GCL Phoenix 207 - A Holiday Season Special (22 December 2014)
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The topic for this week is the holiday season almost upon us. I know and respect that we are diverse as people, so feel free to put this into whatever context fits best for you.

For me this season is about family, love and happiness, spending time with good people, being thankful for the lives we have.

So a merry holiday season to you all.

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1. Board Game: A Christmas Carol [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Board Game: A Christmas Carol
Nicolai Broen Thorning
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It is the time to be kind to each other, be merry and eat to much. Along with that comes the inevitable deluge of Christmas songs in old and new forms.

To me it seems every year we get them a little earlier here in Denmark but most of the songs we have heard over and over again.

This is my attempt to continue somewhat with the music-inspired theme...



This year sees the 30th Anniversary of this one, which wasn't even a song for the holidays but just made it big - and the song responsible for George Michael cutting his hair I believe...

What are your best/ worst songs for the holidays?
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2. Board Game: Tradition [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Tradition
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The Holiday season is perhaps for many a time for traditions. It certainly is for my family, even if they are sometimes changing, evolving, just as we are as people.

What are some of your favourite traditions?

Do you see them changing? Perhaps as you grow older, establish a family or move state/ city/ country?

Any gaming related traditions? - and feel free to include the whole year.
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3. Board Game: My Precious Presents [Average Rating:5.98 Unranked]
Board Game: My Precious Presents
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It is also a time for giving for many people:

If you were on the receiving end of just one boardgame (or related) present this year - which one are you hoping for?

... and if you are on the other end:

What would you give and who would you give it to?
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4. Board Game: Patchistory [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1099]
Board Game: Patchistory
Bryan Maxwell
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Patchistory x 1

Another enjoyable 3-player session where I finished a distant last (172-166-137)

King of Siam x 1

A 2-player game with my wife. It was close enough as to almost feel arbitrary at the end. Only 1 difference between our cube supplies, and I won on a tiebreaker. This one makes my brain fry.

Uptown x 1

Dusted this one of after almost 3 years on the shelf. It's a simple, sometimes nasty, sudoku-style game that my wife and I are fond of. I got it years ago from Funagain (along with Scandanavian edition of Lost Cities) very cheaply. The game has been rethemed (de-themed?) as Blockers!, replacing the champagne, flappers and men with top hats with generic colors and shapes. Pity.

Board Game: Blockers!


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Christmas!

I'm off school/work for 3 weeks, which is quite the double-edged sword.

Games-wise, my wife and I should be able to get more gaming in. Tomorrow we're taking the kids and going to a friend's house to play games and shoot the shit. I got a gift card from one of my coworkers and used it to order Bruges: The City on the Zwin, which should be here tomorrow. We also have Viticulture: Tuscany – Expand the World of Viticulture and Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Honor & Duty coming soon from Kickstarter.
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5. Board Game: Flip City [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2044] [Average Rating:6.35 Unranked]
Board Game: Flip City
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_7_ Flip City x1 New!
Learning game with all three kids. Took us a bit to get the hang of it and in the end I missed the chance to win and my youngest son got it.

Mandy has a video that shows the components of the game and how it plays.
https://boardgamegeek.com/video/59494/

The one thing we are doing to make things easier is we keep our decks and discard piles oriented 90 degrees horizontal, so when cards are played in the play area it is obvious what is in play, what is the deck, and what are the discards.

_10_ Innovation x1
Three player game with my wife and youngest son, this time using Echoes and Figures. This was the first game with both expansions (which I actually thought worked better than playing Figures without Echoes). My wife won with us in the sixth era.

_8_ Deep Sea Adventure x1
My wife and daughter joined me and wife's sister C. on this one (at daughter's request). We're getting a bit more cautious and earning some points, although C. didn't follow our wisdom and scored 15. My wife had 18 and myself 30, but my daughter got 31 to win.

_7_ Key Harvest x1
Youngest son and my wife dusted this off with me. My wife compared this a bit to Castles of Burgundy which she finds more interesting than this. I like setting prices for tiles where sometimes you want them bought and want the best price and other times you want to buy it yourself so you want to make it cheap as possible but not so cheap someone else takes it. In the end I managed this the best to win with 39, my son 35, and my wife 31.

