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This is a personal blog of my experiences at BGG Con this year, for the benefit of folks back home living life vicariously through me (poor sods).

Tuesday
I managed to get dropped off at Atlantic City International for my Spirit airline flight to Dallas.

Once I figured out that my flight was actually leaving from Philadelphia International, I called my wife to run me to Pennsylvania and made it with less than 2 minutes to spare.

It was a lovely flight, with comfortable seats and friendly, competent stewards. I was the only one on the shuttle to the Hyatt.

When I got to the Hyatt, they had no reservation for me. After a few panicked moments, we found they had a reservation for "Bill", not "William". I explained that it was the nickname for "William" and it really was my reservation.
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1. Board Game: Noir [Average Rating:6.58 Unranked]
Board Game: Noir
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Wednesday

A special BGG edition of this game was in our registration goodie-bags.
 
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2. Board Game: Colossal Cave: The Board Game [Average Rating:5.00 Overall Rank:18466]
Board Game: Colossal Cave: The Board Game
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This was my first door prize, a board game based upon the old Colossal Cave text adventure game I used to play on a DEC-10 in the early frontier days of computer gaming.
 
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3. Board Game: Disorder [Average Rating:5.27 Overall Rank:17207]
Board Game: Disorder
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A second door prize, a word game.

I had hoped to snag a copy of Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!, but they were gone by the time I got to the front of the hour-long admission line.

Here's hoping that next year we'll be able to get our badges the night before, like at other conventions.
 
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4. Board Game: Serpent's Tongue [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:7217]
Board Game: Serpent's Tongue
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My first game signed out of the library, a fresh-from-Essen, cards still in shrink-wrap copy of this. I've preordered the game and my copy has just reached America, I think, so I should see mine soon.

Meanwhile, I signed this out not to play, but to sort the cards, assemble the codex for each player and build the starting decks for the walkthrough and first games. I then returned it, unplayed but ready to go.

Yes, I enjoy doing that stuff that much. There is seriously something wrong with me.
 
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5. Board Game: The New Science [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:3915]
Board Game: The New Science
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My first purchase, after finally demoing this. I kept passing by at Gencon but they were always busy. I watched people play a couple times and it looks like geeky fun.

Early scientists make discoveries, carry out experiments and attempt to get published before they get ninja'ed by other scientists. Up yours, Newton -- Kepler FTW!

Also got the "fantasy" scientists expansion (fantasy in that they're from various time periods) Tesla, Einstein, etc.
 
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6. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:269]
Board Game: Love Letter
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Taught Jon this. Quick, lively fun, but a Game of Thrones retheme would be a perfect fit.


Had an amazing dinner at Texas de Brazil, my favorite Brazilian Barbecue.
 
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7. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:67]
Board Game: Crokinole
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The Masters of the Crokinole Universe tourney kicked off tonight. Bay witnessed the start of the first game between Jon and myself, a game that went horribly, horribly wrong in that Jon won.
 
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8. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1189]
Board Game: Magic Realm
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Thursday


Our annual Moritz Eggert Magic Realm game was today.

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was our explainer and did an excellent job.

Jon and our friend Vince (who is here for the first time this year) took on a huge dragon and 3 giant spiders. Jon was a barbarian with two thieves and an assassin in his posse, Vince was an Amazonian warrior. End result was a few dead spiders but the barbarian and amazon ended up in the dragon's digestive tract.

I played the Captain and I stole some magic artifacts from a mid-size dragon then returned later to slay him and a smaller dragon. I was on my way to recruit a small army to clean up some of the monsters that filled the board to meet my final victory conditions when we ended the game.

This is the first time in four years that I survived.

It's a complex game and fairly brutal, but there's something addictive about how it kicks your butt that keeps bringing you back for more.


Afterward, we visited the dealers room again but I didn't buy anything.
 
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9. Board Game: Gauntlet of Fools [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:4787]
Board Game: Gauntlet of Fools
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Taught Jon this game.

It's a "to the death!" dungeon crawl, but at the start you can swipe a character from a another player by boasting, like "I could win with that character with a hangover", or "hopping on one foot", or "one hand tied behind my back", etc. Each brag puts a negative condition on the character.

This balancing mechanism works well, ensuring that the characters are fairly balanced before facing the endless stream of creatures that will eventually kill them all.

I beat Jon by one coin.
 
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10. Board Game: Serpent's Tongue [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:7217]
Board Game: Serpent's Tongue
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Prepped a second copy of this for play.

Before I returned it, Jon volunteered to play a game. We played through the walkthrough and then looked at the encounters. Unfortunately, the "training golem" they discussed last year apparently isn't included in the base game, and the other encounters aren't suitable for introducing a brand new player.

Jon didn't feel up to a one-on-one duel and with no encounters that we could take on cooperatively, we returned the game to the library.
 
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11. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:67]
Board Game: Crokinole
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The next round of the Master of the Universe Crokinole championship took place tonight. Bay wasn't present, but Jon and I slugged it out again.

 
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12. Board Game: Exodus: Proxima Centauri [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1277]
Board Game: Exodus: Proxima Centauri
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Friday

After a delicious breakfast buffet (at which I tried Sun Butter for the first time, similar to thick peanut butter made from sunflowers), we met up with Vince to learn this game.

I can definitely see how this has the reputation of being a sort of streamlined Twilight Imperium (Third Edition).

We called the game to go to an early dinner. I don't think it's much faster than Twilight Imperium after all, but it is a lot of fun.
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13. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1002]
Board Game: Poker
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After the usual wonderful barbecue at Hard 8, we hurried back so Jon and Vince could participate in the Poker tourney.

