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Welcome to Larry and Melissa's blog. We focus on two player gaming and gaming with our two children, ages 12 & 14. This blog will feature random musings, gaming reports and reviews from both of us. We will also post some non-gaming thoughts from time to time. Feel free to join in the discussions.

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5th Annual December Gaming Challenge -- Day 29 -- Zooloretto

Larry Welborn
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Sorry for being so late with this blog post. As many of you know, I am a huge fan of the Clemson Tigers. I have attended games since the 1970s, went to school there in the 1980s, had season tickets since the 1990s, and attend all home games and most of the away games. So, although we played this game on the 29th, I left at 5:00 a.m. the following morning to go to Miami to watch my Tigers play Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl for a chance to play for the National Championship. We won the game 37-17 and play Alabama Monday night. I will be heading out to Phoenix tomorrow and will hopefully see us win the Championship.



This is the 16th logged play of a game I rate as an 8.

Years in Challenge: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

I did not take any notes on the game and do not remember a lot about it other than I was cash poor the entire game. I built an expansion to my zoo early then waited for some coins to pop up. And waited. And waited.

While I was waiting for some money, everyone else was building a decent little zoo. Son seemed to be in the best position but Daughter and Melissa made some late moves. I finally got some money but it was too little, too late.

Final Scores: Son 28, Melissa 25, Daughter 23, Larry 19.

This finished up the challenge for me, but Melissa and the kids played the last two days. Hopefully she will do a write-up for both games.

As always, the challenge was a lot of fun for the family and a chance to do things together during a busy time.

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5th Annual December Gaming Challenge -- Day 28 -- Timeline -- Inventions and Historical Events

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Monday was a very busy day. I worked then we went out for a belated Christmas dinner with my best friend and his family. After that, Son had basketball practice and the rest of us took down Christmas decoration. But we still had a challenge game to get in so we decided on Timeline: Inventions and Timeline: Historical Events. These are two games Son got for Christmas after trying it in our FLGS earlier this year.




This is the 4th logged play of Inventions and 3-5 plays of Historical Events. I have not yet rated either game.

Years in Challenge: 2015.

The timeline series of games consists of a simple yet engrossing mechanic: correctly place a card chronologically. The game starts easy as the first player only has to decide if a card is older or young than the one on the board. But each successful play makes it tougher for the next player as the card remains on the timeline. So, it is easy to place the invention of the elevator after the invention of the printing press but perhaps more difficult to place before or after the invention of fingerprint kits. It becomes especially difficult when there are small gaps in the years. In fact, I recently lost a game in the sudden death round when my card was 1803 and I placed it just past an 1804 card. Ugh.

Anyway, this game has been dominated by Melissa and Son as I always seem to have one or two cards that kill me. Tonight, however, fortune smiled my way and I capture the win.

I could have stopped there but everyone wanted to continue playing and of course I agreed. We played three more games: Two of them went to OT but the results were the same. Three wins for Son. He has developed a real knack for the game.

Final wins: Son 3, Larry 1, Daughter and Melissa 0.
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Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:32 pm
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5th Annual December Gaming Challenge -- Day 27 -- Ingenious

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Sunday was a good day to bring out a classic, Ingenious. I really like the way this game scales from 2-4 and I like the different styles of play. You can play the game in a very friendly and open manner resulting in high scores and numerous ingenii? Ingeniouses? You can also play a more defensive game, blocking off the big scoring plays. Either way, the game is still a blast.



This is the 76th logged play of a game I rate as a 10.

Years in Challenge: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.


My family tends to play an open game with very little blocking. I usually follow along as it makes for a fun, high scoring game. This game was no different as we all merrily rolled along, garnering high scores in most colors.

As we neared the end of the game, I had an ingenious in 4 of the 6 colors, and a tile rack with no tiles in either two colors I needed. I placed a non-scoring tile to close off an area then dumped my rack. Son has a small lead at this point. When it came to him, he could have blocked me out, but chose to try and maximize his score. This allowed me to make a play that moved me into first place.

Post-game, I suggested to him that next time he might want to be a little more defensive and block me out if he can.

