What Did You Play This Weekend? 01.07.13
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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: Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:349]
Board Game: Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery
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I did not get a ton of gaming in this weekend, but what gaming I did get in, was awesome.


2013-01-05
Clash of Cultures - Four players at Sages Toledo.

2013-01-06 - Our good friends came over, and I gave them their belated Christmas gifts. They also brought Spartacus, which was one of his presents he had gotten.
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2. Board Game: Flowerpower [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:3233]
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Dave Fair
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Played on 2013-01-04 with my wife

On 2013-01-05 we were at a local 1-day gaming event where I played:
King of Tokyo twice, with King of Tokyo: Power Up!,
Coup twice,
Love Letter twice,
Suburbia with Suburbia: Essen SPIEL Expansion,
Parade,
The Hobbit Card Game,
Rowboat,
The Great Zimbabwe,
and, finally, Mercante.

Great day, though too many fillers in that sandwich. laugh
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3. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:539]
Board Game: Elder Sign
Doug Mann
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A learning game solo to learn the rules, then taught my wife to play, and we beat Azithoth with Mandy Thompson and Joe Diamond. Her Mandy Thompson gets most of the glory, as Diamond was pretty beat up in the end game but had spent 10 trophies for an Elder Sign, leaving nothing to heal up.

Also one solo four-hand game of
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4. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:383] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
Board Game: Catan
Kris Van Beurden
Belgium
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On the 31st, I had given Settlers of Catan to my niece for her 10th birthday (if I don't geek her up, no-one will :|), so on New Year's Day we played this (together with
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). We had to stop eventually as teatime arrived (with Bart @7 points, Pluizebol & I at 6 and my niece at 5 points).

On the Second, Conlaen, Juleske and I did the third adventure of The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill. At least, we tried. Three times. And lost each time. The first two times, Bilbo died. okay, we thought, we'll use his resources only in emergencies ... and so, in our third try, we suddenly arrived into stage 3 ... and were met by a dozen of enemies, who made quick work of us. Next time, we'll just have to go to stage 3 when the discard pile is empty (man, there were many goblins in there).

On the third, I was home alone with daughter & son, so I (tried to) play(ed) Breakthrough: Cambrai solo. Nice game, my first real Area-impulse game. Can't wait to play this with somebody. I also taught Pluizebol Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage and we played 3 tutorial turns ... she caught on pretty quickly.

On the fourth, my two nieces & nephew came around (with my parents), and while my parents entertained the three youngest, I played a load of boardgames with the eldest two: Small World, 2x Agricola (family game), 2x Carcassonne and Hey, That's My Fish!. I never played cutthroat but neither did I go easy on them, and the final result was 3 games for me, 3 games for them. I'm getting old .

On Sunday, Pluizebol played a "real" game of Hannibal, and she beat me 11 to 7 provinces, sneakily stealing two provinces on her very last two actions (diplomacy) after keeping her Carthago very strong. Her use of Cato kept me out of Africa, and the trade of Spain for Italy wasn't too good for Rome. Last turn I didn't get a single Campaign card and had troubles moving my legions from Spain into Italy/Sicily/Sardinia...

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5. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:330]
Board Game: Glen More
Jan Van Zon
Belgium
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We played Glen more at some friends. It's nice, a light and quick euro. It was a little weird to play a German version though, but that doesn't ruin the fun. It's a great one to fill an hour, but I do feel it's not one that really has you discussing it much after usually.

Afterwards we played a game of Innovation. It was as it should be, very unbalanced for different people throughout the game. Everyone was speeding ahead and I was left behind with no voctory points at all. Then I got a card that let me steal Influence from the other players and suddenly I was doing really well, but someone else started to trail behind. When we reached the 10th age, of course the person who was trailing behind, with only 1 Domination won the game by a card that would win the game for the person with the most trees, as long as someone (everyone but her in our case) had less than 3 trees in their zone.
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6. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:529]
Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Dan Edelen
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Nothing plays like Escape: The Curse of the Temple. The game I hear mentioned most often as its "bigger brother" is Space Alert, but Escape is even more "in the moment" than the programmed Chvatil award-winner. In short, it's a full-on adrenaline rush. Played it with both hardcore gamers and newbies this weekend, and both groups had the same opinion: This game is a winner.