_7_ Flip City x1
Second play with this time my boys joining me to teach my wife. I won but sadly my wife didn't enjoy the game although boys like it. She doesn't like that the cards you play get discarded at the end of the turn; she prefers having things built in front of her like Machi Koro.

_7_ Pax Porfiriana x1
Learning game to teach my two boys. We were all able to build a decent economy and I got myself a couple of outrage points, but the first topple came up and youngest son managed to in by Revolution. However, to do so, his first action was a strawman play on himself to give him a Revolution point, which costs two actions, and also put him in jail, but he had his third action to buy the topple to win. Boys both liked it enough to tell me to keep it for now, although neither thought it would be as popular as Innovation.

_6_ Greentown x1
Both boys joined me to teach this to my wife. She enjoyed the game! Everyone scored 22 points in the end except youngest son who won with 24.

_6_ Maskmen x1 New!
Oldest son and I learned this and we both won two rounds for a tie.

_8_ Abluxxen x1
Four rounds with my three kids. In the end youngest son acquired 54 points to my 52, while oldest son had 43 and daughter 31. This one has become a favorite of all the kids but especially my daughter.

_8_ Deep Sea Adventure x1
My wife and daughter along with sister C. and myself for another dive into the ocean. I got really lucky and barely made it back in the second round which won me the game with 44. This time C. got 35, my wife 24, and daughter was too greedy and only got 13.
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6. Board Game: Arkwright [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:531]
Board Game: Arkwright
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Scorecard for the Week/Month/Year as of 20Dec2014:

12/31/558 plays of 8/16/215 total games, with 3/7/32 expansions employed.
Plays with 10/20/85 distinct opponents.

1/2/53 games acquired (plus 0/3/20 expansions.) - オカシノビ (Okashinobi) belatedly added to the DB.
0/0/15 games sold/traded (plus 0/0/6 expansions.)
0/0/22 games ordered (plus 0/0/11 expansions.)
Orders for 6 games and 3 expansions still outstanding.

And now with transliterations!. Blame Jon.

With my youngsters:
2x _7.3_ R - We split the pair. Son #2 is convinced he's better than me at this one, which is very fun. The extra confidence inspires seems to improve his concentration and analysis (not that this game really permits a whole lot of either; but no matter.) I wonder (idly!) how he'd do at Go if he believed he could win!
2x _7_ Yavalath - Three player with my two sons. It's very cool. (Though the Android app enforces a rule that I'm not convinced I believe. In the 3p game, if the next player can win with their next move one must attempt to block. But the app requires one to block instead of winning oneself, which seems naively wrong, even if it is the "right" rule.)

With the Wednesday Night guys:
1x _7_ オカシノビ (Okashinobi) New! - Definitely not at its best with 3, but it works. And really pretty well. I'm very intrigued as to what it feels like with six or seven - and, ideally, over multiple rounds (much the way one plays Palastgeflüster.)
1x _9_ Terra Mystica (including 4 Town Tiles and Bonus Card Shipping Value) - This was entertaining. All of us had been practicing against Lode's AI so none of us pulled punches in race selection (or, indeed, anywhere else in the game.) I had the Darklings, which I'd deluded myself I understood reasonably well. It might actually be true!
2x _7.7_ 開拓王 (Kaitaku-ō 'King of Frontier') (with もっと建物を! (motto tatemono o! 'More Buildings!')) - Extremely tractable and charming. Other than the "let me tell you what all these buildings do" step (which I still need to get better at!) the game is fast, sensible, intriguing, clear. And the other guys thought the only appropriate action on finishing the first game was to play again immediately (which, for them, is a pretty strong vote of enthusiasm.)

