BGC Retreat

BGC Boardgame Retreat 2011 – Day Two (The Finale)

BGC BOARDGAME RETREAT 2011 – DAY TWO (GAME SIX)
by jack208
 
EXCERPT
2 Days, 16+ Hours, 20 gamers, close to 40 different games – GAME SIX now brings us to the finale of this awesome Retreat. The most talked about game TROYES receiving the closing ceremony honor on Table #1 while two of the MASK Trilogy were on the next two tables – TIKAL & MEXICA. Table #4 saw re-emergence of GIANTS, another popular game from last year’s Retreat. Five gamers (Teddy, Junyet, Lee Ching, Kareem & Daren) are still in with a chance to win this semi-competitive tourney; three of them are in Table #1. Find out who’s the eventual winner!
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Three BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Five
 
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The FINAL FIVE. Only one of them will be known as the BGC Retreat 2011 Champion. Find out whom prevailed. J
 

 
GAME SIX
After more than 14 hours of boardgaming clocked and 30 different games played, the gamers come into the last straight of the Retreat as they prepare to take on the 6th and final game. We’ve five gamers all within one victory away from claiming the BGC Retreat Champion prize of a brand new arrival game worth USD50.
 
Gamer
Pts
G1
G2
G3
G4
G5
Table 1
Junyet
17
1st
1st
1st
3rd
1st
4x
Teddy
16
2nd
2nd
2nd
1st
2nd
4x
Lee Ching
13
3rd
1st
4th
1st
1st
3x
Kareem
13
1st
1st
1st
4th
3rd
1x
Daren
13
2nd
1st
3rd
3rd
1st
0x
 
Obviously Junyet and Teddy are the front runners and have the initiatives on-hand. Basically the competition are theirs to lose since the 2nd group (Lee Ching, Kareem and Daren) need a win in the final game and for Junyet & Teddy to blow-out totally to stand a chance of grabbing the top position.
 
It’s also worth noting that in the format Boardgamecafe.net has set up, you do not need to be in Table #1 to stand a chance to win this competition. Both Kareem and Daren have limited time in Table #1 yet they have 13 pts which gave them a shot! However without being in Table #1, you are only doing passive engagement (ie a win for you in your table may not advance your position since a win for the Table 1 opponents would move them up in par with you).
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
The last game of this Retreat set us up nicely for a climatic final with three of the front runners above – Junyet, Teddy and Lee Ching – all sharing Table #1 – as they via for the riches of TROYES. It shall be no holds barred in Table #1 as everyone’s going for the win.
 
Alrite, let’s see how the tables/games are set up for this final round. 🙂
 
Table
Game Title
P1
P2
P3
P4
1st
Troyes
Lee ching
teddy
junyet
bgc waiyan
2nd
Tikal
bgc ainul
emil
jacelyn
lc wong
3rd
Mexica
kareem
ken yen
lee peng
swee wan
4th
Giants
lester
sk wong
jonathan
daren
   
janette
     
 
Due to some gamers having to leave us earlier (due to prescheduled appointment) we had to merge Table #5 into four tables. We’d initially planned to do the full MASK Trilogy for this round, with JAVA on Table #1, TIKAL Table #3 and MEXICA Table #4 but with only four tables, we decided to drop JAVA in favour of GIANTS. Well, let’s save JAVA for next Retreat or another meetup day.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 @ Port Dickson
 
TROYES is obviously the most anticipated of all the games and the lucky gamers in Table #1 had the chance to play this game early in June! We’ve to thank Leoskyangel (who bought this game from UK while he was on a trip there). Otherwise all of us have to wait till July/August before the game reached us locally.
 
You may want to read Day One’s (Game 0-1, Game 2, Game 3) and Day Two’s (Game 4, Game 5) sessreps if you have missed them.
 
Game 6 / Table 1: Troyes
 
 
When’s a dice game not a dice game?
Answer: When it’s set in the city of Troyes. 🙂
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
The abundance of dice in Troyes does lead one to assume that this is a dice-fest game where luck is 99% and perspiration (sweat from picking up and throwing dices – hey there are 24 dices in total here) the other 1% with strategy occupying 0%. 😛
 
