My Return to the WBC
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I attended the first 15 AvalonCon/WBCs, from the Penn Harris hotel to the Hunt Valley hotel to the first outing at their current digs, the Lancaster Host and Resort. That was in 2005. Then grandmother-in-law birthdays and young kids took priority (as they should) and there was a lull.

But this year, my wife almost insisted that I take a couple of days to go up to the con and see how it's going.

I headed out Wednesday after dinner, stopped in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and picked up the next day. In all, it's about an 11 hour drive each way. I met up with my brother (Roger), a friend who has lived in Indianapolis for a long time (Bobby), and good buddy puffinge (Bill).

I met them for a late-ish lunch at The Brasserie around 1:30 PM on Thursday. Tip: don't go to the Brasserie unless you want to wait forever to eat. It was quite awhile before we were served, finished, left, dropped off my stuff at the hotel and made our way to the open gaming showroom at the Host.

Following is a list of what we played over the 2.5 days I was there.
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1. Board Game: Cards Against Humanity [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:930]
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Whenever three or four of this friendly band get together, we communicate a few days before to discuss which games we should each bring. My list was something like 40 games strong and Bill had mentioned how great this game is. None of us owned it, so I printed it out, cut it up, and put it in a box and brought it along.

And it was first up on the docket, with play beginning at 4:57 pm.

I've got to say that this is a horrible game. They took a very bad game (Apples to Apples) and made it much worse (something I wouldn't want to have lying around the house with the kids nearby). Plus, I don't know half of the references, meaning it's made for those young whippersnappers and is more about frat party humor than gaming.

Can you tell I didn't care for it? In fact, I gave it to Bill when we finished.

Participants and scores (we played first-to-four awesome points--and calling victory points or cards 'awesome points' should have been a tip off that this would appeal more to the characters in "Knocked Up" than to me): Bobby (4), Sandy (3), Bill (2), Me (1), Josh (0)

Game length: 15 minutes (35 including lead-up, rules, etc)
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2. Board Game: Zendo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:497]
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Nine minutes after finishing that atrocity, we pulled out another homemade game I brought with me--Zendo.

Now, I like this game, but a lot of people don't. It's hard to even call it a game, as it's more a mental activity, like doing a crossword puzzle. So, we played only two rounds, one with Josh as the master ("a koan has the Buddha nature if and only if there are an odd number of pips on the pieces") and one with Bill ("to have the Buddha nature, a koan must have a little pink").

Legend Dan took over for Sandy after a short while and guessed the first rule. I knew Bill too well and came up with the funny second one.

All in all, this clocked in at 36 minutes actual playing time.

A note about facilities... The only room we cared about was the open gaming room (showroom). It was marginally adequate for gaming, as it was a series of tiered spaces more suited for an awards banquet (think Academy Awards on a tiny scale) than for gaming. The tables were few and hard to snare unless you got there early in the day. Luckily, most of the time we could find one within 45 minutes or so, but that's a long time to just wander around for a table.

It was comfortable in the room, only starting to get warm on Saturday, but since I was wearing a long-sleeved shirt, it could have simply been my attire. Other venues in the hotel were apparently extraordinarily hot. The hotel is in disrepair overall.
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3. Board Game: Breaking Away [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1303]
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We figured it was time for a serious game and Breaking Away was chosen by Bill (another one I brought from home). It took 17 minutes to switch gears and teach that game and have everyone set their riders.

The game itself was hotly contested, or so we thought, but in fact, Josh was running away with it. After 81 minutes of mathematical gymnastics (which often leaves me with a rider who can move only 3 spaces), Josh had 55 sprint points. Bill was next with 37 followed by me (27), Sandy (21), and Bobby (16).

This is a grand game, but someone has to be the race steward to keep things moving along. I also need to paint the backs of each rider to make each one easily distinguishable.
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4. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:119] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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By now, it was closer to 8 than 7pm so we grabbed food from the lobby area. I must say that I was surprised to see food lines manned for so many hours. At previous WBCs, it always seemed that the food was available for no more than an hour, but here they were serving up pasta (I got manicotti) until 9 pm.

We each grabbed something as others were determining which game to play (and manning the precious table) and the decision was made to play Dixit, a game I'm not very fond of. The game took about as long to play (32 minutes) as the lead-up, rules, Roger arriving, etc (30).

Final scores: Roger (26), Randy (25), Bill (24), Josh (20), Bobby (18).
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5. Board Game: Careers [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:4284]
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It didn't take long for Bill to decide what would be our next game--one he insisted I bring and one where he thought he could showcase his mad skilz. It was Careers. It took 18 minutes to teach the rules and get all set up and we commenced to play a classic from long ago at the World Boardgaming Championships.

