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Jamelli WBC Week 2012. The Good, Bad, and Ugly.
Max Jamelli
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Pennsylvania
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Another WBC week is in the books and there are so many memories for me as usual. I usually put them together in a geeklist. I'll look back on the list from time to time during the year because while it's one of my favorites to read, it's awful to write because that means the WBC week has just ended.

I made some new friends, played some new games, met up with my old friends, and played some old games. As Jimmy V said in his famous speech ... I laughed, I thought, I cried. That's a helluva week. Here it is in a GeekList.
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1. Board Game: Pre-Fix [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Max Jamelli
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The pre-con goes on the weekend before and this was the first year I actually got out there early on Sunday. I got an email from my dad saying he forgot his cell phone and I had to think about a way to get him a new one so we could communicate throughout the week. I was going to buy him a weekly plan on a cheap-o phone, but about 10 minutes before I went out to buy it he called me and said he found it.

The phone was in his pocket. (I'm not kidding about that either). I love my dad, but I'm never going to let him forget about the WBC week where he lost his cell phone in his pocket.
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2. Board Game: Hotel [Average Rating:6.24 Unranked]
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This year, like all years past, we stayed at the Host. We had 4 people in our room instead of the usual 3, but we managed. There was an awesome improvement made to the host this year -- wi-fi!!!

However, in what I considered an attempt to balance out the good of wi-fi, there was an awful move by the host to turn off the air conditioning in certain places. (It was either turned off or it broke - to the Host's defense I can not say for sure which it was) The Lampeter room was AWFULLY HOT. It was a hot that engrossed you as you walked in. By the time you walked down the stairs and hit the room floor it was as if you were engulfed by a blob-like matter of heat and Grognard funk. It was downright nasty. That was not the only area affected though. The demo-terrace and Cornwall rooms were both pretty hot on Wednesday and Thursday. Enough for some gamers from Cornwall to move tournament games elsewhere to escape the heat. That was probably the ugliest the Con had to offer me at least.
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3. Board Game: Lords of Baseball [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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Chambersburg
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Last year my dad and I demo'ed our game to over 100 people who really liked it. This year, we didn't hit 100 people, but we did show it off quite a lot. I played about 15 games over the week and got some great feedback on it. Some from people who had played it before and some from new players as well.

The best news for the week, and for Lords of Baseball, is that GMT Games is going to be putting it on the P500 list sometime early in 2013. My dad and I are both pretty excited about that and will be excited to see it in published form, hopefully very soon!
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4. Board Game: Air Baron [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2058]
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Air Baron was the main reason I started coming to the WBC event back in 2000 and it's always my favorite tournament. I got to play in all 5 heats and a semifinal. There were some frustrating games with awful die rolls, but on the whole it's still the main reason I come back. The Air Baron tournament has some great players who know how to have fun.
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5. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:160]
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Tournament gaming opened with San Juan on Monday. I was paired with the wife of a friend I met last year. We had a fun, high-scoring game that ended with her winning 44-41. I missed the second game with a "bye" so I only played one round. Had a demo game of LoB at noon. I enjoy San Juan enough though and the format makes it a great event for Monday morning.
 
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6. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:290]
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I played 2 games of UP this year and played pretty well in each. I got to play the GM Bruce in one game and my friend Fred in another. It was another year where I missed Bruce in March Madness, so at least I got to play one game with him this year.

I like the format of this event as it allows you to play up to 3 games if you want to. I wanted to play something else on Monday so I got 2 in.
 
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7. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:272]
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I only got to play 1 heat of this last year and I told myself that this year it would be different. I don't consider myself a "world-class" Euro player. I think there are several stronger gamers at WBC than myself and honestly most of the time when I play Euros with them my goal is to not make myself look stupid. Vegas Showdown on the other hand is a game I feel I'm pretty good at and one I think I can hold my own with anyone.

