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Cincygamers 2001 Session Reports
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Here you can find recaps of our gaming sessions. It's a great way to keep track of what games we've played and who has been victorious.  As a note to our visitors, any of our members can post session reports. Look at the bottom of each entry to find out who wrote the report!
 

 Previous sessions:
October 5th, 2001
July 6th, 2001
June 9th, 2001
May 18th, 2001
April 28th, 2001
March 23rd, 2001
March 12th, 2001
February 19th, 2001
February 9th, 2001
January 20th, 2001
January 3rd, 2001

2002 Sessions
2000 Sessions

October 5, 2001
Hosted by Matt Gardner

Gamers in attendance: Matt G, John P, Dave E, Rick V 

Games played (winner listed first): 

Wyatt Earp (Dave, John, Matt) 
Carcassonne (John, Matt, Dave, Rick) 
Citadels (Matt, Rick, Dave, John) 
Chrononauts (Rick, John, Matt) 
Chrononauts (Matt, John, Rick) 
Mystery Rummy #2, Rue Morgue (John, Matt)

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July 6th, 2001
Hosted by Matt Gardner

Gamers in attendance: Matt G, Scott, Dale, Mike 

Games played (winner listed first): 

Bali (Matt, Scott, Dale, Mike) 
Settlers / Alexander (Scott, Matt, Dale, Mike) 
Carat (Dale, Matt, Scott, Mike) 
Marra Cash (Scott, Matt, Dale, Mike) 
Lost Cities (Dale, Matt) 

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June 9th, 2001 
Hosted by Dave Ehlers

Gamers in attendance: Dave Ehlers, Matt Gardner, Rick Vonder Brink 

Games played (winners names listed first): 

Carolus Magnus: Rick, Matt, Dave 
Carolus Magnus: Dave, Rick, Matt 
Torres: Matt, Rick, Dave

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May 18th, 2001 
Hosted by Scott Tullis

Gamers in attendance: Scott Tullis, Cheryl Tullis, Mike Rosal, Matt Gardner, Dale Yu, Dave Ehlers. 

Games played (winners names listed first): 

Tendix - Scott & Matt. Foamy rubber squares!! 

Medina - Matt, Scott, Mike, and Dave. Matt and Scott share the victory in this game of city building. 

Kohl, Kie$, and Knete - Dale, Matt, Cheryl, Dave, Scott, and Mike. Dale is the best dealer in this game of big cutthroat deals. Three-way tie for second place. 

Liars Dice - Dave, Mike, Matt, Dale, Cheryl, and Scott. Dave proves to be the best liar! 

Nicht Die Bohne - Dale, Mike, Matt, Scott, and Dave. Dale wins the "mean bean game". 

San Marco - Matt, Mike, Cheryl, and Scott. Very close game. Matt ends up with the biggest piece of pie in the game of pie splitting. 

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April 28th, 2001 
Hosted by Dale Yu

The gamers at this session were Dale Yu, Dave Stultz, Shelly Stultz, Mike Rosal, Chase Bramwell, Greg Doherty, and Matt Gardner. 

Games played: Elchfest, Metro, Evo, Ra, San Marco, Metro (again), Aladdin's Dragons, Politics and Dirty Tricks (Dale's prototype)

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March 23rd, 2001 
Hosted by Rick Vonder Brink

Gamers in attendance: Rick Vonder Brink, Dale Yu, Mike Rosal, Matt Gardner 

Games played: Star Wars: Queen's Gambit, Ra, Onhe Furcht und Adel, (others?)

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March 2nd, 2001
Hosted by Matt Gardner

Gamers attending: Matt Gardner, Dale Yu, Scott Tulis, Tony Jones, Dave Ehlers, Mike Rosal, Rodney Varner, plus one person I have forgotten (Sorry!) 

Games played: Onhe Furcht und Adel, Bohnanza, Tikal, Frank's Zoo, Wildlife Adventure, Princes of Florence, (others?)

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February 19th, 2001
hosted by Dale Yu

A very very impromptu meeting. Dale and Rick got together for a quick game of Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit. Dale was the Trade Federation and gamely fought off Rick from Naboo. The game started out rather even with Rick taking the early offensive inside the Palace and getting Anakin thru the first three stages early. However, with some good card draws, Dale quickly took control of the Jedi battle (managing to defeat both QuiGon and ObiWan) as well as stonewalling Anakin with a multitude of Starfighter cards. The balance of power quickly shifted and Dale started to pick off the Palace Guards one by one leading to eventual victory.

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February 9th, 2001
hosted by Scott Tullis

For the records, games played were: 

Rosenkonig 
(Matt 180ish Scott 50ish) 
In this battle for land control, Matt took the early lead by setting up a large contiguous mass of his markers in the middle of the board. (If you haven't played before, your score is based on the number of contiguous tokens you have _squared_). Scott tried to make a quick comeback, but Matt cleverly pinned Scott in the corner of the board causing Scott to have to pass a few turns as he was not able to find any legal plays. Anyways, I don't remember the exact scores, but suffice it to say that Matt's largest land mass scored more than all of Scott's territories put together. 
 

Lord of the Rings 
(Matt, Mike, Dale, and Scott lost to Sauron at 52pts) 

Everything was going well in this cooperative game until the final board. The players had all cooperated well to pass most of the challenges faced in the first three boards. They had even managed to make it thru a small snafu when they passed out the wrong special action cards. Then, on the final board, Mike (who usually has good luck with cards) managed to draw an unholy number of sundial tiles in a row causing mass destruction to the poor Hobbits. If memory serves me right, the Hobbits had to endure four events before they took their first step on the main pathway for the board. This abrupt ending left some (well, at least me) with a pretty hollow feeling. 
 

