GCL Phoenix 385: The Localised Phoenix (20th May 2018)
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Welcome to the 385th instalment of GCL Phoenix discussion lists. More information about the group can be found here and info on GCLs in general is here.

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1. Board Game: Skënderbeu [Average Rating:8.33 Unranked]
Board Game: Skënderbeu
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I've been in Albania this past week. As far as I can tell, it's not a country that has inspired many boardgames; even the few wargames it appears in pay it little attention. But there is this modern Albanian game from last year about the country's 15th century hero, Skanderbeg. Of course I haven't seen a copy here (only Chess, Backgammon and Dominoes so far) so I don't know if it's any good. But it got me thinking about games created about specific locations, by people who live there, to celebrate, memorialise or even just promote the place.

Have you played any good games that fall into this category? Are there any games about your country (or province, city, area etc.) which you feel are worth playing or which resonate with you in some way as an inhabitant of that place?

For me, there's Destination Sheffield, Monopoly: Sheffield and The Sheffield Wednesday Soccer Supremo, all uninspiring variants of existing series, plus the Monopoly clone, Sheffield Shares. I've played none of these but I have a hunch I'm not missing much. It's a shame because I'm sure there's game potential in the city's history of steel production and innovation. Martin Wallace would be all over it, if he wasn't from the wrong side of the Pennines.

What aspects of your home town could be used as inspiration for a game?
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: New York [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:832]
Board Game: Ticket to Ride: New York
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I hear the mini demo version of Ticket to Ride is getting a proper retail release, although this one involves taxis rather than trains (which seems odd to me since New York has a rail network). This opens up the possibility of other cities getting a little Ticket to Ride map of their own.

Are there any locations you'd like to see your favourite game series cover? What existing game or series would you like to see expanded to cover your home town?

I'm envisaging a Sheffield-themed Tigris & Euphrates called Rivelin & Loxley where players compete over forges, mills and water wheels along the two rivers...
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3. Board Game: Pandemic: Rising Tide [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:718]
Board Game: Pandemic: Rising Tide
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The Pandemic Survival series of tournaments has so far resulted in two spin-offs, each tied to the host country for the World Championships (Spain and Netherlands) and co-authored with a designer from that country - a nice touch. This year's finals will take place in Italy, so I expect to see an Italian Pandemic variant show up later in the year. The grand prize for the winners is a trip to a city of their choice from the Pandemic map. Imagine you won, which city would you choose? Do any of these centres for disease appeal?

Africa
Algiers, Cairo, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Kinshasa, Lagos

Asia
Baghdad, Bangkok, Beijing, Chennai, Delhi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Karachi, Kolkata, Manila, Mumbai, Osaka, Riyadh, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Tehran, Tokyo

Australasia
Sydney

Europe
Essen, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Paris, St Petersburg

North America
Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Washington

South America
Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima, Santiago, Sao Paulo


But first you have to win. A competitive tournament for a cooperative game sounds bizarre to me. Everyone plays against the same stacked deck, duplicate style and you're trying to be the team that beats the game fastest. Is this something you and your group would enjoy? Can cooperative games work in a competitive setting? Will it be worse for friendships than playing Diplomacy?
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4. Board Game: Myrmes [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:513]
Board Game: Myrmes
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Board Game: JamSumo
Board Game: Myrmes


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8  Myrmes NEW!

The Week That Was

My wife is visiting some friends in LA so I’m home with the boys. Played some Mario Kart with Jack followed by some JamSumo; while he beat me at MK (yes my 5yr old consistently beats me; but I can take him in Wii sports) I got him in JamSumo.

My big game for tbe weekend was a simulated 2ply session of Myrmes (after the boys were asleep of course). With one player I focused on killing prey and achieving objectives, with the other it was all about pheromones and upgrading their colony. The latter won in a close game.

Reminds me of Antiquity abbreviated. Both are essentially about forward planning and efficient action execution. What’s really crazy is just how similar these games are in the details.

Both have individual player boards wherein you can upgrade and assign workers to activate certain rooms/abilities. Both can be played largely in simultaneous solitaire except for their central board actions. Speaking of which, both have a central shared board wherein you send workers out to plant, harvest, and compete with others over scarce resources in very similar ways. Likewise, both allow you to clear off and reuse spaces previously used. Both have storage, feeding, and ways to ease the feeding burden.

Myrmes’ AI is not near as mean as Antiquity’s (no pollution or graves) rather it’s events give you bonuses and its NP bugs are easily hunted and killed for food/pts. But where the games truly part is that Myrmes has multiple ways to score points and Antiquity has the saints objective. Tied to those goals, Myrmes has a set number of rounds and Antiquity does not.

