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BGG SPRING IS AWESOME - 2022!

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Another BGG Con has come and gone! BGG Con is always an amazing time filled with friends and games. During the Spring convention, BGG holds a Storage Sale cleaning out some games from the collection to make room for other titles. It is an opportunity for me to run wild and pick up a ton of games on the cheap. As you can see from the final haul pic.

I always tell people to use me as an example of how they aren't crazy when they explain to their friends or partner that their collection isn't too big.

BGG Con wasn't so much about learning new games this time. I ended up playing a bunch of repeated games and teaching where I could.

DAY 0 of the convention I found myself with no voice. I only just managed to get back to normal once we were traveling home. It was really suckors to not have my voice during the con, but I still played plenty of games and had a great time.

In no particular order, I will just talk briefly about the games I played.


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Michael and I played a couple games that we got from the BGG Store starting with Ramen Chef. New to me!

I wasn't really sure what to expect, but the game is super easy to learn and play. There are a bunch of double-sided tiles and you set up a 3x3 grid of them.

You are trying to find matches by flipping over the tiles. It is a memory game and a set collection game. You want to find matches but you also want to complete order cards with specific ingredients.

Once the tiles run out then the game will end and whoever has completed the most orders will win the game.

Very light and simple. Good for the family or casual games who like Ramen. It has a nice look to it and is nice. As a strategy gamer, this didn't really do much for me, but I could see it working for the right crowd. I don't think this is one that I would return to playing anytime soon, but it was harmless enough that I could see playing again if requested.

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The next game we played that was also found in the BGG Store was Cakes!. New to me!

I figured this game would be another Rhino Hero game of just stacking cards to make tall towers. No, this is much more challenging. You have to hold a plate and stack it on the plate you are holding. It is way more entertaining!

This is also a speed game to meet the requirements of the current objective card. The catch is you can win by having the most points at the end, or if you have completed 10 layers on your cake the game ends immediately.

I am super short so I didn't stand a chance of completing 10 layers of my cake. It worked well in the first game and I won because we ended up running out of cards. In the second game, Michael neglected the scoring cards and just focused on making a 10-layered cake. I had all the points from the cards, but he was able to end the game prematurely because he had 10 layers!

Very entertaining and fun challenge. Everyone loves a good bell... well except the table next to you.

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By the end of the con, I finally saw Wonderland's War available in the BGG library so I took it out with hopes of teaching Aldie since he was wanting to learn it.

He wasn't available but Candice really wanted to learn it too so I grabbed Mihir and we played a 3 player game.

It was great fun, and this is a game I was happy to teach and play some more. Candice loved it and definitely wanted to play again.

I was fortunate and found Aldie the next day so we could play it with him since that was the one game he wanted to learn. Michael taught that game to Aldie, Lincoln, and Nikki so they could all learn it.

The 5-player experience was a bit long especially with 3 people learning and the huge table it was hard to read everything.

Having played 4 times now, I used all the different token abilities and definitely like some better than others. I have tried all the characters but Jabberwocky, but I am not even sure I want to use that character.

I am just happy to introduce this game to more people since I am fond of it and it has been one of the best games I have learned this year. It is simply fantastic. The more I get to play it the happier I am too. I hope everyone gets to try it.

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On the final morning of the con, I played a game of Fields of Arle with Mihir since I was up so early to return Wonderland's War to the Library.

Hey, Fields of Arle is my fav Uwe game, and any chance I have to play it I will take it!

Mihir said he hadn't played in a very long time. Fortunately for me, I just played in April at GoF and could easily recap him on the rules.

I think he was really happy to play it again. I told him he had to go home and find someone to play it with since he needed to practice more and get the rules down.

Of course, I won the game. I am basically a shark since I have played it so much in my gaming history. If I don't play against Ron, I am likely to win the game, but I still want to teach and show love for the game whenever possible. I just love playing it.

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Another game from the BGG Store we checked out was Little Tokyo. New to me!

Little Tokyo is essentially Animal Upon Animal but for adults. The pieces are hilarious and wonderful and there are 2 bases. You have to line up all the pieces and choose from one side or another for the piece to place.

You don't want to knock over either stack, or you will claim a piece and the 3rd time you knock over the stack you will lose the game. With more players, you can keep playing or just call it.

We played with 4 players then Michael and I played on the Livestream with 2.

I did absolutely horrible with the 4 player group. I just assumed this was not a game I could do well at. Yeah, I think I lost the game in 3 turns! I would just knock it over each time. They kept playing after I was out then they realized it wasn't as easy as they thought.

The table talk in this game is what makes it great. I think we were all just laughing our butts off it was hilarious.

The 2 player game was just as fun and I did much better. The video is below. We ended up playing twice I think. Check it out! Michael was being a wizard with his placements. He was balancing like it was his job. I snapped a pic below of his balancing skills.

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Candice called me over saying that she was trying to learn Tang Garden.

I love Tang Garden and I was happy to join as the 4th player and teach the game so they didn't have to try and learn from the rules.

There was a recent KS that happened and I had been playing the cooperative game. It was cool to go back and play competitive, but I still have to say I love that coop mode better!

They were glad I sat down to teach since they were on a time constraint.

We played super quickly and most everyone got the rules as we were playing. One player was having a hard time grasping the actions, but we just helped out where we could.

It was definitely a low-scoring game since we were hard pushing the ending and not really looking for the best play at all times.

I did end up winning with 30 points and Candice was right behind me with 26.

Still a good game and I am glad we could play. Everyone got a good feeling about what the game had to offer and I think everyone really liked it so it was a success! This is a game I was happy to get back to the table and play again. I think it is just lovely.

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I ended up learning a game called Inkling. New to me!

It is possibly too abstract for me since you can form words or patterns to try and get others to guess the words on your card.

Quentin was pretty out there with his examples, but during the actual play, I totally understood what he and Candice were doing. They were less clear about what I was doing though. I suppose that was okay.

You do want people to guess your words since you score more points, but you also score points for guessing others too.

I had the best overall score so I ended up winning with 21 points.

This worked great with 3 players. I wonder how crazy it would get with more players or if there might be an imbalance for someone who is just terrible at the game, it could be a big disadvantage.

I would definitely play Inkling again since I like the challenge, but I kinda feel like it will be more forgettable in the long run.