No, it's not Agricola or Roads & Boats or whatever else is considered a real "gamer's game," but that doesn't mean it's any less effective as a game. And it may be even more fun. Plus, as a coop, it demands you coordinate with the other players what you do and how or else YOU WILL LOSE.

Best addition to my collection in the second half of 2012.

Also played Finca, the rondelle mechanism messing with my mind as I tried to optimize my moves. A lot going on in this simple Euro, and I really liked the rondelle. The rest of the game may be that "soulless" Euro we keep hearing about, but the final judgment on the game is a positive one. Thought I was winning, but I did not understand how the bonus points for clearing a farm worked, and realized my entire strategy was wrong. Pays to understand the rules.

Lastly, had my heinie handed to me in a lone game of Dominion, playing a mix of expansions. No matter what I did with my deck, my shuffling seemed to produce the worst possible combos of cards, and I could never reach that magic number of coins to get the Forge card everyone else was pummeling me with. And when I did get the eaxct number of coins, someone else always played the darned Cutpurse. Very frustrating session. Scored my lowest points ever: 16. Yikes.
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7. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:534]
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Jon Enns
Canada
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Saskatchewan
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Friday
I was still on holiday mode so I had the whole day on Friday. I played Galaxy Trucker with LIndy in the late morning. Early afternoon I taught Fzzzt! to Stacey and Lindy joined us. Later I played Shipyard solo for the 2nd time. I got a much better score this time; however, I would much prefer to play with real opponents. Why do I want to play games more than anyone else in my house?
In the evening Melissa, Lindy and I played Robo Rally.

Saturday
Stacey, Lindy and I played Galaxy Trucker. This game has made a big hit here. Later I played Crows with Melissa and we used Le Boomb for starting player.

Sunday
Melissa, Stacey, LIndy, Dar and I played Dixit with Dixit 2 in the afternoon. Only Ashley did not join us. THen I played Dar's new checkers set that Stacey made her for Christmas with her. (I plan to get some pictures up later this week. The pieces are round stones painted as lady bugs and bumble bees. It looks really cool!) Lastly I taught Lindy another of the many Christmas games that are kicking around, Kingdom Builder. We made a couple of mistakes and I am anxious to try it again. Maybe later today.

9 games this weekend + 1 expansion and 1 starting player
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8. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:58]
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Played some games Friday night. Started out with a 5 player game of Zombicide. We did the Lost! scenario which is the first scenario provided by Guillotine Games on their website. We found all the equipment we needed, and were two spaces away from the exit when the zombies swarmed us. We didn't have enough walkers to place on the board, so a bunch of extra activations occurred which destroyed us.

After that, went with a 5 player game of Dominant Species. My insects didn't fair so well, they were hit hard by the Cataclysm card early on, and I made a few mistakes since I had only played one time before (like not paying attention to which elements were being removed from the tundra areas, that I had planned on using to speciate). I still had fun, the game is awesome, even if I was in last.
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9. Board Game: Anno 1701: Das Kartenspiel [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:5950]
Board Game: Anno 1701: Das Kartenspiel
Håkan König
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Linköping
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Played a first game of this with my wife. Went quite OK, but I think we misplayed one or two things. The game itself is a version of Catan Card Game but with some boats added and fewer ways to actually score. I think we'll stick to the original game which we both preferred to this.


Earlier in the week we had tried Caesar & Cleopatra for the first time also. This went better and we both quite liked it. It may see more plays in the future.


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10. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:529]
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Saturday:

Saturday was Gradpad gaming, and the day I seemed to play everything twice. I started with two games of Flash Point: Fire Rescue (we lost the first so badly we tried again!), then two games of Escape: The Curse of the Temple and two games of Love Letter, with one game of Jungle Speed in there to ruin the pattern.

