What Did You Play This Weekend? 7/22/2013
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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. Video Game: Dragon Age: Ultimate Edition [Average Rating:8.40 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.40 Unranked]
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Didn't do a whole lot of gaming this weekend, went camping on Friday and got in a couple games, but that was all we got to play, due to packing, unpacking and then packing again for my wife who will be out of town all week for work, so it'll just be me and the girls.

We did play a game of The Great Heartland Hauling Co., I think I tend to like this one a bit more than anyone that I introduce it to. I think it's a great portable, 30 minute pick up and deliver game that has a lot of replayability and I still haven't thrown in the Inspansion.

Also played a round of Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game, but I don't think that anyone really played it seriously since the player chosen to go first kind of started out by not really telling a story that made much sense, he just was going to try to get all his cards out as quickly as he could so he'd try to use a card every sentence or so, didn't really make for that much fun.

Steam's Summer Sale is coming to an end and it wasn't too horrible on my wallet, I picked up a couple older titles and a couple newer ones but the winner of the weekend was Dragon Age: Ultimate Edition. I loved the game on the 360 and I look forward to playing through it again.

Have a great week everyone, hoping I get some 2nd ed D&D in this week, but we'll see if the girls cooperate.
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2. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:92]
Board Game: Pandemic
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Friday
2x - Pandemic

We played as the Researcher and Ops Expert. This was our first attempt at the Heroic (6 Epidemic Cards) level. We Lost after securing 2 of 4 cures. We were ready to claim the third and close to the fourth. Unfortunately, outbreaks infected North America and we ran out of blue cubes in a hurry.

We reset with the same roles for a second attempt. We lost again after finding 2 of 4 cures, and again ready for third and close to the fourth but outbreaks infected Asia to our demise. We were so close!

It was late, I could barely keep my eyes open so it was off to bed. My wife (the night owl) wanted to stay up and play again until we won. I said lets do it in the morning over coffee before my daughters soccer tournament...

Board Game: Pandemic


Saturday
2x - Pandemic

I was up early (I'm the early bird). I set up the board and didn't like the setup so, reset. It wasn't much better, but I left it as is. This was a first... after my first turn (4 movements) I drew an Epidemic card which set off 2 outbreaks (black). Then my two infection cards eacah caused two more (black) outbreaks and we were out of black cubes! We lost on the very first turn!! Well you know what that means...

We set the board up again and tried again. So far we are 0-3 at the heroic level. Two close ones, and one devistation. We played the Medic and Epidemiologist. We had a board full of cubes, but managed to eek out a win with three Player Cards left (including one Epidemic) and one Outbreak left before instant death to all. Mercy!

Pandemic is currently our most played game of 2013. We are 2-4 at the introductory level (4 Epidemic Cards), 5-9 at the Normal level, and now 1-3 a the Heroic level. We might start experimenting with the fifth (purple) virus in the On the Brink box. A friend of mine who is crazy about this game mentioned he'd be interested in trying the Traitor variant... so looking forward to that as well.


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3. Board Game: Pirates vs. Dinosaurs [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:7493]
Board Game: Pirates vs. Dinosaurs
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Board Game: Pirates vs. Dinosaurs
While not technically the weekend for me, Thursday night was the start of the weekend for my girlfriend so I'm counting this one! My copy of Pirates vs. Dinosaurs showed up on Tuesday so we sat down and gave it a try. Absolutely love the artwork in this game. It's not incredibly deep but offers enough light strategy to keep it interesting and is pretty quick to learn. I thought I was doing fairly well until my crew got wiped out in rapid succession from some bad encounters. I was the first to the dig site and again thought I was doing fairly well with 6 treasures (and having to discard 2 thanks to picking up more crew). Little did I know that they were fairly low value treasures since I hadn't looked at any of the tiles before hand. My girlfriend ended the game with only 2 treasures after her losses and blew me out of the water with 22,000 vs. my piddly 14,000. After waiting some 2.5 years for this it was really nice to see it turn out to be such a fun game. Certainly wanting to play this one again relatively soon. Might be nice with a few more players as well.

Board Game: Pandemic
With one of the dogs sick we decided to stay at home all day and make it a game day, kicking things off with Pandemic now that we have the shiny new edition of On the Brink to go along with it. I have to admit that the new look is really starting to grow on me. The game, however, did not go so well. We struggled to keep up right from the start with some bad breaks on cities, epidemics, and outbreaks. We managed to reclaim some ground when I was able to change roles over to the Medic and start clearing out cities before they could trigger another outbreak chain reaction, but that was soon undermined by cities on the other side going into an outbreak chain reaction. It wasn't pretty; we only managed to cure a single disease after burning through half the deck before succumbing to too many outbreaks.