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I picked up Sumatra in the VFM and I KNEW the perfect person to teach me the game would be WEM. New to me!

A new Knizia I hadn't been able to play until now and no better person to teach than the Knizia master WEM. Even better than WEM liked the game!

I didn't really know much about it so I was sort of going in blind but figured it would be a very Knizia-style game.

Yep, you are collecting sets in a new way. You have to move around the island collecting various touristy things. Seeing animals and flowers and meeting people. You also want to have wifi.

I really like what this game is doing with the movement of your meeple around the island. It was interesting to see what happens if you get caught behind the tour guide and when you choose to push forward and push your luck as to what you will find ahead.

The game is really interesting and I had a fun time playing it. I dunno how it will hold up after several plays, but I am happy to give it some more plays to find out. It is neat.

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Michael, Susan, & James were all all learning Calico. I was a bit hesitant to sit and play since I wasn't sure if they would enjoy it, but I knew I already loved this one so I join them!

It was clear they were liking the game okay, but that no one was really loving it. This is the main reason why I haven't suggested it at game day since I didn't think anyone would really love it.

There is some luck involved with the tiles coming out, but you do what you can. Nothing will ever be perfect in the game. At least with more players, you will have more opportunities to see more tiles. In the solo game, you don't see many tiles at all.

I still love this one, and I think everyone was happy they learned the game. I am just not sure it will be hitting the table at a game day in the near future. Hey, I love the solo challenge too, and I know this game isn't leaving my collection. It's fantastic so I am happy I did get to play it.

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In the BGG Storage Sale I managed to find my past grail game Colors of Kasane. I just had to pick it up again and have a backup copy of the game. This is is original Japanese game too with the buttons.

I simply love this game and I am happy that I got to play it 3 times during the con. I played a few times with WEM and Beth, who had both played before. I later taught Quentin and Candice how to play and that was great since I got to expose new players to the game which I love.

This is just a game I am not very good at, but that's okay, I still like the limited hand movement and melding system the game has to offer.

I think if I ever find the "new" French edition I will have to pick it up too. I want all the editions! This game is just so different that it stands out for me. so happy I found this game in the sale. Mine mine mine mine.

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Beth wanted to learn 7 Wonders: Architects so we played a few games of that.

I like playing this game going for all the VP cards and not even worrying about building my wonder. It is how I play online and in person.

I win maybe 50% of the time with that strategy. I think I surprised WEM a bit when I won the first game we played with that strategy. I didn't see any blue cards in the second game and it was super quick so I didn't do so hot in the second game.

Happy to play this game. I think it works fine, but I still much prefer 7 Wonders.

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One of the ksdj nominations is Auch schon clever so I wanted to try it. New to me!

This game is perfect for the Ganz Schön Clever universe. It is super cute and you can still get a bunch of combos.

Sure, there is some luck of the draw but it is meant for kids or a light roll n write.

I actually enjoyed it the most from our group. I think Susan hated it and Michael was okay with it. I thought it was cute though. I would gladly play it again.

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Another game from the sdj area was Top Ten. New to me!

We played several games of this during the convention. WEM had his special copy with all the questions and he wasn't willing to share that information with the rest of us so most of my games were with him nd his hand sheet of magical questions.

Okay, this totally fired Wavelength. Sure, there is a time and a place for Wavelength, but I would always choose to play Top Ten given the option.

In Top Ten, every player will have to think cleverly and form a response to the question at hand. There will be a judge and everyone is handed a number from 1-10 generally 1 being worst to 10 being best. If you have the number 6 you have to think of an answer to the question that would make the judge place you in ranking order so that your 6 would be revealed in the right order.

You have to hear other players' responses and evaluate how to answer the question so you don't throw off the judge by guessing the number order incorrectly.

I loved this so much and we all had a ball playing it. I simply can not wait until they release this in English. It will be my go-to party game from now on!

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WEM had a card game to check out called Plotters, Inc.. New to me!

This game is also found in the BGG Store. Immediately it made me think of the game David & Goliath that I learned last year.

It is a trick-taking game where the winner wins cards and the loser of the trick also wins cards. You don't want to collect all the different clors though, so you have to be careful.

We played with 6 players and it was too many people I think. It is probably best with 4 players.

We ended up playing 3 rounds, but the rounds were longer than I would have wanted in a trick-taking game. It was really interesting though and I would be happy to play it again.

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Okay, I didn't actually play Looping, but I looked at it and it looked really cool. I love the Roller coaster theme! Found in the BGG Store.

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Michael and I played a push-your-luck game called Piraten kapern. New to me!

It is a cute dice game. I am glad we decided to play with 2 players since it wouldn't be any good with more than 2 and just a longer experience.

You can simply get bad rolls and lose the game, but it is still fun to try for the big luck rolls and catch up. It is possible to catch up if you hit big.

Fun to try but not a game I would want to play again.

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Michael and I taught WEM how to play Décorum.

We ended up playing two 3 player games. the first game went really well and we ended up winning pretty quickly.

The second game was much harder and we took a dinner break so that didn't help.

We did manage to win the second game too but it took basically all the turns we had to make it happen.

I think Decorum is a great game and it is really interesting to play with new players to see how they respond.

At a recent game day I ended up teaching Susan how to play as well and we played 3 games. I think she was really digging it too.

There is something special about this game. I am glad I have played many times in the past week.

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Aldie wanted to play a game of One Card Wonder.

I first played this in prototype form back when it was on KS. The game didn't really impress me then, but there is nothing wrong with it.

I was fine to play it again, it just doesn't excite me much.

I generally don't like the race to win game and this game is a race to complete the wonder first.

It was fine playing it again, but I probably don't have to play it again.

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Aldie was all about Foundations of Rome and I was definitely interested in learning it. New to me!

I didn't know much about this game other than the over produced giant gamebox filled with miniatures.

Foundations of Rome is a city building game where you will acquire plots on the game board and build up your buildings. Each building will score differently either producing income, population of victory points for the surrounding building types.

This game is very easy to learn and play and it plays in about an hour which is cool. I compare it to games like Big City or Acquire.

I really enjoyed this one, it was definitely one of the best games I played/learned at BGG. Many great decisions to make and strategies to pursue. This is a game I will look to play again for sure, I really enjoy it!

