What I played at Gamestorm
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Had a quick trip to Gamestorm but managed to get some quality gaming in while I was there
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1. Board Game: New Amsterdam [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1250]
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I like this auction game. Has kind of mishmash of typical Euro mechanisms to obtain points but the heart of the game is the auction.

You are simultaneously bidding for which actions you may do, as well as how many actions you will have that round and the turn order is at stake too. You can bid money and resources making it very interesting. Best with 4 or 5 players.

Played a 4 player game. It was good to be out of sync with what the other players wanted for actions in the last round. There was a lot of fighting for trade/shipping actions in this game.

And I double checked Aaron, you do all of your action tiles at once.
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2. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:157]
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Played this twice during the convention. Have managed to get a few rules wrong but I think I have them all straight now. There are a lot of working bits to this game and it's easy to miss a couple of fine points. The graphics are over done and hard to read from a distance.

The game involves optimizing your dice roll and maximizing your actions. It's easy to have a few bad rounds depending on what other people roll and going last in turn order is not good at all. Probably best with 3 or 4.

Have played 5 times now and it's interesting. I like it better than Macao but less than the Feld's other well know games like Burgund or Trajan.
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3. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:377] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Trains is getting reprinted which is nice as the original is bit difficult to come by. For a deck building game, I like this one quite a bit. I find the board element adds just enough diversity for me to keep it interesting.
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4. Board Game: Aztlán [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:4066]
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We played this twice. I wasn't sure about this one initially. Not as dry as most Colvini games but still a bit abstract in feel.

Area control where you can choose to kick opponents off the board or coexist peacefully along the scoring potential but you draw a prosperity card which has potential benefits.

I was worried the cards were too powerful but even if you only get a few you can still score pretty well. If your opponents are taking cards it allows you to stay on the board for scoring purposes.

Played two 4 player games and I can't really see playing it with fewer. It was bloody both times with many little Aztec warriors cast to the side as the conquest continued. Probably not a favorite game for me but I am happy to play it.
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5. Board Game: New York Central [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:8500]
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I love this card game. It's really a pity it hasn't been picked up by a larger company so more people could enjoy it. If you ever have a chance to play it, I'd recommend it trying it.

Best with 3 players, it's an interesting game of comparing your portfolio to your opponents and choosing when to do passenger runs. On your turn you play trains hoping to add to the value of a companies stock or not give too much value if it's a stock you don't have majority or do a passenger run. Then you gain a stock.


I played twice during the convention. The important thing to remember is that it's really bad to tie for second place!
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6. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:216]
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Plenty has already been said about this little gem. Great filler. Played a 4 player game with two newbies to the game.
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7. Board Game: Mondriaan 2020 [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:8067]
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Great tile placement two player filler. It's quick and abstract. Very attractive game.
 
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8. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:8]
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Another game that is getting a well deserved reprint. Plenty has been written on this one.

Played a 4 player game with one newbie. I played the darklings this time and really was able to make the most of my powers in the last round. If you have the time and 4 or 5 players highly recommended.
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9. Board Game: Floriado [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:8910]
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Taught my favorite 2 player filler with just enough depth to keep it interesting.

Set collecting where it's important to plan ahead. Defensive and offensive opportunities need to be taken into account.
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