Games we played over the 4th
Janelle Spoto
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What did everybody play over the long weekend? Here's what we did:
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1. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:317]
Janelle Spoto
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Nebraska
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We got in two plays of this. I like it more the more we play it.
 
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2. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
Janelle Spoto
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We played 1.5 games of this (a step 1 only game to learn it first). I really like this one.
 
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3. Board Game: Around the World in 80 Days [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1314]
 
Janelle Spoto
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One play of this. A great game. This one's under-rated here for some reason.
 
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4. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
Janelle Spoto
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Plan to play this tonight. Maybe I'll enjoy it more the second time around.
 
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5. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:327]
Hilary Hartman
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GLENNALLEN
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Played this last night, just the wife and I. As Britain, I defeated her Prussia 93-85. About three hours of colonialism goodness!
 
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6. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1016]
Hilary Hartman
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I've had this over a month, and tonight will be the first time it has hit the table. My whole family looks forward to playing this, as we all love westerns.
 
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7. Board Game: Balloon Cup [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:903]
Nick Witchey
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Laguna Hills
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We just got Balloon Cup on Friday and checked it out today. What a great two person game! We love that you have to think about the best way to play cards on your side of the tiles as well as on your opponents side.
 
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8. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:314]
Nick Witchey
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Later today, in about three hours, we are heading to a BBQ for the fourth. The people at the BBQ are non-gamers so we figured we would take PitchCar because the rules are simple and the game is aestheticly pleasing. We'll see if it pans out.

 
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9. Board Game: Starfarers of Catan [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:848]
Tripp Corbin
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Played with wife and niece. We find this is a fun family game.
 
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10. Board Game: Plunder: The Commodore's Game [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Tripp Corbin
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Niece has become fanatical about wanting to play this one. She loves it. She wants to play it every night when the wife and I get home from work. I guess it is a good thing we both like it too.
 
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11. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
Gary Libby
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Middletown
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We played a marathon 5 hour game of War of the Ring last night. I was the free peoples and my wife played the Shadows. Even with the deaths of Gandalf the White and Legolas, the ringbearer was able to destroy the ring with help from his guide Gollum (the one on the left).
 
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12. Board Game: Kalah [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:3456]
John Shanahan
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Quincy
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The wife bought this for the son around Christmas, and it's only recently come out of the wrap. But since it has, there's no getting away from Mancala. And we shall NOT discuss my humiliating 35-13 loss to a 7-year-old this morning. I was only on my first cup of coffee, okay?
 
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13. Board Game: Sorry! [Average Rating:4.50 Overall Rank:15311]
John Shanahan
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Quincy
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Seeing a theme here? Couple games of this, with me and the boy splitting victories about 50-50.
 
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14. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:133]
Jeff Glazier
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Brentwood (not the OJ one)
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I set this up Saturday evening, hoping to entice the wife and kids. Eventually everyone gathered around the kitchen table and we had a game of RA going!!

I love this game so much, even when I don't grab enough monuments and end up coming in 3rd to my wife and daughter. My poor son came in last, but a good time was had by all.
 
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15. Board Game: Lightning: D-Day [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6353]
Roger Yim
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Austin
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We decided to celebrate Independence Day by storming the beaches. I had been warned that the rules are rather vague, so I studied the FAQ on BGG and read the forums. Unfortunately, we were still confused on the timing of the action cards. I think there's a fun, quick game here that calls for some interesting tactical decisions, but the frustration level in my partner will make it a tough sell for second round. I played the Allies and swept the beaches clean for a decisive victory.
 
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16. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:526]
Roger Yim
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Tried a two-player game and to my surprise, I enjoyed it. The game in general has a nice flow. In the two-player version, pairs of influence markers are placed randomly on the board to increase competition for control for the tiles. It's true that it is fairly easy to distribute your markers away from the other player's and get a lot of stuff for free, but we had a few struggles over some of the choice ones (such as the extra influence card tile). I lost by a big margin.
 
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17. Board Game: Dos Rios [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2033]
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We also had time for a two-player game of Dos Rios. This was my first playing. I picked up a used copy of the game for a great price (turned out to be unwrapped but not punched). Not sure if I'm crazy about it, although I liked the mechanism of changing the direction of the river. When the game suddenly ended (I lost), I realized I should have spent more time sabotaging and moving the river away from my opponent's buildings and caballeros. It's easy to think in terms of "your river" and "my river" with two players, but that's not a smart or interesting way to play.
 
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18. Board Game: Kung Fu Fighting [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:3400]
John Shanahan
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The Jack-and-Dad fest continued with the boy's intro to this fine B&P stalwart (without the B, okay?) And yes, it brought a tear to my eye when my boy slammed down a blocking card with a chop-socky-film-perfect cry of "YOUR KUNG FU IS WEAK!"
 
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19. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1753]
John Shanahan
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I knew this one would be asked for, too. And a fine battle it was between Zulu and Minstrel. The outcome, we decided, was a nice tie. :-) (And let me tell you, it was one helluva battle!)
 
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20. Board Game: Monsters Menace America [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:3224]
Rick Petersen
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Finally got to play this after buying it when it first game out. My wife played Gargantis and I played Tomanagi. We flubbed the game play the first couple of turns as we were unfamiliar with the rules. In the end, Gargantis soundly beat my Tomanagi in the Monster Challenge.

This one will see repeated play as we both enjoyed the theme and gameplay.
 
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21. Board Game: Scene It? TV [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:13147]
Barry Roy
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Montclair
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Played "scene it" with my wife's family. everyone seemed to like it but me. i dislike games that you can't improve your play with more playings. no strategy. you either know the answer or not. also played texas holdem.
 
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22. Board Game: Finish Lines [Average Rating:5.15 Overall Rank:13789]
 
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I forgot this one. It was a nice break between the the heavier games.
 
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23. Board Game: Gloom [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1444] [Average Rating:6.36 Unranked]
Mike Anino
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My friends and I played this at the fireworks show on our blanket. It drew the attention not only of the parent of one of the players who overheard us talking about the terrible things happening to our characters and was thus intriged to see what we were playing, but people passing by also asked what it was letting me do some promotion for what I think is a very fun game. But we only got in about a half game because the fireworks started before we were able to off a whole family.
 
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24. Board Game: King's Breakfast [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2594]
Jennifer Stone
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Didn't have time for much other than card games, and the first one had to be easy enough for our 6 year old to play. This one was cute.
 
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25. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:157] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
Jennifer Stone
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My husband usually plays M:TG Online now, but we keep a few preconstructed decks around to play with once in a while. He and 10 year old son played this.
 
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