Games Played WABA Thornlie 21 November 2014
Ian O'Toole
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1. Board Game: Abyss [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:339]
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First up Tim, Tegan, Q and myself played this card game set in the world of the Little Mermaid. You explore the depths to gather allies into your hand, spend the allies to garner the support of lords (many of who provide a special ability) and spend lords to take control of locations (end game scoring multipliers). That all sounds pretty boring but the mechanisms and flow of play make it very enjoyable. I think four players makes the game go a little long, three is probably the sweet spot.

Tegan won this one.
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2. Board Game: Lords of Xidit [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:580]
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Next up the same group of four played this retheme of Himalaya, now placed into the same universe as Seasons. It's a programmed move game, which I usually disliked, but this turned out to be my favourite game of the day. I was really surprised at how quickly turns went by, and the I found the fun of programmed moves for the first time. I also won so that helped.

Players control heroes who move around the board, visiting cities to either recruit units or varying strength or to defeat monsters to gain rewards. Rewards come in three flavours: money, fame (represented by bard tokens) and magical influence (represented by plastic towers that stack on the board).

At the end of the game, players' success in each of these three areas is assessed in an order determined at the start of the game. After each assessment, the player in last place is eliminated (regardless of their standings in the other areas), until the last assessment awards the win. So you need to not be last place in the first two assessments and first place in the last to win.

This scoring method is really unique and keeps everything nice and tense throughout the game. You need to do just enough of everything and constantly keep watch of the other players' progress.

It's also a very attractive production, with each of the units that you recruit represented as great little miniatures (take that Lords of Waterdeep!).

I'm really keen to play this one again.
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3. Board Game: Diamonds [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:744]
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Next up Warren joined us for a four player game of this trick taking game in which all players are trying to gather as many Diamonds (plastic tokens, not the card suit) as possible. This plays very similarly to Hearts, except that when you play a card out of suit you get to take that suit's special ability (everything from placing a diamond into your vault to secure it for scoring to stealing diamonds from other players). The player who wins the trick also gets to take the action of the trick's suit. These actions add a whole new level, so that you can manipulate your hand in order to purposely play more cards out of suit and take advantage of the actions. There's also a benefit to purposely winning no suits, as you score two diamonds to your vault. Warren managed to do this almost every hand, and ended up winning the game.
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4. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:70]
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Tim left to play Suburbia and Jason joined Warren, Tegan and myself for this euro game of building railroads.

I tried to go for engineers this game, having seen that strategy work well for others in the past, while also trying to rush the Trans-Siberian railway. In the end I got the bonus for having the most engineers and did OK on the railway, but still ended up a decent amount behind Jason and Warren, who won.
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5. Board Game: Sushi Go! [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:389]
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Warren wanted to learn this card drafting filler so the same group of four played. Much wasabi was wasted on my account and not much pudding was had. I believe Warren won this as well, continuing his (uncharacteristic?) winning streak for the day.
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6. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:587]
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Next up we played a four player game, followed by two eight player games of this silly bluffing party game. Players choose their ammunition from a hand of Click and Bang! cards, then simultaneously point their foam guns at another player. Whoever is the Godfather for the round can order one player to redirect their gun. Everyone is then given a chance to leap under a table in a stunning display of cowardice to avoid being shot (but also get no loot). Finally players reveal their ammunition cards and anyone with a Bang! card shoots their target (who also gets no loot, and a wound, three of which causes elimination). Anyone left standing takes turns in grabbing a loot card from the eight cards available for the round until they are all gone.

This was really good fun and I didn't win once.
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7. Board Game: Rent a Hero [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2439]
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Lastly Tegan, Jason, Tim and myself played this card game. Players are trying to collect six of the seven heroes in the deck to win. Each turn a player has to send a face down card around the table as a Wandering Hero. Each player in clockwise order has the choices of taking the Wandering Hero, passing them onto the next player, or giving the main player a card from their hand and asking if the Wandering Hero matches that card. If a player takes a Wandering Hero of a value they already have, they lose BOTH copies into their personal discard pile, which acts as a tie breaker at game end.

I ended up winning on the second tie breaker, which was having the highest value heroes in my display.
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8. Board Game: Würfelwurst [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:7285]
Tim Kirkwood
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While waiting for the committee to finish their meeting so we could continue our game of diamond Tegan, Q, and myself played a couple of fillers. This being the first fresh from Germany.

Great little filler, it's a yartzi or king of tokyo like game where you roll dice and lock in combos. On some dice there are sausages which are either worth 1 or if you get all 4 worth 7. So there is a real push you luck element.
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9. Board Game: Würfel Bohnanza [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1616]
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We were still waiting so played half a game of this little filler from the bohnanza family. Very similar concept as the card game but here you are making specific orders of beans by rolling dice and then trading them for various amounts once completed. The trick here is on your turn you can only complete orders with Locked dice and on other peoples turns you can complete orders only on freshly rolled dice and not with any that are locked in the field.

A fun filler which I enjoy I think Tegan won this one as well.
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10. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:108]
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I left the other to join in a 4 player game of suburbia which I have played a bunch of times on the ipad. Even though you have to keep track of all your income etc yourself I think I much preferred the real game.

Definitely would be keen to play again.
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11. Board Game: Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:346]
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I then taught a couple of people euphoria.

In this game it is a race to put out all your influence markers for the various regions 1st player to do so wins. It was a strange game with no buildings being built till right at the end as there were no more star spaces, this was until I realised we were meant to only spend 2 resources to build a building instead of the usual 4 as it was only a 3 player game. Oops.

And a good game to start ending the night on as it's thinky but quick especially with 3 players.
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12. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:132]
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Mum's Milsims' order of Splendor finally turned up and I picked it up from Richard to pass on to her. Then we played it 3 times.

I taught it to Stuart, Steven and Kent and we played a quick game while Stuart and Kent were waiting for another game to start. Steven won, I think.

Later Stuart, Kent and I played again. (Can't remember who won but it wasn't me).

And while we were playing the 2nd game, Steven came up and ask if we were going to play again. I opted to sit out and eat my dinner, but Stuart, Kent and Steven played it - along with another guy whose name I don't remember.

Splendor's addictiveness is hard to escape...
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13. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:96]
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In between the first and second games of Splendor, I played Castles of Mad King Ludwig with Tim and 2 other people whose names I don't remember. Good game - I enjoyed it a lot.
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14. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:645]
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This entry took significantly more effort than the previous two.

I couldn't remember the name of the third game I played. I could remember that David (I think?) taught it to me, John and 2 other people, that it was a civilization theme, and that it wasn't a recent release (kind of the opposite). I could even picture the board, but the name completely eluded me.

After vague hunch that it started with 'A' and a bit of detective work, I can now add this post. Quite a good game I thought. Would play again.
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