May 20, 2017, we played 5 longer games. Rex: Final Days of an Empire was a new one for the group along with Clank! and Tragedy Looper. Bora Bora and Scythe are not new but always enjoyable.
Tragedy Looper and REX were the first long games up. 5 played REX and 4 played Tragedy Looper. REX was my game and Tragedy Looper was Jeremy’s. I also made videos for REX with game rules for anyone who wants to play in the future.
Halen, Justin, Jenna, Evan, and Aaren played this first attempt by the Yangsan Gamerz at REX. I had played once before in Jeju on my friends board and bought my own set a few months ago. I was pretty familiar with the rules though after making the videos and was able to explain to the other players for the most part. It would have been better if I could have finished making the video earlier, so people could have been familiar already, but it didn’t work out that way. With 5 players, Jenna was the Federation of Sol (human revolution), Halen was the Lazax Empire (rebelled against), Justin was the Emirates of Hacan (lion looking traders), Aaren was the Universities of Jol-Nar (brain in a jar technology leaders), and I was the Barony of Letnev (devious like the Harkonens from Dune). The revolution and the empire ended up teaming up against the other upstarts however. Halen and Jenna won in the 5th or 6th round of play by allying and controlling 4 strongholds between them. Well played!
Jeremy, Daniel, Jenna, and Henry played Tragedy Looper. Only Jeremy knew the game, and he played the part of the mastermind leading the other players through the scenario. Unfortunately, through subtlety, trickery, and whatever means Jeremy was able to get Daniel to lead the key character to their death by serial killer after some play loops. Deduction failed, and Jeremy won as the game mastermind.
Next, the group broke into 3 groups for Bora Bora, Scythe, and Clank! Jeremy and Justin played Bora Bora. Jeremy played for the first time with Justin explaining. Justin finished with 150 to Jeremy’s 120.
Scythe looked like it was going to be a runaway victory by Halen. The game went much faster than I expected with only 3 players to my shame. I (playing red) was not prepared after playing 2 much slower paced games. Jenna (playing black) and Halen (playing blue) finished pretty close, but Halen’s runaway game was not quite enough to beat Jenna. She finished with 82 to Halen’s 80 coins.
The last big game was Clank! It was a first time play for all but Daniel. The game involves seeking treasure while trying to not disturb or get caught by the dragon in the form of a deckbuilding game. Bridget, Ryan, Aaren, and Daniel played. Bridget took a fairly close victory of 120 points to Daniel’s 111. Ryan ended up Dragon food.