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Chicago Area Thematic Games Meetup - Games Played 2013
Josh Rosenblum
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Oak Park
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We've been having this meetup for a couple of years, once a month on the second Sunday at Games Plus in Mount Prospect, IL. I thought it might be fun to keep track of what we played, maybe also get the word out for anyone in the area who might be interested.
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1. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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January

We didn't get a chance to finish this, because we were waiting for a fourth for the next game. Felt bad about this, particularly because we had a full seating for the next game, and one person was left out.

We don't always play strictly Thematic Games in this meetup, sometimes a Euro sneaks in. But this game really does bring out the theme of colonizing the new world.
 
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2. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:378]
Josh Rosenblum
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Oak Park
Illinois
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January

We had four players, standard (not classic). Everyone had a good time. Ran about 4:30.

The next time I pulled this out (for a different group), it didn't go as well, and took 6 hours. I still liked it.
 
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3. Board Game: Clubs [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1701]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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February

We had a chance to play this before it was in general release. This was a filler while we were waiting for people to show up. A fun trick-taking game.
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4. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:112]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
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February

A Euro meets Magic: The Gathering. Fun game, but bruuutal. I got demolished.
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5. Board Game: Core Worlds: Galactic Orders [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
Josh Rosenblum
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Oak Park
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February

Core Worlds with the Galactic Orders expansion. Good game, not sure if I have any grasp on strategy.
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6. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:617]
Josh Rosenblum
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Oak Park
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February

An easy victory in this light cooperative game.
 
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7. Board Game: Mansions of Madness: ‘Til Death Do Us Part [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
Josh Rosenblum
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Oak Park
Illinois
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March

Had a great time with this game. Full table. Investigators did a great job and won handily.
 
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8. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:404] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
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March

A filler after the epic MoM game.
 
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9. Board Game: Talisman (fourth edition): The City Expansion [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
Josh Rosenblum
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Oak Park
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April

Talisman with a whole bunch of expansions. The only one I don't think we used was the Dragon expansion.
 
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10. Board Game: Ascension: Rise of Vigil [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:702] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
Josh Rosenblum
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Oak Park
Illinois
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May

The theme this time was card games. We played this twice. I liked the new energy mechanic.
 
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11. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:23]
Josh Rosenblum
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Oak Park
Illinois
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May

We played this twice as well. A steep initial learning curve, but once you know the game, it plays quickly. One of my favorites.
 
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12. Board Game: Resident Evil Deck Building Game [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1426]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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May

This one didn't quite hit with me. The main problem was not a lot of variety in the set. Once you've played the game once, not sure if there's a need to play it again. Maybe with some expansions, that would fix it.
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13. Board Game: Zero [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2537]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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The June meetup got cancelled
 
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14. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:136]
Josh Rosenblum
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Oak Park
Illinois
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July

This one didn't hit with me, either. Would try it again, though.
 
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15. Board Game: Conquest of Planet Earth: Apocalypse [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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July

Played this cooperatively for the first time, and with the Apocalypse expansion and WOW was this brutal. We were running a bit late, and after all of us got nuked, the aliens tucked their tentacles between their legs and ran away. Want to try this again some time.
 
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16. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:108] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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August

We had a new gamer at the table, and brought out some gateway games. I still like Carcassonne.
 
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17. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:403]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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August

Everyone drowned
 
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18. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:261]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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August

Brought out this slightly more complicated game. Not sure if it went OK with the new player, but she seemed to have fun. I really enjoy this one.
 
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19. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:364]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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September

A filler while waiting for people to show up - great party game.
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20. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:32]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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September

One attendee was hoping to make it, and eventually had to cancel. While we were waiting, we played this version of The Resistance. Some people really enjoy these type of betrayal games, but I think maybe I've burned out on this one.
 
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21. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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September

This was the main course for this meetup. Due to a goof in the setup as we switched from 6 to 5 players, we wound up having an extra Cylon. Needless to say, even though the first 75% of the game was smooth sailing, the frakkin' toasters won handily.
 
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22. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:115]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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September

Last game of the day. Great shorter length game.
 
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23. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:507]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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October

We just had two players this time. We played this cooperatively, and squeeked out a victory.
 
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24. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:375]
Josh Rosenblum
United States
Oak Park
Illinois
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October

Battled the King in Yellow, and won handily. Base game only.
 
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25. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:123]
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Oak Park
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October

Played one of the Duel Deck sets.
 
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