Games Played WABA Mt Claremont 13 December 2014 - DECEMBACON!
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Another amazing DecemBACON! 12 hours of games in two rooms. Hopefully it was record setting in number of people attending and number of games played.

While we wait for the stats to be tallied, list the games you played in this Geeklist.

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1. Board Game: Mythotopia [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1422]
Robert Forrest
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I started setting up Martin Wallace's latest game, Mythotopia. It's based on an earlier design of his, A Few Acres of Snow (which is one of my favourites) only this one has a random set-up, in a fantasy world and is playable by up to four players. I was joined by Pete, Tim K and Stuart, who were also new to this game, though none of them had played AFAoS either.

It's a deckbuilding game with an area control board element. You earn points by building and expanding across the map, and every game has random goals that score depending on the set-up.

I was really happy that we drew the dragons card in our first game, seeding some dragon meeples onto the board. They make the areas they appear in harder to conquer, and you get bonus points for taking those areas. I spent too long trying to conquer one for what it was worth, I think - But it just seemed necessary.

It was a really tight game - Everyone was within a few points of each other, but I managed the win.

I liked it a lot!
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2. Board Game: Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:95] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
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Next up the same group was joined by Blake to play the first scenario in the Aliens Legendary set. It's somewhat similar to Marvel Legendary, but tweaked to be a lot more thematic, and I think a lot better. (I enjoy the Marvel version though).

It is also now fully co-op and pretty difficult! Especially with five players, as we had for this game. The aliens came out a lot quicker than we could keep up with and we were picked off one by one. We all died and lost the game, but it was a lot of fun.

Probably best to not play with five until we know the game better though!
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3. Board Game: Greenland [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1663] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
Robert Forrest
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The group split into two and Stuart, Pete and I tackled the new game from Phil Eklund, simulating the Norse, Tunit and Thule tribes in Greenland during the 11th to 15th centuries.

Players mostly hunt animals for food, fuel and ivory to do their best to survive the very harsh environment.

So harsh. It seemed early on that Pete was running away with it with his lucky rolls and successful hunts, but I kept picking up trophies to score at the end of the game and just barely scraping by each generation. Stuart got hit pretty badly by a decimation event about four generations from the end and never really managed to get back up again.

The game is very fun - Even while entire generations are just wiped out.

I managed to win as the Norse tribe.
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4. Board Game: ZhanGuo [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:442]
Robert Forrest
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I said it several times through the day, but this is my current favourite game of the year. (There are still plenty of games form this year I haven't played yet, but most of the other ones that are getting buzz, I haven't liked as much as this)

I taught it to Jacob, Pete and Stuart.

The theme of the game is about the unification of China, somewhat against the will of the people. Players build palaces, the Great Wall and send out representatives of the Emperor and, well, really they just try to earn victory points. From the company that made Vinhos and Maideria, this is fairly light in comparison, it's pretty easy to teach, but there is a lot to think about on a turn. It can even be a little overwhelming at first, in that it's fairly wide-open.

As you play, you develop combos and will likely find yourself focusing on fewer paths as you specialize.

It was my first play with four, and it changed the dynamic a fair bit - certainly my previous strategy of dominating the end of round bonuses was much harder to achieve.

Very enjoyable, even if I did come dead last. I think Jacob won this.
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5. Board Game: The Staufer Dynasty [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:912]
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Finally Adrian, Amy and I muddled our way through our first play of this new game from Hans im Glück, a publisher I am usually a huge fan of. This game didn't disappoint.

There's a vague theme there, but let's be honest, it could be anything at all, it's a fairly abstract game.

One thing that makes it very interesting is that the set-up is extremely variable. The board is made up of six parts randomly placed, the scoring order and type tiles in three parts over five rounds. The scores for each board are random, the bonus tiles are random, the job cards and privilege cards too.

And the game plays very quickly - 20 minutes per player, up to five players. In a way it almost feels like the Dominion of Euro games. With so much variety in the set up, a quick play time and combos that can be set up between cards and tiles.

Unfortunately, it won't be the same kind of hit Dominion is. It isn't as simple to explain and the set up isn't as quick either.

The game play is quite easy though - Move one of your family members to one of two lines, one to take a supply action (take more meeples) one to take the deploy action (Move around the board and place a meeple in an office).

We had a odd set-up where every round the scoring region was one of the two furthest regions it could be in, making always quite expensive to score. It also made the supply action popular early, which meant Amy usually held on to the first player position.

We also didn't realize the power of the privilege cards until quite late in the game. I am sure the next play will be much more efficient.

Amy won by a mile.
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6. Board Game: Reiner Knizia's Decathlon [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:3132]
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The same game that broke the ice for my first and also last WABA meet was of course Decathlon.

At the table during my attempts were Richard, Andrew, Gracie and sadly I forget who else!

