What Did You Play This Weekend? 7/29/2013
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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. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:291]
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Didn't do a lot of gaming again this weekend only got in a couple games.

First up is one of my daughter's favorites, Blood Bowl Team Manager. Saturday evening she and I played and she won by a score of 39-31, then Sunday she granted my request for a rematch and she beat me 38-37 on a staff upgrade card right at the end that gave her 1 fan. Gabby has gotten into playing games enough that she now has to log our plays on BGG after we finish up just so she can go back and let me know that she has in fact beaten me two times in a row.

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Played a game of Hanabi Sunday evening, first time playing for my wife. It was the three of us and we scored a fairly respectable 19. Our best score yet. I like this game but you have to control the table talk and not so subtle facial hints.

My wife and Gabby also played a game of Mr. Jack, where my wife was Jack and got away in the 5th round. My daughter really likes this game, but I think at this point I'd rather play Letters from Whitechapel.

Have a great week everyone!
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:29]
Board Game: Agricola
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Been very busy the past week as had a visitor over, but I still managed to get a few games in!

Sunday

Board Game: Jungle Speed
Jungle Speed = 3 Plays

Shawn and I manage to get 3 quick games of this in the afternoon.

Game 1: Shawn was much sharper and quicker to the draw, as I lose.
Game 2: Shawn started making a lot of mistaken grabs, especially between the 2 and 3 knot pictures. I thus manage to win versus him for the first time!
Game 3: This was a true back and forth game, as our piles shrunk and grew. Both of us kept on making mistaken grabs, with me being particularly clumsy as the baton kept flying out of my grasp (which is an automatic mistake and that means I get all the face up cards!). The game ended in a weird way as we both managed to finish turning over our piles with no matches, with a lot of cards under the baton. I check the rules, but I couldn't find a hard and fast rule, but it did mention in another instance that the player with fewer cards wins a tiebreaker. We count the cards, and I had 15 to his 26, meaning I win!

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Lots of cards under the baton, and Shawn's pile (left) had more cards (26 to my 15) meaning I win!

OTHER GAMES PLAYED DURING THE WEEK:

Thursday

I am glad to be able to visit my FLGS, as this does not happen often these days. This means I can get to play some Euros!

Board Game: Agricola: World Championship Deck – 2011
Agricola

I finally manage to get this played again with Vangie. This is the first time I get to use the Agricola: World Championship Deck – 2011 decks. I select the alpha deck while she chooses the Epsilon deck, and we each had to choose only 7 occupations and 7 Minor Improvements to compose out starting hand from each deck. My early play of the Apple Picker occupation and the Steamer minor improvement enabled me to really maximize the Take 1 Grain action, and despite not getting a Fireplace or Cooking Hearth I never was in any trouble of starving the entire game. Vangie went into early animal farming as usual, and she really developed her farm well especially with use of the Rotherham Plow. She also hogged a lot of the clay and this prevented me from renovating my wooden house. Clay is really tight in a 2P game but with the Buried Treasure card I managed to get a lot of stone, enabling me to get a Stone Oven, and with abundant food I grew my family more than her.

By the end game Vangie did a much better job in developing her farm plot than me, but my bigger family and points from improvements and bonuses carry me to a 37 to 32 victory!

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My farm 37 points

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Vangie's better looking and developed farm, but her smaller family cost her to lose with 32 points

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End game scores

Board Game: San Juan
San Juan

This also gets played after a 3 month hiatus. I manage to get a Chapel and Harbor out early, and this means I get to really put a lot of cards underneath for the rest of the game, especially as Vangie was producing and trading a lot with her Aquaduct and Customs house. We both ended building the high scoring trophy buildings, and Vangie also managed to build both the Palace and the Residence versus my City Hall, and she ended the game by being the first to build 12 structures. My stored cards under both the Chapel and Harbor gave me 14 points however, and this enabled me to overcome her advantage in building points and large structure bonuses as I win with a score of 40 to 37!

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My tableau. All those face down cards carried me to victory!

