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Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on August 07, 2006, 08:32:53 am

My gaming buddy Edwin is organizing a Gaming Retreat in September! Everyone is invited.. of course, you must be willing to game-all-day-long...












2006 Euro Game Retreat
We are planning a euro game retreat (yes, where we all go to find ourselves) sometime in September (before Essen), based on the following preliminary details:





Gaming schedule:



Saturday
-----------
1100 - 1130: Arrival & registration.
1130 - 1200:  Briefing & table allocation.
1200 - 200: Game #1.
200 - 400: Game #2.
400 - 600: Game #3.
600 - 800: Dinner.
800 - 1000: Game #4.
1000 - 1100: Demo #1.
 
Sunday
--------
800 - 900: Breakfast.
900 - 1000: Demo #2.
1000 - 1200: Game #5.
1200 - 200: Lunch.
200 - 400: Game #6.
400 - 600: Game #7.
600 - 630: Results & wrap-up.
 
All games in 2 hour slots, 4 players to each table. Although tables do not play the same game at the same time, players will get to play all the games. Prize for the overall winner of course ;0 List of games fitting 2-hour slot will be proposed by participants, and the final 7 games will be determined by popular vote.
 
Examples of games that will fit 4-player/2-hour slot include Tikal, Torres, Reef Encounter, Il Principe, Siena, Game of Thrones, Samurai, etc.
 
Participants are required to read the rules of all 7 games before the retreat!!! If you are interested, quickly RSVP at KL Boardgames Meetup coz we are accepting the 1st twenty pax only!



Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on August 07, 2006, 09:17:13 am

Err.. actually Edw says we need min 20 pax but can do as many as we can. So bring them all on!!! [:)]



I'll start updating this thread with the list of ppl who have RSVPed either Yes or Maybes. Pls update your RSVPs if there are changes to enable us to better plan this event.





Now for the Maybes





 

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: DHEK on August 07, 2006, 11:01:06 am

Most likely I will be able to make it (have to check with the office on leave first though), but I'll have to see if I can rope in some other friends for the trip, too. :)



Uhhh... I hope the games that get chosen to play... they will be at least familiar to me... hahaha... ;D Otherwise no chance to win for first-timer! ;)



Perhaps a list of games that can be chose from can be posted up for us to consider our choices? ;) I'm sure it won't be an "all and sundry" list coz I guess you gotta make sure someone owns the game first, eh? ;)

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on August 07, 2006, 11:19:05 am

Everyone's who's coming can vote for the final 7 games to be played. Only those who RSVP yes can vote.



Let us start by short listing the games for voting. Once we've the final shortlist, I'll create a poll so that everyone can vote which 7 games.



Let me get the ball rolling by naming my choice of games (need not be 7 but must be 4 player games playing under 2 hrs). The 1st seven are Edwin's choices. Those with a "*" means I also support this choice of game.





I'll also bring Lupus in Tabula (werewolf) for the campfire gaming session!! haha...



Note: These are mostly games I've.

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: DHEK on August 07, 2006, 01:41:13 pm

AHAHAHA!!!



OK, I guess I need more exposure to designer games, coz the ONLY games I know how to play on that preliminary list there are Puerto Rico and Havoc.



But no worries, I'll do my homework and read up the rules (or at least try to familiarise myself) on the games that I'm unfamiliar with if any of such games get chosen.



At the risk of "dumbing down" the games chosen (pity us unsophisticated folks), I'd love to suggest adding Catan (including Cities & Knights), Carcassonne (any variant) and San Juan. I have all three of those games (my Carcassonne is 'The City' variant though) and am willing to bring them if needed.

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: ayheng on August 07, 2006, 06:46:08 pm

what about caylus, railroad tycoon, ra and powergrid? i propose these games. werewolf sounds interesting. games with more than 6 players can be given priority because... this is when can you have the required number of players!



Put me on the tentative list. Need to check if there is any prior engagements.

