Games Played WABA Thornlie April 28 2012
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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I made a rare trip to the Thornlie meet-up this weekend as I had two work friends who I have been introducing to games in our lunch breaks and who were interested in trying WABA out, but were also a bit too shy to go on their own, I think.

One of them piked, but Leanne came along and brought her daughter Tegan. They had a great time, so hopefully they'll come along again in the future?
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1. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:89] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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I taught Stone Age, as it is a good gateway game, and also a really nicely produced game which is always a good thing to hook in the new players.

Turned out I had a couple of the rules wrong, Andrew cleared them up. (Not too surprising, it was one of my first games when I learned it all that time ago )

Young Simon took the place of my piked-work mate.

Anyway, I stressed the importance of the cards, then, Andrew also stressed the importance of the cards, but just like every game I've ever played with someone who is just learning Stone Age, they don't fully grasp the importance of the cards until the end.

I won, but it wasn't by too large of a margin.

Everyone did really enjoy the game though.
 
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2. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:422]
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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Next up I taught Simon, Micheal and Pria Ankh-Morpork.

Very easy to learn game. Can be too chaotic for some, but I think it's fast moving and fun enough that it doesn't spoil the fun.

Micheal, who kept losing buildings, might not agree?

I figured out the goals of each of my opponents, but Pria was unstoppable and took the win playing as the Patrician and getting minions into 9 of the territories on the board.
 
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3. Board Game: Coloretto Amazonas [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:7636]
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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Then we four played a quick game of Colorretto Amazonas.

I had fun with it the last time I played, but it was a little lackluster in this game. Possibly just through very unfortunate hands forcing some of us to have to help other players or hurt ourselves?

Not sure.

Simon won this one.
 
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4. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:666] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
Warren Adams
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Mt Lawley
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Taught this to four new players, three of which were new to WABA (two via the inmternet and one from KRAGS, the new group in Rockingham)

Andrew gave the three new players great comfort prior to the start, telling them that by playing me then they are a good chance to beat me.

Being the gracious host I usually am I did my best to let one of them win, but Elaine zoomed off to win comfortably.
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5. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:629]
Warren Adams
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Taught this one to a new player and as a reminder to another couple.

I got rolled through the ages.
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6. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:355]
Scott B
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Elaine, David, Jonathon, and I played this one.

I enjoyed the planning required to get the best island & viking combinations for maximum points. The bidding wheel was interesting too.

We broke a few rules in the beginning, but corrected that later on.
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7. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:432]
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Thanks for teaching this one Elaine.

Had fun trying to figure out best Clue cards to play to narrow down location of each treasure. I look forward to trying this one again some time.
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8. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:264]
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9. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2099]
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Simply curious and knowing it would be a real quick game, took this one for a spin.
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10. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1215]
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11. Board Game: Tikal II: The Lost Temple [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1587]
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12. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:419]
Tim Tryhorn
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I taught this game to Ian, Tegan and Johnathon. Had a good time. This game is a hybrid worker placement/area control game and is beautifully produced.

As this game is a little hard to grasp the first play I won readily but all the other first timers had definately gotten the idea and the same result is not likely next time

Great Game + Great People = Great Time
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13. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:124]
Kim Tan
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Teaching game for Alistair.

His German captain held out on a building over a barrage of medium machine gun fire group heroically, only to be soon outflanked on the east by advancing Soviets.

Soviets won in this unfinished game by 8VPs.
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14. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:636]
Kim Tan
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5 of us played this movie making film.

I won the Razzy award for making the worst film!
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15. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:22]
Vincent Omodei
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Yeah yeah! I was terrible at this, forgot every rule multiple times, kept confusing the different ways coal and iron worked and wasted perfectly good cards on wasted moves. Also tried to put my money in the bank instead of the turn order determiner thing a few times and who knows how often I cheated accidently. Got enough provinces/shipyards to do some damage on the VP track though, and want more! The myriad of frustrating, multiple exception mechanics were all delightfully satisfying and thematic (With a little imagination). This game needs more playing. By me.
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16. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:370]
Ian O'Toole
Australia
Queens Park
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Mark Lannister, Warren Greyjoy, Ernest Tyrell, Natasha Martell, Tegan Stark and myself (Baratheon) battled for dominance in Westeros for at least four hours before Ernest was declared the winner (much to his own surprise, it seemed). Power shifted considerably in the final turn, with Warren's attack on the north dislodging Tegan from the top place, having held the North for most of the game without challenge.

Mark taught those of us who were new to the game, and though it ran a bit longer than expected everyone had a good time.

Empty promises, shaky alliances and last minute treacheries are what makes this game great and we definitely had our share of those.
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17. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:309]
Ian O'Toole
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Queens Park
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Myself and Tegan finished off the evening with a few rounds of this light filler. Not much strategy here but a good way to wind down from some heavier games at the end of the day.
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18. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:54]
Tim Tryhorn
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Played with Andrew (Teaching), Johnathon and young Simon. A straight forward worker placement with a thin theme. The theme is a pitty as with some small changes it could have been quite themeatic vs a cube pusher. With that complaint out of the way production is excellent and this is an excellent game to introduce people to euro mechanisms in a very digestible and fun manner.

I like it!.
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19. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:494]
Warren Adams
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Mt Lawley
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Jasssa, Angela and I played two games of this one with J teaching.

Not sure about this one after being not sure how I won the first game and then not being sure how I lost the second game by so much.
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20. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:14]
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Andrew, Gracie, Jared and myself played a game of this. I quite liked it actually, would like to play again at some point.
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21. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:47]
Ernest Chua
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Jason taught (with several of us pipping in) this 7 player game with 3 new players.
1. Jason 60
2. Ernest 54
3. Mark 54
4. Gordon 50
5. Harras 43
6. Elaine 40
7. Jonathan 32
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22. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
Ernest Chua
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This staple WABA game got three plays, with Austin having his first games of it (I think?)
Game 1: Jason 39, Ernest 30, Elaine 14, Austin 3
Game 2: Ernest 31, Jason 27, Austin 29, Elaine 21
Game 3: Austin 39, Elaine 34, Jason 22, Ernest 19
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