Adventues at WBC - the boardgaming Paradise!
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This year (2013) WBC was tremendous! All the hotel issues that happened last year did not this year, the people were awesome (like always), the gaming was a blast and I got to do some great open gaming and playtesting to boot!

You have to try this convention. It really offers a vibrant community of gamers who for the size (2000) are also very friendly while still having a great vendor selection and the best tournaments there are!

So...on to the adventures....
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1. Board Game: Atlantic Storm [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2157]
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This is an every year event for me. John Coussis really knows how to run multiplayer games. It was actually pretty funny as typically I have a bad game and a good game. Well this year I posted the two worst scores I ever have posted - I attribute this to not having my usual cup of coffee prior to play
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2. Board Game: Fire in the Lake [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:411]
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I got in three playtest games of this outstanding game, and even was able to keep up my streak of finding a "break" in every game I playtest (I take a twisted sort of pride in discovering flaws in games I playest in...). In this case it was a way to really abuse the firebase rule.

Mark Herman and Volko Ruhnke were both beyond cool in this and I got to meet some people I know from the net face to face (like Antero Kuusi). If you can ever get into a WBC playtest my advice is simple - do it!
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3. Board Game: Empire of the Sun [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:724]
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This year I got to actually play in the tournament. Good times! I even conquered China (no mean feat in this game)!
 
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4. Board Game: Andean Abyss [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:413]
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This was the game I GMed and the full event report is in the game forums. Suffice it to say that this was a wonderful experience and that the players themselves helped make it one - that and I got to use some of my old comedy schticks in a teaching table I ran.

Next year look for play in all the GMT COIN series games.
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5. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:7]
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I got to play in the Open Gaming area and won three times as Jinteki. Beat Gabe twice and Noise once.
 
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6. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:27]
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also there was the annual Open Gaming Battlestar game. This has turned into a fixture at the convention and every year I get to meet new players. Highly recommended.
 
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7. Board Game: Mr. Madison's War: The Incredible War of 1812 [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:2346]
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Even though a conflict stopped me from playing in the event I wanted to give this game a shout out - it has nice thematic mechanics and is NOT a Euro masquerading as a wargame.
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8. Board Game: Washington's Crossing [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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This was a MAJOR steal I landed at the auction. Really the game selection both in the auction proper and the store was great and the auction staff (volunteers all led by Bruce Reiff) make this a superior experience.
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