Games played WABA Mt Claremont 14 January 2012
Ernest Chua
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It was hot outside as we gathered for the first WABA meet of the year. There may have been few people to start with, but the place was soon filled with lots of gaming.

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1. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:66]
Ernest Chua
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Paul: Gaius Baltar (cylon pre-sleeper)
Tyrone: Lee Adama
Hong: Chief Tyrol (cylon post-sleeper)
Me: Saul Tigh
Joff: Helo

A pure base game with Hong as the only new player saw a win for the cylons through population loss. After a jump of 3, I mistakenly put negative cards into Legendary Discovery, ganering too much suspicion on me. However, a negative card in another crisis revealed that a cylon in either President Baltar, Lee Adama or Chief Tyrol. Chief Tyrol passed/failed a skill check and sent Lee Adama to the brig.

After jumping, resources started to rapidly fall after the sleeper phase. Lee constantly failed attempts to get out of the brig and Tyrone's reasoning that based on his previous plays, if he was a cylon, he would have revealed to get back into the game resonated with me.

There came a time where Helo decided to either brig President Baltar or Tyrol. We put in to brig Tyrol, until he used his once per game to turn all our lovely green cards that would have been enough to brig him to naught. By this stage, a heavy raider had managed to get a centurion on board.

President Baltar promptly revealed, dropping moral perilously close to 0 and giving the presidency to the brigged Lee Adama. Tyrol's glee was confirmed when he revealed, damaging Galactica. More crisis came through without jump preparations, especially multiple cylon attack cards with Lee Adama still in the brig.

With his agreement, Tigh used his once per game to declare martial law to take the presidency and pardon Lee Adama. With a centurion on board and armoury damaged, cylon ships at component limitation and civilians ships at component limitation with a few destroyed, there were multiple times for the cylons to win. A double basestar firing was saved by Helo's reroll, Tyrol's supercrisis to bomb Colonial 1 to loose on moral was exactly passed, but it was when all vipers were recalled and raiders were activiated that too many civilian ships were destroyed to have the humans loose.

In hindsight, had I not put in the wrong cards into the Legendary Discovery skill check, we would have got to the sleeper phase earlier and we may have survived a little longer. Nevertheless, well done to Paul and Hong on the win on what was another great game of BSG.

[Game Combination 1
Pegasus: No
Exodus: No
CFB: No
Kobol/New Caprica/Ionian Nebula: K
CL: No
FF: No
PG: No]
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:329] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
Ernest Chua
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I had a hankering to play this staple game of our hobby, and managed to convince Roger, Owen and Caspian to play. Roger managed to take out the win on 10 points, over Owen on 7 and Caspian and myself tied on 3.
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3. Board Game: Dwarven Dig! [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:14832]
Ernest Chua
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I learnt this game with Greg and Steve(?). In this game, you control a group of dwarves trying to get some treasure. There are less available treasure than the number of player (so only 2 treasure tokens in our game). You win by either getting the treasure and making it out first, being the last dwarf team standing or a third way that I can't remember.

Pros
-The nice bits-solid metal pieces for the dwarves and for grit (gaming bit that effectively adds to dice rolls or can be spent to buy and use cards)
-Partially creating your game board, which sees you trying to put a good route in your path and a bad route for your opponents.

Cons
-A rulebook that is not concise or easy to follow
-The game mechanisms seems very fiddly (but eventually became more familiar as we went through it)
-The amount of effort spent to learn the game does not seem to justify the limited enjoyment I got out of it
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4. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:414]
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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Jess and I arrived early, and Tyrone introduced us to new attendee, Matt. We were looking for a quick game before Ian arrived, so we pulled out No Thanks! I managed to make a few large sequences for the win.

A fun, fast filler.
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5. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:765] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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Ian arrived and Matt, Jess and I sat down to a game of Quarriors, which Ian taught. I had dismissed this as being too Dominion-y, (A game that I just found very dull) but it turned out to be really fun.

Ian told us we were all playing wrong when we kept culling out basic quidity dice, but he had a particularly unlucky game only just making it onto the score board on his last (or maybe second last?) turn.

And I think the fact that it was dice and the chance involved is actually what made me really like the game. It was really fun.

But, then again, I had a mostly lucky game - and came in first, though Jess was right behind me.

Would love to play again - considering purchasing.
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6. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:50]
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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Next was Race For The Galaxy, which I believe is Ian's current favourite game, and the rest of us hadn't played before.

It is a bit of a steep learning curve, but really it's just a matter of getting your head around the phases, and the symbols, so if you're an experienced gamer, it's not too bad.