With excellent people (including Dave & Aliza) at the Los Altos Game Day:
1x _8.5_ Arkwright New! - I really enjoyed this play. Of course, some of that was the (truly superior) opponents and coherent and comprehensive rules explanation. Both much appreciated.
After reading Gareth's Essen Musings, I'd feared the worst for this title: potentially dry; mechanical; disconnected. In practice, though, my opinion was quite diametrically opposed: I found it intriguing, compelling, and very very interactive. I needed to pay attention to all the mutations that my opponents were performing, because they all affected my outcomes (and decisions) in various interesting ways.
There are some immediate interactions coming from a limited pool of special powers (developments, ships and enhanced actions.) But I found that the pricing decisions mutated things dramatically: a small pricing decision change on the part of one opponent could make the difference between my stock price going up or down - or preventing me from satifying my shipping contract (if I wasn't careful.) There was a constant balance between making money and preventing my opponents from making money - and I found it very engaging.
Of course, it also took most of 6.5h in play. Which is a bit difficult to reprise sensibly. That was only 60% the duration of our Andean Abyss play (which I also found "too long to buy" despite the fact the game was cool.) This one might be right near the cusp of what I'm willing to purchase: it's too long for a weekday night (unless - by some miracle - things speed up dramatically as we become better at it.) I could see playing with my nephews in 4.5h, but my Wednesday Night guys would be doing well to finish in 8h: we're champion ditherers.
Like I'd said on Gareth's list, it felt like four interlocking games of Automobile, where the demand function was serious-gamer-deterministic rather than Mostly Random. There was that same feel of squeezing one's opponents by overproduction (and undercutting in price); a similar sense of limited (but significant) actions; a similar insistence on the significance and value of the Special Powers and turn order. Given that I really like Automobile (even if I'm not completely sold on the demand function there: I have - heretically - occasionally thought to myself that the game would be stronger if demand was a bit more transparently determinable) I found myself quite enchanted with Arkwright. _8.5_ is about as high as I'm willing to go on a first play: I wouldn't at all be surprised by a higher rating were I able to play more. (It's also quite possible that the game has an unfortunately constrained strategic palette (and that I'm not sufficiently perceptive yet to see it.) If so, it's less compelling. But I'm not - currently - expecting to discover that.)

With the Friday Lunch gang:
1x _8_ Panamax - This was great. The game state induced by the sequence of contracts was very much not like any of the previous games I'd seen. I think only one company managed to pay out each of the three turns (and, perhaps unsurprisingly, its manager won.) But our scores were all dramatically lower than my previous play. We also, sadly, discovered that my last play didn't see all the rules played correctly (we'd historically thought that the Captain cards provided only sea moves - because of the icon - rather than noticing the rules explicitly claim "both Lock and Sea moves". Bah.)
1x _7_ オカシノビ (Okashinobi) - Again; just three of us (Brian - a new manager - had to go work.) And again, it works surprisingly well: definitely a "better than the sum of its parts" thing.

Owned-and-unplayed: 1 (+0/-1) - オカシノビ (Okashinobi) was played.

Outlook for the week: No idea. Hanging with family. Playing guitar. Perhaps a game tomorrow. All the best to every one of you.
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7. Board Game: Panamax [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:588]
Board Game: Panamax
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_8_ 1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties x1
_8_ Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game x1
_7_ Panamax x1


The Week in Review

Easily the best week of gaming this December with three plays of three decent games.

After our four-player play of Panamax, I bumped it up one point and it could easily go up higher with more plays...although I doubt it will hit the table again any time soon for lack of opponents.
Board Game: 1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties

1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties was a bit of a bust. My third play of this game and first playing it five-player. Gregor ran away with it almost from the get-go when he picked up two "B" trains in the first operating round. My centrally placed I&B (running freight) could neither get port access nor into London. I don't think I retained all game, instead I used a merger and refinancing to acquire trains. I got a second local company late in the game, but far too late to generate enough cash to get me out of the bottom.

I finished dead last.
Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game

Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game was a bit of a surprise. S and P both wanted to play it - yes, it takes place in Winter, but it's hardly a Christmas theme...though ironically one of the Crossroad event cards was about using food to throw a Christmas party (to gain morale). We humbugged it and saved our food. We also voted no to rescuing children (for lack of food) and one of my characters got sniped from trying to bring eight zombies back to the colony. For some reason, she thought they were "good" zombies. Another one of my characters froze to death when P's two dudes refused to let her into the school. In spite of my co-colonists, I still managed to achieve my secret victory condition. But then, so did they.

