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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
Joshua Acosta
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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
Richard Martin
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Kansas City
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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
Andrew J.
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Ok, jury duty over and didn't get selected, so I have some time back at the house to write this up. Great week, got some solo gaming in throughout the week, had a big mostly 2P session with my buddy Jon on Monday, and had our game night 2017 kickoff this Saturday, with 13 people there. All in all, I'm totally satisfied with the week!

 8.0   Russian Railroads
Russian Railroads really does it for Jon and I -- wives, not so much. Alisha really dislikes the game, and it's too heavy for game nights so we wanted a chance to play it, and also try out the 2P mode. I specialized heavily on the lowest track and on engineers, with some industry. Jon focused on industry and some tracks but it wasn't enough to save him -- I got a bunch of points from the 1 train converted into a factory for my best score ever: 398. Really wanting the expansion for this one soon.
Final score: me 398 Jon 316

 8.0   Kingdom Builder
After Russian Railroads, Jon got back at me with a slaughter in kingdom builder. Our scoring cards were the points for each horizontal line, the points for being along water, and the points for having separate settlement areas. I did all right in castles, beating him by three points, and we both maxed out our horizontal lines, but he destroyed me both in fishermen and in separate settlement areas. Wasn't even close, but man I love this game.
Final score: Jon 83, me 67

 6.0   Serica: Plains of Dust NEW!
With rules explanation, this took us longer than Russian Railroads! Jon picked it up off the shelf and we gave it a try. It was pretty fun, I like the hybrid deck-builder and tableau-builder (feels like Glory to Rome) but Rome is overpowered in this game -- in a game-breaking way. My ability to get defense cards killed Jon (even though we only drew one bandit the whole game). I think the game needs a tweak to have an extra bonus for the Chinese -- perhaps an extra point for each good successfully shipped? That emphasizes the risk but also the reward of shipping goods across the desert. Don't know if we'll try again, though.
Final score: me 50, Jon 30

 8.0   Quadropolis
Tried out Quadropolis three-player when Ashley arrived. This was pretty fun, though much, much tighter than the two-player version. I would still like to try the expert mode. Couldn't get anything going this time around, and didn't specialize enough in my harbors to make a dent. Ashley thought she'd won but we forgot to score victory points so Jon actually won by a single point.
Final scores: Jon 55, Ashley 54, me 50

 6.0   Paris Connection NEW!
We tried Paris Connection, and boy this is a weird game. For one thing, it feels like minimal effort was put into updating SNCF. There were some nice touches that could have been added (better player screens) or better color differentiation that would have gone a long way.

We enjoyed this game, but also found it weird how our ending descended into six almost identical railways (11,11,11,10,9) and the game ended with a standoff of people trading their stocks out to strategically gain one or two points. In the end, those who had fifteen railways won the game and those of us with 14 came a few points behind. Unsatisfying, but I'd like to try different strategies in the future.
Final scores: Jon 150, Alisha 150, Andrew 149, Ashley 147

 10.   Escape: The Curse of the Temple x2
Here is a stunning example of why I love this game. In our first game, we picked three quests at random and they were really challenging. As the time wound down, we were barely able to get out, one by one -- because five keys was our barrier! One person got out, chucking a die to one person, chucking a die to the next person, as I rolled key after key for everyone else, finally receiving a die to roll my own five keys and escape only seconds before the door slammed shut! This is the sort of match we'll be talking about for months to come.

Oh, and we lost the second game. But that's life.

 10.   Snooker Solitaire
2017 is really starting out well in terms of gaming. My first play of Snooker Solitaire and I grabbed a tournament win (only my third in 14 plays, I believe). Not only that, but this session had all the best the game had to offer. Heartbreaking fouls seemed to doom me, until on four separate occasions I sunk long colors with lucky rolls. This had all the thrills and spills of a full snooker tournament, and I continue to love the personality of the opponents. Truly a masterful game from Mark Tuck.