Not so for Troyes. While “luck” is still a factor, the dice are merely used as “action points” that determine what action you – and importantly also your opponents – can take in this round, which in a way evens out the luck factor for everyone. It then becomes the adaptability of your game plan that helps determine the winner.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
At it’s heart, it’s a worker placement game where you send your workers out to one of the three main groups in Troyes – military (red), religion (white) and civil (yellow). Each of them gives you resources which you can spend on various actions (that’s determined by the dice roll) to gain VPs.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
In addition to leveraging the three factions above to develop Troyes – and built your personal prestige – there are marauders (below) whom you need to help Troyes defend against. They are indicated by the black dice and come at you relentlessly every round. The marauding invaders are an interesting adition to the game, mixing some tension into your game decisions.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
As mentioned earlier in this post, the top three front-running gamers (points-wise) for this Retreat were competing in this table! This meant the one who wins this will go on to claim the BGC Retreat Champion title… upping the stakes for this round. The 4th player was waiyan, which was BGC’s wild card entry into certain tables. The BGC wild card is a random factor in the tables they were involved in for eg. Aanemesis (BGC) winning in the Mykerinos session basically denied the points from the players. 😛
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
Waiyan having a “headache” before the game started? Hehe
 
And guess what? The BGC X-factor came into play again when waiyan actually won this game (therefore denying the players in this table the crucial 4-pts)! So who came in 2nd and was that enough for him (or her) to win the competition overall? 😛
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
Ah well… Teddy claimed 2nd place and his score tally is sufficient to allow him to claim the title of BGC Retreat Champion for 2011. Junyet was third and was just a point shy of Teddy. Very tight! GG to all players.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
Everyone in Table #1 gave thumbs up to this game… and am sure they’ll be looking forward to more TROYES sessions. Congrats to Teddy Pang but we shall have to wait for the other games reports (below) to be completed before finding out what did Teddy win. 🙂
 
Game 6 / Table 2: Tikal
 
 
There’s a series of three games printed with a large mask in front… first released back in 1999 (Tikal) and all three games were by the same designers, Michael Kiesling and Wolfgang Kramer. They all employed a similar game mechanic – Action Points – where you basically get a fixed number of action points eg 10 pts in Tikal to spend on your actions each turn (unlike Troyes which is also based on action points but the total points you can spend are variable depending on your dice rolls).
 
TIKAL was the 1st of this trilogy in 1999, JAVA followed in 2000 and MEXICA was the last of the trio in 2002.
 
 
Two more also made up this unofficial trilogy – TORRES which was designed by the same two designers and employed a similar action point system and plays very similar to TIKAL. Yet when most gamers talk about the MASK Trilogy, they tend to exclude TORRES (probably due to the lack of a mask in the box cover). The next would be the latest incarnations of the same two designers, TIKAL 2 continuing on from the Tikal theme but employing a very different game play (and no MASK in the box cover).
 
Edit: Hiew corrected my observation above of TIKAL 2. There’s ACTUALLY a mask in the box cover and it’s the same mask as TIKAL. Wow… So this would form the 4th official MASK games, making it the MASK tetralogy.
 
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
These trilogy games share a very similar game flow.. You are essentially converting your action points into VPs. TIKAL sets you in the role of an expedition leader, going deep into the jungles of Central America. As your team explores the jungle, the gameboard opens up to reveal temples and treasures.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
You set up base camps deeper into the jungle so as to allow your people to move faster, grabbing the treasures before your opponent does.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
This game is very pretty and is a lovely sight to behold as the game opens up the terrains in the jungle….
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
Each temple score you points… the higher you explored into a temple, the more points you’ll score. But the score goes to the player having majority control in the temple space so you’ll need to make sure even as you are spending men & action points to explore a temple, you are also sending in enough reinforcement to ensure your opponent does not simply grab the temple from your control after you’ve done all the hard work.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
TIKAL is a lady’s game (usually)… it’s pretty eye candy, the theme’s appealing and they tend to do very well in this game..
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
.. .but in this session, Emil emerged as winner for this table – probably after he heard we gave out spot prizes for winning this round (below). LOL.
 
Spot Prizes – Session Winner
To emphasize the point that our event’s not all PURELY competitive, we have Spot Prizes which everyone can win. For the last game round, we announced that the winner of each table will get one of these card games (below) sponsored by Boardgamecafe.net.
 
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Game 6 / Table 3: Mexica
 
 
The third game in the MASK Trilogy, takes you from the jungles of Central America to Lake Texcoco in Mexica, the domain of the Aztecs. Instead of exploring virgin jungles and guarding temples, you now need to fight for area majority control – obviously for the most developed areas – to score your VPs.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
Featuring a game board that’s as pretty as TIKAL, this game employs a similar action point system to drive the gameplay.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
Example of the Action Point options for MEXICA.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
While the TIKAL table was a bit serious (emil was bossing that table I think so everyone got serious), this group was obviously enjoying themselves in Lake Texcoco!!
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
Canals are the key in this game as the area is surrounded by the lake, and the most efficient way to move around is on water (unlike TIKAL which is all about the jungles).
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
Ken Yen (wolfx) (left) came out tops in this session. Well done, wolfx!
 