Board Game: Island Fortress
We picked up Island Fortress from Sentry Box back towards the end of June at my girlfriend's request and we finally got around to playing it. The rules looked a little intimidating at first but turned out to be relatively easy once we got into it. We were fairly close the entire way through the game as we wrestled to figure out how things interacted and how to get some traction. I managed to steal away the win at the very end of the game with the end of game scoring conditions; I had more jade which jumped me ahead 3 and pushed her 3 back which let me win by 5 points. The theme feels like it's just pasted on but it's certainly an interesting strategy game! We're pretty keen on playing this one again.

Board Game: Kings of Air and Steam
Saturday ended with Kings of Air and Steam, this time with all of the bells and whistles (well, player powers) of the full game. I was fairly certain I was going to beat her for the better part of the game as I was quick to cash in some really valuable goods while she seemed to be struggling to get things going. I neglected to full upgrade my train, instead focusing on depots to try and force her to pay me to use my routes or bleed out some of her money through building more expensive depots. She managed to cash in some more valuable goods towards the end of the game and upgrade all of her stuff; by that point I didn't have enough actions remaining to full upgrade my train like hers and tried to make up for the difference in more depots. The depot route ultimately netted me more points but she had managed to accumulate enough wealth with her final shipment to upset what I thought would be a victory, edging me out 142 to 126.

Board Game: Magic: The Gathering
I'm a little disappointed in us, especially myself, for getting back into Magic: The Gathering after giving it up after high school in 1997 and believing I'd never let myself play it again. Something about rummaging through the old cards we found at my girlfriend's parents' house a few weeks ago seemed to plant something in my brain and I just couldn't shake it. We were at Sentry Box on Sunday and I tried to resist but then my girlfriend she'd play again if I would, so that just sealed it. Grabbed a 2014 Deck Builder's Box, a 2014 booster box, and that was it. We spent a little while going through everything, built our decks, and played a good 10 games or so for the remainder of the day while fine-tuning our selections. I initially got my butt handed to me quite regularly until I managed to pare down my deck and get it dialed in, then I regularly kicked her butt until she got hers balanced out a little more which seems to have made things a little more even. As much as what I did and didn't want to get back into, I have to admit I enjoyed it all. It scratches that deck building/card game itch we've had that Dominion just couldn't scratch. Considering the price of some games we have that are hardly getting played, it seems like we'll actually be getting some better value out of this. I just hope we don't let it get too out-of-hand.
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4. Video Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition [Average Rating:8.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.96 Unranked]
Video Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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5. Board Game: Myrmes [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:514]
Board Game: Myrmes
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Friday, we received a friend who comes around here once every month or two months. He likes to play, and to discover games. It is a good friend...

Board Game: Thunderstone: Starter Set

Since we played RPG with him way back when, we started with Thunderstone: Starter Set, a game we are slowly discovering, waiting for all the stuff we ordered to complete the Advance setting. He went fast and hard to the dungeon, and won the game.

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To end the afternoon, we did a quick game of Quarriors!, a game with a little dust on the cover. My SO beat us with a strong scoring in the last round. We will play again soon, I'm sure. We have Quarriors! Quartifacts in wrap on the shelf.

Board Game: Myrmes

The main course for the evening was Myrmes. What a good game! It was our first time playing with three. After a lot of brain-burning, I won... by one point. Our friend was ahead but lost three points for not providing one food in the last winter! That's me, in blue.

Board Game: Tokaido

After that, we could not go to sleep, so we played a game of Tokaido, in order to relax a little. Still, there are interesting choices to be made!

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For the rest of the week-end, it was games for two players. Saturday afternoon, it was Core Worlds, with the Core Worlds: Galactic Orders expansion. I am not very good, and I never seem to win, but I like it. I tried to play with a lot of diversity with the Orders, but I only managed to invade one Core World in the end. Well. I'll do better next time.

Board Game: Zooloretto

In the evening, we tried for the first time Zooloretto. We thought it would be the same as Coloretto. It obviously comes from the same place, but it has enough differences to be interesting. We thought it would be too simple, but it has interesting dilemmas. And we thought it with two players it would only be okay, but the way we choose the truck is a nice twist. And the animals are cute. We will play again. Oh, and I won by two points!