Overall Antiquity feels like the more layered design but it is also much longer and fiddlier. I can see how folks who enjoy the core concept but prefer a less harsh AI and more flexibility in victory conditions could like Myrmes better (I bet my mom would). On the whole I like them both and Myrmes scratches much the same itch as its big brother but in a shot rather than full glass.
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5. Board Game: Rotation [Average Rating:5.60 Unranked]
Board Game: Rotation
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Alison - 27th May (skip Jeremy until August)
Morten - 3rd June (swapped with Carol)
John - 10th June
Karl - 17th June
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Paulo - 1st July
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Alison - 29th July
Carol - 5th August
John - 12th August
Karl - 17th August
Michael - 24th August
Paulo - 31st August
Dave - 7th September
Morten - 14th September


*Nicolai will be doing an intensive summer class from July 23rd to August 10th. He could jump in as a sub between June 1st and mid-July if we need him.
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6. Board Game: Twenty One [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:3998]
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This has been a strange few days. Last week we had the tornado, and no power. After a couple of days of dealing with that, especially once we lost all the food in our fridge/freezer, we decided to head out early, since we already had plans to go to an Indigo Girls concert. Sam's summer class starts Monday, and he needed to prepare for that.

So, we weren't that far away, but far enough to have electricity (the parking lot of the hotel had a bunch of trucks for the crews clearing trees and restoring power). We had a fridge in our hotel room, so we got some fruit/jello/yogurt, and deli meat for sandwiches, from a nearby grocery store. The hotel had breakfast included, and there was a pizza place and a Popeye's Chicken nearby (mashed potatoes are one of my favorites), so we could have a somewhat normal menu/daily routine.

We had hot showers, a little tv, and some internet. We were both able to get some things done, and we played a couple of games. Some Twenty One (x2) and Linko!. Plus some Can't Stop on Sam's phone which I don't log.

As I mentioned on last week's list, on Friday we went up to a game store in Albany and Sam got a couple of RPG things, and we stopped in for a bite (egg and mozzarella on a bagel with a side of greens with vinaigrette) at the board game cafe, and I picked up some games I had won in a raffle that benefited Extra Life. Even though it was their actual "board game night", I was too tired to play anything, and we went back to the hotel.

But! Timing and location came together on Saturday morning as we were in the perfect spot to be a coffee stop on Dave's trip. We went to a coffee shop / bookstore a few blocks from the hotel, which itself was just off the Thruway, and it would have been hard to pick a better location even if we had planned it.

Then Saturday night we went a few more blocks to the Ulster Performing Arts Center, a nice theater, for an Indigo Girls concert

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It was a great show, and it was nice to be so close to the hotel to come back and get ready for bed. When we went to another concert two years ago, we did the same thing, stayed in a nearby hotel rather than fighting traffic and driving home so late. In this case, it was extra good that we had the room, since we weren't sure we'd have electricity at home when we got there, and that's not something you want to come home to after midnight.

Friday's weather was beautiful, and today's was quite nice. I was sad that yesterday was so rainy for Dave and his family, and all of the graduations happening.

This morning Sam and I got a little work done at the hotel while we had internet (not knowing if we would when we got home) and then left the hotel about 11:30am. We're home now, have both electricity and internet, but an empty fridge.

I put in a request for a local company to come out and give us a estimate for the roof repair (shingles blew off), and we have a few other small repairs that need to be done. But my garden is loving the rain and cooler temperatures, and things are mostly back to normal.

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7. Board Game: 51st State: Master Set [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:289]
Board Game: 51st State: Master Set
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Board Game: 51st State: Master Set
 
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Just the one play this evening to complete the week. Between migraines, work, yard work and evenings out, I just couldn't muster enough energy to put something on the table.

This evenings game was like many 51st State plays in that it appears I'm winning only to have victory snatched away in the final moments of the game. S confessed that she'd given up trying to win and was just happy tweaking and running the engine she'd build - not realizing she'd built it so well that it would beat me.

We're three plays short of 50 with 51st State so there's a very good chance we'll hit that before the end of the year. It's already tied* for the fifth most played game in our collection (if the three sets of Ascension are only counted as a single game).


The Week Ahead

One day left in the long weekend, but no plans. We're trying to (re)stain our cedar decks, but have been doing a good job procrastinating cleaning them. I spent Friday just scrapping the leaves and gunk the builds up between the decking, but now we need to scrub the surface. Depending on the weather next weekend, I may pass on the monthly Series: 18xx if it means putting the stain on them. The alternative is staining them the following weekend, but as it's my birthday, I'd rather get them done before then.

And as my birthday is a couple weeks away, I ordered some games to celebrate with: Flamme Rouge, Sakura Arms and At Any Cost: Metz 1870. The last is a new wargame from GMT about the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and includes a number of scenarios of various sizes including the battles of Mars-La-Tour and Gravelotte - St. Privat. Have I put anyone to sleep yet?

