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2011-11-07 11:41 am
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Eminent Domain

The new shiny in boardgames in our house is Eminent Domain, a card game with a space colonization and conquest gloss. Boardgamegeek's page is here.

We played our first game last night with a three-hander. It took us the to-be-expected age and a half to get a grip on the rules. Much like Race for the Galaxy our first game was a lot longer than it says on the box. I expect future games to be quicker.

Sam seemed to get ahead in the Research action, Alai had the best Produce/Trade engine and I seemed to be ahead with the Colonize action. Despite our impressions during the game no one had an overall lead and it ended in a three-way draw at 30 points apiece. Sam took the game with the tie-breaker due to her sizeable fleet of fighters. Alai placed second on his stack of resources and I took third.

A good game and one I hope to play again soon.
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2011-08-09 10:53 am
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Recent (ok not so recent) boardgame sessions

Back at the beginning of July Alai and I played Lost Cities and I was handed my ass. Final score 37 to 7. Later in July we pulled out Ticket to Ride: Europe and Alai triumphed again. Final score Alai 135,
Myles 113 and Sam 56. So it was with mixed feelings that I trotted out my new acquisition, 7 Wonders recently. I played first in Dublin with Sam and my old friend Ian. Success! Final scores Ian 40, Sam 53 and Myles 62. Emboldened by this victory I pitched the game again Wednesday last when we were back in Cork. Alai dropped over and we played 7 Wonders for the second time. Final scores Alai 41, Sam 49 and Myles 54.

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2010-11-10 02:21 pm
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[boardgames] Glory to Rome 3 hander

We played Glory to Rome on Sunday after a longish boardgaming drought. This time we bit the bullet and played the full game with the building powers in effect. Perhaps it should have come with a warning. "Certain card combos may be very powerful or lead to degenerate play."

Sam managed to get a sweet synergy working between her Atrium, Circus Maximus and the Merchant action that meant she salted away a tidy 15 VPs in the vault, while achieving equal first place in buildings on 14 VPs from Influence. Neither Alai nor I could even approach her score.

Final scores were Sam 37, Alai 16, and Myles 14. Ouch!
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2010-09-30 10:10 am
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[boardgames] Glory to Rome and Ticket to Ride: Europe

A couple of recent games I forgot to post about. The first was Glory to Rome, the building Rome from hands of Whist game, which I won nicely with Myles 10, IK 7, Sam 6 and Alai 3. Not a lot in the vaults in this game, probably because a couple of stone buildings went up in the first turn and absorbed the blue cards for the first half of the game.

The other game was that old reliable Ticket to Ride: Europe. Sam had the hardest time in this, with a combination of short, cramped routes that meant a lot of low scoring lines. Alai did nicely with the longer lines and lucked out on his tickets, keeping and making all three from his only extra tickets draw. I didn't do so well, drawing three useless tickets, keeping one and failing to make even that. Final scores were Alai 66 + 59 = 125, Myles 54+10+40 = 104, and Sam 53 + 50 = 103.
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2010-08-31 02:21 pm
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[boardgames] Way-late Battle Line post

Played Battle Line with Alai nearly a week ago now, while Sam was hard at work on the EBS newsletter.

After some (re-)familiarizing ourselves with the rules we got stuck in, and soon had most of the flags under contention. I forgot the rule about playing no more than one Tactics card more than your opponent, but despite that, and drawing some very nice Tactics cards to boot, I got my ass handed to me in the end. The final score was 5-2 in Alai's favour.

Nice game though, with hard decisions in the classic Knizia style, and lovely components from GMT. Unfortunately the lovely components include cards printed on such heavy stock that riffle shuffling is almost impossible. It will have to be the smush 'em about in a heap method next time.
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2010-07-26 10:30 am
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[boardgames] Revolution 3-hander

Late with the report from Sunday two weekends ago, but three of the usual suspects got together and played the new boardgame Revolution from Steve Jackson Games. It's an area majority and blind bidding game where you dole out your bids (force, blackmail and gold) secretly to up to six of the 12 upstanding or not so upstanding individuals in the town and secure their support in the coming revolution. Force beats any amount of blackmail, and blackmail trumps gold in the same fashion. Your starting tokens (one force, one blackmail and three gold) aren't guaranteed in the second and subsequent rounds. The people you strongarm, blackmail or bribe provide tokens for the next round as well as influence in one of the board's seven areas, and a certain amount of 'support', the game's actual victory points.

So we got stuck in without too much difficulty and cursed our groupthink when we bid on the same roles (ties are discarded), and giggled happily when we outbid the others or snapped up a good role for a song. The endgame did seem to be a bit prone to kingmaking and sudden reversals of position, but I enjoyed it. Of course that may have been because I won. Final scores: Myles 182, Sam 162 and Alai 121.
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2010-06-30 04:10 pm
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[boardgames] Carcassonne Hunters & Gatherers 3-hander

We played a game of Carcassonne Hunters & Gatherers with Alai on Sunday evening. It was about the most patchy board I've seen, with many more voids than normal and long tendrils of wood and meadow spreading out in all directions.

