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Session Report #2: November 4, 2012

Lee Benson
United States
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...and I'm back in the game!
Session Report #2: November 4, 2012
aka "Alfred, come down here and check out all these ships I have."

Welcome back to another edition of "Alfred, Come Down Here." starring the raspy voice of Christian Bale. As we left our heroes last week, they had ended the night with a rousing game of Bohnanza, which had seemed to be a group favorite.

The Rundown
I arrived to Mike & Amanda's house in the early afternoon. Collin had let us know that he was running late, so we sat in silence and calmly waited for his arrival… Screw that! We started without him!

Mike strongly recommended Carcassonne which he hadn't played for a long while. We decided quite easily on adding the Inns & Cathedrals expansion. It was a pretty relaxed game, with very few cutthroat maneuvers. I pulled out a win in a game that was closer than everyone expected.

We still had some time before Collin's arrival so we gave Farmageddon a go. I had never played but learned how in less than ten minutes. Mike and I generally went after each other while Amanda sat idly by harvesting her uncontested crops, beating us with a whopping score of 70 (to my 37 and Mike's 27).

Collin showed up during Farmageddon, but we made him wait.

After meeting the minimum standards of greeting etiquette (saying "hi"), we started in on Mundus Novus, an interesting trading and set collection game. I didn't manage to get the hang of it for a number of rounds and by the time I got my bearings, the game was over, with Amanda pulling in her second victory.

Next up was Power Grid, which all of us (save maybe Collin) were keen on trying again with the Germany map. I pointed out that for four players, it's recommended to only use four areas of the map (which we didn't do last time). With that change, gameplay was sooooo much different, and I think we all enjoyed it a lot more. Amanda felt some frustration at being completely pinned in at one point. Collin triggered the end game when he built his 17th city, but Amanda pulled out the win using her stockpile of cash (sorry, electros) to build her 18th city and power them all for the win.

Our brains were fried from calculating down to the last electro and fighting for justice (playing games) had given us quite the appetite, so we headed out to Chipotle, scarfed our food, and sped back, running seven stop lights and cutting through a schoolyard.

We brought out Pandemic because Collin and I had never played. We managed to cure two diseases before the outbreak meter hit critical and we lost.

We figured we would take it easy at this point, so I introduced everybody to Loot. People caught on quickly, but there had to be some rules-enforcing as some players were in danger of being skipped. Collin won despite trying multiple illegal plays for which he should have walked the plank. We busted out No Thanks!, which always elicits laughs and friendly trash-talk. I managed a run of six cards, my best yet and came out on top (bottom?) with 10 points.

Collin and I had 20 minutes until our bus was due, so we rolled the bones with Zombie Dice, with me devouring my 13th brain right before we had to leave!

The Statistics
# of wins per players
Collin: 1 (Loot)
Mike: 0 (sorry, Mike)
Amanda: 3 (Farmageddon, Mundus Novus, Power Grid)
Lee: 3 (Carcassonne, No Thanks!, Zombie Dice)

# of games played

Median year of games played

Average playing time
45 minutes

Total time spent playing
350 minutes
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