Games Played WABA Thornlie 28 September 2013
Ernest Chua
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Players either decided to move cardboard pieces and wooden blocks rather than watch the AFL Grand Final (or chose to come after) in what was a meet down on numbers but still with plenty of good gaming spirit. Add what you played and see what else was played.

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1. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Steve taught Richard, ? and ? (any help to remember the male and female players of this game would be good...) this Marvel based deckbuilding game that had them fighting Magneto with Storm, Cyclops, Thor and Black Widow cards. I'm not sure who scored the most.

I arrived part-way through that game and Steve and Richard were kind enough to include Mark and I in a second game of this, swapping out Magneto for Loki. In that game, we managed to work together for the victory, with Richard gaining the most points.

I like the theme and it is a pretty simple game (is it too simple, I wonder?) that I am happy to came back and play again. Steve, thanks for teaching
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2. Board Game: Corporate America [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:2859]
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Richard brought this Kickstarter game in a first time for him, me, Oliver, Chris, Michael and Andrew. Corporate America satirises the corporate influence of government, with players being corporations to gain the most money by controlling businesses, consumer demand and the President of the USA. The flavour text is very tongue in cheek within a great business/negotiation game.

Highlights include:
-the start player being determined by the person with the most money in his or her wallet;
-the rules for tiebreaking saying to use any non-playing third party as the Justice of the Supreme Court - friend, any person on the phone, child (unfortunately, we did not have to use this )
-Oliver gaining the presidency by having the most money spent on his campaign and promptly going against heavy financial backer Richard by enacting a law against Richard's business interests;
-a heavily spending three-way election electing President Chris by less than $6 between his win and third place(there were some other multiple candidate elections that were really two-horse races);
-only one person being a two time loosing presidential candidate (me )

In the end, Chris ended up with the win on $138 over Andrew on $110, Richard on $102, Oliver on $96, myself on $78 and Michael on $67.

This was a great session of a game that is quite easy to pick up, provides lots of negotiation and player interaction, and plenty of opportunities to get into the spirit and theme of the game. I've spent much time thinking about our session and this game tonight, including how much financial value the Presidency (and thus the campaign) is worth and how Andrew's thought of how not bribing anyone would work out. It would not surprise me if this gets requested at several WABA meets in the near future.
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3. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:246]
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This popular filler game got played again, with Oliver winning over Richard (3), new player Chris (3) and myself (2). I was faced with the unfortunate situation in the last move of Chris being out of the round and I having a low card, and either correctly guessing Richard's card already knowing what it was and hope that Oliver's card was lower, or guess Oliver's card and know that I would loose to Richard. I took Richard out only to see my hope not fulfilled.
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4. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:278]
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We taught Chris this classic filler game that still has great staying power since its publication in 1997. Simple rules, a quick playing time and good mix of auction strategy and luck makes this a great game. Gracie was the best at selling her real estate, finishing on 51 over Chris 47, Andrew 46, myself 41, Oliver 38 and Richard 36.
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5. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:153]
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We played the frustrating 'what should we play next' game before deciding on Galaxy Trucker. I have an interesting relationship with this game, my records indicating that I last played it in June of 2011. While I enjoy many aspects of the game, including in seeing how (not if) our ships will fall apart once we get going, my opponents have a fiendishly gleeful joy in stressing me out by turning the timer over when I am nowhere close to finishing my ship.

I normally ignore looking at the upcoming cards, but decided to try something different this game and take some precious ship-building time to look at them. While I saw the benefit of knowing what was coming up, I either promptly forgot specific cards when building my ship or was unable to take advantage of my knowledge as other, also-card-looking opponents were able to take the stuff I wanted/built better ships.

At the end of it all, including playing with the 3A side, Richard easily won on 92 over Oliver on 54, myself on 32 and Andrew on 27.
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6. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:382]
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Oliver and I scrounged around to find a two-player game before deciding on Nexus Ops. The two player game of Nexus Ops effectively becomes a zero-sum game – my gain is my opponents’ loss and vice-versa. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is different to playing this game with 3 or 4 players. New players of this game, of which Oliver and I were not, would do well to remember that this is not a game to necessarily kill your opponents outright – it is a case of getting points by fulfilling objectives and winning battles.

After a refresh of the rules (and numerous consultations throughout), I emerged victorious 13 to 10. I didn’t realise that I had the opportunity to win on that turn, and had I failed, Oliver had enough to probably (with helpful dice rolls) win on his turn.
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7. Board Game: Via Appia [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2275]
Ian O'Toole
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Tegan, Karl, Chris and myself played this light game about building the famous road from Rome to Brundisium. It uses a unique shuffle board mechanism where players attempt to physically push wooden cylinders of different sizes (representing rocks) off a raised platform. Pieces that fall off are converted into stones for the road, which can then be laid for points. Paving the road also allows for players' pawns to move along the road, getting points for reaching each of the cities along the way first.

I think this game is just the right length and complexity to make the dexterity element of the shuffleboard palatable. Tegan won by a decent margin.
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8. Board Game: Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1046]
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Next, myself and Karl sat down for our long planned return to this great card game. The last time we played was the May Thornlie meet, so we had both amassed more cards and constructed new decks in the meantime.

We're both relatively new to the game so it's safe to say our deck building skills aren't honed very much, and we both had trouble at different points in game managing the cards we had.

Karl played with The Order of the Silver Twilight, and I played a Cthulhu Deep One deck. The Silver Twilight got off to a great start and won two stories while my Deep Ones were still waking up. Luckily for me, Joe Sargeant turned up in his rattletrap bus and started driving them around... which proved very effective. He didn't survive the game, but his influence was enough to turn the tables. Once I got Cthylla out, the only ancient one to appear this game, things swung heavily in my favour and I ended up winning with three stories to two.

I really enjoy this game, and it's full of really tough decisions every turn. I have a feeling a few more games might have been in order, but unfortunately Karl had to leave early.
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9. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:37]
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Next Tegan, Tim and myself played this great worker placement game. I tried a different strategy that my usual temple-focused path. This time I mostly ignored the temples (angering one of them, but whatever...jerks), and neglecting to feed my people on the last turn. Luckily, my resource heavy approach paid off and I won, proving that consistently bad mouthing your workers makes them more effective.
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10. Board Game: Serenissima (second edition) [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1994]
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For the final game of the day we played this pick up and deliver game, which features just a little (big) bit of optional (mandatory) piracy.

I grabbed Tripoli in the first turn, which produces spices, the only resource in the game to sell at a higher price. Despite Richard dropping by the table and helpfully informing everyone that they should take tripoli from me, no one made an attempt for the first three quarters of the game.

Eventually I got a bit restless, I filled up a ship with eager pirates and attacked Tim's port of Modon, sinking his galley and successfully putting my pirates ashore. This started a long and bloody feud, mostly between myself and Tim, with Tegan being the unwitting victim of rampant war mongering from time to time. Despite Tim cheating with loaded dice like the big cheat that everybody knows he is, I had saved up enough money to buy my sunken galleys back and fill them with ghost pirates again and again.

I won in the end, proving that mistreating your workers, to the point of sending them to their watery graves, only to resurrect them time after time to die again in bloody combat, makes them more effective.
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11. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:331] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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I saw 2 games of this being played, one a three player game and the other a five player game (with the expansion). Anyone who played in that game want to comment on who won and how the game went?
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12. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:392]
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We played a 6-player game of Chicago Express, with a few playing it for the first time. It was fun learning how the shares and dividends worked, and Alastair ended up being the winner - I think he had stock in four of the railroad companies.
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13. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:659]
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Next, 5 of us pushed our luck in a quick game of Incan Gold.
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