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I got to teach Aldie how to play Marvel: Remix.

There was kind of a lot going on, so we ended up only playing the one time. We played with 5 players and I don't think everyone was enjoying it as much as I love it.

I would have liked to play a few more times, but that's okay. Playing just one time is enough to enjoy it.

This is a game I will always want to play. I love it!

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Another ksdj nominated game I got to try was Magic Mountain. New to me!

This game is arguably not good with 5 players, but honestly, I just didn't enjoy the game much at all.

I do think it would be great fun for kids, so that works well. As far as a dex game goes, it was just mediocre. Not many interesting choices and just wasn't much fun.

I even like Plinko (from Price is Right) but, this was just fine. Maybe if the presentation was different I would have liked it more. Hard to say.

I would play again, but won't be rushing to do so.

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The last ksdj game I had to try was Quacks & Co.: Quedlinburg Dash. New to me!

Aldie was kind enough to teach me and a gaming couple already at the gaming table. If you are familiar with Quacks, this is the kids version of the game.

The powers are simple and the whole game is just a race to the finish. The powers of the tokens you pull will move you on the path and if you can reach the end first, you will win. There are bad tokens that will put you to sleep, but if you have 3 of them then you can buy new tokens with your rubies.

So it is very much like Quacks, but simpler.We just played the basic game and I understand that the other powers for the tokens are more advanced and are a better gameplay for the ones experienced enough with the concept and perhaps not young children.

I would go back and play again, but I don't like race games so for me the game was just ok. I wasn't blown away with it and I would much rather play teh original game. Glad to have tried this though.

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Playing some games with Michael, James, & Susan we tried out UnNatural Selection. New to me!

This game is sort of like Apples to Apples since there will be one person who will select the best result. The differences is that everyone will throw in the first card and then the other two cards will be used as traits for ANY of the cards on display. So you are either trying to make your card fit the theme better by adding on traits on you can ruin the other players answers with trait cards.

The whole game was pretty funny and we did have a great time playing. It was pretty crazy how the trait cards really related to the themes that were coming up.

The one downfall with the game is we saw ever card. Allof the traits and characters and all of the themes. If you play with even more players then you will see everything a few times over. I do with there were more, but otherwise I had a pretty good time playing this one. Works well for a party game.

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Next up we tried a game called Garden Eel Go!. New to me!

Oh myyyyyy the cards are so cute! SQUEE! Who knew underwater poo could be so cute.

This is a simultaneous card selection, but you also don't want to select the stack that the active player picks or you won't collect a card. Some cards are bad and some are good, so you have to be careful on what you select.

It is a neat little collection game with cute art. I liked it well enough and I would play again no problems. I do think I liked it best of all of us playing though.

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We had another small card game to try called White Elephant. New to me!

As you might expect the rules are just the same as the holiday White Elephant game you play at a Christmas party. You are looking for specific gifts to walk away with and with the most value.

It was super cute and I could easily play this game with my family around the holidays. I know there is another White Elephant game that came out more recently and I would be interested in trying that since it has better artwork and just looks more fun, but this works fine.

Again, I think liked this best out of anyone playing in my game. I thought it was cute.

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More small box games and this time we played Nobjects. New to me!

This was probably the worst of the batch of games the 4 of us played.

Nojbects is a party game with finger drawings on the table. You are trying to guess what people are drawing and if you do you get a point. The more points you have the harder the picture you will have to draw.

The drawing cards are just so bad and they don't seem balanced. I duno, I just didn't have any fun playing this game and I generally like drawing games. It was just uninteresting and not worth the time.

Eh, they can't all be winners.

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WEM had read the rules to Splitter so I was all about trying it out. New to me!

I like rolln writes in general, but this one was pretty forgettable. There was nothing wrong with Splitter, but nothing to reallymake it stand out either.

When you roll the 2 dice all players have to use each value on mirroring sides of the board. You are trying to form groups of the same number to score points.

It works and we played a few times. I certainly liked the game, but won't go running out to buy the game.

Glad to have tried it.

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Michael and I took off for Niagara Falls on April 8-18th! It was a long 14-15 hour drive but the best week of the year each year.

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I got to play 120 games and I learned 63 new games! Michael and I took a day off and spent it in Canada and we got to visit Mina and Peter heart

I ended up buying like 150 games from her while we were there too. surprise

In this blog, I plan to review a few games, but mostly just show the different games I played without many comments.

We caught up with Kestrel along the way home! Michael had a slushie
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I have no played several games of Walkie Talkie. New to me!

This is a small cooperative card game that takes 30 sec/per player to play the game. Simple!

The goal is to get rid of as many cards as possible and score positive points.

Each card has a colored side and a letter side. You start the game with 6 cards in front of you and they will be a mix of colors and letters. In the center of the table will be one color and one letter. You have to name things to get rid of your cards. If the letter N is up and you have a black card you can say "night" and get rid of the black card. The black card gets played on top of the other colored card and now you have to think of words that relate to black to get rid of letters like "Bear" if you had the letter B.

It is all very easy to understand and play. I think this is the perfect card game for a restaurant or a quick 5-minute game.

I have already played 8 games! 5 of them in the video below! I have really enjoyed my few plays and will continue to play them.

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Devir Games have 3 smaller card games coming out and Walkie Talkie was just the first. The next card game I tried from them was Ouch!. New to me!

This is a very simple push-your-luck game. You have to flip over cards with one edge and hope you don't pick a side with cactus. There are a few special cards that will do a few bonuses, so you have to be careful. You want to collect more flowers but if a card has 3 slowers it also has 3 sides that are cactus. Big risk, but big reward!

Of course, this was a game I totally lost! There isn't that much to the game, but it was harmless. If I am going to pick a quick game I think I would choose the Walkie Talkie game to play vs this one, but I could easily play this again too.

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The last card game in the new Devir relaeses we tried was Veggies. New to me!

This is a card placement game where you want to form a bunch of regions of one type of market item and one of them really large. you will actually score for that one item and each other item that the other players select. So you need to focus on your item and what other people might select as well.

It is a light game that will appeal to gamers who enjoy pattern building.

I always enjoy tile/card placement and trying to figure out the best patterns with the options provided. So for me, this game worked well! I would be glad to play this one again, it is light and fast so will work well for casual gamers.

