Games Played WABA Mt Claremont 9 March 2013
Ernest Chua
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The day started off quietly, probably due to people voting in the state election, but things soon picked up and there were lots of people playing games before too long. Add what you played and see what else was played.

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1. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:99]
Ernest Chua
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Six people took control of a house each in a battle for Westeros in this organised game. Tony took control of House Stark, Rob was in charge of House Greyjoy, I commanded House Lannister, Rudolf directed House Tyrell, Tim was the head of House Martell and Nathan ordered House Baratheon.

In typical style, there was much banter, threats, warnings and deals amongst the players, including references to the books and series (I hope Tim didn't spoil anything for me as I haven't finished reading all the books to date yet, but I don't think he did).

Despite what could have been a very long game, it was a decisive win to Rob and House Greyjoy, who got to victory in only turn 4 (or 5), aided by holding off House Stark from the north and defeating House Lannister in several key battles. Well done Rob (and beware for future games devil)
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2. Board Game: Wings of War: Flight of the Giants [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
Alicia Smith
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I took on the command of a Central Powers Gotha and a couple of wingmen in Fokker D's and we did alright, a victory over the other side of a similar force. The second game, we changed to me going back to my beloved Fokker D and the others taking on a couple of Gotha's. Which unfortunately flew into each other due to some miscommunication and a jammed rudder in pretty much the second round and us Central Powers being pretty much trashed.
Enjoyed it hugely, we should bring it more often.
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3. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:213] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Alicia Smith
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Had a game of this to finish off on. It was a close game too, great for a teaching game!
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4. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:151]
Karl Schreiber
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Had a roaring 5 player game with Opals, James, Tom, Daniel and myself.
There was heavy competition for the favour of Ares (thanks to Tom's very aggressive strategy), while James constantly threatened to take the win simply by being so very, very scholarly (Athena's favour).
Poor Opals had an island invaded and taken on the first turn, her money stolen by Daniel's greedy griffon on the next, lost her whole fleet after Tom took control of the dreaded Kraken, and then had her remaining army frozen by Medusa later in the game. But, she took it all in her stride and maintained a very fruit-rich and populous last refuge which was nigh unassailable.
I was pleased to win one battle by sea, before my fleet was eaten by the Kraken, and two battles by land.
In the end Tom won the game by invading James' main island and stealing the metropolis and other buildings he needed to win, but it was quite close with all of us needing only one or two things to win.
Was a fun game!

Took about 2 hours.
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5. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:659]
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A quick 5 player game was played before a number of people had to leave. Rockfalls claimed many a would-be Indiana Jones in the perilous temple, and some were even eaten by mummies, but a few treasure grabs were managed despite the hazards.
James won, in the end, by chickening out in a timely fashion and making off with some artifacts.

Nice and quick! Took about 20 mins.
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6. Board Game: Dominion: Prosperity [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.27 Unranked]
 
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Played a few rounds with a very money-oriented set of cards. I especially liked the hoard card, which is worth 3 and grants you gold every time you purchase a victory card on your turn.
Opals won the first game, then Matt on our second play.
It really felt like a race playing Prosperity!
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7. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:419]
Nathan
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This followed a Game of Thrones with Rob, Tony, Rudolf and myself busily erecting buildings and hiring elves, dwarves and gnomes in this worker placement and area control hybrid. In usual Belfort fashion the final scores were reasonably close, although an impressive last minute catch up by Rob was required.
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8. Board Game: Walnut Grove [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1064]
Robert Forrest
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After the above mentioned Incan Gold game, I taught Tegan, Misha and Ivan this worker-placement game from the designer of Eclipse.

It is very easily described as a cross between Agricola and Carcassonne.

Each player has a farm board with room for covered wagons and houses, barns and to expand your farm land. Tiles of certain land types produce certain good, producing more the more of the same type tile you add to it.

Then there is a town where players travel around taking actions (only one per season though!) upgrading their buildings, hiring more workers and selling goods for coins.

Finally, of course, workers need to be fed and kept warm by fires.

I really like the game, though I think maybe it worked better with fewer players - or at least it's a little less frustrating to place your people where you actually want them.

Some people at the table found the game a little too punishing, but I find it less so than, say, Agricola.

Anyway, in the end, I won, though Misha wasn't too far behind in second place.
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9. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:108]
Robert Forrest
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Next I ran Suburbia, which is a game I am very impressed with. Tim H arrived and took Ivan's place (Sorry Ivan!)

