What Did You Play This Weekend? 11.07.11
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Greetings fellow geeks! It's Monday! The weekend is now over, and as we toil at our assorted labors, we should recount our past weekend gaming exploits.

So, all you weekend gamers, bring your mini-session reports and stories of weekend gaming greatness, as you pop in here to answer the question:
What did you play this weekend?

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1. Board Game: Nefarious [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2215]
JonnyRotten
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This weekend was an awesome weekend for gaming. My wife and kids all went to visit her brother in TN, so I took Friday off from work, and celebrated Mancation 2011. My wife gave me money for groceries, which went almost entirely to buying Brats, beer, and pizza. Several of my friends also happened to take vacation Friday as well, so I ponied up a game order for a couple new goodies, and I relaxed and gamed all weekend.

2011-11-03 Thursday night, my buddy Dee came over, and we got in a couple quick games before calling it a night.
Eaten By Zombies!
The Spoils

2011-11-04 We started the first official day of my 2011 Mancation off with a big Sausage Gravy and biscuit breakfast. Dee, Matt, and JasonC came over around 8AM, we broke our fasts, and then started it off with a rousing game of:
Dungeon Lords - First game of the day, and start of my winning streak! During this game, my doorbell rang, and there was a pack containing...
Railways of the World - This game, which I had ordered just for this occasion. I can't wait to play it more!
Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game - During Railways, another friend showed up, so we played LNOE. I was the zombies.
Innovation - We wrapped up with this. Which was my first (i think) win of this game, out of all of my plays.

2011-11-05 Saturday my buddy Earl and I went to Sages, I played a couple more of my newer games, and a few other gems.
Kingdom Builder - ehhhhhhh. It was fun. Not bad by any means. Felt like Through The Desert to me.
Nefarious x2 - I am in love with this. I can't wait for it to be sold over here!
Agricola
Mord im Arosa x 2 - So much fun!
Undermining - First play, light fun game. Look forward to playing this with my family.
The Ares Project - Oh god, we only played the basic game, but, I AM IN LOVE.

2011-11-06
Unpublished Prototype x6 - On our way back from Sages, Earl and I brainstormed a game idea that made us both really excited. So Sunday morning we prototyped it up, and had a couple friends over. We played 6 games of it, and it is REALLY GOOD. I can't wait to try it with more players at our next game day.
Blood Bowl: Team Manager - The Card Game
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2. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:510]
Jon Enns
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Friday:
I played 3 games of Mexican Train with my mom. Then Melissa and Seb came home for the weekend and we played a game of Cartagena.

Saturday:
I taught Seb Hellas and he loved it! He asked to play again 2 more times. He whooped me each and every time. No wonder he loved it. whistle Next I taught him Coloretto. This, too, he loved (even though he did not win the first 2 games). He wanted more so we played till we had best out of 5. He could not believe how a game this good could play in 10 minutes. I am certainly liking this thing of having a potential son-in-law who is becoming so enthralled with board games. Way to go, Seb! By the way, he won the best out of 5. In the evening we played Tobago with Melissa joining in and,... surprise, surprise, 2 more games of Coloretto with her as well.

Sunday:
On Sunday that nice little Seb-boy learned how to play Space Hulk with me. Again, he liked it and wants to try another mission next time. Then we played one more game of Coloretto. Later Melissa joined us for Mamma Mia and then Darlene joined us all for Ticket to Ride. (I am so impressed with you, little wife!)


An awesome weekend with 19 games played.


Edited to add missing board game links.
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3. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:253]
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I put up the only game I actually won on Saturday. But we also played the following:

Coloretto. I'm not a huge fan but it's an OK game.

Niagara I'm terrible at this. I lost both canoes over the falls on a single turn.

Gem Dealer Always love this one - fast and with outrageous reversals of fortune.

Perudo Fun game, but I'm not too good at it.
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4. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:590]
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Not a lot of gaming this weekend. Friday night with the guys, only four of us were there, so I got to try out my 2nd edition Homesteaders for the first time. They started complaining about having to learn new rules again, blah blah blah, but after three turns, they were already discussing what they would do differently the next time. It is a pretty quick game, but it's tough deciding what to build each turn, or when to pass. I lost, because I couldn't come up with the resources I needed to get the better buildings, but it's very fun, will definitely be playing this game more. And the new edition's components are great, they definitely made up for the first edition.

