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The January issue of INDEPTH is now available, featuring reviews and session reports from the Long Island Boardgaming Organization (LIBO). Besides all the usual great content, this issue features a Carcassonne strategy article, and the introduction to the new LIBO Games Hall of Fame.

For those who don't know - INDEPTH is a FREE, monthly, online magazine discussing boardgaming, exclusively. Although the content originates with LIBO, the information holds value to all readers.

As always, you can download ALL the issues at http://www.libogroup.com/indepth.htm

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I suppose the LIBO sub-committee responsible for InDepth is LIBIDO??laugh
 
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Just curious why your group didn't like Ra and High Society? With High Society make sure when you collect Fame points they are not hidden. This allows everyone to calculate how much they need without spending too much. It says on page 6 "End of the Round... After all but one of the players have passed, the remaining, (and highest) bidder takes the card and places it face up on the table in front of him." I've just read other people playing it face down for some reason which IMHO would make the game suck if played that way.

A few games I plan to check out because your group rates them highly.
bucket king
corsairs
democrazy
King Me!
Slapshot
Atlantic Storm

High Society 2.0
Ra 2.0

Also an index would be nice on the bottom of that page or a separate page. I was looking for a review of Ra and High Society and also those games your group rated highly.

Thanks for the hard work that goes into publishing Indepth.

Issue 1 - 2003
Puerto Rico
Web of Power
Air Baron
Attila
Vinci
Citadels
Domaine
Canal Grande
Formula De
Taj Mahal
Carcassonne: Hunters & Gatherers
Carcassonne
Tigris & Euphrates
Big City
Pirate’s Cove
San Marco
Union Pacific


Issue 2 - 2004 Q1
Carcassonne
Medici
Advanced Civilization
6 Nimmnt!
Royal Turf
Attika
Shark
Win Place & Show
San Marco
Carcassonne
Age of Mythology
Atlantic Storm

Issue 3 - 2004 Q2
El Grande
Vinci
Settlers of the Stone Age
Puerto Rico
Age of Steam
Industrial Waste
Mississippi Queen
4000 AD
San Juan
New England
Canyon

Issue 4 - 2004 Q3
Manhattan
Streetcar
Slapshot
Kremlin
Web of Power
Air Baron
We the People
Swords & Sorcery
Puerto Rico
Amun Re
Domaine
El Grande
Executive Decision
Stock Market Guru
Atlantic Storm
Taj Mahal
Attila
Atlantic Storm
Junta
Tigris & Euphrates
Cities & Knights of Catan

Issue 5 - 2004 Q4
ASLStarter Kit
Axis and Allies
Princes of Florence
We the People
Castle
Traders of Genoa
Wilderness War
Hannibal
Princes of the Renaissance
Mare Nostrum
St. Petersburg
Modern Art
Goa

Issue 6 - 2005 Q1
Heroscape
Advanced Civilization
Ticket to Ride
Warcraft
Titan: The Arena
Carcassonne
Domaine
Alhambra
Shark
Guillotine
Age of Steam
Family Business
War of the Ring
Citadels
Drakon
Hoity Toity
Lord of the Rings
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Hansa

Issue 7 - 2005 Q2
Memoir ’44
Hammer of the Scots
Lost Cities
Tigris & Euphrates
Silverton
NYChase
Modern Art
Quo Vadis?
Lost Cities
Burn in Hell
Formula Motor Racing
St.Petersburg
Battle Line
Sleuth
Halunken & Spelunken
Keythedral
Gloom
Atlantic Storm
Alhambra
Caribbean
Dos Rios
Hector &Achilles
Doom
Deadwood
Iliad
Tigris & Euphrates
Hammer of the Scots
Munchkin
Tanz der Hornochsen
Domaine
Medici
Settlers of Catan
For Sale
Puerto Rico
Manhattan
Goa
Bang
Ticket to Ride
Balloon Cup
Bucket King
Babel
Corsairs
La Strada

Issue 8 - July 2005
Carcassonne
Power Grid
Medici
Louis XIV
Goa
Niagara
Traders of Genoa
St. Petersburg
Taj Mahal
El Grande
Trias
Big City
Ra!
Twilight Imperium
Hannibal
San Juan
Puerto Rico

Issue 9 - Aug 2005
Kremlin
Titan: The Arena
Stock Market Guru
Atlantic Storm
Bazaar
Air Baron
Win, Place and Show
Acquire


Issue 10 - Sep 2005
Age of Steam
Swords & Sorcery
Battle Cry
Hannibal
LOTR: The Confrontation
Wizard Kings
Mission Command: Sea
War of the Ring
We the People
Lightning: D-Day
Tears of the Dragon
Firepower

Issue 11 - Nov 2005
Settlers of Catan
Oltremare
Samurai
Drunter und Druber
Killer Bunnies
I’m the Boss
Das Motorsportspiel
Puerto Rico Strategy Article
Die Magier von Pangea
Web of Power
Saboteur
Industria
Diamant

Issue 12 - Dec 2005
Evo
Vinci
NYChase
Condottiere
LIBOStrat-O-Matic Football
Democrazy
Lawless
War of the Ring
Pitchcar Mini
Mare Nostrum
Lost Cities Strategy

Issue 13 - Jan 2006
Settlers of Catan
Carcassonne
Princes of Florence
Atlantic Storm
Mall of Horror
Shadows over Camelot
Medici
Wallenstein
Carcassonne Strategy
 
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Albireo wrote:
I suppose the LIBO sub-committee responsible for InDepth is LIBIDO??laugh




Cute -- I'm just glad people have stopped thinking the acronym stood for Long Island Body Odor......

