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Subject: Isleworth Boardgamers - A couple of session reports of Nanuk....... rss

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Gareth Thomason
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Isleworth Boardgamer, every Wed 7.30pm. The London Apprentice, Isleworth.
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Wednesday 10th February, 2010. Venue: The London Apprentice, Isleworth.
Length of Game 30mins.

After two successful weeks Nanuk was tabled again, towards the end of the evening. Seven prospective hunters journeyed out to find fresh game, but not all of them were successful. The first two hunts were doomed and team leaders Barrie and Gareth returned home empty handed. No fish, no birds, no points. Then the tides turned for the tribe and the final four hunts were all successful. They collected three large colonies of seals and a small herd of deer. Allowing the community to see through another harsh winter with plenty of food and new fur hats for everyone. The overall winner was David S, the leader on the third hunt, with Philip choosing to stay back at home in the village with a rather heavy cold. Deciding it was better to be in the nice warm tent rather than out in freezing Tundra hunting down animals.

Scores – David S. 11, Dan 11, Barrie 10, Paul 10, Gareth 8, Jim 7 & Philip 6

Wednesday 17th February, 2010. Venue: The London Apprentice, Isleworth.
Length of Game 30mins.

This week the hunt was made up of eight players the largest to date. The game was new to Paul, Johan and Emma but the simple rules were quickly explained by Jon and the group was off hunting game within minutes. A large bounty of birds, seals and fish were caught with four highly successful hunts, more than sufficient to feed the tribe through the winter. Lots of bluffing by the less honest members of the group, Jon and Gareth, who seemed very confident of having many of the animals/ birds needed for each hunt and then surprisingly elected to stay at home. It was also pointed out by Emma, that Gareth raises his eyebrows when lying, so, so much for bluffing in future. Particular mention should go to Paul who lead two successful hunts even though it was his first game. Also tragedy struck on the final hunt for Johan, who had been unable to generate any support and was eaten by a polar bear!
Another great game with lots of laughter, which has been very successful the IBG’ers. This game has now joined the select few including, Saboteur, 6Nimmt and Diamant as the perfect way to finish the evening with a large group of players.

Scores: Philip 9, Scott 9, Emma 7, Paul 7, Jon 7, Barrie 6, Gareth 5, Johan 5.

Hunt 1 – 6 Birds in 4 days. Paul leader, Philip doomed (Gareth dropped out) successful hunt.
Hunt 2 – 6 Seals in 5 days. Barrie leader, Scott doomed (Paul dropped out) successful hunt.
Hunt 3 – 6 Deer in 5 days. Paul leader, Jon doomed (Barrie, Gareth, Johan dropped out) successful hunt.
Hunt 4 – 5 Birds in 1 day. Scott leader, Barrie doomed (Emma dropped out). Successful hunt.
Hunt 5 – 7 Fish in 6 days. Johan leader, Gareth Doomed (all dropped out). Johan, eaten by polar bear.

For more reports from the Isleworth Boardgamers, check out our blog - http://isleworthboardgamers.blogspot.com/
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wightwulf wrote:
...Johan, eaten by polar bear


How can you not love a review that ends on that?

Great review; I'm getting more and more intrigued by this game.
 
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Jon Greisz
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Sounds awesome. We generally have 5 - 7 players and always start out with Liar's Dice, so I picked this up. This weekend we'll be short though, probably only with 3, and a 4th coming later. How do you think it would play with 3?
 
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Mark Goadrich
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Quote:
[Nanuk] has now joined the select few including, Saboteur, 6Nimmt and Diamant as the perfect way to finish the evening with a large group of players.


Thanks Gareth, those games are great company!

Jon, I would not recommend playing Nanuk with 3 players, the dynamics are off when you have that few of players with only one player left when the Huntleader and Doomsayer are decided. Also, hunts are smaller and less exciting.

I have played successfully with 4 players by giving each player 4 cards each round. This helps give the players more incentive to risk greater hunts, something that occurs more often when there are more players because of the uncertainty of who will join the hunt. I think the game's best with 5 and 6, the gang at Steve Jackson Games loves it with 7 and 8.

If you play at the beginning of your game night and new players show up, you can easily add them to the next round by just dealing them in. You'll have to let us know how it goes.
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The pack ran out on the last hunt, 3 days in, and we had to shuffle the cards in from previous hunts that no one had collected because the spoils couldn't be divided equally.

It was made clear that that was what was going to happen, but it rather sunk Johan, because although there were no polar bears left in the pack there were at least 2 in the extra cards!
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Gareth Thomason
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Isleworth Boardgamer, every Wed 7.30pm. The London Apprentice, Isleworth.
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Hi Jon, from the games we have played six has been the lowest number and it seems to work well between six an eight players. As Mark says I think with fewer numbers you will get more solo hunts with can be quite dangerous as Johan found out.

JonnyG wrote:
Sounds awesome. We generally have 5 - 7 players and always start out with Liar's Dice, so I picked this up. This weekend we'll be short though, probably only with 3, and a 4th coming later. How do you think it would play with 3?
 
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