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Wow, this year sure went fast. It's already time for the 8th annual Alphabetic Boardgaming Challenge, where my partner and I set aside a few days in September to play 26 boardgames in a row, one for each letter of the alphabet. And then I livegeeklist the event here so you can read about it. Wheeeee!

If this is your first Alphabetic Boardgaming Challenge geeklist, you can see what to expect by looking at last year's event. (or, for completists, the geeklist of all ABCs). If this isn't your first ABC geeklist, thanks for coming back to follow again this year! Subscribe to the geeklist to follow along as we complete each game. Or, watch Debbie livetweet it at @StarfishKnits.

My collection is still around 300 games, most of which I would like to sell, so if you know anyone looking to buy a bunch of well-cared-for boardgames (especially who lives or travels near NW MA), please send them my way.

The official ABC rules dictate that the loser of each round chooses the next letter's game and parameters (e.g. whether to use variants/expansions, whether victory is best-of-three or total score, etc.), but of course we have to start somewhere. So, to select our A-game we use the Matrix Method, where 19 A-games are placed in a grid, we each select a row or column, and the intersection was:
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1. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:209]
Seth Brown
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A lovely little game, which I think is at its best with two. As per usual, Debbie played a more conservative strategy, while I took an early loan to finance some extra fields. She was out to an early lead, but my extra vegetable income paid off, and soon I had caught up so it was a tie game. I was piling on the regular customers and barely able to feed them, especially the one that required leeks when I had no leek field. In the final round, I had to buy a leek from my shop for $6 because it was the only way to make my $8 delivery and not lose $2 for unhappiness. This still left me enough money to get to 18 prosperity, same as Debbie... but then I had to move back a space for my loan, so she won.

Needed to plug that money leek.

Victory: Debbie

Debbie: 1
Seth: 0
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2. Board Game: Burger Joint [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:4117]
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I decided that I would get to play as Burgers, which allowed me to go first. More importantly, early on I managed to gather 3 white and 3 brown cubes, letting me upgrade a diner to the "transform a cube to the color of your choice" restaurant which I could use once on each of my turns. This was a huge advantage, and while Debbie faught valiantly to hit 10 points at the end, burgers emerged victorious.

Whereas Debbie not taking brown cubes early was a missed steak.

EDIT: Debbie has a bit of a headache, so she suggested we stop here for tonight and pick up tomorrow; I had no beef with that.

Victory: Seth

Debbie: 1
Seth: 1
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3. Board Game: Caylus Magna Carta [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:567]
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Tonight began with Debbie choosing to play this without the Favor expansion. What followed was the sluggiest, most resource-poor instance of this game I have ever played. My second building was the lawyer, and almost all resource buildings became residences very early on, resulting in no way to get stone (or, for most of the game, wood) aside from the single peddler space. Very scarce resources indeed.

I had gathered enough resources that I was finally going to be able to build a prestige building next turn, or at least go to the castle at the end of the turn, but then Debbie played on the church and bought the last castle tokens so there was no next turn, and no castle tokens even at the end of the turn, stealing my rightful victory and winning 28-25.

Clearly, I needed to re-source my stone, but Debbie rocked me here.

Victory: Debbie

Debbie: 2
Seth: 1
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4. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:51] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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As it was my turn to choose, I eschewed the usual base set mixture and decided all-in on Intrigue, single setup, best of 3. Our layout: Secret Chamber, Courtyard, Steward, Great Hall, Conspirator, Baron, Scout, Coppersmith, Minion, Harem.

