Halesowen Boardgamers October 2010
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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http://www.halesowenboardgamers.blogspot.com/ We meet every Wednesday evening at 19:30 in Halesowen. If you fancy joining us please contact either DaveD or myself.

This is a geeklist of the games we played in October 2010.

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1. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:294]
Board Game: Notre Dame
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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06 October 2010

This is a Stefan Feld game, which is cause for excitement for some but not really for me. I'm afraid I just don't get the appeal of his games. However although I've not played it, this one like The Speicherstadt looks reasonably interesting, so I'm perfectly willing to make up the numbers at some point.

Steve H 61
Dave D 56
Dave F 39
Donald II 20
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2. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:431]
Board Game: Thurn and Taxis
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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06 October 2010

A game I've not played but definitely want to try at some point.

Dave F 27
Dave D 24
Donald II 14
Steve 11
 
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3. Board Game: 18GA [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:4724]
Board Game: 18GA
Andy Evans
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Solihull
West Midlands
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06 October 2010

Not a full game I'm afraid. It's a game we'd probably struggle to manage on a club evening without computer and/or pharmaceutical assistance.

Me and Donald the First have never played an 18XX game before (despite me amassing a small collection blush ) so it was just a learning game. And unlike many Euro games where you can be reasonably competitive after a brief rules explanation this requires a lot of learning - mainly the hard way!

Anyway really enjoyed giving it ago so mark me down for a full game of simple Series: 18xx like 18GA, 18AL et al at some point.

 
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4. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:204]
Board Game: Glory to Rome
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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13 October 2010

We managed two games of this although the first was just a learning game.

This is essentially an efficiency engine card game. And although a game matching that description is unlikely to get me fired up, like San Juan I found this to be a lot of fun.

I do however have some reservations about the card balance. I built some buildings which gave me a pretty awesome combination of powers.

If I played the legionary card it meant I could steal other peoples clientèle, which meant VPs for me and a crippling of the victims abilities and probably their strategies to boot. To add insult to injury I had another building making me invulnerable to retalitory attacks.

As I had those cards, it was officially funny, but I would've been pretty wound up by it if the shoe had been on the other foot.

Anyway I'm looking forward to playing it again sometime and I guess a few more plays are required to test if my fears regarding card balance are unfounded.

Learning game:
1. Dave F 7
2. Andy E 6
3. Dave D 5
4. Donald 3

Full game:
1. Andy E 26
2. Dave F 14
3. Donald 13
4. Dave F 9


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5. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1195]
Board Game: Guillotine
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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13 October 2010

We played two games of this filler that is probably about 10% strategy/tactics and 90% luck along one axis. And c. 80% fun, 20% annoying along the other axis. A good way to end the evening if you've not in the mood for anything too tasking.

1. Donald 15
2. Dave D 14
3. Dave F 13
=. Andy E 13

1. Dave F 12
2. Dave D 11
3. Andy E 8
4. Donald 6
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6. Board Game: A Brief History of the World [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2377]
Board Game: A Brief History of the World
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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13 October 2010

Steve H, Don S, Mike & Andy S played a 4 player game of this.

Edit: results now in:

Mike 164
Donald S 159
Andy S 141
Steve H 125


 
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7. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:332] [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
Board Game: Arkham Horror
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Solihull
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This HP Lovecraft inspired co-op was a first for me and Don. We were joined by Andy S and Dave D.

It's quite a long game as it is but add 2 new players along with a lot of components without the room to organise them effectively meant we were never going to play it in an evening.

Still it seemed quite interesting especially as I loved Cthulu related stuff as a teen. Worth playing again when we have more time and space.
 
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8. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:726]
Board Game: Louis XIV
Andy Evans
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20/10/10

The club discovered this game quite late, but had proved quite popular. I've only played it once but vaguely remember enjoying it!

1. Mike 41
2. Dave F 40
3. Donald 37
4. Steve H 29
 
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9. Board Game: Musketeers [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:6602]
Board Game: Musketeers
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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20/10/10

This bizarrely titled game sees players as investors in water companies competing for abstraction licences, building treatment plants and delivering water to their customers.*

1. Dave F 30
2. Mike 15
3. Steve H 12
4. Donald 9

1. Steve H 32
2. Donald 15
3. Mike 13
3. Dave F 13

* Or it might be a light filler card game themed on a Dumas novel. I haven't had to chance to check.
 
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10. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:431]
Board Game: Thurn and Taxis
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27 October 2010

This week we welcomed Claire to the club for first time.

Claire is relatively new to 'these games of ours' so we thought we'd be better off not going for a Series: 18xx variant and this fitted the bill nicely. Which I was also very happy with as I've been meaning to try it for a time.

This has often been compared to Ticket to Ride but I think a comparison to China is more apt. Anyway I like all those games and this was no different.

I thought I was doing well during the game but the scores suggest otherwise:

1. Donald 25
2. Dave D 24+
3. Claire 24
4. Andy E 22
 
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11. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:703]
Board Game: Santiago
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27 October 2010

This game isn't new but it's new to us. I had just picked it up from the Royal mail depot on the way to Halesowen. [waffle] I got it in a Maths trade, trading Hermagor for it, which went to ex(ish)-club member Steve Paget. [/waffle].

This is a tile laying auction game. Plantations are auctioned off and placed on the board. Then you attempt to bribe the Canal overseer to irrigate the plantation you just placed.

Another win for Donald:

1. Donald 129
2. Andy E 115
3. Dave D 103
4. Claire 93
 
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12. Board Game: Magnum Sal [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1734]
Board Game: Magnum Sal
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27 October 2010

Oh no! Not another game about Polish salt mining I hear you cry.

Well maybe not. This worker placement game is a new release from Essen.

1. Steve H 113
2. Mike 109
3. Steve P 99

 
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