What I Played and Bought at Gen Con 2010
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I know there will be dozens of these types of lists of the next week, and other than my experience I do not have much to add. I am mostly making a list because I am also posting this lists on a personal blog and I will post a link there so my family and friends can look into the games in more detail if they want.

This was my third year to attend Gen Con and it was my first time to be present for the entire time. Of course, it was good stuff!

I tried to be as detailed as possible while staying concise so I hope it is an enjoyable read
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26. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:85]
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One of the dealers, Coolstuffinc, had copies of this game for a sensible $25 (as opposed to the $75 that several people here are trying to sell it for).

I have seen multiple threads where people ask "what's next after Race for the galaxy?" and this game is always suggested.

My wife and I love Race for the Galaxy, so I am hoping we will love Glory to Rome.
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27. Board Game: Shootin' Ladders: Frag Fest [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:6142]
 
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I returned to Smirk n' dagger games to play their other board game gone bad. Shootin' Ladders is played on a Chutes and Ladder board, but it is a straight up video game style death match. I had a lot of fun playing this game. It helped I won by first shooting the legs off of someone, and then when they tried to attack me at point blank range on my turn, I played a card where I ripped their arm off and beat them with it.
One of the fun parts of this game, is when a gingerbread man looses a limb, the limb is torn off the character sheet and given to the person who took it

Good times.
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28. Board Game: Anachronism [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:4000]
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Last year at Gen Con there were a lot of games that were deeply discounted and cheap. that was not really the case this year (point in case, the only copy of Vapor's Gambit I saw was $20. Last year they were going for $1).

However, I did get this game on the cheap at $3 for a booster and $12 for an expansion box. A while ago, I posted on the forums what game is like the TV show Deadliest Warrior, and this game was recommended. I hope it delivers, and if it doesn't I know that it did not cost that much to begin with.
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29. Board Game: Invasion from Outer Space: The Martian Game [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:963] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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This is yet another game that I was excited about getting to play at Gen Con. I really like both Last Night on Earth and A Touch of Evil, so of course I liked Invasion from Outer Space.

This game is more than a re-skin of Last Night on Earth and it adds a lot of unique features, but I really like that both games are compatible. I got to play a dancing bear, ripping the heads off martians.

Also, good stuff.
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30. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:106]
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In June I played this game and absolutely loved it. After the patient man at the Asmodee both answered all of my questions about how good the game is with two players, I decided to go for it. I can not wait to Release the Kraken again.
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31. Board Game: Panzer General: Russian Assault [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:6243]
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I was really wanting to get a war(ish) game that primairly used cards. I was hoping to find Frontline: D-Day, but DVG was not present at Gen Con and none of the dealers had it.

I have Panzer General: Allied Assault for the Xbox 360 and like it, so after talking with the developer about the changes made for this game I was convinced this would be a good game for me.
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32. Board Game: Panzer General: Allied Assault [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2980]
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So the woman, who was in charge of the cash register was a good salesperson. Petroglyph games was already selling their games at decent discount from retail, and both games were bought it was an even deeper discount. Since I had already bought Heroes of Graxia on Thursday, I would also qualify to get a free copy of the PC version of Guardians of Graxia. She kindly pointed all of this out to me, and since I did not have the actual board game version of Allied Assault, I just could not say no.
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33. Board Game: The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow: The Village [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1208]
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The final game I bought was this one. As a youth pastor, I play A LOT of Mafia but the youth have never known the game as Werewolf. I got this game to play at youth events like lock-ins, and most specifically at youth group on October 31st this year.
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After spending way to much money, I went to the event Introduction to Napoleonics. I have this book, and I was really looking forward to playing the game because in reading the book it was obvious how much he enjoys the miniatures hobby. Doing things with people who love what ever you are doing is always a joy, so I knew this would be a good game and it did not disappoint.

The game put me and someone who had never played a miniatures game before against a grizzled minis veteran and his son.

The game was called by time but I think the by decision victor was my side with the French. A cavalry charge had all but routed the advance force of the Austrians cavalry, and had begun to crash into one foot soldiers. Behind the French cavalry we had lines of French infantry advancing in lines ready to take on all comers. Meanwhile, we had also managed to get an impressive battery of cannons deployed on our flank which lit up (or more accurately bowled over) the main forces of the Austrian army.

