Games Played WABA Mt Claremont 8 February 2014
Ernest Chua
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On the anniversary of the day that the first stars were installed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the birth of actor Seth Green and the death of the 5th president of Singapore Ong Teng Cheong, boardgamers (who were in all likelihood not aware of these anniversaries) came together to boardgame with WABA. See what was games got to the table and add what you played.

WABA's guild can be found here.
The metalist of WABA games played can be found here.
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1. Board Game: Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:345]
scott Murray
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Ridgewood
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The first game of the day saw me teaching two new players and taking Rob and Leece back through the rules for a five player game.

A very close game which showed different mechanics of the game that could be used to win. Rob could not stop rolling doubles, another person used recruits to put out two stars a turn while the rest jumped on markets and won territories.

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2. Board Game: Gaffes & Promises [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
scott Murray
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Ridgewood
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Sat down to learn this WA made game.

The design incorporates the 7 Wonders card draw to allow players to take political promises. These promises allowed them to get points towards winning a victory point at the end of the round.

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3. Board Game: COGZ [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:4744]
scott Murray
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Ridgewood
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Another playtest of another WA made game.

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4. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:342]
Aaron Lim
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Southbank
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Roger (I hope I got your name right) taught us how to play Airlines Europe. I like the simplicity of the pared down investment/route building system, but it can lead to some frustration with lucky investment pulls.
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5. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:479]
Neil Bloomfield
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Perth
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Oliver taught this to Peter and Dean and Peter, and I was reminded of how to play. I think Oliver won - I was mainly concerned about beating Peter, who was last (leaving me second last). We enjoyed the game enough to play it again, this time the results were almost reversed, with Peter coming first and me second.

A nice mixture of skill and luck, with the competing aims of having the most valuable ship or the most in a particular merchandise leading to some interesting bidding tussles, and a lot of good-natured suggestions to other players about what they should do. Definitely a game I will get out of storage.
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6. Board Game: Spot it! [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:965] [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked]
Alicia Smith
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Perth
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Played while waiting and as a warm up.
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7. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:286]
Alicia Smith
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8. Board Game: The Agents [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2578]
Alicia Smith
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I assisted rdmasters teaching this one with 5 players I think it was.

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9. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:377]
Roger Lai
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Churchlands
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5 player game, 1 board. Natasha, Owen (sp?), Roger, Craig and Aaron.
Played with the sand timer kept things fluid. Natasha was a master with shuffling and dealing. Much hilarity ensued with Natasha winning the 3-flag race.
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10. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:50]
Warren Adams
Australia
Mt Lawley
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Ian was good enough to teach me this, finally.
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11. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1062]
Neil Bloomfield
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Perth
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Jan wanted to play this, to compare with the card version. He drummed up four more takers, and I explained how to play. Everyone seemed to catch on quickly, and there was much hilarity with recruiting, counter recruiting, and sending people on holidays.

My gut feeling is that newcomers to the game don't bargain as hard as they should, and don't take the card option as much as they should. Having said that, I was taking this approach and running a dismal last until I managed to crack a deal where I had the five people required, and no-one else could send one of these on holidays. Better still, that was the last deal of the game. Ended in a three-way tie for first.

And Jan agreed that it was different to, and probably better than, the card version.
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12. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:58]
Karl Schreiber
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El Grande rarely disappoints. Taught this one to my friend, Daniel, and a nice chap named Ben. Also playing were veterans Li Hua and Jan. A great crew!

Ended up being a very close game, with some nice strategic/backstabby decisions,and crushing moments.

There was a strong competition between Jan and I as the game concluded so that we both didn't see Daniel swoop in to almost take the game!

I think the end result was a tie between Daniel and I.
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13. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:386]
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Played this interesting game with Jan, Li Hua, Daniel and Ben.

You've got to put on the best show on earth to please the Roman consuls, senators, and even the Emperor himself, should he be coaxed into strolling into your amphitheatre.

There's a lot of bidding and trading for the components of your acts--lions were especially popular in our game.

The key to victory seems to be in planning ahead for the major act you want to put on by obtaining the necessary resources early.

My only complaints were that the joker tiles seemed a bit too powerful, and that the game dragged out a bit.

Winner was Li Hua with a final act that really brought the house down. I think it was fairly close for the rest of the players, but I finished a distant last.

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14. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:164]
Ian O'Toole
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Queens Park
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Tim, Elaine, Craig and myself played this after I got done convincing Warren that Race For the Galaxy is the greatest game ever.

Craig was new to the game, but picked it up very quickly. In fact, he came very close to winning, and finished the game by constructing the Catacombs.

Unfortunately (for him), he had underestimated the vault scoring, as well as the associated Merchant Bonuses, and I scraped ahead, though not by much.
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15. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:423] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
Ian O'Toole
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Queens Park
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Played two games of this with Tim, the first was a teaching game (that I lost – which was a bit of a theme for the day...) where I played the Guild Dwarves (Bolvi basic deck) and Tim played Jungle Elves (basic). I had no idea how to effectively use Bolvi's towers, and placed them badly, at the same time burning through my deck at record speed. Towards the end Bolvi had to emerge from his defences to try to finish it himself but he was taken out one turn before he likely would have cornered and killed Abu Shi.

For the second game of the session I played the cloaks (removing thieves for snipers) while Tim played the new Pheonix Elves' Summoner, Queen Maldaria. I set up numerous tricky plays throughout the game that allowed me to take shots at Queen Maldaria (who only takes four hits), but consistently rolled misses when it came down to it. In the end my forces were whittled down so that the remaining Pheonix Elves were able to take out Vlox.
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16. Board Game: The Duke [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:461]
Ian O'Toole
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Queens Park
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To end the day myself and Tim played two quick games of this great little abstract strategy game. It's essentially Chess if you started with your King and two Pawns on the board, then randomly drew new pieces on your turn (in place of moving an existing piece). Each tile's movement is printed onto the piece, and there's a lot of variety in how tiles move, jump, slide and capture from afar. Once you move a piece, you flip it to it's opposite side, which shows a different movement pattern.

Myself and Tim won one game each.
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17. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:212] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Luke Phillips
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Perth
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This was my first WABA event. I'll definitely be back next month

I quite liked this game, a learning experience for everyone.
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18. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:54]
Luke Phillips
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Perth
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Jacob taught me and a bunch of others this one. Pretty Good. John had us all fooled, and won on the back of his real estate empire
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19. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:452]
Luke Phillips
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Perth
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Opinions were a bit meh on this one, although we kinda stuffed up and it ended prematurely. Maybe it's better if allowed to go the full distance.
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20. Board Game: Tsuro of the Seas [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1290]
Luke Phillips
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Perth
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Ended with this. We mis/re-interpreted the rules a bit . Not bad though definitely some drama as the dragons came swooping in.
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