What we played at FANGcon #17 - Saturday 5th November 2011
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FANG held their 17th games day in Nottingham UK, this time at a new location The Poppy and Pint.

It was another successful day with at one point 22 people attending.

This is what was played...

Please add your games and experiences. Also please let everyone know what you thought of the venue.

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1. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:813]
Rich Chamberlain
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Phil, Steve, Mark, Mark's friend (sorry but don't remember the name), Myron, and me.

A six player game which started off wasting a lot of white cards and a lot of damage being dealt, with it seems no real plan!

Mark won playing Daniel as he was the first person killed. Unless I'm mistaken in my memory?

Oh the inhumanity!
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2. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:103]
Rich Chamberlain
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Oh I love this game.

Mark, Steve, new attendee Rich, and me.

I played Slaanesh and we used the new powers but the old events.

I had a poor game this time with Slaanesh being weirdly underpowered with the expansion. A few tricks but no real evil abilities. Tzeentch won on Dial with Khorne already over 50 points in second place.

Even a bad result in this game is better than a win on most others. Such a pleasure to play.
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3. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:269]
Rich Chamberlain
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Steve - Elves
Rich = Skaven
Andy = Human
Me = Chaos

This was my first play of the game. I expected it to be a bit more pacey but I still enjoyed it greatly. I led in points throughout the game but after the Blood Bowl was played I came third due to the Human and Elven ability to generate a lot of end game points.

The game just hung together very well - my only major gripe is that the cards are not distinct enough to tell which faction is which.

Can't wait to try this again.
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4. Board Game: Panic Station [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3128]
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5 player: John (owner), Jon, Rebecca, Steve, me.

Was very keen to try this game. I was the host from the beginning but did nothing suspicious until the Hive was revealed. I then Infected Steve, who infected John, who infected Rebecca, all in short order. In the end we called it early as a Parasite win.

After the game I read the rules to check and we played it slightly wrong when trading. which made it too easy to trade off infection cards. Ah well.

Good game, but like Battlestar etc. I find them too stressful. I need to lie down!!
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5. Board Game: Van Helsing [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:15481]
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4 player: Cat, Phil, Me, and John as Dracula.

I'll let John explain more but it ended as a Hunter win.

Not a great game, sorry to say.
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6. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:500]
Jon Simpson
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Glad I got to play this with Jen and Mark, not a bad game but maybe a little easy in the end, although I forgot to add a doom token for each of Jens deceased characters which would have shook things up a bit.

Had some bad luck at the beginning with nobody achieving any adventures but we finally won with only 4 doom tokens to go (should have been two)


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7. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:785]
Matt Pritchard
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Played this with Mark, Chris, Rebecca and Really sorry I've forgotten who the 5th player was.
I quite liked it, even though Rebecca stole all my money
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8. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:957] [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
Matt Pritchard
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loads of people played 1 round as a filler, it was good to play basic saboteur again
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9. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1478]
Matt Pritchard
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This was good fun, I think I came second because I didn't bother going for the variety bonus. We played 2 games because we all got trapped insideon the first try.
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10. Board Game: Caribbean [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2890]
John Watts
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A game i really enjoy for its' simplicity, strategy and sheer random fun!

I didn't have any English rules on me but, well, i didn't need them because i remembered all four. Embarrassingly, i kind of won as a bit of a run away pirate or an old sea dog if you prefer.

Ha harr?
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11. Board Game: Assyria [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1481]
Michael Milford
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An excellent game that I was very pleased to have played. Best game on the day.

The 4 players were Dave, Andy, Chris and myself. Thanks to Chris for bringing it and explaining the rules. Andy was leading in the first half, but I somehow managed to win by 1 point ahead of Chris.
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12. Board Game: Assyria [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1481]
Chris Flux
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Played this with Dave Mike and Andy.

A good solid game with a lot of choices to make and no where near enought time to do everything you want to. Hope to play it again at another Fang

Mike won this time (but only by one point )

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13. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:276]
Michael Milford
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An interesting and very quick play card game that has 2 different phases of bidding for things.

Played by Andy, Chris and myself. Thanks Andy for bringing it, and this was the second game I was playing for the first time and won!
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14. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:215] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
Michael Milford
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This was a 5-player game with 3 extra expansions added in. (Can someone list the 3 expansions that were included?)

I thought that Phil and Cat were well ahead at the end, but it was Phil who had a very convincing lead and won with well over 100 points. Congratulations to Phil. And I was pleasantly surprised to find I was second just ahead of Cat (was it 84 and 83 points?).
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15. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:48]
Michael Milford
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Played as a 6-player game. This is a very good card drafting game.

This time my luck ran out and I was last.

Regarding the new venue - lots of thumbs up, agree with all of Steven's comments, and thanks again Rich for organising this event.
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16. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:231] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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We tried to work this with seven players, but Mark decided to sit out and read his Daily Mail (which he was very quick to tell us he only buys for the TV guide).

And despite Phil protesting throughout that he's always last, all six of us finished within a few points of each other.

(in addition to Phil, there was also Cat and Darrell, but I'm afraid I don't know the names of the other two players)
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17. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:153]
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Mark's game, with Andrew, Darrell, Jen and myself. To quote Andrew :

andrew_zz wrote:
Was given a master class of how to play by Mark (who won).


Remember, "it's not a war game."

And I predicted / influenced a 1 in 1,296 dice roll. At which point, I may have laughed maniacally, so my apologies if I disturbed anyone.
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18. Board Game: Carcassonne: 10 Year Special Edition [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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Phil, Cat and I played Carcassonne with Inns & Cathedrals and the 10 year mini expansion included.

My determination to play aggressively and not make helpful suggestions to the other players as well as trying to ensure Phil's biggest city didn't score by putting a cathedral on the edge of it, failed spectacularly! When Cat notched up successive cloisters and Phil’s huge cities and tactical blocking of my farmers I was lapped on the score board. Phil took a mighty victory, Cat was storming behind and I just managed to not embarrass myself!

I always think I should feel guilty that I enjoy this game so much, it appearing too simplistic or somehow not worthy, but I don't care.
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19. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:265]
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I've already tried to add this once and for some reason the geek decided not to include it yuk

Anyway, Dave and I were at a loose end at the start and wanted to play something quick and light whilst we waited for others to arrive. King of Tokyo a good choice. The first game was over pretty quickly with Dave being victorious as usual. Then we were joined by a couple of others for a game.. and Dave won again having ended up going to-to-toe with me and winning as last monster standing.


I played another game of it later with Cat and Phil. It was Phil's first experience of the game and, as he always seems to do well with gambling games, proceeded to batter me and Cat. More importantly it was Cat's second time playing this game. The first time she played was at the previous FANGcon and she fell foul of this games one failing... she was knocked out almost immediately and had nothing to do but watch in frustration. I'm happy to say that the game we played this time was far more balanced and she survived longer than I did to have a much better experience.

I do like this game as a quick, light and fun filler.
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