Beyond 500

This is my second blog after completing my "Quest for 500 plays in 2013" blog. I usually write mini game reviews, session reports, and general nonsense that pops into my head. I try to write at least once a week and try to keep it interesting. If you have suggestions, please feel free to comment. Thanks for reading!
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Back from Gen Con

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Well, I made it back in one piece. It was fun as always to hang out with friends, people watch, play some games and look at all the cool new games that are coming out. I have to admit my self-control was very good this year. I only bought one game (Plums) and a few miniatures to add to Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) – Road to Legend as familiars. Don't get me wrong, I saw plenty of games I WANTED to buy, but knowing that I could wait a few weeks and get them $20 cheaper at my local Miniature Market, stayed my wallet. Here are a few that got added to my Wishlist:

Everdell - this is a beautiful-looking worker placement game that it seemed everyone was buying. I watched a few videos and I liked what I saw.

Horizons - a light, 4x-type game with some interesting things going on.

Root - this game just sounds cool. I like the asymmetric factions tied in with the theme and art. Watching videos, it almost looks like a war game with woodland creatures instead of soldiers. I am debating doing a pre-order on this one.

Coimbra - I like drafting and I like dice. This has both.

Petrichor - an interesting theme and the art is very appealing. I also enjoy area control.

Newton - the game play sounds a little like one of my favorites, ZhanGuo, so this is immediately on my radar.

Blue Lagoon - it's designed by the good doctor so odds are it will be good. It might be just a tad too light though.

Comanauts - I watched my buddies demo Stuffed Fables and the game play is cool but the cutesy theme just didn't appeal to me. This seems to be a darker version of it. I might like this better.

Some others went up on my wishlist but I need to do a little more research. If any of you want to chime in with your thoughts, please do:

Master of the Galaxy
Teotihuacan: City of Gods
Beta Colony
Victorian Masterminds
Cult: Choose Your God Wisely
Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done

My buddies are not regular gamers so I have to keep things simple and also be prepared to play games that are not normally top of mind for me. They prefer more thematic, chaotic stuff and I tend to shy away from that more often than not. One game that we all like is Lords of Vegas. We broke that our on Thursday night and I pulled off a nice, come-from-behind victory.

I had already taught two-thirds of our group Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) – Road to Legend so we started a new campaign on Friday. We made it through by the skin of our teeth and agreed that we should get together once a month to continue playing. We will see how that goes...

One of them remembered that he liked an auction game we played a long time ago and after he described it, I led him to a table where they were selling High Society. It was the new reprint with better art but I still prefer the thick cardboard cards over the thinner, new ones. We ended up playing this several times over the course of the convention.

We played a fun little hidden role game called Rumble in the Dungeon a few times as well. It takes about 15 minutes and although there is no real strategy, it was enjoyable.

I don't know how the subject came up, but we were talking about when things happened in history. I mentioned there was a game that took that idea and they wanted to know more. It took me forever to find it since they changed the packaging for it, but eventually I directed them to Timeline: Classic. Since the girlfriend would like it, one of them bought it and we played it a few times on Saturday.

Although I watched a bunch of demos, I only participated in two. One was for Doomseeker and the other was for The Captain Is Dead: Lockdown. Both were ok. I love the them of Doomseeker but it had a bit too much chaos and luck for me. The Captain Is Dead: Lockdown was fun but I have enough similar games to take a hard pass.

As usual, we ate poorly, didn't sleep enough, and had a great time. It passed way too fast but at least I didn't get the con crud this year. Now I will spend the next few weeks refining my wishlist to figure what I REALLY want. Suggestions welcome.

Thanks for reading.
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