WABGA - September 2008 Eurogamesfest
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Between 60 and 70 attendees - our largest ever meet, with a great 'buzz' to the room.
Warren and Stew registered our first official WABGA members.

Adrian drew the lucky ticket and chose a copy of Alhambra as his prize.

Rob has posted some photos on his site http://www.lympago.com/photos/EGF-Sept2008/index.html
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1. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:430]
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My first play of this one - very enjoyable game, pretty easy to pick up and the time track scratched my 'clever mechanic' itch
 
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2. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:433]
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3. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:370]
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Great, great game - I can see why the English reprint is eagerly anticipated.

Of course one could look for a copy of the QWG version... probably set someone back 30 Euro or so - if someone were going to Essen for example...
 
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4. Board Game: Vexation [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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Played Transamerica with this expansion - sure changed the four player game into one with a little nastiness.
 
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Played an eight player one of these with a couple of new visitors.
 
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Oooo nasty dragon - had five of us going around in circles.
 
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7. Board Game: Formula Motor Racing [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2117]
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Finished the day with this nice filler, a five player game.

I managed one point from my three races.
 
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8. Board Game: Wacky Wacky West [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2462]
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I came fourth, Stew came third and two people on their first visit took out the first two places.

I agree Stew, a great plan to get them to come back again.
 
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9. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:25]
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First time playing this. I enjoyed it a lot even though it has a bit of the multiplayer solitare feel which I generally dislike. Similarities to Caylus are definitely there but to me this exudes much more theme.

Still dubious about your raising of 'wild' boars in fenced pastures though. Surely some sort of Trade Practices Act advertising violation?
 
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10. Board Game: Galactic Emperor [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1869]
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A galaxy conquest game playable in a few hours even with 5 players!

Really enjoyed this one. Hit all the right notes for me - direct interplayer conflict, multiplayer, space pirates (ARRRRRR! arrrh ).
 
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The playtest game for my hidden objectives scenario.

It seemed to work OK, aside from being utter carnage on the Allied side - Bloody April all over again, it was.

Thanks to everyone who played!
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12. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:478]
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A couple of good quick games of this - pipped at the post by Dean both times, but neither of us were going to win either time.

 
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13. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This At All [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:15171] [Average Rating:5.55 Unranked]
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We played too many games of this extreme silliness. Utter insanity!
 
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14. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:461]
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We played two enjoyable games of this despite us being slaughtered by the monsters both times (some chess playing spectre in the first game and Frankenstein the second time).

Thanks to those who taught me how to play, it was very useful as I recently bought one of the cheap copies from Milsims without knowing how to play


 
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15. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:350]
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At about 4:45pm we began a game of this, well the explanation of how to play this game began ...

It was fairly enjoyable even if we had to look up rules a fair bit, we called it quits at about 6:15pm when we had 7 white swords even though we didn't have all 12 slots filled, but without a traitor that meant we had basically won ... at least I think it did ... I am still a little hazy meeple

I think I will enjoy a second game some other time with a better understanding of the rules.
 
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16. Board Game: Terra Nova [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2196]
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Four of us, totally new to this one, had a go. A fairly abstract game (there have been two-person versions of this around for yonks), but the addition of different terrains led to tactical wrinkles. Won the first game comfortably, and then, just to prove that my approach was superior, in the second game I easily came last.
 
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17. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:829]
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I looked at them.....they looked at me. The look was quizzical & mutual: wot we gunna play? There were a couple of newbies. I had the perfect solution: Condottiere anyone?

Within half an hour, I looked around at the other players: they were hooked. Now I know why this is one of my fave games and a surefire winner with any newcomers. Added to that was the delicious knowledge that having played the game a number of times before, I was poised to sweep the board.

I lost.

Still, it was fun...thanks for the game Daniel, Brad, Annh, Hong and...um...the winner whose name (sorry) escapes me.

And yes Warren, I saw your covetous look when you saw me pull my copy of Condottiore out of the bag......next time my friend....next time.
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18. Board Game: The Settlers of the Stone Age [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1627]
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We (Dan, Anh and I) played a three player session of this.

We player Settlers on a very regular basis and both, Anh and I had big expectations in Stone Age.
I'm not sold on it yet. Maybe it was the way the game went, with Dan whipping the floor with us. Maybe I saw the value of the technologies too late. But I just had the feeling, that my influence on other players is rather limited. Once Dan was flying ahead, there was no way of catching him - even though we ganged up on him (in standard settlers that can have an influence - no trades, cutting off, etc.). I'm also not sold on the set board. It's one of the things I love about Settlers - the board changes or can be changed from game to game.

Anh said, she likes it. She thought it to be great that despite the fact that it's a settler 'sequel', it's pretty much a different game.
 
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