One thing that is very impressive about the game is how easy it is to teach and learn vs how much game there is. The symbols are very well done and it all just fits together thematically.

One very valid complaint is that there are tiles that continue to grant rewards throughout the game and it can be very difficult to keep track of all of the powers (especially ones that work in conjunction with what other players do).

But it's very fun and moves along fairly quickly.

Tim won by sewing up all of the goals while we weren't paying attention.
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10. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:376] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
Robert Forrest
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Finally Tegan, Tim and I learned Last Will.

It was all of our first play, so it took some getting our head around, and constant rulebook checking, but we all enjoyed this game.

I have played again since and discovered we had a couple of the rules wrong.

I won, with Tegan getting very close at the end.
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11. Board Game: Logistico [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4436]
Neil Bloomfield
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Perth
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Five of us tackled this for the first time. Lots of early muttering about Analysis Paralysis - we solved this towards the end of the game by selling off our boats and trucks. The end of the game was quite close - a spread of five points with five players. But we were left bewildered as to why the score track went up to 99 - no-one managed to get past 25. Maybe scores get much higher in a two person game.

I'd consider playing this again, but mainly out of curiosity. The game seemed to plod along. Did I miss something that makes the game much more lively?
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12. Board Game: Castle Merchants [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:8619]
Neil Bloomfield
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Perth
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Four of us moved from Logistico to Castle Merchants. The underlying theme is the same - moving goods from one place to another. But the feel is quite different. In Castle Merchants you can't try and plan too far ahead because you rely on the cards to build or transverse a path.

Not sure I'd want to replay this, though that could just be sour grapes. I misunderstood a rule, and got off to a miserable start. Never recovered from this. Perhaps, now I better understand the mechanism of the game, I'd do better. Even so, I prefer my games to have a little less chance in them.
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13. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:742]
Neil Bloomfield
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Started the day with two games of this. One of the first games I played at WABA, five years ago, where I got thrashed by Genevieve. I hope my game has improved a little since then.

This game is in my top ten. It is easy to teach, doesn't take long to play, and offers plenty of opportunities to be nasty to other players. No chance involved, but plenty of calculation. (OK, so it's a strategic game dressed up as a children't game.) And given that the basic game (which I prefer to the Deluxe version - the penguins are much more endearing) is available from Book Depository (http://www.bookdepository.com/Hey-Thats-My-Fish-Board-Game-F...) for under $AUS13, every household should have a copy.
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14. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:212]
Eric
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3p game.

Natasha was jack. Oliver n I were the detectives. Game was characterized by the detective whining and bemoaning the fact that jack is too hard to catch and the clues too hard to obtain, while jack was always one or two turns from being caught. We did lose the trails a few times but never took too long to pick it up again.

The detective caught jack by the middle of the second night. Being cornered, I thought jack would've useone carriage or the alleyway to escape. but don't know if he's being too corky and stayed behind, so the detective manage to catch him fairly easily in the end.
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15. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:852]
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6p game. Very random as a result cannot say I like it. More of a journey than a game.
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16. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1600]
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2 tile laying game in a roll. I like it a bit more than Truro but again with 6p it's all about screwing the other person than planning head. Having said that I don't think I need to play this again.
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17. Board Game: Ground Floor [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1140]
Ernest Chua
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Tim, Mark, Roger and myself sat down to learn this new game to all of us. It proved to be a wonderfully interesting game, with each of us trying to get Victory Points by running a business - gaining knowledge, producing goods, selling the goods for the maximum price, and jostling for popularity for both turn order and to sell at the highest price.

This fascinating worker placement game has three resources to balance: knowledge/information, money and 'time'. Each has their own way to be gained and each combines with each other in how they are used/spent in the running of the business.

In the end, I scored 34, with Tim, Mark and Roger all on 38. Mark won on tiebreak on being the most popular out of the three.

While it is a Euro game, it is not a dry Euro game, with the theme really well integrated. The market goes through booms, depressions and recessions and this affects how expensive workers are to hire and how many goods will be sold each turn. There are various expansions one can build to your business/office and this changes things like how effective your meetings are, how to hire people for less (through a HR department) and upgrading your company’ storage space.

I spent the next few days thinking about this really fascinating game. Going through the question on the game's page on BGG, I know we played some rules wrongly but this didn't change my view of a game which has plenty of interesting and difficult choices, an interesting theme and good components. This is one to play again to explore it deeper. Thanks to Tim who brought the game and let us play in his very first time of it.
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