After that, we played Railways of the World on the Eastern US map for the first time. I took an early lead and ended up winning, though it got pretty close at the end. If the game went a few more turns, I may have lost it. I think this map is too big for only 4 players though, I want to give it a try with 6.

On Sunday, my wife and I went to my parent's house and took the dogs to the dog park again. Then we played a game of At the Gates of Loyang. I thought they were ready to move up from Ticket to Ride, and figured this would be a simple enough one for them. They didn't do too badly, but I'm not sure they're quite ready. About halfway through they got it and could start doing the turns on their own, but I'm not sure they'll be able to effectively recognize the cards that are best for their situation or be able to make an overall strategy without a lot more plays. And I'm not too sure this is a game they want to play a lot, especially as long as this first game took. Oh well, I tried. They'll be happy when I bring over the new Ticket to Ride map pack next time.
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5. Board Game: Star Trek: Fleet Captains [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:481]
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Sunday

First play of this game. Kind of strange, in that my opponent managed to wind up with the maximum number of ships for a 10-point game (five) and I wound up with the fewest possible (two). As was pretty much expected; there was a lot of referring to the rulebook for many a minor quibble--some of which were easily resolved and some not so much. As it turned out, every time one of us built an installation, it was in a place where it wasn't allowed.

Somehow, I didn't think there would be much in the way of combat at first; fortunately, that turned out to not be the case. As I had two large ships sticking together the whole time, it was quite easy to pick on (or should I say pick off) his smaller vessels.

All in all; it was quite the good game. Definitely looking forward to trying it again.

This Saturday is my birthday; and the folks have decided to host a "family game night". First instinct had my mind reeling with possibilities; however (un?)common sense kicked in and said "don't try for TOO much; keep it simple in the hopes that this will be the START of something better". Here's hoping.
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6. Board Game: The City [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1858]
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We played only 2 games on Sunday:
7 Wonders x2
The City x2
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7. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1241]
Gregory Amstutz
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Chula Vista
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So this was a light weekend, as it was only Erik, Michelle, and I. We started with 2 games of The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac. The first was a learning game, which shouldn't count - just as well, as I lost. Of course, I lost the second game as well. (Michelle won) Then we played a game of Ticket to Ride which, after several recounts of the scores, I actually won. We ended with a trip back in time, so to speak, with a game of the travel version of Catan, which we hadn't played in a long time. Michelle won that one, so Erik ended up being the only one to get skunked.
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8. Board Game: Mansions of Madness [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:304] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
Ryan DeLano
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Another fantastic gaming weekend for me, starting on Friday where I brought Penny Arcade: The Game – Gamers vs. Evil and Mansions of Madness to the office. We played the Penny Arcade game twice. Little do they realize I'm using it as a gateway game to further deckbuilding with them! The first game I mercilessly slaughtered them. The second game I was not so fortunate, and all the Bat Milk and Touchweiners in the world couldn't help me.

We then dove into the Mansions of Madness. I chose the first scenario, making different story choices than my previous playthrough, in an attempt to see just how different the same story could be with those different choices. The investigators split up early on, and I spent the early game grabbing mythos and trauma cards. When the maniac struck, ol' Harvey Walters cast his spell at it, and set the foyer on fire. That particular move ended up doing a lot of damage to everyone, and was further compounded when a flaming zombie burst out of another room and set the hallway on fire. Since my goal was to kill two investigators, it didn't take long to achieve. In the end they had only found one clue, and a lot of fire.

I then played a quick game of Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game on Saturday, playing and losing as chaos for the first time. The game was still a lot of fun, and I can't wait for the inevitable expansions.

Lastly, Sunday night I got in another game of Mansions of Madness. This time, I chose scenario 2. Having watched the awesome "Watch It Played" series of videos for this scenario, I had a heads up on what I needed to do. Early on, I summoned a shoggoth, and had him hold down the chapel while I summoned more cultists and moved them in pairs towards the chapel as well. Joe Diamond walked up to the shoggoth and used his once per game ability to one-shot it. Sadness.

