Charcon - My favorite convention
Mike Fitzgerald
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CHARCON (Charleston, WV) was another great gaming weekend. I always look forward to catching up with friends and getting a lot of games knocked out. It's always well run, family friendly and just gets better every year.

I've been attending with my nephew Keenan since the first Charcon and this year we brought his brother Isiah. Though he wasn't up for all the games we play, the Charcon folks had a fantastic kid's room set up to help then younger ones pass the time.
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I got this in a math trade at Origins and have played twice since. This game is getting better with repeat plays and the score even tighter (down to the last victory point from buildings).
 
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I bought a starter (as I imagine many of you have). But Nick was running a demo and I thought it would be a good way to get Keenan and Isiah an overview of the rules before we played. Turned out they grasped the rules pretty well and Isiah scored the winning shot.

Nothing like winning your first time out to keep you coming back. I think he's hooked.
 
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Isiah hit the kid's room for a bit and Keenan and I gave Netrunner a shot. This was my 2nd game with untuned decks. I won with a resource pull from an unguarded archive. Still not sure about this. Hope to get tuning and some more playing. Too slow for the payoff still for us.
 
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Played this at Origins with the designers and really liked it. Kickstarted. But have not played since and I screwed the rules somewhere. Three players went way too quickly, no one had cash. Felt nothing like the first game I played.

I need to watch a video and solo play before doing that to players again. I don't like giving people a bad impression of a game due to my poor teaching. I know it's much better.
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I got Isiah back out for this. I bought this as a family romp and it worked. Had two others help with the rules and flow. Isiah kept talking about this game during the ride home. Wanted to play again (even though we died horribly).

This is our Thanksgiving game this year.
 
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This has kind of become an annual event at Charcon for a small group. (yes, kids back in the room - adults only - we get wild).

No other game generates such a soap-opera like atmosphere. The finger pointing, alliances and accusations. I love it. We still talk about last year's game ... what other board game gives you that kind of excitement?

And again, it came down to the last jump. Humans lost.
 
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I have the original and wanted to check out the new version. Wow, the rules took me a bit by surprise. I was hoping for a quick 3-player slug fest for me and my nephews and it took a few minutes to digest the rules. I was afraid I was going to lose their attention.

We did the best we could and it played faster than it read. Don't think I'll play it again. I remember why the original sits on my shelf.
 
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Though it's a bit mature for Isiah, I knew we could help him through his moves. Game went very smoothly and very badly for us. One of the worst attempts ever. At least he didn't loose by himself, but as part of the team.

But a fun loss. And that's what's most important.
 
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Board #3. Keenan ran out of men about half way up.

Isiah caught on quickly and though we offered our thoughts,
we let him make his own choices.

Would have played again, but went to lunch.
 
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Raffle Time!

I won a lovely set of games:
Small World, Small World Underground and Small World Realms.

Nice addition to my library.

Thanks Charcon - for another great weekend. See you all next year.
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We got a 3 player of this in early. A favorite of the boys. They play nasty and no one gets mad at each other. Nice to have players who can play to the spirit of the game without vindictiveness. A tight game to the end.
 
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I've been playing on the iPad for a bit, but do like rolling the dice. We ended early to get to the X-Wing demo, but were doing pretty good. I think they liked it.
 
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