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mrbass wrote:
Just curious why your group didn't like Ra and High Society? With High Society make sure when you collect Fame points they are not hidden. This allows everyone to calculate how much they need without spending too much. It says on page 6 "End of the Round... After all but one of the players have passed, the remaining, (and highest) bidder takes the card and places it face up on the table in front of him." I've just read other people playing it face down for some reason which IMHO would make the game suck if played that way.


To be honest, I'm not sure -- I played High Society, but a LONG time ago - and haven't played Ra in the group. That's one of the reasons INDEPTH was born -- since there are almost always multiple games going on, it's beneficial to see the review, etc.

Unfortunately, INDEPTH really only started churning out in July, so everything before that probly didn't get the attention it deserved.

mrbass wrote:
A few games I plan to check out because your group rates them highly.
bucket king
corsairs
democrazy
King Me!
Slapshot
Atlantic Storm


That's quite an eclectic group there! But, regardless, I'm glad we could help!

mrbass wrote:
Also an index would be nice on the bottom of that page or a separate page. I was looking for a review of Ra and High Society and also those games your group rated highly.


That's not a bad idea! Maybe what I'll do in the next issue is a comprehensive index of everything from 2003-2005 (with issue and rating info, where available); then, each year, in December, will be an index of the previous year's articles. Thanks for the idea!!!!

mrbass wrote:
Thanks for the hard work that goes into publishing Indepth.


You have no idea! - This last issue probly took me close to 4 hours in LAYOUT only (and close to more than a week to do EVERYTHING, including editing) - it's one reason why I won't write more than one article a month anymore - with the editor's note, there's just no feasible way to accomplish everything.

On the positive side, I was checking some website statistics last nite, and saw that issues of INDEPTH routinely were accessed by anywhere from 300-500 UNIQUE individuals - that was exceptionally gratifying to see!

Thanks again for your kind words, and the great idea, above!

Chris
 
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Quote:
Just curious why your group didn't like Ra and High Society?


I'm in LIBO and I have to wonder that myself. Ra got a 2? Well I did teach it that one time, so that might explain the low ratings, but still, that number has to go up, that is just WRONG!

High Society we've tried twice and certain people, who will remain unnamed just don't seem to like it. Bastards.

Though, I think the ratings you're referring to are what the player of the month rates the games, not necessarily what all of LIBO rates the games. I could be wrong, but this is probably in reference to one of the tables in the back of the issue - which I think is a reference to the particular ratings of the player of the month.

I think groupwise both Ra and High Society are rated higher than a 2. (At least I hope so).




 
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Good point, John! I didn't even think to look.

Ra has been played twice, overall - with an overall group-wide rating of 3.8

High Society has ALSO been played twice so far, with an overall group-wide rating of 2.3

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The latest issue Jan 2006 issue I saw Ra with 2.0 and High Society with a 1.5 on page 25. But yeah it's only that month.....no biggie just must've been a bad month...lol.

Member of the Month’s Ratings and Stats

Worst Rated Games
GAME NAME PUBLISHER RATING # PLAYS
Betrayal at House on the Hill Avalon Hill / Hasbro 1.0 1
High Society Uberplay 1.5 2
Cartagena Rio Grande Games 2.0 1
Clash of the Gladiators Rio Grande Games 2.0 1
Dos Rios Mayfair Games 2.0 1
Hoity Toity Uberplay 2.0 2
Mississippi Queen Rio Grande Games 2.0 1
Ra! Rio Grande Games 2.0 1
 
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We keep rating info both for the year and overall - both of those games were played once this year, and once the year before -- I guess, for whatever reason, the players playing it THIS year, didn't enjoy it as much!

OTOH, it's clear from the overall rating, however, that the FIRST playing went over quite well!

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everlong205 wrote:
High Society we've tried twice and certain people, who will remain unnamed just don't seem to like it. Bastards.



dont blame me, john. I havent played high society yet, and i thought you taught RA just fine
 
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The second time, Ra was actually taught ok by me. That was the time you played. The first time, we ran into, er..... complications. In other words, I totally botched the rules.

Of all the botching of rules I've been guilty of it was probably in my top five. This is probalby why it ranked so low. Which means we have to play it again sometime.




 
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