Board Game: Suburbia

Sunday, it was time for Suburbia, our cardboard SimCity. I made a mistake or two near the end, and the tiles in the market were better for my opponent than for me. We fought so than neither of us would get the public objectives, and we both made our 15-point secret objective. She won by a great margin...

Board Game: Garden Dice

A last turn mistake on my part was also my undoing in a game of Garden Dice, a colorful game of vegetable-harvesting. A calm way to end the week-end.

Have a nice week everyone!
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6. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia
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In the weekend I played:

Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia - A six-player game: it was an easy ride for me and my teammate, we won with 181 points. Simply by adding our nine tickets' values we scored 100 points.

Twilight Struggle - We fought hard to win but in the end my opponent with the USSR won in the seventh turn's headline: he scored Asia, which I had neglected in the previous turn in order to succed in getting a foot in Middle East's door, whence I was previously driven out and found it very difficult to come back.

Shadow Hunters - Two seven-player games: they were short, deadly and fun as usual.
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7. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:197]
Board Game: Imperial
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Not the busiest of the weekends, but I did manage to play a few games:

Thursday

Board Game: Elder Sign: Unseen Forces
Elder Sign x2 - It was the debut of the expansion: Elder Sign: Unseen Forces. In the first game we faced Tsathoggua and won pretty handly - we were rolling like there was no tomorrow to roll dice. In the second game, agains Yig, we won even faster and easier - failling in only two adventures. I liked the expansion (it makes the game gain a lot i replay value), but I will have to "rig" the Mythos deck if I want (and I do) more challenging games.



Friday

Board Game: Imperial
Imperial The "big" game of the night. I played Imperial about 2 years ago, and remembered that it was a great game, but since then, no one around had a copy of it, so I never played it again. Until friday, of course. The game was again great - with nations changing hands many times - and different from the previous match: there was a less battles and less politics between players. The money was talking louder. A friend used the Swiss Bank as it should be used (once in the game I had the Swiss Bank and did close to nothing with it) and won with 122 millions. I came in second, with 111 millions.



Board Game: Homesteaders
Homesteaders - First time playing this one. The game comes with like a ton of components, and everything has great quality (this is mainly due to the problems with the components the first edition of the game had). The game is easy to explain and plays fast. Our match lasted for about one hour and, when we added the points, it was really close! I lost 52 to 51 (the third place was with 30-something points). I enjoyed Homesteaders quite a bit.



Board Game: For Sale
For Sale x3 - Played three times in a row, all with 3 other player, two of then learning the game. Everyone liked it, as For Sale is a great filler with many choices in a really small playing time. The first and the second games I won, with 60-something points. The third match I ended in second, with the winner breaking the 70-points barrier.



Board Game: Aye, Dark Overlord! The Red Box
Aye, Dark Overlord! The Red Box - It was a fun game, in which Rigor Mortis wanted to know why the goblins failed to prepare the defenses of the castle, to make a proper attack on a caravan, to sew Rigor Mortis' underpants, to collect taxes, and so on. In the end, with everyone with 2 blames (one with 3 that did manage to plea for his life), the goblin-Carol was the most blamed and ended up in the dungeons.


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8. Board Game: Panic on Wall Street! [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1626]
Board Game: Panic on Wall Street!
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Finally got this one out and played. It did EXACTLY what it was supposed to do, energizing the room and getting everyone interacting. In a fit of bad luck I lost horribly. It was awesome. We played with 11.

I think my red die is stuck on -7 though.

Anyway, also got shot down in Wings of War, played Euchre for the first time ever and actually won that, then played Mafia and Psychiatrist, which may not be a board game but was a good time.

Psychiatrist is a sort of backwards Zendo in that everyone except you knows the 'rule' and you ask them questions to figure out what the rule is.

I also got in a couple teaching games of 9x9 Go.

And now the game I really want to talk about, which is Sorry! Disney edition.

I hate Sorry because it almost has meaningful decisions but ends up not, and also tends to have a bunch of turns where you literally cannot move any pieces. This is unforgiveable to me so I don't like it.

The Disney edition fails to provide any relief from these problems.
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9. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:24]
Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game
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A lot of travelling was done this week, yet I still managed to get a few games in, including something brand new!

Friday

I drove around 300 KM up North from Manila to do a couple of days of work. My wife accompanied me and this meant I had the chance to teach her something new! The opportunity came Friday afternoon as all my work was done, and it was doubly memorable since that day was our wedding anniversary as well!

Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small = 2 Plays

Game 1: This was played while we had an afternoon snack at a local bakeshop. She gets the mechanics really quickly and here she went sheep heavy as well as had good VP buildings. I had a balanced approach, but she didn't get enough cows and due to the -3 penalty we ended up tied. She went first in the game and this meant the tiebreaker rules favored me, as it is the player who went 2nd who gets to win a tied game, with our score both at 41!

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Betty (red bottom) Me (blue top)

Game 2: This was played later in the evening after dinner, at the seafood restaurant where we ate. This game was different as this time Betty REALLY went for more animals, and I tried to do a Storage Building strategy where unused construction resources will give me points. In the end Betty had a LOT of sheep and pigs, but again had a -3 penalty due to a lack of horses. I managed to come back somewhat by filling more expansion spaces as well as having a few excess unused materials, but this wasn't enough as Betty won 44 to my 40.5!

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Me (left) Betty (right)

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Scoresheet showing the points from both games.

OTHER GAMES PLAYED DURING THE WEEK:

Monday-Tuesday

Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game
Mage Knight Board Game = 2 Plays (NEW)

The first part of the week had me spend a couple of nights in Bangkok, Thailand, and this proved the perfect opportunity for me to try out my newly acquired copy!

Game 1: I decide to select the reptilian Draconum hero Goldyx for my inaugural game, simply because his model looks cool. As this is a solo game, I have to select another hero to act as a "dummy" player, in this case the Elven Knight Norowas. In the first Day round my Goldyx advances swiftly and reveals 2 hexes, managing also to defeat a rampaging Orc in the process. This makes him gain a level and reputation, and he also manages to recruit a unit of Foresters to his cause. The 2nd round (first Night round) has Goldyx successfully assaulting and taking over the keep, but he takes wounds in the process. New tiles are revealed, but progress was slowed down since woods cost more to move in the night. More orcs are also revealed and they are soon dispatched, at a cost. A healing glade is present nearby and this helps the hero get rid of some wounds. The first monastery is also revealed and Goldyx manages to recruit a new unit plus some new abilities there as dawn starts to break.

The 3rd round (2nd Day round) has the Draconum Knight push deeper as he relentlessly searches for the city tile. Woods and swamps make progress a bit slow though, although skirmishes with Orcs and summoned werewolves do level up Goldyx to level 5 by the end of the 3rd round. The 4th (and final) round begins by Goldyx revealing a desert tile, which is easily crossed sine the sun has set. The Mage Knight pauses atop a dungeon entrance, and as he crosses over the hill he spots a keep, and lo and behold also spots the White City across a lake behind the keep. His mission is accomplished! However, he senses the presence of his more feral Dragon kin. As his last action before withdrawing he decides to enter the dungeon, and he then encounters a Flame Dragon, who is none too pleased at the intrusion. The Dragon gives Goldyx a beating as the Mage Knight beats a hasty withdrawal, luckily managing to heal a couple of his wounds with a special ability, thus ending the game!

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Goldyx find the city tile, but gets badly beaten by a Dragon in the process!

Final end game bonuses (and penalties due to remaining wound cards in your deck) are tallied, and I end up with a score of 36 in my first ever game!

Game 2: I decide to try another game Tuesday afternoon, right before my evening flight back home. I play the same scenario, but use the Dark Knight Tovak, with the female Arythea as the dummy player.

Round 1 has Tovak swiftly revealing the Keep and Mage Tower tiles as well as easily defeating 2 weak Orc units. He manages to recruit a unit of Crossbowmen as well, and just stops at the base of the Wizard Tower as Dusk sets in. The first night round begins with Tovak defeating another Orc rampager at the base of the Wizard Tower. He decides to bypass the Wizards in the tower and treks towards the keep, where he reveals the heavily forested Monastery tile. Tovak then defeats another Orc unit and then manages to recruit some Illusionists at the Monastery, but Day approached fast (ie the dummy player sped through her deck) and the round soon ended!

The 2nd day begins by Tovak successfully assaulting and defeating the Knights in the Keep, making it his. He then decides to maximize the daylight remaining by pushing hard to the east and exploring, as he reveals 3 tiles. Tovak continues to defeat Rampaging Orcs and thus becomes level 4, but he realizes that Night is approaching fast and that he is stuck in the middle of a forest as night begins, which would severely constrict his ability to explore! In the final round, The Mage Knight is now at severe pressure to rush and find the city tile in order to finish his mission. It is very fortunate that the Special abilities I have been getting are those which assist movement, and I use these to great effect to continue to explore. I also become very careful in needlessly using cards, as this would cause me to speed through my deck and potentially end the game prematurely. I was also lucky in that the Arythea was also cycling through her deck slowly. I first reveal the lake tile, and backtrack and reveal the wastelands tile. I bypass all possible encounters and my special actions enable me to cross rough terrain and finally reveal the Green city tile. I then use my chosen tactic card to reshuffle some cards in my discard pile into my deck, and this enables me to defeat 2 more rampaging Orcs before the game ends with Tovak accomplishing his mission!