Although this war isn't one I know particularly well, I was curious about this game because units are organized by brigades. It puts it at a level that isn't so high that armies are fighting armies nor so low that it's squad vs squad. It sits in the middle.

Units are organized in to corps or divisions and are activated when their chit is randomly pulled from a cup (or bag). This is a mechanism that in all my years playing Avalon Hill games in the '70s and '80s, never encountered. Well, that's not completely true as there was a miniature wargame I played in the '80s in which units were activated when their corresponding playing card was drawn. Anyone still with me?

At Any Cost: Metz 1870 was actually my third choice when it came to selecting a new wargame. At a similar scale but set in the Napoleonic Wars were two other games in the Eagles of France that caught my eye. One appears out of print now (Austerlitz 1805: Rising Eagles) and the other (Ligny 1815: Last Eagles) isn't yet available in Canada. I considered ordering Ligny 1815: Last Eagles direct (from France), but have decided to wait and see if BGB will stock it (as they stocked the prequels). I'm done; wake up!

Unplayed games of note in shrink: Clans of Caledonia, Maria, The U.S. Civil War, Francis Drake, German Railways, Tikal and Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648.

Unplayed games not in shrink: Normandy '44 and Mottainai.


*Arkham Horror also has 47 plays, but it hasn't hit the table since November 2014.
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8. Board Game: Greed [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1686]
Board Game: Greed
I've had very little time play anything this past week. Like Rich, I was in the Balkans most of the time. We are taking over a conference series on networked learning from the University of Lancaster and went to a conference in Zagreb in order to meet everyone and see how they did it, plus take over a bit so we are ready to do it all ourselves next time. I then caught a bus to Belgrade for a couple of days on my own before flying back to Denmark and go to Lübeck (the beautiful old leading city in the Hanseatic League) with Lærke and my parents for this long Whitsun weekend. We drive back tomorrow. All three cities have been very interesting, especially Belgrade as Serbia is still seen as a bit of a pariah state.

Board Game: Dutch Blitz

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Two gin and tonic-fuelled plays of this with Lærke and my mum were a hoot. It's also pretty much the maximum level of rules we were able to handle at that point...



Board Game: Greed

8  Greed x2 (57 all-time)
Since we are travelling Lærke and I of course played a couple of rounds of Greed. I don't understand why people prefer more that two players and if they do play at two want two player controlled bots. What makes the game so good is exactly the amount of control you have and how to manufacture a strategy based on which cards are available and how they can combo. The first play was one of those cool cash deprived decks where you really have to craft a combo that can get you somewhere and the other play was a split strategy game where Lærke focused heavily on thugs and I on enterprises. Good fun as always.




Games that left my collection this month: Democracy under Siege and Kashgar: Händler der Seidenstrasse.

Games that entered my collection this month: Napoleon's Triumph and てづま師 (Tezuma Master).

Unplayed games in my collection: Tahuantinsuyu, 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight, Sword of Rome, Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954-62, El Alamein, Continental Divide, Here I Stand (500th Anniversary Edition), Happy Salmon, 878: Vikings - Invasions of England, Populi Turolii, Kaivai, Napoleon's Triumph and てづま師 (Tezuma Master).


On the way to Germany we stopped by a marshland area to find this little beauty. We did and with it I have now seen all European raptor species!

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Red-footed Falcon
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9. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:933]
Board Game: Fairy Tale
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Scorecard for the Week/Month/Year as of 19May2018:

6/19/143 plays of 4/15/80 total games, with 0/2/19 expansions employed.
Plays with 7/18/63 distinct opponents.

0/1/11 games acquired (plus 0/0/8 expansions.)
0/0/1 games sold/traded (plus 0/0/0 expansions.)
0/1/6 games ordered (plus 0/0/0 expansions.)
Orders for 4 games and 0 expansions still outstanding.

With family:
Board Game: Fairy Tale

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1x _7⅔_ 妖精奇譚 Yōsei kitan 'Fairy Tale' (52 total plays) (5 years dusty)

(Son #2) We have fun with it: the combo-riffic nature is right in his wheelhouse; and the ability to draft cards to deny them to me amuses him.

Board Game: Super Big Boggle

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1x _7⅔_ Super Big Boggle (31 +87++ total plays)

(Whole family-in-California. So no son #1.) The expected result; occasional good play from all parties, but my wife wins easily.


With the Lunch@work group:
Board Game: Fairy Tale

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2x _7⅔_ 妖精奇譚 Yōsei kitan 'Fairy Tale' (54 total plays)

I don't think these two were quite as enthusiastic about the game as son #2 was earlier in the week. But (with a rather overly-lengthy) explanation, the possibiltiies of card synergy weren't a surprise. I enjoyed it; but I think I'd like it still better if someone else asked for it, rather than my inflicting it on them.