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Vangie's tableau

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End game scoring

Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small

The final game of the day was in the evening between me and my wife Betty. I manage to jumpstart my farm by grabbing the cheaper special buildings early (storage building and shelter), and while Betty had more animals than me by the end game, she again gets a -3 penalty for the 3rd game in the row for failing to get more than 3 cows, and coupled with my huge 8.5 points due to my stockpiled unused building materials in the Storage Building I thus barely win with a score of 45.5 to Betty's 44!

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My winning farm + scoresheet

It was a good day, as I get 3 wins in 3 different games!
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3. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:98]
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This weekend we have the WorldRPG Fest, a huge (for uor standards) event about RPG, boardgames and everything geek. Since I was helping in a stand, I didn't play as much as I taught games. It was fun, nevertheless. What I did play was:

Thursday

Board Game: Kemet
Kemet - It was my first game of Kemet and I rather liked it. The game has a big room for strategy, since your actions aren't blocked by the others (if you want to move, for example, you will move, unless, you know, your army is destroyed first). The components are beautiful and the art top-notch. It is a game about area control and conflict - a lot of conflict. So if you don't like this sort of thing, stay away. In our match everyone was involved until the end, and in the final round, three of the four players had chances of winning. I won by the skin of my teeth, since a battle among other players could take the victory from me, if the attacker had won - but it was a draw!



Friday

Board Game: Mice and Mystics
Mice and Mystics - We started a campaign on this one. We played friday the first scenario - Flight to Barksburg - and we were in bad shape (Tilda was captured once and the cheese clock was running really fast) until we helped Miss Maggie, the cook. With two achievements gained there, we bought more time to reach the patio and the tree, which we did rather easily.



Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse
Sentinels of the Multiverse - It was a four players game in which we played with: Absolute Zero, Expatriette, Argent Adept and Tachyon (I). The heroes faced the Chairman & the Operative in Insula Primalis. We were beat upside down from the start, but after a few equipaments and ongoing were on the table, we started to even things out. The velociraptors were on our side and helped quite a lot. But, the end result was a draw - we beat the villains, but with one terrible mistake (in favor of the heroes), so we settle for a draw.



Saturday

Board Game: Zogar's Gaze
Zogar's Gaze x2 - I played two games of this on saturday, inside the stand! In the first one I was really lucky, and found all the treasures and beat the Wraith, fulfilling both my objectives for the win. In the second game, I started well, but everything was downhill afterward. The other players fulfilled their races objectives, but couldn't manage to win before Zogar himself did - so everyone lost.



Sunday

Board Game: Legends of Andor
Legends of Andor - A four players game on the second scenario - Long Live the King. I played with Kram, the dwarf. The game was a really close one: the Castle was invaded by two creatures, and four others was on the verge of entering, ending the scenario with defeat for the heroes. But, reforced by Runes and potions made by the Witch, the four heroes manage to heal the King and destroy the Skrall general and his fortress in the Forest when the story marker was one step away from the end. A great game!



Board Game: The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings - A three players game - I played with Frodo. We passed through Moria easily, but Helm's Deep beat us somewhat, and the Lair of Shelob made us her hacky sack. The Pippin player was without cards and we all could smell the eye drop used by Sauron. Anyway, we manage to reach Mordor, and, lo and behold, Sam's player and I saved some cards to really advance fast in the main track, and we also took the Éowyn card, thus changing a bad Event in a good. The hobbits reached Mount Doom and all of them were alive when the Ring was tossed in the fire.




And that was it!
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4. Board Game: City of Remnants [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:2118]
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Got a two player game in on Friday. It was fun. Lost to my daughter due to the Forbidden Knowledge card.(I think that's the name.)
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5. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:63]
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Friday night played a five player game. Tied for second with the wife(who I finally convinced to play). This was our first five player game. This game scales very nicely with all the number of players.
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6. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Anniversary Edition [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked]
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Four player game. My son was happy everyone else's ship was breaking up instead of his. Usually he has ship parts all over the place. This a really fun light hearted game.
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7. Board Game: Bubble Talk [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:17483]
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Not much gaming this weekend. Friday night with my wife's family, we celebrated the summer birthdays. We had 13 of us. Started off with the Apples to Apples alternative, Bubble Talk. In this, you look at a picture, and choose the best cation for it from your hand. The judge mixes them all up, chooses their favorite, and that player gets a point.

