WBC 2011 - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
The Pariah
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I caused a small furor last year with my WBC Geeklist, but the most important comments I got were those that suggested I give it another shot. I’ve been attending WBC for 15 years, and I’ve built up a lot of friendships.

Admittedly, last year, I had loads of stress -- I had been unemployed since the previous October (and only went because I had paid for the room in full when I checked out the previous year). This year, I was employed (although, not entirely happily), but certainly the stress of poverty was removed.

On the other hand, the year had presented its own stresses -- a failed adoption; my wife nearly dying (and being put into a medically induced coma for two days, followed by a fairly extreme surgery). Thankfully, the risk of danger in terms of the latter had been eliminated, and so I headed off to WBC with an open mind; still wary that my own growing cantankerousness would rear up at some point.

Warning: I’m a writer -- this is gonna be long...
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1. Board Game: Argue [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:8231]
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Prior to the convention even starting, I’d already had a few run-ins. I had decided to not run the event I’ve run for the past 6 years after this year (although I had an epiphany while I was there, which may cause me to semi-adjust that thinking). And, then there was a conflict with one of the board members.

In a nutshell, the WBC auction is always one of the most heavily attended events -- loads and loads of games (usually, at good prices). The list is posted ahead of time each year. This year, about 2 weeks after the stated date, there was no list. There had been a few comments on the lateness, and I chimed in with one or two snarky, admittedly wise-ass comments (such is the tenor of the board). That being said, there was no way anyone even remotely internet-savvy could have mistaken my comments as legitimate; it was clearly a joke.

I received back a scathing rebuke (I was the only one to be "scolded"). I initially typed out a response, then deleted it, and chose to email the board member directly. I expressed my concern over his response, and asked if he would apologize. The response I got back was basically "I guess we both learned something here." I sent another message and heard nothing back, and realized that -- in fact -- I *had* learned something.
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2. Board Game: Crossroads: The Accident Prevention Game [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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Friday: My new job is WAY on the north shore of Long Island (translation -- it takes a long time to get anywhere). In a fit of stupidity, I decided my wife should pick me up at my job on Friday, 7/29, and we’d leave at 4:30 -- getting to Lancaster around 9. I don’t know what I was thinking.

Compounding the insane traffic was the fact that I’ve been drinking a lot of water, in an attempt to lose weight. Long traffic jams plus stress equals a crazy need to urinate. This need hit in Brooklyn, on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.

I finally found a place, and returned to the highway, to resume the lightning quick 7mph we’d been averaging. Somehow (I don’t know -- perhaps the earth’s centrifugal force drew me, since it certainly wasn’t a result of my foot on the accelerator), we ended up at the Verrazano Bridge -- about two-and-a-half hours after we’d left. We approached the toll plaza, and -- when we were the third car from the gate -- the EZ Pass lanes all stopped working.

Our lane died first; then each lane on either side, then the next two, etc. In fact, only the furthest left lane was moving – and everyone was trying to get to that lane. After 15 minutes, I decided to attempt to do it as well; and – as I was getting around an SUV, we rubbed back bumpers.

Minor, minor damage (I found out later, *NO* damage to my vehicle, just a paint transfer that came off with saliva on my finger). We exchanged numbers and agreed to take care of it on our own, with no police report. Instead, the other driver contacted my insurance Monday morning. I explained to my insurance there was no damage, and I wouldn’t be putting in a claim (since I didn’t know the reimbursement rate for spit).
 
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3. Board Game: Hotel Tycoon [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:10503]
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Arrived at the hotel MUCH later than expected -- closer to midnight than 9pm, which destroyed any plans I’d had to get things done that evening. And, as has been commented on, so far, the hotel leaves much to be desired.

We checked in -- last year, we had been told, if we wanted to keep our same room (which we liked) we should specify that on the reservation form. We did that. I called six times during the year to confirm the reservation and the details; each time, I was told my requests would be met. However, when I showed up, I wasn’t in that room.

