Games Played WABA Thornlie June 2012
Ernest Chua
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WABA Thornlie had one of its largest turnouts, with players both young and old playing heavier and lighter games, learning new games and replaying favourites. Add what you played so that people can get a taste of what fun they can have if they come down.

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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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Priya: Baltar
Richard: Bill Adama (turned cylon by Jason)
Ernest: Starbuck
Michael: Chief
Jason: Lee Adama (cylon pre-sleeper)

Pure base game only, Priya and Michael’s first time

Lee reveals as cylon on his first turn; Baltar looks at Bill’s loyalty and says nothing; Chief, saying he has nothing to do as the Galactica and vipers were undamaged, calls for election for himself as president and wins election; Bill suspects Chief for the power grab and Starbuck due to skill checks; suspicion is high after sleeper phase; Baltar uses once per game to clear Bill; Lee passes extra loyalty card to Bill; fuel drops due to crisis cards; skill check failed by 1, fingers pointed as Starbuck and Chief; Bill jumps early and looses 3 population; Bill reveals; cylons eventually win on fuel

[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: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:24]
Tim Yates
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Perth
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Played a Conquest game with Mark Johnson and Matt Cameron.

It was a lot of fun, ended up taking around 3 hours and we each conquered a city during the second night, ending the game.

I got caught without anything to really do right at the start of the game, whereas Mark got caught towards the end of the game in the same position, while Matt, with his extra mobility, was able to kill stuff off all over the board on almost every turn. As such, he won pretty convincingly.

Still, a fun game, and I'd definitely be up for another.
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3. Board Game: Ascending Empires [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:897]
Tim Yates
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Perth
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Played a 3 player game with David and Matt Cameron.

Every game of Ascending Empires I've played tended to go along the lines of "research tech, build bases and secure your home, and only then start attacking" so I tried to go for a more aggressive approach, without much in the way of research at the start of the game, to blockade the others' planets and prevent their research while

Unfortunately I ended up sandwiched between Matt and David with little to no technology, while they were able to use longer-range attacks and more moves per turn to beat me out without anything I could really do about it. It might have gone better if I hadn't just leaped right between the two of them and started threatening everyone at once.

Still, it was good fun and I think I prefer the more aggressive approach to this game. A three player game seems to end up with the third player who doesn't get attacked in a better position, however, but that's a typical problem in 3 player games of this nature.

Matt ended up winning fairly convincingly and I'm keen to play another (hopefully 4 player) game of this sometime soon.
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4. Board Game: Caveman Curling [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:3867]
Jason Funnell
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Perth
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Had a 6 player game of this to kick things off. The game works well as a team game and each round presents an opportunity for big scores. It is also easy to teach and doesn't last too long. Tims Crokinole skills proved decisive for the red team.
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5. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1007]
Jason Funnell
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Perth
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Taught this to Gordon, Miles, Tim and Mark. Mark took an early couple of bullets which kept him quiet for the rest of the game. Tim lasted a few rounds before succumbing to a hail of gunfire. in the end it was Miles who proved to be the meanest gangster, retiring to Mexico with a massive wad of cash.
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6. Board Game: Illuminati: New World Order [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2695] [Average Rating:6.38 Unranked]
Jason Funnell
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Taught this to Ernest and Tim, with Terry joining in to help. Terry and I used to play the game a fair bit and finding some sealed starters recently prompted me to run a teaching session. There are a few fiddly rules but the new players picked up the game quickly once play began.
We played two games, one without me and one with, I had prepared some decks beforehand.
In the first game Ernest won with the Bermuda Triangle managing to collect the required 10 different alignments and a total of 35 power.
In the second game the play followed the more normal INWO game with each player being cagey and watching the others. Tims Servants of Cthulhu managed to destroy a key group in Terrys structure crippling his chances. I lucked in with a powerful Network deck and managed to get over the winning line despite Terrys best spoiling tactics.

