Tabletop Day Games Played by Weaponsgrade Tabletop
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My friends and I recently started up a Youtube channel for reviews, session reports and general commentary on all kinds of tabletop games, and we've recently uploaded our comments on Tabletop Day as a whole, which was a highly enjoyable experience!

Here's a rundown of each of the games we played, and each of our opinions of the games. If its a game I didn't own before, I'll also comment if I would buy it now.

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1. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:884] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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Status: Owned

Hunter: This one was an impulse purchase on Friday night, right before Tabletop Day. I recalled the name while I was looking for games that scaled to accept more people, something we expected (rightfully so) at Dragon's Lair on Saturday. I am extremely glad we got it, as our group gravitates towards the semi cooperative with a traitor games, and that is the main component to the game. The fact that it scales to 10 and is easy to transport makes it an instant winner for our group. (+)

Philip: Good game, can play with 10 players, really quick. (+)

Sarah: Great game, good price for fun value. (+)

Mason: Fun game. (+)
 
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2. Board Game: Dixit: Journey [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:383] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Status: Owned (after demoing at Tabletop Day)

Hunter: This was a big hit for us. The gameplay is ultra simple, but allows for a ton of creativity. For some people it may be a little tough to grasp the concept of making the clue for their card ambiguous, yet descriptive, but it seemed to be a quick adjustment after a round or 2. It was one game that we decided we had to buy after the day, and I can't believe it took us this long to try it out. (+)

Mason: Favorite game of the day. (+)

Philip: Quick to learn, fun game. (+)

Sarah: Artwork is amazing, really fun game. (+)
 
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3. Board Game: Star Fluxx [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1766]
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Status: Owned (By Mason)

Hunter: I don't enjoy Fluxx in general. I like the themed Fluxx games more, if I like the theme (which I do in this case). But this suffers Munchkin syndrome for me, a fun, light game that can take longer than some heavy strategy games due to sheer randomness. Not my cup of tea. (-)

Mason: A good intro game for a non-gamer, luck dependent but still fun. (+)

Philip: Bad draws and luck can ruin your experience. (-)

Sarah: Its just fun. (+)
 
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4. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:106]
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Status: Owned

Hunter: This one has been steadily climbing for me since we started playing it. I've had the FFG version for a while, but couldn't get it to the table after a botched 3 player attempt. However, after the group finally consented on a 5 player attempt, it became a consistent presence at game night. Climbing my list of favorite games every time we play it. (+)

Philip: Slowly becoming one of my favorites, different every time. (+)

Sarah: I love all the different characters. (+)

Mason: I enjoy fresh experiences like this. Didn't grasp rules until about halfway through the first game, but once you get them its awesome. (+)
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5. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:34]
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Hunter: This is an old stand-by for me, and one of my favorite games. There are a lot of moving parts, but once you get the hang of it the strategy and depth are unequaled for me. First time playing with 6, and it was awesome. Still one of my favorites. (+)

Sarah: Big change moving to 6 players, different but great. (+)

Mason: Highly competitive, very strategic. (+)

Philip: 6 players was a welcome change. (+)
 
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6. Board Game: Click Clack Lumberjack [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1519]
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Status: Don't own, probably wouldn't buy

Hunter: I had fun with this one. I enjoy dexterity games, despite my inability to play them it seems, and I love the Daruma 7 game on Unbeatable Banzuke, so this was right up my alley. As much as I enjoyed it, I can't see it being played all that much, and I think I got the wood chopping out of my system after one game. (+)

Sarah: Good for mixed groups, anybody can do it. (+)

Mason: A "mix it up" game, good for breaking the ice. Terrible at it though. (+)

Philip: Good to pull out in mixed groups, a lot of fun. (+)

 
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7. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:465]
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Status: Do now own, would buy

Hunter: Of all of the new games we played, this one and Dixit were big winners. The gameplay is simple, if a little dry, but the modular setup, different power options, and different bonus point cards mix the gameplay up quite a bit. Plus, there is instant gratification in placing houses on hexes. (+)

Mason: Beautiful board, really fast, enjoyed the mechanics. A lot of replay value. (+)

Philip: Easy game to learn, but could be interesting to learn the combos. (+)

Sarah: Quick, fun. (+)
 
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8. Board Game: DC Comics Deck-Building Game [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:701] [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
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Status: Do not own, would not buy.

Hunter: Its a retheme of Ascension with only one currency instead of 2. There seem to be character balance issues as well as a runaway leader problem. When counting points in the end, with nothing over 3 points other than Super Villains, it really didn't feel like you were accomplishing much. I love the theme, I'm an avid comic reader, but this is still an easy pass. (-)

Sarah: I liked it, but has balance issues. (+)

Philip: Huge chance for runaway leader, not as fun as Ascension. Great artwork however. (-)

Mason: Balance seems off. (-)
 
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9. Board Game: Munchkin Promotional Bookmarks [Average Rating:5.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.70 Unranked]
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General thoughts on the 1st Annual International Tabletop Day

Overall, I think everyone had a great time at the event, I know I did. The new Dragon's Lair location in Austin is enormous, and had tons of room for the large crowd that was rolling in all day. We had the opportunity to play some new games, though there were just too many to get to on the day. I'm glad we played mostly gems, though we had a few clunkers waste our time a bit, and we're thankful for all the friends who supported us and visited us during the event, or anyone who joined us for a game.

Special thanks to Tox from Crits Happen for pictures of the event, and for supporting the channel.

We're looking forward to next year for sure!
 
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