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What Did You Play This Weekend? 01.03.12
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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: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:36]
JonnyRotten
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I had a week shutdown at work, which I was expecting to be a gaming vacation. And I guess I can't completely complain, but I was sick for most of it, and did not get nearly as much gaming in as I had wanted to.

2011-12-23 - Two games online with Fograsher
Stone Age
Thunderstone

2011-12-24 - The only Christmas Eve game we could get my wife's family to play.
Time's Up! Title Recall!

2011-12-25 - Christmas Day, not so bad. We lost two of the three games of Pandemic. Three player, teaching it to my wife's uncle.
Pandemic x 3
The Resistance x3

2011-12-28 - My friend Jason came over, and we played the game he got us for Christmas, and then one of my Son's new games.
Stranded x3
Numbers League: Adventures in Addiplication

2011-12-29 - Holy crap. A Christmas miracle I never thought I would see. My other friend Jason delivered a package with a shiny copy of Eclipse. We gifted him his Gencon pass, upgraded to VIG status.
Eclipse
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age x4
Thunderstone x3
Stone Age x2

2011-12-30 - Online with Fograsher
Pandemic
Pergamon

2011-12-31 - Holy crap Eclipse is great!
Eclipse
Mord im Arosa

2012-01-01
Eclipse - Game of the year?
The Ares Project x3
Mord im Arosa
Angry Birds: Knock on Wood

2012-01-02
Eclipse - I LOST! ARRRGH! Just barely though, to Earl, the monolith builder. GOTY contender.
The Road to Canterbury x2
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2. Board Game: Stalin's War [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:3851]
Kris Van Beurden
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These last two weeks I played quite some board games:

It began with Lord of the Rings - the Hunt for Gollum. I wrote a[thread=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/740360/hunting-for-gollu...] session report[/thread] for that.

The day after, I played Stalin's War. We quit when we discovered we were playing too many rules wrong, but promised to see each other the week after.

That weekend, I played Battles of Westeros scenario 2 and 3 with
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and Identik with my parents & siblings.

The 2nd week, I played Stalin's War once more (the new rules impacted this game heavily, as we were used to "our" rulesset. We ended prematurely again, and will play this in the nearby future once more, hopefully this time with the correct rules).

I also playedNapoleonic wars, where the Spanish Fleet destroyed the british navy on several occasions and Bonaparte was eliminated once, only to return as Zombie Napoleon, slayer of Russians & Austrians alike. Close win for France in turn 3 (4 points to 2).

Then, on new year's eve, we played an 11-player epic game of EPYC.

On new years day I played Trivial Pursuit Family with my siblings once more. We left when I had five categories succesfully answered and only science left. I hope my older brother, to whom I handed my position, won the game based on that ... (although he didn't know the Spanish region of Extremadura ... that was the one question I could still hear him answering incorrectly).
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3. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:715] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
Jeffrey L.
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My kids got this for Christmas. I read the rules a few times and we played a basic learning game. We made a few mistakes but eventually figured it out. The kids liked the cards and rolling dice is fun. Seems like an OK game. I wasn't overwhelmed, but I wasn't disappointed either. We'll play more this week and maybe I'll post up a review.

Looking more forward to playing our other new games, TTR Asia and Alien Frontiers.
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4. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:64]
Ludovic Roy
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My first game of Caylus last Wednesday (Dec 28) was very nice. It was a 5 player game at my local gaming club and after the game I'd definitely rank it as one of my favourite Euros, ahead of Agricola, Puerto Rico, and Quebec. Very entertaining. Unfortunately we didn't manage to play an entire game and had to close shop at 22h30 with about one to two turns to go.

On Thursday (Dec 29) I had a 5 player game of Battlestar Galactica, including the Pegasus expansion, and a few components from the Exodus expansion. It was my very first game starting as the Cylon, I didn't do a whole lot of damage but being the admiral, I managed to limit the travel distance and spend a bit of fuel. Midway, things looked bad, I unveiled and brought in a Centurion which quickly made it midway on the track, noticed that the next 3 players all attempted to destroy it, it looked as I had no Cylon ally, the last player used his presidency to look at two crisis cards, so I assumed I still had no ally, but he was hoping to find one which could move the Centurion! HE did not, and the Centurion later was defeated. Fortunately for us, we managed to be lucky and lose more fuel before they could finish the game. It was very entertaining and satisfying to win as a Cylon.

