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Here's a geeklist all about the "Pasteboard and Plastic X" all-day gaming event which was held on Saturday 21st November, 2009 at the Scout hut in Saltdean (Brighton, UK).

The parent list for this event is the Pasterboard and Plastic Metalist. You can reach information about all the P&P events from there.

The entry fees / raffle / tea and coffee contributions and any other financail benefit gained from all of the P&P events support the 42nd Brighton (Saltdean) Scouts. This also helps us as we now have better tables and chairs to game on!

Once again we had the P&P Raffle, organised by Miguel, which proffered a superb range of games and made the scouts a bunch of cash.

Thanks to all the gamers who attended for making it such a successful day. We had visitors from Bristol and Peterborough come and game with us for the day, which is great. We also had a bunch of young gamers with us (who did particularly well out of the raffle) and more new faces too. Thanks for coming guys, I hope to see you all again next year!

Special thanks as always must go to Dick for organising another smooth running, intensely enjoyable Pasteboard & Plastic event. This one had to be the best one yet, which was fitting for the milestone tenth P&P event. Pasteboard & Plastic continues to go from strength to strength.

All additions and comments are most welcome. These geeklists work best when the attendees take a few minutes to add games played or bought, pictures, comments, jibes, insults(!?) and so on.

Pasteboard & Plastic is attended by The Board Game Club. Thanks again guys! It was great to see you both able to make it this time - and we managed to get a game in as well.
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1. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:798]
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My first game of the day, with Dave, Howard, Jeff and Dick. The latter two had not played before, I'd had the advantage of a whole one previous game. This was Dick's copy of the game, so we taught him how to play. Once we got through the long setup and actually in to the game, I think Dick resolved to take Factory Manager off his trade list

The game looks simple, but there's lots of brain burning options that meant I was glad to be playing this one at 11am rather than 11pm.

The game looked pretty close all the way through. During the last turn of the game, Howard and I were worried that a bad choice of purchase may let Dave run off with the game, but Jeff and Dick were way too smart for that.

But Dave won anyway. Well done mate!
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2. Board Game: Giro d'Italia: The Game [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:3465]
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By now the BoardGameClub boys had arrived and this was the first of the two games I had ordered. I've played Leader 1 a couple of times and really enjoyed it. The decision to own the game myself was made a bit easier with this Giro tie-in version which features additional stuff (like individual rider special abilities) to make the game even more fun.
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3. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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This was the other game I ordered from the BoardGameClub. Pancdemic is one of my most-played games. The addition of more roles, more disease,more infections and so on will give the original game a whole new lease of life. Then there's the bioterrorist....
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4. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:583]
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This was so much fun, we played it twice. This was Howards game and Dick and I both really enjoyed it.

Dead simple concepts with some potential for though behind it means that Finca is good for family/non gamers,but gamers can get in to it as well. You basically colect fruit by moving one of your 4 pieces round a "windmill" rondel arrangement or you deliver fruit to areas on the board in quantities that match what is shown on each areas face up tile. There's some bonus tiles and some set collection and the evil option of forcing everyone to return all their fruit of one type if there's not enough in the supply to accomodate your demand, but that is basically that, get fruit or deliver fruit.

Even better, I won both games, yay me!
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5. Board Game: Peloponnes [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:802]
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A civ game based around tiles, no overall board, that plays in an hour? bargain! OK there's lots of disasters, but they can be planned for and even if they do destroy all your hard work, you've only lost an hour of your life, rather than eight, as happens in other civ games I could mention, (followed swiftly by the words "never again!"). How relieved were you that your copy of "that other game" went to a good home in the raffle Ian?

Now back to this one...
Clever VP scoring means you score the lowest or your population x3 or your VPs from buildings, fields and money, so you have to balance the two. That was a tough job to get right at times. The game has bidding for tiles, resource gathering, population growth, disasters, ways to protect yoursself vs disasters and so on, all it does not have is armies and combat.

I really enoyed this game, we had some pretty experienced gamers playing and the 4 of us were seperated by 5Vps at the end. Howard finished ahead of me, followed by Miguel and Ian.
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6. Board Game: The Swarm [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:3438]
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Definitely the coolest looking box of the day!

This is a face down tile pickup, face up tile laying game, in which the aim is to build research stations around the edge of the board and connect all of those to a central location in the sea that makes up most of the board. A role card selection mechanic lets you select actions, and whales, tsunamis and the nasty crab can be used to attack other playersships or research stations. The rewards yo get from this increase as your victims score increases, so this is a definite stop the leader mechanic which helps the game.

