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Gene Parish

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We will be playing a game of TI3 at Great Lakes Games Emporium on May the 3rd. Pretty much plan the day for a day of awesome fun...and bring menus for places that will deliver or just get the pizza only a walk away. I hope to see you there.
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Gene Parish

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We will be playing a game of TI3 at Great Lakes Games Emporium on May the 3rd. Pretty much plan the day for a day of awesome fun...and bring menus for places that will deliver or just get the pizza only a walk away. I hope to see you there.
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Marietta Gaming  - 
 
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This weekend I got down to visit my friend +Thomas Ford down on the Ohio river in southern Ohio. He has been gaming more recently, but while he does play with larger groups most of his gaming is just with him and his wife. With that in mind I brought down a number of games that scaled down well to 2 players.
When we first got to his house we played a game of Tsuro with his daughter. Although she is young, once she got the idea of following the lines she seemed to enjoy herself.
After that we got in some games with the adults. We introduced them to Bruges. They seemed to have a harder time learning it than I expected, however, once they got it they did really well.
We needed a quick game to round out the evening and so I pulled out an old favorite, Guillotine. They really had fun with that one and +Keisha Ford ordered that one almost while we played.
The next day we came back and opened up with the family version of Flash Point: Fire Rescue. We barely won, but everyone had lots of fun. Next we introduced them to Dominion. Oddly enough, although they enjoyed it, they did not enjoy it as much as I thought they would.
After that we got in a game of Zeus on the Loose. Their daughter was not old enough to do the math yet, but I was able to show them how it could help her with addition and subtraction as she got older. The game we played next was Rise of Augustus. For some reason we had a crazy amount of interruptions during this game, but even so it moved relatively fast for that many interruptions. We finished out gaming for the day with a couple more rounds of Guillotine. Good fun all around.
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Drew Hog

Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
Just announced the Dates for GHD Gaming Retreat 2015.  Jan 30-Feb 1 Still only $5 for the convention.  Room nights are $69 at the Clarion Inn Hudson.
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Gene Parish
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Today I went to the game store in hopes of playing Tzolk'in. No one came and about an hour later I was setting with a random gamer for a game of Fleet. At that time +Pete Fifield and Rebecca showed up. They had apparently mistook the time so they had not intended to be late. We got in a good 4 player game of Fleet and the afterward Pete and Rebecca stayed around for a game of Tzolk'in. Pete won both games handily, but I learned a few things and had a lot of fun. On a bonus note, I broke out Haggis with my wife later and she gave it a high review. To quote her she said she, "would probably play it again." For her that's high praise. Overall a good day.
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Gene Parish
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I received my Fleet Kickstarter this weekend. The bigger box was sent along to hold the contents of the base game as well as the expansion. I think the plans did not allow for sleeving because there was no way, with the cards sleeved they were fitting into the box as intended. Once I removed the plastic insert they fit, if a bit snugly.
I was showing it to few guys at my FLGS and we managed to get in a random play with +Dan Fries & Beavis. It is an excellent game with tons of of good options. I like most, though not all of the promo cards. On a good note it does play in the advertised 30-45 min range. My only issue with it is that due to the modular nature of the game it takes a few minutes more than I might have expected to set up or break down.
While me and the guys at the game store loved this game, such is not true for all. I made the mistake of introducing it to my wife and almost from the moment she began playing I could see that she was not enjoying it. This got worse as the game continued and I personally doubt I'll ever suggest playing this with her again.
In conclusion, even if you don't have a spouse that enjoys it I would say this is an excellent game. It has enough complexity to be interesting to the gamer, but not enough to bog it down. Tons of strategic choices are available and the replay value is high. This is one I look to have in the collection for a long time.
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Gene Parish
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Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
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This weekend I got to go to a game meetup in Cleveland Heights. I only got pics of a couple of games, but we played a bunch more. We started off with Race for the Galaxy. One of the players needed a break during that game so he could teach a game to another table, thus we broke out Hey, That's My Fish. The absent player returned and we finished Race for the Galaxy.
Some of the guys wanted to play Acquire, so I brought it out and just as we were prepping to play it Jake's new girlfriend Sarah showed up. Her intro to board gaming was Acquire since we were already prepping for it. Not my first choice as intro, however, it was what it was. I did my best to simplify and explain the rules to her and I must have done a decent job because, despite her initial confusion, she did better than me.
With her in mind I decided to take the complexity down a notch or two and next up we played a couple of games of Wits & Wagers, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
I broke out Dixit next and, despite my strange clues, I managed to tie for first place. Any game you can say, 'So long and thanks for all the fish,' in as part of game play is a good one.
We took a break for some food and while waiting for it we got in a quick game of Love Letter. I had the Princess a lot, but ended up losing pretty badly. Still it was a lot of fun.
Lastly we played to games of Rise of Augustus which was well received and lots of fun. I think this may enter into my category of solid gateway games to introduce new players with.
As a side note I wouldn't normally introduce a new player to games with Acquire, yet we were already set up for it when Sarah showed up unexpectedly. Generally she had a good time though, as did we all, and I look forward to gaming with everyone again.
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Gene Parish
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This weekend I got in a lot of gaming, sorry for the lack of pics. My wife gave me Power Grid for Christmas and we got in a game of that on Thursday. It was a solid game, however, in the future I think I will avoid playing it with less than three players.
Then on Saturday I went to my FLGS and met up with Jake, and two other gamers where we got in a game of Kemet. I got lucky and pulled out a last minute win on that one.
After that me and Jake played a long game of Kamisado, which he handily won.
Lastly we pulled out San Juan. I pulled out a win on this one thanks to my chapel.
Overall it was a solid weekend of gaming and I had a lot of fun.
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interesting.... I received power grid as well...! Only one partial two player game.... Which we played slightly wrong. #betterlucknexttime
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Gene Parish
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I got in a game of War of the Ring (2nd Ed) at my FLGS today with my friend Jake. He played the free peoples and I played the Shadow. For those who are interested here is a quick breakdown as to how the game played. Everything noted actually happened in game as a result of the game mechanics. It is an amazingly story driven game and I can see why many list it as the most thematic game on BGG.