After that, we combined two games of Telestrations so everyone could play, and played twice. We don't keep score in this, but as always, there were some hilarious drawings.

We ended the night with a game of Smart Ass. In this, the reader takes a card that has either a person, place, or object. There are ten clues on the card and they are read in order. Anyone can shout out an answer at any time while the clues are being read. Whoever gets it first wins, but you only get one guess. If you're wrong, you can't guess again for that card.
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8. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:92]
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Board Game: Pandemic


Saturday
2x - Pandemic

We had friends come in to town and introduced them to Pandemic. The first game was also my wife's first time playing 4p.

We got off to a slow start trying to get into position to cover the map and clear virus cubes. We picked up two cures but things were starting to grow out of control to the point that we were overtaken by outbreaks.

We kept the same roles (Dispatcher, Scientist, Generalist, and Archivist). With a better feel for our team, game play, and what everyone needed to do we went to work finding two cures a bit earlier and had better coverage. Then de ja vu started to set in as we started to see teh accumulation of cubes again. We had kept the Outbreaks in check but we were running out of Player Cards. Ultimately we found the last two cures in the last three turns with no more Player Cards to draw had we needed to do so. Phew...


My wife and I started a game of Kingsburg Sunday night but it sits in-progress on the dining room table to be finished tonight. We spent some time Friday and Sunday watching videos and discussing games we'd like to try at Gen Con, i.e. getting our plan together. She has decided to come on Friday too, so we'll need to upgrade her badge when we get there. We are getting very excited to go to one of these conventions for more than just a day trip.

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9. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:536]
Board Game: Coloretto
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Only one game of Coloretto this whole weekend! cry
Oh well, it was for a good reason I guess. My wife's family (Brown) was having a reunion, the first after 5 years. All 9 of the siblings showed and 10 of the next generation along with 12 of the next, next generation. A loud busy time mostly outdoors around the fire pit in the original family farm yard.

Interestingly I played Coloretto with Don, who is from Kenya and married to a niece. He calls himself the 'Black' Brown and is more a part of the family than some who did not make it.
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10. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:504]
Board Game: Defenders of the Realm
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In the weekend I’ve been quite busy playin:

Defenders of the Realm - A three-player game: we lost when we ran out of taint crystals.

Cyclades - Two games: I won easily the four-player one and was stripped of success in the five-player, when the winner got his second metroplis by taking my second metropolis. Nice games.

HeroQuest - Two four-player games: we (as the party) won both.

Carcassonne - Two very bungling games with random expansions: the first game was six-player, the second one three-player.

Takenoko - A four-player game: I placed second, two points behind the winner (exactly the two-point bonus he got for completing his seventh quest card).

Shadow Hunters - An eight-player game (German edition): the werewolves won.
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11. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:246]
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A marathon game on Saturday. I played the Hapsburgs. The Protestant player was making great strides converting, so I abandoned my fight in the east to concentrate on taking out the squabbling French and English also hoping to make the Ottomans a threat to the Protestants. I was too late, as the Protestants won in a runaway.

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Board Game: Troyes


First time as a 2P. Worked very well.

Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara


The more I play, the more I like.

Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar


Perhaps the worst game of Tzolk'in ever played. The winner scored in the low forties. I was not that person. I did worse. We collectively apologize to the designers.

Board Game: Jaipur


Got a quick introduction to this game. I liked it, and would play it some more.
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12. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:98]
Board Game: Kemet
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We played Kemet with Maevre and Richard. I'm not big on games about war, even the light ones, but we gave it to Richard for his birthday, so I kind of backed myself into a corner, there Besides, I like to play them once so I can complain about them better afterwards.

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This was my twitter report:

- Damn, I got tricked into playing a wargame! (Kemet)
- OMG there's Stargates! And the pyramids are teleporters! Jaffa kree! #Kemet #boardgame
- The offensive marvel at the top of the mana tree got ninja'ed, so now my specialty is getting mana and beaten up! #kemet #boardgame
- I'm the masochist priestess tribe of ancient Egypt! We throw the best parties. #ManaForEveryone #kemet #boardgame
- Hurr, I ended in second place? Go priestesses! #sexpositive #kemet #boardgame

It was actually not a bad game. Combat resolution is quick (thank ALL the gods), and it's not so much a strategic digging-in game as more of a battlegrounds free-for-all. You get points for winning a battle and the penalties for losing are small, so you get a constant stream of people fighting the weakest opponent left from the previous fight until everyone has had time to gear up... then the whole thing starts over again. The player with the least points decided the turn order, and so far making yourself go last was a great thing to get ahead. Also, there's power-ups that kind of work as a tech tree and making combo's is always nice.

