Games played at the May 2008 Perth EuroGamesFest (2008.05.10)
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1. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:22]
 
William Shields
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Graeme was kind enough to bring this and teach it. We didn't finish unfortunately but I was quite impressed with it.
 
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2. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:22]
Graeme Christie
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I knew getting this finished would be a tall order after reading about 5+ hour first games. The game sounds complicated when you try to explain it, but actually plays alot smoother than it sounds. I thought I might have bitten off more than I could chew trying to teach a Wallace unplayed straight out of the shrink, but spending Friday night reading and re-reading the rules, along with every post on the BGG forums seems to have paid off. As with most Wallace games, the rules are there, you just have to look for them.

Everyone (Myself, Billy, Katie and JM) seemed to take to the roles of Industrialist Robber Barons enthusiastically and bar a few mis-interpretations of my pre-game babbling everyone had a good grasp of the game a couple of turns in. We managed to finish the Canal period by about 4:30pm (2 hours in), and Billy was way ahead due to his analysis of the scoring mechanisms leading him straight down the shipyard building path. About 2 turns into the Rail Period the unmistakable hum of the vacuum cleaner indicated it was just about time to go home. We squeezed in one more turn while Warren hoovered around us and then decided it would be polite to pack the game away so everyone else could go home.

I really enjoyed this game. My mind was ticking over, trying to think of the quickest way I could possibly get this game to the table again, but drew a blank. I had to be satisfied with a game of Memoir 44 with my non gamer housemate. But the itch is still there waiting to be scratched.

Commiserations to Mikey who gave up his place at the table to continue his ceasless humanitarian work teaching games to underprivileged gamers.

 
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3. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:58]
Chris Johnson
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This was the first time I've played this game. I quite enjoyed it even though I came equal last (and it took three hours).
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4. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:131]
Mikey O'Brien
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I taught Goa to Tom, Emma, and Murray. This is a great game packed with lots of clever interlocking mechanisms and many agonising choices - the extra action cards are gold.

We had to 1 turn early because I had to head off to a dinner party. I am always eager to play and teach this one if anyone wants to try it next EGF.
 
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5. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:261]
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6. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:467]
William Shields
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Played this with Jason, Brad and Emma.
 
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7. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:505]
Warren Adams
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Had a four player game of this, neat filler with a little bit of 'stitching up' an opponent.

This one would probably also fit neatly into the fun family game category too.
 
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8. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:839]
Stew Woods
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Thanks to Terry for teaching.

A neat game - Terry, Alisdair, Claudine(?) and myself.

Whee! I won

"Plastic is the new wood!" shake
 
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9. Board Game: Blokus 3D [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:986] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
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I had a couple of quick games of this. I really like geometric shape-fitting games and this was no exception.
 
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10. Board Game: Key Harvest [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1483]
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Tauel, Kate, Gina & myself.

I was a bit suss on the spatial awareness element on my first run through this game but the second shot on Saturday convinced me that it was a good buy as everything became much clearer.

Not that that helped me win of course. That honour, as it so often does, went to Tauel cry
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11. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:828]
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Had a six player game of this.

Think it probably plays better with four as there can be down time for an uninvolved player.
 
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12. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:938]
Stew Woods
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Quick, light and fun...

I was involved in one game of this (Hey! I won again!)

...and there was another played straight after.

A good end-of-day snack
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13. Board Game: Space Dealer [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1871]
Graeme Christie
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Pulled this out as a filler. A rather hectic affair. Just the basic learning game this time. Rather hard to teach this one when your playing when:

a) You don't know the rules yourself.
b) The game runs in real time.

Felt the game kind of fizzled a bit.

 
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14. Board Game: Entdecker: Exploring New Horizons [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1809]
Alicia Smith
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Always nice to have a play with this.

It was played twice, at least, some brave people tried it by themselves, and then we had a game later.
 
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15. Board Game: Aqua Romana [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2474]
 
Warren Adams
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Played two four player games of this.

Overconfident after winning the first (thanks Anna) and should have moved on.

Did surprisingly well in the second game, due mostly to the scoring mechanism, despite looking ordinary the whole game through.
 
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