Not all was lost, though. An event card popped up which allowed all my cultists to move one space, and they were all one space away from the chapel! Cthonian to the rescue! I just had to hold out for 4 turns, but the investigators could steal the win from me if they had the final clue when that time ran out. The cthonian finished off Harvey easily enough, but couldn't catch Joe. Fortunately for me, he had 0 sanity, so I fished for trauma and found what I needed. On the last turn, just before the final event was revealed, I played my final trauma card. Joe Diamond turned his gun on himself, and ended the game.
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9. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:15]
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We had one of our occasional all-day gaming extravaganzas on Saturday. I got to play 5 games--4 of which were new to me and 3 of which were ones I'd really been wanting to try.

First up was The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game. It was a first game for three of the four of us, so we played the middle quest that comes with the base game. I liked it quite a bit. Now I have to decide if I want to go down the slippery slope of buying this and the insane number of expansions it has.

And don't tell me I don't have to buy any of the expansions, because if you say that, you've obviously never met me... That's a whole lotta money for some cards.

Then we played The Castles of Burgundy--a solid game. There was some really great stuff going on. Going last SUCKS.

It seems that most of the hype is due to the fact that it's questionable whether it'll be released here in the States. I liked it enough to definitely buy it if it does come here, but not enough to pay crazy prices to buy a copy of the German version.

Then we played a quick game of Take 5!--the Hornochsen! version. It was a fun, fast game.

After that we played three games of our beloved Time's Up!. So much fun.

And to finish off the night, we got in a game of Asara. I really liked this. It's fast and fun and a Kramer/Kiesling game. Score.

Great day.
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10. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:67]
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I had a few more days of holiday to use up, so I had a longer weekend than usual and managed to get in a bit more gaming.

Troyes--surprised myself by winning my first three-player game (it felt much more cut-throat with three than two players)

Piquet--I had a repique in the first hand and my g/f a pique in the sixth, and the difference in value of those two scores was exactly the difference in the final score, all very close and tense

Lost Cities--another win for me, even though I don't think I played very well

Caylus Magna Carta (new game, two plays)--lost and drew (both two players); the first time I was left with an impression of an OK filler that I'd be happy to play again but not much more; after the second I started to think that I might end up buying the original Caylus blush

Original Arkham Horror--this was another difficult time for the investigators, all eight making an appearance before Arkham was saved (the Abyss and R'lyeh were particularly lethal)

Ming Dynasty (new game)--not bad; lost but scores fairly close and I know I made a couple of point-costing blunders

Age of Industry--another loss on the German map but again pretty close and I was more satisfied with my play this time than I was in a drawn game a week or so ago

Thebes--my g/f had her first win in a three-player game of this; extremely pleased with herself and probably more so at also beating my son, who's generally a rather better board-game player than I am

Good "weekend".
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11. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:26]
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It's been on my wishlist just based on recommendations and comments on here, but Friday a friend brought his brand new copy over and I was able to give it a try.

I loved it, and it will remain a must have on my wishlist. There were 3 of us playing: J, owner of the game; S, host for the evening, and me.

It was S and I's first time playing, and we both enjoyed it.

We played a few others Friday as well.

Forbidden Island - I picked this up at NY Comic-Con a few weeks ago but hadn't had a chance to play it. S had. We liked it. J doesn't like co-op. That remained.

Tanto Cuore- J could not get past the theme. But he did like the gameplay. Fun was had by all.

RoboRally - How can you not have fun?

Slide 5 - ...I am not good at this game.
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12. Board Game: Helvetia [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1131]
Alan Goodrich
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Friday:
Helvetia
Urban Sprawl

Sunday:
Urban Sprawl
Cannes: Stars, Scripts, and Screens
Helvetia
Biblios

A rather full weekend which focused on two new games. Urban Sprawl is still going strong; I played a 2 player game on Friday night, and a 4 player game on Sunday afternoon. Playing with 4 was fun, but it did feel more chaotic than the 2er. With fewer turns, the events can hit harder, and you'll only have a crack at about a quarter of the cards (as opposed to half). We had a lot of fun, and everyone liked it enough to play again, but all were pretty much agreed it's not as deep (or brain-burn inducing) as Dominant Species. The 2er on Friday night confirmed the only problem playing with that number, namely that both players need to be on their toes, or runaway leader is definitely a possibility. A good game, the enjoyment of which comes primarily from seeing how the myriad cards will interact and finding ways to make them do what you need, but my interest is cooling.