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on August 07, 2006, 07:25:00 pm

I think the 1st thing is that we need to quickly confirm the date else I see it's difficult for everyone to commit their calendar. Edw, you reading this? Can you put a date down asap? [:p]



As for those games you listed, Heng, they are good games but....



Caylus and RRT are not likely to go under 2 hrs unless you are playing with experience gamers and even then I doubt so for Caylus. And you know la..  we Msians don't game in "silence".. the bantering between moves are part of what we enjoyed about face2face gaming... factor that in and I will say these two won't go sub-2hrs.



Powergrid may.. but that's also pushing things a bit and we've to assume everyone knows Powergrid well enuff. As for RA, yes that's certainly a max 1-1.5 hrs game and can be added to the shortlist.



Any other games you can think of?

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: LoStBoYz on August 08, 2006, 03:58:48 am
If I'm gonna spend rm200 for a boardgaming retreat, I'd rather play games that I don't get to play so often. Games that are normaly more than 2 hours long, since those are the games that are seldom out on the table on normal days or weekends.

Instead of doing 2 hours shorts games, I would rather play a marathon game like 1830, Dune, Advance Civilization, War of the Ring, Diplomacy or any >3 Hours game. These are the games we all WISH we can play but in reality just couldn't find the time or the right group of people that is willing to spend hours to play with you.

Just my 2 cents.

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on August 08, 2006, 07:30:37 am

hmm.... how can one so "LoSt" be so "WiSe"? [:^)]



well said, my padawan fren. Come to think of it, this is good thinking! Why would we burn ourselves on 2-hr games which we can easily play week-in week-out at GC or Toybox (Nick, another mention again LOL) or even at your own place with your own gang!



If we are going to a retreat - and by that I presume we lock everyone up and throw away the keys for the two days - then we might as well play those games that are out-of-reach for us typical mortal gamers.



Games like 18xx, Dune, Advance Civ, Diplo which we always complain takes half a day. Now we have half a day and more....



I'm all for complex games! Though I also und some ppl might be more conventional and wanna do the 2-hr rote.



Maybe we shud have two groups: the Gamers and the Hardcore. And then run different games for each group. So in this way, Edw's original Retreat plan with gamers fighting over 7 games and getting some prizes will still be valid and onz.. while a small hardcores huddled together at the other corner with their "life-defining" games. [:P]



Chua, you here? I just realizes *THIS IS* the 10-hours lockdown gaming session we wanted for 1830??? Now we can do 1830 and Advanced Civ back-2-back!! Oh god!!



And at nite, let's get together around the campfire and do a 25-player Werewolf session!! that would be fun!



Hardcores, raise your hands and let me see you.. aye!



 

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on August 08, 2006, 07:32:24 am

[quote user="LoStBoYz"]These are the games we all WISH we can play but in reality just couldn't find the time or the right group of people that is willing to spend hours to play with you.
[/quote]



btw are you coming along or is this just another HAB (hot air balloon). [:P]

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: LoStBoYz on August 08, 2006, 08:04:43 am
LOL!! You obviously didn't see that I started my post with the word IF.


Its not HAB, very much depends on when we're doing this........
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: KANDANG on August 08, 2006, 09:02:21 am
sat - sun
:) next week
19-20 or 25-26
don't drag it on for later...now is the time !

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: nicklwc on August 08, 2006, 02:40:03 pm

Any weekends this months is not good for me so you guys can go ahead...sigh..



I agree with Lost although I think a mix might be a good idea. Set up two or three tables with heavier games and the spillover can be with shorter 2hour game variants. I am sure we will be getting a crowd with diverse taste, and not everyone will be all that in it for games that are more than 3 hours long.



Fuah, another free mention by Jeff :P this is turning out to be a good week for me...btw, what if I gatecrash the retreat? :D

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on August 08, 2006, 06:18:19 pm

Just had a chat with Edw on this.



