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.




Germantown 11/16/15


Attendance:  15

  • Leslie Barkley
  • Paul Czarnota
  • Dave, Noreen, Andrew & Corwin Fair
  • Nick Ferris
  • Jennifer Glinzak
  • Bob & Carol Jones
  • Henry Ho
  • Rich Parker
  • Eric & Laura Reinhold
  • Kelsey Smith

Games Played (scores in order of place):

Conquest of Orion - Nick & Kelsey 92, Andrew & Noreen 83
Shakespeare - Rich 19, Henry 14, Laura 13
Port Royal - Kelsey 12, Nick 6, Andrew 4, Noreen 3
Steam Works - Corwin 70, Jennifer 53, Eric 49
Qwixx - Andrew 90, Nick 76, Kelsey 71, Noreen 37
Qwixx -Noreen 117, Henry 98, Andrew 86, Corwin 86
Fresco (4,5,6) - Dave 156, Leslie 126, Bob 125, Carol 122


Shakespeare image by W. Eric Martin on BGG.


Posted by Bob on 01/03/16.


Germantown 11/02/15


Attendance:  12

  • Leslie Barkley
  • Dave & Andrew Fair
  • Nick Ferris
  • Jennifer Glinzak
  • Rebecca Holte
  • Bob & Carol Jones
  • Rich Parker
  • Gordon Rotter
  • Kelsey Smith
  • Chris Sears

Carol took over for Doug in our playing of Fresco and its expansions.

Games Played (scores in order of place):

Qwixx - Rebecca 115, Gordon 77
Qwixx - Rebecca 110, Gordon 95
Fresco (1,2,3) - Dave 118, Bob 113, Carol 88, Leslie 78
Splendor - Gordon 15, Rebecca 15
Splendor - Gordon 16, Rebecca 12
Nevermore - Gordon, Rebecca, Carol, Leslie, Dave, Bob
Kobayakawa - Dave 12, Leslie 4, Bob 4
Kobayakawa - Leslie 10, Dave 7, Bob 3
Steampunk Rally - Kelsey, Nick, Chris, Jenn, Rich, Andrew


Nevermore image by Curt Covert on BGG.



Posted by Bob on 01/02/16.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Germantown 10/19/15


Attendance:  14

  • Leslie Barkley
  • Paul Czarnota
  • Dave & Andrew Fair
  • Nick Ferris
  • Jennifer Glinzak
  • Doug Hoylman
  • Bob & Carol Jones
  • Eric & Laura Reinhold
  • Gordon Rotter
  • Kelsey Smith
  • Chris Sears
This was the last day that Doug played with us.

Games Played (scores in order of place):

Between Two Cities - Eric, Gordon 59 (tie), Nick 56, Andrew 56, Chris 55, Jenn 55
Cheeky Monkey - Nick 34, Gordon 31, Jenn 22, Andrew 6, Chris 5, Eric 1
Takenoko - Paul 28, Kelsey 18, Carol 14, Laura 12
Fresco - Bob 69, Dave 66, Leslie 64, Doug 56
Witches Brew - Eric 26, Gordon 21, Carol 16, Andrew 15, Laura 13
Samara - Chris 31, Jenn 17, Paul 14, Nick 9, Kelsey 7
Cheeky Monkey - Andrew 44, Carol 33, Gordon 13
Modern Art: The Card Game - Paul 82, Andrew 79, Gordon 68, Carol 54
Modern Art: The Card Game - Paul 66, Carol 59, Andrew 55, Gordon 43
Qwixx - Paul 55, Andrew 51, Gordon 45
The Voyages of Marco Polo - Dave 79, Leslie 64, Bob 44, Doug 35


The Voyages of Marco Polo image by Michael Wißner on BGG.

Posted by Bob on 01/02/2016.


Sunday, December 06, 2015

GCOM-Milestone, December 5th

I was surprised and happy at the great attendance for our inaugural session at GCOM-Milestone.