Most insultingly, the clerk tried to tell me there was *no* record of me having had that room (a fact that was revealed as a lie when he told his manager he saw I’d been assigned to the original room, but that morning, someone had made the change).

Finally, the Host agreed to move me the following day (they would move me), and then I’d have the room I was supposed to have. We had no fridge (and wouldn’t, until Sunday, even though people checking in after us were getting them) -- it wasn’t until I told them that we were storing refrigerated stuff in bags of ice on the floor that they realized they probably should get us a fridge.

The AC never really worked -- even turned down as low as it could go, the room stayed locked on 72 degrees (but, I prepare for this, and I bring a small fan with me, which at least provides the illusion of cool air). And, as has been mentioned before, the towels were full of holes; the sink was cracked and stained. Basically, the whole hotel is like a 71 Plymouth Fury (not a preserved one, mind you -- one full of dings and dents and scratches) -- it gets hit again, and it just shrugs it off.

The internet service became a sore spot -- from Monday through the last Saturday, internet service was nearly non-existent. This was the second straight year for this issue, which leads me to believe that there’s a problem that’s not really being taken care of (more disturbingly, the handicap lifts were also all out of order (although some were being repaired). I get the feeling the Host figures "hey, people keep coming; we don’t need to do anything until there’s a lot of complaints."

Sadly, I’m probably in that boat -- yes, I’d love to go somewhere else; but the convenience (and the fact that we bring our dog) makes it seem likely that I’ll be there again next year. But, I will be doing some research between now and then, to see if there’s a better option.
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4. Board Game: A Dog's Life [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:8484]
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Saturday: My friend

Brian Stone
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Centereach
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was coming down on Saturday, so I’d decided to play in the 18xx tournament in the evening, as compared to the daytime, so I could do some sight-seeing with my wife during the day.

We hit Central Market -- spectacular, but our lack of a fridge caused us to not over-buy. Then, we returned to the hotel, to pick up the dog for our trip in the opposite direction.

We visited the Intercourse Canning Company -- bought a few things; the Mount Hope Winery -- bought a few things; and the Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market. Pets aren’t allowed at the Market, so we had to leave our dog in the car. We put the windows down, and ran in for 5 minutes (mainly to buy some coldcuts to add to her food).

We were in the market for -- I don’t know -- three minutes (?) when a voice came over the loudspeaker that the owner of a green car (my car isn’t green); had a large dog in the back seat (my dog is large); and the dog was "suffering" and the person would be calling the police. My wife and I thought, there’s NO WAY that was us (my dog is too lazy to even give the illusion of being in distress), but just to be safe, she went out to check.

When she got out there, she was confronted by one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey -- spiked red hair, gum-smacking. She began screaming at my wife (who’s an incredibly accomplished nurse, btw). My wife first said, "the windows were all down; and it was fewer than five minutes; and -- oh yeah -- dogs are outdoor animals," but she realized that wouldn’t make a difference, so she decided to thank the woman for her concern. The woman kept screaming. My wife said, "Yes, you are right. Thank you. I appreciate your concern." More screaming. Finally, my wife turned to her and yelled, "Could you please just shut the *&%^ up? Just shut the *&%^ up!" With that, the woman started walking towards my wife, who responded, "I wouldn’t do that -- you see how I treat my dog, and I like my dog. I don’t like you." The woman left. An Amish man came up to my wife (after the fact) and said the dog wasn’t in distress; we’d been in the building less than five minutes; but he thought the woman was calling the police. With that, my wife was done with shopping for the day.
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5. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:107]
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Headed over the Texas Roadhouse (we have one on Long Island, but it’s pretty far) with Brian, for some most-excellent BBQ. Then, he and I headed down to play some 18xx.