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Special actions and skills enable me to swiftly move north to find the Green city!

Tovak ended at level 6, and the end game calculations had Tovak finishing with a score of 43!
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10. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:48]
Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
Doug Mann
United States
Corpus Christi
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Our second try at the gaming group Friday night. The first attempt, the game trounced us on scenario 1, three-player. Robert Collins wanted to move on to scenario 2, Cursed Island, but we added "training wheels," using both Friday and the dog. Player win on turn 9 of 10, although the first few turns looked daunting. Building the bell at mid-game really helped.

I think we could have made it with just Friday, but it would have been close. Great game.

Board Game: Crude: The Oil Game
Sunday I was too tired to learn a new game, but the group had asked about Crude: The Oil Game for next time, so I played a four-player solitaire to keep the rules in my head. Not for the luck-averse, this one hinged on the fortuitous turn of the economy to Prosperity with a roll that allowed sale of two refineries and two gas stations to declare the win.
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11. Board Game: Battle Beyond Space [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:5724]
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Had a pretty good gaming weekend. Friday night with the wife, played a two player game of Thunderstone Advance. Had a few of my new Starter Set cards come up in the village that we made some use of. I think she wiped out more monsters, but I was close, and had the higher point ones, so I ended up winning.

Saturday was an all day gaming meetup. Started off with a 4-player game of Battle Beyond Space that I just recently got. I thought it was pretty awesome for how simplistic it is to play. One player used his special power to fling an asteroid into my capital ship, which activated my ships shields, and turned things around on him. I tied with another player at the end, but he won the tiebreaker by having more ships alive on the board.

Next up was a 3-player game of Takenoko. Pretty simple game, with some cool components. Wasn't a big fan of the scoring method though, it would seem that once the board has a bunch of tiles on them, it would be pretty easy to just keep selecting layout cards and scoring them immediately. After that was a 4-player game of Love Letter that I won.

We then set up for a 4-player game of Cyclades. This game went on pretty long, but had only two battles in total, which was odd. We had a couple people set up to win, and one player snuck it in by using Athena to build a fourth building and get his fourth philosopher for two metropolises at once.

After that was a 4-player game of Dungeon Lords. again, two players were new, so I (begrudgingly) left out the expansion. Everyone got a positive score, and I was able to win it by a single point. I followed that up with another 4-player game of Love Letter that I lost without getting a single cube.

A 4-player game of The Speicherstadt came next, and it was a tough game (it always is). I got only a single contract, and picked up only two ships all game, but had the firemen to get points on the first three fires. In the end, I won by 1 point, and 3rd place was only 1 point behind second. Very close game that I thought I wasn't going to take.

Last game of the night was a 3-player game of Fleet. It was my first play, and it seemed like the cards you drew were going to make you or break you, and the trick is to set it up so you can draw as many cards as possible, so you have more money and can set up more boats and captains. I ended up in second place.

Sunday was a visit to my parents house. My mom, my wife, and I played a few quick games. My mom won Yahtzee Free For All, and I won Domination and Monopoly Deal.
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12. Board Game: Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1196]
Board Game: Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game
Carthoris Pyramidos
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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A light weekend for gaming.

Saturday
I went to a church rummage sale a block from home and mostly bought books, but spent fifty cents to acquire a copy of Hijara in good condition. We proceeded to play and enjoy a couple of games of that.

Board Game: Hijara


Sunday
Br. Goat came over for some Sunday Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game. We played six games. First, I tried out my Agency/Syndicate deck On the Take against his Hastur/Twilight Order of Chaos. I won two games, the first more narrowly.

Then we both switched decks: he to his Cthluhu/Shub R'lyeh Project, and me to the Miskatonic/Twilight Inner College. He decimated me in our first game of this match-up, as I experienced major deck fail: I couldn't seem to draw any characters after my initial hand! I did much better in a rematch. The Inner College dominated, even though the R'lyeh Project eventually got two Ancient Ones into simultaneous play (Mother Hydra and Ygolonac). Chess Prodigy is a hoot, and Scholarly Plagiarist was a punishing late-game entrant. Then, in the grudge game, I absolutely flattened him in about ten minutes.