On Sunday, I played a little 2 player Dice Town with the little missy, and won that game as well. She was a bit upset because I stole her the horse card worth 8 points and she never could get it back. It's a fun game but much better with more players.
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5. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:951]
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Saturday:
Take it Easy!
Blox

Sunday:
EinStein würfelt nicht! x4
Archaeology: The Card Game x2
Fearsome Floors
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6. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:715] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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I got to teach my partner this over the weekend. She actually enjoyed it immensely. I think it was all the winning she was doing.

We also got in
- BAHOTL
- ARKHAM HORROR
- Merchants and Marauders
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7. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:150] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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23rd Dec:
The Christmas weekend started with a Friday night games session, slightly quieter than most as people were away doing Christmassy stuff, but we got in games of Egizia and The Castles of Burgundy, as well as some fillers beforehand.

Christmas Day:
My parents were over on Christmas Day, so my son introduced them to FITS.

27th December:
A quiet day between visits to grandparents, and we used it to play lots of games with the kids: Great Game of Britain, London Game, FITS with expansions, Travel the World, Monopoly Junior and Q-Bitz. After the kids went to bed we also managed a few games ourselves, Eminent Domain and a pair of games of Race for the Galaxy.

28th December:
A visit to my parents, and my son investigated their games cupboard, and we played The Donkey and the Carrot, The London Game and Seven League Boots. He was then given Heroica: Fortaan for a Christmas present from my sister, so we had to try that too. Then later in the day my sister and I decided to play a game, and she chose Downspin. The kids thought it looked great, so as soon as we finished I played another game with them!

29th December:
We always host a games day at our house on the 29th, and this year it was busier than ever with 15 of us. I played a wide variety of new games, as well as some old favourites, and managed to play at least one game with everyone (even if it was just a short filler in some cases). Hard work, but good fun!

30th December-2nd January:
We always have a couple of friends over at New Year, and the main thing we do is play lots of Magic the Gathering - M10 (on two days), "white-bordered" and Lorwyn/Morningtide - playing another round in each of our tournaments. I had an amazing afternoon one day, winning all 10 of my games!! Hoping that will improve my standings in the tournament. We didn't play Magic all day though - we played a few games each day with my children, primarily my son, we played a lot of King of Tokyo, which had just arrived on the 29th, and we also played some party games most evenings, including Quelf and Identik, my two new Christmas presents - Quelf in particular was very silly but very amusing. I also had my first play of Battlestar Galactica, which I picked up in a charity shop in December for a fiver - not really my style of game, but better than Shadows over Camelot. All in all a good four days of gaming!
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8. Board Game: Ghost Stories: Black Secret [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
Jules
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had a games night the day before new years eve. There I played:

7 wonders: We played a nice game with lots of bantering and trashtalk - the right way to play 7 wonders, I think! I’m getting the hang of this game a little better, lost by one mere point! It’s getting easier to explain as well. Now if only I wouldn’t randomly get the same wonder every time..

Ghost Stories: Black Secret: I was the pro yo! That is, we played a Fu Leng player and I was the only one of the good guys who had played the game a few times before. Which was probably the reason it went so badly, but I still love failing with my own ideas better than winning with other peoples’



The Dark Secret Player took the GM approach, though, and gave us some advantages, making it into a very narrow win for the good side.

Then at newyears we had an epic 11 man EPYC game, our first game of 2012! I’d been hoping for it, and had paper, pencils and ‘drawing boards’ at the ready. Even with 11 people it works fine, EPYC really is one of the most flexible party games.

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9. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:11]
Alan Goodrich
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Friday:
Luna
Vikings
Onirim

Saturday:
The Castles of Burgundy
Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game

Sunday:
Bios: Megafauna

Monday:
Friday
The Castles of Burgundy
Famiglia

A long weekend, and many games, most of them new. Friday was dedicated to some old favorites, plus Onirim, which I picked up at my FLGS when I was home for Christmas. A shout-out for this little game, which gets under your skin like no other! Both of us were nigh on obsessed with winning using the 1st expansion (door order). By far my favorite co-op, all the better that it can play solo. SO worth the money.

Saturday the mega-order from B&B, which I'd had in since early November, finally arrived. All told it contained Friday & Famiglia, Castles, Bios: Megafauna, the Civ expansion, and the 1st C&C expansion (Greeks). Thanks be that most of these hit the table in the past few days.