Drahtseilakt AKA Tightrope 
Mike beats Dale, Matt, Scott, Cheryl/Amanda - no scores 

Mike (who has a general prowess at all card games) quickly took the lead in this quicky/quircky card game and never looked back. Basically, this game is a trick taking game where positive points are awarded to the player who plays the highest ranked card and negative points given to the player with the lowest ranked card. Positive and negative points will cancel each other out so you have to balance your positive points with your negatives. After the three rounds in the game, Mike was in the lead (with a sizable margin). 

Medici 
Scott beats Dale, Matt, Mike, Cheryl, Tony - no scores 

This simple bidding game got underway with the two newbies (Dale and Tony) pushing the bidding up way too far for the cards. At the end of the first round, Dale had managed to bid himself all the way down to 0 points (and didn't even have the 30 pt bonus in hand yet!). As the game progressed, Scott took a commanding lead after the second round as he had already managed to start collecting the bonus for being at the top of the Green pyramid. 

Onhe Furcht und Adel 
Scott over Dale, Matt, Mike, Cheryl, Tony 

There was much interest in trying this game with more players as we had just played it with three players earlier in the weekend. The game did not disappoint, and the addition of the Assassin character to the game made for an even better game. While Mike and Tony appeared to be in the early lead (each had 6 or 7 buildings built out of the 8 needed), the other players ganged up on them which allowed Scott (again) to slip in and finish the city first. As has been the case in the other games I've seen, the four point bonus proved to be the difference again as Scott narrowly edged out Dale (who only had five buildings built but all of high value). 

Nicht Die Bohne (The evil bean game!!!) 
Scott over Dale, Matt, Mike, Cheryl, Tony - no scores 

In this rather evil variant of the Bohn card game genre - the object of the game is to score the most points while avoiding the bad cards which can make your scores go to zero or even negative. At the end of 3 (of 4) rounds, Matt and Mike were separating themselves from the other four players with Scott firmly in 3rd place. As bottom three decided to gang up on Matt and Mike as they were in the lead, Scott slipped ahead in the final round to take the victory. 

Showmanager 
Cheryl over Matt, Mike, Tony, and Scott 

In this game, you try to "cast" actors for roles in four big shows. The actors all have different point values which in turn make your plays more or less valuable. The catch is that you only have a limited number of cards that you can have in your hand before you have to put on a production. This can at times limit your options! You choose cards in a unique system. Four cards are placed face up on a ladder. You can have the lowest card for free or buy cards further up the ladder for 1000, 2000 or 3000 bucks. The catch here is that you have a very limited amount of money, so you can't always buy the cards you want. For 2000 bucks you could also choose to replace all four faceup cards with new ones hoping to find the right card for you. Anyways, you cast your shows and score points according to how powerful or popular your actors are. The better your shows are, the more points you score. At the end of this game, Cheryl was in a commanding lead as she had the best performance in two of the four shows and was second place in the other two.

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January 20th, 2001
Hosted by Dave Ehlers

Onhe Furcht und Adel 
DaveE over MattG and Dale 

In this remake of "Verrater" you try to build the most prestigious city. To do this, you are able to take the roles of different people during each turn. Each different role has special abilities that you can hopefully use to your advantage to build your city. At first, it seemed like the game would not be suited well for 3 (it is meant for 3-8 players), but as the game progressed, there was as much tension in this game as in any other I've played in a long time. This game basically boiled down to a battle between MattG and DaveE over who could build the 10th and final city district. DaveE won the race (barely) and, with the bonus he received for finishing first, won the game. 

Settlers: Cities and Knights 
Dale over MattG and DaveE 

In this new variant for Settlers of Catan many new rules and mechanisms are added in to the basic Settlers mix. (Too many to explain now). Suffice it to say that it makes the game much more complex (took us about 2hrs to play) and much less friendly (there are definitely more ways to screw your opponents over in this game than in regular Settlers). This was the first time playing the game for any of the players, so no one seemed to have a good initial strategy. Also, DaveE was basically pushed out of the game by a relatively long string of rolls where he didn't produce anything. At the end of the game, Dale had snuck ahead. 

Onhe Furcht und Adel 
DaveE over Dale and MattG 

As time was running short, we opted for one more game of this soon to be group favorite. DaveE again took early control and did not look back. He finished his city first again and needed the four point bonus dearly as he won by one point over Dale and two over Matt.

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January 3rd, 2001
Hosted by Dale Yu

Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit 
Dale (light) beats Brian 

In this clever war/card game, two players take on the roles on good (Anakin, Queen Amidala, Obi Wan, Qui Gon, et al) vs. evil (Darth Maul, the masses of Droids, et al) to relive the final scenes of Star Wars Episode I. The game ends when either the good guys take control of the Throne Room in the Palace (need to have at least 3 people in the room) or when the bad guys kill enough good guys in the palace so that they can't take control of the Throne room. The board is split up into four different areas - 1) the outside battlefield where the Gungans fight the Droids, 2) the Space battle where Anakin tries to blow up the ship that controls the Droids, 3) the reactor core where Darth Maul has his deathmatch with Qui Gon and Obi Wan, and 4) the Palace Threed where Queen Amidala (and her doppleganger) attempt to regain control of the Palace. Play is controlled thru the use of two decks of cards. One deck allows play in either the outside battlefield or the space battlefield while the other allows play in either the Palace or the Reactor core. You have to choose your cards wisely because you need to balance your progress in all four battles in order to succeed overall. In this first game, Dale managed to get Anakin to the Droid control ship (rendering all the Droids useless) and effectively won the game. 

Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit 
Brian (light) beats Dale 

As above, except this time, Brian managed to get Anakin to the Control ship just before Dale could kill the last few palace guards. Another victory for the good guys.

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