1. As for the date, he's still waiting for Avillion to come back to him on a confirmed weekend. As soon as he knows, I'll shout it here.



2. Discussed about the long-game option and we basically agree to mix 2-hr and now 4-hr games. Basically Day 1 will be about 2-hr games to get ppl's engine moving... then Day 2 will feature 4-hr games.



With the 4-hr slot, we can now consider Caylus, RRT, Dune, Powergrid certainly and a few more heavier games.



If the 18xx King (Chua) can tweak the game to shorten its duration to 4 hr, we might see it on the table too. Since between me and him, there'll be 2 sets of 1856, that might be a viable option.



will keep everyone updated on this event!

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: aanemesis on August 09, 2006, 09:02:04 am

I'll join you guys depending on date of retreat. Some dates are out for next few months for me.



Also, can I suggest TI3. Chua & I have this. Rules & FAQ can be downloaded from FantasyFlight Games website. The forum there has tons of strategy and discussion threads. And BGG probably has some gem as well. This can be limited to 4 hours. Really la. Been running 4 hour Sunday afternoon sessions last year at Wolf's.

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: DHEK on August 11, 2006, 03:26:04 am

Sorry guys, I think I'll have to sit out this one after all.



None of my friends who are into board games are too keen on going either, due to various reasons, the cost among them. And after thinking about it, I have to agree, RM200++ does seem a bit high for the not-so-rich among us :)



Anyway, hope those of you who are going anyway get to have fun. Though if you need at least 20, I wonder if there's even enough to go :P

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: ayheng on August 12, 2006, 04:44:27 am
Ooo... Twilight Imperium 3, sounds lovely. Last two games I played stretched to 8 hours...
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on September 05, 2006, 06:53:59 pm

ok since Edw is looking to be extremely busy this month being away from this Fri onwards, the Avillion trip does not look likely.



I want to see whether there's enough interest here to do a Genting one-niter trip instead. Rough plan:





There'll be two groups; hardcore and euro-gamers. The above schedule is more for the hardcore. Basically by going on a Sat/Sun, I thot we are doing no different that a Sat Meetup at GC except we are extending it thru the nite and into Sun morning/afternoon.



Genting is a very short drive and those who dunwan to drive, can take a coach. 1.5 hr trip only. Plus nice weather.



And doing it on Sat/Sun means no one is require to take leave though for some, visa approval from Home Ministry may still be required. If you need assistance on this, pls contact our Home Minister En Ainul bin Tetangga.



Any takers?

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: aanemesis on September 06, 2006, 07:55:04 am

Tip for getting extended visa from Home Ministry: capitalise on Mega Sale by spending at least one ENTIRE day and some $$$ on shopping trip at a very busy shopping mall with the Minister herself. The "ENTIRE day" portion is non-negotiable, the "some $$$" depends on your skills developed during Traders of Genoa etc sessions. See, that's why we play these euro/designer boardgames, to develop useful skills for life&death situations. [;)]



For those who have yet to develop the very important jedi skills of foresight, and missed the Mega Sale [yes, it's over, duh], other similar trips are required. May the force be with you.

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: ayheng on September 06, 2006, 02:50:37 pm
Sounds intriguing! Count me in. Is it still the same day? How much are we expecting for the room?
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: KANDANG on September 06, 2006, 03:24:23 pm
wow 200 bucks for the retreat
=p

i think i'll buy a new game and play that at home !

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: ayheng on September 07, 2006, 06:09:06 pm

[quote user="KANDANG"]wow 200 bucks for the retreat
=p

i think i'll buy a new game and play that at home !

[/quote]



True... but how else can you get an excuse to play games for one whole day with fellow gamerz? :P

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: aanemesis on September 07, 2006, 07:53:57 pm
[quote user="ayheng"]

[quote user="KANDANG"]wow 200 bucks for the retreat
=p

i think i'll buy a new game and play that at home !