From gallery of Carthoris

Our final game of the evening pitted my Cthulhu/Hastur dreamer deck Nightmare Express against his R'lyeh project, so that we played with no human factions. Nightmare Express ended up with about seven dreamers, readying at the start of each player's turn because of Moon-Beast Galley. The R'lyeh Project barely won a token or two.

I wrapped up the weekend with a brief game of Hive.
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13. Board Game: Fleet: Arctic Bounty [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Matt Riddle
United States
Oxford
Michigan
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Played a few games of F:AB as we prepare for the upcoming release.

Played the same proto a lot.

That is it.
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14. Board Game: The Golden City [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2258]
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Jon Enns
Canada
Herbert
Saskatchewan
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No games on Friday.

Board Game: En Garde

Saturday a friend came over for a barbecue and I taught him En Garde.

Board Game: Atlantis

In the evening Lindy and I played Atlantis.

Board Game: The Golden City

Sunday Lindy and I finally learned The Golden City. I got it in a geek auction nearly a year ago and this was the day. It certainly seemed a fine game and I am looking forward to our next play.

Board Game: Mondo

In the evening, Stacey, Lindy and I played Mondo. this is a game I rarely win but I must have been hot or something. My scores were 49, 46 and 42 for a total of 137 which I am sure is a record for me.

Only 4 games this weekend.
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15. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:247]
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Adrian Iordache
Romania
Bucharest
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I played two games with my wife. The game was new for both of us.
Each one easily won one time, when playing on Jack side.
It seems we have a long way to learn how to play the police
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16. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:52]
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Kreisais Tokens
Latvia
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7 Wonders - 2 games, 4 players
Couple of great Sunday morning light games after the harder ones previous night. Both of them won by me and both times I had just 1 Science (green) card. 1st game was decided by huge Civilization (blue) buildings and couple of productive Guilds; 2nd game I had all positive Military tokens possible and also very powerful Guild (awarding me for Science of players from both sides - they had 11).

Revolver - 2 games, 2 players
Some easy Friday night gaming. I played Colty Gang both times and managed to escape (once - barely). Now I don't think that Colonel McReady side is much stronger anymore. Still a wonderful experience, but after 5 plays I already see that the game might get old quickly - each game 2/3 of cards are used. It was our 5th game and we saw one card first time though. Well, since the game works out well, it seems expansions will be needed.

And finally to Saturday night gaming (4 players).

Thurn and Taxis: Power and Glory- 1 game
We presented our recently acquired Thurn and Taxis expansion to our gaming group. They both are hardcore Thurn and Taxis fans, so it was interesting to see, if they would like it. And actually they didn't. The game dragged very long (close to 2 hours) and the board was very crowded by post stations. Maybe it's a coincidence, but it seems that expansion makes the game with 4 players much longer and I also don't like this at all - Thurn and Taxis should be light at at most 1 hour game. 2nd place in this one for me.

Power Grid - 1 game
After long time we managed to finally take Power Grid out of the dust. And it was a great game. Although I managed to power 17 cities in the end, but still only 3rd place - 2 players powered 18 and the winner was decided with tiebraker.

Augustus - 1 game
Something easier after Power Grid to take a breath. Everything rolled (pulled) well for me and a stable win.

Acquire - 1 game
Very interesting game of stocks this time. 2 players got stuck almost without cash, because in the beginning of game they invested in Tower,
which became the biggest one quickly. I chose completely different strategy and made big money from the cheaper ones - Sackson (twice) and
Worldwide. In the end of game both mentioned players of course made a huge spurt, getting close to 20 thousand from Tower each, but it wasn't
enough - win for me.

Dominion: Cornucopia - 1 game
We played Cornucopia cards only without any other expansion or base game kingdom cards added. At it certainly was a very weird game. 3 piles of cards ended very quickly because of tons of Jesters in play. They copied tens of Coppers in everyones deck and also copied themselves. I took Young Witch early so managed to throw around some curses. One of the players got very unlucky, took in some curses, got them copied by Jester and in the end finished game with 4 points (lowest score I've ever seen). Actually it could be minus 2, because she managed to buy Province somehow. Although I thought the result will be a disaster (and it was, but for everyone), it was close win for me with miserable 16 points.
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17. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:395]
Board Game: Schotten Totten
Stéphane Bourdeau
Canada
Granby
Québec
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Schotten-Totten Best of 3 with GF... She won. Good appetizer game.

