Games I played at ICon this year.
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I attended ICon this last weekend and want to report on the games I played and the great time I had. Some of the games I had played before, but most were new to me. So sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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1. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:42]
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I have been playing Netrunner for a few weeks now and am loving it. I can't wait for the new cards to start to add to the variety. My friend and played a quick game to start the Con off.
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2. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:191]
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About a year and a half ago I was able to trade for this game. I excitedly read the rulebook, but was unable to find the right group of people to play it with. A few weeks ago I ended up selling my copy a few weeks ago... Biggest "boardgaming" mistake I have made all year. This game is on the same level of one of my favorite games, Through the Ages. Games like this can be counted on one or two hands, they are unique and aren't longer just a game, but an experience.

Thank you to Lee for teaching us how to play this game. The task to teach new players this game effectively is probably not even possible, but he did a great job.

So what makes this game so unique, the amount of choices players have available and the possible consequences of those actions are countless. Additionally every choice players make literally I pact the final outcome. Also making a board game bout German Politics, which is anything but sexy, is impressive in its own right. Balancing a game of this scale is a challenge I can't even imagine attempting, but the final spread was around 20 points, with scores I the 300s, if I remember correctly, wow!

Thanks again Lee.
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3. Board Game: Helvetia [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:984]
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My favorite thing about going to conventions or game days, besides meeting great people, is that I will often be introduced to games that would never have been on my radar. This gem was one of those games.

Again, Lee taught Clint and I this game. It is not, and as far as I understand will not be, in print in the US. I would describe its main mechanic as worker placement blended with area control. I would describe the worker placement as being similar to Troyes, in that it is permanent.

The only thing I wasn't a fan of, which is based on preference, was the games' end game is triggered by the first player to get 20 vps. Even though this is similar to Hansa Teutonica, the difference is HT has many points to be scored after the trigger, in Helvetia there is very little movement. The reason I don't like this is the end can be quite anti-climactic.

Still the game is unique, which is a huge plus, thanks again Lee.
 
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4. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:423]
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5. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:161]
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6. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:304]
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7. Board Game: Android: Infiltration [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1269]
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8. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:111]
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9. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
 
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10. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:456]
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11. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:202]
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