Northside Gamers - Games played in 2016
Chris Whale
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The following is a list of games played at the Northside Gamers Guild in 2016. This group meets every Tuesday in Chatswood, North of Sydney Harbour.

Hopefully people who attend the meets will post the games they play here, with perhaps a note as to when they play. A commentary on the session or game is encouraged, but not required, as are comments by other players or observers.


This excellent idea was unabashedly stolen from our Brothers & Sisters in the Inner West Gamers Guild who meet (frustratingly) every second Tuesday in the Inner western suburbs of Sydney. Their Games played Geeklist was started by the inestimable:
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1. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.61 Overall Rank:2]
Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
Chris Whale
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19/01/2016
Played... May? I think... Unmitigated disaster, however we got a bunch of the rules wrong, which I believe made a big difference to play and the game history. We had no spoilers so will probably play that month again if we can back out the changes...

Still an awesome experience.
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2. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:113] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
Chris Whale
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02/02/2016
Played the Heroes of the Aturi Cluster - fan made Co-Op campaign

This is such an amazing professional effort that works really well. Although its harder than I though it would be. The AI is very clever. (Is it possible that we are just not very good? ... nah.)

We managed to sneak out a win by having a single battered Y-Wing hi-tailing it out of the sector as fast as possible by the 10th turn.

Go Burning Lemon!
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3. Board Game: The Speicherstadt [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:806]
Board Game: The Speicherstadt
Lorenzo
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Neuchâtel
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Some weeks ago ... worked well with 5 players.
Still don't know how to pronunciate the name
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4. Board Game: Guildhall [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1024] [Average Rating:6.92 Unranked]
Board Game: Guildhall
Lorenzo
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Cool small cardgame!
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5. Board Game: Tiny Epic Galaxies [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:274]
Board Game: Tiny Epic Galaxies
Lorenzo
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6. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:67]
Board Game: 7 Wonders
Lorenzo
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A classic ... I won thanks to sitting next to a new player
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7. Board Game: Entropy [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:5876]
Board Game: Entropy
Lorenzo
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Nice artwork but a bit too random for my taste
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8. Board Game: Saint Petersburg (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:614]
Board Game: Saint Petersburg (Second Edition)
Lorenzo
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2/2/2016
I managed to loose as usual ...
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9. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:110]
Board Game: Kemet
Martin Hall
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Sydney
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A Secret Santa gift. Played 2-player with someone who had not played before, but I think he enjoyed it as well.

Egyptian theme with some nice artwork.
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10. Board Game: Luna [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:536]
Board Game: Luna
19/1/16
Played with John & Sean (Sean's game).
A new Stefan Feld for me. Enjoyed it.
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11. Board Game: Spaceteam [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2335]
Board Game: Spaceteam
A chaotic, shouting, real-time card game. Plays in 5 minutes.
Everyone seemed to really enjoy it.

Played with 6 players at medium difficulty and lost.

Played with 4 players (twice) at medium difficulty and won both times. Really think 4 players needs to be played on hard difficulty.

Was good at 4 players but better with more.

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12. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:698] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
Board Game: Ricochet Robots
Brett C
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Sydney
NSW
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05/01/16

A starter that Richard brings, which we can play while waiting for our food and then eating our food. People can drop in and out without too much fuss, so always good to play.
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13. Board Game: Power Grid: The Stock Companies [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked]
Board Game: Power Grid: The Stock Companies
Brett C
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05/01/16

An expansion for Power Gridwhich leverages off a module from 504 to change things up so that we are now buying shares and only the majority shareholder in each company makes the normal power grid decisions.
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14. Board Game: Nippon [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:318]
Board Game: Nippon
Brett C
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Sydney
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12/01/16

An interesting "worker taking" game from the designers of Madeira and Panamax. Interesting decisions in whether to take a worker of another colour (and pay them more) and timing when to "consolidate" to essentially reset your resources.
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15. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:775] [Average Rating:6.83 Unranked]
Board Game: Zooloretto
Brett C
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19/01/16

Two games of this classic, which Georgina had not played since acquiring many moons ago. Set collection and push your luck in a quick time means it does not outstay its welcome and you can forgive lucky draws.
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16. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:598]
Board Game: 6 nimmt!
Brett C
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19/01/16

We finished off the night with a quick round of this game of avoiding placing the 6th card in a row and getting all the negative bulls.
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17. Board Game: Black Fleet [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:842]
Board Game: Black Fleet
Brett C
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02/02/16