Castles of Burgundy is really great. In fact, it's slightly edging out Helvetia as my favorite Euro of the past year. Like Macao, Herr Feld's last Alea, this one uses dice in a unique way. What I love most about the game is how damn elegant it is. The turns are very short and easy to understand - just roll your dice, spend each one, perhaps buy a tile, and your done. Repeat 25 times. Chaining actions together is hard to do effectively, and the competition can be fierce. Our 2nd game, last night, was incredibly tense, and came down to the tie-breaker. Now, normally, Euros that end in ties bother me, but here the tension is very real, as the game state is quite lucid and obvious, so you know what your opponent is doing, and hence can try to limit their points as you maximize your own. The tile selection is pretty tight, even for two, so you really need to think about how you sequence things, or that tile you wanted might be gone. An optimization game, for sure, but it is very addictive and fun. This is the best Alea big box game in quite a while!

Saturday also saw us get Civ to the table with the new Fame and Fortune expansion. While it doesn't add anything revolutionary, it is also more than simply "more of the same," and it really fills out the base game nicely - I wouldn't want to play without the expansion, having played with it. The investments are great, as they let you use coins for something, especially useful for those not pursuing a coin or tech victory. The new great people are fun, and more variety of everything is quite welcome. I was worried after our first few plays that tech would be king, but last game saw our first culture victory, so I'm thinking this one has legs. I really enjoy the game much more with 2 than I did with 4.

Sunday we finally got Bios: Megafauna out, which has been my most anticipated game for a while. We have grown to LOVE Origins, but High Frontier left us cold - I was down for it, but Ashar didn't care for the theme, and honestly even after I felt like I "got" the rules they still seemed difficult and elusive. So we were both keen to try this one, as the theme is very appealing and the play seemed more similar to Origins. Yes, the first play was bumpy. We forgot a few things, like shifting the biomes during a greenhouse change (didn't start doing it until mid-game) and missed that the volcano on the mountain tiles means greenhouse shift. But missed rules aside, it was bumpy because Phil Eklund games are bumpy. We were hard-pressed to move or expand much in the early game, as the B & G biomes were predominating and all we had were Ps and a few Is. I finally was able to expand to some mountains, and cleaned up the first scoring. By the end of the game, though, Ashar had pulled back into it, as by that point the biomes were extremely few and far between and I had overspecialized. She wound up winning by 2, with an early Genome card clinching it. Yes, the game can be rough going, but that's what I like about Mr. Eklund's games - you really feel like you are in a world that functions without you, and that you need to scrabble hard and adapt fast to make it. We added the roadrunner rule early on, when no M was appearing for quite a while, but honestly I'm not sure the game needs it, as later on M cards started showing up. We'll probably leave the rule in, but it's borderline. Anyway, I can't wait to get this one to the table again, it has all that goodness (well, most of it anyway) that makes Origins so fun, but I'm loving the 90 min playing time! The theme, as always, is there in spades, so much so that Dominant Species feels like an abstract now.

Yesterday is but a footnote compared to the rest of the weekend, but I just wanted to comment on Friday, FF's new solo deck building game. I really enjoyed it, and am admiring its hybrid nature - it is half tile (er.. card) evaluation, half deck building. The game works very well, is tough, and has many interesting decisions. I really wish more designers would explore the solo experience; I've got a few very good solo war games which I much enjoy (Field Commander: Alexander being the number 1), but it is refreshing to see a solo design that treads more Euro themes and mechanics. There has been some really interesting deck building games in the past few months (AFAoS, this, Pergamemnon), so here's hoping the trend continues. Happy New Year to all, and wishes for another year of great gaming!
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10. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:237]
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Only played one game this past weekend, but it was a major coup insofar as my wife was willing to try it. She's not a gamer and typically will only play Tichu and Mah Jong, or sometimes Bohnanza.

But we played with a couple of really good friends and had a blast. She really enjoyed herself - had some wicked cards - and won pretty handily:

1 Acid Attack - Deal 1 extra damage each turn, even when you don't otherwise attack
2 Jets - You suffer no damage when yielding Tokyo
3 Burrowing - Deal 1 extra damage on Tokyo. Deal 1 damage when yielding Tokyo to the monster taking it.

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11. Board Game: Gauss [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:8135]
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Had most of the full week off, and played way more than I could possibly go into detail here about. Played solo, played with my wife, played with my wife's family, played with my family, played with a buddy, played my first game on Gyges.com (against a real person at that).

I mostly was able to get some long-unplayed (for me) AbStrat games replayed: Gauss, Ordo, Epimanondas, Abande, Backgammon, Coffee. Finally played my copy of Dvonn, which I am positively terrible at. Also played a lot of Hive, and got my non-gaming brother interested in it. The more I play Hive, the more I love it.