This was Jess and my favourite game of the day. Jess really wants us to get a copy (And we'll be playing with Ian again in the future, I think).

I went for one stratagey, but it wasn't until the end of of the game I realized I had been neglecting to generate points in the game. I had what I think was a respectable card score (30 Points), but far short from Matt who won the game with 52 points. (I came equal last with Ian, who continued his unlucky streak).
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7. Board Game: London (first edition) [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:313]
Robert Forrest
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Last, we played London. Martin Wallace is my favourite designer, and London is probably my favourite of his games.

It actually has a few similarities with RftG, such as spending cards to build cards etc, but it has that old Martin Wallace punishing charm - ie the poverty points.

The game moved along at a really quick pace, especially given that both Matt and Ian were learning. Unfortunately, Ian and Jess both got caught with a lot of cards in their hands at the end of the game, and Matt couldn't pay off his last minute loan.

I won the game.

It's one of those games (also like RftG) that I don't think you can fully understand until you've played a full game - to learn the scoring especially.

Great game, I'm always keen to play.
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8. Board Game: Pelican Cove [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1953] [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
Misha Nosiara
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Como
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I taught the game to Tim, Chritophe and his son, using the recommended decks 1 to 3 for the first game. This is a timed game where you have to satisfy a given spatial condition on your individual player board for each of 8 colors. Eg. Red has to be opposite to green, black next to blue, orange around the corner from white, etc. The timer is less than 60 secs so it's a frantic game, but fun once you get used to the tempo. Everyone seemed to enjoy it, so I'll bring it again, as it's not available in Australia (Amazon.de order). We'll play with decks 4 and 5 next time which increase the difficulty in fiendish ways!
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9. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:149]
scott Murray
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Warren teached a few people including myself.

I have to say I wasn't the greatest fan, but as a first true auction game for me, it was an interesting experience.

oh.. and awesome to get second place or so with one monument :-D
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10. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:743]
scott Murray
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Warren taught this as the first game of the day.
Unfortunately I missed the first game, but down for a second game.

Nifty little game, but didn't really appeal to myself.
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11. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:674]
Magister Ludi
Australia
Fremantle
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Had a game of this with Greg...after we finsished I realised that minimum players is advised as 3...seemed to work ok with 2 though. The empires tended to follow historical courses, although the Romans did not appear which is usually a massive game changer.

After leading the game for around 4000 yrs (6 epochs) by a fair margin, Greg managed to draw France at the dawn of the 20th century and take over America and most of Europe. I drew the United States, but also was able to play a card for an extra fleet, allowing me to takeover Africa, Australia and Japan for a win. Final tally was pretty close with Greg on 240 and me on 248.

If you have ever played Risk, this is similar base mechanics, but with added depth via card play. The version in the WABA library is probably the best of the editions.
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12. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:71]
Jeremy London
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Dianella, Perth
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I played this Hadassa, Judson and Greg. Hadassa and I hadn't played before and were keen to try out this popular Reiner Knizia game. I think Greg had played once before. It was Judson's copy so was familiar with the game and taught the rules.

I really enjoyed the clever mechanics and occasionally brutal conflicts. Judson won convincingly by a successful external conflict against me scoring him a bunch of green points, leaving him with a final score of 10 or 11. I came second on 6 and am keen to play again.
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13. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:212] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Jeremy London
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Alistair (sorry if that's spelt wrongly) joined the players of Tigris & Euphrates for a five player game of Smallworld. I'd played a number so I taught the game. I think Alistair had played once before. Despite a bit of uncertainty about how the Sorcerers convert other races (I'd always played that each turn, each opponent can have one token converted, but the other players pointed out the literal wording in the rules suggested that each opponent can only have 1 token converted for the whole game; opinions from other WABAers who'd played before supported my view so we proceeded on that basis), everyone picked up the rules quickly and enjoyed the to-and-fro-ing of trying to edge ahead of the other players.

I thought I'd do well having played before and starting with Wealthy Sorcerers (who happened to keep picking on Hadassa's Fortified Amazons) but alas I came in second last place on 63, edging out Greg on 62(?), who despite a strong start with the awesome combination of Pillaging Orcs, didn't decline the Orcs early enough. Judson won with a score in the low 80s I think, mostly due to the success of his Ghouls (which he naturally sent into decline quickly so their power wasn't important) and Dragon Master Humans. I don't remember whether Hadassa or Alistair (whose Swamp Ratmen were more formidable than his Flying Tritons) came second.
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14. Board Game: Small World Underground [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:330] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Alicia Smith
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Perth
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I heard this was played and that Mud Lizards were a fantastic combination.
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