Game 1: I get the 5-2 split and open Minion/Courtyard, Debbie opens with a Baron. I end up basically running Big Money with a smattering of actions, which is enough to give me a 5-3 split in Provinces in my favor, buying the last one to end the game while Debbie had $8 in hand. 1-0 Me

Game 2: Debbie mixes the Baron with a Coppersmith to turn all the bad start cards into more money. I go the opposite way, Steward to trash my deck, and run a Scout/GreatHall/Harem combo. I felt like it was going fantastically, but when the dust cleared we each had 4 provinces, and those estates I trashed came back to bite me when Debbie won 38-35. Tied 1-1

Game 3: Debbie opens scout-baron, and I end up with something halfway between my previous two strategies. Courtyard is my best friend, and frequently either runs me into the province I need, or lets me save a good card so my next hand is what I need. I take 5 provinces again, leading me to a 40-35 victory, winning 2-1.

Debbie's victory field remains baron.

Victory: Seth

Debbie: 2
Seth: 2
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5. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:369]
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Debbie chose this, a fine card game. I cannot even say what happened this game, but somehow she had all the research and all the planets. I ended up getting a little production engine going, but it was too little too late, and even before the game ended I could see it had gone poorly for me. I was right, and lost 41-30.

I could sense the Imminent doom: Mine.

Victory: Debbie

Debbie: 3
Seth: 2
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6. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:593]
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North Adams
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Factory Manager!

We had a very spitey game (how can you not, especially in 2p?) where there was insufficient production for a while, and then insufficient storage, and then I bid high enough to buy first and FINALLY bought the best storage, but there wasn't any production and it was suddenly the last round which I had not really brained, and since we were both capped out at 9 production thanks to defensive pulling, very little money was made and Debbie won by $2.

And according to my ol' factory, that stinks.

Victory: Debbie

Debbie: 4
Seth: 2
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7. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:125]
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Tempted as ever by Goa, but we hadn't played this in too long, so I decided the parameters would be best of 3, expert rules (2 cards is wild instead of 3, forum win also requires materials).

Game 1: My first building started was a Catacomb, but Debbie cleverly managed to Vault a material before I finished it, which dampened my enthusiasm for quickly ending the game. I merchanted to match her material, but she followed and vaulted a second material. Then I merchanted to match her second material, and she tried to vault a third, but as she hadn't completed a building her Vault was capped at 2. The vaults thus tied, I quickly completed the Catacomb for the win.

Game 2: A longer slog, where Debbie picked up an early architect client, and my early legionary client was countered by a Wall a few turns later. We each got a Craftsman client, and she built the Sewer while I built the Fountain (Craftsman off deck). This came in handy later when I build the Craft Per Influence building, allowing me 8 craft actions off the top of the deck. Along with a merchant client to stay ahead on the vault, this let me run out the foundations and claim victory in two straight.

6ctory: Seth

Debbie: IV
Seth: III
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8. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:615]
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Who is the man, to design a game for his brother man?
Schacht!
Can you dig it?


Yes, it was time for Hansa, which I lost last year because I did not get enough market stalls on the board. I was not going to make the same mistake this year, and rather than focusing on gathering a few of a color to score early, went around the board picking up 2-3 barrel markers and converting them to market stalls from Riga to Reval. At one point, every single market stall I owned was on the board!

I ended up using a few to sell goods, but still only had 2 left unplaced at the end of the game, to Debbie's 6, so even though she slightly edged me out on goods points 40-41, I knew once we counted cities I was going to win. Only, uh, it turns out I didn't? Because cities score on a binary for having stalls there or not, rather than caring how many you have there. So even though I had a majority in more cities than Debbie, she monopolized 3 cities to my 2, leading me to a 56-61 defeat.

I was unprepared for the Riga of the scoring. (What do you mean that's not how you pronounce it? Well, Debbie's my bitter Reval. No? Too bad, you'll have to be Copin', Hagen. Your name's not Hagen? Well...)

Victory: Debbie

Debbie: 5
Seth: 3
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9. Board Game: Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:142]
Seth Brown
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This auction and tile laying game is a recent acquisition for which I need to get up a review soon. Playing it tonight helped forward that goal, as this was our first game not using the starting setup. We drew goals randomly, and it turns out that two of the four goals required lighthouses in order to score points.

