Sterling the Giraffe at BGG.CON!
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I had a tremendous time at BGG.CON. Thanks to Derk and Aldie for a great first convention, and a special thanks to all the vendors for the great prizes!

The amazing part of the con was meeting everyone with the badges. "Oh! So you are the ...." Amazing!

My appologies if I misspell names below. I wanted to get this posted, so I did not look up the names.

Sterling Babcock's Games Played Report

Date:11/3/0 From: 2:28 PM To: 3:39 PM Length1:11 No 436
Game:Kreta Loc: BGG.CON 2005 ID 15600
Comments: A good game and more going on than you would expect. Kind of like China with more control.
Player New StartTeam Score PlaceWiRating
Sean Brown (KingMob) AR X 4 52 3 O 8
Sterling Babcock X 3 54 2 O 8
Seth Jaffee (sedjtroll) X 2 47 4 O 8
Jason Robillard (BaldboyX 1 60 1 X 8

Date:11/3/0 From: 4:45 PM To: 11:31 PM Length6:46 No 437
Game:Macher, die Loc: BGG.CON 2005 ID 1
Comments: 2 hour dinner break. Long game, no downtime though, faster with experienced players.
Player New StartTeam Score PlaceWiRating
Sterling Babcock X 1 369 1 O 9
Anye Sellers (dietevil) O 2 346 2 O 10
Jon Murdock (Xenomaster)X 3 285 3 O 8
Gary Heidenreich (bop517O 4 197 5 O 9
Jim Ginn (ginn5j) IN X 5 247 4 O 7

Date:11/3/0 From: 12:02 AM To: 1:26 AM Length1:24 No 438
Game:Railroad Dice 2 Loc: BGG.CON 2005 ID 20074
Comments: Taught by Chris Brooks (Capt. Caveman), Scores in Cash.Connect.Loco, Much shorter than RRD, interesting, good, some runaway leader/kingmaker
Player New StartTeam Score PlaceWiRating
James Spurny (Rannous) HX 1 25.7.13 O 6
Jim Ginn (ginn5j) IN X 2 25.8.31 X 6
Peter Drayton(pdrayton, X 3 16.7.44 O 7
Sterling Babcock X 4 25.7.22 O 6.5

Date:11/4/0 From: 9:46 AM To: 1:00 PM Length3:14 No 439
Game:Tales of the Arabian NightsLoc: BGG.CON 2005 ID 788
Comments: Chad ran away with the game through the fates.
Player New StartTeam Score PlaceWiRating
Peter Drayton(pdrayton, X 1 0 O
Ben Vincent X 2 0 O
Chad Krizan (chaddyboy_2X 3 1 X 8
Jason Robillard (BaldboyX 4 0 O 5
Sterling Babcock X 5 0 O 8

Date:11/4/0 From: 2:04 PM To: 7:00 PM Length4:56 No 440
Game:Roads and Boats Loc: BGG.CON 2005 ID 875
Comments: A long game as no one wanted to put items on the wonder. High scoring, though.
Player New StartTeam Score PlaceWiRating
Sterling Babcock O 1 455 X
David Huston X 2 301 O
Jon Huston X 3 251 O

Date:11/4/0 From: 9:25 PM To: 10:39 PM Length1:14 No 441
Game: #N/A Loc: BGG.CON 2005 ID 18866
Comments:
Player New StartTeam Score PlaceWiRating
Rick Pasquale (LittlePegO 2 0 O
Giles Schildt, Austin, TX 3 0 O
Sterling Babcock X 4 0 O
Will Upchurch O 1 0 O

Date:11/4/0 From: 12:00 AM To: 12:00 AM Length0:00 No 442
Game:Tichu Loc: BGG.CON 2005 ID 215
Comments:
Player New StartTeam Score PlaceWiRating
Derk Solko O 1 1 O
Aaron Fuegi O 2 0 O
David DesJardens O 3 1 O
Sterling Babcock O 4 0 O

Date:11/4/0 From: 12:01 AM To: 2:46 AM Length2:45 No 443
Game:Caylus Loc: BGG.CON 2005 ID 18602
Comments: Excellent game
Player New StartTeam Score PlaceWiRating
Rita Humphry O 1 40 5 O
KC Humphry O 2 69 1 X
Sterling Babcock X 3 47 4 O
Jim Ginn (ginn5j) IN O 4 51 3 O
Chris Brooks O 5 52 2 O 0

Date:11/5/0 From: 11:30 AM To: 1:30 PM Length2:00 No 444
Game:Antike Loc: BGG.CON 2005 ID 19600
Comments: Good, interesting. Players turns were pretty fast. Not my type of game??
Player New StartTeam Score PlaceWiRating
Chris Brooks X 1 7 2 O
Seth Jaffee (sedjtroll) O 2 7 2 O
Joeseph Dowell O 3 2 5 O
Edward Bryan X 4 8 1 X
Sterling Babcock X 5 4 4 O 0

Date:11/5/0 From: 2:30 PM To: 6:50 PM Length4:20 No 445
Game:Roads and Boats Loc: BGG.CON 2005 ID 875
Comments: An excellent playing of this game, and quite a close race for new players
Player New StartTeam Score PlaceWiRating
Raymond J. Dennis, Jr X 1 68 2 O
Steven Sheasby X 2 67 3 O
John R. Mellby X 3 65 4 O
Sterling Babcock O 4 143 1 X

