Games Played WABA Thornlie Sat 22nd April 2017
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1. Board Game: War of the Ring (Second Edition) [Average Rating:8.43 Overall Rank:12]
Shay Rickman
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I've wanted to play this one for some time and Ian was only too happy to break it out. The game as Ian has told me many times feels incredibly thematic but without being a copy of the book/movie plot line. They've done a really great job of capturing the feel of the pursuit of the ring bearers, the corrupting influence of the ring, the typically siege-like nature of the warfare and the overwhelming numbers of the shadow armies. Best of all they've captured the politics and indecision of the free peoples entry into the war.

In yesterday's game the dwarves and northmen didn't even enter the war and the elves were pretty late to the party. Rohan and Gondor were nearly annihilated but they took many urukai in the process.

I got lucky as I initially misjudged the pace and flow of the game. I was directing resources a bit too heavily towards defence and a potential strike at some undefended strongholds. I was building up a pretty reasonable amount of corruption thanks to this and when I raced to Mordor and made my way up to Mount Doom things could easily have gone very badly. Thanks to some lucky dice rolls and lucky bag draws I managed to destroy the ring a few turns before Ian would have wiped out enough towns and strongholds to win.

It's long but doesn't overstay its welcome. It is daunting at first glance but is relatively easy to learn and teach for a game with so much going on. If you're at all a fan of LotR I would definitely recommend you give this a go.
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2. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:423] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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Ian taught me this one. It's a bit like turbo Magic the Gathering with a bit of a tactical positioning element thanks to the map for the cards. In the game, you're trying to eliminate the opposite sides summoner by moving your troops into a position to attack while keeping your own summoner defended.

It was really quick to play and very nicely balanced in terms of providing you only just enough resources to get the job done which leads to some tough choices about what cards you're going to play and which cards are going to fuel your very slim mana supply.
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3. Board Game: Clank!: Sunken Treasures [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked]
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Ian and I taught Christophe and Tim how to play Clank! using the new Sunken Treasures expansion which neither Ian or I had tried. Fortunately, it doesn't introduce a whole lot of new stuff.

We had a pretty odd game as we didn't see much of the dragon/kraken so the tension and fast pace you normally get wasn't really there. We all escaped the dungeon and everyone had a good time but I can't help but feel that Christophe and Tim were a little bit cheated on their first experience.

As far as the expansion goes, I don't think anything was terribly necessary aside from the new theme and if you've played a lot the new map likely adds some new variety.
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4. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.40 Overall Rank:4]
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What do you play when you can't agree on what to play? Terraforming Mars!

Tim destroyed us.
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5. Board Game: StarFall [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:5797]
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Ian and I played this interesting little auction, set collection, abstract strategy game in which you're trying to collect these space-themed tiles by paying the least for them from your fixed pool of money that you start the game with. On your turn you can reveal a new tile if there aren't already 3 in the tableau, you can decrease the price of a tile on the track by one space (jumping any immediately lower tiles) or you can buy a tile at the price for its current position on the track.

At two players there perhaps isn't enough chaos and so you can pretty easily predict the outcome of most movements and purchases. The end game in two players is also a bit weird.

I think it would be good fun at 3 or 4 players and certainly wouldn't mind checking it out again in the future.
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6. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:355]
Tim Kirkwood
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Started the day with Christophe and Chris. A great quick game I couldn't feed my vikings so we all starved to death in the end unlike some others
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7. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.40 Overall Rank:4]
Tim Kirkwood
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1st of two games played on Saturday of this great game unfortunately between us letting Chris build all the parks and Chris knocking Elaines resources on the floor Chris smashed us all still a great game
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8. Board Game: The Manhattan Project: Chain Reaction [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2116]
Tim Kirkwood
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A quick little card game version of manhatten project
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9. Board Game: FUSE [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:584]
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Another quick 10 minute game and with 3 new player we did ok after a slow start we only had the 5 last cards to go when we unfortunatlet blew up
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10. Board Game: Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:345]
Tim Kirkwood
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Played a quick 3 player game with Chris and cchristophe with Christophe popping the post.
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11. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:132]
Patrik Affentranger
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Quick game of Splendor as it was my first attendance at any WABA meetup ever. Hence, you will have to excuse me not remembering any names of participants, sorry :| Make yourselves known if you like

Never played the game before and was keen to try it out. I'd give it a 4/10.
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12. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:996]
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4 player game of Fearsome Floors. Had some trouble with the monster falling apart when lifted on the wrong bits (mostly the head).

I believe Martin won? Or it was a tie..
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13. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:463]
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6 player game, only participant I remember by name was Martin.

From memory, only 2 people had played it before so it took a little bit to get accustomed with the rules/gameplay.

Martin become the traitor and successfully collapsed the house into the abyss.
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14. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:154] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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I saw Martin and 2 others play a, what seemed to be, quite epic session of Carcassonne.
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15. Board Game: Robo Rally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:1266]
James Delides
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I was kindly invited to join Luke, Xander, Andrew, and Lauren for my first play of Robo Rally.

It was a fun game that you can't take too seriously. Your robot is going to accumulate spam/viruses cards that cause spin out and do crazy things, and you're going to get shoved around at the worst possible time.

Andrew took out the win, expertly piloting his bot through the terrifying conveyor-belt laden map for the victory. We played an intro map that had three checkpoints and a single tile. Even that one took 3.5 hours to get through - I don't think I'd be too keen to try a map much larger than that! To be fair, the game could have ended about 90 minutes earlier, but the bot going for the victory got shoved one square off course, and careened off the map to reboot.

Nice to meet everyone in the game. Thanks for having me.
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16. Board Game: Wits & Wagers: Epic Geek Edition [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
Kym Westwood
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Two games of this, thanks to Jason for teaching. Wits and Wagers with some super powers thrown in to mix up the "wagering"

Game 1: Jason, Genevieve, Warren, Richard, Mark and myself. Could be wrong...but pretty sure Genevieve won this.

Game 2: Jason, Genevieve, Warren, Richard, Rowland and myself. Warren, super geek, the winner.

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17. Board Game: Dream Home [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:830]
Kym Westwood
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Richard taught this to Genevieve, Jason & myself. Cute game of building your own dream home, trying to get the right combo of rooms to get the most points.
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18. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:618]
Kym Westwood
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A quick game with Richard & Jason. Quick because I'm terrible at this, but I still enjoy it so very much :-)
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19. Board Game: Mysterium [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:196]
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Two games of this with Jason, Candace, Richard and Genevieve. Jason took on the role of the ghost, but his messages from the other side just weren't coming through clearly (especially for me!) so failure for both games. Still, my first time playing and really enjoyed it.
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20. Board Game: Love Letter: Batman [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:484]
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With Tao, Alan & Louise. Can't recall a winner...
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21. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1621]
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Last game of the night with Keith & Tao. Like Flashpoint but on a submarine...
All was going to plan, putting out fires, fixing leaks, opening blocked doors. Then Keith threatened to abandon us once he got his diver suit...thankfully he was a true comrade to the end and we made a successful escape from our sinking submarine.
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