The Fellowship in the first pic shows them starting in Rivendell.
After that, however...
The Shadow force besieged Lorien and Rivendell after the Elves Declared war. Lorien was only vulnerable because the Elves had left minimal defenses there. In both cases the sieges were successful and the forces of the Shadow took over these strongholds. The loot in Rivendell was so great that it set the forces of Sauron & Sauraman at each others throats, but after much bloodshed eventually things settled down. The fellowship managed to slip away from Rivedell, but the eye of Sauron followed them with the help of one of the Nazgul. in the chaos Gimili was found to have slipped away and marshaled the Dwarves to war. The Easterlings attacked the eastern-most Dwarven outpost and overwhelmed it upon hearing this news. They seemed unusually prepared for that eventuality.

Gandalf the Grey left the fellowship and surfaced in Fangorn as Gandalf the White where he called upon his allies the, Elves, and the Ents to help him. Despite the Ents valiant attack the voice of Sauraman prevailed and the forces of Isendor did not flag. Strider also the Fellowship. First he convinced the Northmen to join the fight and then he made his way to Gondor where he assumed his rightful as Aragon heir to the throne. Gimili offered his help to the Dwarves and they fell in the siege laid to them by the Easterlings and led by five of the Nazgul. Soon after the Easterlings systematically took pout the northmen and the remaining Elves in the east., thus the shadow fell over those lands. The Fellowship was attacked by a foul beast from a lake and Legolas lost his life defending Frodo. Shortly after treachery happened and the Fellowship fell apart. Gollum, always following, was caught by Frodo and continued to guide them towards Mordor. The Witch-King showed up and was soon seen commanding the Nazgul and and a mighty army as it fought its way into Gondor and ended the game. The game ended none to soon for Sauron, for it was revealed that Frodo had almost made it to Mordor and the forces of Shadow been less aggressive the ring might have been dropped into the fires of Mount Doom. Thus ended this age.