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I knew I wanted to check out PATIOS. New to me!

I found it in the BGG Store and it is a game I have been wanting to play for a while since it is simply stunning.

Patios is an action drafting and card placement game. The English translation was horrendous and I am still not sure we were playing correctly, but we did the best we could.

I liked the ideas happening in this game, but it is hard to really execute what you want during the game. It can be an interesting challenge.

It is not a game I will likely return to at this point unless there is a massive update to the English rules. Definitely glad to have tried it.

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Ken was available and show us a 4-player game of Glory Islands! New to me!

I didn't know much about this game, but it had super cute boat meeples. I figured it would be a race type of game, but it wasn't which is great. In Glory Islands, players are choosing how far they wish to go each turn with a card from their hand. The player who picked the highest number will move first and do the card's action and then the next highest card will go. Ties are broken by little dots on the cards.

The further you go the more points you will have to give up, but you will get to place pirates down first and potentially gain higher rewards depending on what other people might do, or if you can close off a region before someone else.

Sometimes on the card, there is an alternative action you can do by spending more points or barrels and that is like a bit of a boost.

During the game, you will want to get your pirates on the islands for area control, but you will also want to collect barrels and treasure tokens. The barrels are used to help with extra actions but are also worth a point at the end of the game. The treasure tiles are a set collection and you can have multiple sets.

Since we learned at Gathering we have since played with James and Susan at home so I could grab some nice pics too.

The gameboard has 2 sides so I have been able to play on both sides. There is a lot more ability for finishing regions on the second side of the map since there is a whirlpool that transports the pirates anywhere. It also makes it a bit more chaotic before your turn if you are going later in turn order.

I like the use of the extra scoring tiles. It plays more to my liking since I like to race around the board and spend a lot more points to get first dibs at placement.

It is a nice family game, and one I would easily play again. It really works best with more players since you have to use a dummy 3rd player when playing with 2 players, but it probably works fine.

It was a nice game! Thanks to Ken for teaching us.

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One of the first games I got to play was one of my favorites! I taught A Feast for Odin! It was a fantastic game. I haven't played with Norwegians in so long so it was extra awesome to play with the expansion again. It's a game I won't ever turn down.

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Dan and I played a 2 player game called YOMEN. it was a neat little deduction game.

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I quite enjoyed my one play of The Border. One to revisit.

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I played two 5p games of First Empires. It was one of the best games I learned at the Gathering. So much fun in a short game. I think 3-4p will be the best player count though. I need to find a copy.

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Learned Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles – Episodes 1 & 2 incorrectly, but Michael and I took what we learned and played it on the Livestream once we got home! I really enjoy the theme and the actions, but I need to explore it a bit more.

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Michael and I played a 2-player game of Dungeons, Dice & Danger. Worth the try, but doesn't really offer anything new or exciting.

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joe H brought out Piggyback × Factory and I think we were all just kinda hungry to really enjoy it. Once we finally got the rules down it seemed to make sense and wasn't terrible.

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ハニーフェスタ (Honey Festa) is a super cute bee game with a bunch of random tile draws was next. It worked but it has a race element that I just don't enjoy.

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Oh a sneaker game called ヴォーグ (VOGU). This is a sneaky game... whistle You need to make partnerships in a way to do well. It was quite interesting.

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EIGHT games of Tichu during the con. It was glorious and I want more. Freaking bestest!

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Two games of Ark Nova. I kinda wish I played a few more times, but it was still great to teach Octavian! Dan and I played in 75 minutes... that was great too.

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A quite roll n write we tried was Dice Trip: Deutschland that reminded me of On Tour. I think it works and is fine but there is nothing to write home about.

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I love Streams so I was looking forwar to trying out Streams Cross which is essentially the same. Its cool.

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Next was a push-you-luck dice game 空中都市アーレア (The Sky City of ALEA). I super lost as you might expect.

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We needed a quick game so settled on PicTwist: National Parks Edition which I have played the original game several years back. I like the beautiful photography in this though. Quick puzzle game.

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dan had a weird cooperative word game called 単語探知機タンタンゴ (Word Detector Tantango). It was very interesting an I totally choose weird helping workds to start the game with, but it was fun.

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I knew I wanted to check out Merchants of the Dark Road becasue it is absolutely gorgeous and I like Ronels. A lot of interesting mechanics working, but not sure it is one that I want to explore futher. I would try again though.

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If you like Cat Lady you will like Dog Lover! It is like the next step up from Cat Lady. It feels similar but has a few new mechanics which is nice.

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I knew I wanted to try The Isle of Cats: Explore & Draw and Rob Daviu joined us for an even better experience. I loved this game. It is a perfect fast version of Isle of Cats. Will definitely need this in the collection.

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More from the Roll n Write pile was Torpedo Dice. This was fun to try and blow up the other players. It was tough but interesting.

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One of the better Roll n Write games I learned was Riverside! I loved all the choices in this game and trying to make it all work. Really cool.

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A few new party games came next and the first was Last Message. We played a few times, and it was super cool. I had such a hard time trying to draw the clues and make it work, but it was a great challenge! Totally enjoyed playing this twice.

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A couple games of Phantom Ink and it was definitely interesting. I am not good at this game. Not a great word game, but I can see the appeal.

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An EPIC game of Nemesis is always called for. Poor Scott died again, but he survived a lot longer than the last time we played at gathering. The rest of us survived somehow!

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I was recruited to try Der Garten des Sonnenkönigs. Hey I played a game with James Nathan, and it was an experience. Easily one of the games I will remember for hating so much.

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We tried a really neat card game called Pastiche: The Birth of a Masterpiece. Somehow I beat Joe H. Crazy!

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I really enjoyed my play of WORMS. If Joe H sells his copy, I think I want it. It is Snake the boardgame!

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Michael and I played a 2-player game of Dodelido Extreme. It is truly silly, but in a good way. I thought I would be good at it, but man was I terrible at this!

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Steffan was around and he was interested in playing Fields of Arle! I was so super psyched to play this and had a blast. Wish I played this more!

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Michael and I tried One Small Step. It was decent, but there is just a pretty big swing element with some of the cards and it was rough ending. I don't know where i stand with this one.

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New party game called Ferret Out and it was like a lof of party games like Sacred Rites or Spyfall. Sort of fiddly with the card rotations, but still interesting to see what happens. Would rather just play Just One.