We also played Innovation (easy win for con) and after that Innovation: Echoes of the Past in the Iello version that just came out. With the expansion, the game looks even cooler! Conlaen was a little flustered by all the new options (then again he drew a lot more of them), and I eeked out a smooth win as well. Love this game!
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13. Board Game: Monty Python Fluxx [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:3089]
Board Game: Monty Python Fluxx
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Board Game: Monty Python Fluxx
There are rights of passage in every man's life. One of those is watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail. My son, his friend, and I watched this last Friday. This, of course, necessitated playing the corresponding Fluxx game, which up until Friday was the only way my son had experienced that movie. Now it all becomes clear. My son won, BTW.


Board Game: Seasons: Enchanted Kingdom
We also played a three-player hand of Seasons. As much as I like Seasons, successive plays with the Seasons: Enchanted Kingdom expansion is revealing a weakness in the game for me: I have trouble keeping track of how my cards are interacting and the potential of each card to do something beneficial each turn. If I'm serving as game manager, this problem gets amplified. I feel like my head is spinning trying to track everything that is happening.

Case in point, it appeared that I had won. Driving the friend home afterward, on the way back I realized I had not subtracted my bonus plays penalty, which actually left my son the winner, not me. Because so much is happening in Seasons, and the scores fluctuate so much due to card effects, each game seems to end with a score that feels more like a suggestion than an actual result. The number of opportunities to make a scoring mistake are numerous, and forgetting any one chance to score can throw the result into limbo. This may be a game better managed in its digital form than in the cardboard and plastic "analog" version.


Board Game: Power Grid: China/Korea
Played an epic six-player game of Power Grid on the China map at my FLGS. The game took three hours to play, but unlike the prior game of Power Grid I'd played, it never felt like it had worn out its welcome before the game ended. I had not played the China map before (in fact, this was only my second play of Power Grid, though I own the game), and it proved so tight, that everyone guessed wrong who the winner might be, and the finale came down to a triple tie-breaker decided entirely by $5. Wow. I came in tied for third, yet that still felt satisfying, given how tightly we all finished.

Power Grid is such a nicely balanced game. There's a reason why it's so highly respected. It has a flow and an elegance that just work. Yeah, it may be a little long for what you get (really, this is a gateway game for people moving from lighter games to heavier ones), but under the right situation, it's a satisfying play, even if it can feel like nothing more than number-crunching at the end.


Board Game: Tapple
Played Tapple with the leftover players from the Power Grid game, plus my son. Unfortunately, he had a dispute with how I played and had a meltdown, which meant kicking him out of the game for a couple rounds. Sigh.

I got a rule wrong in the game, despite its simplicity. Still, we had a fun time, even if the group playing was hardcore gamers. See, even the hardcore folks can lighten up now and then.
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14. Board Game: Navegador [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:216]
Board Game: Navegador
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Sunday:
Battle Line x2
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15. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:44]
Board Game: Eclipse
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Board Game: Magic: The Gathering
Several games of Magic: The Gathering were interspersed with all of our other plays. It's getting to the point where I can't accurately recall how many games we've played so I'm just going to stop tracking them. Suffice to say, we've played quite a bit and have been enjoying it for the one whole week that we've been back into it, though I'm feeling like we're playing it a little too much and not taking advantage of the time we have to play some longer, more complex games.

Board Game: Merchant of Venus (Second Edition)
Friday's game of choice was Merchant of Venus since the last time we had played it was before we actually had a game room and had plenty of time to play it. She struggled to get any of her missions completed as they required actual work while mine were to simply have a level 2 pilot while landed in location X, so I hopped from one place to another completing free missions and dropping off a slew of passengers. By the end she was well behind; her rolling double 1s on her Fuzzy Dice roll was the only thing that kept her somewhat in the game, giving her an extra 350 credits. Her 1,220 credits, unfortunately, was not enough to beat my 1,750 credits.