I have a love/hate relationship with 18xx -- it’s probably one of my five favorite games (I had thought about this at the con -- right now, my five favorites would be Age of Steam, 18xx, Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization, Tichu, Thunderstone, although Strat-O-Matic Baseball needs to be in there as well (only solitaire, however). Yet, I’m AWFUL at 18xx. I’m fair enough when playing with people at home; but at the con, I’m almost always last or second-to-last; and this game was no exception.

I was on the 1830 game, with one shark, one player who’d played a few times, and one who had never played. I finished third. More disturbingly, at one point, I actually thought I was winning; but it was not to be. I’d tried to do things differently than I usually play, and they didn’t work either. I had a good time, but I’d really prefer to "learn" in these games (and, there’s not really the opportunity for that). Still, it’s definitely something I’ll keep playing and striving to improve.

After 18xx, we headed to Wal-Mart for our trip to stock up. Turned in early.
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6. Board Game: Brunch at the Coliseum [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
 
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Sunday: Last year, we’d headed to Sunday brunch and JUST managed to get back for the Through the Ages heat. This year, the heat had moved back to 2pm, so we had plenty of time. I’d assembled quite a posse:

Brian
Allan Rothberg
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Farmingdale
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(and wife)
and three members from the Greenville Mafia -- John Emery (and his son), Bruce Young and Ken Richards.

So, there were 8 of us. Brunch was incredible -- pricey, to be sure -- but great food and great company. I was reminded why I make the trip every year.

 
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7. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:3]
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Through the Ages is another game I greatly enjoy (but do poorly at). I’d been playing a bunch online, over the past year, but I still fell short by about 40 points in a fairly low-scoring game. Interestingly, I spent the entire game with ZERO Defense/Colonization cards until the very last military card draw of the game (which signaled the end of Age 3). This made things very difficult. Twice, earlier in the game, I’d been raided, and could do nothing to defend myself.

Last year, I played in both heats; but this year, I decided one was enough (this would become a fairly common lament for me this year -- more on this later). Brian and I thought about heading to the 18xx heat, but I said, "I just picked up Poseidon -- we could play that." We didn’t.
 
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8. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:59]
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Ronkonkoma
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Instead, I grabbed my wife and Allan and we played two games of Tichu in the bar. Thus begins my conundrum -- why travel a few hundred miles and spend in excess of $1500, just to play games with the same people I play with at home? It’s something I struggle with (because, even though I have made a lot of friends at WBC, not many of them play the same games I play).

Brian and I smoked Allan and Anna Maria in two games, and we headed to bed.
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9. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:276]
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Monday: I have no idea where Monday went. I know most of what I wanted to do Friday night got done on Monday (including punching unpunched games I’d hoped to play in the Open Gaming area). I had set up a GeekList for the open gaming, and -- in an amazing stroke of bad luck, managed to hook up with NO ONE on that list for any open gaming.

I’m consistently torn, because I want to like the tournaments (and, this year, most of them were pretty good), but I also know I don’t play any game so often as to be uber-competitive in the event. I’m also more of a gaming omnivore, so I like to try all sorts of new games; but -- much like eating -- once I decide I want a specific type of cuisine, I’m not really interested in switching to something else.

My first game on Monday was Union Pacific, and -- coincidentally -- I sat down to play with
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Rockville
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Hamburg
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whom I’d already said I’d be meeting up with in Open Gaming (which, obviously, didn’t happen -- see above). The game was close, with first to last separated by only about 15k -- I made an early push for UP stock, and the two players who didn’t have as much ensured there was a tie for the lead in UP stock (which nullified any advantage -- interesting, if there hadn’t been a tie, and I’d had the lead, I would have finished second (I believe) and the player who finished second might have finished first -- ah well, this is why we play the games).

I was only playing one game in the heat, as I had dinner plans, so I bowed out.
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10. Board Game: Mini Pro Golf [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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Ronkonkoma
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In previous years, we’d headed to Shady Maple Smorgasbord; but the trip is nearly 40 minutes. This year, we decided to head back to Miller’s Smorgasbord, which has slightly fewer choices; but almost certainly better quality, and has the added bonus of being only about 10 minutes away.