Final Scores: Larry 15, Son 12, Melissa 11, Daughter 10.
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5th Annual December Gaming Challenge -- Day 26 -- Pandemic: The Cure

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A good part of Saturday consisted of putting up Christmas gifts and general cleaning post holiday celebration. Later in the day we sat down to play a game. I wanted to try another Christmas gift so I chose Pandemic: The Cure.





This is the first logged play of a game I have not yet rated.

Years in Challenge: 2015.


The family had previously played numerous games of regular Pandemic, along with Forbidden island and Forbidden Desert, so we knew the basic idea. We reviewed the rules and off we went to cure the world. We bypassed the intro version and began with a standard game.

The game was going along fairly well for us as we cured Blue and Yellow without much difficulty. But the board was beginning to fill up with dice. We went after Red and Daughter locked three of her dice but could not cure it. Melissa added a dice but failed her roll. Daughter then tried with five samples but failed. She gave all of the samples to Son who could not add a sample. He then rolled five dice and failed as well. And that was pretty much it for us. I cleared off some of the dice but Melissa and Daughter did not have enough to do much. The infection rate was five and a couple of outbreaks later and the game was over for us.

A review of the rules post-game showed we got one thing wrong, but it would not have helped us.

Final: Loss.

Edit -- I got the sequence of play wrong above. See below for what apparently happened.
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5th Annual December Gaming Challenge -- Day 25 -- Castles of the Mad King Ludwig

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Merry Christmas to everyone. Today of course was a busy day and it was tough to drag Son away from his Xbox 1 but by evening we finally had time to play. I wanted to try out one of our new games, Castles of Mad King Ludwig.




This is the first play of a game I have not yet rated.

Years in Challenge: 2015.

Since this was our first play, we were more focused on learning the mechanics and playing correctly than worrying about anything more than rudimentary strategy. As a result, Melissa, as master builder, inadvertently fed Daughter, who bought first from her. This enabled Daughter to corner the market on utility buildings, which not only helped her as it was one of the King's Favors, but also let her draw many more bonus cards than everyone else.

One of my cards gave me bonuses for stairs and there was a King's Favor for down stair rooms, so I had an extensive dungeon area. Son was getting bonuses for food areas while Melissa seemed to concentrate on activity rooms.

But, at the end of the day, Daughter's extra bonuses proved to be the difference as she claimed victory.

Final Scores: Daughter 90, Son 81, Melissa 80, Larry 79.
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5th Annual December Gaming Challenge -- Day 24 -- The Castles of Burgundy

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Today was a busy day. Wrapped the last few presents then headed to Georgia for a lunch with Melissa's mother and siblings. After that we headed home then went to the Christmas Eve service at our church. Home for a nice dinner then time to play a game. We chose a game I really like but haven't played much because it is a bit long for us. The Castles of Burgundy.



This is the 3rd logged play of a game I rate as an 8.

Years in Challenge: 2015.

Since we don't play this game often, we have to relearn the rules every time. Plus the first couple of phases goes slow until we get into a groove again. That was the case tonight.

I pursued a building strategy early then tried to add knowledge that game bonuses for specific building types. Daughter quickly completed her castles and expanded her shipping. Son became a sheep farmer and miner while Melissa was a pig farmer and miner.

The game remained close as everyone got a few bonus tiles during the game and we kept trading the lead. Unfortunately for the others, I was the only one grabbing yellow bonus tiles and that proved the difference in the final scores. Without them, I would have still won, but only by a couple of points.

Final Scores: Larry 214, Daughter 188, Son 187, Melissa 164.
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5th Annual December Gaming Challenge -- Day 23 -- Clubs

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So the family finally went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday. No spoilers but it was a really good movie. After the movie we went out to eat then came home for some gaming. We picked a favorite card game of ours: Clubs.




This is a 37th play of a game I rate as an 8.

Years in Challenge: 2013, 2014, 2015.


Clubs is a really fun trick taking game that the entire family enjoys. The first round was won by Daughter, but I captured more clubs so was only a point behind. Melissa was last.

The second round so Daughter and Son start to pull away from me as both had scores in the 20s while I was at 16. Melissa was last.