The other main game of last week was Helvetia, my most-wanted game from this year's Essen. The theme seemed intriguing, and the mechanic of intermarrying genuinely fresh; furthermore, it's a Matthais Cramer design, and he's a designer I've had my eye on since Glen More took me by surprise at the beginning of the year. In the game, you are in charge of a small village that can grow and develop based on building new buildings, delivering goods, and marrying your people. The game is fast, in that you take one of five actions and then pass the turn on (with a bonus action possible). You use meeples split equally between both genders - the only way for you to get more meeples is for other players to marry into your village, forming couples that can then produce babies. The babies, after waiting a round in the school, then come back to the village on the subsequent turn as workers. You can also marry your own idle villagers (or the schoolers) off to opponents, letting you use the building they marry into. Resources are produced "just in time," that is, you can flip any standing meeple of your color down to claim the function of the house he is on - normally this means producing something, or upgrading a product, or trading one product for another. Thus, you can concentrate on building houses in your own town to use (with fewer workers to marry off) or build less on your own turf and send your extra meeples to opponents' huts to work there. There are many ways to obtain VPs, most of which reward who does something first, while some (like the bonus actions) shift back and forth. First to 20vp ends the game, and then highest score wins.

So far, we've only played with 2, and the games have been tight. The main attraction of the game for me is all the shifting, and all the shared benefits. You need a worker in a building you don't have? No problem, just marry into someone else's - but then they have a couple that can get them a new worker. Need to wake up (re-stand) all your used workers, so they can produce again? Not hard to do, but waking up your workers also wakes up everyone else's in the same area (spouses, natch), so you can be streamlining an opponents' play. Do you take an action that's not so beneficial just to keep the extra action (and VP) for yourself, or let it shift to your adversary? There are many subtle timing issues and interactions in this game, with many paths to a win, all of which seem pretty balanced (a plus in this type of game). Do you build out your village to 10 buildings first for the (fairly large) bonus, or stay small and concentrate on delivering? Do you use your buildings to deliver goods, perhaps raking in those bonuses, or do you build VP buildings? You can mix and match many strategies - what your opponent is up to will determine a lot. I'd really recommend this game to anyone who likes medium to heavy Euros, it is one of the best of the past few years. It plays great with 2, although I'm guessing 3 is really the sweet spot.
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13. Board Game: Thunderstone: Dragonspire [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:641] [Average Rating:7.37 Unranked]
Skaboy Green
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well this weekend was another meetup and after party
B.L.O.C. 11/05/2011 and the after party at A.P. Haven
started off with Thunderstone: Dragonspire played the base setup cards
and I won
Eminent Domain was the hot new game of the night and i got 2 plays in myself
I enjoyed it and want another shot without playing against a ringer

Hive i taught this to a person and think i hooked them on it
i am totally loving this game and since it is quick always want to play a few
new game to always be in my back pack

then we moved to the after party at "A.P. Haven
4 of us sat down to play Thurn and Taxis while the food was being decided the game was ok and i will most likely play some more
Atlantis this game seems more aimed at kids
it was so so
Panic Station
even tho i as the host/1st infested won by either investing r getting them killed off
i wasnt really impressed
of course i also dont really care for coop or coop traitor games
Hey, That's My Fish! finshed off the night with 2 plays of this
which i won both
not sure how but andy didnt manage to beat me
I am looking forward to a game packed weekend at u-con http://www.ucon-gaming.org/

then we have a open weekend since great oak has moved to thanksgiving weekend for some post turkey day gaming
i think erik just wants a place to get rid of his leftovers


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14. Board Game: Railways Through Time [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Pat Wells
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It was an UGLY rainy Sunday. I went up to the FLGS to see is there was any open gaming going on. One of the regulars asked if I was interested in trying out the latest expansion to Railways of the World. "Sure, but you are going to have to teach me the rules of the basic game first!" was my answer. A short briefing later, we were off with the "Industrial Age", "Stone Age" "Ancient Egypt" and "Medieval England" as our four maps. I started off in the Industrial Age, the other guys were starting in Ancient Egypt & Medieval England. Trying to learn a new game system with two who were trying to figure out the strategy of the new maps made for an interesting game. Finished to game in 2nd place about 8 points behind the leader.