From there, we had planned on heading to Village Greens Mini-Golf, but the skies opened up and it poured. Once the rain was over, the place had closed. However, a closer course, Professor Hackers was still open, so the 10 of us headed there for the annual mini-golf championship. It was a beautiful night, since the humidity had been eliminated by the rain. In the end, the same person who had won every year continued her stranglehold on the title; but an unlikely three-some took home the team title.
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11. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:59]
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Back to the hotel, and back to Tichu. This time, my wife traded Allan for Brian, so I got paired up with Allan. Admittedly, Allan isn’t nearly as experienced as the other three of us, but I still held out hope.

That was dashed quickly. At one point, Allan passed me a 4 (my opponents passed me a 5 and a 6). I was perplexed, and then, I figured he was planning to call a Tichu. The first player played the one, no wish; and Allan, going next, played a Jack. I asked him after the round, why would you pass me a 4 and not the Jack? He didn’t know. I knew it would be a long night!

We were beaten soundly in back-to-back games (helped by the 10-1 difference in bombs that destroyed every Tichu call we made), and off to bed.
 
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12. Board Game: Auction [Average Rating:4.83 Unranked]
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Tuesday: The WBC auction -- I got there early, and ran through the auction store, only to find that the opening prices were a bit higher than I’d like. I made a note of which games to check on after the first price drop.

The auction itself saw some "crazy" prices. I had a few 18xx titles I wanted to bid on; and I ended up with none of them. For the most part, they all went for above the cost of a new copy from Deep Thought Games (now, I know that’s because there’s a waiting list; but, I have enough games -- I don’t need any game *right now* and I certainly don’t need to pay $40 over retail for it).

I walked away with four games from the auction itself; and about 8-9 from the store -- it was a fairly light year (which was good). Of course, I’d already placed an order with GameSurplus to be delivered to the hotel, and I’d participated in the WBC Math Trade, so I still had acquired a number of new titles.
 
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13. Board Game: Sports Illustrated Baseball [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:3257]
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The Superstar Baseball Draft -- I’ve been running this event for 6 years, and we had really raised it to a new level. It was one of the first "free-form" events -- it’s not uncommon to see people playing the game at all hours of the night, and in between other games.

The event has had two incarnations -- initially, it was a four-day heat, with playoffs emerging from that one round (and we improved from 31 to 32 to 41 players, and from 161 to 203 games played, in total). Three years ago, we switched to a four-heat format (each day constituting its own heat) -- and we saw a high of 50 players, then 39 the past two years. Games, however, have also dropped, from 185 to 173 to 159 this year.

We had tried to implement something new this year -- with the aid of computer programmer extraordinaire, James Terry, we figured out a way to make Superstar Baseball charts for ANY team in history. I thought this would bring out even more players, but it was not to be. We weren’t dramatically down, but we were down, and we felt down.
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14. Board Game: Atlantic Storm [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2157]
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United States
Ronkonkoma
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My first event of WBC proper was a heat of Atlantic Storm -- a game I hadn’t played at WBC since 2008. The tables, intended to be random, were anything but, in this case, as one person grabbed six cards and handed them out to the six people standing near him, and we all ended up at the same table. So, Brian and I played together, and three other friends were at the same table.

It was an enjoyable time, and somehow, I won, advancing to the semi-finals. More importantly, I was done early enough to hit...
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15. Board Game: Santa Fe Rails [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1181]
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I’ve had good luck in Santa Fe Rails, making the finals twice, so far (and still holding a record for ending a game in near-record time). This game was going to be tough. I was seated to the right of
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a former champion

and to the left of
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Lewes
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a former champion.

A woman who had just learned the game at the demo was directly opposite me.