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Dan and I played Sagani. Great to get it back to the table. I do really enjoy the puzzle tile-placement aspect to the game. I think it works well.

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A new spatial game called Perfect Shot really worked for me. I was terrible at it, but the theme is so cute and the game was just fun.

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New prototype Living Together. Nice card game with a slight engine builder mechanic. Smooth and interesting. I look forward to seeing where it goes.

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A quick 3-player game of Illiterati and I am still a fan!

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I really didn't care for Villagers, but still wanted to try Streets. Streets is a much different game that I did enjoy more. Tile-placement and figuing out how to score the most points. I think it would be easy to house rule in 2 stacks of tiles so you can choose a stack to take from on your turn for slightly more strategy.

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All the rage right now is Creature Comforts so I had to play it. Box says 45 minutes... it is more like 30 minutes per player. It was quite long and it felt long. There is a cute game in there though. I can see why people like it.

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Another fantastic roll n write game I learned was Welcome to the Moon. Oh how I want to dive right in and play all the maps. I need this.

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I taught a quick game of Fantasy Realms. My go-to filler that never lets me down.

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New party game called Venn. SUPER weird art, but somehow works. definitely enjoyed this game.

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One of the best new games I learned at the con was Space Station Phoenix. I loved everything about this. So many great chocies to be made when you play this. Everyone will love it, I am sure. I simply can't wait to get my hands on a copy fo the game.

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I looked at the box and knew I wanted to try Overbooked. Neat game with some tile-placement to get the people into their seats on the plane. I loved the challenge. I will look into getting a copy of this in the future.

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Oh Hey, L.A.M.A. Dice! This was way better than the card game. More choices and rolling dice is just more fun. Still the same feeling though, so probably not one I need to acquire.

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Dan made me play a weird dexterity game called バック・トゥ・ジ・アース (Back to the Earth). We played that, we aren't good at it.

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A 4-player game of Décorum and it was SO HARD! We had like one round to spare when we won. Great game.

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I sort of regret trying Ofrendados, the road to Mictlán since we didn't really enjoy it very much at all. The theme is fun and the production was fun too, so that sort of made up for it.

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We tried the very cute Snapshot: Wildlife Photographer. great theme, but the rules are just so dense and extreme it sort of took us away from te expereince. I didn't hate it, but I am not sure I would seek it out again.

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We tried a nice set collection game called The Whatnot Cabinet. Simple and elegant and enjoyable.

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Next up a few roll n writes starting with Roar and Write!. Was just like the bigger game but in dice form. neither game does much for me, but I do enjoy the artwork.

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Then we tried Rustling Leaves which was slightly better. I just don't know what kind of replay value it has. I would always go for the rainbows.

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Joe R wanted to learn The Isle of Cats. I was ready to teach it since it has shown up on BGA and I have taught it a few times this year already. Always happy to play this.

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Dan and I played a 2p abstract called 魔幻特攻 (Magic Special Attack). It was a game and we played it. I sold it.

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Another game I really enjoyed playing was Akropolis. I love the personal city building you have to accomplish in the game. It is totally a Steph game.

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New prototype game called Vivarium that I enjoyed a bunch. Neat take on drafting.

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Next we tried Peanut Butter Belly Time which is a super simple drafting game to create some peanut butter. I always love drafting. it is still in prototype form so I am guessing development is still happening. Look forward to seeing the final product.

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Another one of my favorites that I got to learn was Stroganov. I ended up learning and then playing a 2nd time that week. The game is actually pretty easy to teach. My biggest gripe is with the box cover since I dont think it conveys the game at all. It is a straight up euro game for those who need to hear it. Super interesting game though.

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We had Scott and we had Scott's copy of Dokmus so we played it. I always love me some Dokmus!

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Towards the end of the week I tried to get some of my unplayed shelf played so we tried Desperados of Dice Town. Neat little dice game, but totally forgettable in teh long run.

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Geoff suggested The King of Frontier and I don't say no to that! Michael hadn't played but also really enjoy it once we played it. Great game, but geoff had cool printed tiles so he wins for awesomeness.

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A silly Dex game was next called Yummy Yummy Pancake. It is a memory game on top of dexterity. We had a bunch of laughs. Super cute.

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I was soooooooooooooo looking forward to trying Skymines. I love Mombasa and thus I loved Skymines. It is essentailly the same game. There is a second side to the Skymines board that offers a new way to play that I am totally interested in trying! I still liked Mombasa more since it is just easier to see and read everything, but I will own both for sure.

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I LOVE that we have been getting Mysterium to the table. It is always a great time and fun challenge.

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Dan wanted to learn Surrealist Dinner Party so we played 4p. It is super challenging with so many people. Definitely felt more chaotic than with 2 players. I still enjoyed it.

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Dan and Geoff were interested in learning Corrosion so I was happy to teach them. I quite enjoy the game. I knew they would probably not like it or be indifferent to it, but it was something they should try to see. I wasn't wrong, and I do think they would enjoy it more the second time. I still really like it.

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The EPIC 7 Wonders championship of the world took place. As it does every con I see Stefan at, if possible. This time we found 3 others to join us. There was some final score funny business, but still an awesome time. I love this game.

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Dan taught Vom Kap bis Kairo which is a neat betting game.

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Next we tried Siebenpunkt which didn't go over well at all. I liked a lot of the ideas, but it is a game that definitely needs some refining.

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Next up was a game of Schinderhannes. I was actually enjoying this more than the Old Town game, but it is definitely not really easy to grasp what to do. I would try again though.

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Dan left out the part where we had to use both dice in Travel Over, so yeah we had to stop part way. Still, it is a game I quite enjoy and will keep my copy of it.

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Dan and I tried a 2-player game called Bossa (坊茶). This didn't work for me at all. Trying to get tiles in line and you just don't have much control over the tiles at all. It was pretty ridic.

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I love me some Sweets Stack! A game I wish I got to play more of just for the Tetris challenge.

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The final game of the con was Jump Drive with tom himself. He taught the game to Michael and then we played a second time with the prototype of the expansion. Loved it and love the game. Always happy to play some of Toms game with Tom and spend the time. Great way to end the convention too! I didn't get a pic of us though! Boo!