In other gaming news, my wife came home the other day with a game her friend's mother is raving about with the intention of giving it to my mother because she likes Scrabble. Any guesses what it could be?


The Week Ahead

My sister emailed me to say that she and her husband were convinced by their son to play one of the D&D boardgames. Apparently they all died a horrible death but "actually kinda enjoyed" themselves so they've threatened to unleash it on us over the holidays. We'll see.

Unplayed games of note still in shrink: Kanban: Driver's Edition, Yunnan, De Vulgari Eloquentia, and Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648. Also two expansions The Road Darkens and The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill.
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8. Board Game: Lost Valley: The Yukon Goldrush 1896 [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:3156]
Board Game: Lost Valley: The Yukon Goldrush 1896
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Portland
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.10! Race for the Galaxy 2
_8_ Eldritch Horror 1
_8_ Game: Shadows of Brimstone 1
_8_ Red7 2
_7_ Lost Valley 1 New!
_7_ Castles of Mad King Ludwig 1
_7_ Imperial Settlers 1
_7_ Kanban: Driver's Edition 1 New!
_5_ Potato Man 1 New!

Week in Review

Eldritch Horror sees it's triumphant return with the release of the Mountains of Madness expansion. This adds a few more cards to every deck, 8 new investigators, some new monsters for the bag and 2 new Great Old Ones. It also has an Antarctica sideboard that is used for only some scenarios and a new Focus mechanic that is very good; low rules weight and useful as a new rule should be. We randomized who we would fight and ended up facing Ithaqua, who is one of the new GOOs in this expansion. We had an incredibly tight, gripping finish and it was one of the most memorable games of the last several months.

I finally got Lost Valley to the table after purchasing it a few months back. This was a 2P game, which is played as a 4P team game with each player controlling two prospectors. The score for each team (player, in this case) is the lowest gold score among that team's members. I quite enjoyed this game, which has a quirky feel unlike most other games we play. It had very RPG-like elements such as character skills and development, and very thematically-rooted mechanics. And yet, it was still euro-like in terms of strategy with a healthy does of spatial logistics and planning. I like it.

I won my second play of Castles of Mad King Ludwig. This was 3P like my first play and we all agreed that it is fun but the potential for AP is frightening. The game constantly makes you aware that you have probably priced rooms carelessly, as opponents get way more value for rooms than you saw coming. I wish for a computer to calculate the actual value of every room for every player for you as the player error component feels a little too significant. Nevertheless, it's a fun design and I'm enjoying playing it thus far.

There was a time when I would purchase a game I enjoyed as much as I did Kanban. But now I have the wisdom to know that it is a game that will only realize its potential over several plays with the same group and that I don't have a group that will play it more than once or twice in a year. Too bad. As to this particular play, two of us hadn't played and two of us had. I and the other new player were competing with each other for 3rd and 4th, but that seems reasonable in a game this intricate. I did better than I usually do in games this logistically-oriented, and I think I would have contended for second if we removed all first week scoring (ie, the timeframe when I had no idea how to get things done). This game felt like it had more novel ideas than Vinhos and I prefer it over Lacerda's first game (I never played CO₂.
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9. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:883] [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
Board Game: Animal Upon Animal
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I'll try to keep on top of board game playing over the holiday period.

We had my brother and his partner staying the last couple of days, and our oldest was keen for them to play his favourite games. We managed 2 games of Crafty Badger and 3 of Animal Upon Animal which went down well with all. The adults then had a game of Dixit.

Today my brother and I played some Magic: The Gathering, first with a couple of current standard decks and then building some fun decks from a deckbuilders box and this evening we played a bit more Mtg and then more dexterity games - Animal Upon Animal, Bausack and four games of Loopin' Louie.

My parents in law were due to arrive yesterday but have been ill so have cancelled possibily until mid January, but we have more family here tomorrow and more again later in the week. First mince pies today and feeling pretty Christmassy.


Boxing day update

Happy Christmas everybody!

Games were a theme for presents this year, - Ours received Ear Tug which is lovely but possibly a little simple from us via the grandparents, and The Merry Game of Floundering a roll and collect game from my brother - I think he was feeling nostalgic as we had it as kids (possibly the same copy).