My luck never got started. At one point, I had a decision to make, whether to end the game or not, and my quick count seemed to indicate that I might be winning; but I chose to extend the game. The new player ended up with near-matches to Bob’s cities (so there were two building towards those destinations), and her moves continued to leave Andy with a ton of money (he ended the game with 70+ dollars, while no one else had much more than 30). I wasn’t the recipient of any of this good fortune. At one point, we’d agreed to dead-end one color (to prevent Andy from completing two destinations that would pay him about $24). I made my move; Bob made his, and the new player did something altogether different, enabling Andy to make the move.

In the end, I finished last, so maybe she was on to something. Perhaps she realized she couldn’t finish higher than third, so she viewed me as her competition. Still, a frustrating game, to be sure.
 
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16. Board Game: March Madness [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:5198]
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Wednesday: Nothing spoils a morning more than waking up earlier than you’d like to head down to March Madness and end up with one of the last picks. Making matters worse, I was matched up with the 2004 Duke team (one of my favorites). I don’t even remember whom I picked, but I remember the game being semi-close for a while, until I lost by about 12-15. My streak of calling a time-out, only to have the re-roll be an even worse result was intact through this game.
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17. Board Game: Paydirt [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2034]
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Ronkonkoma
New York
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Off to Paydirt. I edit the team charts every year, in exchange for some PDFs of the charts, so one would think I’d know the charts really well. I don’t. I don’t even look at them in preparation for the WBC until the night before, usually.

I’d isolated a handful of teams I wanted, and eventually got the Houston Texans, providing me with a devastating running game, a serviceable passing game, and a defense that did more for the opposing offense than the offense’s own chart.

I was giving 6 points, so I just needed to convert a TD to take the lead. My offense would start strong and heavy and march down the field, only to eventually come up short on a key conversion. The game itself was a comedy of errors -- my opponent (Jacksonville) fumbled a kick-off return and punt-return, giving me the ball both times inside his 20. My QB was forced to "scramble" and lost 12 yards for a safety. I threw three interceptions (including one on a SCREEN pass!!!!), Even still, I was down by only 3 in the 4th quarter when I got the ball.

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At one point, I was looking at a 2nd and about 51 yards. This would not be converted, but nor would I be lucky enough to punt. After trying to sneak a run by my opponent a few times (all of which resulted in penalties), I finally tried the bomb, which was intercepted.

In the end, I lost by about 8-10. A frustrating game, but the game was great just for the company and the laughs.
 
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18. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:258]
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Ronkonkoma
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I decided to enter Lost Cities on a whim. I do well enough at the game -- as well as anyone can with the amount of randomness in the game. My opponent for the first matchup was Marilyn Flowers, wife of Rob Flowers, whom I didn’t get to game with this year, but did play Through the Ages with last year. I won, by a reasonable margin, and had a really nice time. Marilyn is quite pleasant, and I admire her organizational skills (seriously, anyone who carries around a journal gets bonus points in my book).
 
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19. Board Game: Santa Fe Rails [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1181]
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New York
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After heading back to the Texas Roadhouse to support the WBC fundraiser, I went back for a second helping of Santa Fe Rails -- again with Bob Wicks and
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Another close game, but -- once again -- I ended up on the bottom. It would be my last heat this year (as the final heat conflicted with another game I wanted to play). So, this year, my luck abandoned me.
 
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20. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:429]
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United States
Ronkonkoma
New York
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Hit the Open Gaming area and came across Jason Levine, who had his demo copy of Quarriors with him. I gave it a shot, and really liked the mechanics (although, it feels even more multi-player solitaire than Dominion) I won, based on one big play (that’s another potential problem -- since you’re pulling dice and you can get many actions, one great pull can garner you a giant amount of points. Even still, I pre-ordered the game (and bought larger dice bags that actually fit human-sized hands from the vendor downstairs).
 
