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    Gaming Rage

    I've never seen it to that extent but i've definitely witnessed gamer frustration. One chap in particular who occasionally plays at our group takes mortal offence if he's targeted in any game when he's not in the lead. If you happen to do this he will then target you regardless of whether it helps him through the game or not. We don't tend to play many direct conflict games when he is there. Same player also loudly tells everyone how he has the worst possible luck when it comes to games with any form of luck, even small amounts. Played a game of Powerboats and because he got himself into a bit of pickle he dropped out of the race and passed all his turns. Another player absolutely abhors any randomness in games which can potentially result in something negative happening. We played a game of Factory Fun which has a bit of a real time mechanic of choosing tiles. If you choose badly you can discard the tile and lose five points, no biggie. He ended up, after a few turns, on a minus score even though the board doesn't have minus score placing and proceeded to tell everyone that the game was terrible and a waste of time. He then just randomly chose a tile, discarded it to take the penalty and sat with his arms folded going more and more redder in the cheeks. Incredibly awkward and felt like a teenager having a strop over nothing. Factory Fun is bloody awesome though and can be played online too. For me, I always have a little look at players reactions to certain events to see what causes them stress and then try to avoid games like that in the future so as not to make them not enjoy a game/evening. I played Dominant Species last night (amazing game) but one player got really flustered about having to choose an event card in front of everyone. He said it was because he had to try and work out how it affected the board after understanding the card and DS has wording like a lot of GMT wargames with specific nomenclature. It then didn't help that he had to choose another two cards in a row which seemed to exponentially make him more stressed. I find it interesting to see players reactions to cards they get in a draft or actions that they can choose from when its a pretty similar choice for everyone. I've too often heard players make a comment that a game is terrible because they had bad cards, whereas with the same choices one player absolutely romps a game. The difference between 'I had shit cards' and 'I made shit choices' can tell you a lot about someone I think.
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    Rllmuk goes to Alabama

    LaParka bought 1 share in TAG for $70 @Professor Rob
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    Nintendo Switch

    Recently been having issues with buttons registering on the joy cons. Is this an issue other people have had or have I got some duff controllers? Looking at buying a pro controller too, is £55 about the average price?
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    What are you playing?

    It's an evolution of TM apparently with slightly more complex mechanics. Friend who has played both says it's about 60% more complex than TM I'll pm you my address I didn't realise that you needed premium either! If you still fancy a go of it I'll get premium too
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    What are you playing?

    And TM is on boardgamearena if anyone fancies a game online
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    What are you playing?

    @Cosmic_Guru I'd be interested to read that the guy whose copy it was purposefully chose a difficult race to play (engineers) and came last. My one criticism is that the race you have can dictate how you play instead of letting you do your own thing. I had the ice Maidens and they're stronghold ability is to get 3 points per cathedral (the round ones) so I kind of focused on that and got a bit sidetracked. We drew two race tokens out of a bag and chose one of the potential four just so it didn't feel too unfair. @scottcr I've not played it yet but clans is on the horizon. There's a copy in the group and we've got an all dayer planned where it's been proposed to play
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    Rllmuk goes to Alabama

    Can you pass and then come back in when it gets back round to you? And God bless you for doing this
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    What are you playing?

    Played so many good games over the last few weeks, couple of highlights being: Terra Mystica - finally played this game and I can now see where all the praise comes from. Played it twice in as many weeks and both games were considerably different. We had the expansion races so there was always something different to look out for. The rules explanation took a while but really, the game is quite straightforward. You just don't have enough stuff to do everything you want to do. You put out the lowest level building which gives you workers, which you can upgrade to give you cash and power but since the original building goes back to your player board and covers up workers, you now get less workers to use with your cash. You're constantly juggling all the pieces together in your head. Also trying not to fall behind on the track (can't remember its name) which gives you power during the game and points at the end. I was surprised at how quick it was too with it having a set number of rounds. We're going to attempt Gaea Project in a few weeks Favelas - This doesn't seem to be on many radars but i'd put it in the same group as Azul and Sagrada. You're drafting tiles to build up your player board (favela town). Its played in three rounds and when a round ends you score points if you have the most showing of each of the five colours in the game. The points can be changed through the round by placing a coloured tile onto the same colour tile. you then get to change a dice up or down one pip. its interesting because if you want to increase red to 6 from five you have to place a red tile onto an existing tile, so for this turn your affecting the score but not increasing your majority. lovely components considering its whizz kids too! Formula Motor Racing - Nice small Knizia racing style game which can be pretty brutal. each player has two cars on a racing grid and you're playing cards to affect the positions. you can improve your position or screw with other players. you can be knocked out of the race too so wouldn't advise playing it with sensitive gamers. Out of three races only one of my cars finished a race Startups - Another Oink game small box and its so fiendishly simple. You have three cards in hand of different companies. Each company has different amount of shares and you're trying to become the majority shareholder at the end of the game. You draw from the deck or a discard pile in the middle of the table and then play a card in front of you. If you then have the most of that company you take the majority shareholder token which now means you can't draw that company from the discard pile which makes it harder to increase your majority. End of game occurs and everyone then plays the last three cards in their hand which could then change majorities. If you have a company card in front of you and you are not the majority owner you then pay that player coins to the amount of cards in front of you and they get a +2 bonus effectively for each coin received this way. I totally flubbed the first game because it wasn't making sense to me, once I saw it move, it just clicked and now i'm after a copy. New England Railways - Early Wallace train game with pick up and deliver, auctions and loans. Bloody love it.
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    Rllmuk goes to Alabama

