Wargames I played at BGG Con
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My first GeekList I guess it is only fitting it is about games I played at the first BGG Con. For most who attended BGG Con I suspect it was chance to meet tons of people and play scores of German/Euro type games but for Joe Wargamer it was a chance to play a few long games with a handful of people. I attended on Friday and Saturday and this is what I played. I know I missed some other wargame action from some of the posted picts I've seen already so feel free to post what wargames you played. Maybe next year the wargame companies will give Derk and Aldie some stuff for the door prizes. I pulled a blue ticket and chose a copy of Runebound so that was cool. Now when and where was that miniatures naval battle I seen in the picture at?
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1. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:505]
John Boone
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Friday – Nov 4
Friedrich - Scott(France), Merv(Prussia), Rusty(Russia), John(Austria)
None of us had played before so we began to set up the board and browse through the rules when Derk passed by. He graciously gave us a quick run through of the game and we were off. I've wanted to play this game since I heard about it and it didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed this game. I had not looked at the pictures on BGG before playing this game so was surprised at the number of spaces on the map; I thought it would be more Euro game sized as regards to the number of spaces on the map but I liked it! The down side was the cheap control markers hopefully Rio Grande’s version will fix that. We called it before finishing, turn 7?, but either France(depending on his hand) or Austria (I had great cards) looked like they were going to win next turn it just depended on which area Prussia was going to attempt to keep. Looking forward to picking up the Rio Grande version. We called the game of Friedrich at 3PM because we had previously set up to play Sword of Rome at 3PM.
 
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2. Board Game: Sword of Rome [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:902]
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Sword of Rome - John(Gauls), Mervyn(Rome), Mark(Greek), Bob(Etruscan/Samnite). I played the play test version of this at MonsterCon 2004 and ended up buying a copy earlier this year but haven't had the chance to play it since so I made it a point to play it at the Con. The game developer, Brad Johnson, and one of the original playtesters stopped by for a bit and checked out the action early on in the game, turn 2 I believe. I was doing well then; glad he didn't come by towards the end. The Gauls would have been embarrassed. It was a 9 hr, 6-turn marathon with the Etruscan/Samnites sqeaking out a 1 VP lead over the Greeks for the win. The E/S very evil Grand Coalition card play on turn 6 doomed the Gauls as he had one of my VP cities from the previous turn so I dropped down to 4VPs at the end of turn 6, boooo. I like this game but 9 hrs is a bit too much for six turns. Not wanting to start another long game after mid-night I headed home for some sleep. Final score: John(Gauls!4), Merv(Rome, 7), Mark(Greek, 8), Bob (Etruscan/Samnite, 9).
 
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3. Board Game: The Devil's Cauldron: The Battles for Arnhem and Nijmegen [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:1738]
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Saturday – Nov 5
Devil's Cauldron - John (US), Mervyn(German)
Mervyn(Con Man) and I were scheduled to try out a Devils Cauldron playtest scenario around 11 AM on Saturday. Mervyn and I carpooled to the Con and arrived around 10AM just before the flea market closed down so we checked it out for any last minute bargains before looking for Scott. We had set up an appointment to play the copy of Devil’s Cauldron Scott Krutsch had brought with him. While we were waiting for him to show up I sat in with a couple at the Crokinole board and they taught me how to play and We ended up only playing on two turns. A bad roll for the Germans in turn two caused a rout of GE units entering from West Middle edge from my artillery I had posted on the OP in the middle of the map. I played this in 2004 at MonsterCon, but forgot how deadly artillery is in this game. After Mervyn's Germans ran away he set up his two arty units himself and proceeded to roll back to back zeroes killing my only unit set up in one of the Landing zones leaving the area wide open.
 