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21. Board Game: Baltimore & Ohio [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1126]
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United States
Ronkonkoma
New York
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Thursday: I own Baltimore and Ohio (the Winsome version), but hadn’t played it before. Although, as I said, I’m an omnivore, train games are pretty near to my heart. B&O is a game that one can only get better at, by playing. Thankfully, in my case, I didn’t set the bar too high. I finished drop-dead last in the game, based on some ambitious plans that never materialized.

I started two railroads in the beginning of the game, which left both companies fairly cash-poor. I also took the NY Central (since I’d used them in the demo the day before), which has its own set of restrictions. Still, a fun game, with some fun players (and, for the most part, that’s all I can ask).

Interesting aside -- one of the players was someone I’ve known for a few years. Many years ago, in an Age of Steam game, he counter-built my first build, to steal one of the cubes I was hoping to deliver. I exploded in mock-anger.

He’s friends with the player I mentioned in last year’s GeekList (the one who nearly caused me to end up in jail), and we had occasion to talk about the incident at the B&O game. More interestingly, he had been under the impression that I’d actually been mad with him for all these years. Still, there’s more to this story, to follow...
 
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22. Board Game: Shark [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1209]
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United States
Ronkonkoma
New York
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B&O ended early, and I wanted to play 7 Wonders at 3pm, so I had some time. I wandered into the Open Gaming area and found
I will not rest until Biblios is in the Top 100. - Steve Oksienik
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Howell
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I’d never met him face-to-face (but, certainly interacted on the Geek), so I wanted to introduce myself. We ended up in a six player game of Shark -- his copy -- with him, his wife, me, my wife, and our friends from Long Island Charles and Sri, who had arrived the evening before.

I enjoy Shark, but haven’t played it in a few years, and I definitely botched one rule on calculating value (and, worse, debated the rule for 5 minutes -- nothing kills a for-fun game like agonizing over a rule). In the end, Steve was WELL ahead of us all, when his wife’s roll could either prolong the game til his turn, so he could sell off all his stock (and, basically, sew up the game) or she could end it, and drop him out of first. She chose the second option, giving Sri the win by $1k over my wife -- Steve finished fifth (and I finished in dead last).

We all had a good time, and right after the con, Steve put his copy on his trade list.
 
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23. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:17]
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The 7 Wonders tournament, I knew, would be well-attended, and the line sprawled out the door. I finally got a table and we played two games. I went heavy science in the first, and medium science/heavy blue in the second, and finished first overall (with a first place in the first game and a third in the second -- the scores are added together, and I finished one point ahead of second place). We both advanced to the quarter-finals, however.

One of the difficulties with a new, popular game is knowing how to set up the quarter-, semi- and finals. There was a 90 minute wait between the rounds, while other tables finished. I finally landed at a 7-player quarter-final table. Only one game in the quarter-finals; top 3 from each table would advance.

I drew the Colossus, so knew I’d have to do a more heavy military strategy. Unfortunately, the players on either side of me decided to also go heavy military -- so, even with a strength of 9, I ended the game with a total of 6 points in military (and none of the three of us made it to the next round). Conversely, at the other end of the table, one player built a military strength of 3, and ended with 18 points at the end of the game.
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24. Board Game: Automobile [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:188]
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Ronkonkoma
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I learned Automobile last year, and managed to get a copy through the Math Trade, so I was anxious to play it again. Wallace is -- almost certainly -- my favorite designer (I know, I’m so unique in that way), so it’s not hard to convince me to play one of his games. My wife and Brian and I hit the open gaming area and happened across my friend
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whom we suckered corralled into playing. I explained the rules, and we got started, with no one really sure of how the game played (besides me). I converted all this extra knowledge into a dominating third-place finish. Like many of the games I like, I enjoy playing the game, but I have ZERO idea why I ended so poorly.
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25. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:59]
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United States
Ronkonkoma
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We broke out Tichu to introduce Max to the game. For a first-timer, he played quite admirably, only making a small handful of "oh crap" plays. We lost (as I expected), but the score was significantly closer than I’d thought it would be.
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