I got a good hand for the third round but did not go first. My Son led what I needed so I "shot the moon", which meant if I went out first I scored double points, otherwise nothing. I had no difficulty going out as scored a solid 32 points. Melissa finished last.

I was only two points from victory so unless I finished last the game would end. I won and cruised to victory. Melissa did not finish last.


Final Scores: Larry 64, Daughter 37, Son 26, Melissa 6.
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5th Annual December Gaming Challenge -- Day 22 -- Blokus

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Trying to finish up everything before Christmas didn't leave a lot of time for gaming. We picked a challenge favorite: Blokus.





This is the 40th logged play of a game I rate as a 9.

Years in Challenge: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.



We randomly selected the start player and off we raced to the center. Son was to my right and he worked had to block me off of his section. He succeeded, but block himself as well. In the meantime, Daughter attacked from the other side and his was the first to be eliminated. I was able to infiltrate Melissa's side of the board but a couple of good plays blocked me in there as well. In the meantime, Daughter and Melissa soon played their last tile, leaving me to play the last couple of rounds by myself and claim a surprisingly easy victory. The scores were a bit worse than normal but that really doesn't matter when you win.

Colors: Larry -- Yellow
Melissa -- Red
Daughter -- Blue
Son -- Green



Photo of the board at the end of the game.

Final Scores: Larry 8, Daughter 14, Melissa 15, Son 26.
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5th Annual December Gaming Challenge -- Day 21 -- For Sale

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For Sale is a game I really like. Unfortunately, I really suck at it. Nevertheless, I was anxious to give it another go.




This is the 11th logged play of a game I rate as an 8.

Years in Challenge: 2012, 2013, 2015.


The first part of the game consisted of me overbidding for property early, then not having the ability to make good bids later. Thus I managed to have both of the two lowest properties in the game. ThatT really put me in position to make a run during the second part of the game.

The selling portion of the game saw me manage to get one good check and actually avoid the two void checks. But it wasn't enough to get me out of my usual last place.

Final Scores: Daughter $74,000, Melissa $63,000, Son $54,000, Larry $50,000.
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5th Annual December Gaming Challenge -- Day 20 -- Diamant

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In which a crowd plays a challenge game.

Today was another busy day for the Welborns. After Melissa and the children went to church, we headed over to a neighboring town to celebrate Christmas with cousins on my dad's side of the family. We had a nice meal then we headed over to a cousin on my mom's side of the family to spend the afternoon. They asked us to bring some game over. I wasn't sure how many players we would have so I brought a variety of games to cover 6-8 players. We did, in fact, end up with 8. We started off with several rounds of Pit. We were playing one off games without regard to the score. I think we ended up playing around 15 games as everyone really enjoyed it. Next we decided to play our challenge game, Diamant.




This is the 45th logged play of a game I rate as a 10.

Years in Challenge: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015.

We had 4 new players: my cousin Tom, his wife Carol, their adult son David, and his girlfriend Amber. I spent as few minutes explaining the game and talking about the number of disaster cards and we were off.

Tom left early, which garnered him over 10 gems. A few others left with a few gems but most of us, myself included, left empty handed.

The next round saw Tom leave early again and a few more also left. two others and I again stayed too long and left empty handed.

The third round I needed a good round or I had no chance. Son and I stayed the longest then he left. The next card was a 9, which I got for myself and then I left with 15+ gems.

The fourth round saw several leave empty handed but I got out with some gems.

The five round was anti-climatic as a second disaster card was drawn very early and no one claimed any jewels.

Final Scores: Tom 28, Larry and Son 25 each, Melissa 20, Amber 19, Daughter 14, David 8 and Carol 3.

Every one also enjoyed this game and gave it high marks.

We finished up with one round of 6 nimmt!. We had a false start as about halfway through the round I discovered that a couple of the new players were playing incorrectly. We restarted and things went much better. I was sitting with no bulls taken going into the final card. Unfortunately for me, I had to take 7 bulls, which allowed Amber to win with 6. We stopped for dinner after the round and really didn't have time to finish up so we called it a night.

A good day of gaming and fellowship with my family.
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