Tuesday, March 29, 2016

GCOM-Milestone, March 5

Nine again for a great day of gaming in Milestone Center...

David & Noreen Fair
Howard Wagner
Jack Ridgeway
Bob & Carol Jones
Eric Haas
Eric & Laura Reinhold

First up was the classic Doris & Frank title, Igel Argern, wherein Bob managed a victory over David, Howard, Noreen, Carol & Jack.

Meanwhile, Eric R. won a 2-player game of Lanterns over laura.

Colt Express involves robbing a train, and has wonderful 3-d components. Eric R. & Noreen tied for a win with $2000 each, followed by Laura with $1750, Eric H. with 350, and Carol who lived to tell the tale, but , alas, came up empty in the looting department.

Dave, Jack, Bob, & Howard set out to make a fortune in the German power market, playing Power Grid on the Germany map, and using the High-Speed DC transmission line expansion. Dave and Jack both managed to power 17 cities, while Bob and Howard got to 16. Money is the tie breaker though, so final positions were: Dave (17/$73), Jack (17/$52), Bob (16/$23), and Howard (16/$17). A very interesting game...

Broom service is an update/re-implementation to Witch's Brew. Carol (71) managed to win, followed by Laura (68), Eric H (67), Eric R (59) and Noreen (49).

Broom service was still being played, so the power gridders played a game of Cacao. This is a cute, quick-playing tile-laying game with a chocolate-farming theme. Howard (59) won, followed by Dave (54), Bob (45) and Jack (39).

The last two games were Ticket to Ride Pennsylvania, where Bob (182) won handily over Jack (167), Carol (157) and Noreen (125), and Istanbul where Laura won with 5 gems followed by Eric R, Eric H, and David with 4 gems each, and Howard with 3.

Thanks for coming out, see you in April.


GCOM-Milestone, Feb 6th

Having Cancelled January's session to go to Brunswick Game Days, we had 9 in attendance for our second session...

David & Noreen Fair
Alf Shupe
Chris Sears
Bob Jones
Paul Czarnota
Chuck Wisner
Eric Haas
Jack Ridgeway
Nathaniel Klinger

Dave, Bob, Chris and Alf played Burgle Brothers, but were all captured.

Ticket To Ride: Pennsylvania made an appearance, and the scores were: Paul 192, Noreen 175, Jack 167, Eric 139, and Chuck 128. I really like this map, as it adds stock to the mix. I have yet to try the Great Briton side...

Orleans made another appearance, with scores as follows; Chris 131, Dave 118, Nathaniel, 105, Paul 100, Bob 94. This is one of my favorite games of last year. I expect to play it a great deal this year.

Above and Below is a unique story-driven game of adventurers. Alf (42), Jack (40), Noreen (39) and Eric (34) played. I love the artwork in this one.

"The Game" is the confusingly named coop card game in which a win is a score of 0, but anything under 10 is considered pretty good. Bob, Dave, Chris, Paul, and Nathaniel got a score of 2.

Port Royal is getting a lot of play with our group, this time Alf (12), Eric (10) Noreen and Jack (9 each) took to the seas to become the greatest pirate of all.

That was it for February... March is just around the corner.



Sunday, February 28, 2016

Germantown 02/15/16


This session was unfortunately cancelled due to snow.



Germantown 02/01/16


Attendance:  17

  • Leslie Barkley
  • Aaron Blair
  • Paul Czarnota
  • Noreen & Alison Fair
  • Christine Fiedler
  • Randy Hoffman
  • Bob & Carol Jones
  • Rich Parker
  • Eric & Laura Reinhold
  • Gordon Rotter
  • Alf & Cynthia Shupe
  • Chris Sears
  • Howard Wagner

Games Played (scores in order of place):

