Howitzer's Camas Con Fall 2012
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Camas Con is a small awesome game convention in northern Washington, and happens twice a year.
http://www.camasmeadows.org/camascon.php
It's always the highlight of my year, connecting with fellow Christian gamers, playing games, relaxing with friends.

Not too much relaxing though, this time I played 53 games.
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1. Board Game: Panic Station [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:2806]
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Got in late Friday, right before dinner. After dinner, I got into a game of Panic Station. The group wanted to play with "1st Edition" rules, so exploring was really easy, and we whipped through that really fast. Two different scans revealed just 1 infected. We found the Hive, and Matt ran to it and burnt it out, right before Warren got his turn. Warren turned out to be the infected one, he was going to infect Jonathan G. by trading twice with his characters to run him out of gas and then blockade the way (forcing trades) to the hive. However, it worked out well and 5 of us won.
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2. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: A Storm of Swords Expansion [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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Jacob stomped all over us, he got 8 points leaving me in second place with 5. I realized that I still don't like the hidden card reveal mechanic.
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3. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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Got in a couple practice games that night to prepare for the tournament the next day.
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4. Board Game: Battle for Glyderion [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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Managed to get in a part of a game before breakfast Saturday Morning, Zach killed 2 infantry with his armored car pretty handily, and we cleaned up so we could move on to other games.
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5. Board Game: Gauntlet of Fools [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3787]
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Played this 3 times over the course of the convention. It was always great fun, played with 6 each time. No downtime is a huge plus, it really keeps the game moving.

Highlight: I finished one game with 24 defense (armorer). Everyone had died, and I had more coins, but I looked through the test of the deck, and I could have run through it without dying.
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6. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:819]
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Played this with the expansion with 5 other people, it was a very tight close game and we managed to draw the cards we needed just in time.
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7. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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Logged another 20 plays of this. First practice games and then "lightning rounds" (games with 12 discs, one round) to determine who got into the final 8. All 6 of us who came up together were in the final 8 (and for seeding), but Zach dropped out to play BSG.

Clint G., who just learned that day (taught by Clint W., who owned the one of the Crokinole boards we were using) beat Clint W. in the quarter finals.

I beat Levi in 2 rounds.
Jonathan T. won vs Jonathan G.
Jon R. won vs Josh.

Semi Finals:
I beat Clint G.
Jonathan T. beat John R.

Finals:
In just 3 rounds Jonathan creamed me. I failed my last 6 shots of the 3rd round, sealing my fate. The second round was very energetic and exciting as we had a big group gathered around and Clint did some excellent real time play by play. We each sunk 3 20s that game, each time with huge cheers by the crowd, drowning out all other conversations during that 5 minutes.
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8. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:229]
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A 20min game of this, I ran into Tokyo and did massive damage, got out, someone else ran in, did 3 pts of damage which killed 3 of us at a time and then the game was over. A couple people had bought 1 card each.
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9. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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I played with 3 other veterans. My goal was to come in 3rd, which I did in one of the games. We played with all the expansions - I had only played with the first one, so I was a bit outmatched, but I did have fun learning all the new cards.
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10. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:306]
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The theme is fun, but I still don't like the hidden card play mechanic, but it is mitigated by the fact that it is ALL you do, and you do it a lot. Very simple game (18 choices), but it took a bit longer as people tried to analyze every decision.
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11. Board Game: Ascending Empires [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:795]
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Fun game with Jonathan and John R.
We were all over the board from the very beginning, just the right amount of fighting. I got brown level 4 and finished up the game shortly after that with a win.
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12. Board Game: Android: Infiltration [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1280]
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I really want to like this game. It might need another play. The one we did play Jonathan won by lurking near the entrance and making the time run out faster as we were midway through level 2. I had just found the secret room too. I really like the art, how it plays, the mechanics, but the idea of a push your luck mechanic, where you can't easily STOP pushing your luck just didn't work for me.
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13. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:35]
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A quick game of Gauntlet of Fools (3rd play this weekend) and then Brad, Jacob and Jonathan and I started in on this favorite of mine.

Jonathan and I destroyed each other's fleets in a big battle over the center hex with the GDS still there, and Brad was able to take it over the next round.

Jacob sat back building monoliths, I walked into Brad's lands to nab a few juicy lands, Jonathan tried to rebuild his fleet. On the final round, I attacked Jacob to try to rid him of some of his monoliths, but it came down to a single die. I had one ship left with 1 health, he had just spent all his missiles, we were entering the regular battle rounds. He was rolling 1 die for 5s or 6s, I was rolling 2 dice for 2s. If he rolled a 5 or 6, he would kill my ship, if not, I had an almost sure kill on his ship. He rolled a 5, killed my ship, kept his 4 points (monolith + planet), denying me the win, putting him in first, me in second.
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14. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:93]
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Moved on to this game, Jacob refreshed our memory on how to play. We played with the expansion cards, and Jacob creamed us again with the blue guys, who teleported around and I (Red/Nurgle) couldn't get in any decent attacks against him at all.
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15. Board Game: A Fistful of Penguins [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:3559]
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I had been angling to play this all weekend and we finally did. Everyone was so distracted and tired that it took twice as long as it should have.
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16. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:42]
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Got in 2 games of this with Jonathan. Great fun. He (hacker) won the first game, I won the second game by dropping an ambush card, advancing it 4 times, watched him spend all his credits in an epic push, then watched his face as he read the ambush card. I had 5 points, so I had almost won, so he was desperate to get it, but it burned him badly. It gave him 4 tags, and allowed me to drop an actual agenda card and play a card which allowed me to advance it to 5 tokens in a single turn and win.

The first game I drew nothing but agenda cards and no ICE cards, the next game I drew ICE cards and no agenda cards.
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17. Board Game: Ascending Empires [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:795]
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Clint immediately got 2 grey planets and boosted up to level 3 grey, and then kept on complaining about his lack of brown planets. We all had about 4 teches, the rest of us were more evenly balanced. It was late and Zach and I had our feelings run high, we killed each other, destroying a bunch of the others planets, allowing Levi to nab a Battleship and start a rampage. Clint finally realized that the grey teches allowed him to start killing things for points, and he narrowly won. Fun times.
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18. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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Jonathan G. and I were insatiable, and we played 3 more 100 pt games. I won the first two, he got a 90 - 0 lead on the third game, but I as able to win 105-90 in the next 3 rounds. To redeem himself we played a 500 pt match, which after 45 rounds gave me the victory (500-315)

We finally did a round robin type quick tournament with 5 of us, each of us played a lightning round vs each other one, and added up total points won in each round (0 if you lost). Scruffy came in with 25pts, Jonathan G. and I with 35pts, Clint G. with 55 pts, Jonathan with 85pts. Then it was off to bed at 2am.
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19. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:204]
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On the 6 hour drive back, we talked about the Crokinole tournament, how we were going to change it for next year and the games we played.

Clint and I played a game of Hive on my ipod while John drove, he beat me (I was one move behind).

I then trashed him in a Neuroshima Hex game, my 50 games played vs his 1 really made the difference.
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