Games Played WABA Mt Claremont July 2012
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These were the games played on 14 June 2012.

This WABA meet was held in memory of
Mikey O'Brien
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who passed away recently.

As part of the meet, WABA ran a raffle, with the money from that and half the money from the entry fees going to be donated equally to Doctors Without Borders and Silver Chain, as per Mickey's family's request.


WABA's guild can be found here.
The metalist of WABA games played can be found here.
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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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Adrian: Felix Gaeta (starting Admiral)
Mark: Cally Tyrol (cylon (pre-sleeper?)
Ernest: Ellen Tigh (starting President) (Final 5 – if card is examined, cylon ships activate; personal goal – use caution, fleet has made a 1-distance jump)
Richard: Caprica 6
Jason: Galen Tyrol (Final 5 – whoever examines this card is executed; personal goal – can’t remember which one, possibly self-destruction: in the brig or sickbay? )
Eric: Kara “Starbuck” Thrace (starting CAG), then Lee “Apollo” Adama (post sleeper cylon)
All resources increased by 1

Game Combination 45 as part of my The Battlestar Galactica Project.
Pegasus: Yes
Exodus: Yes
CFB: Yes
Kobol/New Caprica/Ionian Nebula: K
CL: Yes
FF: Yes
PG: Yes

Highlights of the game include (in rough order):
-a game with the Cylon Fleet Board starting with only 1 pilot – we were either brave or foolish!
-crisis card passed pre-sleeper which allowed me to look at the loyalty of one character. Jason hinted very strongly that it would be very bad for whomever examined his loyalty card (possibly too much for secrecy rules, which we will have to remember for next time), so I picked Adrian. After saying nothing and being questioned on it, I said he could be trusted.
-a crisis card failing forcing Adrian to pick someone to send to the brig. The popular opinion was to send me, but without any discussion, Adrian picked Mark. Suspicion fell on Adrian.
-Post sleeper, Adrian giving Mark an executive order in the brig, everyone listening to Jason who said he could get Mark out of the brig himself, Mark getting out, moving to where Eric was and using Cally’s Once Per Game to shoot Starbuck, revealing her as a human, Eric coming back as Apollo (keeping CAG) and Mark revealing next turn to send me to sickbay
-another crisis potentially killing Eric again with Adrian to choose, Eric threatened that if he was killed, he wouldn’t come back as a pilot, Adrian interpreted that as a threat and killed Eric, who was revealed as a cylon (which means the cylon card was the last undealt card in the original loyalty deck) and which means he was being truthful
-Adrian receiving the CAG title, which he used and passed to me
-Pegasus blowing up
-Mark playing his super-crisis Footage Transmitted, which the humans failed to give him another and Eric a super-crisis card
-the humans having enough population for Adrian to give an executive order for Jason to repair the FTL room
-on my turn, using Ellen’s OPG to take the Admiralty from Adrian to make Ellen President, Admiral and CAG when the button was pushed to take the humans to victory
-Ellen not visiting the President’s Office at all during the game
-The humans massively benefitting with jumps of 3,3,2.
-very many crisis with jump preparations, possibly the highest proportion I have ever seen.

Humans win, Richard also wins humans won and morale and population were within 2 of each other (Guide Them to Destiny agenda)

Richard was taking notes for a session report from the point of view of Caprica 6, so stay tuned for that.
 
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2. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:58]
Jeremy London
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Players: Kylie, Hadassa, Jeremy, Judson, Raymond.

I don't think Kylie and Raymond had played before, but they came first and second respectively - Kylie by a large margin, followed by everyone else in a clump, then me far behind.

Fun and challenging as usual. I need to remember to use the Castille more.
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3. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:494]
Jeremy London
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Players: Adrian, Kylie, Jeremy, Raymond.

Raymond's game. I'd been very keen to play this ever since I heard about it as a new Donald X game. It exceeded my expectations! The fact I won probably also helped . I promptly borrowed it off Raymond so I can enjoy a few more games.
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4. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:57]
 
Alicia Smith
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We finished the game! (or did the game finish us?)

Played in honour of Mikey O'Brien and thoroughly enjoyed too.


Leece, Rob, khorgor, Renato, Joff, and stevegee all turned up eager to their part in grabbing glory and Mercatol Rex.

Renato did an excellent job of reminding us rusty ones of the game flow, thanks Renato, that was a huge help.

Renato zoomed ahead and stonged us.

Thanks fellas, I really enjoyed that game and I'm keen to find time to play it again sometime.
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5. Board Game: London (first edition) [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:313]
Robert Forrest
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I started the day teaching one of my very favourite games, Martin Wallace's London.

I was joined by three newbies; Mal, Craig and a guy whose name I don't know (even though I played games with him all day. Because I am terrible).

It's fairly light for a Wallace, but it does contain some of his typical punishing rules, in the form of poverty points.

It's kind of Wallace's take on the Race for the Galaxy* style of game. It's mostly a card game, where players are building up their tableau to earn money and victory points. There is a small amount of area control/influence (small, but important to not ignore).

The Unknown Man (TUM) commented there was maybe too little player interaction for him, but for me, this is a plus. Seemed to be well received all round though.

TUM also won, though there was some confusion on his behalf of how much the coins were worth, (he thought the $5s were 10$) AND he ended up with a rather gigantic stack of money, which is pretty rare in this game... SO it's possible he was playing a whole different game.