After that Mike suggested we might like to try his Elder Sign, which I expressed an interest in last December (as in Dec 2011), but hadn't had a chance to play since. I'm not sure 5 was the best player count for it though - way too much downtime, and it seemed to go on forever, and with nothing much to do when it wasn't your turn, and it wasn't even particularly interesting when it was always! We did eventually get the last few stars we needed - mainly because we realised that killing ourselves was a viable strategy!

AFter that I suggested Snowdonia, a recent acquisition of mine that I enjoy. James tried a contract heavy strategy, taking tons and tons of them, but managing to complete enough for end game points (mainly via rubble and running up the hill), that he managed to win. It was a very high scoring game all round though, with three of us reaching 100 points or just short - it was sunny almost all game, and almost never rained, and I only drew the 5th white cube on the last turn to end the game.

Then it was time for more games of Escape: The Curse of the Temple (three games of it!), a rather disastrous game of Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game in which we were supposed to be collecting treasures, but nearly ended with less than we started with ("Don't use it, Sharon will get cross with you!" became quite a common phrase, but it wouldn't have mattered - we didn't even see 12 "keep" treasures all game!). A few fillers ended the evening - Fleet and On the Dot, in both of which my extra experience showed rather, and finishing with another pair of games of Love Letter - my copy is going to be worn out by the end of the month at this rate!!

Sunday:

Sunday was a quiet day at home with the kids, which of course meant gaming for part of the day. Loopin Louie (4 times), Ubongo (my nearly 3 year old is finally old enough to join in properly, with just a little help), Enchanted Forest, UNO, and LEGO Create It. All in all, a fun day of lighter gaming. I also managed some adult gaming with my husband, while the kids were playing - a game of Monopoly Express (it's been sitting unplayed on the shelf since I picked it up at a car boot sale a few months ago), followed by 8 games of Magic the Gathering.
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11. Board Game: Caldera [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:10447]
Board Game: Caldera
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I played five two-handed games of Caldera over the weekend (with two different opponents), with special attention to the question of whether there is a first-player advantage. I waffled back and forth and still haven't made up my mind about it.
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My daughter and I had our second try at Elder Sign, with somewhat encouraging results. This time we kept our same characters (Amanda and Harvey), but played against Azathoth, which seems to be a good "starter" ancient one. (He has a long doom track, and devours all, so that if you fail to seal the gates, there's no need to bother with a fight.) We got 10/14 Elder Signs before Amanda sacrificed herself while failing the adventure that sealed the doom of our adventurers (and the world).

A quick game of Cthulhu Gloom (with the Unpleasant Dreams expansion) netted me my most abysmal (and therefore successful!) score ever: -220. I played the Village of Innsmouth, and I swept the table, burying all of my own characters plus Brown Jenkin, and winning both stories.

Sunday night another couple visited our place, and while the ladies watched the "Downton Abbey" season premiere, the guys played three games of Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game. The first two games demonstrated the utter dominance of my mono-faction Deep Ones deck Innsmouth Agenda over the Agency/Mi-Go Don't Wanna Believe deck. My opponent stayed with the losing deck out of affection for its theme and a belief (that I shared) in its possibilities. For the third game, I took up the nocturnal Shub/Hastur deck Victoria's Coven, and it was a very close contest. At first it looked like the government-subsidized extraterrestrial fungi would carry the day, but in the end the witches locked them all up in Victoria's Loft.

Board Game: Elder Sign
Board Game: Cthulhu Gloom
Board Game: Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game


In retrospect, that looks like an awful lot of Cthulhu gaming, but Gloom, Elder Sign, and CoC all play so differently that the experience was highly varied.
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12. Board Game: Peloponnes [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:894]
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Keith Leonard
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I got this for my wife this Christmas and we both really like it. For as light and quick as the games play it is a very fulfilling game experience.

