Games Played WABA Thornlie 25 October 2014
Ernest Chua
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Boardgamers again met for one of WABA's regular monthly boardgaming meets. There were new and older games played, ones organised prior and those decided there and then. See what was played and add your plays here.

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1. Board Game: King of New York [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:511]
Ernest Chua
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I learnt this game with Natasha, Owain, Jess and Richard. This is the related game to King of Tokyo, with changes including a different setting, a location/movement step, a new mechanism in destroying buildings and potentially having the humans dealing damage to you. The addition of the location/movement step and the buildings make this a more ‘gamery’ game with more important choices but longer turn lengths than King of Tokyo. I would introduce King of Tokyo to new players first before introducing this game.

Jess was the only one to die, and it was eventually surprisingly close between the rest of us towards the end until Richard, who was seen as the main threat in the game, managed to win on points. My famous monster unfortunately had to heal too many times to focus on getting stars/points
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2. Board Game: Fire in the Lake [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:401]
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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The fourth entry in the COIN series, but all of our first play of one, Ian, Mal, Pete and I sat down to this pretty amazing card-driven war game.

Set in the Vietnam war, all players take a faction: Ian (USA) and Pete (South Vietnamese/ARVN) were somewhat allied, with Myself (North Vietnamese) and Mal (Viet Cong) on the other side. But even though we have ties, and a certain amount of cooperation between us, the game is very much competitive, with only one winner.

The players each have their own set of action they can choose from, their own unique goals and play styles.

For such a heavy game, it was a really smooth play for a first time through (largely thanks to Ian and Mal doing a dummy run of a couple of turns the night before).

Ian went heavy on sweeps and airstrikes whenever he could.

Mal kept the other two busy in the south while I amassed an army in the north and then managed a pretty excellent final move to grab the win condition right at the end. The game ran for about four hours after we learned it, but it never felt long.

I'm very keen to play again soon.
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3. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:172]
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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It had been quite a long time since I had broken out this point-salad Feld game. I taught Mal and Pete, who were both playing for the first time.

You are spreading around and island, building huts, expanding your tribe, all while trying to complete tasks and just position yourself to score as many bonus points as you can.

I was a little rusty and wasn't able to buy jewelry or complete a task in the first round - My usual strategy - and so I tried to expand around the island as much as possible.

I did, but I still fell about 40 points short of Mal, who was by far the winner.

One of Feld's best, in my opinion, and that's saying something since so many of his games are my favourites.
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4. Board Game: Pax Porfiriana [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:426]
Robert Forrest
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Embleton
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Finally, after two heavier games, we took a little bit of time deciding what we could handle playing. But we decided to throw caution to the wind and play another deep game, one that I think is now my very favourite game.

Mal and I taught Pete this game set around the revolution that overthrew Porfirio Díaz as the dictator of Mexico. It's a tableau building game where you build up enterprises to earn money, send troops over to other people's enterprises to extort them and generally try to collect points in four different categories, hoping to cause a topple to happen while you are in the lead in the specif type of points that are being scored in that moment.

In the middle of the game I managed to play a card that 'nationalized' all of the cards in Sonora, one of the three possible locations, significantly crippling both Pete and Mal's income. (It also made all future Sonora cards illegal to play, making it difficult for them to get back on to their feet, since most of the cards available seemed to be from Sonora at the time).

Then, since I was heavily invested in US enterprises, I was able to build up a huge amount of money, cycle through the cards to cause the final topple card to come out and win by being the wealthiest player.

It was the longest game of Pax Porfiriana I've played so far, but the game is so engaging, it doesn't feel long at all.

We also got to use our new POD playmat that made the game much easier and tidier to run.

Fantastic game!
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5. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game: The Lost Legion Expansion [Average Rating:8.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.81 Unranked]
Jonathan Kops
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Perth
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Jason, Aloishe and I played the Volkares Return scenario on the low speed setting with the medium difficulty speed. This was Aloishe and I's second time playing this particular scenario and Jason's first time playing the expansion.

The starting tiles were not ideal, nor was the way Volkare traveled across the map mid game. This led to some difficulty gaining traction with levels early game which ultimately led to a low level in the later game. There were 2 forts that were not conquered, due to Volkare's positioning.

Jason had an altercation with a paralysing monster in an adventure site upon which he had to discard his entire hand and not to take damage and was unable to defeat the monster on that turn. This can be a bit of a set back as making some sort of progress with all the cards in your deck is obviously important.

The unit offer did not tend to be pretty helpful, late game i personally had only 2 units both of which were not anything particularly special. Jason and Aloishe by the time of reaching the city had managed to get some alright units on their side however. By the time i got to a keep to recruit an units Jason had already snapped them up so there was nothing i could purchase.