Board Game: Pirates vs. Dinosaurs
Saturday's first game was Pirates vs. Dinosaurs. While still interesting, we were quite as captivated by it this time. There's something about the dig site mechanic at the end of the game that seems really disconnected from the rest of it. I was the first one to the site and managed to recover a few minor treasures but hit a string of bad luck with a series of dinosaur attacks, volcano activity, and curses. I used an envoy to get back some crew, only to hit my third curse which reduced my crew to 0 and forced me to discard all of my treasures. I admitted defeat, letting her win 20,000 to 0. Ouch.

Board Game: Suburbia
Game number two for Saturday: Suburbia! I thought I was doing great, getting my income jacked up fairly early on giving me plenty of buying power. She was always just slightly ahead on the population track for most of the game until I finally caught up. Things were going fantastic as the last round completed; I was ahead by a rather large amount. First part of scoring: score public goals... Oh crap, I forgot all about the public goals! She managed to score both public ones plus her personal goal which netted her a whopping 45 points. I only scored my personal goal for 10. Had I actually paid attention to any of the public goals and scored just one, I would have won the game by 5 points. Instead I lost 151 to 136. Mental note: next time, pay attention to the public goals... No idea how I forgot about them this time.

Board Game: Eclipse
Our one game on Sunday was Eclipse. Things started a little rough for both of us as we both got penned in fairly close to our home sectors by either Ancient Cruisers or two Ancient ships in the first turn. It took a little while for us to both build up enough tech and a fleet to deal with the challenge and continue exploring. By the last turn we both had some pretty heavy firepower. It looked like she was going to make an attempt on my border territory so I quickly upgraded my ships and moved them into the sector to deter her which ended up being enough. I ended up winning by 13 points thanks to having filled up a large portion of my research track and from shields I earned through battles.

So a pretty awesome weekend for gaming as we managed to get in 3 games that we haven't played for quite a while and really wanted to visit again. With next weekend being a long one, we're hoping to get a couple of friends over to play some games so hopefully we can pack even more in!
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16. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:381] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse
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Another play of Sentinels. This is one my top played games. I love the game and everyone i play it with always has fun.

I also played:

Board Game: Eminent Domain
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Board Game: Peloponnes

And another session of:
RPG: Mutants & Masterminds Third Edition
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17. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:110]
Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)
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Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)

Plays: 8

Descent
1 Exploding with theme!
2 Amazing quest design
3 Highly strategic
4 Incredibly addictive
5 Tactical skirmish fun!


Another week of Descent. Another week of mind blown away.

It's incredible when we stop to appreciate the new designer team who gave Descent an overhaul. They took away the old-fashion ugly and put in rich trendy mechanics.

The game would have been just okay with the base mechanics. But in our group, two things set Descent 2.0 apart from other games.

One. The remarkably designed quests.
My buddies and I are totally in awe with the quests. It is not a go-in-kill-all affair. All quests we played so far allow for the heroes to analyse the "mission" and plan strategies on how they will approach the game. There were many instances where a subtle decision in one turn can affect how the game play out.

We are so impressed at how much game there is in such small map space!

Two. The expansiveness of the system.
The system was created to provide so many fun and interesting combinations. It is easily expandable. With the base game alone, I foresee 50 to 100 hours of gaming fun. But with the expansions, it becomes endlessly replayable.

I'm running two campaign groups in parallel right now. And everyone is ecstatic about Descent 2.0.

This week, Descent 2.0 has officially become my #1 game. Check out my review:

RPG in a box (An extremely long-winded review of my #1 game)

I've also created a comic-style guide as an aid for new players to get them started on their first game of Descent 2.0 as the heroes. This is meant to be played with 1 experienced player as the Overlord:

Heroes Quickstart Guide to Descent 2.0 (comic-style)

I love this game!

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18. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:165]
Board Game: Goa
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Annual trip to the 1000 Islands, which always means a lot of gaming. This year only one of the games Phil taught me made it to my buy list. The jury is still out on another one. Lucky for me the game I want was back in stock when I checked last night. Any guesses?

Hint: It may have something to do with the game I chose for this entry.

