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New Meetup: Learn a Game Night: In the Year of the Dragon

From: Rishi
Sent on: Friday, December 3, 2010 7:58 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Alexandria-Arlington Regional Gaming Group!

What: Learn a Game Night: In the Year of the Dragon

When: Thursday, December 16,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Rishi's Place
2000 S Eads St. Apt. 516
Arlington, VA 22202
[masked]

About this night:
Learn a Game Night offers people a chance to learn to play a specific game. The plan is to mix things up with more popular and lesser known games with varying levels of complexity.

We will have two copies of the game on hand as well as at least two people familiar with the game's rules. You are welcome to attend even if you know how to play the game. After the featured game, we may play other games, depending on time and interest.

Please be aware that many games require specific numbers of players for an optimal experience. No-shows are highly discouraged. If you know you cannot attend, please update your RSVP or e-mail Rishi so that we can adjust accordingly. In addition, we hope to begin a rules explanation by 8:00, so please be punctual if you plan to attend.

Also, feel free to contact Rishi if there is a specific game you would like to learn or something you want to teach for future game nights.

About the game:
In the Year of the Dragon was published in 2007 as the 12th game in Alea's Big Box Series (a series which includes games such as Puerto Rico, Princes of Florence, Ra and Taj Mahal). It is considered by many to be the best game by up-and-coming German designer Stefan Feld. It is currently ranked #73 on Boardgamegeek.

In this game, players take on the role of Chinese rulers in the 11th century. Players hire various people to work in their palaces, and hopefully stave off the impending disasters: such as famine, disease and Mongol invaders. This is called by some a "shortage" game. There are not enough resources available, so it is impossible to avoid disaster, but the best players will find ways to mitigate it.

BGG LINK: http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/31594/in-the-year-of-the-dragon

COMPLEXITY: 6

About the complexity scale:
The complexity scale is not necessarily a measure of how easy it is to learn the rules of the game, but how much intensity and focus are required to play the game. This is why games like Chess and Go, which have relatively simple rules, are high on the scale. We will not turn anyone away, but we do expect people to be aware of how much they can handle.

1 – Apples to Apples, Uno
2 – Monopoly, Munchkin, Bohnanza
3 – Risk, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Stratego
4 – Scrabble, Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Small World
5 – Race for the Galaxy, Tikal, BattleLore
6 – Magic: The Gathering, Diplomacy, Axis & Allies, Puerto Rico
7 – Chess, Arkham Horror, Agricola
8 – Go, Bridge, Age of Steam
9 – Die Macher, Magic Realm, 18xx
10 – Advanced Squad Leader, A World at War

Directions:
The name of my building is Crystal House 2 and it's on the corner of 20th and Eads. The front entrance faces Fern Street, which is the best place to park. If you park in the resident lots, you may get towed but street parking (including at meters) is free on weeknights. The front desk will buzz you in. If they ask you to sign in, do so, but otherwise, I don't care. Apartment 516 is on the 5th Floor.

I live about two blocks from the Metro. If you take the Metro, get off at the Crystal City stop (Blue/Yellow lines).

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http://www.meetup.com/AARGGH/calendar/15636402/

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