Sam was rather screwed by a meadow passing to Alai when he pulled the shrine tile, and new meadow opportunities didn't really ever approach that meadow she lost. Lots of rivers scored and some respectable fishing huts for once.

Final scores: Alai 136, Myles 127, Sam 93.
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2010-06-25 12:03 pm
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[boardgames] Bohnanza 4 hander

Had the gang round on Wednesday night for boardgames, and after much faffing about on my part we settled on Bohnanza. Played quite quickly, lots of good trades, and those bloody garden beans moved around a lot. Final scores were Alai 15, Kate 15, Myles 16 and Sam the victor with 18.
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2010-06-17 10:12 am

[boardgames] Atlantic Star

We played Dirk Henn's Atlantic Star last night with Kate and Alai. It's a set collection game with a ocean cruise theme. Each round you decide to take a card or play a set. The card choice of one of four face-up cards, with rising prices the further 'up the chain' they are. You can also pay to sweep all the cards. There's a conversion of the values of the cards into victory points depending on where you place your completed set on a grid and the score of that particular set (a cruise).

I found the game extremely frustrating, with each round's play essentially unimportant to me until it became my turn, as the other players' actions (choosing cards and sweeping the cards) meant that I couldn't really plan on having any given card available to me. The additional restriction of a varying hand-size limit depending on which cruise you were attempting combined with sometimes painful randomness of the cards coming up just left me cold.

As you can see from the scores, I did abysmally and that certainly coloured my feelings about the game. It's hard to be objective as I didn't ever feel I had a chance to win. The game play seemed to be continuous rounds of disappointment as needed cards disappeared and draws failed to provide the needed replacements.

Final scores: Alai 54, Sam 46, Kate 35 and Myles 18, and that with Alai managing to confuse one cruise for another and being forced into a cost-ineffective incomplete set for one of the cruises.
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2010-06-14 12:16 pm
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[boardgames] Attika 4-hander

We had Alai and Kate round on Sunday night and pulled out Attika to give it a go with four players. Sam got off to a poor start but caught up nicely. We had lots of blocking and all the land tiles were out, and it went down to the wire in the last round.

I won by building out, but Sam closely behind with three streets ready to finish on the turn. Kate was a turn behind due to a shortage of cards.

Good game, especially for me obviously.
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2010-06-07 12:57 pm
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[boardgames] Incan Gold

We had a real gang of friends round to play boardgames last night. Ivan, Suzanna, Irene and Ian were down from Dublin, and we met them in Fota for picnic during the day. A good time was had by all I think.

In the evening after the kids were off to bed Ivan, Irene and Ian dropped round to join Alai and Kate to make a total of seven for games. I scratched my head and poked around until I found Incan Gold, which plays up to 8.

After explaining the rules and making our tents we got down to play. Quickly Sam established a pattern of cautious play, making for the exit once a reasonable number of points were available. This was only partly because of her dramatic reaction to the revelation of the Snake cards. The first game ended Myles 24, Kate 22, Ian 21, Sam 18 and Alai, Irene and Ivan all on 14.

The second game was initially lower scoring, with piles of hazard cards coming out early, but the artifacts were more plentiful later on and the final scores were Alex 31, Sam 25, Ivan 21, Ian 17, Irene 17, Kate 15 and Myles a pitiful 13.

Good fast games, made better by lively table talk and poor Pedro the bearer, who in our stories ended up set on fire, turned into zombie, trapped in a landslide and eaten by spiders.
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2010-05-11 11:33 am
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[boardgames] Attika 3-hander - the reprise

Last Sunday we pulled out Attika for a second game before our memories of the rules faded. We set up without problems and got rolling with a rather uneven starting draw. Both Alai and I drew our capitals as our first black tile while Sam was without Thebes until she reached the bottom of her stack.

We played more defensively this time, blocking with each shrine with our buildings as best we could. The additional land gave me a run for Sam's shrine but I wasn't able to bridge the gap and Sam blocked me easily. Then Alai placed land allowing for a run for my shrine. I couldn't stop him, nor could Sam. I think now I should have defended my shrine with land tile rather than reach for Sam's shrine with it but them's the breaks.

Good game, and over in about an hour. I must try the 2-hander with Sam.
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2010-05-04 11:17 am
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[boardgames] Attika 3-hander

We had [profile] alaimacerc round last night to play Attika last night, the first outing for that game at our table in several years. We caught up with the rules without too much trouble and got down to playing tiles and giving out about the shortage of water in good time.

The initial (over-)analysis didn't last too long and we got into the swing of things without too much trouble. Sam and Alai both started off close to a shrine and built out from there. I ended up in between to take advantage of resources on the map and lost the momentum for the shrine connecting race early only to recoup somewhat as I got my capital, Athens, down as a second settlement before either Sparta or Corinth made an appearance.

