Orc team! Vacancies now available!
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10. Board Game: The Climbers [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1135]
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Me - thanks to Jonathon for teaching. A fun, quick and light game but with some tricky decisions to make.
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11. Board Game: Strozzi [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1952]
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Me - not come across this before. Thanks to Russell showing us the ropes. Interesting bidding game, have to play again to see how much variation there is.
Russell - Strozzi, which worked surprisingly well with three.
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12. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:48]
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Me - a quick romp through 7 Wonders - deviated from my usual 'science' strategy (RH player nicked them all!) and didn't do as well as last time.
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13. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1020]
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Me - always a laugh.
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14. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:612]
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Me - Usual 'closer' of 6 Nimmt - can't fault it, what else can I say?
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15. Board Game: Origins: How We Became Human [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:2958]
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Courtesy of Robin ... we never had a hope of finishing, and I was a bit tired so made some dumb mistakes and forgot stuff. Apologies to my fellow players. Still, it went much better and faster than our previous game. The central strategies and problems are becoming clearer. I escalated out of Era I (stone age) too fast and got mired, unable to make much headway. Entering Era III requires good energy sources and is real tough. Fighting each other in the early part of the game is counterproductive. Being enslaved isn't that bad (in game terms, of course).
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