With the Wednesday night gang:
Board Game: Vasco da Gama

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1x _7⅓_ Vasco da Gama (3 total plays) (6 years dusty)

Most of the rules were quite clear for me even after the gap in play. But, while I enjoyed it and didn't find anything particularly unfamiliar, I also managed to place dead last against two folk who'd never played before.

It's possible that my explanation of the game was good.

But more likely, I'm simply not very good at it. I think I came dead last in all my previous plays, too!

Board Game: The Flow of History

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1x _7_ The Flow of History (4 total plays)

From gallery of rynelf

This was funny in contrast. I remembered a previous game (in which my lack of military strength had given me grief.) So I prioritized military (and there particularly defensive) strength quite strongly to ensure that I wasn't ever a plausible target. And won quite easily, perhaps partially as a result.

We tried playing the latest TMG print. And, frankly, I was disappointed with it. While some bits (the little metal resource tokens; the little towers) were quite lovely to look at, they didn't have the utility of the old edition's wooden disks and pawns: it was difficult to look over at a pile of tokens and know how many there were in the pile. And the towers fell over a lot. Both kinds of pedestrian wooden bits in the old copy were more usable.

Moreover, the new Language Independent (ironically, the Taiwanese print has clear and understandable English text descriptions of each card on that card) weren't at all clear. We ended up pulling out my old copy to use as a reference so taht we could interpret what the icons meant cleanly. (I suspect this is a minor point, and one would relatively quickly either get used to the iconography or memorize the card effects.)

And finally, I'd printed five copies of a (rather dorky; over to the right) symbol tracker for my old copy. I'd hoped (in vain, it appears) that the TMG print would provide some comparable capability: counting & recounting the symbols when one wants to make a decision is tedious; tracking them (we pile poker chips beside each symbol) makes that a bit clearer; and it doesn't slow things down, since we're able to audit our stacks when the others are making their decisions.


In the end, I found nothing in the new edition that would lead me to prefer it to the old. (And several things that I prefer in the old over the new.) I've had decidedly more positive reactions to some other TMG reprints.


Owned-and-unplayed: 0 (+0/-0)
Owned-and-played-once: 95 (+0/-0)

Outlook for the week: Possibly something with family; likely the lunch folk will be back on, and very plausibly the Wednesday Night folk. And I might attend some of Kublacon this weekend, too.

Fun things from last week: The trip to NY was fun. We landed in Newark NJ then drove north. Only after starting on the route (I'm afraid my planning was really weak: I'd been on call for the previous week, which had left me ~no spare intellect to consider anything but work) did I discover that Middletown NY was (vaguely) on the way; so I wrote to Carol (and forgetting that she'd said they were having trouble with power at home.) Fortunately for me, she did have power (as a side effect of not being at home!) So we were able to meet up in Kingston NY (cool: the historic state capital: I had no idea.) It was delightful to meet Carol (and Sam!) in Real Life - and their chosen venue was charming.

Then we drove up to Troy NY, where son #1 is at school. (He'd finished his B.Sc and M.Sc simultaneously last December, and is currently working on his Ph.D in the same department.) We enjoyed the visit; played more Pokémon GO than we've done for a while (solidarity with son #1's girlfriend); had some lovely food; and "enjoyed" the insanity of an outdoor graduation in a rainstorm (the school handed dorky red or white plastic ponchos to each attendee. So it wasn't completely uncomfortable.) Herbie Hancock was a cool commencement speaker, too.
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10. Board Game: Catchup [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:5557]
Board Game: Catchup
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Board Game: Manalath
Board Game: Catchup
Board Game: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends
Board Game: The Quest for El Dorado
Board Game: The Mind
Board Game: Macao


 9   Catchup x3 (19 all-time)
 9   Manalath x2 (20 all-time)

Teaching games to my friend M. By the third game of Catchup she was beating me. That game still surprises me almost every time I play.

 9   The Mind x2 (15 all-time)

This was challenging with a kid playing!

 9   The Quest for El Dorado (5 all-time)

The game's still really good, though I think the advantage of experience is getting to be pretty decisive when I teach the game to someone new.

 10   Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends x2 (487 all-time)
 9   Macao (8 all-time)

Online Macao is a little tricky! I find that I pretty easily forget my plan if two days pass between drafting a card and picking dice for the round, so there was a lot of repetitive double-checking. On the other hand, I was moved to actually calculate the odds of getting to build the 4-different-colors card I picked in the initial draft, and realized I should expect it to take rather longer than I'd thought. So I guess all told, this made me a better Macao player overall.

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I'm headed to BGG.con Spring on Thursday. I'm feeling oddly ambivalent about it; I don't think I've been overgaming lately, but maybe for once I'd like to be outside over the long weekend instead of cooped up in a hotel? We'll see. I usually acclimate pretty fast to feats of endurance like gaming for three days straight.
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