An hour and one minute later, Bill proved triumphant. Roger was about 67% of the way to his goals, followed by me (59) and Bobby (53).

It was not quite 10 pm, but I was pretty tired, operating on four hours sleep and a long drive. So we packed it in. Roger and Bobby got back to our room (in the hotel next door) first, as I chatted with Chris Palermo for a short while. Shortly thereafter, I toted my box of games back across the Japanese steak house restaurant and to our hotel room.

One (partial) day complete--5 games, 6 hours 19 minutes gaming activity.
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6. Board Game: 10 Days in Africa [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1206]
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Day 2 began around 8:20, but that's way too early for Bill to start his day. So after doing the life things (shaving, showering, all that stuff), Bobby, Roger, and I went to Katie's Amish restaurant for breakfast. It was tasty, though nothing really special. In fact, I was disappointed that they used regular high fructose corn syrup stuff instead of real maple syrup. But they did make good homemade strawberry jam.

After getting back to the hotel and puttering around a bit, Bobby and I headed over around the crack of noon to meet up with Bill (his typical start time).

The selected game was 10 Days in Africa (per Bill, "a game that features my two favorite countries--Chad and Burkina Faso"). Teaching the game and setting up took almost as long as the 29 minute game, which Bill won over me and Bobby. Roger tends to rest until later in the afternoon.
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7. Board Game: Santa Fe Rails [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1238]
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It took 27 minutes to set up and teach this game. It always does. For such a simple game, there are a lot of little nitpicky details.

Now, I almost never do well at this game. I forego end-game points for melded cities in favor of playing lots of 2x cards, though rarely for big bonuses. This time, I tried to get a bunch of rails into my earliest card played--Des Moines. From now on, this strategy is to be known as "the Des Moines Strategy."

Bill and Bobby were playing a more typical game, with only one little blunder where Bobby left an opening for me to nab 24 points during a 2x turn. In the end, our scores were: me (264), Bill (223), and Bobby (193). I still have no idea how I won this thing.

Actual play time was 105 minutes.
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8. Board Game: Mona Lisa Mysteries [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:8246]
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Ray Pfeifer had arrived at our table by now, so that and minor rules teaching meant it took 24 minutes to get this game underway. Why is that important? Because the game only took 20 minutes to play, and should have been even quicker, if I had not dragged my feet a few times.

I like this game, but hardly anyone else does. I think that it would be helped immensely if the special bid cards with chaotic effects were removed. Then it would be a straight bidding game.

Scores: Ray (330,000), Randy (310,000), Bill (310,000), Bobby (245,000).
 
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9. Board Game: Jockey [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3139]
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It only took another 17 minutes before we were into another game. This time, a classic horse racing game--Jockey. Roger arrived mid-game and though he didn't even play, he said it was one of the best games of the con for him (and he was here all 9 days).

Four of us ran the three races in 31 minutes (much quicker than a 2-player game), and most of us kept borrowing money from the bank. Ray took it in a runaway.

Ray (+10000), Bobby (-700), Randy (-1000), Bill (-2000).
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10. Board Game: The Match Game [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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Another oldie that Bill requested of Roger was the game show--The Match Game. Not to be confused with The New Match Game, which had Richard Dawson on the panel, this is the really old one.

Mike Fitzgerald joined the table as well and it took only 10 minutes to get situated and playing. After all, it's nothing more than a group think game (try to come up with the most common answer which completes the question/phrase). It's What Were You Thinking 30 years before that game came out.

Ray doesn't have a lot of patience for silly games, so after a short while, he determined that his best option was to be the first to run out of chips (the game ending condition). The whole game ran 16 minutes.

Randy (42), Roger (30), Bill (24), Bobby (14), Mike (14), Ray (0).

And with that, at 5:08 pm, it was time to go to dinner. We decided to try Good N Plenty Amish family style restaurant. But when we got there, we realized that all you get are 3 meats (baked fish, fried chicken, and ham) and five sides (buttered noodles, stewed tomatoes, corn, and two others) for $23.95. We then opted to eat in their secondary room where you can order off the menu--a good decision. We ate, we laughed, we talked about each other's Durable Medical Equipment and ailments. The golden years come early.

We got back to the game room before 7 and, much like in the morning, we had to look forever to get a table. At least, this time, Bobby didn't have to run back stage to grab a stored table.
 
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11. Board Game: Campaign Trail [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:4661]
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Bobby was asked to bring one game--Campaign Trail. He and a bunch of others (Ray, Jim Vroom, Bruce Reiff) usually play this whenever they get together. But that whole tournament thing going on in the other rooms kept them from ever having the opportunity.