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13. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:283]
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14. Board Game: Clash of Cultures [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:284]
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Jeff Kayati
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Worthington
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Friday night CABS meeting that I arrived late at and left early from meant I only got to play three games. While munching on dinner and playing the "what should we play" game, I just grabbed my copy of Fleet and said "Let's play this". Fleet is easy to teach to gamers, and its length makes it almost filler. It can make for a great warm up , or a closing game. It also has enough decisions in it that you could play several back to back games.

Next was a five player game of Tasty Minstrel's Noblemen. First game for everyone, and the first time I attempted to teach the game. It's not overly complex rules wise, but there is a good amount of ground to cover. I made a few errors, but we kept playing through them. After teaching it once, I'd have no problem teaching it again.

I don't think I'd play with five again, though. The game is just too brutal and short with five. The Queen can move so many times, there's a good chance you'll get three or four actions a decade (round). That means maybe nine to twelve actions out of a possible twenty-four. Fun sucker right there.

Other than that, the game is interesting. Multiple choices for scoring points, and you don't have to participate in them all to do well. Interesting enough to play again, but the rules for moving the Queen are brutal. I just might have to switch to the family rules for this game to have life.

I finished the evening with a game of Clash of Cultures. This game draws a crowd while you're playing it, and almost every player I've taught the game to wants to play again. And soon. Very interesting take on the "civ" genre. This one looks to be in my top ten for last year, and it deserves some more attention.

The rest of the weekend was mostly gameless, though I did get in a solo play of Sentinels of the Multiverse (a very narrow win against Apostate) and my first solo play of Luna (not nearly as entertaining as the multiplayer game).
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15. Board Game: Africana [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2117]
Board Game: Africana
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On Saturday I played Africana with my family, and was surprised how enjoyable this was. Didn't have time for other games, but we did go see the Hobbit movie.

On Sunday we played Africana again and a game of Seasons. Seasons is really good, and I'm really really happy that we bought it.

All in all, not so much gaming this weekend, but it's OK. Maybe next weekend will bring more games to the table.
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16. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:69]
Board Game: El Grande
First time for everyone in my group. We played a 4 player game, and I finished a dismal 3rd...but we all enjoyed it, and welcomed a new game into our regular play list.
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17. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:165]
Board Game: Goa
Followed by a game of Goa. One of our regular games, again I finished a dismal 3rd...In a game I usually win, or atleast compete tightly for the win...maybe my table mates are finally catching up. Will see next time!
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18. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1110]
Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels
Matthew Cordeiro
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Cumberland
Rhode Island
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We had my wife's family over for dinner last night, and my 2-year-old son was practically begging to play "the Stars Wars game". He even found the box and put it on the table. How can you say no to that? My son chose the characters for everybody. The teams were:

Boba Fett & Greedo (my son and I)
Darth Vader & 2 storm troopers (my wife)
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Luke & Leia (my mother-in-law)
Yoda & 2 clone troopers (my brother-in-law and sister-in-law)

We played on the Kamino board, and the Dark Side made good use of hiding behind the Slave I. Meanwhile, the Light Side made a wall of troopers and Leia. The clone troopers and storm troopers were taken out very quickly. Luke, Leia, and Yoda all went after Vader, but Boba and Greedo had excellent firing angles on them the whole time. At one point, Greedo even blocked Vader from the Jedi, and it took a force push from Yoda to clear the path. By that point, the damage was done. Vader quickly dispensed with Leia. Boba took out Luke, and then Vader defeated Yoda with the All Too Easy attack.
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19. Board Game: Crude: The Oil Game [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2331]
Board Game: Crude: The Oil Game
Neil Henning
United States
Nutley
New Jersey
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Not a very good gaming weekend for me.
Crude: The Oil Game-Played this one for the first time and I was disappointed as I thought I would like it much more then I did. I found it much to dice dependent. With not enough decisions to be made.

Coup- Played this one three times with six players. We all find this one to be a great filler game. Maybe the best new game of the year.