Finally played 7 Wonders (welcome to 2010!), and introduced my other brother to Castles of Burgundy. Also got Kingdom Builder played with my nephews (one 9, one just turned 7 -- both picked it up with no problems). They were immediately hooked, and kept asking if we could build another kingdom. I think that's the mark of a winner there.

It was one of those weeks where you wish that it can be repeated all the time (I got caught up on a ton of reading as well, which I fell behind on when my kid was born back in September), but I'll settle for just a way to establish some gaming-and-relaxation momentum into the new year.

John

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12. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:32]
Joe
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Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization 4
Dice Town 2
Merchant of Venus 2
Thunderstone 2
Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie 1
Yspahan 1
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13. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:467]
Andy Andersen
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My wife and I finally got this game to the table and played it 9 times over the weekend. Fast and tense.

Also played a few games of Hive. Going in I figured I would have an easy time, but failed to win a game. Back to the drawing board.
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14. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:100] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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I had a rather nice New Years Week. During the week I played Snow Tails, Amyitis, 7 Wonders (2x) and Mousquetaires du Roy with my wife.

Then on New Years Eve, a friend joined us and we made our way through Railways of the World on the Mexico map. Our first play of this eminent game. My wife and my friend battled it out on the south half, near Mexico City, while I had free reign in the north. They delivered mostly 2&3, while I delivered fewer but finished with a set of 5,5,5 which caused me to catch my wife on the scoreboard. However, she had only taken out 8 Bonds to my 10, which put on in a tie position, with both of us having 8 links for the tie(non)breaker. 50/50/35
Then we tried Dream Factory, which became a runaway victory for my wife.
Third game of the night was 7 Wonders First play with 3 and for the first time we all managed to build all stages of our wonders. I came out on top in a relatively close game after concentrating on green science (4/2/2 = lots of points!)
Then, across midnight and including a break to celebrate the new year, we played Ticket to Ride Legendary Asia. This looked like it was going to be reasonably close, but once we started to look at the tickets, it was clear that I had managed to cut my wife off from the western part of the map, and she scored 2p from her 10 tickets. I had a reasonable number of tickets, but they were all rather small ones, so my friend was able to win this rather easy, as he had most points from tickets, most cities connected, and a number of the longer routes. Final scores 104/84/55 felt rather low.
Last game of the evening (or rather, early morning) was Mystery Rummy: Murders in the Rue Morgue,and this was just one of those days when my friend couldn't do anything wrong. He won 3 out of 4 hands and won handily 108/70/17.

On New Years Day we had time for 2 more games before my friend had to catch his train to get back to his hometown. First up was Catan with the caravan scenario from Traders & Barbarians. My wife won a rather uneventful game with me firmly in last place. 12/8/7
And to finish things off we went back to an old favourite that didn't get a play during 2011: Thurn and Taxis. This one was actually so close that the bonus I got from ending the game by taking the "7" card turned out to be decisive. I was quite sure I was behind all the game, but my strategy of scoring small routes, and finishing Bayern quickly paid off when I was able to get the 'whole board' bonus, as well as both a blue and green token with my last play. If I had delayed it one more turn my friend would have won as he would have held the endgame token. 28/27/25
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15. Board Game: New World: A Carcassonne Game [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1811]
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Went to my brother's house to celebrate New Year's, and I got some games in with friends. Before too many people arrived, I played a game of Lexigo with one friend who likes word games, and then played a 4 player game of Blokus.

Once some more people arrived, we played a couple trivia games, Bezzerwizzer and Smart Ass. Then I finished up the gaming with a 5 player game of New World; Carcassonne.

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16. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:36]
Bill Kunes
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Cincinnati
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Like many, we had a long holiday weekend. It happened to also contained lots of gaming.

Thursday
2x - Saint Petersburg

My wife and I had played a few games of this after Christmas and brought it back out to continue out back and forth battle for the family champion of this game. The battle still rages...

Friday

1x - Gears of War (solo)
2x - Kingsburg (introduced family to game... they love it!)
1x - Eclipse (2p, first time, walk-thru)

I got all three of these games for Christmas. I was up early, as always, so thought I'd have a cup of coffee and try the first scenario of GoW again to see if I could traverse more than half the map before dying. I actually successfully completed my first mission! After lunch I introduced the family to Kingsburg and as I suspected it was a hit. This maybe our family game of 2012. In the evening I had my brother-in-law come over and help me setup and walkthrough a 2p game of Eclipse to prepare for teaching it at our New Year's Eve Game Day.