And that's why the second round was extremely stupid, when I was buying second. I priced my tiles with income whiskey barrels at reasonable prices, relying on some income to give me tile choice from Debbie, but Debbie priced her tiles super-high with 0 leftover money to buy my tiles with, keeping 2 lighthouse tiles, and sticking me with my own tiles and not enough money to buy hers. I did not get the chance at another lighthouse until the final turn of the game, and by then it was far too late, as Debbie ended up with literally double my score, 64-32.

Turns out, my stwategy was too whiskey.

Victory: Debbie

Debbie: 6
Seth: 3
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10. Board Game: Johari [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:4107]
Seth Brown
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North Adams
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While Jaipur is our newest J-game, I couldn't resist playing one of my favorite games of last year. It had been a little bit since we played this, and so both of us managed some clever sniping of the other player. I stacked fake gems on my trade card while Debbie sold, she used hers to buy an elephant noble before I sold. But then she surprised me by calling sale while holding only a single gem card -- turns out a 3 sapphire card when I have a single sapphire is good enough to sell to a Collector for 8 points and destroying my fake gem.

But I got her back later in the game, going first when she was sitting on 5 rubies, and using my ruby to buy a noble so her sale card fizzled. I had more infrastructure nobles as well, to which I attribute my victory 68-57.

Too bad for Debbie, her noble was irrelephant.

Victory: Seth

Debbie: 6
Seth: 4
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11. Board Game: Kingdom Hearts TCG [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:10434]
Seth Brown
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North Adams
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A while back, I picked up two starter packs of this on huge discount -- I love CCGs, but my decade of Magic playing means even after teaching Debbie, our games weren't enjoyable for either of us. Whereas we both came at this with no background. Liked it enough that I traded a bunch of old Magic cards for another user's collection of this, so we had enough to build interesting decks. Debbie set parameters of we each build a deck, can fix it after the first game, and best of 3.

Game 1) We were both rusty, and our decks were bad. Nobody had enough dark cards, Debbie was short on L1 friends and I was long on spells. But I had more World cards than her, and that was the difference. 1-0 me.

Game 2) After some deck edits to vastly improve both of our decks, I felt like mine was a powerhouse. I managed to drop two Barrel Spiders and a Large Body all on her L3 Traverse Town, which I figured would stop her for a while, but she came back and won. 1-1.

Game 3) A hard-faught back and forth game. I spent much of the game at 2HP, but played enough worlds that Debbie couldn't land a killing blow. Towards the end we weren't drawing many dark cards so it was just a race to draw worlds. Debbie got to 12 first, but as the game is to 13, I took the game, and the match.

I'd say Debbie was-a Sora that I won, but that would just sound Goofy.

Victory: Seth

Debbie: 6
Seth: 5
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12. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Duel [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3489]
Seth Brown
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Fun fact: Typing "Lord of the Rings" into auto-complete is not helpful. This is a very gamed franchise! Anyway, we hadn't played this game in ages, but since the short rulebook is mostly errata for the few special cards, the base gameplay is super-simple. I lost the first duel for a point. I won the second duel big, gaining two points. And I lost the third duel for a point, BUT, I lost it with the round ending early, since I'd been playing to maximize damage done to both players. Why? So I could discard my horrible 0-symbol card and not have to use it in the final duel after our score was tied. And this paid off; my hand for the final duel was straight-up stronger than Debbie's, so I managed to knock her into the negative zone, winning the duel and the game.

Those few special cards really turn out to be precious. Precioussssss..Can you believe that some people think puns are an odious personal hobbit?

Victory: Seth

Debbie: 6
Seth: 6
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13. Board Game: Masons [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1295]
Seth Brown
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North Adams
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I have to admit, this game never sounds super-interesting to me, but every time I play it I decide I have under-rated it. There is some cleverness here, and it's all in the typical Leo Colovini shared space so emblematic of his games. Debbie got out to an early lead, but I built up a giant city I was able to score to leap in front. She edged out in front by playing more scoring cards than me, and then was about to end the game before I could play all of mine! Fortunately, I was able to merge cities to free up more towers and extend the game until I could score all my cards. Unfortunately, focusing on that meant that I didn't maximize said scoring cards, and Debbie just threw random towers on the board to end the game and sneak off with victory, 107-102.