People in attendance:

  • David & Noreen Fair
  • Henry Ho
  • Bob and Carol Jones
  • Alf Shupe
  • Nick Ferris
  • Jen Glinzak
  • Eric Haas
  • Mark Broski
  • Eric and Laura Reinhold
Games played (players listed in finishing order):
  • Pi Mal Pflaumen (Nick 36, Jen 35, Alf, 30, Eric H. 28, Dave 20)
    • This is an interesting little bidding/trick taking game with set collection. Great artwork. The game play may not be very deep, but it works and is a nice filler.
  • Black Spy (Dave -5, Eric H. 0, Alf 34, Mark 91)
    • The game is a little like Hearts, but with different point values for certain cards, and the ability to dodge tricks by following with numbers rather than suits.
  • Libertalia (Eric H. 66, Jen 61, Alf 58, Nick 57)
    • This is a tactical card game of pirates and treachery. I had never heard of it before, but it is in BGG's top 250 so may be worth checking out.
  • Shakespeare (Bob, Henry, Carol, Noreen)
    • Bob and Carol won a copy of this game at Euroquest and have been tying to get it to the table ever since. It involves bidding for turn order with the player who bids the least actions getting to start. Sounds interesting.
  • Dice City (Eric R. 51, Laura & Dave tied at 49, Mark 47)
    • When I got this game, the box was so heavy I thought it must have tons of dice in it, but it only has 25. The weight comes from the massive player boards. It was an interesting resource management and building game. I often felt that there was not enough ways to carry over progress from one turn to the next, but maybe we were all just too conservative.
  • Splendor (Alf 15, Henry 15, Eric H, 9)
    • So I asked Noreen how you play Splendor and have 2 people get to 15, and it turns out there was a miscount, so the game went on a bit longer than it should have. Alf reached 15 first, but miscounted, and the game stopped when Henry got there a bit later. LOL.
  • Codenames (2 plays)
    • Game One: W: Dave, Noreen, Alf, Jen L: Bob, Eric H., Henry
    • Game Two: W: Noreen, Alf, Carol, Jen L: Dave, Bob, Eric H., Henry
    • A great party game for any number, Codenames has 2 players trying to get their team to pick the right 8-9 words from a set of 25 before the other team picks theirs. Equally fun as the clue-giver, and as the guesser, in my opinion, and the best party game in a long time.
  • Igel Argern (Alf, Noreen, Dave, Eric H., Henry)
    • A tactical racing game of hedgehogs. A favorite of Doug Hoylman's, a good friend and gamer whom we will miss at the table.
Thanks for coming out everyone, we will see you in January!

Lebertalia image from BGG user Niquilibrium

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Germantown 10/05/15


Attendance:  16

  • Leslie Barkley
  • Paul Czarnota
  • Dave, Andrew & Noreen Fair
  • Henry Ho
  • Rebecca Holte
  • Doug Hoylman
  • Bob & Carol Jones
  • Rich Parker
  • Laura & Eric Reinhold
  • Gordon Rotter
  • Kelsey Smith
  • Chris Sears

Games Played (scores in order of place):

Favor of the Pharoah - Leslie, Dave, Noreen, Rich
Dark Moon - Paul/Andrew/Laura/Kelsey won.  Bob/Jenn/Nick lost.
Around the World in 80 Days - Gordon 68, Rebecca 73, Chris 75, Eric 83, Doug 90, Henry did not finish
Port Royal - Henry 12, Chris 12, Eric 8, Gordon 7, Doug 6, Rebecca 5
New York 1901 - Dave 66, Noreen 59, Leslie 56, Rich 54
Qwixx - Paul 80, Andrew 71, Laura 64, Bob 53
Cacao - Noreen 67, Dave 62, Leslie 61


Dark Moon image by Evan Derrick on BGG.


Posted by Bob on 11/29/15.