I'm not sure what the highest overall score was for the day but I walked away with 220 points after failing the Shotput event. Still a solid score I think


I hung back for a while after completing my game to help Matt & Scott get through half of their score cards. (Photo credit to Rob Masters)
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7. Board Game: COGZ [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:4745]
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Straight after Decathlon it was a rush inside to take part in the Cogz tournament.

My first game was with Matt & Maggie, where I lost due to not noticing my blue chit being underneath my 20+ Yellow...

I made similar failures within my second game, with Blue letting me down


Me making a wonderful contraption with Green, creating a very difficult board state for everyone. (Photo credit to Rob Masters)

It was in my final game with Leece & Richard that I will finally take a win, but only just! I had a great time playing with everyone throughout the three rounds


Leece, Richard and myself enjoying a "not professional" photo taken on my phone, by none other than Rob.

It was this one win that would allow me a place in the deciding final, as Oliver was already the decided winner being the only player to win all three of his games, Ben coming in 2nd with two wins...


Thanks to that one win and playing in the final, we got to play a ludicrously fun game of LUDICROUS Cogz, complete with awesome commentary!

It would come down to a nail-biting finish between myself and Ben, with an equal final score of 11 and the deciding next colour going to Ben...

The catch being of course that Ben wasn't meant to be playing in the deciding final and leaving myself as the 3rd place winner!


Me holding my prototype piece signed by game designer, Wez Lamont!

Thanks so much to everyone who made the tournament so much fun and of course to Wez for making such a fantastic game (currently LIVE on Kickstarter until New Years Eve)!
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8. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:263]
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Boy did the King of Tokyo tournament go quick! It was barely even two minutes in and all 6 qualifiers were already announced!


You can just see the happiness all over my face realizing that I wouldn't be in contention for a copy of King of New York.

I played with Peter and two others (please let me know who you were, sincere apologies missing your names) in an awesome game which I came in at second.


Peter making the clutch move to buy the Gas Refinery and taking out two opponents at once, leaving me to duke it out with my Kraken!

Thanks to everyone, great fun indeed!
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9. Board Game: Tiny Epic Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1109]
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Got to play my first game of my deluxe edition of Tiny Epic Kingdoms with Scott & Mike. I learnt quick not to trust Scott in our first war effort, showing a white flag to him to be beat by one resource.

But not all was lost for my Elven Kingdom...


Mike and myself made a great friendship in the Kingdom!

The game went down to a tiebreaker decision, with myself squeezing out the win by having the highest progressed tower at the time.

A very awesome little Kickstarter that I can't wait to play again and again!
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10. Board Game: Myth [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2162]
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Scott offered to show us a short introduction to this extremely beautifully produced game showing Mike, Paul and myself the ropes.


"We'll just play one quick tile..."

About 2 3/4 hours later the tile was completed. There were some clunky mechanics but I sincerely enjoyed the game and am qmore than willing to attempt this game in a campaign-style environment over many, may sessions!
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11. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:150] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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Always happy to squeeze in some MtG I offered Paul to play with my decks at the end of the night, a veteran player who had a lot of experience with MtGO!

I played my Almost Abzan Standard Deck with Paul piloting my Blacker than Black Standard Deck to victory! And a convincing victory at that with several Nighthowlers on the board!

But I would redeem myself running my own take on Travis Woo's Dirt Cheap Dirty Blue with Paul running the same deck again. There wasn't any dirty Daring Thief work, but plenty of Hour of Need play creating 4/4 Sphinxes took me to a heavy win. Sadly my Blacker than Black didn't have many answers to flyers...

Thanks so much Paul for the games, do drop me a line!
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12. Board Game: AquaSphere [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:396]
Neil Bloomfield
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Perth
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Hot off the press, Christophe introduced this game to Neil, Peter and Blake. Christophe picked it up in Paris recently, and we had to take his words for the rules - our French wasn't up to it.

This game has a high cuteness factor (who can resist a game featuring purple octopuses, even if their meeple only had four legs), but underneath it was a serious worker-allocation game. The mechanics flow smoothly, with the typical challenge of working out the path to victory, given the diverse after-round and end-of-game scoring conditions. Christophe pulled off the play of the game, successfully eliminating three (evil) octopuses from one of the segments he controlled, only to find another of his segments still had three (minus six points). It took a while to work through the rule book, but once we were under way, the game went fairly smoothly. But if you have players prone to analysis paralysis, get rid of them - this could bog the play down.

In the end I completed my lab using all the letters, so won comfortably, followed by (I think) Peter, Christophe, and Blake.

Christophe also played this with Renata.
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13. Board Game: Sherlock [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:4058]
Neil Bloomfield
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Perth
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Elaine and Jocelyn introduced this simple game to me. LOL. One should never play memory games with people younger than oneself. I couldn't even remember to name the first card before I turned it over...

