BGC Retreat

BGC Boardgame Retreat 2011 – Day One (Game Two)

BGC BOARDGAME RETREAT 2011 – DAY ONE (GAME TWO)
by jack208
 
EXCERPT
GAME TWO took the gamers from exotic unknown ALIEN FRONTIERS to the riches of VEGAS, then  exciting treasure hunting in TOBAGO, the adrenalin rush of smuggling contraband to MACAO and then back to the wonders of MARS.
 

 
GAME TWO
The previous sessrep ended with the conclusion of the first semi-competitive game of the Retreat (ie Game One), light and easy-to-get-into type of games to get everyone started. We stepped up a gear in Game Two with Alien Frontiers, Lords of Vegas, Tobago, Cargo Noir and Mission Red Planet.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
The games selected, while a step up in complexity from the previous round, are essentially centered around a push-your-luck theme and are perfect to set the tone before we move the gamers into the more complex Game Three.
 
Table
Game Title
P1
P2
P3
P4
1st
Alien Frontiers
junyet
nurul
bgc waiyan
teddy
2nd
Lords of Vegas
lee ching
sk wong
emil
jacelyn
3rd
Tobago
ken yen
bk woo
kareem
swee wan
4th
Cargo Noir
jonathan
lc wong
lester
daren
5th
Mission Red Planet
azmir
lee peng
janette
jun keat
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
Game 2 / Table 1: ALIEN FRONTIERS
 
 
This is the much anticipated game from a relatively new publisher Clever Mojo Games, and while our stocks for this game are delayed (until end June earliest), we do have a playset (courtesy of Allen Sam) and everytime we brought this to the table (usually in our OTK Friday Meetup), everyone has nothing but positive feedback for it. Let’s hope Clever Mojo keep up the good work with their upcoming releases !
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
It features a very good looking game board (and not unlike Mission Red Planet‘s board, another game also coincidentally being played in the same round) which I think helps to add to its appeal.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
While Ainul represented BGC in the earlier rounds – and won at Table 2! – this time BGC was represented by Waiyan. Obviously regardless of how well the BGC players do at their respective tables, they’ll earn points but they won’t qualify to win any prizes therefore our presence in the tables were merely to “randomize” proceedings. Hehe.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
The game uses a similar mechanic as Kingsburg in allocating your dice – and you do get to roll a good number of dice in this game. Because of the unique allocation mechanic and the ample opportunities to “spend” your dice, you usually do not feel a bad dice roll.
 
In fact sometimes there’s just a wee bit too many options for your dice roll, it can induce (gasp) analysis paralysis! Should I send the dice to the Alien Artifact hub to get an alien tech card, or should I mine some ore, or maybe I should just throw them all into the Colonist Hub and move my spaceship along….
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
This game was won by Junyet followed closely by Teddy (right). It has won another new convert, someone who confessed that she normally does not fancy sci-if or dice games. But Nurul (left) fell in love with this game after just one play… and I bet she’ll be reserving one copy of this for herself when our stocks arrive here end of this month. 🙂
 
Game 2 / Table 2: LORDS OF VEGAS
 
 
Table 2 takes you to VEGAS or rather the STRIP before it was turned into the glitzy casino-land it is today. Players arrive here on the Strip to hopefully turn their early bird status into tons of moolah… you get to buy parcels of empty (and mostly barren) land, turn them into casinos. Small lots at first… then merging with your neighbours (or when terms are not agreeable, there’s always the “expansion” approach).
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
Two gents – Wong and Emil – and two ladies – Jacelyn and Lee Ching – hustled & jostled to see who shall end up as the LORD OF VEGAS.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
The theme of VEGAS runs strong.. and luck – whether you embrace or reject it – will play a large part in your destiny in the Strip. So reject the luck of the roll at your peril.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
The gents did all they could….
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
.. but they could not beat Lady Luck’s cold piercing stare… and in the high stake game of you blink you die, they succumbed to the Ladies of Vegas (Lee Ching & Jacelyn) who shall take their casino fortunes and compete next with Henry Ford in the automobile industry.
 