I got 2 heats played and I came away with a win in one 5 player game and ... I think I got a second or third in the other heat. The semi-finals were held at 11PM on Thursday and by that time I was so sleep deprived that I was kinda "crazy from the heat". I got seated with some of my gaming buddies

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I think we had a fun game and while I did not win (don't remember where I finished) I had a blast and I think I held my own.
 
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8. Board Game: March Madness [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:5323]
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I didn't have the best showing this year in March Madness. I played in my usual 2 heats and only went 1-2. Like other games though, this tournament is about the people for me. I played against people I knew and had fun with. Terry also made some new team cards that were very nicely put together. It's too bad he didn't make some of my die rolls for me.
 
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9. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:145]
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I play in the acquire tourney every year to help keep it in the century since a lot of my gaming buddies play it (and GM it). I enjoy the game, but I'm not on their level of strength. Honestly, I hadn't played it in a year so I kinda forgot how the game worked strategically. I remembered quickly that in a game where the hotels spring up quickly and money gets spent quickly - getting in on the first 2 pay outs is huge. The winner of our game was in on the first 3, taking first place shares twice. I came in a strong second considering ... I think I was behind by about $8,000.
 
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10. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:300]
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Chambersburg
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I learned how to play this a while ago, but never got to play in a heat at WBC. I had nothing else to do and I had the choice of learning a game in cafe jay (but no one was around) or playing in this. I played this.

I started out in the pole position and had a lead through the first curves before my dice caught up with me and I got passed. During the second lap, the leader was so far out in front that the only way I would win is if 4 cars died in front of me. My dad wanted to grab some food so I decided to roll the D30 through 3 curves. One of the guys asked me what I was doing (thinking I didn't know what would happen). I smiled and said, I was going to get some lunch. The other players "got it" and laughed. It was a fun way to spend some time.
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11. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:310]
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Chambersburg
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I like this game and I've had good experiences in this event in the past. This year though, I just had a blah table. It felt ... kinda serious and quiet. I was also suffering because I had just drank a large bottle of water and I didn't want to leave the table until the second scoring card came out. I finished in 3rd place in my one and only heat.
 
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12. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
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I didn't get to enter the tournament, but got to play a game in open gaming with two buddies Fred and Chris. I met a new buddy, Rich, who sat down with us to power the cities of the US. I like this game and we played a nice game in the open room late night.
 
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13. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:142]
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Chambersburg
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I sat in on this in the Sampler Showcase. I was intrigued by it and after seeing the demo it went from a "thinking about it" on my wishlist to a "love to have".
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14. Board Game: City Hall [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2925]
 
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There were a few more tables in open gaming reserved for demos than last year. One was for Visible Hands Games. The designer of City Hall was there showing the game off. I wish I had more time to sit and actually play through a game, but I saw enough of it to know that I'll back in on KS when it comes out. I just hope he gets the funding he needs because I think I'll really enjoy this with my wife.
 
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15. Board Game: Stock Car Championship Racing Card Game [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2663]
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I got to sit down for the demo of this game by accident. I was kinda wandering around in a sleep deprived haze and the GM asked me if I wanted to sit down and learn it. I figured, what the heck it looks neat enough with the big cars. I had missed some of the early talk about it, but I picked it up really quickly. I mean, it's a SIMPLE card system, but I can see how different strategies need to be taken into consideration. The larger cars make it more fun too. If I ever picked this up, I would have to play with matchbox cars.
 
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16. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2580]
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A buddy of mine,

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played a game of Lords of Baseball with us. The open gaming room had some large tables, but he had brought this extendable back scratcher along.




If you needed to pass cubes, chips, whatever across the table - It just worked. I need to go out and stock up on them now.
 
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17. Board Game: Cyberpunk: The Collectible Card Game [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:9571]
Max Jamelli
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WBC 2012 is in the books.

354 days until WBC 2013.
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18. Board Game: Title Chase: Basketball [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
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Chambersburg
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I played a demo/prototype copy of this. It's essentially a two part game. A strategic card game where you can improve your standings and players and also a dice game where you need to strategically think about what kinds of dice you play.

I liked it enough to pre-order it. I hope it hits the 500 mark on P500.
 
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