Games Played WABA Mt Claremont 14 February 2015
Ernest Chua
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On what was a cooler summer's day, boardgamers gathered to play games classic and new. See what was played during this meet and add your plays in here.

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1. Board Game: Red7 [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:596]
Ernest Chua
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Tim taught Warren, Mark and I this game. We played a few practice hands, with Warren constantly bemoaning his card.

Warren left, Peter came in, and we/Tim found one, tiny, little, sort-of actually quite important rule that we missed out on (and I stress that I don't blame anyone at all, for I know the difficulties of being a game teacher and fully appreciate the work that all game teachers do). Playing with points, Mark won over Peter and I each on 14, and Tim not able to win a hand.
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2. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:291]
Warren Adams
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Taught and/or played several games of this one.

Used a home made teaching scenario, The Battle of Mount Claremont.
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3. Board Game: Middle-Earth Quest [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:487]
Ian O'Toole
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Tegan, Karl and myself started off the day with this very large and reasonably long game of running around Middle Earth. This was the first play for everyone but it didn't take that long to get going. I was the Sauron player while Karl played a dumb dwarf and Tegan played a dumb elf.

Each side has a secret goal that they need to achieve while also advancing their story markers in their favour. As Sauron, my story markers were advanced by instigating plots, which the dumb elf and dumb dwarf had to try to shut down by gathering favour will all the dumb peoples of Middle Earth. Meanwhile I can put monsters on the board and use my generals to mess them up. And mess them up I did, Tegan's dumb elf managed to get stranded in an awkward location and get completely screwed up by having her hand of cards (which cleverly represent your life points, your travel ability and your combat prowess, basically everything) reduced to next to nothing. Not being able to reach a safe haven where she could rest and heal allowed me to contain her by slowly chipping away as opposed to going for the kill.

In the end, despite the heroes feeling like they had no chance, the last turn got them worryingly close to thwarting my plans. As it happened I won.

We all enjoyed it quite a bit and were even considering playing it again immediately, but unfortunately Karl had to leave and we didn't really want to teach it again. Will definitely play it again soon though.
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4. Board Game: Spyfall [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:500] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
Ian O'Toole
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Before Karl had to leave himself, Tegan and myself joined Stuart, Sandra and Leah (and Nick for one game) for a few rounds of this great social deduction game. This one is definitely a winner for playing over dinner etc. and I've had lots of success with it as a party game for non-gamers too.
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5. Board Game: Lords of Xidit [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:581]
Ian O'Toole
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Then Tegan, Tim, Sandra, Stuart and myself played this great programmed movement game with a very unique scoring system. I did great in everything except renown, which unfortunately was the first thing we were assessed on during scoring, so I was knocked out. Tim won this one.
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6. Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:294]
Ian O'Toole
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The same group then played this bluffing game about trying to get your goods (legal and otherwise) past the Sheriff. Lots of bare faced lying and bribing ensued as apples and bread became crossbows and mead. Sandra used some canny bluffing and double bluffing to win the game. I spent most of my money trying to bribe the sheriff to open other people's bags.
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7. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:333] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
Ian O'Toole
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To finish off the day the same group played a few rounds of Tim's-the-Werewolf. I can't remember who actually turned out to be the werewolf but that's hardly the point.
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8. Board Game: Scoville [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:585]
Neil Bloomfield
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Perth
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Tim supplied this new game, and taught me and Kim and one other, in a four-player chili fest.

This game is based around chilis - planting them, harvesting them, selling them, and creating recipes with them. (Scoville is the name of the guy who worked out a "hotness" rating for chilis.) There are umpteen different varieties, with the yellow and green and blue the mildest, moving up to the white, blue, and ghost (yup, a transparent piece) which are the hottest.

You gain chilis through the initial auction, and through harvesting them. You convert them into victory points by being the first to plant particular ones, selling them to sellers (victory points as on the card), selling them outright (three dollars is one victory point) or creating recipes (different victory points, depending on the combination).