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Granite Game Summit 2022 was quite the Birthday Bash!!

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For my Birthday I gifted myself a trip to New England to visit with family and friends. It just so happened to be the same weekend as Granite Game Summit!! I was so excited to attend a convention for my birthday this year!

I played 38 games and learned 9. I tried to focus on playing games I don't get to the table frequently and it was an amazingly fun weekend!

Sunday night when the con ended I went up to Maine to visit my grandpa and we had some Cake

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Some Maine snow before the con

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Convention 3/3

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We started the convention with Underwater Cities! It was glorious to get this game back to the table. I certainly don't play this game enough and just had a blast playing.

This is a game I don't think I would turn down. There are always juicy decisions and Even better with the expansion Underwater Cities: New Discoveries.

Love it!

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Shrey had a 10 minute abstract game to check out so we played ブロック.ブロック (BLOCK.BLOCK). New to me!

It is pretty much what you would expect it would be. Forgettable in the long run, but worth a shot.

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Dan finally made me play Was sticht? though I do think I played this early into my gaming history before I rated things. Eh not sure though so New to Me!

This is a game that goes on and on. I really wasn't into it much. I would way prefer this game to eliminate all the cards on the table drafting and just deal a hand of cards each round with a random set of trumps.

Eh, this just wasn't a trick-taking game for me. I prefer Paupers' Ladder for this sort of game.

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Not much to say about Capturing Cage. New to me!

It's a game.

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I picked up a bunch of games and we ended up trying Gloomy Graves. New to me!

This was pretty interesting. I enjoy the overlapping cards and center card placement. Not into the theme, but it works. Would play this again for sure.

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I was super interested in trying out Gutenberg so was glad to get the chance! New to me!

This is a very interesting game filled with resources management and contract fulfillment.

I love how you have to manage the black cubes to bet on the actions you want to take. Of course, everything looks appealing, so you really have to focus on what is most important.

Dan killed us all that game, so I guess I have a lot to learn. Definitely a game I am interested in playing again.

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Oneof my go-to filler games has been Ohanami so I was glad Dan brought it along to play.

I played a few games and the first game was just 2-players and my strategy didn't work. I lost that game.

The second game was much better with 4 players. I let everyone else worry about pink cards and I didn't take ONE! It was my best score to date. I won with 214!

Love this game so much!

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Managed to get in a game of The Oracle of Delphi! Always excited to play this game. Easily one of the best Feld games out there.

It was a nail-biter finish. I was going last and I wasn't sure I could make it back to Zeus. Two others already made it back with no Oracle cards left and I needed to roll perfectly to defeat a monster.

Sure enough, I did roll perfectly and I made it back the same round with one Oracle card left for the tie-breaker. It was insane! I felt bad since I sort of screwed Dan over by taking his spot for the pink statue. oops.

Loveeeeeeeee it!

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So glad to be at a convention with so many Medici lovers.

A game I don't get to play nearly enough and will always want to play. Love it so much. I even managed to win the game this time. I didn't think I would after that first round, but I held my own and took home the win with 115 points.

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While the crowd up north really enjoys Medici, they have never really enjoyed Libertalia but were willing to give the new Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest a shot.

I was lucky to get this game played at each con these past few weeks, and you can definitely see the people who enjoy it and the people who don't.

Anyway, I am still glad we played it. I really enjoy it and have been enjoying all these plays the past month.

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A game of History of the World! I LOVE THIS GAME!

There is just something so satisfying about this game that I am just drawn to. I love the decline of the empires and starting fresh each era.

SO glad I got the chance to play as a 5 player game. I ended up winning because I TIED with Asher and got to move my token one space ahead.

It was crazy too since I made a mistake that cost me 2 points, so I really should have won by more if I was paying closer attention. Good thing I managed to get that win anyway! Fewph!

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Next day started early with a game of Furnace. Seems like PAX U was yesterday, but it wasn't.

It was my first play of Furnace this year. Gotta love this game. I was glad to teach a few gamers how to play and they both ended up loving it.

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Dan suggested we play a game of Amul.

This is definitely an overlooked drafting game and one I would highly recommend. I always have a great time playing it. We only played with 3 people this time, but it was still fun. I do think itshines with more players since there it a lot more to consider each turn.

Glad to get it back to the table.

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One of my missions was to get in a game of Ark Nova.

I only played online once and was itching to get it to the table. I only JUST got my copy of the game before I flew up to Boston for the week.

This is a sprawling game with a really long game board and so many bits. I love the card interactions and the action selection mechanic.

It was Dan's first game and he used the non-advanced side of the player boards. We all foolishly used the advanced sides and ended up failing miserably compared to Dan.

He did have a super lucky pull in the final round that had him end the game with a massive lead. He was way into the positives and I was at -2 and in second place.

Definitely, a lot to learn and explore in this game. I still have no idea how to play the game well.

This is a game I know that Michael will really enjoy so I look forward to getting it to the table really soon!

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Then we all learned a quick game called Word Heist. New to me!

It was not very good at all. I had so many issues it wasn't even funny. It means well enough, but man there are just so many better word games out there. I would advise staying away.

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Shrey wanted to try a 3p game of Brian Boru: High King of Ireland.

This is a game I prefer with 3-players. You have a bunch of actions and you have more control. With 5 players I just had so many issues.

I have now played the game 3 times and I feel like I have seen what it has to offer. I wouldplay again on request, but I don't think I would ever request playing it going forward.

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One of the Play-To-Win games was Pandemic: Rising Tide! New to me!

I had wanted to play this game for a while now. I have really been enjoying the alternate Pandemic games with slightly different rules and this is no acception. It is great!

Managing the water levels is quite a difficult task! Really enjoyed the game even though we lost horribly. It was a great challenge. I will have to pick this game up sometime.

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Another game from my newly acquired collection was 花と吹雪 (Bloom in Blizzard). New to me!

Thanks to Dan for deciphering the rules to the best of his ability even though we still weren't sure we were playing correctly.

It is a weird little bluffing game. It was fine, but I am not sure this will be hitting the table again anytime soon.

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Before dinner, we decided we had time to play one more game and settled on Savannah Park.

This is a neat game since it is very much a solo experience but you are directly ruining other people's boards as you select the best possible movement for your board... so it is not a solo experience.