So, at 7:52, Ray, Roger, Bobby, and I sat down for a frenetic election cycle. Bill was probably sleeping at this time, to rest up for late night werewolf, plus he doesn't like the way we play (you can roll ahead of your turn to consider your move, and everyone has their own dice, so it's fast paced).

After the timer went off 90 minutes later, we started tallying. Roger was out in the first round, having only 74.5 electoral votes. When his votes were doled out, Bobby's 148 electoral votes were at the bottom. At this point, I was still ahead, so in my mind I won the popular vote. But after dealing with Bobby's states (places I didn't visit), I had only 222 to Ray's 302. That doesn't exactly add up, but it's close enough. The tally ended at 9:47.
 
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12. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1555]
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At this point, for reasons I don't recall, we moved across the hall. It probably had to do with preparation for Werewolf.

Anyway, we played a Victory Points Games prototype word game from 10:00 to 10:39, when we abandoned it. But since this was only the second game Bobby won (and the last he would win), I'll log the scores: Bobby (55), Bill (49), Ray (48), Roger (37), Randy (32).
 
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13. Board Game: It's Anybody's Guess [Average Rating:5.70 Unranked]
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I discovered a curious thing when looking for party games to bring to WBC. I have two games which contain the phrase "Anybody's Guess." So we HAD to play them both, preferably in sequence.

Turns out that this is just another Balderdash-style bluffing game. Fine game, it's just been done to death.

The game ran from 10:55 to 11:45. Scores: Roger (31), Randy (31), Denise (31), Ray (20), Brian (16), Bobby (13), Bill (12), Scott (12).

I guess that's why we moved to a different venue--all those new players who arrived after work on Friday night.
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14. Board Game: Anybody's Guess [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:7538]
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Eighteen minutes after It's Anybody's Guess, we had dropped the "It's" and were playing the team progressive clue game, Anybody's Guess. It's one of those games where a team gets easier and easier clues until they come up with the answer. The trick is that the other team (readers) first guess on which clue the asnwering team will come up with the correct answer. Other than the scoring, it's not a bad game, but like all 1990 era trivia games, younger people are at a disadvantage.

Randy, Bill, and Brian (116); Bobby, Denise, Josh, and Bob C (106).
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15. Board Game: Pants on Fire! [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:9543]
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Rounding out the night, and occupying virtually the entire 1:00 am hour was this "two truths and a lie" game from Stephen Glenn. I like the game. Some don't like to reveal much about themselves and dislike it. Most just endure it.

Randy (14), Denise (13), Bobby (12), Bob C (12), Bill (8), Brian (0).

Day 2: 10 games, 11 hours, 22 minutes of table time not to mention meals.
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16. Board Game: Pop Belly [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:9406]
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The next morning started with Bobby hitting the road to the Philly airport at 6:30. Roger and I were up within a couple of hours and went back to Katie's for breakfast. After lingering in the hotel and coordinating between Bill (just awaking) and Denise (already gaming at the table), we got over to the Host just before 1:00 pm.

It took forever again to find a table and the best we could do was a rickety card table for three. Bill, Roger, and I sat down just to hold the table and broke out the kid game Pop Belly. After 7 minutes, Denise's group was finished and we had a table to play at (some of the party was heading out). Roger and Bill were not sad to see the premature end to Pop Belly.

Side note: Before we started playing anything, Bill got a text from Bobby that he was already home in Indy.
 
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17. Board Game: Clue: Discover the Secrets [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:3334]
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Another classic game Bill had requested (in addition to Careers) was Clue, only this time with a twist. A few years ago, they redid the game in several ways, one of which was "Discover the Secrets" which is just regular Clue with two twists: special powers and timing cards which ultimately kill off players to speed the game along.

As Bill put it, they took a classic and added stuff to it to make it not as good.

After 48 minutes, I had the case solved and just had to reach the pool (center of the board) without being killed off (as Brian was). I made it and it was over. Other than me and Brian, Denise, Bill, and Roger (playing Clue for the first time ever) also played.
 
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18. Board Game: The Great Balloon Race [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:4026]
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It took 30 minutes to decide that another classic was in order (and to teach the minimal rules). This game reminds me a lot of Under Cover, in that you move any piece you like on your turn, trying to get your three secret balloons to reach the end before anyone else's secret trio.

It took only 18 minutes for Roger to maneuver his balloons, with help of course, to the end. Others playing were Randy, Bill, Denise, Brian, and Chris, who had just arrived from DC for a single day of gaming.
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19. Board Game: Smarty Party! [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1715]
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It took just over 15 minutes to switch over to a knowledge based game and by 3:30, eight of us were playing Smarty Party, with the expansion cards.