[/quote]



True... but how else can you get an excuse to play games for one whole day with fellow gamerz? :P



[/quote]



...in a tropical paradise setting. [H]

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on September 07, 2006, 08:12:34 pm

[quote user="aanemesis"]...in a tropical paradise setting. [H][/quote]



... and tropical hula dancers like these?





Note: Image purposely blurred to maintain Family rating of these forums LOL. If you wish to see the dance, join lar the Euro Gaming Retreat!



 

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: dave on September 08, 2006, 05:09:04 am
Getting old lah.... all night gaming not really an option for old aged pensioners....
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: aanemesis on September 08, 2006, 06:25:09 am

"That face you make. Look I so old to your eyes?"



"When 900 YOU reach, look as good you will not"

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: aanemesis on September 08, 2006, 06:26:55 am
Quotes taken from book "How to kill conversations by quoting Star Wars". OK I made that up, but I bet there's a similar book/article somewhere. [:P]
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: dave on September 08, 2006, 06:37:46 am
If you're unlucky, the conversation might not be the only thing getting killed. Thank goodness Yoda quotes are not as annoying as Jar-Jar Binks quotes otherwise there might be mysterious corpses floating in the river the next day. [6]
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: Champion Eternal on September 08, 2006, 07:00:18 am
[quote user="jack208"]

[quote user="aanemesis"]...in a tropical paradise setting. [H][/quote]



... and tropical hula dancers like these?



[/quote]

Jeff, I notice you always take pics using one hand. What were you doing with the other hand while taking the hula pic? Shaking dice? [:O]

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on September 08, 2006, 07:29:53 am

[quote user="Champion Eternal"]

Jeff, I notice you always take pics using one hand. What were you doing with the other hand while taking the hula pic? Shaking dice? [:O]

[/quote]



Well, at least I'm using one hand to take the pics. And what were you doing with BOTH your hands then? LOL

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on September 08, 2006, 07:36:22 am

[quote user="dave"]Getting old lah.... all night gaming not really an option for old aged pensioners....[/quote]



All-nite? Why is it once you saw the hula dancers pic, you suddenly thot of doing all-nite stuff? Hmm.... well I do agree doing an all-nighter with the dancers.. sorry, I mean gamers does require some stamina.



You need stamina to play boardgames. Guys, rite?



 

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: dave on September 08, 2006, 08:05:22 am

I was referring to the schedule posted by you actually when I mentioned all night gaming.... some people apparently use the night for other activities (sacrilege!! gaming should be the only thing adding fun to our shallow lives!!)....

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: LoStBoYz on September 08, 2006, 08:40:27 am
Guys, guys, this is a family rated forum. I really don't want to know what you guys do with your free hands. I don't think kiddies want to know either.

Btw, Jeff, you're giving CE too much credit. [:O]
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on September 09, 2006, 07:19:36 pm

Dave, here's the link to the cute amoeba thingie



http://boardgamecafe.net/community/blogs/the_midnite_gamer/archive/2006/09/08/3794.aspx

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: ayheng on September 19, 2006, 03:53:13 am
Are we doing 7 Ages?
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on September 19, 2006, 07:23:58 am

[quote user="ayheng"]Are we doing 7 Ages?[/quote]



I can certainly take it along (and Chua has a copy too) together with 1856 and Diplomacy for options.

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on September 22, 2006, 02:33:45 pm

Ok, Edw came back with the details for the Retreat. Oct7 weekend.



When, Where
Saturday 7 October - Sunday 8 October.
Awana Resort.



Schedule



Saturday:
830 - 900: Arrival. No late arrivals please!
900 - 1100: Game #1, including tea break.
1100 - 100: Game #2.
100 - 200: Lunch.
200 - 300: Game #3.
300 - 400: Game #4.
400 - 600: Game #5, including tea break.
600 - 800: Break + dinner.
800 - whenever: Free play (not in meeting room).



