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Oxford Meeples: Day of gaming 6
Andy Gordon
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The Oxford Meeples meeple normally meet on a Tuesday night between 7-10pm (www.oxfordmeeples.org) and we can't always get the longer games people want to play finished on a club night. To solve this the Day of Gaming was born.

Every couple of months the Meeples met up at a members house and the big games come out, normally this would mean Dominant Species, Arkham Horror, A touch of evil, Talisman, etc. This time was different as we used the day to catch up on the games we have missed out on due to playing something else instead.

6 Meeples turned up at my place, Andy (me), Pete, Tufty (a Meeple who can't make Tuesdays), Tony, Martin (the GM of the clubs D&D night) and Robin.
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1. Board Game: Lords of Scotland [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1467]
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Whilst waiting for Tony and Robin to turn up, the rest of us kicked things off with a quick game of Lords of Scotland.

This is a clever trick taking game. You have to manage your hand, keep an eye on everybody else at the same time, not letting anyone get to far ahead but not making yourself a target. Which seems impossible to do due to the way your hand plays out. There is a lot going on for 1 pack of cards.

This was a great start to the day, I enjoyed it so much it is now on my trade for list.

Final Scores
Tufty: 42
Martin: 40
Andy: 39
Pete: 27blush

 
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2. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:246]
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Whilst we were finishing off Lords of Scotland Robin turned up (his excuse for being late, he was playing Eldar Scrolls V: Skyrim until 4am)

We decided that 5 could play BB:TM so after hunting through the pile of games to find a LotR card game threat counter to stand in for a fans counter, the whistle blew and the football violence began.

Blood Bowl is a classic game, that has now been cardifed. Just like the orginal all the teams play differently. The Wood Elves and Skaven want to avoid tackels, dwarfs hit hard, Orcs cheat like crazy and the Humans are boring. It even has blocking dice All in all a good game and in keeping with the feel and style of the original.

Final Scores
Robin: 47 Humans. Big final score in the last round for the humans the boring way to win.
Andy: 32: Skaven. Very good start, very poor end, distracted by cheese.
Tufty: 31: Dwarfs. Very slow to start, very strong end, just like Dwarfs.
Martin: 29: Wood Elves. Panzy Elves spent to much time preening. Good start, very poor middle, good end.
Pete: 23blush Orcs. Too many players sent off, the cheat.

 
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3. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:481]
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After having a few public transport issues tony turned up in time for a game of Elder Sign.

It is gribbly monster mashing perilous 6 rolling tenticle investigating fungoo

Our six intrepid investigators where soom running around the museum trying to stop the big guy from turning the world insane. Yes Cthulhu himself turned up at our humble gaming table. To be honest I should expected this as so far every game of Arkham Horror I have played with Tufty, Cthulhu has appeared, should I be worried about Tufty

Anyway back to the game, after a bad start, not helped by:
d10-1failing to roll the correct symbols on the dice,
d10-2a major lack of finding Elder Signs and
d10-3a character death or two (Andy and Pete)
the group finally got into the swing of things.

Progress was made, other worlds were visited, Elder Signs found. However it was too late and big old greenie awoke.We started to die very quickly, but not without a fight and doom tokens were removed.

Then on the very last turn, at 9pm, just before he died at midnight Martin the sole survior of our intrepid investigators banished the bug eyed green monster back to the game box. PHEWwhistle

I noticed that as the game progressed it went from a very mechanical game to a game where we all got into character, with groans, cheers and pleading for the dice to be nice. Can't wait to play it again.

Final Scores
Oxford Meeplesmeeple:1 Cthulhu: 0 (but he did turn 5 characters insane)

Lastly is it just me or is this game screaming out for a Scooby Doo retheme?
 
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4. Board Game: Panic Station [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:2945]
Andy Gordon
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Next up was Panic Station.

The First couple of times this was played at club, the hosts played poorly and made it very obivious it was them.This time it was different and there was lots of infectious paranoia induced back stabbing, just like it should be. Tony (the hostgulp) played a blinding game as most of us hadn't worked out it was him until it was nearly to late (I was convinced the host was Pete).

The rest of us nearly lost, after the closest human to the hive (me) was killed by a massive parasite attack when he was carring enough gas canisters to burn the hive down twice over. Luckily his android got the gas to Martin who ran in and saved the day again by burning the hive to the ground.

I really enjoyed this game, as it has all the bits of the Battlestar Galactica game that I like, the slow building of tension and paranoia, the clever trading and the chance to be really really evildevil.The heat scanning idea is inspired once I got the hang of it which took a couple of attempts as I forgot the trading gas means you can't get infected. Whoops, sorry guys this properly helped Tony a lot, not that he appeared to need my help.

Again like Elder Sign the trash/table talk made the game which started as can I do this? and ended with lots of finger pointing, protests of innocence (mainly from me) and Tufty declaring at least once he was the only "good" human left. He was lying.

Final Scores
Oxford Meeplesmeeple:1 The Host aka Tonygulp:0
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5. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:237]
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At this point Tony had to leave us to continue his fight with public transport.

In what has become a tradition when ever a Day of Gaming is held at my place, takeaway was ordered and whilst waiting for it to arrive King of Tokyo is played.

See my review of it here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/663818/game-review-king-...

Final Scores for this Dice rolling B-movie of a game were:

Cyber Bunny aka Tufty was the first to fall.blush

Meta Dragon aka Martin couldn't take the heat in Tokyo and was the next victim (he also got 13VP very very quickly the highest in this game).

The King aka Robin even with lots and lots of life gaining powers still karked it.

Giga Zaur aka Pete held on by the skin of his teeth but was beaten to a plup by

Kraken aka Andy who had way too many dice manipulation powers (rerolls) for his own good.
 
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6. Board Game: Dune: Spice Harvest [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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Ding Dong goes the doorbell. The curry's arrived.

A pause in the gaming whilst much spicy goodness was eaten.

Looking forward to the re-release of Dune by Fantasy Flight Games. Looks like it could be a good choice for a Day of Gaming in the future.
 
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7. Board Game: Magical Athlete [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2510]
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Last up was the chaos that is Magical Athlete.
nuclearROLL & MOVE GAME ALERT!nuclear


Choose a character, roll dice, use your characters special power whenever you can and win races to score points. Whoever has the most points after all the races have been finished wins. Simples.

Race 1 Highlights: We discover that the plastic bases leave alot to be desired and are way to loose and fall off all the time. After Robin's base falls off for the Nth time he was heard muttering "so thats why I'm moving forward so slowly."

Race 2 Highlights: Pete is the Galdiator who moves extra squares if he fights with other characters. first fight he loses, second fight he loses. At this point Pete has a grumpangry and then starts to win fights more and more. eventually he sneaks second place in the race by winning yet another fight.

Race 3 Highlights: Cupid (Andy) wins by a country mile by matchmakingyuk the other competitors 3 times in 4 turns (Cupid moves 5 extra squares if a male and female character are in the same square.)

Race 4 Highlights: This race played out like the Monty Pthyon ministry of silly walks sketch. 4 players had characters which could move other characters around, or move with other characters. Tufty who needed to win the race to win the game at this point had an analysis paralysis momment. AP whilst playing this came is a lot to live down, more so as he didn't win the race.

Final Scores
Martin: 9
Andy: 7
Tufty: 5
Pete: 4
Robin: 0 blushSpent too much time back stabbing Pete.
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