Germantown 09/21/15


Attendance:  16

  • Leslie Barkley
  • Dave, Noreen & Andrew Fair
  • Nick Ferris
  • Randy Hoffman
  • Doug Hoylman
  • Bob & Carol Jones
  • Rich Parker
  • Laura & Eric Reinhold
  • Gordon Rotter
  • Kelsey Smith
  • Chris Sears
  • Howard Wagner

Games Played (scores in order of place):

Acquire - Gordon $42,500, Carol $23,800, Laura $23,300, Chris $17,800, Howard $16,600, Laura $15,500.
Castles of Burgundy - Doug 202, Eric 196, Rich 180
Kraftwagen - Dave 71, Bob 70, Nick 40, Kelsey 31
Codenames - Nick/Bob/Andrew/Leslie/Henry won. Dave/Noreen/Randy/Kelsey lost.
Black Spy - Doug 57, Paul 70, Chris 111, Howard 118, Gordon 124
Port Royal - Leslie 14, Henry 10, Bob 7, Paul 5


Kraftwagen image by Beatrix Schilke on BGG.


Posted by Bob on 11/29/15.

Germantown 09/07/15


Attendance:  12

  • Leslie Barkley
  • Paul Czarnota
  • Dave, Noreen, & Andrew Fair
  • Henry Ho
  • Doug Hoylman
  • Bob & Carol Jones
  • Rich Parker
  • Kelsey Smith
  • Howard Wagner

Since it was Labor Day, we started a couple hours early, which allowed us to play many more games.

Games Played (scores in order of place):

Fairy Tale - Carol 40, Rich 37, Bob 34, Paul 32
Fairy Tale - Rich 49, Paul 42, Carol 42, Bob 36
Port Royal - Dave 14, Howard 12, Noreen 9, Kelsey 8, Andrew 6
Thurn & Taxis - Henry 20, Eric 19, Doug 14, Laura 10
Splendor - Bob 16, Paul 10, Rich 9, Andrew 7
Rondo (incorrectly) - Andrew 66, Henry 59, Bob 58
Rondo (correctly) - Andrew 102, Henry 93, Bob 80
Istanbul - Paul 5, Doug 4, Eric 4, Laura 3, Rich 2
Alhambra - Kelsey 94, Howard 83, Carol 82, Dave 73, Noreen 67, Leslie 63
Showmanager - Paul 54, Henry 44, Bob 40, Doug 38, Rich 27, Andrew 18
Port Royal - Henry 12, Doug 9, Bob 8, Paul 6, Andrew 6
Port Royal - Howard 12, Leslie 10, Noreen 7, Dave 4, Carol 3



Rondo image by Fran F G on BGG.


Posted by Bob on 11/29/15.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Germantown 08/31/15 - PIRATES!


Attendance:  13

  • Leslie Barkley
  • Dave, Noreen, & Andrew Fair
  • Nick Ferris
  • Jennifer Glinzak
  • Randy Hoffman
  • Doug Hoylman
  • Bob & Carol Jones
  • Rich Parker
  • Kelsey Smith
  • Chris Sears (formerly Wottawa)
Arr! The theme for this fifth Monday was Pirates! And amazingly, for the first time, every game we played matched the theme!

Games Played (scores in order of place):

Buried Treasure - Randy, Doug
Cartagena - Randy, Doug, Bob
Jamaica - Rich 20, Dave 6, Leslie 5, Carol -1, Noreen -1, Andrew -2
Rum & Pirates - Kelsey 74, Jenn 71, Nick 62, Bob 55, Chris 53
Cartagena - Dave 7, Andrew 3, Rich 1
Port Royal - Andrew 12, Rich 6, Dave 3
Viceroy - Randy 70, Leslie 62, Doug 49, Noreen 21
Port Royal - Bob 13, Chris 12, Jenn 9, Nick 7


Jamaica image by Cássio F. Lemos on BGG.

Posted by Bob on 10/17/15.