The most obvious interaction is at harvesting, when you obstruct other players. But there is also the satisfaction of pinching a recipe before they do. And you wouldn't want much more interaction, because a lot of time is spent in trying to work out exactly what you want to harvest.

I adopted the approach of planting new varieties as early as possible. This got me off to a good start, though I thought that Tim was catching up as the game progressed. We ran into a little bit of strife with a shortage of white chilis, which was annoying. (Poor game testing?)

Tim had pointed out that we could also sell chilis - one dollar for each two chilis planted of the same variety, up to five chilis. Since the return is dependant on the number of chilis planted, you are unlikely to want to sell except near the end of the game (when you can't use your chilis for recipes or useful planting). I got in two sales. The last was of my brown chilis; I had five, and there were ten on the board. So 25 dollars, corresponding to 8 victory points. This got me over the line; I beat Tim by six points.

The whole game took about three hours, but if we played again, I think it would take about one and a half to two.

And Tim's comment was that there was a lot more depth to the game than he had realised.
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9. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:422]
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Mum was keen to play this so we rounded up Kent and a new person (Roy). Roy is a Discworld fan so he appreciated a lot of the references - and he managed to pull off the win as Commander Vimes.

Secret personalities were:
Penny - Lord Ventinari
Kent - Lord Selachii
Me - Lord de Worde
Roy - Commander Vimes
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10. Board Game: Red7 [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:596]
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Tim taught this to Mum, me and a person whose name I don't remember.

We played 3 games but the first game was more of a teaching round - and I found out later that we were also playing with the same rule missing that other people mentioned... shake

I liked it and would like to play again. An interesting little filler.
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11. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:58]
Jess
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Finished off the day having great fun playing El Grande with Warren, Mark, Peter and Mum. I especially enjoyed Warren and Mark's bickering. Despite the fact I was expecting devious things out of him after the last game, Peter still managed to sneak under the radar enough to pull off another tied win (with Mark this time).
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12. Board Game: Mascarade [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:995]
Kent Hurley
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I filled in for an absentee in Scott's Liar tournament. Having only ever played web-forum based versions I was eager to get a real version play of it.

I prefer the real thing to waiting 6 hours for americans to take their turn
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13. Board Game: King of New York [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:512]
Kent Hurley
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Got two games of this in. I won the first by sitting back and watching as another player killed the player in Manhattan, and then died to an army attack.

I wasn't as lucky in the next game...
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14. Board Game: Ad Astra [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1034]
Kent Hurley
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Squeezed one of these in because I could. (I jumped in for someone else who wanted to go play El Grande instead.)

The other players were all new and I managed a 20-point lead before they realised what they needed to do...
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15. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:67]
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16. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:659]
Peter Di Girolami
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Involved/teaching 8 Player game of

Diamant

hard to remember the winner let alone all the names.
(One for the stat's Ernest)
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17. Board Game: Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:2667]
Simon Taylor
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My copy of this arrived in the post and I was happy to find a few brave souls to get in the ring and throw tables at each other

Not exactly a deep strategic game... but much more fun than King of Tokyo, I think.

Which was a reasonable variation from having played Fief: France 1429 just beforehand - a sort of area control game with politics, and a hint of Diplomacy thrown in to keep you slightly distrustful of your opponents. After getting the rules a bit wrong at the start, one player was largely out of it, but he married into a solid alliance, and did end up winning at the end due to his 'wife' rolling far better dice than her attacker in the last round.
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18. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:386]
Peter Di Girolami
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Daniel also taught a 3 player game of this

Colosseum

Eric maxed out his show right at the death (saving his best for last in true roman style). Then the mob waited for the verdict thumbsup

Although seeing the OOP price this one won't be making the collection. I'd play it again but wouldn't go out of my way to do so.
Thx Daniel for teaching, you did a great job.
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