Game 6 / Table 4: Giants
 
 
The last table also feature a game that’s similar looking (and in theme) with TIKAL and MEXICA but not by the same designers. It’s not part of the MASK trilogy but this game was well-liked at last year’s Retreat and since not many gamers are acquainted with this game, we decided to take it out for another run. J
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
Hmm.. I think they are supposed to face inland, not outwards towards the sea. 😛 They are supposed to gaze over the land where their tribes stay, protecting them. These Mauis looked like they wanted to leave the island!
 
Set in the golden age of Easter Island, you are tribe leaders vying with the other tribes to erect the (most) and best looking Maui, large sculptures that today some still stand tall in the island, protecting their people from the sea spirit.
 
 
Giants is essentially a semi-cooperative logistic game. Firstly you need to lelong (bid) for one of these Mauis…
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
The number of Mauis on auction, and their sizes (ie larger Mauis score more VPs but harder to transport/build) are determined by this dice roll…
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
You then need to work with the other player to build a transport network to roll your Mauis to their destination (ie the spot where they are to be erected, called an ahu). Or transport them yourself.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
Some ahus are located just next to the Maui’s quarry.. but they scored very low and usually first to be taken up by those who built Mauis early.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
Well you can move the Mauis on your own but that’s not going to get anywhere fast especially if you are trying to send a heavy one across to the other side. Bergotong royong (cooperation) is the way to go. Downside of course is you invariably help your opponents get a large Mauis erected at your expense. 😛
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
You can use some of the woods (above) to speed up your Mauis transportation…
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
… and to simulate the scarcity of trees in Easter Island, there’s only so much wood you can chopped (and the tiles above tiles indicate the remaining quantity of woods still availabe in the island). Once all the woods are gone, that’s it.. You gotta carry them (heavy) Mauis by yourself.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
Your eventual aim is to transport them to an ahu.. where you can erect them (and thus score VP).
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
You’ll score even more VPs if you can put a nice head-dress onto your Mauis like the one above.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
The catch is that you need to get your head-dress from this island.. which urm.. happens to be located on the other side of the island!! LOL. I told you it’s easy to cooperate with others for all this sending of stuff back-n-forth.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 
The five tribe leaders in Easter Island doing their Maui development.
 
Wong was doing badly in terms of the board position but surprisingly he came back to win the game, snatching it literally from a possible win by Daren (who was already setting up for his final build)!!
 
AND THAT’S IT! The last games of the Retreat completed! Whew….
 
PRIZE GIVING
After 2 days of intense gaming (okie la.. for some, it may be laid-back and relaxing) it’s time to give out the prizes to deserving winners! First to go were the Spot Prizes for winning Game 6. This ensures everyone from Table #1 to Table #5 gets a chance to win something.
 
First to the podium was Game 6 Table Spot Prize for Table #4 where Tribe SK Wong carried & erected the most heaviest Mauis among all other tribal fellows. For his effort, he received a copy of COLORETTO.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Prize Winners
 
SK Wong (left) receiving his Spot Prize for winning Game 6 in Table #4 (Giants) from Ainul (BGC).
 
After being away from Mecatol Rex for so long, some doubted his ahem ability but wolfx (ken yen) proves he has not lost his mojo when he took on the challenge of Mexica and thrived! For that, he won a copy of PARADE (which is a pretty good card game, first taught to me by Kareem @ OTK).
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Prize Winners
 
Ken Yen getting his prize of PARADE for being the winner in Game 6 of Table #3 (Mexica)
 
Table #2 saw Superman “bullying” all to take and claimed pole position for the jungle exploration gig in TIKAL. The win elevated him to overall 4th position in the Retreat’s standing too. Well done, Emil!
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Prize Winners
 
Superman (Emil) going MAMMA MIA after sweeping away all opponents in the jungles of TIKAL.
 
Finally we’ve the Game 6 spot prize winner for Table #1 (Troyes). Supposedly this would have gone to waiyan but since she’s BGC, she does not qualify for the prize. Next in line would be Teddy who was 1st runner-up in this game but since he’s actually now the BGC Retreat 2011 Champion, he also dun qualify for this prize.. LOL
 
At BGC, we’ve the habit of spreading the prizes around ie. if you have already won or entitled to a bigger prize, we’ll let another person take the current prize. So far everyone seems happy with this arrangement and we have not seen any “ugly” issue over such “sharing”. I luv these gamers!
 