There's nothing concrete I dislike about this game, but I find the image of Debbie as a mason jarring.

Victory: Debbie

Debbie: 7
Seth: 6
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14. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:175]
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This game is so good. I can't believe it's less than a decade old, it's just in my head as one of the Great Euro Classics (along with Puerto Rico and Power Grid). I decided we'd play with the expansion characters shuffled in, just to switch things up. Debbie opened with getting some money and spending out for 6 points in Notre Dame, while I grabbed cubes. She then paid an expansion character to double her VP, bringing her to 16 points, while I was at around 4 after making my car go beep beep.

With my cube problems solved for the foreseeable future, I put some cubes in the hospital, and then began attacking the park. Debbie, meanwhile, was scrounging for cubes and money. Finally, I paid a character to move 3 more cubes to the park, giving me 6 cubes there and a resultant 3 point bonus to everything I did in round C. Debbie monopolized Notre Dame again, but my point engine bounced between the VP space and the carriage space, and was too much for her. I ended up winning 66-52.

And as I got my kicks in this game, I Feld my score was totally deserved.

Victory: Seth

Debbie: 7
Seth: 7
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15. Board Game: Oregon [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:875]
Seth Brown
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Debbie picked this game because she is fairly good at it, and not just because she enjoys it when I re-enact movies with the cowboy meeples. I did not get off to a great start, couldn't seem to set up many rows of meeples. But Debbie likewise didn't manage to make that happen, especially as we were both playing a bit defensively. Until I went on the offensive and managed a 17 point play by making a 3-in-a-row next to two churches and two Mail buildings. I felt clearly I deserved to win just on the basis of that. Unfortunately, that huge play still left me a point behind Debbie on the board (even though I had more gold), and because it used my extra turn and joker tiles, she was able to get out in front again. She ended up beating me 78-93, which is as badly as she would beat up someone who called Pratchett a bad writer.

It's like I died of dissing Terry.

Victory: Debbie

Debbie: 8
Seth: 7
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16. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:10]
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Speaking of classic Euros... this is the first one I ever got seriously into and played a lot. So much, in fact, I now refuse to play without at least some alternate buildings. This time, I chose ALL alternate buildings, and Alea 2p rules with 6 choices per round.

It was the traditional Rocks vs. Corn battle, as I started the game by settling for a quarry, and Debbie picked up a second corn. She shipped corn for lots of VP to get out to an early lead, but I soon had 3 quarries to her 1, and even though she claimed the last one, my building engine (with bonus Church points) was far too much for her to overcome, and I ended up winning 56-34.

Debbie had the kernel of a good strategy, but shucks, just couldn't get enough money.

Victory: Seth

Debbie: 8
Seth: 8
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17. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:599] [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
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Likely our Q game for the foreseeable future. Debbie chose random setup, best of 3.

Game 1) Debbie buys a Quake Dragon first turn. I am scared, but the Witchy Hags that reduce opposing attack to 3 per creature mount a mighty defense and I carry the game.

Game 2) Debbie jumps on board the witch train, and rides it all the way to victorytown.

Game 3) I end up with the early dragons this game, and it turns out that having them on the table alongside witches makes for a very difficult to remove 7 point play. Managed it twice in a row to carry me swiftly to 20 points, the game, and the match.

This game can end up dragon in multiplayer, witch is not the case 2p.

Victory: Seth

Debbie: 8
Seth: 9
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18. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:45]
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Debbie chose best of 3 with new start worlds each time. Who needs sleep anyway!

Game 1) I start with some military synergy giving me bunches of red dice which are refunded from settling. I win fairly handily.