I might have scored my lowest score ever though, I would not have won otherwise.

*It does rely on icons a bit, but only a few of them, and it's far clearer than RftG
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6. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:422]
Robert Forrest
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Next the same group played Ankh-Morpork, another Wallace design. Lighter still than London, it's a fairly chaotic area control game where each player has a hidden goal.

Mostly you are trying to take control of, or have a presence in a certain number of districts (or getting a certain amount of money, causing a certain amount of trouble or just trying to get through the deck of cards before anyone else wins).

It's a fairly simple play a card, draw a card game, again using icons. Lots of player interaction this time. Don't take it too seriously, and you will have a lot of fun with this one. Fits the theme well, and plays pretty quickly too.

I won, as the Dragon King of Arms, though I was pretty much given the game, as I had very little luck spreading trouble around the board.

I am always up for this game.
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7. Board Game: The Bottle Imp [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1178]
Robert Forrest
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Oops, this one happened before Ankh-Morpork.

Had a teaching game of The Bottle Imp while Mal was going to run out to Red Rooster before our next game.

Didn't actually play it properly (didn't pass cards to our neighbours and only played one hand) as Mal changed his ming and got something from the cafe, and Michael, who had taken his place had folks arrive (I suspect his parents?), but gave the folks an idea of it at least, I guess?

It's a real favourite of mine, though a lot of people have a hard time getting their head around what wins a trick. It's the highest number, unless you play a card below the value of the bottle imp, in which case it's the highest value card that is less than the bottle imp's value.

The game is based on a Robert Louis Stephenson short story in which there is a bottle imp that grants its owner all of their wishes and desires, but they have to sell it for less than they bought it for, before they die, or else they go to Hell.

Great game!
 
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8. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:498] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
Robert Forrest
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Then Mal taught us all Among the Stars, using a print and play copy the publishers have released to the backers of the game. Mal very kindly made copies of the game for Ian and myself as well, as we three have backed the game as a group.

It's basically 7 Wonders crossed with Alhambra.

What does that mean? Well, you play four rounds with six card/tiles taking one and passing it to your neighbour. You either build the tile (paying the cost), discard it for money, or discard it to build a power reactor (kind of like a wonder in 7 Wonders, only in this it grants you the resources to build things).

You're laying the tiles out in front of you, building up your space station. Where you place your tiles is very important - some will grant bonuses if placed next to some, or far enough away from others etc).

I enjoyed it a fair bit. One minor rule that was missed was that the game is very punishing if you make a wrong play - you lose the tile, the points and whatever you paid for it too, and there are maximums for the numbers of some tiles you place etc. I wonder if there were any rules breaches on this one, but whatever - the game was fun.

(I played again yesterday with Jess, playing the two player variant, and enjoyed it even more now that I am becoming familiar with the tiles).

I wills ay that the game will be crying out for expansions, but I am glad I have backed this. It's going to be easier to teach and play than 7 Wonders, I think.
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9. Board Game: High Society [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:657]
Robert Forrest
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Then, time was running short. Mal had to leave, so the rest of us played High Society. I am not huge on auction games, but really enjoy this one, and it plays so very quickly (15 minutes, easily) yet packs a punch.

Unfortunately, both of my opponents fell for a rookie mistake of getting down to their last two cards too early, so I had control of item that appeared until the game ended.

Probably should have played a second round, but we moved on to...

 
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10. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:506]
Robert Forrest
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Then Elaine joined us and we played two games of Coloretto back to back - One with the alternate scoring.

Lots of mean plays. I'm not sure who won either of the games, to be honest, but they were lots of fun.
 
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11. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:355]
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Taught this one to four new visitors, who enjoyed it.

Nick beat Mckenzie, Gabby and Courtney by heeding my call to not neglect fisherman.

Andrew taught another group on a separate table and fisherman again proved the key.

Useless during the game but valauble at the end.
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12. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:826]
Warren Adams
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Added Jasssa and followed up the game of Vikings with this cut and thrust adventure.

Gabby took this one out in a very close battle with Courtney, with the boys Nick, McKenzie, Jasssa and me well behind.
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13. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:39]
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Tim taught this one. Rowland had played before, I had read the rules, and Aiden was new to the game.
It lived up to my high expectations and I look forward to playing again. And again. Great mix of euro and space exploration/combat game.
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14. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
Adrian Walker
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Well, + all of the expansions except the promo cards.

First one I played in was a mess of attacks and native villages, that left me with a 4 card deck before I started greening, that was fun.

The next one was heavily trashed with chapels before people started buying up colonies.

And finally I had my workers village + rabble combo that was more annoying than productive, but led to a win for me nonetheless. Fun to play, not so much to defend against.

Thanks everyone.
 
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15. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:414]
Ernest Chua
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We managed to play a few games while sitting at the table to sell raffle tickets. The first was No Thanks!, of which Mark won on 34, followed by Warren on 72, Aidden on 73 and myself on 102.
 
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16. Board Game: Formula Motor Racing [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2116]
Ernest Chua
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Over 3 closely fought races, Green Ernest Team raced against Yellow Warren Team, with the father son Orange Aidden/Andrew Team joining in to try deny the Purple Mark Team any points. At the end, the Purple Mark Team ended up victorious on 20 points (but no points in the last race), with the Yellow Warren Team next on 17 points and the Green Ernest Team and Orange Aidden/Andrew Team sharing 3rd on 6 points.
 
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