Therefore the spot prize for Table #1 went to the 2nd runners-up ie Junyet. Guess it’s not much of a consolation to him as he lost the Champion title narrowly to Teddy by just a single point. 😛
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Prize Winners
 
Junyet claiming his Game 6 Spot Prize for Table #1 (Troyes) which is a copy of CHRONICLES. The succession plan for giving out this table’s spot prize felt like deciding the next Admiral for Battlestar Galactica after the incumbent has been airlocked! :O
 
Congrats to our BGC Retreat 2011 Champion!
And finally, the top prize for the day… went to … TEDDY PANG!
 
At the end of Day One (after three games), Teddy was in 4th position with 9 pts while the lead gamers had 12 pts. But he turned on the juice in Day Two by finishing no lower than 2nd in all his three games, all in Table #1! (which underlines the importance of staying in Table #1).
 
Even though statistics showed that Teddy has only one win throughout the 2 days (compared to his closest competitor Junyet’s 4 wins), he managed to grab the top spot by retaining his place in Table #1 for the whole of Game Day 2 with the turning point coming in the first game of Day Two (Game 4: K2) when he ousted Junyet to Table #2; that’s a 6-pointer shootout!
 
For grabbing the top overall standing in this Retreat, Teddy won a brand new (and in fact now Out-of-Stock) game LUNA, worth USD50. This game is a 2011 Spiel des Jahres Recommend and designed by Stefan Feld of In the Year of the Dragon and Macao fame.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Prize Winners
 
Teddy receiving his prize from Ainul (BGC). CONGRATS~
 
Consolation Prize & Lucky Draw
Not everyone has to play competitively to win prizes in our BGC events. We always make sure everyone gets a chance to win something! For this we’ve two prizes; one for being the lowest scoring player (ahem) and another as lucky draw.
 
Yes at BGC, you can get a prize even if you were the lowest scoring player! Haha… Not everyone wants to play competitively la… so even if you join the Retreat just for 2-days of gaming without paying heed to your scores, you may win yourself something! That’s what Jun-keat found out when he was called up to receive his consolation prize of CITADELS.
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Prize Winners
 
Swee Wan receiving the consolation prize on her brother Jun-keat’s behalf.
 
Low-scorer is not bad oh…  mind you, last year’s consolation prize winner Teddy actually came back and became this year’s Champion!! Dun play play oh…
 
And finally, the last give-out of the day – a lucky dip that can potentially pick anyone – but of course, you need to stay until the end of the Retreat in order to win/claim the lucky draw prize. Bye Nurul. Bye Azmir. J
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Prize Winners
 
Lo and behold.. amid murmurs of “this lucky draw is as fixed as a horse punt”, Kareem’s number was pulled out from the cards! He won a copy of the fabulous LONG SHOT (another USD50 game); a prize that’s synonymous with the nature of the win, what a long shot! 😀
 
BGC Retreat 2011 Overall Standings
for those who luv their numbers
 
Position
Gamer’s Name
Points
Wins
Table 1
Points  Day 1
Position Day 1
1st
Teddy Pang
19
1
5x
9
4th
2nd
Junyet
18
4
5x
12
1st
3rd
Kareem
16
4
1x
12
1st
4th
Emil
15
3
1x
8
5th
xx
BGC
14
2
2x
5
11th
 
At 5th position (since BGC is excluded from the standings) five gamers were tied on 13 pts – Lee Ching, Ken Yen, LC Wong, Jacelyn and Daren Tan. The rest were somewhere between here and there. Hehe.
 
Well done to everyone who took part! All of you did FABULOUSLY! Your participation meant a lot more to us than your scores. J And last but not least, here’s the group photo (pity some left earlier and I forgot to arrange for a group photo BEFORE they left! )
 
BGC Retreat 2011
 
Cheers to all those who supported this Retreat. It’s all of you who made this Retreat such a fantastic and memorable experience. Am sure all of us will look back to these two days some time in the future and remembered the FUN & LAUGHTER we’ve had at this event!
 
Allow me to share with you some of the feedback we’ve had from the participants in their own words.
 
“The opportunity to try out many other games was good, however, I think, better was for the opportunity to meet other players, and enjoy playing with them while socializing! 🙂 I think what really made the event fun, was the people. Everyone was out to have fun. And everyone was laughing, joking, enjoying the games very very much. It was really good.”
 