Date:11/6/0 From: 9:32 AM To: 1:15 PM Length3:43 No 446
Game:Traders of Genoa, The Loc: BGG.CON 2005 ID 1345
Comments: Good game, 30 min break
Player New StartTeam Score PlaceWiRating
Sean Brown (KingMob) AR X 1 520 4 O
Seth Jaffee (sedjtroll) O 2 520 4 O
David Thompson X 3 730 2 O
Giles Schildt X 4 780 1 X
Sterling Babcock O 5 655 3 O 0

Date:11/6/0 From: 12:00 AM To: 12:00 AM Length0:00 No 447
Gameuerto Rico Loc: BGG.CON 2005 ID 3076
Comments: Unfinished
Player New StartTeam Score PlaceWiRating
Geoff Dunken O 1 0 O
Ted Alspach O 2 0 O
John Luff O 3 0 O
Kelly Rogers O 4 0 O
Sterling Babcock O 5 0 O
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1. Board Game: Kreta [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1356]
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Played with Sean Brown, Seth Jaffee, and Jason Robillard (win).

I liked this pretty well. It is a bit like China (Web of Power) with a bit more actions you can take. There is some luck which detracts from it somewhat. It was fun, though.
 
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2. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:186]
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Played with Anye Sellers, Jon Murdock, Gary Heidenreich, and Jum Ginn. (I won?!?)

An excellent game. See Anye's report for details at http://www.livejournal.com/users/anyeone/
I had never played, so figuring I would be at a loss in the first of seven rounds, I decided to not try for the 18 point first round, or the valuable 60 point 3rd vote, but concentrate on the 2nd 54 point and 4th 50 point rounds. I did well in those, and due to Anye not seeing all the pieces in the 3rd round, I did ok there as well. As we finished the game, I found myself winning! Amazing. Anye was rising fast and almost won.
 
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3. Board Game: Railroad Dice 2 [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:5032]
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Played with James Spurny, Jim Ginn(win), and Peter Drayton.

This was more fun than I expected. It is much shorter than the previous version, very different, and very tight. I may have to get the game!
 
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4. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1637]
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Played with Peter Drayton, Ben Vincent, Chad Krizan (win), and Jason Robillard.

I brought this along and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. It is a very different game, and all about the storytelling. Chad just walked away with the game, managing to become the Visier, and generally getting incredible breaks in the game!
 
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5. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:271]
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Game 1: Played with David Huston (win*) and Jon Huston.
Game 2: Played with Raymond Dennis (win*), Steven Sheasby, and John Melby

The second long game I brought. This game went very well on the 3 player map. There was actually 6 of us, and so we did two 3 player boards. The other group finished in less than half the time of ours, though.

The second game was _excellent_!! The new players not only figured out a nice double woodcutter strategy for a lot of boards, but also the clay pit to get lots of stone! The game want pretty quickly and was an amazingly tight game in the end with Raymond getting 68, Steven 67, and John 65! Nice job guys! (I got 143, but was an experienced player.)

* A win since I cannot count my win due to my having played the game so much more.
 
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6. Board Game: Shear Panic [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1583]
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Played with Rick Pasquale, Giles Schildt, and Will Upchurch.

After playing this a few times, I find I really like this game. Now I need to find a way to get a copy!
 
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7. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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Played with Derk Solko, David Desjardens, and Aaron Fuegi

I got to play Tichu with Derk! How cool is that? Many thanks to Derk, David, and Aaron for playing and helping me with my inexperienced Tichu play, and especially to Aaron for the good hints.
 
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8. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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Played with Rita Humphry, KC Humphry (win), Jim Ginn, and Chris Brooks.

I did really enjoy this new game. I need a few plays to really understand it, but it looks like it has great potential.
 
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Played with: Everyone

I played in the tournament and actually had really good cards at first. At the first color up, I think I was chip lead by 100! I think it was 5700 (me) to 5600 (eventual winner Bryan). I actually got all they way to final table, where I was able to play at the table with the green felt (actually mine, which Aldie asked to use for the final poker table.) I kept it going, but some of the low chip players (3 x 100 chips? He made it to 4th place!) got really good breaks. I managed to make it to 5th place! Wooo Hoo!
 
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10. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:560]
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Played with Chris Brooks, Seth Jaffee, Joeseph Dowell, and Edward Bryan (win).

This game was actually pretty good. I liked this game more than I expected, and it plays pretty fast. I may not get it because I do not need one more war game, but will play it.
 
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11. Board Game: Genoa [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:497]
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Played with Sean Brown, Seth Jaffee, David Thompson, and Giles Schildt (win)

An excellent 5 player game. I believe the new players came to really enjoy this game of negotiation. I errored in letting an early lead just slip through my finders. I pushed a lot of money at Giles without realizing my mistake. But never the less I really had fun with this game.
 
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12. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Played with Geoff Dunken, Ted Alspach, John Luff, and Kelly Rogers.

An excellent game and I got a really early Harbor. But I had to keep taking corn to avoid giving it to the factory meister, Geoff. In the end I decided to get the factory myself. Unfortunately, we had to call the game before we could see the victor as the game library was closing.

I did get to use my new gold coins in the game play. It was nice that everyone liked them. After all, the gold electroplating is sooooo shiny!
 
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13. Board Game: Keythedral Expansion [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Vendor purchases: I managed to snag the Keythedral expansion for $8. I also got the Mystery of the Abbey expansion, Pilgrims Chronicles from the nice guys at Days of Wonder.
 
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14. Board Game: The Flea Market Game [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
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Flea Market!

I managed to snag: Elfengold!! Hooorah!

Also: Streetcar ($5), Trias ($5), Caesar and Cleopatra ($5), and Liftoff ($5)

Liftoff is this really cool game about countries competing to land a man on the moon
 
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