Sunday:
800 - 900: Breakfast.
900 - 1030: Game #6.
1030 - 1200: Game #7.
1200: Closing.



Combination
3 x 2 hour games.
2 x 1 hour games.
2 x 1.5 hour games.



Players
4 to a table/game.



Games
1) All participants to nominate games according to combination (ie. each nominates 7 games in 3 time categories). Publishers recommended time frame will be used.
2) Total nomination list will be put to vote.
3) Most popular games will be used. In event of tie, organizer chooses.
4) Rules will be given one week before event.



Format
1) No preliminary seeding.
2) After 1st game:
Table 1 = 1,1,1,1
Table 2 = 1,2,2,2
Table 3 = 2,2,3,3
Table 4 = 3,3,3,4
Table 5 = 4,4,4,4
3) Order to be decided according to to which table finishes first.
4) After each game thereafter, top 2 promoted one table, bottom 2 relegated one table.



Confirmation
Closing date for participation = Sunday, 24 September 2006, by midnight.



Fees
RM200. Includes 1 night accommodation twin-share, 1 x breakfast, 1 x lunch, 1 x dinner, 2 x tea breaks.



 

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: KANDANG on September 22, 2006, 07:38:22 pm
hope this one comes out well
=)

have fun guys !

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: ayheng on September 23, 2006, 09:32:22 pm
Just signed up. Hope it'll happen. With nominations and seedings, you'd thought it was a competition, not a getaway as it is...
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on September 24, 2006, 12:10:58 pm

We've min 16 confirmd so this is definitely on. So about 4 more seats to go and we're full. [:)]

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: ayheng on September 25, 2006, 08:47:43 pm

Cool!



So anyone going from Klang? Chance of carpooling? How is everyone's transport arrangements?

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: LoStBoYz on September 26, 2006, 05:20:27 am
7th is not a good weekend for me since its exam period for the kid. So I wont be joining, sorry guys. Would luv, but no, RL  comes 1st.
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: ayheng on September 26, 2006, 07:10:01 pm
Is alright, we understand. Your words makes me feel like playing more before RL catches up to me!
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on October 03, 2006, 06:09:33 am

We are good to go. Take a look at the list of games we'll be playing over both days. Wow! In fact, there's Heck Meck which is used to break the ice.



1. caylus.
2. railroad tycoon.
3. power grid.
4. acquire.
5. tikal.
6. reef encounter.
7. primordial soup.
8. elfenland.
9. puerto rico.
10. torres.
11. saint petersburg.
12. santiago.
13. el grande.
14. samurai.
15. settlers of catan.
16. carcassonne.
17. cafe international.
18. elasund.
19. china.
20. niagara.
21. thurn & taxis.
22. ticket to ride.
23. ra.
24. pirate's cove.
25. cosmic encounter.
26. through the desert.
27. tigris & euphrates.
28. antike.



Are you drooling? [:P]



But a more serious matter beckons. Can those who are gonna do the REAL gaming ie. after dinner Sat evening from 8pm onwards, pls stand up and shout what games are we gonna do Sat evening onwards?





  1. 1856


  2. Diplomacy


  3. 7 Ages (may not be back from Spore on time [:(])


  4. Others?


 

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: ayheng on October 03, 2006, 04:14:38 pm
anything sounds good. basically, i vote that we play something that we can't normally play. i'm happy even just to sit and watch a game which i have never seen before and might never see played again.
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on October 03, 2006, 10:04:25 pm

Okie..



Plan A: We do Dune (6-player) and maybe 1856 (5-player). Fill in-between with other faves (since we've 28 games up there!)



Plan B: If I can get my 7 Ages on time, we do 7 Ages for 6 player! This shud last us the entire evening and may be a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience.



Plan C: anyone got better ones?