Game 2) I get a strong early 6-point world, but Debbie gets a brown production engine that literally rockets past me for the win.

Game 3) I have a strong green world and green dice synergy, plus the development that gives a free green ship. I just hammer on production and free shipping to grab 6 points every two turns, which is obviously enough to win, except when your opponent has a 6-point development that refunds dev dice and gives bonus points for developments, in which case it turns out that said single building being worth 17 points for Debbie was enough to win her the game and match.

We enjoyed this game a lot, even if I thought playing it right after Quarriors was dicey. (I should have asked Debbie to "Cease and d6".)

Victory: Debbie

Debbie: 9
Seth: 9
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19. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:71]
Seth Brown
United States
North Adams
Massachusetts
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Stone Age!

This always sticks in my head as "the friendly worker placement game", even though I always end up playing spitefully to block wood or desired buildings or some such. (In the 2p game, if one player is on a resource, the other can't play any pieces there.) I follow my usual "Wood is Good" strategy, loading up early so I can buy lots of cards at my leisure, and blocking Debbie so she has to pay for cards with bricks and stone. Debbie expands her family early, whereas I focus on food production.

By late game we've equalized; I've grown my family and Debbie has gotten food production. But she has been hitting civ cards and huts, while I've been spending all the wood on point multiplier cards. Having the vast majority of these easily makes up for my lack of civs and hut points, and although Debbie was ahead on the board before card scoring, I end up winning 245-206.

Civs aren't so important, but wood resources arbo REALLY important. (Rooting for a better pun? Stick around for tomorrow.)

We finished this up before 1am, but not so much before 1am that playing another game was a reasonable option.

Victory: Seth

Debbie: 9
Seth: 10
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20. Board Game: Thunderstone: Doomgate Legion [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
Seth Brown
United States
North Adams
Massachusetts
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Thunderstone with Doomgate Legion and Wrath of the Elements. We had a random layout with Debbie flipping x+2 cards for both characters and village cards, before putting 2 back, to ensure we didn't have all/no weapons or all/no fighters. Most different from our previous games was we used some enemy tribes we hadn't faced before: Dragons and Golems. Dragons mostly destroy a hero in battle, and Golems have a minimum strength requirement to fight. As luck would have it, we started the game with 2 golems in the dungeon, and after another mob or two was killed, 3 golems. Then there was a long period of time where we couldn't kill anything for lacking heroes with 6 strength since the only L1 hero with a strength above 4 was a Dwarf with strength 5. We needed Iron Rations and an L1 hero to be able to make any attack at all, and that hero needed a Short Sword to be able to kill anything.

This ended up being a super-long slog of a game that took forever, with both weapon piles being completely bought out, and the only hero remaining in town was a single L3 Selurian. Debbie finally ended the game by failing against the last monster to bring the thunderstone up front and throw it away so I couldn't get it. And when the scores were tallied, she just squeaked out the victory, 59-61.

Turns out, the card it's normally Rational to discard was essential; how Ironic.

Victory: Debbie

Debbie: 10
Seth: 10
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21. Board Game: Ubongo: Duel [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1359]
Seth Brown
United States
North Adams
Massachusetts
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We own other U-games, but I was in the mood for this one. I mean, it's a pretty fun game. And after a 2-hour game of Thunderstone, I needed something peppy. And I won this game the last two years, so it seemed like a fine choice. I remembered the pieces, old friends who I hadn't seen since last year's ABC like Mr. Stairs and Big Dipper. I set the parameters as one game, but on the side where you need 2 consecutive scores to move a space.

Playing on the difficult side, having not played in a year, the first puzzle took us a few minutes. Well, took Debbie a few minutes; I never got that one. But I quickly caught up and we were tied at 3 with 2 spaces to go. I couldn't seem to win 2 in a row to advance a space. Then Debbie got on a hot streak, winning three in a row, and then because she's a show-off, answered her cell phone during the fourth one and still ended up beating me on that one, winning the game.

