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Sunriver Gaming Retreat - May 2006
George Vriese
United States
Newberg
Oregon
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Every spring and fall our gaming group enjoys a gaming retreat at a group member's vacation home in the Central Oregon resort town of Sunriver. Last weekend was the Spring 2006 edition. A good number of gamers (10) were present for most of the core hours between Saturday 8:00 am and Sunday 4:00pm. Some people arrived before Friday noon and left Monday afternoon and got a good 50 hours of gaming in.

Following is a list of games I played, most of which I had never played before but was eager to try out.
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1. Board Game: The First World War [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4115]
George Vriese
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While we waited for more people to show up Friday afternoon we played this Phalanx title. The game ended after two or three turns when I rolled a '1' on the surrender table.

This title received my award for 'Klunker of the Retreat'.
 
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2. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:794] [Average Rating:6.64 Unranked]
George Vriese
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When the next carload of people showed we pulled this one out so they could unwind from the 3+ hour drive.

A fun little filler.
 
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3. Board Game: Anno 1503 [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2227]
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Another offspring from the Catan family. Enjoyable, but not super.
 
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4. Board Game: Dragonland [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2475]
George Vriese
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My suboptimal play reduced my enjoyment of this otherwise fun game.
 
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5. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:293]
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Always a great game. The scores were pretty close and rather high (14, 13, 12, 10) compared to other sessions.
 
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6. Board Game: Hacienda [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:613]
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I had missed out on playing this one at the local gaming convention a couple months ago. An okay game that reminds me of Through the Desert.
 
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7. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (second edition) [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:343]
George Vriese
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Interesting mechanic for the hunters to follow the trail of Dracula. I'll probably put this one in my next game order.
 
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8. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.36 Overall Rank:3]
George Vriese
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Newberg
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Both my opponent and I had never played this one but we were able to play an enjoyable game after a five minute quick read of the rules. We did mess up in the space race as we assumed that even here the opponents events happen when a card is played.
 
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9. Board Game: Alexander the Great [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:3802]
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We had a lenghty debate about the movement cost rules when picking up or dropping off armies during a move. In my opinion, the rule book uses too many words and repetitions in an attempt to clarify that it becomes unclear.
 
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10. Board Game: Big Manitou [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:7189]
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Not really my kind of potato. I'll probably play it again if it is suggested but I won't request it.
 
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11. Board Game: Circus Minimus [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:4428]
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Racing games should be played briskly. Interesting fatigue/speed adjustment mechanic. Still loads of whacky fun.
 
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12. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:148]
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Started near midnight, broke for a little sleep and finished in the morning. A pretty close race for second place. (329, 324)
 
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13. Board Game: Bargain Hunter [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1847]
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A quick little filler. Learning a new game after midnight is not good for me as it took me half the game to figure it out.
 
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14. Board Game: 18MEX [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:2807]
George Vriese
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I had been told to run away from any 18XX game. But there was no other available seat left so I played after missing half the rules explanation. To my surprise I actually like to play this one again and am currently reading the rule book. This one received my 'Biggest Surprise of the Retreat' award.
 
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15. Board Game: Power Grid: France/Italy [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
George Vriese
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Always a good game. Never a dull moment. The big power plants came out a little too late for me though so third was all I got after one player made a huge error in betting on garbage plants.
 
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16. Board Game: Bolide [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:2305]
George Vriese
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Newberg
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A very interesting mechanic that mimics the momentum of a race car along the track. This would need more plays to be able to plan ahead two or three turns.
 
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17. Board Game: Tower of Babel [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1156]
George Vriese
United States
Newberg
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I had looked at this one many times in the game stores but could never convince myself that it would be good. We played, I won, and will probably not buy it as didn't do much for me. Perhaps we misplayed a rule so we may play it again, who knows.
 
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18. Board Game: Money! [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1254]
George Vriese
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Newberg
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I was under the impression we would play multiple hands but this was not the case so I ended up last. But still a good little filler.
 
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19. Board Game: Magna Grecia [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1994]
George Vriese
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Newberg
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We played this one on Monday morning while we were packing and cleaning house. Therefore some plays were made without much thought as we only came back to the table to make our move and then continue on with our chores. With proper attention this is a good brain burner.
 
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