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Game Logs: October 21, 2006

All Logs: June 16th, 2007  October 21, 2006  September 16th, 2006  August 19th, 2006  July 15th, 2006  June 17th, 2006  April 15th, 2006  February 18th, 2006  December 17th, 2005  November 12th, 2005  October 15th, 2005  September 17th, 2005  August 20th, 2005  July 16th, 2005  June 18th, 2005  May 21st, 2005  April 16th, 2005  March 19th, 2005  February 19th, 2005  January 15th, 2005  December 4th, 2004  November 20th, 2004  October 23rd, 2004  September 18th, 2004  August 21st, 2004  July 10th, 2004  June 19th, 2004  May 15th, 2004  April 17th, 2004  March 20th, 2004  February 21st, 2004  January 10th, 2004  December 20th, 2003  November 15th, 2003  October 18th, 2003  September 20th, 2003  

Eleven hardy boardgamers came out to the October Lansing Boardgamer meeting.

Indonesia, PowerGrid, Goa and Coloretto were among the games played.

John D. brought his newly acquired Indonesia game. Splotter Spielen, the publisher of Indonesia, typically has small print runs; this makes their games expensive to acquire. John was able to purchase his copy of Indonesia (MSRP: $125) for aprox. $85. Marvin, Aaron, John D., Rob and Eric were willing to give this new three hour game a try. During the three stages (a, b, & c) of the game, players are acquiring production (spice, rice, rubber, oil) companies and shipping companies from which they earn money. The heart of the game is the Research and Development track and company merging. The R&D track allows each player to choose an area to approved thier ability. Each R&D selection is good, so knowing what to choose and when is important. Companies can be merged together to form a larger company that is auctioned off. The owner or owners of the companies being merged receive the proceeds of the newly formed larger company. So it is possible to have a company merged out from under you. Savvy play in the merger area seems necessary to win. The winner of the game has the most money (not the largest companies), so knowing when to fold `em is important as well. Eric came in first; John D. second, Rob T. third with Aaron and Marvin surprisingly pulling up the rear. The game was well received by all players. I would be interested in giving this another try.

While the Indonesia game was going on, Carl, Bonnie, Alan and Ruth played Goa and PowerGrid. Though she had fun, Bonnie claimed last place in both games. When Carl's fianc‚e arrived, a five-player Coloretto game was taken up.

-- Rob Taylor

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