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Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:335]
Chris Stanton
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Currently involved in this challenge & have 16 plays so far this month.
Certainly there have been common threads but such is the variability just using the base game that each one has felt different. Then you have all the different trains, extra scenarios in the base game, expansions...
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Bruce Miller
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Bruce 72, Jonathan 70, Lauren 60, Matt 58, Dan 31

The game helped us a bit too much with shoveling near the end, which caused Dan’s goal to become impossible. Only two trains were purchased: Prototype and Ralph.
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Jeremy Sites
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#26

There's nothing about this game that should stand out, based on my likes and dislikes, but it just clicks for me.
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Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:335]
Jason Brown
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Includes Snowdonia: Jungfraubahn & Mount Washington

Excellent condition
Expansion is NIS
 
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Nick ChemE
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Some box wear

Includes postcard expansion and the grey and yellow decks.

The names are too long to type.

MIN Bid: 35
BIN: 50
 
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Picked this one up second hand... I had no idea it was about trains... Fun worker placement with a neat event mechanic... I'd love to pick up some expansions for this, but the base game is great fun solo and multiplayer...
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Justin Green
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#15

Snowdonia was one of the first Euro games I got for solo play.

As time has passed and I've played it more it has grown on me and become one of my favorite games.

The cube-pull and event system is pretty brilliant.
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All parts present. Box shows some shelf wear. Inside, everything is in like new condition.


Opening Bid: $46


BIN: $54
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Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:335]
2016:*
   
   
High Score: 215 (w/ train #5)

2017:*
   
High Score: 212 (w/ train #3 & The Daffodil Line)

2018:
High Score:


Snowdonia is still the king of my solo collection. I do have a weakness for worker placement games, but this one is different in how it interacts with the players—it is not really about being blocked by the other players, especially when playing it solo; as a result, it's a different experience than the automa in Viticulture. There are too many variables from game to game for the scores to really be comparable either: the weather, what you draw from the bag, which contracts you manage to snag, which train you choose. It's not about comparing scores, it's about how well you did in spite of the difficulties thrown at you by the game. Manage your resources, keep the odds low that you'll draw an event cube, work toward fulfilling as many contracts as you can (especially the track-laying ones!). This is not a super complex game—it's not too difficult to explain to noobies, even—but it keeps me interested in playing it over and over because the mechanics work together so well. It doesn't hurt that I like the theme too. Scoring above 180 is good; breaking 200 (as I've done occasionally) is a great feeling.
 
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Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:335]
Christian Rabl
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Bin auf der Suche nach diesem Spiel, das sich leider nicht in meiner Sammlung befindet. Ich habe es auch noch nicht gespielt
 
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Steffan O'Sullivan
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First English language edition. Box has some slight edge wear, but is very sound and largely excellent. No box insert. Components played but very good condition. Includes inside the main box (no separate packaging) the following sweeteners:
Snowdonia: Jungfraubahn & Mount Washington
Snowdonia: Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel
Snowdonia: Supply Wagon/Cannon
 
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Bob Bentley
United Kingdom
Stevenage
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*includes sweetners*

All English replacement cards/rules included within this German first edition.

Also includes English promos:
Snowdonia: Seasons
Snowdonia: The Lord Mayor's State Coach
Snowdonia: Trans-Australian Railway & The Daffodil Line
 
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The Human Garynome
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Condition:

Components: Excellent.

Box: Excellent.

From a smoke free and pet free home.

Sweetener:

Snowdonia: The Daffodil Line

Edition and/or Language:

Indie Boards & Cardss, English second edition (comes with plastic miniatures).

Shipping:

UK only. Free shipping using cheapest method (MyHermes, Collect+ or Royal Mail).
 
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Karsten
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Title: Snowdonia (2012)
Publisher: Asmodee
Version: German first edition
Language(s): German
Language dependency: Most would say "Moderate in-game text" (!!!)
Shipping: I'll cover the shipping costs to the UK. Don't expect to receive this before Christmas! It might take less time, but expect that it takes two weeks to arrive at least.
Condition: Like new

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Mac Kern
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#19

The first of many worker placement games on my list. I own and play a lot of euro games, but this one holds a unique spot in my collection. It doesn't feel anything like a Rosenberg game, and it has a lot of variability, especially considering the relatively low number of action spaces and lack of automated opponent. The weight and length of this game make it a pleasant experience for nearly any occasion.
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Kevin Erskine
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#36 S 14


Number of Years in the Top 100: 4


Rank:
Score:
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Highest Vote:
#1 Votes:
2017
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620
7.5
46
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6
2016
22
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8.8
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6
2015
16
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7.6
36
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Worker-placement is, I think, quite nice, and trains and mountains are among my favourite things too. I really enjoy playing this game. There seems to be quite a lot of variation in the many expansions, but unfortunately they seem to be quite elusive.
 
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#7. Snowdonia

Snowdonia is just a fantastically designed game. Mechanically it does exactly what it needs to do to deliver a great gaming experience.

The theme isn’t even the most exciting concept you could build a game around but it works and I enjoy myself every time I play. This has been a steady addition to my personal Top 20 Solo lists.
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Ian Davies
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10 - Non Mover

2017 = 10
2016 = 10
2015 = 5

Solo (beat a target score), 2-5 Players.