We moved on and played a game on the basic Eastern US map. Did better on this one, actually had a significant lead on the winner of the first game. I was trying to close out cities to end the game with this lead, but kept getting stymied The guy that was trailing badly kept urbanizing the gray cities, delay the end game. 2nd place at the moment kept smiling and making 6 point cargo runs. This happened 4 turns in a row. Ended losing by 12. All in all, a nice way to spend a rainy afternoon.
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15. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:171]
Richard Ham
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Got Dungeon Petz this weekend, and we absolutely LOVED it. LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT! Can't rave about this game enough. The rewards for long term planning are fantastic, the unpredictability of the pets themselves is charming and exciting, and the theme is absolutely amazing. We spent quite a bit of time scouring over all the little art details scattered liberally throughout the game. There's even some little imps playing Dungeon Lords in one corner. Fantatic!

What's even cooler is the sense of story this game engenders. Every time we revealed our pets need cards, we told them as a unique tale of what our pet did that day. "Well, he ate, and ate, and ate, and unfortunately he got constipated, no poo. This put him in a very bad mood, so he tried to escape, but Bob over here wrangled him back into his cage. And now he's feeling a bit under the weather and is quite sad". And my wife felt so guilty every time she had to put a "dispair" cube on a pet.

Just top notch on every level. If I had one complaint, it would be that the game seems to be designed for AP. Sometimes you get almost 20 cards to assign to your pets, and that can take quite a bit of thinking. But it's good thinking, cause it's a great game.


Drako: Dragon & Dwarves

We were already fans of this designer after his K2 last year, and I was very curious about his sophomore effort. Turns out, it's another fantastic game. We played it twice, with me being the dwarves both times. First time, Jen didn't quite understand how defensive she has to be at the dragon, and I beat her pretty handily. But the 2nd time, she was much more on the ball, and the game came down in the end to an incredibly tense stand off. We'd cornered the beast, it was on it's last legs, but it could still breath fire, no problem. I had moved in my last two dwarves to finish it, but one of them got burned alive. And finally, with my last card of the deck, I played a single 1 point attack, and the dragon was out of shields. Literally down to the wire, very dramatic ending.

Overall just a really clever system, that feels quite like K2's card management, but with non-stop action. Can't wait to see what Adam Kaluza comes up with next - consider me a fan!


JAB: Realtime Boxing
Wow! This was a surprise hit. I thought for sure that Jen would HATE this because of the theme, which she has active disdain for. But the gameplay itself is so fresh and fun that she actually liked it quite a bit. Also, she wants to keep it because she feels it's good brain training for her, since it exercises her grey matter in a way she's not at all used to.

2 games played. I smoked her on the first one, because I was able to go for combos in addition to everything else, which was too overwhelming for her. In the 2nd game, we took combos out, and she did much better, actually eeking out a win. Very very cool!


Rune Age

Played 3 games, and we liked it quite a bit. Very solid deck builder with some great new ideas thrown in (especially like the notion of spending resources to hold on to cards for future turns - very smart, almost makes the entire game right there). We only played the standard scenario, and the first two times, we both lost, which was surprising. Finally, on the 3rd attempt, I got much more aggressive about deck culling, and pulled off a win.

A lot of people complain about the lack of variety, and I can see where they're coming from, but 1) I'm sure there'll be expansions (this is FF we're talking about), and 2) in the meantime, I suspect one could make some really killer variants by mixing and matching the neutral cards and scenario cards. It's a shame the designer hasn't weighed in with suggestions, but there's already players working out new good combinations, and I suspect we'll join in too, in time, since this is definitely a keeper!


Quarriors!

