Shrewsbury Boardgames Club - Games played June to December 2016
Garry Lloyd
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Holmes Chapel
Cheshire
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In advance of my house move out of the area and the fact that, from July, my ability to host / attend the club is likely to be even more limited, I thought it was time to transfer how we record the games we play to BGG. This will allow anyone to record the information about games played (scores, ratings etc.) and comments to be added about anything noteworthy about the session.

My suggestion is that the main entry for each game follows the format:

Date Played
List of those playing in the order of their finishing position showing:
Name (Rating out of 10 for the game in brackets) and score

Then any commentary can be added as a comment to the entry.

e.g. for the Artisans of Naqala session on 3rd June, the entry would be:

3rd June 2016
Mark K (8) 160
Nige (8) 141
Guy (8) 140
Felix (8) 137

The 2017 list of games played is in this geeklist here
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26. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:378]
Board Game: Citadels
Nigel Keates
United Kingdom
Ludlow
Shropshire
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Finished off with Citadels.Outstayed its welcome a little bit but was won by Nikki who was the King for the majority of the game. Andrew spent a lot of time assassinated particularly when he tried to become the monarch.
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27. Board Game: Patchwork [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:71]
Board Game: Patchwork
Nigel Keates
United Kingdom
Ludlow
Shropshire
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An interesting game from Uwe Rosenberg about creating a piece of patchwork. You pick up tiles by spending buttons and time to create the patchwork. Not really my sort of game ( too much spatial awareness) but I can see that it is a good game. Mark won easily . I would rate it a 7 , Mark rated it 8
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28. Board Game: Targi [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:136]
Board Game: Targi
Nigel Keates
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Ludlow
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Love Targi. IMHO one of the best 2 player games out there. I managed to get my revenge after the loss at Patchwork with a easy win. Will definitely play this again. A rating of 8 from both of us.
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29. Board Game: Steam Works [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1973]
Board Game: Steam Works
steve perkins
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Telford
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20th August 2016

Mark K 29 (7.5)
Andrew 26 (9)
Steve 22+ (7.5)
Nige 22 (7)
Nicky 19
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30. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1266]
Board Game: Ave Caesar
steve perkins
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20th August 2016

Steve 2nd/2nd - 1st overall
Mark K 5th/1st- 2nd overall
Nige 4th/DNF-3rd overall
Nicky 1st/Eaten by the Lions
Andrew 3rd/ Eaten by the Lions

Extraordinary second race saw Nige being pushed to the outside of the track once too often and failing to finish. But Andrew and Nicky both insulted Caesar by not offering a coin and were dispatched to the lions.

I couldn't help my careful approach to the pit lane (1/1/1) resulted in both Andrew and Nicky having to swerve wide to avoid me. They should have realised there is a safe speed for the pit lane. whistle



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31. Board Game: Hera and Zeus [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1700]
Board Game: Hera and Zeus
Nigel Keates
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Ludlow
Shropshire
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I haven't played Hera and Zeus for years so after a quick look up of the rules we were ready to go ...only we weren't as we made a complete mess up of the rules and we played a variant of a variant. Playing the correct rules we played two more times. This is not as good as I remember it as if you get a weak opening hand, destruction is not far away. In the first game I had a very strong opening hand and just ploughed through Mark's defences. The second game lasted a little bit longer but ended up with the same result.
 
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32. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1052]
Board Game: Kahuna
Nigel Keates
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Ludlow
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After two wins at Hera and Zeus it was time to challenge Mark to Kahuna. I have played Kahuna lots of times against Mark and only managed one win ...and that was when he was busy in the shop. But hey things can change ....well no actually they can't with Mark racking up another victory. Still a good game though.
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33. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:389]
Board Game: Schotten Totten
Nigel Keates
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We finished off with Schotten totten. Always a nice game this. I took the middle stone early and from then I was always on the front foot. Nice end to the evening
 
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34. Board Game: The Big Fight [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
Board Game: The Big Fight
Nigel Keates
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Ludlow
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. Mark has been getting on my nerves for a long time so it was time to take him out in the big fight. Let's get ready to RUUUUUUUMMMMMBBBBLLE and we are off. Mark started with the initiative but I blocked his opening shot and took the initiative. First hook ducked and then the second. However my third hook smashed him on the jaw. Mark was out cold ..80 seconds and the fight was over. Now I am not going to remind him of this ever again .....well maybe once or twice.

