Games played at the March 2008 Perth EuroGamesFest (2008.03.08)
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1. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:35]
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First time play for me. We played the Simple Game as an intro to the rules and how to build a civilisation. Some of the cards didn't make a whole lot of sense in the absence of rules that are in the Advanced Game, which is also more interactive. I liked this game and am really looking forward to a play of the Advanced or even the Full game (which could be an effort of many, many hours).
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2. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:74]
terry chilvers
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Four games in a row ! Guess I must like this one
Two of those games were VERY quick affairs as the Black Death devastated Asia. In the last game we ALMOST beat the 4 diseases - we had the cards to cure the Blubonic, but were beaten by the clock.
Lovely cooperative game which saw all four players working together to save the world.

On reflection - and reading some stuff here - the best option may be to contain outbreaks and let the cures come naturally - especially with the Medic in the mix.
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3. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:147]
Renato Bruno
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Perth
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Stew taught us this one and I think we had the rules down pat midway through the second epoc. A great game especially since I won! It managed to get rid of that bad taste that Neil had left me when he put me in last place in Citadels.
 
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4. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:215]
Renato Bruno
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Our table played 2 games in a row. I must say it was a fun game and you must really have your wits about what prices you should pay for paintings. I think the key is to sell a fourth or fifth artist per season so that way someone does their dough and you get a clear winner. Well done to Marty for leaving me a close second for both games.
 
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5. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:309]
Mikey O'Brien
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Jo, Erik, Peter, and myself teamed up to fight the evil dungeon overlord Damo in a close battle to the finish. This is a FUN game, and it was a great gaming experience for me. It is a real back to the grass-roots of RPG gaming, and given the passing of Mr Gygax this week, it was a bit of a tribute to the decades of gaming that DnD has given me.

Top shelf and I am certainly going to pick up a copy. I heard Stew making appreciative noises about it, and Terry was complaining about all the bits - he [Terry]is definitely going to be the Overlord in our games, the role needs a real grumpy at the helm.
 
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6. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:351]
 
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Taught this one (non-playing 'splainer) to Mr JM, Katie, Derek, and young Sam. This game always seems to hook 'em in and the victories are found in the endgame points, as Derek did in this session.
 
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7. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:297]
William Shields
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First time play for me. Bit random with the dice but all in all not a bad game, particularly if you can get to the point where it plays quickly.
 
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8. Board Game: Carcassonne: The City [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:574]
Chris Johnson
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Perth
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I really like the wall-building mechanic in this. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the end result before it was packed away.
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9. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:328] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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Saw this being played.
 
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10. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:364]
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Saw this being played.
 
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11. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:357]
Chris Johnson
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Enjoyable. We used the Emperor and the Witch from the expansion. I got to eight buildings first, but came third of five.
 
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12. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:459]
Warren Adams
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Mt Lawley
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Saw JM and Katie learning this, so I learnt it with them.
 
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13. Board Game: Pueblo [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1108]
Stew Woods
Australia
Cygnet
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....a bit 'meh' for me but the company (especially buttons) made up for it...
 
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14. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:661] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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Enjoyable game. I won, which is always a nice way to start.
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15. Board Game: Capitol [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1577]
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I played this with Nyssa, Dean and Dee. Dee seemed to be in control for most of the match, always having plenty of houses to plonk on the board, and she won fairly comfortably in the end. I enjoy majority games due to the direct interactivity and opportunities for clever play, but although the design works, to me it felt a bit dry, uninspired and lacked excitement or a spark. Stew did forewarn me before we started...
 
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16. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:828]
Greg Colgan
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Perth
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I taught this game to JM, Katie and Elaine....and Warren dipped in for another game as he enjoyed it first time around. As I was teaching, I ensured that I skewed the rules so that I couldn't lose.......na, I didn't really. And to prove that, JM snuck in and won the game after a number of fun, tense rounds. This game shines when the players remain fairly even in their progress towards controlling city-states in Italy. It was still anyone's game in the final rounds. I think everyone enjoyed it....esp shuffling those unusual cards!
 
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17. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:833]
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I finally finished a game of this. This is long for a two player game.
 
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18. Board Game: Fjords [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1221]
Chris Johnson
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Perth
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I traded (two empty boxes) for this game. I played one round (you'd normally play three) and it seemed like a good game.
 
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19. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:741]
terry chilvers
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Confronted with three complete novices :
Me - what kind of boardgames have you played ?
They - Pictionary
Me - uh, OK.....

I spun about trying to find a quick intro game - it was this or Byzantium.
They didn't look hungover, but I went with this just in case
 
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20. Board Game: Trans Europa [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1334]
William Shields
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The obligatory summoning ritual...
 
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21. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1001]
Mark Reich
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Played a quick game of this with Nyssa, Dean and Steve. Dean romped it in by being the last man standing during a round where there was a huge (accumulated) pot up for grabs.
 
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22. Board Game: Felicity: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1228]
Mark Reich
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Played this also with Nyssa, Dean and Steve. A light, push-your luck, auction game that has similarities with the first phase of For Sale, but instead you only have some partial information on what you're actually bidding for (more information is progressively revealed). Initial consensus was that there *might* be a runanway leader problem. When bidding was high other tended to go with the flow thinking that there was a huge pot up for grabs - this was usually the case, so we probably didn't bluff enough as we could have.
 
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23. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1287] [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
Mikey O'Brien
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Perth
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Played/'splained two rounds of this great game.
Eliminated first as Fiona in the opening game - ran out of gold - curse you Stew!
Table:
Stew (Zot/Pooky) Won!
Warren (Gerki) drunk
Coffeeman (Deirdre) drunk
Mikey (Fiona) no gold

Second game; eliminated first as Zot/Pooky - ran out of gold - curse you Matt!
Table:
Matt (Fiona) Won!
Caspian (Deirdre) drunk
Sam (Gerki) no gold
Mikey (Zot/Pooky)no gold

This is a very funny game and was quite appropriate to play at the end of a heavy session of Descent.
 
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24. Board Game: Super 3 [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:14443]
Chris Johnson
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Perth
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I like this, even though it's a bit roll-and-movey. Also, much quicker than the Catan card game.
 
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