Tichu- I finally got a win with this one. A good filler.
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20. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:49]
Board Game: Android: Netrunner
José San Miguel
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Finally, we had the chance to try Android: Netrunner (5 plays through the weekend). Both (my wife and I) liked it and we're looking forward to more plays.
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21. Board Game: Igloo Pop [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3207]
Board Game: Igloo Pop
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Columbus
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Euchre Tournament to ring in the new year with some friends. There were prizes for the highest and lowest individual score and a $10 bill that was passed from one 4pt loner hand to another. I ended the night with a loner and took home the $10.

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Ashland
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and I got together on New Years Day to play some new to us games.

Space Alert - x2 - We played two games, each controlling 2 people. For me, it was very confusing at first managing two guys. We managed to damage the ship immensely (1-2 damaged markers were left unused), but what got us was the alien on the last threat action phase.

Our second attempt was far more successful, even though I did start playing cards for my purple character on the red board and red onto the purple's half way through. We recognized the error and just swapped them. We succeeded with only taking 1-2 damage.

Ghost Stories - x1/2 - We then moved onto Ghost Stories, a game that I have had in my collection for quite some time, but I had been intimidated by the rules. Looking back on it, I must have been tired, since we got through them pretty easily, or it just helps me to have someone to help process. We got about 1/3 to 1/2 way through the deck before we had to call it quits, but my interest was piqued.


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Igloo Pop - x2 - I spent Saturday with the in-laws. My mother-in-law, my wife, and I gave Igloo Pop a whirl. We played two games; my mother-in-law and I split the wins.

Sunday
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Ghost Stories - x1 - My Sunday RPG group couldn't pull it together, so 4 of us got together for some board games. We played about 3/4 of the way through the game, doing surprisingly well, when we (I) realized that 3 village tiles haunted is a no no. We had 6 haunted at the time. We probably made it through 1/2 the deck before things got bad.

There were then calls to play Shadow Hunters. I pulled it out saying, "I just got this and haven't read the rules, but we should be able to get things going with a look through them." Then we realized there were no rules in the box because I had taken them to my in-laws to read and left them in my copy of Can't Stop so they wouldn't get bent.

Eminent Domain - x1 - So someone else said they had been "jonesing" to play Eminent Domain for a while. We were at his place, so he pulled out his copy and he set it up while I taught it to the others. It to a couple rounds for things to click for the two new guys, but after that, things were off. We were split 2v2 for colonize vs warfare strategies. One guy went to full warfare planet collection, picking up Scorched Earth Policy. I went full research, snagging a couple research planets and a couple colonize planets. The other two guys went produce/trade, but they tried their best not to let the other play off of them. I ended up winning with 42 pts. 2nd place went to the scorched earth guy with 32, and the other two guys were in the the 20s.

Both games were a hit, and I wouldn't be surprised to seem them get played again. There was the complaint that Eminent Domain had a "solitaire feel, like Ascension", but I think he liked it more than Ascension.

Spaceteam - x2 - After our 4th left, we played a couple quick games of Spaceteam before we left. WOW, what a blast! This gave me a similar thrill to Space Alert, but without all the set up and management. That said, I still probably would prefer Space Alert since the varied threats feel more like real threats. I do think that if you like one, you should check out the other.
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22. Board Game: Pass the Pigs [Average Rating:5.37 Overall Rank:19367]
Board Game: Pass the Pigs
David Witzany
United States
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An oldie but a goodie.

A couple of us played a game of Easter Island, a very neat game by Twilight Creations that requires chess-like advanced planning. My opponent almost lost with three statues not yet on the board, but when I suggested I was about to win if he didn't add more to the map he changed strategies and ended up pulling out the win himself by essentially placing one of my statues in check--it would be destroyed next turn if it stayed where it was, and also if it moved.

