ConnCon 2013: I don't need no stinking games!
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1. Board Game: Hotel Amsterdam [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:11144]
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I registered late, so I stayed at the Amsterdam. A nice clean alternative. Plus I got to discover "the other side of town."
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2. Board Game: That's Life! [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1547]
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In between games, I happened upon "This Our Life", a Bette Davis movie I never heard of. The movie is about taking responsibility of one's actions and not making excuses. The movie includes a young black man whose goal is to become a lawyer despite the prejudices of the day.
I was riveted enough to watch the entire film.

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Met Erak D Avri and Joe Gola through an extrordinary game of Dacathalon. Played with these guys much through the convention.

On Saturday night, after a rousing beauty pageant filled with middle aged hairy men (and one er, um "lady") fighting for a plastic crown, a series of man flirting began:

Me: "Maybe we could play some games sometime?"
Erak D/Avri: "Where do you live?"
Me: "Not far...Long Island."
Erik: "Maybe you can play in our Crokinole tournament next year."
Avri: "Wait, are you a sports fan?"

CUE GONE WITH THE WIND MUSIC/ (or maybe more appropriate the voice of John Facenda)

A potential bromance brewing, the elevator ride upstairs was filled with conversations of promises of mediocre seasons for the Yankees and dreams of greatness for NY hockey fans. Surprisingly enough, no talks of the Jets.
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4. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:38]
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Last ConConn, I met Geof Gambill and his family while playing a game of King of Tokyo. This year I had a great time of strategic (and sometimes AHEM not so strategic) gaming: from Clash of Cultures to Decathalon, to Pretty Pretty Princess, the Tequila Drinking Game.

Geof was kind enough to lead a game of Robinson Crusoe: possibly one of the oddest games I have ever played. The game is one of the most thematic games I have ever seen: you actually feeel as though your group is stranded on a dangerous island.
I was playing mostly for the experience of being on that island and seeing what would happen. I felt the other three players were playing solely to reach the goal: to build a signal fire and win the game.
Did I want to win? Yeah, but in playing only to win, we "gamed" the system, which took some of the fun out of it for me. This game may be the only game in which I was let down just a little by winning. Sounds weird, but I think I really want to play this one more with more Ameritrash-y players and see if the game feels different. Great theme, very thematic, but the theme may be lost on trying to "out game the game" (if that makes any sense).

If you are interested AT ALL in podcasts, check out Geoff's: The Long View: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepodcast/18375/the-long...
This podcast truly takes a fresh approach, and Geoff is a great guy to game with as well.
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5. Board Game: Songburst: 70's & 80's Edition [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:12482]
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"Why are there so many songs about rainbows, and what's on the other side?"
 
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6. Board Game: Fiasco [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:5305]
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Well, not the card game, but the RPG. I was just too lazy to figure out how to put it down.

I was fortunate enough to finally play a game with Octavion, as well as have some conversations with Mr. Moonin. Matt was kind enough to briefly run through a game of Fiasco with me. I am more than excited to run some Fiasco games in the future, hopefully at WBC this year.
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7. Board Game: Catchphrase [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:7760]
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Erak's wife Lisa asked us all how we would spell that sound Jimmy Cagney made in the movies. How would you spell it?
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8. Board Game: Pretty Pretty Princess [Average Rating:4.31 Overall Rank:15642]
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No ConnConn 2013 geeklist would be a ConnCon 2013 geeklist without the mention of this event.

To the finalists! (I will paint pictures with my words. You can search for the pics for now; they are WORTH it.)

Contestant #1: A pretty face, but the open backed dress he wore revealed enough back hair to weave a blanket that could warm a family of five. Ironic, since it is reported he is a Lasik hair removal specialist.

Contestant #2: Zev "Z-Man" Schlessinger: An absolute vision in purple, and reportedly Harvey Fierstein's long lost cousin.

Contestant #3: Mindy "two cats in a sack" Kyrkos: I picture Mindy chomping on a cigar, drinking a beer in one hand and a glass of lighter fluid in another. A resident of New York, she don't need no damn crown. She already knows she's cute.

And the WINNA Contestant #4: Pete "Tootsie" Putnam!


This event was a riot: an excuse for "normal" middle aged men to cross-dress and 30 something women to chug Tequila like it was Kool Aid

Drunken girl tequila quotes of the evening:
"I hate tequila. I had a bad experience." (while doing a belly dance of pain and doing what amounted to three shots).

"I haven't had tequila since I was seventeen!' (Said by an unnamed mother of three while toungue kissing her husband on the face like a Saint Bernard).
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9. Board Game: Pain Doctors: The Game of Recreational Surgery [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:12818]
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Upon waking up Sunday morning, I had a monumental leg cramp and acid reflux that could burn a hole in the Sun.

I still managed to play a few games on Sunday, the highlight being Fingerball.
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10. Board Game: Fortress America [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1359]
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Last but not least, it was great to see and talk with my core group of the Fortress At guys: Shellie, Al, Jeff Luce, and so many other Fat: ties were at ConnCon. Although I didn't play with these guys this con, it was great to see and talk with them and catch up with what's going on with them.
 
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