Round One: beat Billy Yards (7) 41-27
Round Two: beat Eddy Collins (5) 39-32
Quarter-Final: beat Tony Thompson (4) 49-37
Semi-Final: beat Jimmy Potter (2) 56-41
Final: beat Joe Lewis (3) 60-44 (52 break)

The quarter-final was an incredibly tight match against Tony 'Typhoon' Thompson, who sunk some fantastic pots to pull ahead, 37-31, with only the three highest colors remaining. Obviously, you can tell I needed the black. I sunk the blue and the pink to pull into the lead, but the black lay all the way across the table. I was out of power AND chalk -- and the required power? 6. The crowd goes wild!

The final was calm by comparison, as I racked up a 52 point break against Joe Lewis, sealing the match. He returned to the table, but actually failed to escape the snooker I had left, granting me 4 more points. I sunk a few more to run away with the match, 60-44.

 8.0   The Shooting Party
This was a great start to 2017 gaming as I walked away with a win, which doesn't happen often in this lightweight puzzle. In round one I laid down two queens with aces, and in the next round got the third queen. In the final round I exploited an early three of a kind to get an odd number of cards in my hand, along with the Queen of Spades. Then it was just a matter of sitting patiently until the right combo came along, and it did, with three cards to spare

 10.   Snooker Solitaire
A decent showing at today's Snooker Tournament, but got destroyed in the quarter-final by bad ball placement. Just couldn't stretch out a win.

Round One: Beat Rick O'Shea 60-1
Round Two: Beat Billy Yards 36-25 (potted last four balls, including a black on a six roll, to take the lead by one point)
Quarter-Final: Lost to Jimmy Potter 70-25

 N/A   Traditional Card Games NEW!
I've been trying out Golf (solitaire) and though there's no entry for it it's a pretty enjoyable solitaire game. Played nine rounds -- par is 45 and I did pretty horribly. If you take out my first disastrous two rounds and average the remaining seven, my result would have been 10 over par, which is far, far better than 24 over par. But live and learn.

Results:
12, 18, 1, 10, 7, 9, 1, 3, 8
Total:
69 (24 over par)

 6.0   Two Rooms and a Boom x2
We kicked off our Saturday game night with a white elephant gift exchange (Russian Christmas is the 7th, so we felt justified even though it was late) which was fun, and then brought out this light little social game. I enjoy this game, but I still feel like it's just ultimately a coin flip at the last round.
Final scores: Played two rounds -- REDS won the first and WHITES won the second.

 8.0   Imagine x2
We split -- half played Imagine twice -- I don't think they kept score.

 6.0   Paris Connection NEW!
We tried this one again, this time with 6 players, and it went a lot better. We didn't get the paralyzing endgame and everything was tense with so many people going before you. Was fun to scope out who your allies were and try to help them out while hurting others -- but in the end, the guy who stuck to himself and didn't hurt anyone won the game. Hmmmm, life lesson maybe? 
Final scores: James 100, Andrew 95, Nathan 95, Jon 92, Ashley 83, Stephen 78

 8.0   Dixit
Ended the night with a nice round of Dixit with the remaining folks. Alisha and I went to Tabletop games as my Christmas present and picked up Dixit #7 -- it was either that or Fairy Tale but I went for Dixit because it's her favorite game. Plus, having a new expansion made me actually excited to play Dixit again. We had a great time, and though I didn't get the win it was fun to dust this one off (of course, Alisha plays it almost every week so it's not dusty at all for her)
Final scores: Stephen 30, Alisha 29, Grace 29, James 27, me 25, Megan 21, Nathan 14

 8.0   Carcassonne
I suggested a game of Carc (Alisha's favorite) to try to distract her from her student teaching woes, but it didn't really work as she didn't play very well, by her own admission. Still, it was nice to do something together, and we ended up having some friends over in the evening, so we did get her mind off it all in the end
Final scores: me 104, Alisha 70

 8.0   Quadropolis
We called up Grace and Stephen and they came over for dinner after church in the evening. Great conversation, just fun to hang out with good friends, and we introduced them to Quadropolis at the end of the night. It was a challenge to play four-player, but Alisha decided that she prefers other games, because you end up going for the same strategy every time in Quadropolis. I won handily with harbors -- perhaps she's right? Time will tell, still want to play this one more before I judge it.
Final scores: me 59, Grace 41, Stephen 41, Alisha 31