Let me tell you that some fact checking and editing was in order for this game, and it didn't get such treatment. One of the questions was "Top lifetime batting averages in major league baseball" and only one of the top 10 were on the list.

That foible aside, we enjoyed the game and the final scores were: Randy (17), Chris (15), Roger (14), Bob C (14), Bill (11), Denise (7), Josh (5), Brian (0).
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20. Board Game: In10sity [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:8705]
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The evening was approaching and it was time for a second meal of the day, so we wasted no time (5 minutes) choosing a favorite of many--In10sity. The game ran 20 minutes and final scores were: Brian (16), Bill (10), Bob C (10), Denise (5), Chris (4), Roger (2), Randy (0), Josh (0).

With that, at 4:39, we headed off like the old farts we are to eat dinner before 5:00 at Texas Roadhouse. But it wasn't that easy. Though we were there before the clock struck five, we had to wait at the bar for a good while and then eat for what seemed like an eternity. I don't know what it is about Pennsylvania and the lack of speedy meals. For that matter, what is it about public restrooms in Pennsylvania (Host excepted, where they had clean toilets)?

Anyway, we didn't get back from dinner and to the gaming tables until 7:30.
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21. Board Game: Cyrano [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:3029]
Randy Cox
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The third you-must-bring-this game we played was Cyrano. By now, we had moved to the hallway to the ballroom (where Slapshot would commence in three hours). There was no room elsewhere.

Anyway, Josh and Bill seem to enjoy this game, so we made a point to play it. What is it, you ask? Well, it's easy--you write short poems with a theme and two words.

For instance, the rhymes may be "racy" and "loud" and the theme "Vacation" and you may write:

At the WBC
I was quite proud
And not the least bit lazy (yeah, that's a stretch)
To find a table in the crowd
Where there was no A/C

Now, that's pretty bad, but if the group didn't use those four rhyming words and they vote that "lazy" is OK, that scores you four points. And after all players read and vote, it's possible to score even more points by picking the most popular (best) poem submitted.

Great game and Scott, playing for the first time, but having to leave early, said it was pretty good, too.

Scores: Randy (23), Chris (19), Bill (17), Denise (17), Josh (8), Scott (8).

The game ran 40 minutes.
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22. Board Game: Celebrities [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:2227]
Randy Cox
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After four rounds of Cyrano, we had the mix for Celebrities. It takes awhile for that game to ramp up, as you have to write down the cards and then decide teams (randomly). So after 26 minutes, we were able to settle into the 78 minute affair that is Celebrities.

Every game of Celebrities ends up with some strange connection and in this one it was "John the Drowner" (actually, the Baptist). And that moniker led to him being the first mass murderer. You had to be there.

Scores: Bill/Chris (76), Randy/Denise (52), Brian/Josh (47)
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23. Board Game: What Were You Thinking? [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:2602]
Randy Cox
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It was getting on into the night and I had to get up early to drive a long way in the morning, so we played one last game--the parlor game version of What Were You Thinking. Roderick Lee joined in and we played two rounds, from 10:25 to 10:50. In the end, it was close: Bill (56), Randy (55), Denise (55), Roderick (50), Josh (47).

I had to get off to bed, get up early, and drive from 8:00 until 7:40.

It was a nice solid day of gaming (Friday), bookended by shorter days. It was nice to spend my entire time there in open gaming (as did almost everyone else I played with--exceptions being Roger and Bobby and Ray, possibly Roderick). I think that the hotel is well past its prime (buckets were everywhere catching water, and it didn't even rain while I was there) and it's in a place I wouldn't go to otherwise, so I hope a new venue is on the horizon.

I also don't know that I'd attend again unless I were en route to somewhere else. One full day and two partial days just aren't enough to justify the drive unless there's another destination involved (like visiting relatives or seeing Washington DC).

I greatly enjoyed gaming with Roger, Bobby, Bill, and everyone. I just wish it were a lot more convenient.

Day 3 total: 8 games, 7 hours 26 minutes at the table.
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24. Board Game: Tally Ho! [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:2126]
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In the end, I was away from home for 97 hours and 35 minutes.

Interestingly, it breaks down as:
one quarter of the time sleeping (26.7%, actually)
one quarter was at the game table (24.8%)
one quarter was driving (23.1%)

The other quarter was divided between basic living activities (17.5%) and eating (7.9%)

I played 23 games (of the 24:11 table time, 16:39 was active playing of games) and Bill played 22 of them. Bobby played 15 common games with me, Roger 11, and Denise and Josh 10 each.

I would love to play more with you guys, just move closer to Clemson.
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