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Avram Grumer
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Dissecting you with my mind
Dissecting you with my mind

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My Kickstarter copy of Mint Works just arrived! Haven’t played it yet, but here’s what the components look like. Some of these are a bit of a tight fit for the tin. 
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Got my kickstarted copy of Herbaceous (from Pencil First Games) today. Beautiful! I sleeved my cards and played a couple of solo games, scoring 55 points in the second one thanks to an amazingly lucky opening draw. 
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1/14/17
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Played my first ever game of Eight Minute Empire Legends while watching the election results. 
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Got in five different games at the Prospect Park Boardgames Meetup!

First was Hanabi, the cooperative fireworks game. We managed to get a decent score (19 points, I think?) despite most of us having never played before. (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/98778/hanabi)

Then I broke out my copy of Coup, the new deluxe edition that was kickstarted earlier this year. This is an English language edition with the artwork from the Brazilian edition. So pretty! I’d never played this before either. We played two games, and I got knocked out early both times. Fun anyway! (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/158408/coup-deluxe-edition)

Then something else that was new to me: For Sale, a simple real estate game. I tied with the guy who owns it, at 63 points. (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/172/sale)

We played a few rounds of Love Letter. I missed out on winning the first hand because I forgot that there was a card dealt out of the deck. (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/129622/love-letter)

After that, One Night Ultimate Werewolf came out. I played one game, then headed home. (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/147949/one-night-ultimate-werewolf)
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2016-08-20
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Got to try out Sushi Go Party, which I enjoyed, but the group was looking for something meatier. I might have been better off using a different card set than the intro set.

Then we played Blueprints, which I’d been wanting to try forever. I’d like to try it again sometime now that I have some notion of how it works.

We also got partway through a game of City Hall that I forgot to snap a picture of. I think this one may be too complicated for me.
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2016-07-17
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Today was International Tabletop Day! I went to the Twenty-Sided Store for their game day. 

My first game was Fury of Dracula, which we only played partway through. It’s kinda complicated, and the guy explaining it to us had to run off and explain another game at some point, which slowed us down even more. We did find Dracula, and get a little combat done. I was playing Mina Harker, and got to hit Dracula with a pistol and holy bullets for 5 points of damage. 

Second game was Doodle Quest, a bit of a filler game aimed at kids. It involves drawing lines on an acetate sheet while looking at a diagram, trying to draw your line so it hits some targets and avoids others. When you’re done drawing, you place the sheet on the diagram and see how you did. 

I’ve played King of Tokyo before, and it was great, like always, but this was the first time I’ve been in a game where someone won by knocking all the other monsters out of the game, instead of through victory points. 

The highlight of the day was getting to play three games of Secret Hitler, using print-and-play components. In the first game, I got to be the player who killed Hitler! In the other two, I was the first person killed. 
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2016-05-01
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Brooklyn Ethical Culture Games Night again! I got to finally play Spyfall, which was awesome, so simple and yet so clever! (Didn’t take any photos of it, though; it’s not much to look at.) Pretty fast, too; we played like four or five games of it. 

We also played a couple of six-hand games of Trickster: Fantasy, a game of Avalon, and a couple games of One Night Werewolf. The night was heavy on social discovery games. 

Oh, and I forgot: I also got a chance to play Love Letters for the first time. Another good, simple, quick game. 
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2016-04-09
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Today was Game Designer Spotlight day at the Twenty Sided Store in Williamsburg. I played four games currently being playtested or developed: 

How in the Word is a one of those games where the group has to come up with a thing and one person is the judge who selects the best one, like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity. (There doesn’t seem to be a widely-used name for this mechanic.) In this game, the judge builds a fictional word out of word fragments, and the other players come up with amusing definitions. This was OK, but the fact that you have to write the definitions down made things slower than in games where you’re just picking a card. 

Complicated Boardgame — The Card Game is a Fluxx-like game where you have to get rid of an assortment of tiles and alter the rules for doing so with cards. The rule-changing is even more extreme than in Fluxx — one of the cards turned it into a team game, and since the teams were determined randomly, our game of five players turned into a team of four versus a lone player! 

Sumer was a computer game which I didn’t play, but check out that screen showing you who won! 

Lil’ Cthulhu is currently in Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/deevolutionstudios/lil-cthluhu-you-cannot-win-only-hope-to-survive). You’re a Cthulhu cultist assigned to babysitting duty. You’re digging through a pile of toy parts (a card deck with a press-your-luck draw mechanic) looking for the toys that will keep baby from throwing a tantrum and wrecking you. 

Salvage is one of those gridded games where you draw cards to determine how you can move. Your spaceships have had important parts blown off, and you need to collect a set (four all either the same color or the same shape) to get home. Each part gives you a useful ability tweak of some kind. 
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2016-03-27
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Lightweight night at the Ethical Culture Society boardgame meetup. Played two or three games of Anomia, which was new to me, and fun. Players take turns playing cards that each have a symbol and a descriptive term like “Fruit” or “Famous Cartoon Character.” When two players match, each has to name something matching the other’s category; first one to finish gets the other’s card in their scorepile. Hectic fun, especially when we added a “no repeating a term” house rule. 

Then it was a series of increasingly drunken games of One Night Werewolf. 
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2016-03-26
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Got to play more boardgames the other night. A few hands of Trickster: Fantasy, which I’d played once before, but this group got a better handle on the mechanics. It was a lot better this time; I don’t know if I’d recommend this game to casual gamers. Then a two-player game of Tiny Epic Galaxies, which I still like a lot. 
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2016-03-10
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