Game 2 / Table 3: TOBAGO
 
 
The theme of luck, discovery and adventure drove this round. This time there’s no dice but luck still abound as four adventurers hopped around the island of Tobago in their MPVs looking for the buried treasures rumoured to be in abundance… yet cursed!
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
This game seems to attract a international cast with Kareem (left-most) and Swee Wan (right-most) having returned from their respective jaunts in China while Ken and BK just arrived from Egypt (Mykerinos).
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
In this game, each player lays down a clue card on their turn, which eliminated and narrowed down the location of the treasure spots as they drove their MPVs around frantically trying to be the first to arrive at the hidden spot to uncover the gold.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
There’s an element of “chicken run” here as some of the treasures are cursed and you do not want to be burdened with the bad karma of digging up such accursed items.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
Whenever I went near this table, Ken always grumbled to me he’s doing not so well and would be losing this badly. He was probably unruffled by watching the others digged up large amount of gold compared to his.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
Ken (right) to Kareem: Ooi… I helped you dig, I dun get anything ar?
 
While Kareem (left) eventually emerged victorious (and he did win by a large margin), Ken was likely as surprised as the others to find the other three was separated by just 1 point each (ie Swee Wan has 32 to Ken’s 30 pts). That’s a very very close score – and in fact Swee Wan scored a 6-pt card in literally the last dug of the game which probably tipped her over to 2nd.
 
The gold of Africa and spices of Nagasaki await Kareem & Swee Wan, while Ken and BK went on to become… moon priestess??? 😛
 
Game 2 / Table 4: CARGO NOIR
 
 
The far flung frontiers of space. The gambling riches of Vegas. And the lost treasures of Tobago. What next? Smuggling contraband in the black markets of Macao?
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
That’s where Daren and Lester found themselves as a reward for winning the O Zoo Director awards of Le Mio. They were joined by LC Wong and Jonathan, both still complaining about the firemen of Speicherstadt not doing enough to save their warehouses from burning down.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
In Cargo Noir, you need not play fair. Or at least I’ve yet to see smugglers playing by the books when it comes to milking out a profit.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
The rules in Cargo Noir is simple. If you are successful and made tons of money, no one remembers your past. Else you are just nothing but a low-rate scum trying to be a smart-ass smuggler. 😛
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
The two most unscrupulous smugglers eh.. sorry I mean, well-respected businessmen – Daren & Lester – who have contributed much to the growth of Macao and it’s trading ports, went on to form internationally recognized Hansa (trading leagues).
 
Jonathan and LC? No one remembered what happened to them. Tsk tsk.
 
Game 2 / Table 5: MISSION RED PLANET
 
 
With a box cover that screams steam punk, this game can’t help but attract the looks. It’s game board probably inspired Alien Frontiers, and…
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
… it’s selection of roles mechanic (for your astronauts) reminds one of Citadels.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
Not surprisingly this is a game from Bruno & Bruno (so expect some chaos) about exploring & colonizing Mars.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
Rockets ready to take you to the moon… no, I mean MARS.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
Janette planning her round-the-universe-trip to MARS
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Two
 
Lee Peng (left) was the runners-up for this round and together with Junkeat (not in pic), they moved up to Table 4 for the next game session.
 
More photos for GAME TWO
 

 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Three
 
Scorecard after Game Two. Scores in the 3rd number (red).
 
For the final game of Day One, we’ve (in our opinion) one of the best Euro game last year AUTOMOBILE sharing the stage with the equally highly rated NAVEGADOR and HANSA TEUTONICA. Be back soon for Game Three of Day One (read sessrep here).
 
     
 
LINKS
BGC Boardgame Retreat 2011 Announcement (click here)
BGC Boardgame Retreat 2011 Photo Albums – Game Zero, Game One, Game Two
BGC Boardgame Retreat 2011 Sesseps – Part 1, Part 2 (this report), Part 3
 
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