I like the way this game has some very subtle 'hit the leader' elements to its play. The elegant web of power and interplay between the organisations works incredibly well. My thanks to the other three for playing again and letting me play once more.
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7. Board Game: 1st & Goal [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1981]
Jason Funnell
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Tim taught this to me and we played until well after closing time with Ernest providing invaluable help with the rulebook for the tricky rules nuances. Tim has an enormous amount of NFL experience and I am familiar with the game having followed it for a couple of seasons. This helped enormously with our experience of the game. If you knew nothing of NFL I would suggest that this game is not for you. But if you do appreciate the game then it is great. It mixes tactical play calls with random dice rolls in an excellent way. I look forward to picking up a copy and some extra teams.
In our game the Green Bay Packers (Tim) faced off against the New England Patriots (me). The New England patriots surged into the lead with an early touchdown and conversion. The packers tried to get back into the game but another touchdown from New England looked to put the game out of their reach. However the conversion was blocked! This meant that the Packers were able to tie up the game with a series of field goals. Both sides had their chances to win but full time was called and we went into overtime, first to score would win. The Packers had first possession and made their way to just short of field goal range before losing the ball. The Patriots pushed back up the field but were forced to punt on a fourth down. The Packers then began another drive but turned the ball over at their own 21 yard line. The Patriots declined a field goal attempt and passed the ball into the end zone with a breakaway.
A real close game with much backwards and forwards. There was certainly a lot of individual moments of luck but overall I felt that my tactical choices made a real difference.
Thank you Tim!
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8. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:24]
Jason Dyke
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A four player learning game, with Ian, Jason, Jason and Lauren. We played the introductory scenario, with a modification once the end tile was revealed to make the game last for another 30min. We finished in 3 hours with Jason in 1st, Ian a close 2nd, Lauren 3rd and Jason (me) a distant last.

It seemed to pay off for the guys who were more focused on leveling up early on in the game, rather than exploring the map aimlessly (like I was). I enjoyed the crunchiness of the rules, but missed the excitement of not being sure if you could pull off an unlikely win against a deadly foe as the game is (almost) a perfect information game.

Would be worth having another crack at it at some point.
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9. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game – Fame and Fortune [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
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Played a three player between myself (Arabia), Tristan (Spain) and Joff (Greece).

We were all experienced with the base game, and Joff had played the expansion before, which meant setup and pre-game training was minimal. In the end, the game took 2 hours to complete, which is probably a record for Civilization.

The Greeks used their abilities to surge ahead in technology and military, quickly un-democratizing so they could start pounding on cities, and building wonders to help their cultural track. Spain was soon on the defensive as a reasonably large Greek army came knocking on their door.
The Arabs had an explosive start up the culture track by feeding their resources to Philosophy, gaining great people. A lucky random airplane from Orville Wright was enough to scare the Greeks from attacking. Joan of Arc helped shore up the Arab defenses, and their army was bolstered by 4 free Cannon from culture cards.

Sitting behind these impenetrable defenses, the Arabs were able to harass the Greeks enough using culture cards to power to a turn 9 Cultural win.

My first impressions of the expansion? Culture is now too strong. Some of the abilities on the Great People are extremely powerful, and can be obtained early on in the game. Furthermore, many of the Culture cards can now help out militarily - which was the main counter to Culture.
Either that, or the Arabs are just overpowered.

I'd like to play a few more games of the expansion before making firm impressions.
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10. Board Game: Panic Station [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3119]
Ernest Chua
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Jason and Richard generously taught Elaine, myself, Priya, Michael. There wasn't much of a game this time as we seemed to get relatively easily to the end and have a human win with Elaine unable to infect anyone else. I want to try this again to see if I can play a more typical experience.
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11. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:495]
Ernest Chua
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Terry taught either Jason or Tim, with the other of the two and me having played before. Terry ended up with the win on 74 points, followed by Jason on 62, myself on 42 and Tim on 38. It didn't help that I misunderstood one of the three point-scoring cards, but that wouldn't have helped things as I was outplayed.

I am still not sure about whether I like this game - it seems a little too light for its length and a touch too random to be able to plan longer term. I'm happy to play it a few more times to see whether I can be convinced otherwise.
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