I really had a lot of fun, and I am hoping to make participating in a Games of War game a Gen Con tradition.
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35. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:22]
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In the evening I went back to the Skyline Club for several hours of open gaming. I began by playing two games of Race, with two local people who I have played with before. The first game one of the won with 93, which is the highest score I have seen (I have read session reports of higher but that is the highest of any game I have played). The second game I did better but still lost
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36. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:79]
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Next I played Galaxy Trucker for the first time. I have mixed feelings about the game. I kind of liked the Star sip construction being real time. I did not like not having a clue what I should actually build though. I took the time constraint a little to seriously, and ended up building ships really fast that were a little to small for what was required. I was point blank told that you will badly lose your first game, so my goal was not finish in last. Happily, I did meet that goal.

As a side note, this game would be 100% cooler if they would re-theme it as a Firefly game.
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37. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:474]
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After playing Galaxy Trucker we played this classic filler. It was my first time to play it and I liked it quite a bit.

Oddly though, one of the people playing could stop because in the middle of the game without a word he got up, left, and did not come back.

It was very puzzling.
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38. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:1681]
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The final game of the night for me was Kill Doctor Lucky. We did not play the new pretty version, but we played the CAG version. This actually drew a lot of interest as multiple people stopped to see what we were doing. I think they wanted to see what game was ugly looking . .

I thought the game was not bad. There was a lot more depth than I initially thought, and Dr. Lucky proved to be hard to kill until late into the draw deck.
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39. Board Game: Gremlins: Gizmo's Great Escape [Average Rating:5.11 Unranked]
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On Sunday, I first went to the Christian Gamer's guild worship service. After that I went to try and get in a few last Warhammer: Invasion games, but that did not work so I turned my league stuff in and slowly started heading to my next event. On the way I stopped and played this quick little game.

This is a two player cat and mouse game, where players follow cards to move. One player is trying to escape as Gizmo and the other player is trying to use gremlins to catch him.

I played Gremlins and won. I am guessing that Gremlins license must have been cheap because I doubt there was much demand for a Gremlins game. It is a simple game, and the pieces are very nice looking.

It is relatively cheap highly portable, so those are also pluses.
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40. Board Game: Ad Astra [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:589]
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I registered for this event because I had read how this game "replaced" Settlers of Catan for a lot of people. I had mixed feelings about the game after playing it. I really liked the action track and how the mechanic of each player placing three cards on it worked.
However, it seemed that after the second or third turn players had to pick something to be dominant in, and then just score their strength over and over again.

This is an ok game. I would play it again if someone asked me to, but it is not a replacement or Catan.
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41. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:27] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
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With some time to kill, I went to the Rio Grande room and got into a pick up game of Dominion. We had all played before and it was a good game. One player went the village route, playing multiple actions a turn. However, he did not buy enough money early enough so his deck stalled. Another player went the big money route and he bought the most provinces. I focused on gardens and used wood cutters to give me extra buys to pad my deck with coppers. The fourth player tried to also go with gardens, but he intended to Throne Room Workshops, but he could never get the combo to work. In the end I won over the big money player by one point.
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42. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:349] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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One of the people I played Dominion with was talking about this game, and on Saturday the person who runs the game group I play at was talking about this game. After Dominion I went with the other player to check this game out.

Ascension is another deck building game, but it goes about it differently than Dominion. There is a common deck which cards are revealed from. Though the biggest difference is that there are essentially unlimited actions and buys per turn. The game is really based around this idea and it works well.

Had I not already bought Heroes of Graxia earlier, I would have gotten this game. As it is, only time and repeated plays of Heroes of Graxia will tell if I made the right choice.
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43. Board Game: Battles of Westeros [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:314]
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My last game of Gen Con 2010 was this one. Since I like the command and colors system, I was curious about how it had been modified.

This game was nice. The changes made to the system work really well for the medieval style battles the game portrays. Instead of sections, command cards are issued by commanders. A unit has to be in a zone of control of the commander to be given an order, and each commander can only give so many orders. I also think the use of a D8 is better than a D6, as it is now much easier to kill weaker units.

I do not know if I need another command and conquer style game over Memoir '44 but I like that this is melee fighting, and that it is not the muddled mess of magic/history that Battlelore is.

I do not know if I will eventually get it, but I am still interested in this game.
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