Anyway, it is a game I really enjoy playing and it is super fast it makes for a great filler. I hope to play this one on the livestream soon. I just want more people to own the game so they can play along with us!

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We borrowed Craigs copy of Legacies.

This is such a big game with a lot of interactions that can be hard to follow. I played this several months ago but was really looking forward to trying with a bigger crowd.

No one really had a good strategy or really knew what to do. All I was trying to do was use my player's ability as much as possible.

Pat did a good job about acquiring heirlooms and scoring a lot of points from those.

It is a game that needs to be played a few times to really get the grasp so I hope we can get in another game in April.

Legacies has a lot of mechanics I really enjoy and it feels like a different game than most games in my collection.


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To lighten the mood after that very long game of Legicies we played Show Manager

Another classic that I only will get played with this crowd and I love it. Always happy to play some Show Manager. I hope they make a pretty edition one day.

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Late night games with 6 players and we started with Fantasy Realms.

It was probably my worst score of Fantasy Realms ever. It is quite a challenge playing with so many people and I made some big mistakes. Whoops!

Still a filler I will happily play anytime.

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Ended the night with 6 player For Sale.

Not sure I have ever played with 6 people, but it is a challenge! I spent $10 on the first turn to get the 30... I didn't do well that game.

haha mistakes were made. I really didn't want the 1 card though! oh well. Great way to end the night.

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BIRTHDAY!!! Saturday was a day I wanted to play a whole bunch of favorites. Waiting for the Nemesis to show up, I played a quick game of Zen Garden with Shrey.

For a 20 minute game this is easily one of the best. I love Cities more, but this definitely fills the void of not playing Cities as much as I might like.

I have been having a great time with Zen Garden and recommend everyone check it out.

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Another epic game of Nemesis in the books.

I managed to make it off the ship but was infected... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO So close but so far and of course I pulled 4 cards and 2 were infection cards.

Scott's copy of the game is outstanding and top notch. I love this game and it was a great way to spend the first part of my birthday!

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Kim showed up and we played a few games! We played Cascadia.

I think I am pretty good at this game. I try to focus on one animal type and do the best with that oneanimal as well as big regions of land. I dominated with the land that game and it was crazy. I won with 117 and second place had 91.

Still a fun game to play and I am happy to play it whenever.

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Kim and I have loved 7 Wonders since forever so it was a perfect opportunity to get it to the table!

7 Wonders is still in my Top 5 of all time and a game I will always want to play. Same with Kim!

I somehow managed to win this 6-player game with Rhodes. I am not even really a fan of the Wonder, so I was a bit surprised. I think my neighbors Kim and Adam just didn't focus on getting points and focused on getting too many resources.

So fun to play with so many people. It was just the base game, but I hope to get the expansions played next time!

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Kim didn't have much time left so we played a round of So Clover!.

It is really an activity, but it is a fun activity where everyone will help out solve the puzzle.

This is such a crowd pleaser. Glad I could get in a few games that Kim really enjoys. I was just happy to play games with Kim. I miss her so much. Very happy she came to the event if only for a few hours.

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Dan wanted to play Xalapa.

It had been a while since I last played this, but I know I enjoy Uluru so wanted to try this again.

I still like it, but I think I like the colors and presentation of Uluru better.

Maybe next time we will ramp up the difficulty, but I am not sure I am ready for that. haha

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It was great to get in a game of Gaia Project!

I have played a few times on BGA and TTS the past few years, but definitely not enough times! It was one of the many games on my list that I wanted to play and it was great.

I played the white faction that was very good with knowledge. It is so much fun working up those tech tracks! I just made the mistake of not getting any coin income and just had a few rounds of nothingness.

All this game made me want to play it again right after. We didn't but man it is just so fantastic. I love it so much.

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I told Joel I wanted to play an Uwe Rosenberg game and preferably A Feast for Odin. Well, that didn't happen, but we did end up playing Glass Road.

It is great to get this back to the table, it had been a LONG time since my last play. I was rusty.

I didn't even hit 20 points, but managed 19. I wasn't matching as much as I should have been, so missed out on several possible actions.

What a cool game. People really need to play this more!

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It wouldn't be an epic birthday without ending the night with a game of Tichu.

Dan and I were off to a killer start with a bunch of great hands. I even had several hands with bombs in them. We just couldn't stick it out to the end and lost it.

I think it was this french tarot deck of cards. While they are beautiful, they aren't really practical. I don't need to play with that deck again.

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Final day of the con! I taught Boonlake.

Great to get this game back to the table again, and I think I taught it very well too. I have this game down solid, which is cool.

Scores weren't very high since I was mega rushing the game. I still ended up winning, but only with 170 points compared to the other games I played 200 and 220 were my scores.

I really enjoy this game and very happy I keep getting it to the table!

Capstone Games is really on a roll. Like every other game in this blogpost is a game published by Capstone. Killin it!

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I asked Dan to bring Tajemnicze Domostwo so we could play.

It had been far far far too long since my last play of this, maybe 5 years? It is a game I always enjoy playing. Being the ghost is so much fun.

I ATTEMPTED the ghost role this game, but really no one was on my wave length at all it seemed. We weren't even playing difficult mode.

Maybe Dan will bring it to The Gathering so we can play it again and maybe we will do better.

Really glad we found some willing players since I had a great time.

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Dan and I learned Yokohama Roll & Write. New to me!

Hands down the best new game I learned at the con. I actually quite enjoyed this one even though getting through the rules and all the Japanese. There is a bit more text then I would like there to be that isn't in English, but once we got going, it wasn't hard to follow along.

Definitely a game I look forward to playing again! It is a keeper!

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Final games of the con for me were quick ones since I didn't have much time. I was glad to get in a few more games with Scott and Pat. We played Go Nuts for Donuts.

This game always produces some laughs and it is just so cute. Happy to play this one anytime.

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Scott wanted to learn MonsDRAWsity so we played several rounds.

It is quite amusing how bad Pat was at this game. I only wish I took pictures of his drawings because they are making me laugh even just thinking about them. He is such a team player though and laughs along with us.

It is more of an activity game, just to see if you can verbalize what the creature actually looks like to everyone.

It was a good game to end the con with.

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Such an amazing weekend with amazing friends. Only a few games I wish I got to play that I didn't but definitely happy with what I did play! It was a weekend to remember.


