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BGTG 154e - BGG.con 2014 (Saturday)

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Last full day of BGG.con. Last day at all, really, since tomorrow I check out of the hotel & head to my airport terminal/gate around noon. Apparently the Library will be closed. Though I have a few games of my own on-hand, it may not work out for me to play any games. Might just be saying my goodbyes and having last conversations with friends.

Today, though, started & ended (for me) with big events. At the start of the day was the Flea Market. Greg had 4+ tubs of games to sell there, and I got to be his assistant. We were up relatively early (alarm clock required) in order to set up in the hour before the doors were opened to buyers. Then THEY have one hour to shop, haggle, and purchase before everything has to be closed up again.

The end of the day had the "closing ceremonies" for BGG.con, including lots of well-earned thank-yous, prize giveaways, and some announcements for BGG.con's future. You've probably seen this already. In addition to BGG.con (which will continue unchanged for next year & beyond, when I hope to return), they've now added BGG<3FAM--meaning something like BGG Loves Families)--a family-friendly (spouses & kids) version of the convention. The first one of these is next Memorial Day Weekend. This is in addition to the previously announced BGG game cruise, BGG@SEA. The empire grows...


In between, I got to play some more games and go out for BBQ one more time. Greg & I were finally able to successfully play Isaribi. Still thinking about it, but I think I like it quite a bit. I already like Hayashi's Sail to India, so he's definitely a designer for me to watch. Also, I wanted to get some recent Knizia titles to the table, which we did with both Orongo and Rondo. I think the latter is a pleasant pastime or family game (for two), while Orongo is an unfortunate miss for me. We also played the older (but still good!) title, Yspahan.


-Mark




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The morning's Flea Market, in full swing. (This is about half of the room.)


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This sign absolutely sets the tone of the Flea Market. Though sellers are really keen to sell items for a good pice, and buyers are keen to get a bargain.


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Isaribi has a great look, and I was also impressed with the gameplay


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I was happy to try Orongo, and it had some nice, Knizia-style light theming around the compelling topic of Easter Island, but also had some problems.


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Another recent Knizia was Rondo, which was more successful as a pastime game, but I'm still not sure about it



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One last trip to Hard Eight more more Texas BBQ


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The closing ceremonies in the big room, with seemingly everyone there








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