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11/25/2021 12:32:23 AM

JohnKerr
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Happy Thanksgiving, ABGers!




This Saturday, the 27th, is the fourth Saturday of the month, and, thankfully, a game day!




We can add pipeline to the list of recent additions.




Who is coming by and what do you want to play? Normal timing.


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edited by JohnKerr on 12/10/2021
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11/25/2021 1:01:43 AM

Larry L.
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I'll be showing up at 1 PM or a little earlier and should be able to stick around until the late evening. I'm still in love with Anno 1800, although I seem to be getting worse with it with each play! I always enjoy The Crew. And if anyone has anything else relatively new, I'd love to try it. I'll also be bringing a copy of The Grand Trunk Journey, a train game that takes a little over 2 hours to play. Hope to see a bunch of you there!
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11/25/2021 8:29:20 AM

rbynaker
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Not sure about Cheryl yet but I expect to be there shortly before 1pm. I'm hoping she will be up for at least an early game but she has a family function in the evening.

The newest things I have are Castles of Tuscany, Bonfire, Mariposas, The Crew 2, and Lost Cities Roll & Write. At the pace the hobby is going (or perhaps the much slower pace my life is going these days) I figure if the game is one I already know AND already have a copy of, it can't possibly be considered "new"! Still, LMK if anyone wants me to bring any of those.

I'd be up for learning at least one new game. I've been told I would like Lost Ruins of Arnak (so I watched a video, looks interesting). John's write up of Nidavellir sounded interesting right up until the word "bid" (I don't generally like auction games unless they're structured auctions like in Princes of Florence). I'd give it a try if it's not too auction heavy.

Rick
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11/25/2021 9:56:31 AM

chrisbrandt
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I'm "possible" and would probably be a late arrival. Any of the games mentioned is fine with me. I'll bring Beyond the Sun if I come... just in case. Have a great Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for the games, but especially the gamers.
Chris
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11/25/2021 10:09:54 AM

Larry L.
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Rick, why don't you bring the Lost Cities Roll & Move, if you don't mind? I've heard good things about it and it could make a very nice opener.



My online gaming buddies are very enthusiastic about The Crew 2 and view it as an improvement on the original. OTOH, I haven't played all the hands in the first game, so unless there are folks who have and want to try something a little more challenging, I'm happy playing just the first Crew game.
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11/25/2021 10:31:01 AM

rbynaker
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Larry L. wrote:
Rick, why don't you bring the Lost Cities Roll & Move, if you don't mind? I've heard good things about it and it could make a very nice opener.


For a 2p I'd still rather play the original (2p Roll & Write you end up in all 6 expeditions). I've only played with 3+ a couple times and there are more interesting decisions about which expeditions to start/advance with more players. Happy to bring & teach.

Larry L. wrote:
My online gaming buddies are very enthusiastic about The Crew 2 and view it as an improvement on the original. OTOH, I haven't played all the hands in the first game, so unless there are folks who have and want to try something a little more challenging, I'm happy playing just the first Crew game.


I'm generally of the opinion that once you've played 2 you never need to go back to the original. The exception possibly being if I can get some of Cheryl's non-gaming family to play later today it will be Crew 1. Conveniently they both fit in the original box and the extra red/green communication tokens work really well in other games (i.e. Terraforming Mars) to signal "I've passed".

Rick
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11/25/2021 10:44:15 AM

rbynaker
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chrisbrandt wrote:
I'm "possible" and would probably be a late arrival. Any of the games mentioned is fine with me. I'll bring Beyond the Sun if I come... just in case. Have a great Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for the games, but especially the gamers.
Chris

I've also heard good things about Beyond the Sun. Maybe I'll look for a good video on BGG so I at least have a basic understanding of the game.
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11/25/2021 11:09:13 AM

Larry L.
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Beyond the Sun was my Game of the Year for 2020. Really good game and one I'm always happy to play.
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11/25/2021 3:27:33 PM

Oboewan
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Beyond the Sun has been great. I also thing Rick with like Lost Ruins of Arnak. Not sure yet if I’ll be able to come but I’ll try






Jeff

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"Who is the more foolish, the fool or the fool who posts after him?"
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11/27/2021 8:14:17 AM

egill
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I'll be by and bring Whistle Mountain. The whirlpool is treacherous so only play if you're a strong swimmer.
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11/27/2021 9:31:31 AM

Larry L.
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I'd love to try Whistle Mountain, Ed. I'll bring my rubber duckie flotation device!
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11/27/2021 10:12:46 AM

JohnKerr
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Sounds like we got:



In: Larry, Rick, Ed, Me

Out: Scott, Marvin (recent change)

Maybe: Jeff, Ben, Chris, Cheryl




Sounds like a great bunch!




I don't have any particular time I need to stop.




Mentioned possibilities for gaming: Whistle Mountain (Ed bringing), Lost cities, roll and move (rick bringing), Beyond the Sun (Chris, maybe bringing), the crew I and II (Rick?), The Grand Trunk Journey (Larry).




Of the newish, I have pipeline (played once), nidavellir (played several times), imperium: classics (never played), dune: imperium (others have played), anno: 1800 (played several times).




See you soon!
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11/27/2021 12:18:52 PM

chrisbrandt
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I'll be there. I'm going to try to get there by 1, but don't wait for me. I'll text with a closer time. I'm also planning for staying for two games.
Chris
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12/10/2021 1:14:38 PM

JohnKerr
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Thanks, everyone, for the amazing game day last time. We had the highest turn out since pre-covid days and it was a really great time.

It started with Jeff, Bob, Rick and Chris playing Dune: Imperium. Turned into a very close game, as both Jeff and Bob finished with 10, with Jeff breaking the tie (4 space vs Bob's 3). Rick finished with 7 and Chris 6.

They must have enjoyed it, as they launched into another game of it. This time it was just as close, but Bob pulled out the win at 10 with 4 space, vs Chris' 10 with 3 spice. Rick and Jeff also tied at 6, with 5 spice for Rick pulling ahead of Jeff's 4 spice.

Meanwhile, Mike, Ed, Larry and I were playing Anno 1800. It was an unusual game, with Mike attempting a people rush strategy, which centered around the free action card of using a turquoise guy to get 5 coins. In the process of pursuing that goal, he sped up the exhaustion of the supply of red guys, which turns out to be limited. In the end, Larry ended the game before he quite got his engine running, but another few turns and he likely would have been swimming in cash (turned into points). Larry's sterling performance led to a score of 102, with Ed and I with a not too close 2nd and third of 87 and 83. Mike ended up with a big pile of cash and a big stack of unfulfilled happiness cards, but still finished with a solid 74.

We then tried out Lost cities Roll and Write. It still felt mostly like lost cities with a little 'clever' like action chaining. A light game, but a fun filler. After I computed my score a few times, I came out in the lead with 320, with Mike close behind at 315. Ed finished with 235 and Larry 195.

At that point, we mixed it back up and Chris taught Lost Ruins of Arnak to Rick, with me joining in. We played the "basic" side and I think some early assistants helped propel me to the win. By the end, we had killed all but one of the level 2 and one of the level 1 monsters! i was the only one to buy a tablet, which was the difference between first at 75 and chris' 2nd at 67. Rick was a quick learner and came in at 52.

Meanwhile, Ed had brought Whistle Mountain and taught it (thanks Ed!). I was able to observe the end of the game, but all I really picked up was that a lot of meeples drowned and folks were not so sure about the game. It looked interesting, but not sure it passed muster. Bob won decisively at 85, with a close run for 2nd, with Larry at 70, Mike 68 and Ed 67.

Thanks again to everyone!
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