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A Horsham Gamer on Tour: Gordon and Will's, Leeds 18-20/11/2011
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Ah, Leeds in November. The weather was clear and the train was on time. After the time-honoured swapping of fantasy texts: his returned with effusive praise, mine returned unread, Gordy and I discussed iOS games and once again lamented the difficultly of getting a well-balanced games library together.

We decided against games on the first night, as large quantities of vodka were strangely more appealing. I dimly remember the chicken burger tasting pretty good after 5 rounds of doubles.

At least, I sincerely hope it was a chicken burger.
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1. Board Game: GOSU [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1535]
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Ah yeah. Will decided to make super-tasty cookies and no one wanted to stop him as we knew how good they were likely to be. I suggested the drafting option, we played a couple of games and beatings were administered. Gordon plotted his revenge....
 
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2. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:529] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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Gordon had the iOS version and taught me how to play. Not bad at all. I'd hate to play it with real cards though: too much shuffling and downtime.
 
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3. Board Game: Kingsburg: To Forge a Realm [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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We went out and had a mooch around Leeds. Found this in Travelling Man. I've been looking for it online for a month or two now and holding off getting the base game until I got it. I was happy to find a copy on the shelf. Then we went for a fabulous Mexican lunch.
 
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4. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:440]
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Can you guess where they got it from...? I explained the rules, we played, it turns out that I remembered most of them. Gordon romped it after I suggested the water strategy was a good one. Will was a bit tired and had a nap frowning that there were too many options.
 
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5. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Gordon's revenge. He's played it a lot. Me: not so much. 4:1 his favour, but we both agreed that it was more fun than we remembered it and vowed to play it more often.
 
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6. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:277]
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After a mango salad and some spicy spaghetti, it was down to the serious business of repelling orcs. We played with events and characters, it was a close game. I was a fairy.
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7. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:582]
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3 player Cribbage. Gordon and Will moaned that it removed the strategy from it and that it didn't feel the same as the 2 player game. This reached a crescendo around the time I scored a 20 point hand.

 
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8. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:529] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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More Ascension whilst the X factor was on. Craig was noticeably terrible and was clearly set for the bus ride home. What's with Janet though? Does she even care any more?
 
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King of Games. We came to the conclusion that it should be sold with bottles of Disaronno amaretto as standard equipment. Gordon mind tricks me into the bin on the first game, Will dominates the second game with lackadaisical savagery.

Bedtime.
 
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Sunday morning and after a swift buttery breakfast it was back to Rum and Cigars. I think my luck peaked during the Cribbage game the previous evening, or maybe I was just spectacularly terrible. Will had obviously been seething about yesterday's game and was in no mood for clemency as he won by a mile.

FYI: Buy the Lighthouse and never use it doesn't work as a strategy. Don't try that one.
 
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11. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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A final game of Race. I cobbled together a strategy. Gordon worked it out in 0.0001 second and rode it to victory. End of.

I am fearful that my mojo has been badly unbalanced by these events.
 
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