GCL Beehive #157 - New introductions
Sharon Khan
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1. Board Game: All My Children [Average Rating:4.69 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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As Beehivers are gamers with children, let's talk about children first.

Remind us how many children you have, their current ages, and tell us a little about them.
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2. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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As it's summer holidays (for most of us anyway!) have you been playing lots of games with your children - or too busy with other summer holiday activities?
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3. Board Game: Don't Wake Daddy [Average Rating:4.43 Overall Rank:17093]
Sharon Khan
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And now a bit about you - what are your favourite games right now? And when you're not gaming, what do you spend most time doing (that doesn't involve the kids).
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4. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
Sharon Khan
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Lots of Dominion with the children, but a selection of other games too. Some Magic the Gathering with my husband this weekend and a game of Empire Builder, and apart from that just my usual Friday night gaming session.

Gaming with other adults:

 10   Magic: The Gathering x8
 9   A Fake Artist Goes to New York x4
 8   Empire Builder
 9   Escape: The Curse of the Temple
 6   Jamaica NEW!
 9   Roll for the Galaxy
 9   Show Manager
 10   Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization

Gaming with my children:

 10   Dominion x9
 5   Story Craze: The Crazy Story Game x2
 7   Clue
 8   Crappy Birthday
 4   Happy Families
 7   HeroQuest
 9   Machi Koro
 6   Pit
 5   Save the Animals
 5   Somethin' Fishy
 8   Telestrations
 10   The Bucket King
 5   Wordquest
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5. Board Game: Bee Alert [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:6879]
Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
Lower Saxony
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A bunch of old favorites, some kids' favorites, two new games. And the first time playing Sjoelen since I started recording my plays seven years ago, although I have played hundreds of times in my youth.



 7.0   Bee Alert x4
 7.5   Too Many Cinderellas x3
 6.5   Drecksau x2
 6.5   Drecksau: Sauschön x2
 7.0   Machi Koro x2
 7.5   Machi Koro: Großstadt-Erweiterung x2
 7.1   Ocean Limbo x2
 N/A   Omba x2
 7.5   Can't Stop
 8.0   Die fiesen 7
 5.5   Flag Frenzy!
 9.0   Sjoelen
 8.0   Spiel
 5.0   Starship Catan NEW!
 1.0   The Enchanted Tower
 7.0   Topfgucker
 7.0   ヘッジホッグジレンマ (Hedgehog's Dilemma) NEW!


This will be the cover for my new game, hopefully being released in Essen. I started designing it in 2012, and it took a long time to get this far. Now I am really, really excited!

Edit: The game entry has been approved: Mission Impractical
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6. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2384]
Rob Harper
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Wantage
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Not very much gaming over the last week, but it has been very dominated by games nonetheless, as there was a small boardgame design conference (see #BGDevCon on Twitter if you are interested) on Saturday, which was immensely rewarding, and then a Playtest UK meetup also in London on the Sunday. I'm a bit tired now!

 N/A   Thief's Market - A first play, and I rather like it so far.
 N/A   Unpublished Prototype x7 - A couple of plays of one of my games, then plays of three other people's games, making for a fun and useful afternoon.
 N/A   Win, Lose, or Banana - Back from the trip to London, I got to round the weekend off with a few rounds of WLB with S and Miss B, using the cards I had been given on Saturday.



And just in case you want an idea of what was going on at this conference I was at, Adam In Wales has made a brief vlog about it:
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7. Board Game: Checkers [Average Rating:4.86 Overall Rank:17187]
Murray Fish
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Canberra
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Little Fish the Elder's school has this reward system where a student receives a 'doujou point' for good behaviour/academic results/something else. When they receive a certain number of points they can choose a small reward from the 'prize locker'. The first couple of times he got this he picked books, but the last one her chose a small box with a set of Checkers. We set it up the other night,, I explained the rules and we played a few games. As I played I tried to explain what move I was making, why I was making it and what I was planning for upcoming turns.

He got really frustrated when he lost by pretty big margins which was surprising as he's usually pretty good about this sort of thing. Maybe it was the fact it was 'his' game that caused him grief. Anyway, we teamed up and played his aunt and mother and we got a good win in which cheered him up. I was quite happy he chose a game as his prize.