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: ayheng on October 04, 2006, 05:54:54 pm
A special request from my side. I like to learn and do Bang! and/or Werewolf game, so that I can play it in my next outing with my friends. Since there'll be lotsa people, I hope we can get enough people to do these quick party games.
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: macedwin on October 04, 2006, 06:30:01 pm
i'm good for dune. i think we should all play werewolf ;0 i wanna learn war of the ring & twilight imperium 3!!!



anyway, we'll be running a noticeboard system - means from 9am saturday, anyone can post a game they want to play and how many players they looking for. throughout the day, everyone can check/add on to the board either posting more games, or joining games posted.
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on October 04, 2006, 08:36:32 pm

ok I'll bring my copy of Lupus Tabula and we do a Wolfie session around dinner time. [6]



How's the noticeboard gonna work if the game posted was not brought up eg War of the Ring? Remember to bring your brand new shrinkwrapped Dune wor, edw? hehehe



 

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: ayheng on October 19, 2006, 05:48:09 pm

A report from my fren Alvin's blog:



http://niched.blogspot.com/2006/10/retreat.html:



Retreat!







[We can't upload photos again. So we'll just leave the post up and try and upload them sometime soon. What we've done so far is link text to the pics we've got up at Flickr. 'Nic, got a pendrive to get the whole lot of pix?] Team, fall back!... ...All the way to Awana! The weekend was set for the 2006 Malaysian Eurogames Retreat. Starting at 8.30am Saturday and going alllll the waaaaay till Sunday afternoon. Shoot, should have had more marathon sessions with 'Nic and Ivan for practice. Hope brains don't dissolve before the weekend is over, as once we finished we'd to rush back, finish packing up for my trip to Singapore - we'll be there a week for training and will not be a good sign if brain has melted. Decided not to take a risk in oversleeping so had kind 'Nic come up to fetch me over to bunk overnight at his place before heading up to Awana. We'd a good start and 'Nic also picked up Jeff along. The more the merrier, everyone was awake and the haze gave way to clouds and cool weather. Soon everyone arrived and breakfast was underway. Edwin, our organizer did the honours of welcome speech and such and explained how we'd be playing da games. 16 gamers in all, split into 4 tables of 4 players. Essentially the games would be rated thus: Table 1 would be rather difficult games, scaling down to Table 4 with simpler games. As there were loads of games (28 for the event not counting extras for during free time) there were most of us who don't know some games. So those who knew how certain games are played were to teach the others, provided that they're teaching another table to "make sure you don't 'forget to mention' certain winning conditions". Fair innit? First up, lots were drawn to see which table we'd sit at. Then the prelimenary game - for actual table placement. Heckmeck. A dice game. We suck big time at dice games. Anyways: Heckmeck. Objective is to collect the most points in worms. Using six d6, roll to try and get marks to collect tiles of same mark and score points. Tiles either score 1, 2 or 3 points and can be stolen by other players as well! This retreat was gonna have quite a bit of Musical Chairs/Tables - after each game, 2 winners will head 'up' a table while the 2 losers head 'down' a table. You could probably keep a permanant seat in Table 1 or 4 if you had the skill. Anyways, as we're lousy at dice, we ended up at Table 4. No biggie. What's the first game up? What the-? What is this game doing on Table 4??? Railroad Tycoon. Objective is to get the most points by the end of the game. Points are earned by building railroad tracks to send goods from place to place. Completing certain objectives also earn points. Cash is required to build tracks, upgrade train engines, urbanize towns etc and can be gained either by alloting shares or earning points. Oh no. Heavy game IMHO, shouldn't this be a Table 1 or 2 game? A look around showed that the other tables had heavier games. Anyways, managed to suffer our way through as was slightly familiar with game concepts by now plus we knew what we needed to do during the initial stages of the game. But I guess the deciding factor as to how we won was the fact that KP wanted to win the prize for 'being fourth on the Table 4 in the final round'. That put Shaun and us up to Table 3.





and



http://niched.blogspot.com/2006/10/retreat-retreat.html



Retreat! Retreat!