    Sorry for taking so long, bit of a pants week. LaParka buys Tusc for $20 LaParka buys S&NA for $45 Professor Rob buys B&SLC for $75 MalevolentPanda buys M&C for $105 SimonC buys NDY for $125 LaParka has $435 Professor Rob has $425 MalevolentPanda has $395 SimonC has $375 ================== Start of Stock Round 1 ================== @Professor Robhas the Priority Deal
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    Rllmuk goes to Alabama

    Think i've done it correctly! should be @Professor Rob turn next
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    Rllmuk goes to Alabama

    I want to be able to bid on S&NA, so I have to set aside $45 to be able to participate in that potential auction? I'm passing on Tusc. If that's correct I'll load up the file and do the following: Bid $45 S&NA (exciting!)
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    General chatter - discuss anything here

    I'm interested, been talking with my group about possibly playing 1830 so any help in learning the ropes would be welcome!
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    Games Clubs

    Its been a fortnight since running the two groups (I say running, I mean harassing people on BGG and FB to turn up) and we've had between 14 and 9 people turning up to both evenings. This week was probably a little less because of the weather. We've had a good mix of games and people and I think people are enjoying themselves because most come back or are planning too so far the games that have been played have included: 6Nimmt! Sagrada, Taj Mahal, Thurn and Taxis, Ethnos, Vast: Crystal Cavern. Kanagawa, Poison, Trickerion, Glen More, Heaven & Ale, Dodekka, Timeline History and Science, Medici , Freight Train, Qwixx, Downforce, Voodoo Prince, Gallerist, Bruges, Flamme Rouge and Fjords Mostly euros ranging from light to pretty heavy stuff
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    General chatter - discuss anything here

    Yeah, I've got it and really love it. The states of siege system is brutal though I don't think I've got past the second era. The history is interesting and I find I play it over a couple of nights. The way Cromwell changes combat is cool too. Obligatory recommendation is to watch the Ricky Royal series too.
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    Games Clubs

    Thought i'd start a new topic instead of cluttering up the general chatter thread. Our second group has its first evening tonight in Chester (vicars cross if anyone is free) so really curious to see the amount of people who can make it. The one part which still makes me chuckle is a 'maybe' is probably not, a 'yes' is still probably not and a 'definitely' is usually a maybe The group in Ellesmere Port is now on to its third and hopefully permanent venue. The first really suited and the management were happy for us to be there but we did get the impression we were tolerated instead of encouraged. We were in a room where they would show the football and we would have a few of the tables. The staff would grumble, even though we always left it as we found it and tidied up. I think they thought we were taking up too much room even though at most there was only ever about three people watching the football and nearly 15 of us! The second place was just outside my work but it was affiliated with the Conservative party (in a northern town WTF) so we were reluctant to become members. I think one of our group wouldn't actually be able to sign up as he's running for council as a labour member They're our back up venue because the place was nice and the staff were lovely too. The final place we've agreed on is a local labour club. We had to clarify that it doesn't support the political group but its more like a coop group for labour unions, with no money going to the political party. Had a few jokes about supporting Corbyn. How do people deal with the thorny issue of fees? The labour club have asked us to become members which is £10 and then £6/year. For that you get the subsidised drink prices. Each member can bring in two non-members so we're hoping to use that for first time attendees and one off folks.
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