Notre Dame Soloplay 58PV

Mage Knight Board Game I've tried the Blitz Conquest scenario (solo). I failed again. I'm not very good at this game but I love it.

Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game
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I realised I was mistaken in the application of the resistance of the enemy ... I was always applying physical resistance in addition with "Cold" or "Fire" resistance. My physical attacks were always halve... Can't wait to start a new adventure.
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18. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:464] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
Board Game: Zombicide
Scott Daniel
United States
San Diego
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Gameday on Saturday

Dominion x1

Started with a game of Dominion while we gathered.

Zombicide x1

First time I'd played this, we thought we were dead, but had a great final round that opened up a path for Wanda to scoot around the edge and pick up the final objective. We did lose Josh when we ran out of walkers and they had two extra moves in once turn.

Race for the Galaxy x1

Our first time with this interesting game as well. I've played 4-5 games against the AI just to have a better sense of what is going one. As I anticipated, we struggled through it, but by the end of the game, the action selection process was beginning to flow and everyone was starting to grasp the flow of the game. This one will definitely see the table again.

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game x1

We were joined by a fifth in the middle of our previous game and since we were up against the clock, we switched to this fine game. We've been playing this regularly, so we bumped up the difficulty on Red Skull and the Skrull invasion, after a slow start where we just couldn't acquire much attack power, we finally got rolling and smacked him around.

Evening - Scrabble x1

After dinner at home, my wife and I played a game of scrabble. I got all my letters down with STUDIOS on turn 3, which always feels great (only the 2nd time I've done that).
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19. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:660]
Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara
Thomas Leitner
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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Played Palaces twice. Really enjoying this game. Heres hoping Z-man gets its act together and releases it (again) in North America soon.

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Board Game: Duel of Ages II


Finally got ahold of the Master Set, and was able to play a bit with it.

Board Game: Vikings


Played this for the first time and liked it quite a bit. I can certainly see why this is such a sought after title.
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20. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:15]
Board Game: Terra Mystica
Friday:
Terra Mystica x2

Saturday:
Terra Mystica x2
Yavalath x4

Sunday:
Aquaretto x2
Zooloretto: Octopus x2
Aquaretto: Three Coworker Tiles x2
Aquaretto: The Trains x2
Völuspá
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21. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:63]
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Played Friday with my daughter. It was the first time playing with two players with this game. It seemed to do pretty well. The play was pretty fast and still even.
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22. Board Game: The Duke [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:536]
Board Game: The Duke
This is the best weekend I've had in awhile. I bought this in a coolstuffinc order that came in this week.

I love this game! This is exactly what I've been looking for. It doesn't do the game justice to call it a chess variant but that might be the easiest way to describe it. There is so much replay value here right out of the box. There are different variant games that are included in the rule book. Not to mention the next few expansions coming out this year.

This is one game I wish I would have kickstarted.

I also played a couple games of carcassonne: the castle. I enjoyed the games but I think regular carcassonne is the better game.
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23. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1110]
Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels
Matthew Cordeiro
United States
Cumberland
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I played 2 games of Star Wars: Epic Duels this weekend. The first game was Jango Fett (my son) and Boba Fett (me) vs. Yoda (my wife) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (my friend). This was the first time my son was allowed to play as his own character - rolling the dice, moving the figures, deciding what actions to take, etc. This was a big deal for him. He's only 3 years old, so I'm just impressed he can handle this level of gaming. On every turn, my son would move his characters in totally random directions. He definitely won the "unpredictable award". Unfortunately for the Fetts, he decided to play mostly as a pacifist, attacking only when he had a Special card. Eventually, Boba Fett was eliminated, and my wife had to feed the baby, so we ended the game there and counted it as a win for the Jedi.

The second game was played later that evening and featured Darth Vader (my son, with me serving as an advisor) and Darth Maul (my wife) vs. Yoda (my brother-in-law) and Luke Skywalker (my sister-in-law). Continuing his pattern of random movement, my son moved Vader right out into the middle of the battle at the very beginning of the game. I persuaded him to do a bit more attacking this time, and Vader surprisingly held his own, despite being a target for everyone. He was still the first main character eliminated, though. His remaining storm troopers managed to take out Luke. It was down to Yoda and Maul. My BIL's inexperience was no match for my wife's veteran-level play. She hit Yoda with a regular attack, Sith Speed attack, Super Sith Speed attack, and a final high power special attack. Good night. Drive home safely.

