Halesowen Boardgamers January 2011
Andy Evans
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Solihull
West Midlands
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This is a geeklist of the games we played in January 2011.
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1. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:787]
Board Game: Antike
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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05 January

I've only played this once - a 6 player game that ended in a bit of a stalemate. (depending on you you talk too!)

No such problem here:

1. Gordon 9
2. Dave F 7
3. Andy S 6
=3 Mike 6

 
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2. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:680]
Board Game: Union Pacific
Andy Evans
United Kingdom
Solihull
West Midlands
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05 January

An oldie but goodie that starts off quite sedately but steadily ramps up the tension as the game goes on, partly due to the random placement of the Dividend cards which determine when investments pay off and timing of the end of the game.

The game was pretty close, I managed to just pip Steve and Dave to control of the Red and Green companies which pushed me into 1st place.

1. Andy E 139
2. Steve H 131
3. Dave D 124
4. Claire 106
 
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3. 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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05 January

I enjoyed this more this week. Mainly because it was a filler to end the night and not the main event.

1. Andy E 65
2. Dave D 53
3. Steve H 47
4. Claire 45
 
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4. Board Game: Animal Olympics [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:14702]
Board Game: Animal Olympics
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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05 January

Not sure why I like this game but I do.

1. Gordon
2. Dave F
2. Andy S
2. Mike
 
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5. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:81]
Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
Gordon Robinson
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Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
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12 January

I have no idea of the results on this but it's Battlestar Galactica so who cares

Dave D
Steve H
Dave C
Ben C
Edit + Mike
 
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6. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:414]
Board Game: Egizia
Gordon Robinson
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Sutton Coldfield
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12 January

This is my second playing of Egizia and I still have not played a game where all the rules were played correctly but this does not stop me from declaring that this is a great game with its own unique feel mainly created by the "can't go back up the river" mechanic. It is a professional piece of design with a novel twist that can proudly stand alongside Vasco De Gama, Macao, Endeavor and 20th Century.

1st Gordon
2nd Dave F (1 pt behind)
3rd Donald
 
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7. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:98] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
Board Game: Dominion
Gordon Robinson
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Sutton Coldfield
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12 January

At the end of the evening we bashed out a game of Dominion using the basic cards. The main action cards brought were the Market and the Militia. Dave did seem to have a Moat tattooed to the palm of his hand which saved him going down to 3 cards on several occasions. My Library did a neat job of putting my hand back up after Militia attacks.

Gordon
Dave F
Donald
 
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8. Board Game: Power Grid: Russia & Japan [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
Board Game: Power Grid: Russia & Japan
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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19 January

A play on the Russia board.

Please refer to the blog linked in the geeklist header for more details, scores were:

1 Dave D 15
2 Paul 14
3 Donald 11
4 Steve Pe 11
5 Steve H 10
 
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9. 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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19 January

2 more games of 7 Wonders

1 Paul 66
2 Steve Pe 54
3 Steve H 53
4 Dave D 48
5 Donald 46

1 Steve Pe 66
2 Donald 57
3 Steve H 48
4 Paul 38
 
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10. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:460]
Board Game: Colosseum
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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19 January

Not a game I'm familiar with. A good win for Claire.

1 Claire 87
2 Dave F 76
3 Nigel 73
4 Mike 55
5 Andrew S 51

 
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11. Board Game: 20th Century [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1706]
Board Game: 20th Century
Andy Evans
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Solihull
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26 January

I've been wanting to play this for awhile as I tend to like auction games. I wasn't quite sure what I was doing at the start but my sub-conscious mind must've had things under control as it set me up quite nicely. It ended up quite closely as Mike's citizens were clearly very happy about him building a city in the shape of a doughnut whilst mine were quite indifferent to the wealth I had created.

1. Andy E 113
2. Mike 109
3. Andy S 85
4. Claire 78
5. Don S 68

I'm not quite sure if I like it yet. I like auctions and I like building stuff but there's a bit too much of just doing your own thing in your own little world. The 20th Century saw a huge increase in intl travel and globalisation. Now if you could link each others cities together and have some interdependencies then you'd be on your way to a great game.
 
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12. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:393]
Board Game: London
Andy Evans
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26 January

Another play of Martin Wallace's new game. Please read the blog for a session report:

1 Donald 48
2 Steve H 46
3 Dave D 45
4 Dave F 32
 
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13. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:296]
Board Game: San Juan
Andy Evans
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26 January

I shouldn't really like this game using my usual rules of thumb for liking games ie strong spatial element, high levels of interaction but the short playing time, the non too idiosyncratic card set and the lack of downtime make this a decent game.


1 Dave F 33
2 Dave D 30
3 Steve H 18

As you can see a complete reversal in fortune from London with Donald not even on the same playing field (he'd gone home)
 
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