New to me games are in red.

THURSDAY
Innovation
Galaxy Trucker
Galaxy Trucker: The Big Expansion
Galaxy Trucker: Another Big Expansion
K2
Suburbia


FRIDAY
Eclipse*
Wurfel Bohnanza
Tichu
Revolution
Escape x 3
Escape: Illusions x 2
Love Letter
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small

SATURDAY
Goa**
Time's Up
Cards Against Humanity
Morels
San Juan
Biblios
King of Tokyo x 2
Jaipur
Parade x 2

*I've played this about a dozen times on my iPad, but this was the first time I played my physical copy. Obviously it took a lot longer to play, but I still loved it.

**I had read the rules and went through a solo 2P game online to get a feel for the flow of play ahead of time. I had high hopes and wasn't at all disappointed.

REGRETS (some of the unplayed)
Resistance: Avalon
Space Dealer
Steam

DISCOVERY
Found out that the following user isn't a very good swimmer:
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AWESOMENESS
Phil more than makes up for his aquatic deficiencies with his Tichu game. I can easily sit back and play a support role as illustrated below:

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19. Board Game: Peloponnes [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:896]
Board Game: Peloponnes
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Corpus Christi
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First try at this one after ordering it from Boards Bits. Need to push it around again before trying to teach it, but I think it's one my wife will play. Thanks, Rahdo, for pointing me to this one.
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Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
Also set up the first stock round of 1830: Railways & Robber Barons after watching Enrico's "Calandale Treatment." Except for his private companies purchases, it was pretty plausible for a six-player start. Can't say I've come up with a better system for modeling the purchases of private companies, so it's about to go back up to the shelf until the next time our group gets the 18xx urge.
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20. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:36]
Board Game: Power Grid
James Garcia
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Harlingen
Texas
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I got some games in on Wednesday but since this is for the weekend I won't go into detail. So I'll just say I played Sorry! Revenge Card Game (x2), Elder Sign, Formula D, Shadows over Camelot, and Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game.

Friday

Board Game: Power Grid

My fiancee was busy with a few things so Michael, Manny, and I started without her. Our first game up was Power Grid. I really do enjoy the strategy aspect of the game, and I feel each aspect of the game adds it's own unique flavor that doesn't overpower the others as to make the game particularly about one specific aspect. My strategy in the beginning was simply keep the numbers low. I purposely kept myself in last on the turn track so I could buy up as many supplies as I can. I also fanned my network through all the cheapest routes on the board (Europe side). Once I hit city number 6 I turned it up a notch and went network crazy. I only worried about powering all my cities every other turn so that I could concentrate on building and bidding on the next round. In between those rounds of powering I would only power enough cities as to get the money I needed. Everything was precalculated in my head at least 2 rounds in advance. This strategy worked and I powered my way to victory with me powering 16 of my 17 cities while Michael and Manny both tied at 13.


Board Game: Mice and Mystics

My fiancee decided to join us after finishing up her errands. Next up was Mice and Mystics. The last time we played as a group we got our asses handed to us on Chapter 1, so we had yet to complete it. Chapter 1 it is then. This time around things were more in our favor. We were all rolling great and stuck together for cheese trading and for Tilda to heal the mice when needed. We got into a small argument on whether or not to go into the kitchen. In the end we decided since we weren't campaigning that we were going to skip it since we were just whacking roaches. We defeated the chapter and I read the story that goes into chapter 2. My fiancee got excited as she has been wanting to play as Lily, but the character is not part of chapter 1 but is available in Chapter 2. At least I think she is I haven't spoiled anything for us by reading ahead.


Board Game: Zombie Dice

Both the previous games took up the majority of the time we had so we put in a very light and fast game to end the night, and out came Zombie Dice. This game hates me to no end. Seriously my highest recorded score up until this play was 3, yes 3. Everybody started out strong with scores of 6-6-5 while I sat for 2 turns at 2. My fiancee and my brother both stopped at 12 and Manny had gotten stuck at 6. I rolled and hit an awesome streak of 6 (remember this is huge for me), and shattered my previous personal best of 3 LOL. Then my luck changed. My fiance triggered the last round by getting to 14. My brother then got to 14 but rolled shots to the face to knock him out. Manny was up and somehow got from 6 to 15. My turn came up and it was epic. I turned 8 into 22 (new group record). We have a house rule in that if you beat the persons score who triggered the end round then they get another go at your score to try and top that, hence why I stopped at 22 rather then 16. That and I didn't have a single shot at the time I hit 16. My fiancee just hit a bad roll and eliminated herself. It was up to Manny and he made me nervous when he got to 19. 3 shots to him later and I was victorious. I believe angels sang when this happened.