The placing of extra land was my undoing however, as I mistimed the new expansions land so that they benefitted the other players more than myself and I was left short of cards to block a double run for the shrine behind Athens. I managed to block Alai twice, but Sam's snakey-sneaky buildings from Sparta just managed to connect and won her the game.

Good fun game, though, and I'd like to play it again before my memory fades.
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2010-04-11 11:06 am
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[boardgames] Wednesday's game (late)

We had Alai round on Wednesday with his copy of San Marco. We reminded ourselves of the rules and got stuck in, with tea and cake to fortify ourselves against the upcoming banishments.

The game seemed rather one-sided, and I took an early lead that never really looked threatened as we played through the three passages of Doge round the city. I like the 'I divide, you choose' mechanic, but it did seem to engender some bitter comment, probably not helped by my romping home quite so resoundingly.

Final scores were Myles 64, Sam 44 and Alai 37.

Haven't played El Grande or Wongar in years. I wonder how they hold up in comparison to this one.
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2010-04-07 10:26 am
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[boardgames] Sunday Trains

Sunday night boardgaming was Ticket to Ride: Europre with Alaimacerc. For some reason we seemed to mostly start in Iberia. This prompted early track laying and a unwanted detour through Marseilles for me. We all stuck together working our way up through France but split up at Berlin or thereabouts for different destinations. As I was aiming for somewhere in the Baltic I kept going. I was sure I was going to win until quite late into the game when I spent trains on a 7-pt track I didn't need to and left myself short of a ticket later on, costing me 12 points. A late grab for tickets was painfully crap and I only made one, that needing a station to complete and all.

Final scores were: Myles 109, Alai 118, Sam 125. Sam and Alai made 51 and 52 in tickets respectively, I made 28. Grr.
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2010-04-01 12:25 pm
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[boardgames] Wednesday boardgaming with friends, at last

After a long break from Wednesday night boardgames with the Gang of Four, [personal profile] irishkate was back in Cork to join [profile] alaimacerc and us for a game of Carcassonne: Hunters & Gatherers.

It was a fairly lacy board by the end, with more voids than I'm used to. Lots of complaints about damn tiles, blocking moves and so on, and the luck of draw did seem to be fickle.

Final scores Alai 70, Sam 85, Irishkate 99 and Myles 112. Yay me!
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2010-03-08 09:17 am
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[boardgames] Sunday night gaming

For the first time in a good while we had [profile] alaimacerc round on for Sunday night boardgaming. We played Trias, the little dinosaurs and break-up of Pangea game. Pangea certainly broke up, with the central continent fairly quickly separating into several mid-sized landmasses and a couple of tiddlers. Sam took sole possession of a pair of 5 or 6 hex continents that ended up connected, while we all fought over two other larger masses. In the end game I was sidelined on both, ending up in second place one and swimming desperately to joint first place on another. Final scores were Sam 31, Myles 29 and Alai 24.
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2010-01-27 11:59 am
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[boardgames] Catching up with two trains

The last couple of Sundays we played TransAmerica and Ticket to Ride: Europe with [profile] alaimacerc. I won the TransAmerica handily, more or less by pure luck.

The TtR:E game was more interesting, with a bit of a struggle in and around Berlin, and crappy tickets for all three of us. Sam managed a nice network out of the Balkans and took the longest route bonus easily. Alai was royally shafted by his tickets, unfortunately.

Final scores were Alai 71 (including -23 missing tickets), Myles 104 (45 in tickets) and Sam 118 (38 in tickets + 10 for longest route).
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2010-01-12 10:12 am
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[boardgames] Puerto Rico 3-hander

Had [profile] alaimacerc round on Sunday for curry and boardgames. He made the slog through the snow and slush so we broke out my new copy of Puerto Rico, a Christmas present from my wife.

It was a heavy shipping game, with surprisingly weak building from me and Alai. We ran out the VPs to end the game. Final scores were Alai 28vp+18bldg = 46, Myles 37vp+19bldg = 56, Sam 26vp+31bldg = 57! Sam was the only one to get any of the 4-pt building manned, which netted her 13 points. Pipped at the post, but a nicely close game in the end.
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2009-12-14 11:34 am
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[boardgames] Carcassonne: Hunters & Gatherers

We had [profile] alaimacerc and [personal profile] irishkate round last for a game of Carcassonne: Hunters & Gatherers. This was the first time in a long time that we'd played C:H&G and [personal profile] irishkate's first exposure to the Carcassonne oeuvre.

As usual the bloody tiles never turned up when we wanted them and I was overcautious about placing my fishing huts. Nonetheless I took an early lead with a great little fishing river that just kept branching.

Alai then pulled ahead, on forests I think, while Sam did very nicely by playing the long game and grabbed one large meadow and secured it with two hunters to Alai's one, and managed to get onto the extensive river system I had a hut on for more points there.

Final scores were Irishkate 71, Alai 74, Myles 83 and Sam 98. Well done Sam! Must play it again soon. I like tile laying and I love the tile artwork.