“Overall the retreat was great, I got great exposure to numerous games and got to know more people in the local boardgaming community.”
 
“Will bring more friends along hehe. At first few of my friends were interested but pulled out last minute because of financial issues. After Jacelyn and I came back from the Retreat and shared our stories, they all regretted not going! The post retreat 35% discount was really awesome by the way.”
 
“Another great thing from the retreat is that we get a shirt for attending the retreat that we wouldn’t otherwise =).”
 
“Throughout the whole 2 days, the adrenaline rush was crazy because there were so many new games to learn and I was hoping to win the prize =P. Before I knew it, the retreat was already over! It seemed so quick and I was sad that the trip was over but I had loads of fun just playing all the games that I played. I didn’t win most of the games but getting to play them was the best part of it all =D!”
 
“Well, i had an awesome experience! From the moment we got there before the organizers to having a little teaser round of Serendipity, meeting new people, teaching and playing games. Having a good laugh, not to mention prolly the worst shower experience ever. lol. It was sincerely awesome you guys.”
 
“we didn’t need to know how to play these games either. the peeps from BGC taught us, as well us some bg (boardgame) gurus. whoaa!!! 2 full days of gaming? awesomeness!”
 
“do we want to do this again?
Is the Pope Catholic? OF COURSE we’ll do this again! with like minded geeks who wanna sabotage each other on the game board?definitely! hehehehe we all have that innate urge to outdo one another.”
 
“A great write-up on the whole event and great pictures taken! Some were really priceless, like Emils laugh, LChings stare, JCs funny faces lol etc XD!!! I can proudly claim to have participated in all the Board Gaming retreats so far since the 1st Euro Game Retreat back in 2006. I am glad that Boardgamecafe.net revived it again last year in 2010 @ Genting and is running it as an annual community event. I hope this event will continue to grow in the future and you can count on my support!
 
If you are reading this article and have yet to attend this event, make sure you mark your calendars next year when the date & location is announced! Pictures tell a thousand stories and im sure you can tell that all the attendees in this years event had a BLAST of a time there!!!”
 
LINKS
BGC Boardgame Retreat 2011 Announcement (click here)
BGC Boardgame Retreat 2011 Photo Albums, over 500 pictures of 40+ different games played over 2 days – Game Zero, Game One, Game Two, Game Three, Game Four, Game Five, Game Six.
BGC Boardgame Retreat 2011 Sesseps – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 (this report)
 
Another successful event by Boardgamecafe.net!
Thanks to everyone who made this possible…
 
BGC Retreat 2011 - Game Six
 

4 replies »

  1. oh but there is a mask on the cover of Tikal II. if you look at the outline made by the trees, you’ll see that the orange area (which is the big central bulk of the cover) is actually a mask not unlike that of Tikal. freaks you out or not? 😀

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  2. Thanks for the awesome report on the Retreat!!

    Intense gaming was understatement hehe, I lost to Teddy in Troyes by mere 1 point, and I’m 1 point behind Teddy in the final Retreat score! 😀 Really really tight 🙂

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  3. Uh oh..

    The picture and captions makes me wanna look into Mexica and Giants too!

    Giants look really nice =D!! Will read up and watch some reviews first heh heh!

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  4. Sorry for the being late in the feedback, just read your email after you wrote the last game session report.

    A great write-up on the whole event and great pictures taken! 🙂 Some were really priceless, like Emil’s laugh, LChing’s stare, JC’s funny faces lol etc XD!!!

    I didn’t know the last game was that close between me & junyet till it was announced, because i had my back facing the scoreboard all the time lol. But boy, was the last game close.. Great gaming and i give my hats off to junyet for being a great competitor – this being his 1st retreat too!!! An up-and-coming boardgamer despite being relatively new in this hobby 🙂

    For me personally, to have come from last place in last year’s retreat to getting 1st this year, it must be a sudden twist of fate for me LOL =D

    I can proudly claim to have participated in all the Board Gaming retreats so far since the 1st Euro Game Retreat back in 2006. I am glad that Boardgamecafe.net revived it again last year in 2010 @ Genting and is running it as an annual community event. I hope this event will continue to grow in the future and you can count on my support!

    If you are reading this article and have yet to attend this event, make sure you mark your calendars next year when the date & location is announced! Pictures tell a thousand stories and i’m sure you can tell that all the attendees in this year’s event had a BLAST of a time there!!!

    Thanks BGC.net!!!

    Cheers

    Teddy

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