Or our game as you will. It was truly an epic game.
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Gene Parish
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Yesterday me and my friend Jake Meyers headed down to Cuyahoga Falls, OH to the Underhill Games store. We ran into a nice guy named Daniel down there.
I pulled out my new copy of Freedom: The Underground Railroad. We actually pulled out an easy win, but after looking through the decks afterward we concluded we had gotten pretty lucky. The theme carries through really well on the game and you really do feel like a group of abolitionists not only trying to get slaves to freedom but spending time and resources to slowly swing public opinion around to your point of view.
Next we pulled out trains and despite the fact everyone else was new to the game I ended up being at the lower end of the score track, but I really enjoyed the game a lot even so. Most games of trains end up being a balanced mix between point cards and the points on the board. They all adopted a strategy I haven't seen before and bluntly the board was by far and away the deciding factor in this game, which is odd considering I have heard others say the deckbulding has been the deciding factor in other games. The more I play this game the more balanced it seems. It seems clear there are multiple paths to victory and I look forward to exploring more of them.
Daniel introduced us to 7 wonders. I had always heard about the negative factor of only being able to truly interact with the players on your left and right and that criticism was not completely unfounded. Despite the fact it is the largest three player game ever I did not find this as offensive as I thought I would. The card drafting mechanic was nice, but it seemed odd that there was nothing more to the game than that. It felt, for lack of a better term, incomplete. I will likely add it to my collection long term as a good gateway game, but with the intent of eventually moving players onto better games.
Next we got in a nice game of Acquire. Most players at the table had previously played it before and it was nicely competitive. Oddly enough they seemed surprised when I suggested it, however, despite their surprise they clearly enjoyed themselves.
Last we played a couple games of Coup. It seemed like an ok game, however, the player who was 'teaching' it clearly misunderstood the rules and it ended up being played slightly imbalanced as a result. Still it was short and we had fun.
Overall it was a great game day and it turned out that Daniel, one of the guys we had played with all day was from up in Mentor and he and his friends had, for some reason assumed the game store up in Mentor only catered to Magic despite the fact that board games are all over the store. So on a good note we may have found a few more guys to join Mentor Gamers, which is pretty cool.
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Gene Parish
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#internationalgamesday was a big success. None of those that told me they were coming showed up, but I need not have worried. I opened the day by setting up Toc Toc Woodman, a dexterity game I had recently purchased, and drew in some passing customers to playing it with me. This led to a game of Ticket to Ride and a whole bunch of games of Liars Dice. At some point Toc Toc Woodman came back out and was being played again. Then the MtG gamers showed up and a few got into a game of Acquire  with me while the gamblers among them took over Toc Toc Woodman. They gamblers came up with a complex betting system for Toc Toc Woodman and fell in love with the game at the same time. When I finished my game of Acquire and was getting ready to leave they offered to buy the game from me and when I hesitated they offered me 50 bucks. I took it, purchased another copy of Toc Toc Woodman today, as well as Red Dragon Inn, on amazon.com. It was not the day I envisioned, however, it was a great day for gaming nonetheless and I'm glad I took the time to host it at my FLGS.
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Gene Parish
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Last eve I met up with a group in Cleveland Heights calling themselves 'Beer and boardgames' at the Bottlehouse Brewing Co.  They had, according to them, a record turnout. Not sure in the exact numbers, but I would say there were 20 plus gamers there. My only issue with the place was that the lighting was a bit low so pics were tricky. Next time I may need to take my full digital camera if I intend to get good pics.
The group asked to play Space Cadets: Dice Duel. It was a bit of a mixed success. Most of us enjoyed it, but a few didn't. I get the feeling this is more of a party game for geeks that are into scifi. I suspect if you are not OK with just speed rolling dice and don't care for the theme this will not be your cup of tea. Honestly one member of the group got so frustrated we quit the game before it ended naturally. I don't think she matched the demographic I just mentioned. I think it will get out to the table, but only with specific groups on a limited basis. If you played it too much it could wear thin fast.
Next up we pulled out my copy of Acquire and played that. It took longer than usual as many were learning but it was a huge success and may have been the big hit of the eve.
Next up we played Tsuro for a bit of light quick fun.
After that someone pulled out a game called Trans America. It was basically Ticket to Ride sans the set collection. I thought it was ok, but I suspect it could play well with young teens.
The next game we played was Blokus Trigon. I had never played it before and found it to be an interesting abstract. I didn't feel bad losing as I suspect this rewards repeated plays. I would look forward to playing this one again.
Lastly we closed out the night with Hanabi. I hadn't got a chance to get this to the table yet, but I found it to be highly enjoyable. This is one I suspect I will play lots in the future.
Overall it was a great games night and I'm glad I met so many fun people.
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Not sure on that. I honestly BOGA would give better options for play testing, but you could try.
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Gene Parish

Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
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I will be bringing games from my collection that have had very few to no plays. Basically just a day to play these lesser played gems.
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Gene Parish
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For #tabletopday april the 5th I held an event at +Barnes & Noble in Mentor, OH. I was there from 12-4 PM demoing Ticket to Ride, Mice & Mystics, Say Anything, Wits & Wagers, King of Tokyo, & Flash Point: Fire Rescue. The first two hours was fairly busy with tons of customers stopping by to find out more about the games. They generally loved what they saw. The comments I got over and over again was that, 'I have never seen games like this. I didn't know games like this existed. I would have never known games like this existed if I hadn't come in today.'
In the third hour customer traffic dried up a bit, but a friend of mine, Jake Meyer, stopped by to help. We played three games of wits and wagers before some friendly customers agreed to join us for a game of Flash Point: Fire Rescue. This was a ton of fun and drew lots of interest from a lot of the people that were passing by.
I ended up starting the event at about 11:30 and we ended up going to about 4:30, however, we introduced tons of people that might have otherwise not been interested to games they had never seen before.
For the next part of my day Jake and I went over to +Dan Fries store, the Great Lakes Games Emporium, and joined a larger group of gamers already playing there. I would guess there upwards of 50 gamers gathered there to celebrate. First off we played the resistance, this was followed next Sentinels of the Multiverse, After that we played Forbidden Desert, then came Flash Point: Fire Rescue, and lastly Rampage. I took a pic of the meeple cookies, or what was left over after our gamers demolished most of them.
All in all in was a great #tabletopday .
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You like pokemon?
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Gene Parish

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I'll be there for a game of Tzolkin: The Mayan Calendar and, if luck is with us possibly a few other games as well. If you are interested I hope to see you there!
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Gene Parish
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I was at my FLGS ran by +Dan Fries this weekend and got a chance to pull out my new copy of Rampage with him and some other gamers this weekend. On the first play +Dan Fries owned the rest of us, but we had tons of fun.
Later I got in a game of TtR: Switzerland with a MtG player. He attempted a strategy I had never seen before. He basically ignored his tickets and did everything he possibly could to stop me from completing mine. I was black and he was green. The strategy was horribly ineffective for him, but it was amusing to watch. I included a pic with just his green trains to demonstrate how his strategy played out.
Later that night we got in a second game of Rampage between me and two other guys. This time I came in a very close second and was close enough to the front runner to feel lots better about my performance. Regardless of the fact I lost both times I had a blast and would recommend this to anyone who wants a fun dexterity game with a bit of strategy.
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George Sauer III

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If you are in the Columbus Area - This Saturday at Columbus Area Boardgaming Society (CABS) we are doing a Wargamer Rally Point. In the morning we are trying to reconnect the wargamers in the area. Join us for some wargaming fun !
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Wish I was in Columbus. Sounds fun.
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Gene Parish
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Me and Jake decided to do two local gaming events in one day yesterday. The first one we went to in the morning was the Euclid Library gaming event. There were about 15 gamers there and we got in a game of Blood Bowl:Team Manager.
After that Peter, one of the gamers there, taught us Flash Point: Fire Rescue. I have had this game in my collection for a  bit, but never got it to the table. After playing with him I think the one from personal collection will be hitting the table soon, despite the fact we lost both games we played.
Next up I introduced them to Toc Toc Woodman. It was a popular hit with adults and kids alike and surprisingly  enough hardly anyone had ever seen it before.
The next game up was a bluffing game I picked up at Gen Con called Mascararde. It was a lot of fun and after two games of it I think it may be my go to quickie bluffing/social game in the future.
Lastly we played a game of Ultimate Werewolf: Inquisition. It seemed to be trying to do what Mascarade did, however, much more poorly. Having said that I am glad we got to play it just for comparison purposes.
After that we headed over to the Bottlehouse Brewing Co. for the later eve gaming. After snarfing down some much needed food we played some King of Tokyo.
Peter offered to introduce us to Betrayal House on the Hill. It was an interesting game that was completely random, but it was full of the promised theme. Having said that, I doubt it is one I'll ever add to my collection.
After that we played a game of acquire with mostly new players. I did unusually poorly, but everyone had lots of fun and many of the gamers said they were going to be purchasing their own copy soon.
At this point I gave out a number of games as Christmas gifts to the other gamers present ranging from Agricola to Space Cadets. Everyone seemed to like the games and I think it was a nice touch for Christmas.
Lastly we got in a quick game of Zeus on the Loose, a children's math game that is pretty fun, before calling it a night. It was a great day of gaming in this Christmas season and a merry time for all.
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Gene Parish
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For those who are interested, the sale goes through Sunday at the Great Lakes Game Emporium in Mentor.
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My local game store had a big group of games for 50% off today. Hmmmm, I guess I do shop on Black Friday weekend. Anyways, this was my haul.
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