Taj Mahal - Howard 47, Bob 44, Alf 37, Chris 29, Gordon 24 (This was a great game with Howard having an incredible last turn showdown with Bob that came down to the last card played, giving Howard the win.)
Ave Caesar - Bob, Howard, Chris, (Alf, Gordon, Rich)  did not finish race
Port Royal - Bob 13, Alf 7, Gordon 6
Cyclades - Christine 1, Leslie 1, Randy 1, Alison 0, Carol 0
Get Bit - Laura, Alison, Carol, Noreen, Eric
Codenames - Eric, Noreen, Carol and Laura beat Alison, Christine, and Randy
Ticket to Ride: Pennsylvania - Leslie 152, Rich 119, Paul 116, Aaron 86, Cynthia 69
Codenames - Alison, Christine and Randy beat Eric, Noreen, Carol and Laura
New York 1901 - Paul 74, Aaron 62, Noreen 37, Cynthia 31
Codenames - No scores recorded. Eric, Noreen, Carol, Laura, Alison, Christine, Randy


New York 1901 image by Dylan Phillips on BGG.


Posted by Bob on 02/28/16.

Germantown 01/18/16


Attendance:  21

  • Leslie Barkley
  • Aubrey & Shannon Bell
  • Aaron Blair
  • Dave, Noreen & Alison Fair
  • Nick Ferris
  • Christine Fiedler
  • Jennifer Glinzak
  • Randy Hoffman
  • Bob & Carol Jones
  • Rich Parker
  • Eric & Laura Reinhold
  • Gordon Rotter
  • Alf Shupe
  • Kelsey Smith
  • Chris Sears
  • Howard Wagner

On this extra-long session, due to MLK Day, we welcomed Aaron!

Games Played (scores in order of place):

Splendor - Bob 15, Dave 9, Alf 8, Noreen 5
Blokus - Aubrey -18, Shannon -23
Codenames - Dave, Bob, Alf, Christine won, Aubrey, Shannon, Noreen, Howard and Rich lost
Codenames - Dave, Bob, Alf, Christine won, Aubrey, Shannon, Noreen, Howard and Rich lost
Takenoko - Carol 29, Laura 22, Randy 22, Eric 10
Mysterium - Jenn, Nick, Gordon, Kelsey, Alison, Leslie (all won)
Burgle Bros. - Noreen, Howard, Dave, Christine (all won)
Istanbul - Aaron 6, Eric 5 (+20R), Randy 5, Laura 4 (+3R), Carol 4
Hang Town - Chris 94, Aubrey 63, Shannon 62, Alf 58, Bob 56, Rich 54
Ave Caesar - Chris managed to crash in a choke point during the last lap so that no one could finish the race. Bob, Shannon, Aubrey, Gordon, Alf and Chris all lost.


Hang Town image by Jonathan Cantin on BGG.

Posted by Bob on 02/28/16


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Germantown 01/04/16


Attendance:  17

  • Leslie Barkley
  • Dave, Noreen & Alison Fair
  • Ethan Goffman
  • Randy Hoffman
  • Bob & Carol Jones
  • Rich Parker
  • Eric & Laura Reinhold
  • Gordon Rotter
  • Alf & Cynthia Shupe
  • Kelsey Smith
  • Chris Sears
  • Howard Wagner
Welcome to a new year of gaming!

Games Played (scores in order of place):

Istanbul - Leslie 6, Chris 5, Noreen 1
Strozzi - Bob 260, Rich 220, Eric 190, Laura 170
Roll for the Galaxy - Randy 45, Ethan 38, Gordon 37, Alf 31, Cynthia 24
Lanterns - Laura 43 (3), Eric 43 (0), Leslie 41, Bob 37
Orleans - Dave 124, Kelsey 120, Howard 90, Alison 85, Carol 80
Port Royal - Randy 12, Ethan 9, Gordon 7
Burgle Bros. - Team Chris, Noreen and Rich won!


Orleans image by The Kins of Ame on BGG.

Posted by Bob on 02/21/16.


Germantown 12/21/15


Attendance:  14

  • Leslie Barkley
  • Dave, Noreen, Corwin & Andrew Fair
  • Mike Galiszuski
  • Randy Hoffman
  • Bob & Carol Jones
  • Rich Parker
  • Eric & Laura Reinhold
  • Kelsey Smith
  • Chris Sears
Welcome, Mike!