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4. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:1279]
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Bonaparte at Marengo
I actually had the chance to play this twice on Saturday, once with Mark Woodson(bluedionysius); he took the French and once with Rusty Ballinger(kuhrusty). Mark's French delayed my Austrians so much that I had to try for the demoralization win. It came down to the wire as I just barely demoralized him before game end. The ending morale levels were French 0 and Austrians 4(+5). Later that evening Rusty wanted to learn the game and he took the Austrians since he wanted to be the attacker. We ended the game around turn 14 when the morale levels were around French 14 and Austrian 12 with the Austrians still a long way to go to get the victory stars.
 
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5. Board Game: EastFront [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:1449]
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After playing Mark in Bonaparte at Marengo we broke out his copy of EastFront from Columbia Games. I had not played it before so Mark suggested the Stalingrad scenario and I took the Russians. Not paying attention to the victory conditions or terrain I spread my units out evenly and Mark's Germans began his assault in the open ground hexes in the south. I spent the whole game shifting units from the forests and swamps in the north where Mark never attacked to patch holes and relieve units Mark kept pounding down South. It was only a matter of time before my line collapsed and he eventually punched some big holes in my lines in the November turn.
 
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6. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:151]
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This was my first go with Hannibal and played as the Carthaginians. Bob was the bad guys. I got Hannibal across the Alps in round 2 and played pretty well. Later, the Romans landed in Africa and started gaining PCs. I went after him and lost a pretty even battle in the later rounds. My attrition rolls were horrible and Hanno was sent back to Carthage with two CUs. Meanwhile Hannibal was being harrassed in Italy by two Consuls, so I sent Hasdrubal with reinforcements. Hispania was wide open. Why?...because Mago was attached to Hannibal for some damn reason. On turn six, the Romans had Scipio Africanus and was doing damage in Hispania in addition to Africa. So with Hasdrubal and Hannibal I beat back Scipio(?) into Rome and subsequently seiged the city but failed. It was a dire attempt, as I didn't think Carthage would last another turn.
 
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7. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:397]
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I got to play this with my roommate-for-the-con Matt (dr glaze et al). I'd never played before, and he hadn't played in a while, but he'd brought his copy, and someone else (err... uhh... I don't remember his name) had lent a copy for the game library.

"Interesting." It was fun enough--I'm pretty sure any game with Matt would be--and I was glad I played, but it seemed surprisingly heavy on luck. I wound up with just the right cards in the initial deal, so my guys with the machine gun set up in the woods and chewed up half of Matt's guys in the first few turns. After that, I had a lot of turns of discarding & drawing cards, trying to get a movement card, or a fire card I could use, etc.

Holy crap that's a dense rulebook for a card game!
 
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8. Board Game: Rommel in the Desert [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:1086]
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I suck at names, so I don't actually know the name of the guy I played this with. (He may be dead now... when I last saw him, it was 4AM, and he was in like the 12th hour of a game of War of the Ring, with the Fellowship about two spaces out of Rivendell.) He hadn't played before, so we ran through a turn or two of the 1940 scenario, and then set up Crusader, with me as the Germans.

(OK, so I hadn't played in a couple of months... the Germans set up first, so I set up a beautiful & monstrous line, and then dropped some gimpy unit back in Tobruk just in case. "Uhh... I set up in Tobruk," he said. Oops! Well, that changed things...)

I wrote a longer and substantially more boring account of what happened, but the short version is: he made some good moves, I made some moves which were, uhh, "optimistically ballsy," and he wiped me off the map before the end of the first month.

(Err, well, he would have wiped me off the map, but I called the game, because it was clear to anyone looking at my supply cards that he was going to, and I wasn't going to be able to stop him. In hindsight, I shouldn't have done that. My thinking was, this game is over, we should play something else; but really I probably only saved us 5-10 minutes, and I deprived him of the fun of actually seeing the total blowout. Which, you know, Miss Manners frowns on.)

Anyway, I will henceforth be known as, not The Desert Fox, but The Desert Tuna. Or perhaps The Desert Ass With A Large Boot Print.
 
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