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Gen Con 2022: What I've Played, What I'm Anticipating

W. Eric Martin
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At not quite the last moment, I surveyed BGG's Gen Con 2022 Preview — which currently stands at 555 listings — and figured out what I had already played and could preview, along with what I might want to check out while I'm at the show:



Here are my detailed overviews — both video and written — of a half-dozen titles available at Gen Con 2022:

Ark Nova: (overview)
Art Robbery: (overview)
Bag of Chips: (overview)
Cat in the Box: (overview)
Kites: (overview)
Walkie Talkie: (overview)

Titles covered in the video in brief are Scout, The Guild of Merchant Explorers, Save Patient Zero, K3, Chonky Donkey, Venn, Fluxx Remixx, Cryptid: Urban Legends, Zombicide: Gear Up, Turtle Splash!, Zillionaires: Road Trip USA, and Glory Islands.

By chance, one of my twenty anticipated games — San Francisco, from Reiner Knizia and Rebel Studio — showed up on my doorstep after I recorded the video above and one day prior to a Knizia-related event at Gamers Geekery & Tavern in Cary, North Carolina. I was delighted to debut the game at that event and managed to land in second place with 6 points. Yes, 6. The winner had 8, and the other two players had 6 and 5, with me breaking the tie thanks to an extensive network of cable cars.

The short take from all who played was that while the main action was akin to Coloretto — on a turn, either draw a card and add it to a pile, or take a pile — the game as a whole felt novel in its particular challenges, with one player noting that it feels like a modern, more point-salady Knizia design akin to Mille Fiori. I'll post a more detailed overview following more plays post-Gen Con 2022.

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Final boards

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