Sunday

Board Game: Jaipur

No games happened on Saturday and Sunday was almost the same. I was hanging out upstairs working on my labels for my baggies. I was doing this because when people help me out in putting my games away I always end up with extra baggies, and then have to sort out the components the next time we play which adds to our start time. I bought some Avery labels and have been creating some nice ones in Word so that people know what goes where. My fiancee got bored doing whatever and found me upstairs. I could tell she was bored so I asked if she wanted to play and she jumped at the chance. I let her pick and she started us off with Jaipur. I have beaten her once at this game, and this game was no different. The first round she snuck one by me. She edged me out in points with the first round score being 71-73. So close. Round 2 was a blow out. She demolished me. Final score for round 2 was 68-79 and that was because I had the camel token.


Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple

It was already late and we both had work the next day so we decided on one last game, but made sure we picked a fast one. I mentioned Escape: The Curse of the Temple and she loved the idea. We had never played this 2-player so we only played the base game as we didn't know what to expect. 10 minutes later we escaped the temple and with at least one minute to spare. I think next time we will add the expansions since the base game was to easy for us. Great game though.


Things are looking bleak for my weekend again, however my comic book shop got bought out by a bigger badder one from a few cities over. These new owners have an awesome inventory and I found out that they sell board games too. Don't know to what extent so I might make myself known over there to check out their stock. I also heard rumor that they are looking for people to help them run an RPG and board game night. I hope this is true. I still somehow manage to find a way to game so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that.
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21. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:2000] [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game
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Wilkes Barre
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Was able to get two games in this weekend, but should have much more time in the future.

My wife was able to kill four arch-enemies early and reduce deck size while I wasn't. I made a great comeback killing last four arch-enemies and taking the victory.

Race for the Galaxy

My first game, while my wife had played three weeks ago and has been itching to play again. We tied because I misread a card and thought it would've given many more points.
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22. Board Game: Viking Funeral [Average Rating:5.91 Unranked]
Board Game: Viking Funeral
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Colorado Springs
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On Friday, my wife and I played Viking Funeral (she won) and Love Letter (I won). On Saturday, we had some friends over for dinner and played Gloom (I came in last) and Tobago (I came in second). On Sunday, my wife and I played another round of Viking Funeral (I won).
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23. Board Game: Myrmes [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:513]
Board Game: Myrmes
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Québec
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Light gaming week-end for me.

With the game group:
Started things off with a 6 player game of Corporate America, a recent game that came out via Kickstarter.
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It's a nice political game with some negotiation that lasted 2h. The game is all about making money by starting companies of different types, backing presidential candiates to ensure benefits from legislation, and synergy with other businesses. The game was quite fun, even though I finished last. I went all in in the very last phase and struck out with my financial businesses.

We followed up with a quick little 100 point game of Tumblin-Dice Nice little dexterity game, lots of fun.
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Finiahed the night with a 4 player game of Völuspá, a fun nice tile game. Finished 2nd as the tiebreaker is that the 1st player scoring the high score wins. That sucked!
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Friday Night at my friend's place

4 player game of Myrmes that my friend got as a gift. It's a nice game, very slow startup as every player does the same thing, race for leveling their tech and get another worker, it starts to vary mid game where all players have options, and the end kinda sucks as all players race to get food. Overall a decent and very nice themed worker placement. But those are not my cup of tea. I took the win by 4 points.
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24. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:9] [Average Rating:8.30 Unranked]
Board Game: Twilight Struggle
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Friday:
I was the judge for a small A Game of Thrones: The Card Game tournament at Fandomfest. We had an odd number of players, so I sat out. I did get to play 2 games on the side, though.


Saturday:
As with the night before, I was the judge for the Android: Netrunner tournament and didn't get to play. I did get 2 side games in, though.

