Sacramento Boardgamers meetup at Great Escape Games (11/05/2011)
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On a blustery afternoon, a baker's dozen or so boardgamers jostled w/ the miniatures crowd in the back warehouse at Great Escape games. I was only there for the early part of the afternoon. I am sure lots more gaming broke out once my carcass was dragged out of the premises. Please fill in with games, names, and claims to fame. For more information about gaming in the Sacramento, CA. area, please visit:

http://www.meetup.com/sacramento-boardgamers/
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1. Board Game: Urban Sprawl [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1436]
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Semi-local game company GMT and designer-in-residence Chad Jensen continue to gain plenty of fan-love here in Sacto. Richard B. was eager to bust out the latest and greatest from Chad. Aaron and I joined in the fun.

The good: unlike Dominant Species' raft of actions, each player plays in turn and there are two basic actions: use Action Points to obtain permits or building contracts; and build buildings and reap benefits thereof. The mechanics and gameflow are rock solid.

The bad: Unlike Dominant Species where the available dominance cards are on the table before each turn, Urban Sprawl's event cards are randomly dispersed throughout the decks. Makes it real hard to plan or assess a cost/benefit to an action.

I got crunched by a tax bill of about 24 that in refusing to pay, cost prestige and wiped out my residences.

Talking w/ Richard, it seems that one needs to go big to get political offices (I was going cheap) and to really leverage the political game. I'll try it again, but I'm not in love the way I was after my first (and subsequent) plays of Dominant Species.

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Aaron: 172
Davido: 122
 
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2. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:388]
 
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Jean and Scott joined two others (RJ?) for placing workers way out West.
 
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3. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:307]
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Played by Afshin, Matt, Frank, and Marcus
 
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4. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:604]
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Mary brought in this classic. I know and love China, but have never played the original. Thus it killed me to see this on the table while I was involved w/ Urban Sprawl. Matt, Frank, and Marcus were the other players.
 
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5. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:236]
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Phil, Afshin, and 2 others (RJ?) played the most recent version of Sackson's classic finance game.
 
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6. Board Game: Parthenon: Rise of the Aegean [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3117]
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David M., Jean, Scott, and Darrel were going Greek as I left.
 
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7. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:208]
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Played by Phil, Afshin, Nathan and Mike.
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8. Board Game: Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:6158]
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Played a game of Yu-Gi-Oh! with Brian, who won.
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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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Richard got the new card game version of Blood Bowl from FFG to the table. Also played by Brian, Aaron and myself. I won with the humans.

Pretty good game. Of the three new small, square box games from FFG that I've played (Elder Sign and Rune Age being the other two), I think Blood Bowl: Team Manager is the best of the lot.
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10. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:358]
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I'm not sure who all played this (Mary, Matt, DavidM and Scott, I think).
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11. Board Game: Nicht die Bohne! [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:2857]
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Played by Jean, Scott, DavidM, Marcus, and I. Won by Scott who had a big last round to win by a comfortable margin.
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12. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:22]
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Played by Frank, Jean, Darryl, myself, and Ed, who joined after the miniatures groups had finished up for the night. Won narrowly by Jean over Ed and I.
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13. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:469]
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I think the Taj Mahal group played this to finish their night.
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14. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:151]
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Played by the Puerto Rico group (minus Ed) to finish their night. First time Frank had played this Reiner K classic. Jean won w/ 58 pts.
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15. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:1859]
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David O. and I played a quick game of this press-your-luck dice hucker while waiting for others to arrive. A couple of lucky throws got me to 13 as David shotgunned out trying to tie it up.
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