ArctiCon 2013 - A local Convention attended by the NWIBGA
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A few of our members were active in this convention and made a push this year for more members to come out and support it. Proceeds from the convention go to a charity from what I understand. While this Con seems primarily a miniatures Con with a health smattering of RPGs, they were making a push to get more of a Board game presence.

About a dozen of us arrived early before the doors opened and a few more trickled in later. Below is the list of games that I played, the rest can add their sessions as well.
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1. Board Game: Guardians of Graxia [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:15296]
Board Game: Guardians of Graxia
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While we didn't actually play this, this was one of the entry prizes. The first 100 in the door received a free $40-$60 MSRP game of their choice. This was the one that I, and a few others, grabbed on the way in.
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2. Board Game: Police Precinct [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1617]
Board Game: Police Precinct
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As this was discussed on Facebook before the Con, we made sure this hit the table first. Full boat of six. We made up a loyalty deck of 6 Good cops and 2 Dirty cops. I managed to pull the only Dirty cop but ended up being too helpful. The rest pushed through the evidence pretty hard and had plenty of time to nap on Block 2.

Couple of funny events was prisoners escaping twice in a row after a big bust. Jeremy was accused of being the dirty cop as quite a few suspected him after some questionable plays.

Breakdown:
STEVE (Shadowski) James Kirkland
NICK (Neostalker) Denise Sears
Brian (ColtsFan76) Stan Hartley Dirty Cop (Lost)
JEREMY (CarcassPG) Joe Kinney
JEFF(Ironman2140) Doug Pierce
KIRBY (kirbdogusa) Frank Odell
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3. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:122]
Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon
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JesseCon was a bust so he decided to join us anyway. I certainly didn't invite him. We broke out a favorite. Two rounds were played but AsterNicks opened his eyes at the wrong time and compromised the win in the second round.

Round 1: Good Guys Win
JESSE (asutbone) Knights of Arthur
Jeremy (CarcassPG) Assassin
KIRBY (kirbdogusa) Merlin
JEFF (Ironman2140) Percival
Steve (Shadowski) Morgana
NICK (Neostalker) Knights of Arthur
Brian (ColtsFan76) Minions of Mordred

Round 2: Bad Guys Win
Steve (Shadowski) Knight of Arthur
NICK (Neostalker) Morgana
Brian (ColtsFan76) Percival
JESSE (asutbone) Minion of Mordred
JEREMY (CarcassPG) Asssassin
Kirby (kirbdogusa) Knight of Arthur
Jeff (Ironman2140) Merlin
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4. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1045] [Average Rating:6.58 Unranked]
Board Game: Saboteur
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Continuing the traitor theme, Kirby busted this one out and taught at least half the group this one. Fun little "party" type game. It is semi-cooperative with hidden traitors but there is still only one winner. We played three round with the final gold tallies as follow:

Kirby (kirbdogusa) 4
RYAN (Bigblack622) 9
Jeff (Ironman2140) 6
Steve (Shadowski) 3
Nick (Neostalker) 5
Brian (ColtsFan76) 2
Jesse (asutbone) 1
Jeremy (CarcassPG) 4
Josh 0
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5. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:340]
Board Game: Kingsburg
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After about 4 hours of traitor games, half the group still wanted more and the other half was tired of pulling knives out of their backs. So a small contingent went to play Kingsburg while the main group continued with Shadows over Camelot.

Nice tight game. Alan surged to the lead but came up one short against the final invading horde, dropping him 8 points to last. Had I made up my mind to cash in a +2 counter for 1 VP, I would have tied with the final leader, though not sure how the tie-breaks would have ended us.