We also played two games of Kingdom Builder last night with the adults - a good choice as motivation for a long game was fairly low.

Our first lot of visitors have just left - going to try to get in a game of Agricola tonight before more arrive.

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10. Board Game: Alba Longa [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:5880]
Board Game: Alba Longa
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Monday Dec 15
Guatemala Café

Wednesday Dec 17
Saint Malo - new

Thursday Dec 18
Saint Malo

Friday Dec 19
Saint Malo

Saturday
Visited my dad. Thrifted Escape from the Hidden Castle for $1.99 and an electric weed whacker in nice shape for $9.99!

Then... we all fell like dominoes, a stomach bug knocking out everyone in the house one by one. gulp Too sick to come back on Sunday as planned, came back yesterday, somewhat as zombies. zombie No interest in food, games, or presents.

Today was a little better. We each opened a present.

Sam opened Blockers! from me, a trade from a while back that I tucked away for Christmas. We played a learning game with 2p, but I think it will be noticeably better with 3+. I like the plastic tiles and raised grid to keep things neat. I thought I was winning, but Sam managed to beat me.

Then I opened a present from Sam, Alba Longa. Each of the boards is wrapped and finished, not just cut, with a nice linen finish, and I really like the colors/artwork. Tons of wooden bits. Once we got the hang of it, both the setup and in-game flow is quite quick.

On the initial rules read-through, the attacking rules were a bit of a slog, and it seemed like a big part of the game was attacking (and, indeed, could be if you wanted them to be). But for 2p and/or peaceful people, there is a neutral city that you could attack instead, or just use that die to make farmers in the farmer round.

Things that we scoffed at early on, we realized were important later (like building one monument). I was ahead for a while, but Sam had a big round and we went into the final round neck-and-neck. I had enough of an advantage that I could buy one extra worker, squeaking out a victory.

This is one of those games that's a reasonable set-up and teaching amount for new people and a game night. I'd always passed it over, and I don't know that I would have ever bought it myself, but it got points for being different, and for nice components.

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11. Board Game: Factory Fun [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1118]
Board Game: Factory Fun
Factory Fun x1 3p

it finally happened, people! i played Factory Fun. all my expectations were met: it was factory, and it was fun! there were a couple of rules i'm not sure if we got right so i'll need to dig around in the forums a bit. it was quite unique, a spatial puzzle played simultaneously. it seems like a fun game to teach to non-gamers.

Aton x2 2p

very stressful abstract game with agonizing decisions at every turn. it's tug-of-war-ish which is a mechanism that really appeals to me. this is the kind of game i love.... one that seems fun to explore over many, many plays. i also appreciate the multiple end-game conditions - makes strategy even more tricksy. will be playing this one a lot for sure. bonus - i got this for practically free!

Battle Sheep x3 2p; x2 3p

i'm super disappointed in this game. i really like fast playing puzzley games for before or after dinner so i was wanting this to be successful. all my games ended in a tie, or one sheep away from a tie. it is very easy to prevent yourself from getting blocked if you have enough brain energy to power more than just your breathing. this one will be going up for trade.

Kahuna x5, 2p

i was really excited about this game on the first play, but i started liking it less on play 5. i think there might be slightly too much luck for my personal taste. you can mitigate some of the luck with planning, but not enough.

Rolling Japan x1, 2p

it's multi-player-solitare, but it's fun!! it's a puzzle, where you are filling in districts on a map with the results of the die rolls under the constraints of placement rules. i like it!

Onitama x1, 2p

this is a quick playing abstract like chess, but your moves are dictated by rotating cards, rather than piece type. i quite like this.

i did not make it out to the meet-up in New Orleans due to unexpected family stuff, but hope to go this weekend and try King of Frontier!
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12. Board Game: No Middle Ground [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked]
Board Game: No Middle Ground
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We haven't played games for a long time now... that is until yesterday.

Wo-hooo!

That will be for next week...

Instead I have a confession to make. I signed up for the card exchange and have not sent mine out yet... I am thinking of ways to make it up and by the time stores open again this weekend, I hope I have thought of something.

On that note, I have not received anything either - so perhaps that is lost in the mail?
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