We had fun moving Peter's gorgeous components around the board in a race to complete our 5 "developments". We had extra pirate gear supplied by Sharmaine, including spy-glasses and treasure (Ferrero Rochers).
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18. Board Game: Deus [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:397]
Board Game: Deus
Brett C
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02/02/16

Peter's next game of the night was comprised of tableau building and claiming spaces on a tight, modular board. Peter managed to get 3 temples, Sharmaine had all the wood and Ken hoarded other materials. Some lucky early armies from me let me get some quick, cheap VPs.
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19. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:433]
Board Game: Thurn and Taxis
Rich Plunkett
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Balmain
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02/02/2016

Set collection, route planning, euro goodness.meeple
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20. Board Game: Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:200]
Board Game: Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
02/02/2016

3 Player game
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21. Board Game: New York 1901 [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1009]
Board Game: New York 1901
02/02/2016

3 Player game
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22. Board Game: Archon: Glory & Machination [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2383]
Board Game: Archon: Glory & Machination
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09/02/16

Peter brought along another game for us to try. Unfortunately the art decisions took precedent over gameplay, leading to confusing resource colours and an oversized board. Some interesting ideas there, however not convinced of the balance.
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23. Board Game: Tiny Epic Galaxies [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:274]
Board Game: Tiny Epic Galaxies
Craig Somerton
Australia
Invergowrie (Armidale)
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9 Feb 2016.

We played Lorenzo's copy of TEG with 5 players.

Board Game: Tiny Epic Galaxies

The box states that it is a 30-minute game for 1-5 players, and it probably is with two players, but with 5 you're looking at around 90-120 mins, due to all the downtime.

Forward planning there, but is somewhat limited as you are at the mercy of the dice you roll. Each roll then spawns multiple opportunities to play those dice to perform various actions, but the downtime comes in deciding the optimal sequence in which you want to perform them, i.e. if I do X, then that will give me Y, but if I do Z first, then that will give me more of Y, which will then allow me to do X and gain extra advantages. This alone can consume several minutes, plus you also have the opportunity to re-roll the dice several times to improve your actions.

On top of this one of the main mechanisms is for other players to "follow" or copy an action performed by the Active Player. So after each action is performed, each non-active player faces a similar decision dilemma, which simply delays each round.

Tha game does have a problem with runaway leader, but it is still enjoyable. It is probably optimal with 3 players or would be recommended with 2, but I really would not play it again with 5.

Overall, I found it to be a clever little dice-rolling, worker placement game that comes in a tiny box with lots of components and nice artwork. Solid game play and many interesting decisions. The distribution of cards and options delivers replayability and makes it quite enjoyable.

EDIT - fix typos.
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24. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:95] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
Board Game: Codenames
Craig Somerton
Australia
Invergowrie (Armidale)
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9 Feb 2016.

After TEG we joined the Blood Rage group and played several games of the very popular Codenames - a fantastic word-related party game by Vlaada Chvátil, which is now the No 1 rated party game here on the Geek. It plays 2-many players in around 20 mins.

Board Game: Codenames

For those few people unfamiliar with the game, players are split into Red and Blue teams with a Spymaster for each team who has to give clues to their team members in an attempt to guess which of the 25 possible spies (cards) are on their team.

Easy to learn in 5 mins, the brilliance of the games lies with the Spymasters being strictly limited to purely one-word clues to help their team identify as many of their cards as possible, wile also avoiding oppisition cards and the dreaded Assassin card, which will end the game immediately.

Making suitable word links between often cards with wildly varying themes is fraught with tension for the Spymasters, and a similar level exists for the team members in trying to guess which words to which the spymaster is referring.

This is a game of palpable anxiety, confusion, big laughs and frequent groans. (Yes Patrick I managed to include THAT word!)

200 double-sided cards and reference setups that can be orientated 4 ways, provides the game with almost endless variety, and it is just as much fan playing the spymaster as it is being a team member. The only downsides are the potential downtime caused by the spymasters evaluating and trying to think of ways to link the various words. Discussions and decisions in the group can also spiral a little, but the game also offers opportunities for the opposition team to misdirect and heckle the active team's though processes.

The theme is completely pasted-on but the game itself is still awesome and definitely confirms its ranking due to its accessibility, gameplay, enjoyment and its ability to handle handle small or large groups.
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25. Board Game: Blood Rage [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:33]
Board Game: Blood Rage
Dean Verco
Australia
Hornsby Heights
NSW
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Blood! Rage! Blood AND Rage! Vikings! Ragnarok! Exclamation Marks!!! LOUD NOISES!!!

Played 09/02/16 - Allan, Mac, Patrick, Dean. Epic battles where having your warriors slaughtered can give you points. Glory to Odin!
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