Ugh, we did not get this one. I know it's one of the darlings of the year, but it just didn't click with us. We played it 4 times in total, but we didn't quite finish the 4th game, which is saying something, since it's such a short game.

I think it was the double whammy of luck of the draw, plus luck of the roll that got to us. From game to game, each of us would go on horrible streaks of bad roll after bad roll, and the other would just clean up. I suppose given enough time, we might figure out how to mitigate this, and I definitely expect with more players it would have been better, but with just the 2 of us, every decision and outcome just felt kind of "meh".

Great dice though, lovely art, and clearly there's something wrong with us, since so many other people dig it deeply. But into the trade pile it goes...
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16. Board Game: Twixt [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1681]
James Midkiff
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Finally got around to trying out this recent thrift store find on Sunday morning. Played a few times with the Fiance. It was quite fun and seems to have quite a bit of strategy hiding in a simple package, though first player seems to have advantage. This one should get a fair amount of play.

Went to my usual game night in the evening. After waiting around a little we got in a few rounds of Poison which I had not played before and enjoyed.

After eating, I finally got the group to play Power Grid. We played the Germany side, 6 players. I started off well but reached for nuke too soon and got left behind by my friend who snatched up the wind turbines. I finished in second place. Fun times, but really fast stage 3 with that many players.
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17. Board Game: No Peace Without Spain! The War of the Spanish Succession 1702-1713 [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:3510] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Just back from our Halloween weekend (already reported upon by
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There, we played 2 de Mayo x3 (all three French victories, although the last was a very shallow one indeed). Still figuring out the Spanish, we are. We also played 2-player games of Dungeon Petz and Galaxy Trucker & had a one-on-one "session" of our roleplay campaign (see below). Thank God for a sleeping, non-vomiting baby .

On Friday, I continued my NPWS solo game & prepared a bit for my epic-intended Legend of the Five Rings (1st Edition) session.

Saturday, I continued the Friday stuff, finishing the NPWS game in a Major Bourbon victory and storytelling the L5R session. As I believe in "eigen lof stinkt", I will let my players comment on that (if they find this geeklist & are willing to do so. And want the additional XP that a praiseful comment would earn them).

Sunday, I relaxed by going to the Achtste Eindhovense OorlogsDag. Playing NPWS with
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. NPWS was a minor defeat for me, Maria we left unfinished as it was time to go home. My Prussia seemed strong there, but France was similarly strong and I have seen Austria get back from worse situations.

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for the lack of time to play Squad Leader. For another time :/

Game week of the year!
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18. Board Game: Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1060]
Mark Paul
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Saturday night played two rounds.

Warhammer:Invasion- Three great rounds.

Race for the Galaxy- Not my cup of tea, but played a round that was interesting.
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19. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:345]
John Di Ponio
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Lake Orion
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Well, it was going to be a Sergeants Miniatures Game: Day of Days weekend but the guys slated to play had a change of plans so I searched through the game pile and my son mentioned that he would like to learn Earth Reborn so we had at it! Actually, after not playing this for a while, it all came back to me pretty quickly. My son enjoyed playing and really enjoyed beating me!
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20. Board Game: Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:139]
Scott Henshaw
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East Bridgewater
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My first play of this newer GMT block game and I loved it. Lots to do, not a lot of time, tough decisions, hand management, bluffing, fighting and just plain goodness abounds.
Our first game went, with rules explanation and set up, under three hours. This makes it a weeknight game and moves it up on the playable scale.
Looking forward to my next play, hopefully this week!
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21. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:48]
Bob Pony
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San Jose
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Hey there, just stumbled upon this list while browsing BGG.

Had a great weekend for gaming. Saturday was my first visit to a Bay Area Gaming Day, and it was terrific!

I'm pretty new to the gaming community. My only other experiences with group gaming have been gaming nights at another BGG'rs home (great!) and an open game night at the FLGS (not great at all). So I wasn't sure what to expect at the gaming day. Would it be all cliques? Would I get to play any games at all? Are these people weird?

I was there thirty seconds when I was invited into a game of Acquire. Awesome. I've only played this a few times (and told them so), and made a few noobie mistakes in strategy. But the guys were really patient and helpful. Tim, John, and I think it was Rick - thanks for welcoming me in and starting my day off well.