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Last weekend I went to Tennessee Game Days and played a few games with some friends. It was great to see Charlotte since it had been so long since we talked or hung out. She really made the con special and she just rocks! We all miss her blogs! heart

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The first game of the con was Nemesis which we scheduled ahead of time with Matt. We pulled in Alex and had a 4 player game. It was basically no time when we had to decide what our objective was going to be. We had an alien pop out in the first turn, so yah, mistakes were made.

I ended up choosing the very difficult Kill the Queen mission. I was the Soldier and I felt like I was best suited for the gig. I had ammo and I was ready to go!

Sure enough, I pulled the Queen from the bag and the first time it just added an egg to the nest. I had to pull again later and I figured I wouldn't be so lucky to pull the Queen a second time... oh yes I did! I was ready to go! She was totally going down.

Alex was going to help make her retreat and I said nooooo. It took several turns, but I was dealing damage and I got her up to 7 hits before she ended up dead! WOOHOOO! I got up and danced around, it was so epic.

Matt wasn't looking too good with 3 serious wounds and eventually, he took another hit and died. Michael and Alex were all working cooperatively and Michael eventually escaped. I stuck around since I was the brute force and held the evac pod down while Alex went to heal himself and come back. He eventually got in the pod and let me get in with him so we could escape.

3 of us won that game and Matt died. It was super great! We all worked well together (except Matt-traitor), and we were able to pull it out.

I have to say I enjoyed being the Soldier! It was so much fun taking on the aliens, I would easily pluck them off one by one.

I love this game.

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The LAST game of the con was Nemesis: Lockdown! New to me!

Definitely a new game with several new mechanics. If you are familiar with Nemesis then you will be able to pick this game up and play quite easily. There is a new power mechanic where the sections are in darkness and in light, and as the game goes on the power will decrease and the facility will become dark. You don't want to be in darkness when aliens show up since they are more likely to attack you even if you have cards in hand.

There are several ways to escape, and several ways to die as you might expect.

In general, Lockdown seems to be a bit meaner. There were a bunch of cards that help betray other players in various player decks. I am less interested in that type of gameplay.

Even in the game we played, I said I had to destroy the nest. When it was clear that it wasn't possible, I told everyone that I had to blow up the facility. James was headed to the isolation room but changed his plans to escape by a pod. He was the lucky sole survivor during our game. Michael, Jeremy, and I all died by wounds that we couldn't heal and the bleeding card. It was definitely a brutal game with lots of gore.

I think Jeremy absolutely loved the game. He was all about it and getting totally into his Janitor role. I was the Xenobiologist and had a probe arm. It was crazy! I would go pluck and grab samples from the aliens. Michael needed an egg and James needed a sample. Everyone was using what I had collected during the game. I suppose at least James was able to win because of it. Everything I did wasn't all for nothing.

I liked Lockdown about as much as Nemesis, but I think I would still choose to play Nemesis. Lockdown is certainly a good change though and I will be playing again soon, I am sure.

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Other than the big Nemesis games, I had a few games I was looking to get played including the new Three Sisters. New to me!

I just got this game recently and knew I wanted to get it played! I am a big fan fleet the Dice Game and the designers that created this one as well. Once you open the box, you instantly see the resemblance between Three Sisters and Fleet Dice. You use 2 sheets of paper and there are a million boxes to bubble in.

There are definitely a lot of overlapping mechanics all while feeling unique. Much like Fleet Dice, there is no one correct way to play the game and many paths to choose from.

During the game, you will plant your garden and water your garden to grow. There are all sorts of bonuses to acquire and you will want to gain items in your shed for points and ongoing bonuses.

The dice that are rolled each round will be drafted for a plant or water action as well as a secondary action that the die is located on. Depending on the die value you will have to plant in that garden section of your garden. There will be a leftover die that each player will get to use as well. At the very end of the round, there is a special bonus action to take also.

Eight rounds don't seem like enough time to get everything done, but you really do get more actions than it first appears. It is all about what you can do in the time you have. Like all great games, you shouldn't be able to get everything done in the allotted time.

We played as a 4 player game and it worked really well. I do think that the game will have an automatic downtime when someone is taking their turn since there is so much to consider and bonuses you don't want to forget or miss. There is definitely a lot going on.

Our game was incredibly close though because Michael and I tied with 88 points. I had planted the most and ended up winning the game because of it with the tie-breaker. 3rd place was at 84 so really not far off.

I really enjoyed playing this one. It will be a game that I will be happy to play any time and will be showing on the Livestream soon. Really cool game that I know many people will really enjoy. If you like bubbling in a lot of boxes this is a game for you!

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Late one night I pulled out Star Trek: Missions to try. New to me!

I have been really enjoying all of the Fantasy Realms I have been playing so I was definitely looking forward to trying this new game. I have no real connection to Star Trek, so that was not a selling feature for me, but I love Fantasy Realms. Star Trek Missions is a Fantasy Realms game with added Mission cards.

The first difference is the Mission Cards and those cards are basically objectives to try and complete. Find specific cards and gain the points etc. The other cards are the normal Fantasy Realms type cards but they don't have base points. Some cards don't even have ANY points but act like a bunch of other types of cards that will help in other ways.

For me, the cards are pretty confusing. The people cards have races and roles and all that jazz, but if it has a green symbol it might not be the green symbol that scores, you have to read the actual words "engineer" on the cards, for example. The green symbol just helps you locate where it might be.

When you go to draw a card from the deck you can choose either the mission deck or the regular deck. If you choose to draw from the mission deck you draw 2. You must always have 1-2 Missions in hand, but not more or less.

Maybe I don't play the game enough with 4players, but our 4 player game of ST Missions was super quick and I didn't really get more than 3 turns before it was over. I wasn't really into the Mission cards at all. I was just trying to get any sort of points I could manage, and none of the discarded cards were providing that for me. It felt very chaotic and lucky.

For whatever reason, I don't get that feeling when I play Fantasy Realms. Maybe because I am generally playing with a lower player count?

I will play this game a few more times, with a lower player count to see if I still feel the same way. I like what they are trying to do with the Mission cards, but I am not sure it is really needed.

Fantasy Realms is still the game that I would choose to play going forward. I think it is a cool IP and if it can get more people interested in the series, I will be happy about it.

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