Halesowen Boardgamers December 2010
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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[url]http://www.halesowenboardgamers.blogspot.com/ [/url]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 December 2010.
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1. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:393]
Board Game: London
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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01 December

Another outing for the new Martin Wallace:

1. Steve H 76
2. Dave D 75
3. Mike 46
 
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2. Board Game: High Frontier [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1193] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
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01 December

Not generic Euro-fare, not by a longshot! Not played it myself but I have been tempted.

Did you manage to finish it? Worth buying?
 
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3. Board Game: Cat Blues [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:6380]
Board Game: Cat Blues
Andy Evans
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Solihull
West Midlands
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1st Steve H 10 pts
2nd Mike 5 pts

Comment from Mike:
first time I've played this 2 player, and it's actually very good. Game was very close, all hingeing on the last auction - had I won that I'd have won the whole game 8 - 7. Two player it becomes (pardon the pun) more 'cat and mouse', with players less likely to slap down melds as soon as they're made, because they know they'll soon win another auction - much less of a foregone conclusion with 3 or 4 players, of course.
 
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4. Board Game: Inca Empire [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:1622]
Board Game: Inca Empire
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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08 December

Finally got to play Inca Empire, one of my post-Essen purchases.

The game has an interesting mechanic where you play cards to effect play. However the cards are played on a board in-between 2 colours segments so that they always affect 2 players, either positively or negatively.

Then there's the building phase. You get VPs for conquering regions and building stuff. However you get also get VPs at the end of the period for being connected to other peoples buildings. So there's a trade off between having a lot space to conquer regions and build without benefitting others, and at the same time being close enough to the other player's networks to cadge off their efforts.

I bought the game becuase it ticked a lot of boxes for me:

- A strong spatial element;
- Lots of incentives for temporary alliances; and
- A strong screwage element.

It delivered on all of these but I need to make some change beofre playing next time.

a) I need larger player aids. The cards are done in a way so that they're language independent, but there's some scope for misinterpretation, as both Mike and Donald found out.

b) Warn players that most of their VPS will come from connecting to other player's buildings - so don't go charging off on your own. I think this mistake ruined the game for Mike. We all went up North, while he went South on his own.

All in all though, I think it is a great game, provided I sort out a) and b)

1. Andy E 128
2. Dave F 117
3. Donald 115
4. Mike 105
 
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5. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:393]
Board Game: London
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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08 December

Another outing for London.

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6. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:40]
Board Game: Power Grid
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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15 December

Another outing for Power grid, an old favourite at the club.

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7. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1194]
Board Game: Guillotine
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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15 December

It would seem that this has become a filler of choice at the club.

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8. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:61]
Board Game: 7 Wonders
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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22 December

Only a handful of us made it tonight because of the snow and it being a couple of days from Christmas.

We played a couple of games of this popular Essen 2010 release.

1. Mike 59
2. Steve H 47
3. Jonathan 46
4. Dave F 45
5. Andy E 39

1. Jonathan 50
2. Andy E 47
3. Steve H 43+
4. Mike 43
5. Dave F 41

This game really has some neat mechanisms, the drafting mechanism for instance really keeps downtime to a minimum. However I do have an issue with the game; the term multi-player solitaire gets bandied a lot around on BGG, and a lot of it is a bit unfair. However I think even the most ardent 7 Wonders fan, will struggle to argue against this term being applied to the game. Interaction is limited to being indirect, and almost completely incidental.

So although I think it's a good game, it's not one for me. I like games where you actually get to engage with the other players, not just pass time in their company, albeit in a pleasant manner.
 
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9. Board Game: Ur [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3074]
Board Game: Ur
Andy Evans
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22 December

Unfortunately we didn't get to have a full game of this as Mike had to leave - so therefore there's no scores.

This is one of the games where you have to play it for a bit before you can understand how it is to be played. It's an area control game, where the areas you control dictate what actions can be performed, and how effective they will be.

The board itself is a tableaux of 6x6 grid of tiles, and to play well you need to be able to spot patterns in these tiles to make best use of your actions. And being aware of these patterns can lead to some very smart moves being made, or conversely a disastrous move.

It'd be good to try a full game some time.
 
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10. Board Game: Power Grid: Russia & Japan [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
Board Game: Power Grid: Russia & Japan
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This was played on the last Wednesday of the month and Year, the 29th.

It was played on the Japan board and I think the scores were Dave D 16++, Steve P 16+, Steve H 16. Donald 15+, Mike 15.

A tight game with only 15 electros covering the top three if memory serves me.
 
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