This game is lots of fun to play and I don't think I've had a bad experience with it. I think I have only beaten it once. There are loads of expansions to mix things up a bit but, despite owning a few of them, I am yet to venture beyond the default route.
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David Studley
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I'm not sure what it is about Tony Boydell's Snowdonia, but it keeps me coming back again and again. It's always the first game I recommend for someone looking for a good mid-weight solo. I'm very excited for the new things he has on the horizon.
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Played this twice last night.

I was giving Marty's December challenge a go and to see if I wanted to keep it.

I've had it for nearly 2 years but it hasn't made my top 20 either year. Not a great sign.

I scored an 88 and then an 83. Pretty poor scores, even for this tough challenge (no engine so only 2 workers all game).

Although I enjoyed the tension as the bad of resources runs out and more events appear (a great mechanic), I find the theme creates zero excitement and I'm shooting for a high score.

Those 2 things have always been an issue for me and so with a heavy heart I'm putting this in this month's UK Maths Trade.

No. of Plays before this: 10

No. of Plays after this:
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Copied from Maloma's December challenge, which I attempted tonight:

Holy crap, this challenge is challenging! Easily my worst score ever, and I lost control of the bag very early in the game. But, as always, it was an amazingly fun game, and this posed a new challenge.


Ye olde endgame.


Four contracts fulfilled. Which is a bit sad.

Final score: 108.

What a cool idea, though! Thanks for posting this, Marty, and thanks to Tony for the idea of the challenge (and, of course, for the game itself).
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Marty "approaching 5000" Malone
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I have hosted a snowdonia challenge for December since 2015. This is the third installment and Tony Boydell offered up what is going to be the hardest one yet. You play without an engine. No chance to use a third worker. Just you, two workers and a bag that empties faster than than my pockets full of candy surrounded by my kids. It is brutal and will truly be a challenge to see what strategy reigns supreme. Hope to see you all around. Here are my results on my first go.

Did I mention this was my number 1 game this year in the Top 20. Awesome game and kickstarting again in 2018. Just saying.



Two lonely workers look out at the undeveloped mountain. Can they tame the slopes can just these two accomplish what seems to be an unsurmountable obstacle?

NOPE

Tony this was brutal. I had to get a game in as soon as I got home. Set up and the warm feeling of having an old friend over for dinner. I shuffled and set up the tracks. Laid the rubble and was ready to conquer this challenge.

NOPE

I scored a 109. Worst score ever. Things just happen so fast. I scored 4 contracts which is the only reason I broke 100. WOW. This is going to be an interesting month as you folk try this challenge. That warm fuzzy feeling is gone. It is more like an arctic blast from the frozen tundra. Cold, unforgiving, the blood slows in your veins and you need just one more turn to get that track, no too slow, some more rubble, no gone, the surveyor stands frozen, like a statue unable to weather the cold wind.

Brutal.

109

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The challenge can be found here:

December Snowdonia Challenge
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Played the fairly diabolical challenge set forth from Tony Boydell via Marty: Item for Geeklist "Maloma's Thematic Monthly Solo Challenges" .

The basis of the challenge was to play without a train - and therefore, without a third worker. I find that third worker essential for managing the bag mid-game. And was a bit worried about my score without it.

Oh yeah, I was right to be worried. Got all of 90...

I just couldn't get cubes back into the flower pot. Hindsight says I should have ignored the coal contract and worked with more iron, as coal wasn't going back into the flower pot in either case, but I had a surplus of 4 bars at the end, too, so those weren't getting used well either.

This challenge is particularly hard on the bag management: Without a third worker, you have no way to return coal to the bag - basically making your bag smaller by 16%. Additionally, you have fewer actions to convert or place large numbers of cubes.

Blue team was happy to play, though, normally I leave them in the box because I have twins in that color and want all of the worker variety. But with only two workers, I figured the twins were perfect.

Weather: SR/SFFSSSRFSRRFSSS/RR; usused track 5, 3

Completed all four contracts I took (5, 10, 27, 30), laid 4 track, and had 4 stations. Due to me completing Rocky Valley Halt, the Events got ahead of rubble on station clearing and completed the last station with the lovely 14 point double steel space before I could clear the rubble to get to it.

End of the game:



(As always with me, red cubes indicate Event completions.)

Stations: 29
Tracks: 17
Contracts: 46
Surveyor: 4
Total: 96

Ouch on that score!!



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Joining malomas Snowdonia challenge - Snowdonia is always a tight game, but without en enigine it's even more difficult. But still great fun!

I did horribly though. Tried two times today, and, copy/pasting from the challenge thread: I ended up with my worst scores ever. 93 and 103 points.

First play: I only managed to lay 4 tracks (14 points), build 3 of the more expensive buildings (30 points), complete 2 contracts (42 points) and move the surveyor 3 times (7 points). End score: 93.

Second play: Did just slightly better, with 103 points. 37 from buildings, 14 from tracks and 52 from 3 completed contracts.



thumbsup Snowdonia is a great game
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