That's 20 total plays from 13 different games -- a phenomenal week for me!
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Richard Martin
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Kansas City
Missouri
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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
Joshua Acosta
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Washington
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Played on: January 2, 2017
Player Count: 5
Location: Crystal City Shops
Number of Plays: 1
Win?: No. Score 114 (Winner 136)

laugh Loved it

I picked this game up on Amazon's Christmas 2016 Queen Games clearance sale for quite the steal. Originally listed at $62.99, this game was on sale for only $12.60 when I ordered it on December 25, 2016. Actually arrived on my doorstep on December 31, 2016, so this game does not make it to my Purchases and Acquisitions GeekList.

The Arlington, VA "Beer & Board Games" Meetup group hosted a New Year's all-day gaming meetup from 12-10PM, and my wife and I couldn't show up until around 5PM.

After our four 2-player games of Codenames: Pictures, we set up Paris Connection hoping for someone else to happen by and join. Eventually we were joined by 3 others, with each of whom we had not previously gamed.

For starters, I love how simple the game is to explain. I was able to teach, setup, and begin gameplay with the 5 of us in just about 5 minutes flat. Initially, the game is difficult to explain for the simple fact that the very hexed-out map layout of the board makes the game appear... I don't know... DIFFERENT than what it actually ends up being. I found that setting up the game as described in the rulebook with everyone receiving their starting trains and having the rest of the trains on the reserve boards made explanation of the game a breeze.

I guess when it comes down to it, I love this game for its simplicity, the way it allows for easy and jovial conversation at the table, its fast gameplay, but also its weighty and stressful decisions toward the end of the game. For me, this game "scratches the itch"... It did for me emotionally what a more weighty and chunkier 1.5-2 hour game might do, but in a much quicker play time.

I am really looking forward to getting this game to the table again in the near future and trying out different strategies with different play groups.

Subsequent plays:
January 18, 2017
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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
Josh
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Is this a heavy game? Well, I did buy it because I learned that it was on sale via the HC guild, so that sorta counts. Also, it's heavy if you are 9.

I played this with my wife (who prefers heavier stuff) and older daughter.
"What color am I?"
"In some games you aren't a color."
"Whaaa-?"

I was someone who played Chicago Express right after Queen published it, and literally had no idea what the hell was going on. I was happy to see that everyone understood the basics of PE after the first game.

In the first game I rushed Marseille (an endgame condition) just to see what would happen, and it was over within five minutes with a solid win for me. Everyone then understood how the simple "stock market" worked, and in the second (25 min) game my daughter won by having a more diverse portfolio. Everyone enjoyed the push-pull that occurs from using trains to increase value which in turn makes it harder to "invest" in that color as the game progresses.

Downside: Setup is a pain.
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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
Jirian Jirian
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Jerry Wilkinson
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New Castle
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2011 Queen Games Multilingual second edition

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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
David Drake
United States
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California
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Condition: New In Shrink
Shipping: Free to any US State
 
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Scott Yavorski
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Kannapolis
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Opened and punched, played once.
 
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Mark L
United States
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Edition: Queen / English
Condition: NIS
 
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Kentucky
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Played twice. Good condition.
 
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United States
Little Rock
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Condition: New in shrink
Language: Multilingual (English included) first edition
Edition: 2011
Publisher: Queen Games
 
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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
Jill Pearon
United States
Potsdam
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Kickstarter 2016 edition
Played once, everything in great shape
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Denis Yanishevskiy
United States
Doylestown
Pennsylvania
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Opened, never played
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I wrote this in the comments after my lunch run:

I stopped by a Goodwill today. Turned down the toys/games aisle to see a guy grab Istanbul off the shelf.

Bummer. But he said he visits BGG occasionally and loves Kingdom Builder, so at least it went to a good home and not a reseller.


The thrift gods smiled on me though. I found this in shrink for $4.49 after work. Sounds like it could be fun. If not all the train meeples will come in handy anyway.
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== NEW GAMES ==

December was a solid month: nothing mindblowing but good gaming nonetheless.