It took us a while to get to grips with this and by the time Ian and I knew what we were doing, we were way too late to win! Howard won this, no, Miguel caught him, nope, hang on, that research station wasn't connected, so Howard wins!
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7. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:104]
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Pete and Chris from BGC were new to this one and they joined more regular chaos gods Gary and I in corrupting the world. Pete drew Khorne, so all I had to to do explain the game to him was to say "kill everyone". As the prince of pleasure, I was bound to have fun this game, Chris was the changer of ways and Gary was rotten as Nurgle.

Pete was doing well in killing everyone, Gary got into a VP lead when we finally corrupted a couple of regions, then I went past him corrupting a couple more at the very end. Gary had a chance to win, but his corrupting ways were thwarted in a threatened region, but no-one could stop the blood god carvng his way to victory on the dial.

As it happened, there was a parallel game of this going on and Khorne won that one too.
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8. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients Expansion Pack #5 – Epic Ancients II [Average Rating:8.35 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.35 Unranked]
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Tony and Gary the Deserter took on Ron and I in the proper epic CCA format, rather than using 2 normal decks stuck together as we'd done previously.

Ron took command and our right flank, which mirrorred what the enemy had done. There was an initial skirmish with elephants invlved on both sides on our left and then the centres met, which proved to be decisive, as the enemy centre dissolved. Gary muttered something about getting a lift home and scarpered, leaving poor old Tony in the lurch. Ron finished off the game with a cavalry breakthrough on the right which forced the enemy cavalry off the board for the final few banners in a 13-9 win.

Next P&P, we're gonna do a proper 8 way game of this just after lunch, so sign up now guys!
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9. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:243]
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Ron, Miguel, Al and I started with a new game to all four of us. I'd read the rules beforehand, as well as few BGG reviews and felt happy to buy this on the strength of those alone.

This is really is a game you can learn as you go. The first two of turns zoomed by with just a couple of rule queries (I said I'd read the rules beforehand - I didn't say I'd understood them). For turns three to five we knew what we were doing and the tension mounted to such an extent that we needed to stop for a nice cup of tea and a chat (although there may have been some discrete studying of victory conditions). Back to the table for turns 6 and 7, and eventual victory for me, closely followed by joint second Ron and Miguel, with Al finding that his bucaneering, all-cannons-blazing approach wasn't going to be a winning strategy this time.

This was the game of the day for me - very engaging, with a sense of a lot of game for relatively little time (probably about two hours including the tea-break).



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10. Board Game: Space Hulk (third edition) [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:261]
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On of the great bonuses of P+P is the 'special' room at the back with its full size table tennis table - where games too big for the normal world can be accommodated (see C+C:epic, above). I got in two games of the 'hulk'- lost one, won one, and enjoyed every dice roll.




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11. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:909]
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Another new one - five player this time - with Ron, Miguel, Al, Ian and I.

A game that is billed as co-operative, but where there's only one winner is clearly going to be trouble. Sure enough, some players decided it was better to rack up their own scores rather than play for the common good and our mighty cardboard castle took a beating from assorted orcs and trolls early in the game. Briefly in the mid-game it looked like we might be able to pull off a shock victory, but the devastingly huge (and somewhat random) power of a boulder crashing through the last surviving wall of the keep made sure that this was a victory for the bad guys.

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12. Board Game: Battle for Germany [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:2534]
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While no-one was looking, Mark and I fitted in a cheeky spin of the greatest-hex-based-wargame-of-all-time (No, it really is - I've proved it!). We only played the Collapse-in-the-West scenario (see Grognad's post on BGG) and omitted the Italian front. An hour or so later, Mark's allied armies were at gates of Berlin, and I was looking forward to a good hot meal in the PoW camp.
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13. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:391]
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I am not much into theme, or westerns, but this turned out to be an excellent game, where the game mechanics fit the theme.

Think of it as a Caylus worker placement variant, but with the ability to place more than one worker per job. However there is only one of each job available and so a gunfight ensues between the contenders. The results are calculated by adding a die roll to the number of guns you own, so there is a bit of luck involved.

36 to 1 Al?

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14. Board Game: Days of Steam [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:4943]
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This is a brilliant little train game which combines tile laying (think Carcassonne) and shipping goods (Age of Steam). I played this with Mike and Keith and we found the rules a little confusing to get to grips with. As a result we were a little unsure about it until about halfway through our first game. By then the penny was beginning to drop for all three of us, and we decided to have a second game. That game was nasty...

Added to my wish list.
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15. Board Game: Friday the 13th [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1632]
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A light card game in the style of No Thanks!, this was the perfect fun end of evening filler.