Also this weekend, one game of 10 Days in the USA with my wife. I got stuck in the Southeast (insert joke here), and my wife won with a nice "heartland of America" itinerary.
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24. RPG: Dungeons & Dragons (3.5 Edition) [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:132]
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Latvia
Riga
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I'd intended to go to two gaming events during the weekend (Friday night and Sunday morning), but my brother needed some help with work in the country home, so I went there. Of course, it wasn't all work, so I got to play some games with him:

Board Game: The Duke
We played 9 games of The Duke on Friday and Saturday. We also added the Shieldmaiden promo for some of them, but she only arrived once and didn't particularly matter even then. Overall, my brother did much better than me, winning 7 of those games.


Video Game: Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia
On Saturday evening, we also tried to play some Heroes of Might and Magic 3.5: In the Wake of Gods (not listed on VGG, so I put the picture of the base game here) on his PC. We only play random maps there, and it took us three attempts to find a decent one - I picked Dungeon as my race to play this evening, and in the first two games I had to start underground [surprise, surprise] surrounded with monster stacks far too powerful to kill. The third game went much better, but it was late, so we didn't play for long.


RPG: Dungeons & Dragons (3.5 Edition)
On Sunday, I returned to the city, and in the evening went to the last gaming event I'd planned for the weekend - a session of D&D 3.5e (the second game in our campaign). We got stuck in a cave where we fought zombie pirates (weaklings) and some huge-ass crabs, one of whom almost took my leg off. But I managed to impale one of them on my sword and then use the combination sword+crab as a hammer. Then we found pirate treasure and summoned an Earth Elemental to get us out of the cave. Good times.
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25. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:315] [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
Board Game: Arkham Horror
Jason Moore
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March
Baden-Württemberg
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This weekend was all about the theme for me. Three heavy-hitters, two of which are among my favourite games and one that I'm new to. Fantastic fun all around.

I never feel like I'm fair to Arkham Horror. I adore it; it's one of the first games I bought last summer when I was rediscovering boardgames as a hobby. I've been meaning to get it back on the table for weeks, but it just seems like such an event even just to set it up. I purchased the Dunwich Horror expansion and mixed much of it in for this play (but I didn't use the new board). The game is always gripping and I actually won my first ever game of it, against Yig, yesterday. It came down to my last investigator, in the final battle, and what was undoubtedly her final throw of the dice before oblivion. (Dexter Drake had been with me up until the penultimate round, reduced to a deaf paranoid-schizophrenic for the last few rounds by the brilliant wound cards). I was so tempted to leave the game up for another session afterwards, but I've also been desperate to replay:


Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

I picked up one of the very few copies that made it into the UK from Essen last year. I've evangelised on it and recommended it plenty of times now, and it's just a game that (like Arkham) is so perfect in the realisation of it's theme. The mechanics of the game are sublime, especially the repercussions of the adventure decks. The double-edged cards (although both edges are likely to cut you) are a masterstroke, and I haven't seen risk/reward/punishment so well implemented in any other game I've played. Again, against the odds, I squeaked a win on the first campaign - which had me grinning from ear to ear. I know many people bemoan the complexity/rules but if you watch Ricky Royal's Box of Delights walkthrough, you'll get it down very quickly - and see just what a great game this is. Highly recommended, although I'm also keeping an eye on Castaways, should it eventually crawl out in the UK.


Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age

Needed more dice, this weekend and decided to dust this off again. I came to it from the app, but this is just a far more fun, tactile experience. Took me a while to decipher precisely how many goods I had to discard at the end of the round. (I can have six holes on the board for six goods, right?)


Merchants & Marauders

New to me, but it's been on the shelf for a while (don't judge me, you're all as bad as I am). I picked up and played Clash of Cultures recently, and was thoroughly impressed. Not sure why it's taken so long to get this to the table, but it'll be coming out with great regularity from now on. A great game, which reminds me in every way of Sid Meier's old Pirates adventure (still a classic!). Will teach this one to my daughter when she nexts visits, as I think the theme is so identifiable it should go over with many different groups.


Finally, I'm about to sit down with the solo/two-player variant of Fleet, which Matt, the designer, very kindly forwarded me. Wanted to get it played last night to offer some feedback, but Arkham ran a touch longer than anticipated.

So, the lack of sunshine in the UK this weekend, wasn't entirely a loss. Haven't enjoyed gaming this much in a long time.
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