Elaine won, followed closely by Jocelyn, with me trailing well behind. Ah, well. Blew a few cobwebs off the memory cells...
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14. Board Game: Timeline: Inventions [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:943] [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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Elaine introduced this game to me and Jocelyn. Easy to play - you have four cards, each with an invention. You have to place the card where you think it fits in the timeline, and then turn it over, where the year of invention is revealed. If you are right, the card stays in place. If you are wrong, the card is discarded, and you pick up another card. First person to get rid of all cards wins. (As the number of cards increases, the width of each time slot becomes narrower, so the game gets harder as it goes - which adds to the interest.)

I suspect you couldn't play this a lot, because you would start to remember when items were invented, rather than educated guesses. We played three times, and Elaine and Jocelyn shared the victories - I came a miserable last each time. But I enjoyed being educated, and sometimes quite surprised by the date. Would be happy to play again.
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15. Board Game: Yavalath [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:4278]
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Perth
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I introduced this "simple" game to Christophe and Stephen - I brought along my printed board and counters. The game is simple in that the rules are almost non-existant (alternate in placing counters; if you get four of your counters in a row you win, but if you get three in a row you lose), but the thinking becomes quite deep.

Christophe was not sure about this - not a great fan of strategy games. Stephen was more intrigued. A handy little filler when you've been overwhelmed by rule books twenty pages long.
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16. Board Game: The End of the Triumvirate [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1489]
Neil Bloomfield
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Christophe and Glenn and I tackled this game of ancient Rome. Action comes from moving the "character" around the board. Along the way the character (Caeser, Pompeius, or Crassus) can collect legions and gold, and attempt to wrest control of a province from another player. But there are are three victory conditions - political (voted Consul twice), military (owning nine provinces), or competence (reaching VII on the Competence tracks).

Christophe, as Caesar, quickly was elected COnsul. Glenn, as Crasus, had heaps of gold and was conquering provinces, but running out of forces. I, as Pompeius, fled to Spain. But this was merely a ploy. It gave Caesar and Crasus time to mangle each others legions in the Middle East, which allowed me to easily claim nine provinces and win. (Just as well; Ceaser was on the verge of a political win.)

I am not a great fan of Ancient Rome, but the game seemed to represent the times fairly accurately, where the leader had to round up the troops and gold - nothing happens when they are not there.

Worthy of a replay.

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17. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:131]
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I had played this once before, so Christophe let me read the rules to him, and Stephen and Glenn.

Reminds me a bit of Acquasphere (my first game for the day); moderately complex rules, many ways of scoring victory points, and not nearly enough time to do everything.

In the end Christophe scored a glorious win, followed by Glenn, Neil, and Stephen.
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18. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:263]
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Taught this to Bridget and her kids Elaine and Caleb
Also included was Frank and Tyrone's boy (sorry, forgot his name!)

Really interesting game where no-one entered Tokyo for a few rounds.
Game ended pretty quickly and all the kids were happy.

So, success!
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19. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2098]
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Mike took a minute out of Tiny Epic Kingdoms to help teach this to Maggie, Bridget and her kids
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20. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:154] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Maggie taught this to two ladies with Bridget and her kids joining in.
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21. Board Game: Throne of the World [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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Taught this Good Game Essen release to Wez and another fellow.

A interesting take on the set collection genre. We all decided that while being a good game, the designer just put too much into the game and relied way too heavily on iconography.

Will take a few more plays to determine balance between the races
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22. Board Game: Rococo [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:204]
Tim Kirkwood
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Adrian, Amy,Peter, Jakob and myself set up a game of Rokoko. It's a fun lightish game of hand management to ensure your workers can make and rent or sell the best dresses to the ball before the fireworks go off at the end of round 7.

Early on Peter owned up that he had in fact grabbed two 20's instead of two 1's so in my infinite wisdom said to him for his honesty if he ended up in a tie then he would be the winner, thinking the chances were pretty slim. I however was wrong and it ended up I and Peter tied at the end....

I enjoy this game despite constantly referring to building dresses.
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23. Board Game: The Cave [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1918]
Tim Kirkwood
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Next I took peter and dean through a fun game of cave exploring.

In this game you are a leader of a group of explorers searching through a cave seeking to be the person/group to have achieved the most feats at the end of the game. These are taking photos climbing deeper down the cave, squeezing through ever tighter crevices and scuba diving the depths.

In its essence it is a tile laying exploration game with resource mana gent as you can only carry so much equipment and food. As peter found out half way through when his team ran out of food and spent almost the rest of game crawling back to base camp to replenish.

As always I enjoy these types of tile laying exploration games that build the map/ picture as you go. Funnily enough this ended in a tie as well between myself and dean.
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24. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:151]
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Lastly Pete,Stuart,Jacob and I played this. I have only played this a couple of times but have thoroughly enjoyed it every time. If the players keep their wits about them it can be a very tight game with a number of people vying for final victor at the end of the game.

Well done to Jacob who snatched victory from my grasp. Will definitely be keen to play this again.
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25. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2190]
Rob Masters
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Played one game of this as a break from Wings of Glory.

And got snotted by Peter, who out-scored everyone else by at least twice. It is a lot of fun, though.
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