The battle for the city did not go as planned. Aloishe had a particular tough set of units on the divide and was unable to defeat 2 of the units. One of these in particular proved to be incredibly stubborn and none of us were able to defeat us on our next turn, this led to lost time with Volkare closing in on the City.

Somewhere along the line i had burnt down a Monastery going against Jasons advice that i would not be very liked. While i got a nice Artefact out of it, i did suffer a -3 reputation, after the defeat the city i had a -5 reputation making requiting more units incredibly difficult. I did however manage to somehow come up with enough reputation to get a pretty quality unit which was incredibly useful in the battle against Volkare.

There was not much time between defeating the city and the attack of Volkare on the city. Volkare had an army of 12 greens, 4 whites, 2 greys. This is definitely where things get a bit messy, tracking the abilities of all the monsters and the best way to defeat as many as possible while taking as few wounds as possible. Aloishe ran out of mana by this stage, thus had it the worst fending off the attack, Jason had a good supply of mana so did well on the first round and i burnt though a lot of cards aswell as mana in defeating the first wave.

After the first attack Aloishe had pretty much been knocked out of the game, i had pretty much run out of cards and Jason was holding in there fairly well all considering how many units he had to deal with. We held off the second attack by the skin of our teeth but by this stage i had completely run out of cards and needed to call end of round which ended the game.

There were 3 units (i think!) left by the end of the game undefeated, however 2 of these were red units which are the toughest the game has to offer. Volkare had won this time so needless to say we have unfinished business. I am sure this wont be my last report on this scenario!
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6. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:79] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Ian O'Toole
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Queens Park
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After playing Fire in the Lake all afternoon, I set up this semi-coop game for our scheduled session.

Mark, Warren and Tim joined me in the "Leave it all behind" scenario. Our colony goal was to eight food cards stashed under the scenario card and for every player to control a survivor with a weapon equipped.

We got off to a VERY rocky start, when my first move was to move a character, who died immediately due to a zombie bite roll on the exposure die (1 in 12 chance). Not to be dissuaded I moved my second character. Same result. Having killed both of my starting characters in two actions I drew another one, moved them and they also died (that's three 1 in 12 chances in a row, or 1/1728 for those keeping track at home). Having drawn my second new character, I decided to stop rolling that damn die...

All of this meant that our morale dropped immediately by three, which is a HUGE crutch. Luckily we were able to over-contribute to a lot of the crises and raise the morale again. Although I did manage to roll yet another zombie bite later in the game and kill another another of my characters. Luckily none of these bites resulted in an infection. There were a few more casualties during the game, including Sparky the Stunt Dog.

The game proceeded with not a lot of suspicious activity, and everyone became fairly confident that there wasn't a betrayer. In the end it was all down to Mark's turn. I had suggested exiling him just in case he was the betrayer earlier in the game, as he could have VERY easily won had he been. Luckily he wasn't, and we all managed to win (although it was down to Marks VERY LAST ACTION that completed the colony goal).

Funnily enough, my secret objective was to end the game with only one of my survivor's left alive...

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7. Board Game: To Court the King [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1529]
Warren Adams
Australia
Mt Lawley
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Mark and I set out to learn a couple of fillers in preparation for International Gaming in Your Library Day.

Mark won a three player game (with Mark) of this.
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8. Board Game: Money! [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1608]
Warren Adams
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Mt Lawley
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We followed up To Court the King, being joined by Moira for a four player game.
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9. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:264]
Warren Adams
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Mt Lawley
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Four new people turned up for their first WABA meet so I took them and Moira through this one.

I got as far as 19 points before dying with Moira taking out the victory.

Tam, Loan, Tien and Clem were up for a second game. As is often the case Moira died first (me second). Tien beat out Clem for the victory.
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10. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:88] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
Warren Adams
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Mt Lawley
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Tam, Loan, Tien and Clem were up for something bigger so I taught them this one, with Tam taking out the victory.
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11. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:743]
Warren Adams
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Mt Lawley
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Time for something quick and nasty.....perfect.
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12. Board Game: Gravediggers [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:9627]
Warren Adams
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Mt Lawley
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Mark and I continued our filler quest and were absolutely walloped by Jess in a four player game of this.
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13. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:264]
Jess
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Mark taught King of Tokyo to me and 2 other people and then proceeded to die pretty early on so he left the rest of us to battle it out.
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14. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:55]
Jess
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Mark taught me and someone (Kent maybe?) Five Tribes. I managed to spread my camels all over the board but it wasn't enough for the win. Great game - would definitely play again.
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15. Board Game: Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:15556]
Jess
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A bit of detective work required for this entry. Fortunately "relatively recent Kickstarter" and "storytelling game" were sufficient memories to find it.

One of the reviews describes it as a "Themed Improv Kit in a Box" (similar to TV shows like Whose Line is it Anyway?) which is a pretty accurate description. If you enjoy that kind of stuff you'd probably like it. Not really my thing though.
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