Game Explainer Looking for Suggestions for SaltCon 2013
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Hey!

I've volunteered (or been volunteered, depends on how you look at it ) to be a Concierge at SaltCon the premier Board Game Convention in Salt Lake City coming up next month on Feb 17th. That means I'm going to be the goto guy (at least for the duration of my shift) to get a game explained. (at least until the end of my shift, after that I'll be explaining games on my own terms. )

I enjoy explaining games, teaching and all that, so I suppose I'm a good fit for it. Whether my teaching skills are admirable, well, I'll leave that to the learners to judge.

Anywho, my concern is, I don't know what games I should be prepared to teach next month! There's a good mix of casual gamers and hardcore gamers at the Con from past years, and I just don't know what kinda stuff I should be prepared to divulge to the hopeful gamers that come asking.

I'll start off with some of the hot games that I learned at BGG.Con, which are likely to be in demand. Feel free to vote with thumbs for the games that you think will be (or should be) taught to all unwary attendees, and please add items for games that you think I should prepare! And Comments! The more info about a game you can offer will help me immensely.

Whether you are coming to SaltCon or not, I value you completely subjective input! Heck, if I get enough of it, it might be statistically relevant!

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1. Board Game: CO₂ [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:570]
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This was a good one. I only played it once (most of BGG.Con for me was learning new games) but it deserved another go.
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2. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:44]
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This was, I would say, a brain melter. Simple enough to play, but with a very difficult balance between bidding on more tiles for your city, and picking up the resources you need to score. I think people will be interested in this one.
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3. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:290]
 
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Not sure how much I liked this after one play, but I definitely have strong desires to play it again. Very intriguing!

And the rule book definitely begs someone to come and teach it instead.
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4. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:38]
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Lots of buzz around this one at BGG.Con. I can say that the gear mechanic was more than chrome, it was a very interesting mechanic to plan around, and build around. I'm sure many people will be wanting to give this one a try.
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5. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:607]
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Lots of interest in this one as well. I only played once, by the FFG new rule set. Should I have learned the original rules?
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6. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
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Seems like this could be a good one for more casual gamers. I remember seeing you playing this once so you are probably already prepared.
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7. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:167]
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Seems like this one might have some people looking to play it for the first time. Have you played it yet? In the standard game you start by drafting the cards which can be overwhelming for first time players unless they are very experienced gamers. The rulebook has suggested cards to give each of the players if they are new so you can skip the draft portion at the start of the game.
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8. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:434]
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This one seems like it would be worth the time to be prepared to teach. It would be easy to teach and would work well for casual gamers. There will probably be some more experienced players looking to try this as well.
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9. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:87]
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Should be good for groups of 5-10 casual and/or experienced gamers.
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10. Board Game: Claustrophobia [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:201]
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As a purely selfish suggestion, because I really want to play this game to see if it's as awesome as it looks.
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11. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:42]
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Interested in learning this one.
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12. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:53]
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Interested to see if this is as good as people say it is.
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13. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:43]
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Been meaning to learn this one for the past couple of years and haven't had a chance yet. Would like to learn (with or without expansions)
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14. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:233]
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Would like to play/learn this one (with or without new expansion)
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15. Board Game: Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:747]
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I got this one for Christmas. We've "played" it twice and it's pretty fun.

However, I'd like to play with somebody else (preferably more experienced) to see if I can figure out what we're doing wrong. The time estimate on the game suggests 90-180 minutes (BGG lists 90). However both times we played (once with 3 players, the other time with 4), we reached the 3 hour mark and based on status, we were barely halfway through. Even if we consider that we might start ramping up and beating challenges easier since we were stronger, we estimated at least another 60-90 minutes. In one case we were playing with kids that had to go home & to bed (it was New Years). In the other case, one of the players had to go to work. So we ended the game without knowing for sure how long it would take.

Overall we're figuring that we might be doing something wrong if we're potentially doubling the play time. I haven't yet looked through forums for player aids, FAQs or other helps.

But if anybody's up for trying to help me fine tune the game time, I'd appreciate it. All the players enjoyed it, but most people I game with are not up for game sessions longer than ~2 hours.
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16. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:226] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
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Another one I'd like to learn
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17. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:329]
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I'd like to learn this one, as it just went on sale in the US.
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18. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:356]
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I'd also like to try this one, if it's available.
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19. Board Game: The Great Zimbabwe [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:328]
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I'll put it on the list. I'll even bring the darn thing. Excited to play and I'm excited to have Dan teach it to me if I haven't played it by then.
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20. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:264]
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Another one I'm interested in learning.
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21. Board Game Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games
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I was told I don't need to bring anything so if you see anything you want to play let me know and I'll make sure to bring it.

Also I will bring the Railways game with my prototype map in case Rick gives me the okay.


I'm a Wingman for Eagle and Gryphon games. This mean I teach their games to people on a volunteer basis.

I will be teaching these games all day Friday and like some on Saturday (may not have my full collection that day).

I will likely be near the Eagle and Gryphon table/booth or whatever it's called.

Here is a list of my games I will be bringing and can teach;

A
Attack! + Expansion

B
Blockers!
Blockers! The Card Game
Wildlife Safari
Brass: Lancashire

C
Can't Stop
Carson City + A New Beginning
Caveman Curling + Black Sheet (Note this is currently on the MATH trade so I may not have it directly). Math trade ate it so I can only teach it if someone has a copy, which the Library might have.
Charon Inc. - In SaltCON Library
Cornucopia

D
Defenders of the Realm + All Hero Expansions w/ Painted minis!
Desperados

F
For Sale
Fzzzt! + Expansion (One of my favorites)

H
High Society

I
Diamant - In SaltCON Library

M
Money!

P
Pastiche + Expansion Pack #2 - In SaltCON library

R
Railways of the World + All Expansions (I even have a prototype version of North America that I will see if Rick will let me use). (In SaltCON Library + Western)
Railways of the World: The Card Game
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age

S
Sneaks & Snitches

Z
Zong Shi - In SaltCON Library
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22. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:72]
Cody Moultrie
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Feld's games are some of my favorites and I've really been interested in this one. I know he's got some even newer games coming out, but this is one I'm really itching to try.
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23. Board Game: K2 [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:466]
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I would like to learn this one, is there a copy in the library?
 
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24. Board Game: Myrmes [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:425]
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I just learned this one this weekend. Would be a fun one to teach.
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25. Board Game: Copycat [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1235]
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Also learned this one this weekend. Plays fairly quick, and it's a fun mix of familiar elements.
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