Saturday

1x - Qwirkle
1x - Agricola (5p)
1x - Railways of the World (4p, Eastern US)
1x - Eclipse (6p, taught it to group of 10)

After cleaning, cooking, and setting up for our 2 to 12 (a la 2012) New Year's Eve Game Day with friends, we sat down for a quick family warm-up game of Qwirkle. Then the craziness of having 33 people in our house started with 3-4 tables got started. My wife and I played our first more-than-two-player games of Agricola. It was 5p, and was different, but seemed to drag on a bit, mainly because we were all trying to wrap our heads around what was going on and one person was just learing.


After a quick dinner break, we were back at it. I was at the Railways of the World table (my favorite game), and was handedly beat. Then the grand finale was unveiling Eclipse to the group. We played a 6p game but had 10 people at the table watching and learning. Some had to leave mid-game, so someone watching was able to jump in to continue. I expect this will be a regular at 2012 Game Nights.


Monday
1x - Puerto Rico (4p, introduced my wife to it)
3x - Kingsburg

A couple who have been long time friends of ours contracted the gaming but after coming to our monthly Game Nights. They recently bought a 10th Anniversary version of Puerto Rico after I invited him to a game with a mutual friend prior to Christmas. They were itching to play a 4p game with us so they brought their kids over to play with ours while we played over lunch. Nice components! My wife liked it. This was my 4th time playing it and my best finish, 2nd.

After dinner, the family played one more game of Kingsburg before bed and our normal schedules started up again. After putting the kids to bed, my wife wanted to play a quick 2p game. After losing, she demanded we play another. This is going to be another fun game to contend over with her.


meeple Keep playing (in 2012)...
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17. Board Game: Blokus 3D [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:938] [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
Renato Tavares
Brazil
Goiânia
Goiás
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Playing with the family (wife and nephews). I preferred to choose family and gateway games. So we played:
Blokus Trigon - 1xx
Blokus 3D - 3 xx
Ticket to Ride - 1 xx
Torres - 1xx
Ticket to Ride: Märklin - 1xx

We had a great time!
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18. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Jon Enns
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Herbert
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Lots of new Christmas games to play!

Friday
With Lindy I played Botswana, Undermining and Two by Two. TbT we played for the first time and I was pleased with the outcome. I had worried a little that it might be too simple, but there was good tension in play and it was alot of fun. Undermining is an excellent game! So glad I got that one. I also played A la carte with Melissa and Zoofari with a boy we babysit.

Saturday
Lindy and I played another level in the tutorial of Dungeon Twister: Prison. This is turning out to be an awesome game. If the tutorials are this good, the game has to be better. Lots of thinking in this one! THen we played En Garde. I knew this would be a good game. Lots of theme in this Knizia, at least in the way it feels. Melissa's boyfriend Seb arrived for a few days Friday night late so We played Nuns on the Run with him, Melissa & LIndy and Dixit with him, Melissa, LIndy, Stacey and even Darlene. Dar has been playing Dixit regularly. Way to go, little wife!

Sunday
Lindy and I introduced Seb to Undermining. He quite liked it. Later at the larger Enns family gathering I played Dixit with 3 of my nieces and nephews and Stacey and Melissa & Seb (as a team). Once, again, everyone it was taught to loved it. After that I played Gold Mine with my nephew-in-law, Will and Seb.

Monday
In the morning, Seb wanted another go at Gold Mine so me and him had at her. I then taught him En Garde. After that Lindy joined us for a game of Two by Two. In the evening we had some freinds come and taught them Dixit. We had another 7 player game with an extra playing piece. (Did that on Sunday's game). It worked fine although slightly more confusing to score.

15 games played this weekend.
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19. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:535]
Jason Lott
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Great New Year's Day time with friends for us. We got in a number of games:

Eat Poop You Cat (x3)
Wits & Wagers (x2)
Biblios
The Pillars of the Earth (with the expansion)
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20. Board Game: Imaginiff [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:14018]
J. Jefferson
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Had a nice night of party games on Friday. First we played this old one from my mom's basement. This seems like a really fun idea. Select a player, and everyone answer's a question like "If X wanted to go on vacation, where would they go." Then it gives five answers, and the most popular one wins. It's a simple and fun idea, but the cards are just incredibly boring. Boring questions, boring answers. I may write a set of my own cards to make it fun.