After the severe beating Mark demanded a rematch. 15 rounds of a more competitive bout which ended in a draw.........did I tell anyone that in the previous bout I knocked Mark out after 80 seconds?!
 
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35. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:237]
Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Nigel Keates
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Ludlow
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Next up was Agricola all creatures big and small with the expansion. In terms of the animals we were pretty even but I had several high scoring buildings on the farm which made all the difference. Not bad for a quick two player game
 
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36. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:113] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
Board Game: Railways of the World
Nigel Keates
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Ludlow
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Steve brought along Railways of the world. A really lovely looking game with great pieces. Steve raced off to an early lead but as the game progressed Mark started to close the gap. Upgrading his train to level 6 thus satisfying his bonus card and delivering two goods across six spaces on the final turn meant that he best Steve by one point. A closely fought game.
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37. Board Game: Concordia: Britannia / Germania [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Board Game: Concordia: Britannia / Germania
Nigel Keates
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Ludlow
Shropshire
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With Felix joining us we were three this evening. We decided to play Concordia with the Britannia map. This map is quite good for three as it is tight and there is not much room to expand without meeting another player. Mark managed to expand into each region gaining a lot of victory points and also managed to finish the game for another 7 points. This was more than enough to ensure the win by a clear margin.
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38. Board Game: Food Chain Magnate [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:28]
Board Game: Food Chain Magnate
Nigel Keates
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Mark and Felix arrived for a full day's gaming. We started off with food chain magnate, a game I had wanted to play for ages. Felix and I went down the recruitment route whereas Mark started to enter the drinks business. I built up my infrastructure whereas Felix started reducing prices. The demand in the town was for Pizzas and I was producing more than anybody else which sealed a clear victory.
Nige £511,000
Felix £394,000
Mark £169,000
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39. Board Game: Nippon [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:282]
Board Game: Nippon
Nigel Keates
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Ludlow
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Next up was Nippon. Felix and I purchased factories quite quickly and started to produce whereas Mark built up his knowledge base to buy more expensive factories. Unfortunately this meant he missed out on early scoring. I managed to pick up lots of 5x victory points and this gave me the victory.
Nige 200
Felix 170
Mark 114
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40. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:236]
Board Game: Bruges
Nigel Keates
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Ludlow
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Finally we played Bruges. I really like Bruges although it is dependent on the cards that you draw and to a certain degree the dice rolling. However it was a third win for me with lots of end game bonuses.

Nige. 59

Mark 49

Felix 38
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41. Board Game: Automobiles [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:719]
Board Game: Automobiles
steve perkins
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Telford
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16th Sept 2016

Guy 1st
Steve 2nd
Nicky 3rd
Rose 4th

Guy bought two early Turbo (Green) cubes and once everyone had decided to start buying them, he was able to cash in on some monster turns. We all had quite good turns eventually and I was able to keep up with Guy for 2 1/2 laps but he won by over half a lap at the end lapping Rose.
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42. Board Game: San Juan (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:294]
Board Game: San Juan (Second Edition)
steve perkins
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After Automobiles the four of us finished off with this new/old filler.

Steve 28pts
Guy 24pts
Nicky 22pts
Rose 16pts

I got my plantations established quite early and was able to get a tower to increase my capacity to 12 cards just as Guy played one of the new buildings that restricted everyone else to 6 cards. I was able to buy the 7 cost Cathedral towards the end which gave me 7pts, which was enough to overtake Guy.
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43. Board Game: Baseball Highlights: 2045 [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:431]
Board Game: Baseball Highlights: 2045
Nigel Keates
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Ludlow
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Mark, myself, John and Andrew decided to play ball. Baseball 2045 in fact. I started off against Mark winning 2-1 then John 3-0 (oh dear John) and finally losing to Andrew 1-2. That set me up with 6 wins.

Mark had 5,
Andrew 4
John 3

So it was me v Mark in the World Series. First to win 4. Mark started off well winning the firsts the two to go 2-0 then 3-1 so I had to win the remaining 3.... Tough ask but not too tough for my boys who won the next 3 to win the World Series 4-3. Andrew won the 3rd place playoff 4-0. So it is as

Nige 1st
Mark 2nd
Andrew 3rd
John 4th.