When a third gamer came along and we were a bit short on time, we switched to Pigmania (that's what my version's called; I own the original version in the picture.) One of us pulled into the lead and another lagged behind, with me stolidly trotting along in the middle. After a couple of rounds where we all Pigged Out one right after the other (ie., got no points at all on our turn), suddenly the last-place player scored pigs after pigs. The occasional one-point roll, but she kept ending up with pigs standing upright, pigs on their backs (good for five points apiece), and then finally she rolled a Double Snouter, worth forty points. Not only did she reach one hundred points, she did it in one turn. She reached the point that she hoped she'd finally Pig Out so she could lock in the points. (If you're not careful, you can roll the pigs and get a Makin' Bacon, where the pigs are touching each other and you lose all the points you've accumulated that turn and have to pass the pigs.) She eventually ended her turn with nearly as many points as the other two of us combined. An amazing play of a very silly little light-weight filler. I'll have to bring this out again the next time I'm in the mood for Zombie Dice. I know that I have Cosmic Wimpout around somewhere...
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23. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:44]
Board Game: Eclipse
Agent J
United States
Coldwater
Michigan
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An epic battle of space propotions. An interesting three way battle on the last couple turns created a situation where I could not defend effectively against both opponents and ended up losing territory, but not enough to lose the game. My superior technology points really pulled it out for me, as well as stealing a homeworld from one of the other players as I lost mine to the third player.

Upgrading ships was interesting as there was no power technology until turn 8 or 9, when two 6-energy and 1 9-energy came out, but one of the player's dreadnaughts had the 11 power source from alien tech. That was a huge advantage, but not properly applied in my opinion, because he attacked me instead of the other player, and I'm a tough nut to crack. I ended up driving back his ships in a crucial battle, keeping him from getting the vital sector that would have swung the game 6 points, enough to put him in first and me in second. So it was really anyone's game... he forgot that his interceptors did not have shields, and I rolled just enough hits to get his shielded dreadnaught and then had a 2+ hit on the flea. Both of which had some serious hull advancements, too.

Overall, that was the best game of Eclipse I've ever played. It really felt like an epic battle for space domination.
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24. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:426] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
Board Game: Last Will
Nick
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Massachusetts
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Friday I played Last Will with my wife. She is still getting the hang of the strategy, and realized soon after passing up an Old Friend that she had made a big mistake. We played out the game even though she was resigned to losing.

Saturday I played Cosmic Encounter with the full five players at a local games meetup. First time playing this game, and first time playing with this group. The people were nice, but I quickly realized this is not really my type of game. Still, it was enjoyable enough, and I even had a joint win at the end, as one of the players decided not to ally with the attack which could have given him a share of the win, nor ally with the defense to try to extend the game.

Saturday night I played Catan with my wife and some friends of ours. We pulled the shrink off the brand new copy that they bought themselves for Christmas. It turned out to be a very balanced game in terms of both the resources and the players, with my wife snatching the win before either of the next two players would have won on their turns.
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25. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:132]
Board Game: Ora et Labora
A very heavy loaded very long week-end.

01.03
Two games of Ghost Stories.
Lost the first one with 4 players. Another friend arrived at midplay. So, we played the second game with the Ghost Stories: Black Secret expansion... and Wu Feng just crushed us.

01.04
A few pandemic games on the computer, then a 4 player Luna. Finished second for my first try at this game.

01.05
A heavy day!!! During the first part, from 2 pm to 6 pm, we're 7 players. One table playing Vinhos at 3p
Board Game: Vinhos

the other table, a 4p Ora et Labora. Here my position at the end of the game
Board Game: Ora et Labora
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Waiting for other players to come, the first table choose to play Metropolys
Board Game: Metropolys

while we saved the world from the Pandemic.

With more players arriving, we made a small Sharp Shooters (with Perudo dices), then a Saboteur with ten players.
Here is a nice victory of the seven dwarves against the three saboteurs
Board Game: Saboteur


After eating, we're now 13 players!
First table goes for a 4p Age of Industry
Here is the beginning of the game (and a 26 VP victory for me in the end)
Board Game: Age of Industry

Second table goes for Sun, Sea & Sand
Board Game: Sun, Sea & Sand

while the third table goes for Maka Bana
Board Game: Maka Bana


The night ended with games of Baby Boom
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and Hexenflug
Board Game: Hexenflug
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