After that, three plays of The Resistance. We didn't have the perfect group for it, but this is still a fantastic game. Brings out the worst in everybody in such a great way.
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21. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:90]
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Some friends and I settled down on New Year's Eve for what promised to be an epic session of Game of Thrones... which lasted for all of three turns before the Martells made a sneaky amphibious assault on Highgarden, and swept through the Reach for seven castles. Whups.

As a consolation, I brought out Flash Point: Fire Rescue, and the six of us got in two solid plays - lost the first from building collapse, won the second. (Here's the secret to winning this game: FIGHT THE FIRE. Took me a while to figure out.)

We wrapped up with a nice, friendly game of Citadels.
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22. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:57]
Skaboy Green
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got a bonus game day
played El Grande with 5 players that seemed to take forever but i still really enjoyed the game
Master Builder got in a game of this
11 nimmt! played a few of this even one with my daughter
Take 5!
was a pretty small offering as i left early
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23. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:625]
Neil Henning
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Wilderness War- Played this for tghe second time as the British and romped as my opponent was a lttle too aggressive.

Hammer of the Scots- I played as the British for the first time in forever. My opponent wanted to play with the optional rule for the Scots, using schiltroms. I never played with it before and I have to say I really hate it as it completely changes how the Scots should play. They can be a lot more aggressive. That being saod I did win a decisive victory.

Washington's War-After making a stupid opening mistake that had my opponent asking if I wanted to surrender. I manages an unbelievable comeback for a victory as the British.

Flash Point: Fire Rescue- Played this one for the first time and I thought it was pretty good. I want to play it a few more times but this might be one I add to my collection.
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24. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:715] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Got in my first games of Quarriors! over the weekend. It was only some 2 player games, but I did enjoy them.




RoboRally
A full 7 player game of Roborally. It was chaotic and hectic with that many players, but I still enjoy this game.




Dixit
Also, we were able to play 2 full 6 player games of Dixit. I was actually able to win one of the games.
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25. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:36]
Toni Miinalainen
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Friday-Saturday night 30-31.12.2011:

We started Eclipse around midnight and ended around 3 a.m. It was 4-player game with supernova included. For races we had Descendants (me), Progress (wife), Hegemony (K) and Mechanema (J).

The game started up fairly normally with everyone exploring their surroundings. I tried to explore only a few areas at the start to get maxed out benefit from them and to keep maximum amount of actions available. I got advanced mining on turn 2 because my planets had advanced planets.

Meanwhile Progress was exploring a lot of science areas but was lacking money. This was corrected by buying orbital technology and building some of them to support the empire. Mechanema was pinched between some ancients but also lost morale with the game quickly (don't know why, he could have done lot's to correct it). Hegemony explored to every direction and started to advance towards ancients quickly (though moving was slow because the ships had only the normal engine).

I had a fairly good production of everything in the midgame so i focused on getting a lot of research and building a few orbitals to support the economy. After getting some essential techs i bought and upgraded my Dreadnoughts and attacked the center. After getting the center i influenced a few open sector 1 areas where was some ancients left (others hadn't conquered them yet). The last few rounds i focused on researching, defending and building monoliths.

Hegemony tried to attack Progress in the midgame but the attack was defended and in the last round Progress attacked Hegemony and got an area from them. Me and Progress had made an alliance earlier because i tried to secure some fronts from attack.

In the end i won clearly because i had such a free reign. Scores: 55(me), 41 (E), 31 (K) and 16 (J).

Saturday 31.12.2011:

We had a new years party at our apartment so we didn't play much but when the girls decided to play/sing Singstar we guys decided to move into kitchen to play one game of 7 Wonders.

It was 6-player game with 2 new players. We included leaders in the game aswell and one also had Catan as a wonder. I went with blue, war and guilds for points but the winner of the game did a new record with his score for us. He had only resources and green cards on the table and all the leaders supported his green cards aswell (giving points and the symbols). He was also playing Rome so he got 5 leaders on the table.

So J won with 96 points, i was second with 67, T was third with 55, S got 54, M something in 40:s and S close to 40.

Sunday 01.01.2012:

Friend of my wife stayed overnight and when all of us had gotten up from our beds we decided to walk the dogs and play a game after that. They chose Agricola for the game so we played 3-player game with one new player. We used the improvements and occupations from E, I , K and G deck. I had a fairly good mix of minor improvements and alright occupations. Family growth came on the last possible round and i got my third worker on round 8 or 9.

The game went a bit rough for everyone else and i won in the end with 39 points.
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