Jesse (asutbone) Black 35
Alan (Alan D. Ernstein) Red 31
KIRBY (kirbdogusa) Green 39
Brian (ColtsFan76) Blue 38
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6. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:987]
Board Game: Elfenland
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Ryan had this one in his pile and Shadows was still ongoing. This is one I have wanted for a while but low on the priority list. Alan has taught us the card game version before and took the lead on teaching this one. Nice calm game with only a low screwage factor, it is jumping up to the top of my priority list for acquisition. Typical Moon design, all about collecting cards to travel.

We also met a new gamer. We invited him to our Monday night sessions but the time doesn't work for him. We gave him Scott's card (actually Steve's sticker) and told him to check us out on FB or BGG since we also have Saturday events. We hope to meet John again, who seemed pleased that we were willing to invite in a stranger to play the game we were setting up. Unfortunately, he grabbed my seat and so I lost my Blue but I was nice enough to only rub it in once.

Kirby (kirbdogusa) Green 16
John Blue 16
Jesse (asutbone) Black 19
Alan (Alan D. Ernstein) Yellow 19
Brian (ColtsFan76) Purple 17
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7. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1376]
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Another entry we did not play. Nor is it the game itself. However, I won one of the door prizes and selected the painted miniatures for this game that I own. So for only a $12.50 entry, I got a gaming accessory that I wanted and a halfway decent looking game. All in all, a good day for me. I know others grabbed some games too but I will let them post their stash.
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8. Board Game: Alea Iacta Est [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1555]
Board Game: Alea Iacta Est
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This was my door prize. I was excited to get called early enough in the day to pick something that there were still things I wanted.
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9. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:201]
Board Game: Seasons
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After Brian and Steve left, I played this with Alan and Nick. Nick was a newbie, and Alan had played once before. We used all the cards, including the card draft, and I finally got to win this one! First time in seven tries.

JESSE (Figrim the Avaricious): 154
Alan (The Pumpkin King): 96
Nick (Titus Deepgaze): 96
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10. Board Game: Tiki Mountain! [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:14942]
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This was one of the other door prizes. I chose to grab it because Graxa looked a little big for my storage.

It's ok I suppose.... I guess I will bring it some night and see if it's worth it.
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11. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:393]
Board Game: Shadows over Camelot
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I am bad at this... I forget who was who exactly. I also forget a few names. Though I was wake for around 40 hours before playing, so... But anyway we had:

Me: King Arthur (I can't be a traitor for once!)
Jeremy:
Nick:
Jeff: TRAITOR!
Wheeler Bob:
Naiomi: (Very nice person visiting the area. Told her about NWIBGA but she is not local. Enjoyed Shadows!): Sir Owain, fought catapults.
???:
???:

Right at the end of the first turn, Wheeler Bob walks in and we are able to deal him into the game as the final player. Also, halfway through the game one of the con people came by handing out free pewter minis which some people instantly used on the board... including Nick using some swamp thing as his knight....

Anyways.... we were doing very well and knocked the grail quest out very quickly because about 4 of us were on it at one time.

I as Arthur simply handed out cards as necessary and tried to recommend the right path for everybody to take in order to get the most white swords on the table.

We also got Excalibur without a lot of trouble. I was on that quest with one of Jeff's friends (forget his name... but only met him once) and then one of his other friends (only met him once too) dropped in and sniped it... but he was not the traitor, so it was OK.

We also won a few wars, and the table was looking good. We had 7 white swords, 3 black, and 2 empty spaces.

Then... we had a card that made false accusations flip TWO swords instead of 1.

So Nick figures this is a great time to accuse Jeremy of being a traitor. He eventually backs down but then Jeff picks it up and does it. Jeremy is loyal, so 2 swords flip.

We're at 5 white and 5 black with 2 spaces.... we then mop up 2 quests and BOOM, full table with:

7 white, 5 black.

Then... we find out that the unrevealed traitor that was never found... was JEFF!

TRAITOR!

So Jeff gets to flip one sword over and it's tied.... and guess what. Ties are settled in the BLACK favor...

So we lost at the last minute! Gah!

Still a great game. Lots of fun!
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