Paris Connection - 4 plays -  7 
First Published 2010


Best game of the month was this quick train themed filler for gamers. Each player starts with a number of randomly chosen shares behind their screens. You only have two actions you can take during your turn: build track or buy/exchange shares. The jig is that the train pieces which are used to build track are also the shares. This makes it so that the more track there is on a board the less shares there are available for that company.

This simple ruleset leads to an impressive amount of depth in the gameplay. At first the game seems simple but after a few rounds you start to see the nuances. Should you invest now on a potentially valuable company or build a track to increase the value on a company youy have lots of shares in or make other people think you have shares on it. The decisions can be tense when you consider the possibilities. I definitely prefer this over Ticket to Ride when playing with experienced gamers.

Only downside is the somewhat tedious set-up but that is manageable when everyone at the table participates in sorting the train pieces after the initial random share pulling from the bag. The box is pretty big too.


Catan - 3 plays - 7
First Published 1995


Finally got to play this classic. It's easy to play and the trading brings nice interaction and keeps people involved on every turn. It's sometimes frustrating to be at the mercy of the die rolls and end up with do-nothing turns. This is why it felt a bit long for what it is but not too much so. We played with three and four players and I think it worked well with both. Definitely a good gateway game. Perhaps the expansions could spice things up a bit?


Tokaido - 2 plays -  6 
First Published 2012


Alright first the good things: the game looks great. I also like the turn order mechanism which is the same as in Patchwork and Glen More. But. Unlike in those games it doesn't lead to interesting decisions because all the spots are roughly equal in (vp) value. You almost never want to skip many spaces because then you give away too many points. And because every space is equal the winner is mostly decided by luck of the draw. There are some decisions to be made but they are not tense. This can be a good thing if you just want to take a break between meatier games. I can see it also being a good gateway game.


Salaisuuksien saari - 2 plays -  6 
First Published 2010


I bought this so I could play it with my girlfriend and it works well at that. It's a co-op, easy to grasp and pretty to look at so a perfect gateway game (for couples). Way too easy for gamers. I'm hoping after we get enough of this we could perhaps move to Forbidden Desert and Pandemic.


CV - 1 play -  5 
First Published 2013


This is also a part of my master plan to make my GF a boardgamer. Theme is fun and the gameplay is easy but this suffered the same fate as King of Tokyo: I'm just not a fan of simple dice chuckers. I think she liked it more than me but still we both preferred Forbidden Island over this. The rulebook could also be better.


Camel Up! - 1 play -  N/A 
First Published 2014


Santa brought this and I managed to get one three player game under my belt. It needs more players but I enjoyed it. I can see this leading to some memorable moments when people get into the betting. Can't wait to play this with more players to see how it goes.
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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
Christophe Fergeau
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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
Mindy Kyrkos
United States
Sunnyside
New York
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It was the Police Patrols, snooping into people’s windows. The patrols did not matter however. Only the Thought Police mattered.
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After Roads & Boats, Vassili was talking IT with one of the other players, and I decided to wander about and check out what was going on in nearby rooms. I found Mac from the R&B game about to start this game with a few others so I jumped in.

The players:
Mac Mcleod
United States
houston
Texas
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Mike Lucas
United States
Houston
Texas
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Kymmie Meeple
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Devers
TX
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Melissa Sammy
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Alabama
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Edward Gorzek
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Houston
Texas
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An interesting stock and route building game where you have to balance using your train markers to advance the routes that you're invested in, while holding on to them or trading up for better ones to make sure you have stock in the most valuable routes. I thought I had a pretty decent strategy going even though I didn't expect to win, but with a 5th place finish obviously I need another play to really get it.

Final scores:

Mac - 119
Mike - 104
Kim - 104
Melissa - 98
Mindy - 96
Edward - 69

My rating:

 
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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
Brandon Seda
United States
Duluth
Georgia
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Really liked this one. Now very intrigued in the other Winsome Games. Plays quickly and I can teach to most gamers, yet it still has interesting decisions.
 
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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
chris broadbent
United States
Covington (Kent (Seattle))
Washington
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Fast and interesting. Having too many train-ples in Colin's version threw us for a loop.
 
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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
Denver Games
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Denver
Colorado
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Jill 93
Bill 85
Mike 79
Paul 65
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Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1109]
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