Retracing last nights steps that culminated with me passed out on the basement couch
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1. Board Game: Balloon Cup [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:906]
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Night starts out casual enough. My family is invited across the street for burgers on the grill. 5:30 or so. A couple of glasses or wine. The wives are talking scrapbooking and amusing the baby. The four year old girls are reading Dora books to each other. As everyone else is amused, my neighbor Hans and I decide to escape outside on the deck and play a quick game of Balloon Cup. I jump out to a big lead - all the cards are coming my way - but alas, for the second half of the game I keep pulling the wrong cards. All I need is one more blue card and the game is mine. Wives start bellyaching that the kids are hungry - start the grill. Don't they understand the weight of the world lies on whether or not I can capture the third *&$%# balloon trophy? No luck - Hans gets his magic card and I lose. Well into the second bottle of wine. Down $5 plus $5 from the previous night's wager.....
 
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2. Board Game: Cyclone sur les Caraïbes [Average Rating:5.38 Unranked]
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Dinner is pleasant. Both wives are tired (btw - they hate playing games) so Hans and I free to continue battling once the kids go down to bed. I trade a few emails on BGG looking to acquire in trade a couple of games while I wait for my neighbor. 9:00 or so before he arrives. We head downstairs to the basement, and start pulling out game options. We settle on the choices, open bottle No. 3 of wine, and start playing Cyclone pinball while we set up the first game. Wager is $2 a game plus $1 for each $500K in point differential. I takes the first game, he takes the next one. Net differential is that I shave $2 off my gambling debts. Now around 9:30.

The real Cylone Pinball game can be viewed here: http://www.pinballrebel.com/game/pins/cyclone/cyclone_pinbal...
 
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3. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:172]
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Samurai hits the table and I'm down $8. Hans is not a fan and I've been playing a few games on line (details can be found on the Samurai BGG posting - very good rendition) so I'm feeling confident. I quickly capture control of the high hats, Hans has the rice patties, it's all down to the Buddhas. Once again luck fails me as I can quite get the right tiles at the right time. Comes down to the last tile, and he lays out 2 ships and his Ronin to win. Another $5 lost, running my tallying to $13 in the red. At least he seemed to enjoy the game more - should be easier to get it into rotation. 10:15 or so.
 
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4. Board Game: Spinball [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:4456]
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Another quick game or two of pinball (we split the bets)while we set up...
 
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5. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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... Puerto Rico. We're taking luck out of the equation now, but I've still lost this game the past two times we've played. I'm looking at a refinancing my home if I drop this game. He jumps out with a strategy of accumlating dubloons whenever possible. He's got 2 quarries, the wharf, and both markets. I'm cranking out VPs early on by shipping sugar one or two at a time in connection with my harbor. Bottle number four gets cracked in the middle of the game. Hans is commenting how early he has to get up for his son's swimming meet. Hans is setting himself up for huge building and fortress, residence and city hall points - but the early lead is too much for him to recoup. I break the cold streak and trim my losses to $8. 11:45. Really should wrap things up and call it a night.
 
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6. Board Game: Deluxe Pinball Soccer [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Nope. Hans doesn't want to end the night on a losing end. Another 2 games of pinball. I lose them both running my debt back to $13. We're both aiming for the ball in the middle (note - Cyclone Pinball is not multiball, I'm referring to the effect of alcohol here). It's midnight, what the hell, time for one more quick game.
 
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:494]
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Tried and tru Carc the Castle arrives on the scene. The wager is my debt runs to $20 should I lose, otherwise I absolved of all but $5. We decide to play without the wall tiles to compensate for our inebriation. He sets himself up with an early lead, but I build a monster road course that ultimately can only be filed by one tile that has roads going in each direction. The magic tile doesn't show up until the last 10 tiles. Hans pulls it, and says in his best mocking-baby accented voice "ohhh... wouldn't you like to have this tile?? Hmmmmm???" Bastard then realizes the game is so late that he's got no place else to put it and SCORE ME 30 POINTS! Bwah ha ha! Victory again! $5 deficit. A small price for a evening of entertainment.
 
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8. Board Game: Rummy [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:5880]
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Now I decide to go for the kill. Around 12:30 in the morning. Four bottles of wine have been killed Wine so I break out the Capt. Morgan and coke. Two more games of pinball while we clean up Carc Castle and now I'm all square. Pride somehow makes it's way past good judgement, and we can't leave the night a net $0 payoff. One last game of pinball for $5. Instead of scoring in the range of 2,000,000 as usual, we both clock in around 700K. But my 700K is higher than his so I end the night with $5 in hand.
 
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9. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:299]
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1:00. One more cocktail while we wind down with Braveheart on the big screen. Hans swears his version of the movie doesn't have the opening scene where young William Wallace walks into the house where all the clansmen are hanging. He's bombed and I'm not much better. Two more cocktails. 2:15AM before he calls it a night and walks home. And I pass out shortly thereafter....
 
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