Good fun
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44. Board Game: Statis Pro Football [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:5062]
Board Game: Statis Pro Football
Nigel Keates
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Ludlow
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Just got the new cards from eBay so was quite keen to try out 2015-16 49ers. printed off the Bears for Mark so we were ready to go. Statics pro football is the best American football game easily but it does take a long time to play a game. I am a big fan but Mark not so much so we decided to play a couple of drives to see how it went. The endurance values of the running backs were a bit dodgy but apart from that the game played well. Will have to play it again for longer but that probably won't be with Mark.
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45. Board Game: Revolver 2: Last Stand at Malpaso [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:3350]
Board Game: Revolver 2: Last Stand at Malpaso
Nigel Keates
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Love this game. I love gun fighting in the Wild West. I was the bandidos General Malpache but sadly I could not kill enough men to take the match. Excellent fun I like this alot
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46. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:180]
Board Game: Imperial
Nigel Keates
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I haven't played this in years so it was good to give this another try. I think this game has the potential to be great but IMHO it has a fatal flaw which stops it. Each player has influence in certain countries in Europe. The player with the most influence controls the country. Players can purchase more influence in a particular country at certain points on the game. The flaw is that there are points in the game when a player has no control in any country so just has to sit there while they slowly build up money not being able to do anything.

In our game Guy was the player who had control in 3 out of 6 countries and Mark who spent too long with no countries to control. With this Guy was determining how the game was progressing and obtaining VPs for his countries. John was slowly accumulating influence in all countries and moving under the radar. Guy finished the game and I thought it was going to be close between me and Guy. However John really had skipped under the radar for an excellent, well earned win.
Final Scores
John 171
Guy. 149
Nige 143
Mark 117

A very difficult game to rate but it got 7.5 from Mark and 7 from the rest of us.
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47. Board Game: Armchair Cricket [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:7474]
Board Game: Armchair Cricket
Nigel Keates
United Kingdom
Ludlow
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First up this evening was Armchair cricket. I havent' played this in years. The last time Mark and I played a test match. Mark was something like 600-3 dec and I was all out for about 40!!!! At this point we stopped so it was with much trepidation my players went out to bat for a 20 over match. I finished at 80-2 ...a respectable total; I thought until Mark came out. Although I took wickets Mark easily reached my total with about 9 overs to go ....another bashing.
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48. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:306]
Board Game: Lost Cities
Nigel Keates
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Ludlow
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We finished off with Lost cities. A great finisher. We played 3 rounds. I won the first round by about 70 points and although Mark won the next 2 rounds he couldn't catch up the deficit.
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49. Board Game: Saint Petersburg: New Society & Banquet Expansion [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
Board Game: Saint Petersburg: New Society & Banquet Expansion
Nigel Keates
United Kingdom
Ludlow
Shropshire
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Four of us tonight and Steve had brought his copy of St Petersburg with new cards and banquet event cards. I really liked the Banquet event cards as they added something extra to the game. In our Game, Steve's sacrifice to the gaming gods was paying dividends as whenever a good card was drawn it was Steve who always seemed to be able to pick it up. He was generating the most money and VPs throughout. Once you get a good start in St Petersburg it is quite difficult to catch up. So it proved with Steve an easy winner.

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Steve 139 (8)
Nige 123 (7)
Mark 86 (7)
John 85 (7)
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50. Board Game: Stockpile: Continuing Corruption [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked]
Board Game: Stockpile: Continuing Corruption
Nigel Keates
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Finally we played Stockpile with the expansion. I played the original basic game a couple of years ago and it was OK ...a game that just sits in the middle of lots of other average games. But would the expansion make much difference? Well the short answer is an emphatic yes! With the introduction of investors and commodity cards a new element is added meaning lots more decisions to be made. In our game Mark and I had some nice shares in Cosmic computers which had split just nicely for making a nice profit when Steve played TWO -2 share price on them forcing them to become worthless. Thanks Steve! Subsequently Mark's shares in the Electric company became worthless .... Much better as I had none of them. The automobile shares were worth the most at game end with Steve having the most which sealed his second win of the night. Well played Steve and such an improvement on the basic game. Look forward to playing this again.

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Steve 216 (8)
Nige 182 (8)
John 165 (8)
Mark 151 (8.5)
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