We were about to start a different game when someone grabbed our table (always leave someone at the table, lol). So I wandered over to the other tables to see what everyone was playing and two guys stopped me and asked if I wanted to play a game. Wow, what a difference from my night at the FLGS. I'd brought 7 Wonders, so we pulled that out. Tim joined, and he, Robert, and Karlo and I played two rounds of 7 Wonders. Robert hadn't played before but caught on fast. Karlo was a ringer and beat us all both games. Another good group of guys. This is fun.

Ran outside to take part in the math trade (I won a bundle of three games), and walked back in to find Robert and two new people sitting at the table. One was holding Eminent Domain, which I'd just played at our game group this week. I said 'Hey, Eminent Domain!' and they replied 'Do you know it? Want to join and help teach us how to play?'. Wow, of course I do!

The new folks were Kim and Mike, and only Kim and I had played it before. We stumbled a bit I think in explaining the rules, but got the idea across, and ran through the game. I tried a different strategy with the game this time (heavy military) and really regretted not having better research and colony cards in my deck. Everyone else went research/colony, so there were few opportunities for me to follow play and leverage my cards. And I didn't pick up the shiny buffed tech cards until the game was all but over. I got stomped, but had fun playing around with a new strategy.

Mike had brought Glen More, which I'd read about and almost won in an auction last month. We grabbed that, and a new guy (Ken) joined the four of us to play. Only Kim had played this one before, so it was another case of most everyone learning the game from scratch. This was a fun game, I really like building mechanics and tile games. It took me a little bit to translate the rules into action, but after a few turns I got it (with lots of advice/help from everyone). Very close game, I think it was Robert that eeked out the victory (he, Mike and I were all within a couple of points). There are so many ways to score in this game, it's really hard to tell who's in the lead. And the trade off between which tile to take vs your place in the turn order was really interesting. And there's whiskey! I really liked this game.

When Glen More ended I looked at the clock - it was six pm. I'd started at ten that morning, my wife had been texting me throughout the afternoon hoping I'd come home, so I said bye to everyone, packed up my games, and headed home. What a great day. I went in wondering if I'd find anyone to play a game with, and left having crammed games into every minute and meeting lots of fun new people. A game I brought made it to the table, and I even got to help teach a new game to others. I had terrific fun and didn't feel nooby at all. Thanks to everyone there for making me feel so welcome!

To cap the weekend off we had a friend over for dinner Sunday night, and taught him 7 Wonders. Tasty dinner, fun gaming, and lots of time just chatting and getting caught up.

It was a great gaming weekend!
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22. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:208]
Jeffrey L.
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Played a 3 player game with my sons, age 12 and 10. The 12 year old creamed us. He is very crafty and has figured out how to beat us every time. We've only played a few times, but he has won every game. I'm going to need to go with a new strategy to get a victory under my belt. We like this game. It's a bit long for us to finish in one sitting, so we usually start,leave it set up, and finish the next day.

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23. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:41]
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This was a great weekend for me in terms of gaming! What you need to know is that I have a regular games group. We try and play every Thursday, but only average about 3 out of 5 Thursdays. This weekend I played Thurs, Fri & Sat!

Started out with this on Thursday. Only 3 of us from our group showed up and this is one of our favourite 3 player games.
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24. Board Game: Mr. Jack in New York [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:702]
Ludovic Roy
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Gatineau
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Only one game this weekend, which was Mr. Jack in New York with the misses. It was a very long game, she really struggled with the possibilities and characters as Mr. Jack, never knowing when it was a good time to turn invisible and flee on the next turn. The game lasted 7 of 8 turns with me accusing her on the last character move of the 7th turn, in a dreadful 2+ hours of waiting for her to play...

I'll probably need to trade this one. Nice little game, but wasn't for her.
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25. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:742] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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After Le Havre Ted & I played some of this. I got this last year and haven't played it yet, so it was new for both of us. I was the French, while Ted was the Prussians. We called it quits about 1 am as we both had to work. It ended in a draw, we both enjoyed it.
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