Frankly, I'm puzzled as to how she did it. Maybe this game is just her calling.

Victory: Debbie

Debbie: 11
Seth: 10
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22. Board Game: Villainy [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:7763]
Seth Brown
United States
North Adams
Massachusetts
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Another of last year's acquisitions, this may win my award for funniest board game that is still a good game. If that sounds appealing to you, consider reading my review of it, because this game needs more love. Even from us, because we hadn't played it in too long!

I played as "The Socks Ripper", nemesis to any knitter like Debbie. Her villain Ms. Tikal hired on a policeman who impersonated a police officer, a dinosaur who became cybernetically augmented, and a robot. But I had a werewolf who inspired loyalty in my other troops, a tough gangster, and a mummy. I designed a costume and got my scooter, Debbie let animals out of the cages at the zoo and ran amok at an amusement park, and we were both geared up for the final battle. Which we took turns losing. Until finally, my team was strong enough to survive Fantastiman's assault and complete my magnum opus: To make a rose by any other name NOT smell as sweet. Bwahahahaha!

Debbie was a thorn in my side, but my plans rose to full bloom.

Victory: Seth

Debbie: 11
Seth: 11
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23. Board Game: Wyatt Earp [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:735]
Seth Brown
United States
North Adams
Massachusetts
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Wyatt Earp? He makes me burp!

Bob Dalton and Wes Hardin always seem to escape us in this mystery rummy game, and we inevitably collect the other 5. Debbie got out to an early lead in round 1 by going out very early before I'd laid down a single meld, getting a few thousand for her trouble. Round 2 was a lot longer, and that was fine with me since I racked up a lot of money, ending with $19k to Debbie's $13k. I only needed $6k to win in round 3, so I was feeling pretty good, until Debbie threw my vast Sundance collection in a Hideout. I still raked $10k on the round and ended at $29k, but Debbie got an obscene $19k on the round to finish at $32k, stealing the game.

Debbie has a good shot at winning this year, or at least a draw. But I'm still the fastest pun in the west.

Victory: Debbie

Debbie: 12
Seth: 11
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24. Board Game: Xēko Mission: Madagascar [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:8470] [Average Rating:6.42 Unranked]
Seth Brown
United States
North Adams
Massachusetts
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I don't like this game. But good X-games are hard to come by. We build 40-card decks and I decide it's best of 3.

Game 1) Debbie goes first. She ends up with one more creature on the table, and wins.

Game 2) I go first. I end up with one more creature on the table, and win. And I start to sense a pattern. This game seems to have a significant first-player advantage which I find problematic, but since it's a dead CCG nobody plays (and the company, after running a kickstarter to resurrect the game, apparently went bankrupt which sucks for backers), nobody has addressed this issue.

Game 3) Debbie goes first. So I expect to lose. But she draws useless hands where she can't play any creatures, and because she has no blue-edged creatures, I end up winning.

Debbie was angry as bull at her lousy draws, whereas I was just mad as gas car.

Victory: Seth

Debbie: 12
Seth: 12
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25. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:382]
Seth Brown
United States
North Adams
Massachusetts
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Camels!

Contrary to my frequent strategy in this game, I did not build the caravanserai or even draw many cards in general. Instead, I hoarded tons of gold, and after building the hoist in week 1 and the super-souker at the end of week 2, I spent week 3 paying 9 gold to roll 3 extra dice thrice in a row. This paid off and got me into the previously unexplored Vase-ville, with hoisted souks backing me up.

As an added bonus, since Debbie was building and caravanning while my points weren't scored until end of round, I was cagily arranging to be behind at the start of the last day, which meant I got the extra action instead of Debbie (as I recalled one year she'd done that to me and snatched victory away from me). So, my extra action was enough for another 10-point play, my second of the turn, and a necessary one as this let me squeak out the victory 107-99.

I got my sweet revenge, and Debbie her just deserts (or just desert).

Victory: Seth

Debbie: 12
Seth: 13
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