Second game for the day is Ra at Table 3. At our table, Jen Fai, Shaun, Chris and us. According to the Games Allocation table, this is game 7, a 1 hour game which should finish fairly quickly. RA. A game in 3 epochs. Objective is to gain the most points. Tiles are drawn and placed representing various aspects of Egyptian life - gods, culture/civilization, pharoahs, buildings and season (flooding of the river), all earning points in some way. This are placed on the game board to be auctioned off. The intersting part of auction in this game is that each player only have three 'chips' for bidding with a value from 2-13 (or higher depending on players), thus players have to be mindful whenever they bid. This was an interesting game, very quick learning curve but certain strategies in the game may smack you in the face if you don't keep watch - after the first epoch Chris was left with the 2, 3 and (we think) 6 chip for bidding! And we guess it would be better if a bag was provided for tile-drawing and shuffling. Otherwise it was a fairly quick game played, giving us time to check out other tables, or in Shaun's case, play dominos with the bidding chips. Watching Samurai going on Table 1, things were quite hushed. Edwin and Jeff were already calculating their wins and losses already before the game has ended! Analyses Paralyses hard at work. Onto our third game of the day - Table 2, Game 7: St Petersburg. Another 1 hour game. St Petersburg. Objective of the game? Earn the most victory points. There are 4 phases in the game: Workers, Buildings, Aristocrats and Upgrades. Purchase cards revealed in each phase to either earn rubles (cash) or victory points. Workers generally earn rubles, Buildings for rubles and or victory points or even special abilities, Aristocrats mainly victory points. Upgrades allow you to improve cards you have already bought to either earn more rubles or points. I didn't get to read about the flavour behind St Petersburg, because 'Nic and I were trying to teach Thurn and Taxis to Table 4 (why does Table 4 seem to have all the train games?). Hopefully our explainations were clear enough. Anyways, easy learning curve, heavy strategy punishment. Well, maybe not really. Just not paying attention to what we were buying, plus we didn't realise that, while we could 'take a card into hand' we couldn't 'discard a card from hand' as an action - leading to further point deduction at the end of the game <:( Back to Table 3. Table 3, Game 4: Pirate's Cove, 90-minutes. Pirate's Cove. Objective is to loot different islands for their treasure, fight off any competing pirates on same island, take on notoriously famous pirates or The Royal Navy...all in the name of getting Fame Points. Lasting 12 turns, pirates secretly choose their destination island to loot for treasure, gold, fame and/or purchase strategy cards as well as upgrades for their ship. Ships can upgrade sails (initiative), crew, cannons (both required for firepower) and hull (treasure hold space). During combat pirates blast each other until one sustains massive damage in any one of the four upgrades or flees. We started rather slow because we didn't had anyone to teach us the game - Rob had to make do with going through the manual with us and us having mini-trials to ensure we've got the gist of it. Jen Fai has played the game before but that was waaay too long back, so we'd best go through everything again. We decided to sacrifice our hull integrity to increase our firepower might. Unfortunately as encounters prove, for firepower to be really impressive and intimidating, one's ship must be able to manouevre with ease. In the end our ship spent plenty of time at Pirate's Cove doing repairs T_T The strategy cards may require clearing up on some details. Initially I'd cards that told me I could redirect the Royal Navy elsewhere. As the Royal Navy did not appear in the game I wondered what worth was the card for, until Jen Fai played it near end-game against Rob. Seems like when you play that card, you put the Royal Navy into play to chase and battle other pirates! So Rob had to fight off the persistant Royal Navy, but thankfully he had a card in hand that allowed him to deal double damage (or something). Rob won, got famous. After that encounter, next turn I launched my Royal Navy against Rob who fled ^_^





(crossposted with permission)





Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on October 20, 2006, 10:46:01 am

