Going...goinnnnnggg.­..GONE!

  • May 7, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Gone from Gunbarrel, we've hightailed it down south to Lafayette - and our first game night will feature auction titles.  So get ready to bid it up!

Here's a pre-game to determine what auction games are on tap for the night.  That is: suggest something, give a brief description, estimated play time, and maximum number of players.  Whichever three tally the most votes - SOLD! - get played.  (We might implement an auction mechanism to see who actually gets to play what.)  Attendance cap's at a dozen, but if all the games turn out to accommodate 5, then we'll up it to 15.


It should be grilling weather, so we'll probably marinate some chicken.  Suggestions for supplementary eats to bring: tater salad, salad greens, veggies, cole slaw, baked beans, bread, cheese slices.  Do I hear a carton of orange creamsicles?  How about a gross of fudgesicles?  Maybe a pallet of ice cream?  Going once...twice...


Parking at the new pad is fairly easy.  Just make sure that if you take one of the lot spaces, it's marked 'open' and not with a unit number...or you could parallel on Minotaur Circle.

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  • Susan

    Well shucks, I was looking forward to the auction action tonight (even with a late arrival). But one of my kids had a rough day at an after school thing and I have to be on mom duty tonight. Hopefully next time...

    May 7, 2013

  • Nori

    Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook! Wait - whuh?!? I mean - nominate or *vote for* your game choices in the comments here.

    May 5, 2013

  • Ryan D.

    Dang, wish all the games we're in ONE comment here ... so hard to see what's going on!

    May 7, 2013

    • Chris

      Yes, but here we are... entrants are: Colosseum, The Princes of Florence, Mü, Ra, Modern Art, Age of Conan, Keyflower, Cyclades, Strasbourg, Medici, El Grande, Homesteaders, Evo, Hoity Toity, Chicago Express, Felix the Cat in the Sack, Vegas Showdown, Money!, A Game of Thrones, Santiago

      May 7, 2013

    • Chris

      At least in a few of these, thematically you are transported out of the first world (while for others, it's into the first world's 1%)

      May 7, 2013

  • Chris

    Last minute entry--Santiago: Bid for crop plantations on the island of Cape Verde. Low bidder each round becomes the canal overseer, who decides where the canal will be built (your plantations need water). The other players try to offer suggestions, cash, "favors," etc. to influence the overseer. This chit is bananas! Plays 5, 60 min.

    May 7, 2013

    • Nori

      Did you buy that one?! Mine went away at the swap meet.

      May 7, 2013

    • Chris

      Yeah, but for less than what you got for it, so it was a good swap!

      May 7, 2013

  • Sean

    Where's the nearest beer store?

    May 7, 2013

    • Nori

      If you're taking South Boulder Rd, there's Union Jack on the SW corner of S Boulder and 95th, or there's a liquor place in the Sprouts Plaza at S Boulder and Hwy 287. (You go past our place to get to the latter, but it's only less than a two-minute drive.)

      May 7, 2013

  • Bansi

    What, no Power Grid? Oh, wait, I'm not going...

    May 7, 2013

  • Eli K.

    Oops, can't actually make it.

    May 7, 2013

  • Victor R.

    A Game of Thrones: Fantasy flight meets Risk in the Seven Kingdoms. It's a military conquest game with lots of subtlety, strategy, diplomacy, and backstabbery. While it's possible for this game to be played in less than 1.5 hours, it usually lasts MUCH longer. It plays exactly six (can play less but not well). Pretty complex - one of my all-time favorite games. You will probably either love it or hate it.

    3 · May 6, 2013

    • Rich

      Where's the dislike button?

      May 6, 2013

    • Victor R.

      On your mom.

      2 · May 7, 2013

  • Sean

    I've got some homemade chocolate biscotti, but I tend to think of that as more of a "with coffee" thing. Shall I bring a box of orange creamsicles instead?

    May 6, 2013

    • Nori

      I won't say no to dreamsicles...or you could bring coffee ice cream to go with the biscotti! Mmmmm, coffee ice creammmmm...

      1 · May 7, 2013

  • Chris

    2) Money: a quick-playing card game in which you're trying to amass sets of world currencies, but you're also using the same bills as bids. 5 players, 20 minutes.

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • Chris

    Couple late entrants I think these are what the procrastinating bidders are waiting for:
    1) Vegas Showdown: You and your opponents are bored multi-millionaires who decide to try to outdo one another building the biggest and most famous casino in the world! (or maybe just in Vegas). (Unlike in Hoity Toity in which you and your opponents are bored multi-millionaire relatives who try to outdo one another amassing the most impressive art collection). 5 players, 90 minutes.

    May 5, 2013

  • Susan

    Oh no, my husband is out of town so I would probably not be able to make it until 8:30ish. I'm not quite sure if there's a wait-list (the side-bar says "7 spots available" but it also says "7 waiting!") so let me know if I should drop.

    May 5, 2013

    • Nori

      No need to drop! Just come over when you can :o)

      May 5, 2013

  • Nori

    Voting for up to six games seems like a good number. So click away on those "Like" buttons! Hopefully this won't be like pulling teeth - y'know, as what happens when electing the POTUS. And even the waitlisters should get in on the votes, since I'll prolly be able to finagle one more table to get us to four games of up to 5 peeps each.

    May 1, 2013

    • Nori

      All right - table finagled. Need maybe 4 or 5 folding chairs, though.

      May 5, 2013

    • Ryan D.

      Got the chairs

      May 5, 2013

  • cody

    Can't make it but if people want to play Keyflower I can lend it. Also thinking about selling it...

    May 5, 2013

  • David W.

    Can I have a +1 for Rayne too??