Happily, gaming continued for the rest of the day:
A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) -- I drew Greyjoy. After eliminating Lannister from the game T3, I won on T6 (play errors kept me from winning on both T4 and 5; must pay more attention to the little things).

Star Wars: The Card Game -- finally got to do some testing on my new Edge of Darkness decks. 2x.

Twilight Struggle -- Won on T5 as USSR against a more experienced player. I had a pretty good run of luck through the game, too; very satisfying all around.


Sunday:
Meltdown 2020 -- this was one of those games that one of our group had in his collection but hadn't actually gotten to play yet. It was okay and didn't take long, but I don't see myself ever suggesting it over most other games.

Can't Stop -- I was the last one to actually get on the board. I won anyway.

Mao - 2x. I discovered this one recently and have been anxious to try it out. I like it.

Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery -- another one I've been wanting to try. I really, really liked it.

Earlier in the week I got to play Android: Netrunner (4x); A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (2x); The Walking Dead Card Game; and The Castles of Burgundy (2x).

All in all, a fantastic week of gaming.
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25. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:601]
Board Game: 6 nimmt!
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Saturday Gaming
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Sumeria - 1x - Trying to thin out my game library I solo'ed an unplayed game from my collection to learn it and see if I want to keep it around.

I ran 3 players and I really liked the game. It is really simple, but things can swing quickly with the right plays. I look forward to getting this out with multiple players. I will keep it around until then since it is a small box.

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Sunday Gaming
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We had 6 of our regular 7 group but no one felt like prepping for one of our RPG games, so it was a board game night.

I had put a call out for people to try out and help me thin out my board game collection, and everyone was happy to give feedback. All of these game were new to the group. The problem I ran into is I had it in my mind there would be 5 people, so I grabbed a lot of 3-5 player games, but there was actually 5 players PLUS myself. So we played what we could together and then the group split up, for the first time ever, I think.

6 Nimmt! - 1x - this was was a big hit! We had to work out the rules and the geek was a big help since my copy is non-english. After we got things ironed out, it was a blast. It took us 3 rounds for someone to hit 66. This will definitely be a keeper.

Gauntlet of Fools - 1x - after 6 Nimmt! there was some debate as to whether we should play it again, or try something new, but it was quickly decided to play as much new stuff as we could. It took a bit for us to get into the game since this was another game I had not played before. While everyone liked the idea of the game, 4 players did not like the way the game worked at all, and only one other guy actually wanted to give it another go. I will try this one out again with some other people, but it has definitely taken its first few step toward the "trade/sell" pile.

And that is where the games that fit everyone ran out. There was some talk of getting 6 Nimmt! out again (they really liked it), but again, the voices to forge ahead prevailed.

Tower of Babel - 1x - I played this game with two other guys. I have had this game for a long time, but it had only hit the table once before. That early on in my introduction to the hobby, so I was terrible at reading rulebooks and teaching games. It went over like a lead balloon at the time, but I wanted to give it another shot.

I am glad I did. Everyone had a good time even though the strategy wasn't completely apparent at the time of playing. We actively discussed strategy throughout the game and we talked about the significance of grabbing building tokens, when to really push for control of wonders, and throwing your weight around to get rejections and failed builds for points. We also played without the action cards since I had read someplace that they were a late addition to the design and Knizia and players both feel they aren't a great one.

The other group of three took on Ad Astra since one guy had played a two player game (we both controlled a 3rd proxy player) before and he taught the game to everyone else. The guy who taught the game said he didn't remember it too fondly and was surprised that I thought about ditching Settlers of Catan in favor if Ad Astra.

By the time we finished Tower of Babel, the Ad Astra game was into its 3rd round, and everyone was talking about how much they liked the game. The guy who had played the game before was singing a different tune.

"I forgot that this and that and I really dig this game. I don't know why I thought I didn't like it!" - or something like that.

Another guy said if I end up getting rid of it, he would buy it off of me. I don't think that will be happening though. Settlers of Catan might be in trouble. I need to get my wife to play Ad Astra and get her opinion since she is a big fan of Catan.

I would like to emphasize how much I appreciated my Sunday RPG / Boardgame group. They were all about getting some games knocked out.
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