Added to wish list.
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16. Board Game: Shipyard [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:492]
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Played this for the second time. Not a game if you don't like rondels (I do) as it has 4!. This is one that having read the rules I just picked up at Essen and moved on to try out games I wasn't so sure about as I really liked the look of it.
You build ships and equip then for a shakedown cruise. You get points for crew and fittings added to your ship and at the end their are bonuses for government contracts. You each start with 6 contracts and discard down to two half way through the game. This sends all the players on different strategies which add to the game play.
My first game took 2.5 hours with no one having played it before so it was a bit frustrating spending 4 hours on this one.
I still like the game though and am looking forward to playing it again.
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17. Board Game: Colonia [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2253]
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Another Essen acquisition for me, got suckered into the collectors version as it looked so much nicer with little people rather than cubes.
This is a game best described in reverse! You win by acquiring relics which are worth varying amounts of victory points. You buy the relics with currency from the appropriate country. You acquire the currency by putting goods onto a ship that is sailing to that country. You acquire goods by dobbing up appropriate resources and you get resources at the market!

The interesting mechanism in this games is that the workers you use for an action remain committed until after you take the same action next time around. You have a reasonable amount of workers but you have to be careful not to run out a t a crucial moment.

I have played this 3 times now, twice with the correct rules! It suffers a bit from whether the right ships are in the harbour at the right time, but a nice big box game
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18. Board Game: Last Train to Wensleydale [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:1572]
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Another Essen acquisition, and one of the best. Maybe not as good as Steam but close. The interest in this game is when do you sell off your redundant track? Sell to early and you let your competitors in, hold on to the track and it hurts you every turn as you have to pay maintenance.
One of the best Martin Wallace games in a while if you ask me!

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19. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1095]
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OK, Dick forced me to play this one, then having sent Marie Antoinette to oblivion on his first go I was unable to promote her with my special card on my first turn and get the kudos for beheading her. From there it all went downhill with Dick getting a joint first with Luke in both the first and second game I was forced to suffer
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20. Board Game: Power Struggle [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1041]
Luke Moscrop
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I had brought this one (along with 'Vasco da Gama' which we didn't get to play).
This was new from Essen and got some good reviews and ended up quite high on the Fairplay polls.

Anyway, this is essentially an area control game set in a Company where you get to be chairmen, members of the board, divisional heads and department managers. There was some good interaction: bribing other players, as well as 'recruiting' other players employees away from other departments (when you lose your last employee, your department shuts down) and other things you can do to other players.
To win, be the first to get 4 VP's - that's it! Except each VP is hard to get and one of them might be to beat your arch rival (another player) in some areas.

I thought the ideas were good, but the first turn took AGES and I really think this game needs a play for everyone to understand what they are doing. No one was really sure what to do in the first half of the game and that means people lose a bit of interest for the remainder of the game.

I'm undecided about this at the moment. There's enough for me to want to play it again. We'll see.
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21. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:724]
Mark Rollings
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One of only two games on my Essen shopping list, this was sold out when I arrived on the third day. I paid rather a lot for one online and it arrived the day before P&P.

This was the first game of the day, and I found it as enjoyable as I expected from my research. A light card game - 30 minute filler or longer if you play to a set score. Has some nice mechanisms and neat scoring (you score negative the face value for cards you take, but only 1 point per card if you have most of that suit) but I think I need many more plays to work out the best strategy. In the first hand I got most of 4 out of 5 suits. Unfortunately not many cards were taken by any other players and my negative score was greater.

Passers-by commented on the nice artwork.
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22. Board Game: Alcazar [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:6755]
Mark Rollings
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Great bits make this a stunning game to look at. The rules are not that complicated but run to several pages and we didn't fully grasp them until near to the end, by which time we were all fed up with it.
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23. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:429]
Mark Rollings
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An old favourite. I play this as a 3er online and realised far too late that my usual strategy of buying buildings only if I have the correct money, otherwise filling my hand with money, does not work in a 5 player game. There are not enough turns to claw back the higher points to be had in the third scoring. I came last!
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24. Board Game: The Princes of Machu Picchu [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1276]
Tim Riley
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Seahaven
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My first game of the day and one that was new to me. It has since been added to my wishlist as I loved it. It has beautiful bits and an interesting "rondel" mechanism and theme. I did have some problems when my llama-loving sister discovered I had spent a morning sacrificing the beasties. It being new to all of us, it apparently took rather a long time, although it never seemed to drag for me. The scoring seemed a bit eccentric but it seems that after many hours we really did score only a handful of points so there was no cause for a llama. modest Thanks to new friends Steve and Chrissie for this. It was a pleasure to meet their chocolate biscuits them and I hope we will play again. I remain in the dark as to what two of our opponents found so hysterically funny during the game...
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25. Board Game: Giants [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1036]
Tim Riley
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This was my second play of this gorgeous looking game and I liked it just as much. I had forgotten most of the rules but not the beautiful components. The mechanisms soon came back to me which is sadly more than can be said for where I put my statues. This is one I would love to own. The production values are amazing with different sculpts for the different coloured minis for example. I've already forgotten who won (not me) although ironically I do now recall where I put my statues.
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