We played some more Crokinole before they headed up.
 
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14. Board Game: Mansions of Madness [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:363]
Board Game: Mansions of Madness
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When Jon finished with Poker surprisingly early this year, we played a marathon game of this with Grendelson and a couple of his friends.

We made excellent progress in the beginning, then suddenly failed several rolls in a row (manifesting as TWICE dropping a gun when we went to shoot it, misfiring our guns and temporarily blinding ourselves, etc.). That, and increasing insanity began causing problems.

By the time we worked out what was happening and what we needed to do to stop it, we didn't have nearly enough time to even try for a win. The big bad guy manifested a distance away from us, so the game just ended when we ran out of turns instead of a climactic battle.

This felt more like an adventure then Descent, but still a little mechanical and dry. The anti-climactic ending was disappointing. With anything in the Cthulhu mythos, I expect to win, or with everyone ending up insane or dead.
 
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15. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:67]
Board Game: Crokinole
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Another round of the Galactic Championship, and once again Jon somehow managed to pull off a win.

He is leading in this year's competition, 2-1.
 
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16. Board Game: The Flea Market Game [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
Board Game: The Flea Market Game
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Saturday

I hit the flea market bright and early this morning, but managed to get through without buying anything. It seems to me that each year, there is more currently available stuff sold used for the online price of new, and previous year's door prizes at close to retail prices. No appealing bargains, but I chatted with a few folks.

Afterward, we had a tasty brunch in the hotel restaurant then hit the dealers room for a bit before Puzzle Hunt.
 
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17. Board Game: Puzzle Strike [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1809]
Board Game: Puzzle Strike
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The puzzle hunt was organized a little better this year. For the first time in years they had prepared enough materials for everyone who signed up to play.

The theme was Battleship. We had 100 puzzles of the type Tanga used to feature, each labeled with a Battleship coordinate (e.g., E7). We also had a web page we had to point a device (my ipad) at, and when we solved a puzzle we typed in the coordinates and the one word answer, and the web site replied "Hit!" or "Miss." A miss was worth 1 point, a hit was worth 2 and sinking a ship was worth 7 points. There were also bonuses for the first groups to sink each ship.

If we scored a hit, we'd concentrate on puzzles adjacent to that coordinate until we sank that ship. We had two hours to complete as many as we could.

Unfortunately, we didn't score a hit until midway through the second hour (so we missed out on all the bounties) and only sank 2 ships.

We came in 27th out of 70 groups (our worst showing yet) but we all enjoyed this one a lot.
 
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18. Board Game: RARRR!! [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:16356]
Board Game: RARRR!!
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I made another pass through the dealers room and bumped into Jeff Siadek, here just to play. I wish I'd had time to catch a game with him, he's a fungi.

I demoed RARRR!!, which is a giant monster themed trick-taking game. You attack a city by playing sets of cards of the same suite, and each city is immune to a particular type of attack. Suites are things like radiation, biohazard, electricity, etc.

The illustrations were lovely but I don't think there was quite enough theme to keep my kids interested. I passed on it.
 
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19. Board Game: Infamy [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:3685]
Board Game: Infamy
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We tried a game of this with Bay Chang and Vince.

It's a cyberpunk themed euro-style game with a central auction mechanic that seemed unique. Players are trying to work their way up the chain in the Martian colony underworld. The resources to accomplish this are gained mostly through bidding bribe money, with a little worker placement aspect each turn.

We all enjoyed it.

The raffles were held as we were finishing our game but none of us won.
 
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20. Board Game: Quiz Wiz [Average Rating:5.27 Unranked]
Board Game: Quiz Wiz
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After Jon, Bay and I had dinner, we headed to the Game Show. What happened then

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then we wandered down to the dexterity games area and met up with John.
 
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21. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:67]
Board Game: Crokinole
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We had our Galactic Championship finals, and Bay won. I would complain and make excuses, but he clearly outclassed us this year.

We played some team Croke' and the Hand brothers did well, although again it felt like we were more lucky than skillful. Our years at the top may be over.
 
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22. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:698]
Board Game: Tumblin-Dice
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We (Jon, John, Bay and I) played this next, after arguing over the rules for 10 minutes (which made it an official BGG event).

We took turns pitching a die then rotating around the table, but the game moves quickly enough that we were all getting dizzy. We then stepped up to take out shot and stepped back, immediately losing all sense of turn order.

Despite that, it was a reasonably close game with Jon winning.
 
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23. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:375]
Board Game: Hanabi
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After printing our boarding passes, Jon, Bay and I played some 3am Hanabi which went as well as expected.

This game hurts your brain under the best of circumstances, especially when you play the hard-core rules (anything but a perfect score ends the game immediately). You play with your hand facing away from you, and the other players can give you small hints about what you're holding or play cards from their own hand.

At 3-4 AM we were all punchy and it was tough to keep track of what we had JUST been told about our cards, let alone what we'd been told in previous rounds.

Afterward, we hung out for another hour or two chatting about various topics, including Innovation and its expansions, One Night Ultimate Werewolf and some other new Werewolf-type games.

We accomplished our annual tradition of keeping Bay awake the last night of the con until he destructs.
 
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24. Board Game: Don't Break the Ice [Average Rating:4.74 Overall Rank:19473]
Board Game: Don't Break the Ice
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Sunday

Ice storm coming this afternoon, which may impact travel plans.
 
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25. Board Game: Infamy [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:3685]
Board Game: Infamy
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Back for a final trip through the dealers room, and snagged a copy of this along with the Infamy: Triggerman Mini-Expansion.
 
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