Pasteboard & Platic: Saltdean's 2nd Games Day
Tony Ackroyd
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On Saturday 21st January 2007, Saltdean Scout Hut was the scene of the second Saltdean Games Day. For those with no idea where Saltdean is (almost everyone in the world), its just East of Brighton, which is on the coast of England directly South of London.

Depending on where you were sat, it was either slightly chilly, or roasting hot (directly under the electric heaters), but it was an excellent day. We kicked off at 10am and gaming continued until midnight, and possibly later.

This geeklist starts off with the four games I played in before I had to leave. During most of the day there seemed to be 3-4 games going on, so other attendees please add the games you played and your feelings of the day. The geeklist will be our gestalt-memory of the day, which will be a useful reference to point people at for the 3rd+ Games Days.

Quite a lot of people on the day seemed to be taking photos, so it would be great if you could upload some of them to the BGG database and then use them in this list!

I'd estimate that there were 25-30 people there for the majority of the time and I'd like to say a big thank you to Dick for organising an excellent day!
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1. Board Game: Atlantic Star [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1394]
Tony Ackroyd
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I didn't know anyone who was going, but through this website I wangled a lift from my Boardgame geek 'blind date' Colin and his mate Nick. When we got there we wandered around a bit, didn't order bacon sandwiches (which I regretted later), chatted to a few people and then sat down with a couple of friendly people who we'd never met before, which is my best excuse for not remembering one of their names later, Debs and *bloke who had a baby strapped to him early on* (Luke? - Or maybe that was the baby's name).
Anyway, only Nick had played Atlantic Star before and he did a good job of explaining the rules and off we went. It was really good fun, if sometimes torturous, and I instantly wanted to play it again. I think Nick won, beating "Luke's Dad" by 1 point.
 
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2. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:856]
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Then a friend of Deb's turned up, so we decided on a 6-player game and Tsuro was suggested. I think only Nick had played this before, so he explained again, though there was a deal of confusion over what happens with the 'Dragon' card.
We felt that Tsuro was a bit like Metro or 'the light cycles game from Tron' and the best strategy seemed to be to stay away from everyone and hope that they killed each other for you.
The game was pretty quick so we played it twice and were so successful in staying away from each other that 3 people won the 2nd game.
 
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3. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:293]
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We stretched our legs a bit after Tsuro and had a walk around and a look at what everyone else was doing. I had a good chat with The Boardgames Club guys, who were initially worried when I said "I ordered some stuff from you about 3 weeks ago." But looked relieved when I said it had arrived promptly and intact.
They were playing Battle Lore and it was the first time I'd seen it. It looked pretty good, though I'm not sure about all the minatures being the same colour. I guess you soon get used to the shape of the banner denoting which side the units were on, but I think a different colour plastic would have been a big improvement.
Anyway, that aside it looked good enough that I spent the rest of the day thinking about buying it, but just about managed to resist the urge.
 
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4. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1413]
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The six of us got back together to play Mall of Horror, which only Nick had played before (once). I'd read the rules a couple of times and between us we managed to get everyone up to speed, though some of the rules seemed a little 'bitty' with some of the special situations and cards being a bit unclear at first.
Everyone got into the theme pretty quickly "I'm just trying to survive, man!" was said a few times as people were pushed out of doors to feed to hungry zombie hordes.
We had a good time, but the general feeling seemed to be that it was a bit long and mechanical for what it was. The voting seemed to generally be resolved on the basis of a 'get the leader' policy, which made a lot of the 'crunch' situations very predictable.
 
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5. Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:910] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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The picture which I am initially using here shows a group getting ready for a 25 plane game. Well, we went for the world record and basically everyone in the hut got involved in a massive Wings of War game, with 33 planes in the air at the beginning.

It was soon not looking very good for the British, when the right flank crumbled seemingly without German losses and a whole wing of the hun began to tear into the brave Tommies.

For my little section of the battle we managed to down 3 Germans for only 2 losses, but both our remaining planes were in terrible condition when 10 Jerries came flying out of the sun.
At that point I had to make a coward's exit from the Games Day due to an ill wife, but hopefully someone can complete the story....
 
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6. Board Game: Age of Mythology: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:2825]
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Mike and I only git there around lunchtime, and Mike was desperate to play Age of Mythology, which he's had for ages (no pun intended), but had yet to play. Unfortuantely not read the rules either!

So some time later ... (and after participating in the Wings of War dogfight) ... we finally finished reading through and setting up, and started actually playing.

I thought it was a very nicely balanced game, with lots going on to think about and choose between, BUT I can see the problem with the luck of the dice rolls and card pulls in the battles. After several (yes, I know) hours of very balanced play between us, I finally called the last round, as it was getting late, and in his last card play of the game, Mike attacked. Before the battle I had 4 VPs to his none, but at the end of it he had about 13, having taken the 'Won Last Battle', 'Most Buildings', and 'Largest Army' VP card blocks. The first 2 of those were determined solely by that battle, and actually by the first '1-to-1' of the battle. I didn't mind losing, but in such a manner and with such an unreflective score? shake

Sadly, because it went on so long, I also didn't get to play anything else, but big thanks to Dick for arranging it all, as I had a good time anyway. And those bacon sadwiches - you really missed something there Tony!
 
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7. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:171]
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This was the second game I played on the day and was new to me. I started the game not having a clue what was going on but it all made sense quickly. Managed to sneak a victory out of this one by rampaging my way through Eastern Europe with the Russians. I thought this was an excellent game and went back for more later on. Definately a game I will be getting.
 
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