    1 · April 29, 2013

    • Nori

      It's still in beta testing - the auction mechanism needs tweaking. So no rating yet.

      May 1, 2013

    • David W.

      yes, I haven't quite got that sussed myself, which can result in the hairy eyeball - you'd think I'd know better!

      May 1, 2013

  • Zum

    Felix, the Cat in the Sack: Outmaneuver your opponents with card play, then bid and bluff on the resulting sets of cats and dogs (and maybe a bunny) to get the highest points. Up to five players, 30 minutes.

    5 · April 29, 2013

    • Nori

      You learned this last Thursday with Chris and Emily, David! It wasn't *that* forgettable, was it?!

      May 1, 2013

    • David W.

      oooh right - I was confusing it with something else - my bad :-o

      May 1, 2013

  • Nori

    Chicago Express - haven't learned it yet, but there's railroads and investing and whatnot. ~60 minutes. 4 players.

    4 · April 29, 2013

    • Ian K.

      This gets my vote. It's been so long since I've played it that I actually forgot it had an auction mechanic.

      April 29, 2013

    • Rich

      We played it yesterday - it was fun. It ended somewhat suddenly, which was sort of interesting.

      May 1, 2013

  • Ryan D.

    Hoity Toity - Bid on art, or try to steal it! Create the best collection to win! Simultaneous play for 6 in about an hour!

    2 · May 1, 2013

  • Zum

    Evo: Bid for mutation genes to help your tribe of dinosaurs evolve and survive the climate changes and win territory from other dinosaur tribes. Mutation genes include: horns to battle for territory, heat-radiating plates for the hot climates, promiscuity for birthing more offspring, and x-ray vision to clean up at the blackjack tables in Vegas.

    4 · April 29, 2013

    • Ryan D.

      PRimordial Soup is WAY better with genes, but no auction :(

      May 1, 2013

    • David W.

      ... and I like it too!

      May 1, 2013

  • Nori

    Homesteaders - develop your homestead into a settlement, then a town, then a city in the Old American West. ~90 mins. 4 players.

    3 · April 29, 2013

  • Chris

    EL GRANDE: Area control game -- bid for the right to go first and choose the best action, but the higher your bid the lower the number of workers you get to place. A classic and a great game... as long as you don't have el grande AP. Longtime resident of the BoardGameGeek Top 20 and currently #16. Plays 5, ~2hrs.

    2 · April 29, 2013

    • David W.

      Is that the one where you throw some of your meeples into a tower? ...and a MAP of spain? - I like it!

      May 1, 2013

  • Zum

    Medici: Only the purest bidding game yet invented. Bid on lots of various commodities to load your ship and develop monopolies. So simple to learn, yet the strategy is deep. Bonus: lots that don't get bid on get dumped in the harbor!

    2 · April 29, 2013

    • Zum

      Well, Rich, we could try a special version where the bidding goes around until everyone else but the highest bidder passes. And Chris, I voted for six games, including three that I posted.

      April 30, 2013

    • Rich

      I'm in - even if we don't do special (not short bus special) rules!

      April 30, 2013

  • Chris

    Strasbourg: something about influence in the court of blah blah, but who cares...it's a FELD! Plays 5, 60 min

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Zum

    Cyclades: Bid for the favors of the Gods Apollo, Athena, Zeus, Poseidon or Syphilis to help your forces build Megalopoliseseseses (Megalopoli?). You can also bid for the powers of various mythological creatures, like the Minotaur (so appropriate, considering the location of our hosts' new pad), Centaur, or the seven-headed Gonorrhea.

    3 · April 29, 2013

    • Zum

      Up to five players, 90 minutes.

      April 29, 2013

    • Nori

      Don't forget that you could also call upon the Herpies to torment your opps with itching and burning!

      April 30, 2013

  • cody

    Keyflower: Plays 6. Not sure on play time. Mechanism: on your turn either bid your "workers" on a tile that you will add to your town or use a town tile's special action to help get resources and whatnot.

    3 · April 29, 2013

  • Ian K.

    Age of Conan: the Strategy Board Game - control one of four kingdoms vying for control of all Hyboria with armies, sorcery and intrigue. Bid for the aid of the mighty hero Conan the Cimmerian over the course of his adventures. ~90 minutes, 4 players.

    3 · April 29, 2013

    • Victor R.

      I won a copy of that in a raffle last year and would play it.

      April 29, 2013

  • Chris

    Modern Art: I don't know anyone who would want a Karl Gitter. That sh*t is so---->o derivative. Lite Metal on the other hand, now *there's* one to watch... Plays up to 5, ~60 min

    3 · April 29, 2013

  • Chris

    Ra: On your turn you can invoke Ra in your most solemn Egyptian priest voice. Experiment beforehand and impress your friends with the plethora of variations. "Raaaa" "Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah"­ "RAAAAAAAAAWWWWW!" Plays up to 5, ~60min.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Chris

    Mü: only the bestest partnership trick taking card game in the world! Like Bridge or Euchre? You'll find them oh-so-passé after a round of Mü. Plays up to 6 (but only great up to 5). A game to 200 might take 90 mins.

    3 · April 29, 2013

  • Chris

    THE PRINCES OF FLORENCE: It has been called "the game that ruined eurogames" (http://fortressat.com/analysis-...­) yet it's ranked #36 currently on BoardGameGeek and was once a top 10er. Come check out the controversy yourself! Plays up to 5, ~2hrs.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Nori

    Colosseum - put on a fabulous show in Ye Olde Roman Times using scholars, priests, lions, boats, potted plants, etchetera, etchetera. ~120 mins. 5 players.

    4 · April 29, 2013

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