Games Played (scores in order of place):

Qin - Bob 0, Chris 8, Rich 8, Kelsey 9
Qin - Kelsey 0, Bob 1, Rich 6, Chris 6
Qwixx - Randy 40, Carol 36, Corwin 32, Eric 31
Thurn & Taxis - Randy 18, Eric 8, Carol 6, Corwin 3
6 Nimmt - Dave 5, Laura 8, Leslie 10, Noreen 10, Eric 12, Randy 16, Carol 24, Mike 25
Ticket to Ride Pennsylvania - Dave 187, Leslie 153, Laura 149, Noreen 136, Mike 87
Traumfabrik - Chris 78, Bob 78, Kelsey 65, Rich 63
Cyclades - Leslie, Randy, Carol (tie)

Cyclades image by Violeta Bafile on BGG.

Posted by Bob on 02/21/16.

Germantown 12/07/15 - MYTHOLOGY!


Attendance:  17

  • Leslie Barkley
  • Dave, Noreen & Andrew Fair
  • Nick Ferris
  • Jennifer Glinzak
  • Randy Hoffman
  • Bob & Carol Jones
  • Rich Parker
  • Eric & Laura Reinhold
  • Gordon Rotter
  • Alf & Cynthia Shupe
  • Kelsey Smith
  • Chris Sears

Our theme for the night, pushed back from the previous week, was mythology!

Games Played (scores in order of place):

Amun-Re - Eric, Rich, Laura
The Game - Team of Noreen, Kelsey, Nick, Jenn - played 3 times (17, 0!, 4)
Cyclades - Alf 2, Randy 1
Dragon Delta - Kelsey won, Noreen, Nick, Jenn
Ghost Stories - Team of Chris, Gordon and Andrew 26, Ghosts 0
Port Royal - Gordon 12, Chris 11, Andrew 9
Fresco - Dave 156, Bob 152, Leslie 128, Carol 121
Age of War - Chris 15, Andrew 13, Gordon 8
Lanterns - Randy 48, Rich 41, Alf 39
Forbidden Isle - Team of Alf, Randy and Rich won


Ghost Stories image by RafaƂ Kimla on BGG.

Posted by Bob on 02/21/16.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Germantown 11/30/15


Attendance:  13

  • Leslie Barkley
  • Nick Ferris
  • Jennifer Glinzak
  • Bob & Carol Jones
  • Randy Hoffman
  • Rich Parker
  • Eric & Laura Reinhold
  • Gordon Rotter
  • Alf & Cynthia Shupe
  • Kelsey Smith
As this was the fifth Monday, we were supposed to do our Theme Night, but we pushed it back a week.

Games Played (scores in order of place):

Between 2 Cities - Nick 59, Jenn 58, Leslie 58, Kelsey 58, Laura 57, Carol 56, Rich 56
Metro - Bob 43, Randy 42, Eric 30, Cynthia 19, Alf 18, Gordon 15
God's Gambit - Jenn 16, Kelsey 51, Laura 69, Nick 98, Eric 146
Qwixx - Nick 122, Kelsey 79, Jenn 57
New England - Bob 34, Gordon 34, Alf 27, Rich 26
Concordia - Randy 147, Leslie 137, Carol 110, Cynthia 79
Blue Moon City - Gordon 5, Alf 3, Bob 3


New England image by Hazel Halliday on BGG.


Posted by Bob on 01/10/16.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

In Memory of Doug Hoylman




Doug Hoylman 1943 - 2015

Our good friend, Doug, died on Nov. 2, 2015. He was a regular member of GCOM Germantown from nearly its very beginning at the Borders Cafe up through our session on October 19, 2015. During his last session, he played the base game of Fresco with us (intending to play all the expansions over the next several sessions) and The Voyages of Marco Polo.

Doug will be remembered for his quiet good humor, his kindness and his keen intellect. Doug was a great person to play games with and will always be remembered by his friends at all the GCOM locations he attended.

Here's Doug's really complimentary and informative obituary from the Washington Post.

And here's a thread on Boardgamegeek.  Feel free to add your comments.

Farewell, Doug. We'll miss you.