Okie.. 1st part of my report done
http://boardgamecafe.net/community/blogs/tournaments__competitions/archive/2006/10/20/4661.aspx



Photos uploaded here if you didn't already know [:)]
http://boardgamecafe.net/community/photos/euro_game_retreat_2006/default.aspx

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: aycee on October 20, 2006, 11:42:26 am
My gods. HAY I thought you were just gonna link the post or do an exerpt.[:O]
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: ayheng on October 20, 2006, 04:57:47 pm
oops, just realised the posting aren't paragraphed properly...
Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: ayheng on October 25, 2006, 06:42:46 pm

My view on the Eurogame Retreat experience:



Eurogames Retreat @ Awana Genting 7-8 Oct 2006







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Games - Lotsa, lotsa games:



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Gamers - Lotsa, lotsa gamers:



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The background - A Genting Gaming Getaway Galore idea was mooted in an after-gaming-yumcha session. See my blog here, under Yumcha, for the first occurrence of the idea: http://aikyong.blogs.friendster.com/hengs_gaming_blog/2006/09/boardgamecafene.html .



After a period of ingestion by a group of intrepid Eurogame enthusiasts, Edwin finally organised a Eurogame Retreat scheduled for 7-8 October 2006 at:



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And what a getaway from work and the haze in KL! There's:



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Img_5902 Swimming pools



Img_5903 Golf courses



Img_5905 Cable car to gambling den, erhem, I mean to Genting, the amusement park...



At this resort, on level three, in Jelatek Room, an amazing event is happening:

Eurogame Retreat is here!
A group of grown ups gathering to play boardgames!








 



Over the course of one and a half days,

The gamers are kept occupied with an organised schedule





 



 




The results of every game tabulated and recorded



 



 



 



 



 




I myself get to play:

Pickomino (a.k.a. Heck Meck, a dice rolling game)
Caylus (a castle building game)
Through the Desert (a camel caravan laying game)
China (an area influence/control game)
Santiago (a plantation and canal laying game)
Torres (tower building game), and
Acquire (company merger and acquisition game)








 





In between break times, I get to:

try Pompeji (toasting-citizen-by-lava game)
learn 1856 (stock & train game)
teach Thurn and Taxis (postal service game)
watch a Pirates Cove game in progress
joke around
lie down on a soft retreat-sized bed
win some prizes
make lots of new friends! From left: Ryan, Denise, KP, Ric, Alvin (old friend), Jen Fai, Melissa, Chris, Shaun, Edwin, Teddy, Melody, BK, Rob (GC regular), Heng (myself), Jeff (GC regular)


Pleased to meet all of them and look forward to seeing them in next year's Eurogame Retreat!

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on October 25, 2006, 10:02:06 pm

Great report Heng! Will cross-post this to the Event Blog later. btw the 2nd part of my Euro Game Retreat report just posted



http://boardgamecafe.net/community/blogs/tournaments__competitions/archive/2006/10/26/4687.aspx

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: KANDANG on October 26, 2006, 04:53:11 am
=) 2 more weeks and i'll be bging again

and in a months and 1 week i'll be back in hazy m'sia
:(
but will be great to catch up wid u guys

hoho
the price of AoS seems to be skyrocketing
checked on BGG and they're really ex
:o

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: aanemesis on October 26, 2006, 06:03:39 am

[quote user="KANDANG"]hoho
the price of AoS seems to be skyrocketing
checked on BGG and they're really ex
:o
[/quote]



Also, reprint in 2008. Maybe. Weird public spat between M.Wallace & J.Bohrer on BGG:



http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/131846

Title: 2006 Euro Gaming Retreat
Post by: jack208 on October 26, 2006, 08:33:07 pm

Part 3 (and final) report for Euro Game Retreat posted....



http://boardgamecafe.net/community/blogs/tournaments__competitions/archive/2006/10/27/4743.aspx