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BGTG 118 - Post BGG.con 2011 (with Greg Pettit)
Mark Johnson
United States
Santa Clarita
California
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Listener follow-along and note-taking geeklist for the BGTG podcast episode with Greg Pettit after his trip to BGG.con in 2011.

http://www.boardgamestogo.com/2011/12/bgtg-118-post-bggcon-2...



Want to see our new list for 2012? It's here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/150476/bgtg-130-post-b...
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1. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:140]
Mark Johnson
United States
Santa Clarita
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Mark:

Wallace, French & Indian War, Deckbuilding

Really impressed with my one play. Seems like a fantastic blend of wargame realities with euro mechanics. Sort of like We The People (1994!) for the 21st century. Reading some strategy & rules questions on BGG makes me worried that eurogame strategists can min/max the game to its detriment. Not really a problem for me, but takes away that 5th star until I know more. Really hopeful about this system!

2012 update: I've played a few more times face-to-face, and a TON more times online at Yucata.de. In spite of the "Halifax Hammer" (and designer response), I still absolutely love this game.
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2. Board Game: 23 [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2396]
Mark Johnson
United States
Santa Clarita
California
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A numbers sequence game that instantly draws comparisons to Geschenkt/No Thanks. But where that game is elegant simplicity (some would say boring), this one is more complex (some might say more strategic). I'm holding out hope that a good translation and a play with a sharp gamer (Dave Arnott, Chris Johnson) will reveal worthwhile depths, but for now I much prefer No Thanks.

2012 update: Just as I'd hoped, this soared when some smarter gamers showed me what to do with this one. Then I was able to bring it back to the more casual lunch group at work, where it was a big success.
 
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3. Board Game: The City [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1260]
Mark Johnson
United States
Santa Clarita
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Mark:

Lehmann's experiment with RftG-lite, using a typically euro theme (city building/economic engine). I liked it ok, but seemed a bit samey after just a few plays. However, my semi-gamer brother really enjoyed it over Thanksgiving, insisted his wife play with us, too, and she liked it as well! Needs an English edition.

2012 update: I should point out that most everyone else enjoys this more than I do. In particular, they don't experience that lightning-quick burnout on the game that I did. I think I heard that an English edition is finally on the way, so more people will get to enjoy it. And I'd still play.
 
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4. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:327]
United States
Houston
Texas
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Lighter and quicker than you expect from Wallace. Hidden, variable victory conditions.

2012 Update: Have played once since. No change in rating or opinion. It's light enough to not be bothersome. I think people familiar with the source material will get more enjoyment from it.
 
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5. Board Game: The Road to Canterbury [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1275]
United States
Houston
Texas
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A neat two or three player game with delightful artwork and a dastardly theme.

2012 Update: I've played a couple of times since and it holds up pretty well. It has a little mean-spirited "take that" action, but it fits well with the theme.
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6. Board Game: Panic Station [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:1862]
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Houston
Texas
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Hidden traitor co-op with potential, but a very flawed rulebook.

2012 Update: Not played, no desire. Would probably take it down a star upon reflection.
 
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7. Board Game: Norenberc [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1077]
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Houston
Texas
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Economic game with worker placement.

2012 Update: Not played since. No desire. Nothing compelling about this one.
 
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8. Board Game: Alcatraz: The Scapegoat [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1444]
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Houston
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Quick, brutal, reverse co-op.

2012 Update: Played a few times since, still holds up. I replaced the randomizing room cards with a D12 to cut down on shuffling. The toughest part is explaining to people how someone has to be left behind.
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9. Board Game: Yggdrasil [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:431]
United States
Houston
Texas
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Another co-op, but with more choices. Great artwork and theming.

2012 Update: Haven't played since, but just for lack of opportunity. Still have fond thoughts of this one.
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10. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:131]
United States
Houston
Texas
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An epic classic with beautiful new designs.

For an awesome, home-made version of Dune, contact:
Andrew Tullsen
United States
Tigard
Oregon
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You can see his full line of items here:
(This link goes directly to Dune)
Print & Play Products - Game List

Occasionally, Andrew will produce a few copies of a game simultaneously. These can be pre-ordered at a discount:
Print & Play Productions- P10

2012 Update: Was able to play it fully this BGG.Con. "Now with Worms!" Good fun, worth finding the friends and time to explore. Recommend playing to 10 rounds instead of 15.
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11. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:442]
United States
Houston
Texas
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A deck-building game with dice, which means more chaos and less strategy.

2012 Update: Not played since, neither desire nor opportunity.
 
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12. Board Game: Ocean Limbo [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:5030]
United States
Houston
Texas
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Similar to FITS, but with a garbage theme and more dexterity.

2012 Update: Not played since. I believe I got all there was out of it the first couple of plays.
 
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13. Board Game: Walnut Grove [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:712]
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Houston
Texas
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A lighter "resource engine" economic game set in the Western frontier.

2012 Update: Not played since, but wouldn't mind giving it another go.
 
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14. Board Game: Tournay [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:552]
United States
Houston
Texas
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Build your village, place workers, yours and others.

2012 Update: Not played since, no desire.
 
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15. Board Game: Hawaii [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:341]
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Houston
Texas
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YAWP. Interesting resources, neat theme, nice artwork.

2012 Update: Not played since, no change in rating, just very indifferent.
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16. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:234]
United States
Houston
Texas
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Card game of a reverse economic engine.

2012 Update: Not played since. This one seems to have fallen by the wayside rather quickly.
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17. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:216]
United States
Houston
Texas
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YAWP. Multiple paths to victory, cute but clear artwork.

2012 Update: Not played since, no interest.
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18. Board Game: Upon a Salty Ocean [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1893]
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Houston
Texas
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Build your economic engine in Rouen in the Middle Ages.

2012 Update: Ended up buying a copy and have played a few times since (was even able to introduce it to Mark). A good game that deserves more recognition.
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19. Board Game: Nefarious [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1387]
United States
Houston
Texas
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Quick, silly, race for world domination.

2012 Update: Not played since, but would love to. Just haven't pursued getting a copy.
 
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20. Board Game: Stalag 17 [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:6367]
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Houston
Texas
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Quick card game about escaping a German prison camp.

2012 Update: Not played since, no desire.
 
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