Apart from the usual lunchtime gaming where Parade was the game of the week I managed to get away on Saturday afternoon/evening for a session at the local boardgames café (called 'Guild' in what passes for Canberra's CBD). The original concept was that four of us would meet and stay there for the 'long haul'. As it turn out one was ill and another had to leave early.

While I was waiting for the other myself and my regular wargames opponent played Splendor from the games library at Guild. This was my first play and I rather enjoyed it as an engaging little filler. When the three of us were assembled we cracked out Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery and had a rather fun three way game. The game itself is a bit dice/luck heavy but is quite fun. In the end we had a three way tie for first that was settled in the arena. My best gladiator was killed by a couple of poor heal rolls (one by a specialist apothecary) so I lost but all players seemed to enjoy it which was good. To change it up we played
which went well and was very close.

After that one chum left and I played more Splendor with the other chap as we ordered and ate dinner. When the plates were cleared away we played a couple of two player games of Scythe which were more about building one's engine than conflict. I got flogged in both games but enjoyed them. We finished with Hyperborea which was a bit of fun. the bag-seeding/action nomination mechanisms worked quite well.

So, not a bad week for gaming.
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8. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
Fernando Robert Yu
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You can view my week in greater detail here: Item for Geeklist "What Did You Play This Week? August 15-21, 2016"

Dominion x 3: Taught to 2 of the gals at the FLGS, successful as always!
Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise x 2: Still a great little filler and racing game.
Alhambra x 1 (NEW): Not surpised why it won the 2003 SdJ
Airlines Europe x 1: Scores very similarly to the game above!
Splendor x 1
Forbidden Stars x 1: 3p game with my Orks winning..expansions please !
Puerto Rico x 1
Medieval Academy x 1
BattleLore (Second Edition) x 1: First plays with both undead sets and the new Daqan units!
Roll for the Galaxy x 1
Smash Up: It's Your Fault! x 1 (NEW): The factions are quite powerful here!
Star Realms x 1
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9. Board Game: Reiner Knizia's Decathlon [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:3117]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
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A fun week of Decathlon, Splendor and (a bit of a cheat) Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 - which I actually played last week, but forgot to log it! We were crap, lost both games of January, but looking forward to February!




 7   Reiner Knizia's Decathlon x5
 10   Splendor x3
 N/A   Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 x2 NEW!
 9   Love Letter
 7   Traditional Card Games
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10. Board Game: Colt Express [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:335]
Eddy Richards
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Allanton
Duns
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I acquired this in a recent charity auction: a bit of programming, a bit of bluff and lots of chaos - and quite a bit of fun too.

Colt Express x 1
Tzolkin x 1
Rosenkonig x 1
Carcassonne x 1
Love Letter x 1
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11. Board Game: Reiner Knizia's Decathlon [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:3117]
Robert
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Ottawa
ON
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I've been participating in my first play by forum, and it's my first play of Decathlon. I enjoy the game and the chit chat of the forum, but playing this way is much sloooowwweerrrr than I had anticipated.

The highlight of my week was meeting my mother and step-father in Toronto and playing games with them and the kids. I introduced Deep Sea Adventure to them, and they enjoyed it so much that they bought a copy for themselves. We also played Gloria Picktoria (new to all of us), and that was also a hit.

There were two stinkers last week. The first, Abalone, was a game I picked up at a thrift store a while back. I can hear you asking me, "How can a game that announces it's the 'Game of the Decade' be bad?!?" The other was Bruges: The City on the Zwin. By itself, Bruges displays all of these wonderful options, and then says, "Nah. You can't do any of these things." I don't actually want something to then say, "Sure, you can do this, and multiply its effects while your at it."

Bruges and Abalone were the only games played without the kids.



8  Bruges
8  Deep Sea Adventure x2 NEW!
7  Gloria Picktoria x2 NEW!
7  Mogel Motte x2
6  Love Letter x2
2  Abalone NEW!
N/A  Bruges: The City on the Zwin

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12. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:60] [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
Todd
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 9.0   Codenames x4
 8.0   Formula D x3
 N/A   Arkham Investigator NEW!
 N/A   Battlestar Galactica
 N/A   Chinatown NEW!
 N/A   Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
 N/A   Deception: Murder in Hong Kong NEW!
 N/A   Rex: Final Days of an Empire NEW!
 N/A   The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game NEW!
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