La Crosse BGG - Roll the Bones - Nov 2011 Game Day
Brian McCarty
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It has been traditional for game day to have a theme and this month was no exception. As part of paying out Meetup costs, it was decided a member could "sponsor" a month, and choose the theme. I was not the first to pay, but was the 1st to suggest a theme and chose "clever dice games".

I have an interesting history with dice, and remember occasions where I have rolled extremely poorly. Of course there was that game of Viking Fury where I was golden. I like dice game where you can mitigate bad rolls like with the workers in castles of Burgundy, or buying other player's dice in Troyes.

Although food at all day game day is on your own, plenty of folks bring lots of snacks and/or meals -- so a special thanks to everyone who provided nummies. Glad my cheddar potato soup went over well enough that I had leftover bagels for this morning.

I'll add my standard gameday geeklist disclaimer: games are likely not in order played.

For more information about or weekly game nights and monthly game days see http://www.meetup.com/boardgames-495/
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1. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:191]
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There was little doubt that this would get played today. We had enough people for two games, and there was the usual difficulty in choosing how to split up. I finally picked this as one of the games.
This was the fist play for both Nancy and Kevin. I had trouble getting my 4th ship (die) out, which is part of the reason I did poorly:

ETA: This was NOT Nancy's first play. It was her third. I just remember several occasions where this was played but she couldn't join in because she was already in another game

Nancy 8 (tied on Alien tech cards, wins ore tiebreaker)
Kevin 8
Mark J 6
Brian 4 (* gets teaching asterisk)
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2. Board Game: Alhambra: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3277] [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
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I knew this game existed, but it is the first time I've seen it. I'm pretty sure this game was new to everyone except Travis and Amy.

Mark K 86
Travis 82
Nate 77
Amy 69
Curt 39
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3. Board Game: Locomotive Werks [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:2986]
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I've played this 2 or 3 times before -- I don't I have ever played with 5. Similar to Power Grid in one respect -- you often find yourself $1 short (or at least I do). I thought the game would last one more round than it did and bought a design that I didn't recoup the costs for. Not that I would have won.

Nate 317
Travis 187
Brian 172
Nancy 117
Shannon / Barb 93

Barb took over for Shannon because Andrew,our youngest attendee (a few weeks old), needed attention.
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4. Board Game: Word Yahtzee [Average Rating:4.97 Overall Rank:17227]
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Some debate about whether "unarms" is a word. Amy uses her degree in a gaming situation.

Amy 262
Barb 181
Shannon 134
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5. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:275] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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I'm not sure how one scores this coop game.

Joe 4
Brittney 3
Cole 2
Andy 2
Curt 2
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6. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:298]
 
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There were no less than 4 copies of this game brought to game day.

Curt 41
Joe 35
Brittney 22
Cole 20
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7. Board Game: Powerboats [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1501]
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Nancy was originally in, but then decided there wasn't enough time to play before she left. We set up and then Derek M and his daughter Anne (Anna?) showed up. Anne lasted one race and wasn't interested in another. Jo showed up to take her place.

We messed up player order. But it didn't matter what order he started in, Travis won all 3 races. I added a die (geared up) ad a bad time in both the 2nd and 3rd races.

Travis 24
Derek M 14
Nate 13
Brian 4
Anne / Jo 3
Andy 1
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8. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:331] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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I'm glad this got played -- definitely an interesting use of dice.

Barb 10
Anne 8
Amy 6
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9. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:191]
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Curt taught this game like he saw at Origins. But he was shown nonstandard -- playing the long game (all 8 colonies) rather than the 6 colonies normally used for 4 players.

Brittney 12
Curt 9
Joe 7
Cole 3
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10. Board Game: Shut the Box [Average Rating:5.03 Overall Rank:17468]
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Used as a filler while people went to get some food. Lower is better.

Game 1
Nate 72
Travis 107

Game 2
Nate 82
Brian 100
Travis 125
Mark K 126
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11. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2466]
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Kevin's Zone Out prototype.

Game 1
Kevin 20 (wins tiebreaker)
Jace 20
Andy 17 (wins tiebreaker)
Bill 17

Game 2
Bill 23
Andy 16
Jace 15 (wins tiebreaker)
Barb 15
Kevin 14
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12. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:67]
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The game I themed the day around. Nate was in initially, but then decided he didn't have enough time to finish. Amy was an emergency backup, but we found a more willing player with Curt.
It was Curt's and Jo's first play.

Curt used the Monk (one white die to 3 yellow dice) and Sculptor (yellow pips / 3 to VP) well.
Travis had a LOT of money, but no one had Thibaut II (VP for money at end of game)

Curt 45
Brian 41
Jo 37
Travis 35
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13. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2466]
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Kevin's Public Enemy #1 prototype. I'm not sure what rule changes were implemented. Not sure if it was a “complete” game (previous plays ended early)

Barb $16,300
Mark K $5,600
Kevin $4,600
Bill $3600
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14. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1299]
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This was played but not completed.

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15. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:216]
 
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No dice in this. Early on Jace was revealed to be a spy, but who else was atopic of much debate. Spies are supposed to know who the other spies are, but some (all?) didn't know Cole was one.

I'm not quite sure who won, or who exactly was a spy (Other than Curt, Jace and Cole). Jo had trouble because she is relatively new and had hard time reading the group.

Players include the above and Brittney, Joe and Barb.
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16. Board Game: Win, Place & Show [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:2561]
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We scored games played, Win is 4pts, 2nd is 3, 3rd is 2, just playing is 1. Two player games score 2nd and 3rd. If you play a game twice only your best score is recoded.

I added bonus points based on the game
1 - has dice
2 - deeper game
3 - complex game (only Troyes qualified)

After the scores were computed, Curt recieved the most points and a "major award" of a pair of fuzzy dice, and two metal dice made by Mark K's son.

Curt also brought a huge (~6 ft) dice tower.

Brian
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