Games Played WABA Mt Claremont 13 February 2016
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February's Mt. Claremont meet saw lots of games played, tell us what you played and what you thought of it!

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1. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:588]
Ian O'Toole
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Jason had organised a game of this on the forums beforehand as he had received some promo items and decided to offer them up as prizes. I jumped in just before the game started.

I really like this game, because it gives me the chance to try to convince people they should do what they clearly shouldn't, but I usually end the game either in last place or, more often, dead. This time, though, the stars aligned and I was luckily left standing for some big loot grabs, allowing me to take the win. Jason passed out the promos and a special winner's prize of a set of chocolate handcuffs. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, and against the spirit of the game entirely, we all shared the winnings.

Thanks to Jason for organising!
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2. Board Game: The Voyages of Marco Polo [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:43]
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Next up I taught Warren, Tim and Jason this great euro game which is a mix between resource management and worker placement (using dice as workers).

I only received this game about two weeks ago but it's already seen at least six plays. There's lots of variety in the setup, and the seemingly overpowered player powers all even out in reality.

I believe Warren won, yet am reluctant to remind him of the fact..?
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3. Board Game: Mogul [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:2592]
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Next up Tim, Jason, Mark, Jess and myself played this simple auction game. This is kind of like No Thanks! with more going on. You're trying to amass stocks in the different companies which will grant you income, but also sell them at the right time for the most money. Players are also placing stations (?) on different rail lines on the map for end game scoring (scored in sets).

This was probably my favourite game of the day, it's really simple, quick to pay, but great fun. And I won!
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 5 – United Kingdom & Pennsylvania [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
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Tim, Jason, Warren and myself played both sides of this new expansion.

First, we tried the United Kingdom side, which adds technology cards that you need to purchase before you can do certain things (lay a route longer than two trains, for example, or travel into Ireland, Scotland or Wales). Some also grant you special abilities.

I won this one, basically by only keeping tickets that sent me to Ireland

I think we all liked this one, but there was a feeling that one of the technology cards (which allows the player to draw three instead of two cards when drawing from the top of the deck) was maybe overpowered. Hard to say after one play, but myself and Jason, the two players who bought this technology, ended up in first and second place.

Next we tried the Pennsylvania side, which grants players stocks in nine different companies whenever they place trains on a route showing a company logo. At the end of the game each company awards points to the players with the most in their portfolios (with points also awarded for second, third and fourth place).

We all really liked this one, the set collection aspect of the stocks is fun, as you're trying to remember how many stocks each player has.

I have a feeling Tim won this one?
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5. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:164]
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Last but never least, I refreshed the table's memory for this fantastic card game from Karl Chudyk. By the end of the game everyone had pretty healthy vaults, and there were a lot of points around the the table, but I was able to win by ending the game a turn before I would have lost the lead.

This is still my favourite game, it's the best.
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6. Board Game: Above and Below [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:198] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Alicia Smith
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Rob and I taught this one to Steveg and Ariaflame.
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7. Board Game: This Town Ain't Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3858]
Alicia Smith
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Taught this to Ariaflame waiting for the fourth for Above and Below.
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8. Board Game: Cave Troll [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1734]
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Started with a game of this with Jon, Gary and Victor.

It's an ok(ish) game but the limited hand of 1 card means that you can't really strategise
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9. Board Game: Imperial Settlers [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:157]
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Jon had to go for a bit and Andrew arrived so we played a 4 player game of this.

Great game, but hard to get your engine going if you don't get good production cards early on.
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10. Board Game: Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture [Average Rating:8.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.46 Unranked]
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Next up a game of Viticulture with the following modules

Mamas & Papas
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Advanced Visitors

Close finish where I lost to Andrew via a coin tiebreaker.
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11. Board Game: Combat Commander: Mediterranean [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked]
Greg Colgan
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Roger and I played a scenario from the Mediterranean module, with the Kiwis taking on the Germans on Crete. I think this was a pretty one-sided scenario, with NZ troops bulldozing their way off the map for double exit points. A tough gig for the Jerries!
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12. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:463]
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4-player game with Amy, Amie and Adrian. Amie and I had not played this before. When the haunt began, I ended up as a cult leader with 3 followers, and an objective to drag bodies into the pentagram room in the basement. Unfortunately I was not a very good cult leader and the good guys won.
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13. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:406]
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Elaine joined us for this classic. Turns out I'm a better bean farmer than cult leader
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14. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:245]
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Keith and I introduced Victor and Subiya to this game.

Not sure who won (Victor?) but it was 3-3-3-1 as we went into the last round. I was the 1.
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15. Board Game: Cypher [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:5191]
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Zoe and I played this micro-game with Jason while waiting for the Cash n Guns tournament to start.

Pretty good game. A little more complex than Love Letter but still simple enough, with a neat mechanic where you pick up stuff and then have to give cards to your opponents each turn - you only get to save 1 card as an option for next turn.
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16. Board Game: Imperial Settlers [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:157]
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Zoe and I played this with Peter (first game) and Simon. We added in all the cards from Imperial Settlers: Why Can't We Be Friends. Zoe's Egyptians smashed us with a 3-digit score.

The mechanisms of this game are enjoyable, and the game flows well. The art is amazing. It's a really satisfying puzzle each turn to try to work out how to keep cards combo-ing into one another and get all the stuff you want on the table.
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17. Board Game: Welcome to the Dungeon [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:924] [Average Rating:6.65 Unranked]
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Zoe, Simon and I played Dungeon of Mandom while Peter fetched dinner.

Simple "boasting game" where you're all at the entrance to a dungeon, but only one of you will get the chance to go in and achieve the associated glory for beating the dungeon. The catch is that to stay in the running, each turn you have to either add a monster to the dungeon or remove a piece of equipment.

Somehow this micro-game manages to achieve a level of excitement and tension that I haven't experienced in other similar games which have more components and complexity.
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18. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:55]
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Zoe smashed Simon, Peter and me again in what was a first play of the game for all of us.

Cool game - we all enjoyed it. Not sure I agree with the criticism that the game is too chaotic, and that with more than 2 players you can't plan ahead very well. Maybe more games will reveal this.
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19. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:54]
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Same group (Peter, Simon, Zoe, me) finished off the night with Lords of Waterdeep, a game in which most of us were newbies.

Very easy to learn worker placement game. Definitely suitable to use as a gateway game, but there is enough there that it is interesting for gamers too.
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