Los Angeles Gamex 2013 - Acquisitions and Experiences
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It's again time for my traditional convention wrap-up, this time for the second of the three annual Strategicon conventions.

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After arriving and checking into my hotel room, I went to locate the convention's new Warzone, a dedicated room exclusively for wargaming. In previous conventions, the Wargame Bootcamp was held in the main ballroom with the rest of the boardgaming, teaching a wide range of wargames to the curious and passers-by.

Not surprisingly, being moved out of the ballroom, there was ZERO traffic from non-wargamers and, subsequently, no opportunities to share this corner of the hobby with others.

I had scheduled a session to learn this game with one of my friends. I was able to pick up the mechanics of play easily enough. But I failed to grasp the synergies until it was too late. After 3 game days, my Soviets had failed to make sufficient headway, and the inevitable pushback from the Finns was looming. I conceded the game, but enjoyed the experience.
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2. Board Game: Wings of Glory: WW1 Airplane Packs [Average Rating:8.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.47 Unranked]
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After the game, I went to the exhibitor room.

I had arranged an order for pick-up before the convention with one of the regular vendors. The sizable order included 6 of the 7 new aircraft from the Series 2 planes.
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3. Board Game: Wings of Glory: WW1 Duel Pack [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:3222] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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The order also included both of the Duel Packs, as well as all 3 game mats.
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4. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game – Millennium Falcon Expansion Pack [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked]
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Since the Wings of Glory Series 3 planes had not been released, and because it was still available, I also added this to my order.
 
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5. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game – Slave I Expansion Pack [Average Rating:8.03 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.03 Unranked]
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I also picked up one of these.
 
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6. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game – A-Wing Expansion Pack [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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Plus, I picked up 2 of these. I would have bought some TIE Interceptors, but the 6 that were brought to the convention were sold within 2 hours. The 3 of these that I left behind were gone by mid-day Saturday.

I was exhausted at this point, so I turned in very early. Besides, I had to leave early Saturday.
 
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7. Board Game: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ? [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:296]
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After taking care of some personal matters, I returned to the convention mid-afternoon on Saturday. Looking to jump right into something, I got myself into a game of this with
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He's quite a veteran player, and I hadn't played in at least 2 years (with him!). Despite the experience disadvantage, I think I was holding my own against him as the U.S. But the final turn's card draws left me in an untenable situation (only 14 OP's from 9 cards, with 7 terrorist actions).
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8. Board Game: Red Menace [Average Rating:6.23 Unranked]
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Tim had a couple games on top of his stacks. I was immediately driven to get copies of them for myself, being a fan of the historical period.

This was the first, a solitaire game that I'm hoping to get to play real soon.
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9. Board Game: First Strike [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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The second game was a new edition of this game, First Strike '62. Instead of using the 80's arsenals, the new version is set in the hypothetical Hot War that could have erupted had the Cuban Missile Crisis gone in a more hostile direction.
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10. Board Game: Buck Rogers: Battle for the 25th Century Game [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:3026]
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It was then time for me to pick up my games acquired in the convention's math trade.

I was looking forward to getting this one. However, I was disappointed to find that it was missing many pieces--many of the game's fighters and most of the cardboard markers.
 
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11. Board Game: DungeonQuest (third edition) [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1291]
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The other game I acquired in the math trade was this one. Although I'm a huge fan of the original version, I didn't particularly care for this revision when I first played it. However, the trade worked for me. Plus, I wanted the character cards in this game to add to my Runebound collection.

After inventorying the games and going out for a late dinner, another short day at the convention ended for me.
 
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12. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:29]
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Sunday was my big game day.

First was this one. FINALLY! After all this time, I was able to learn this game. Every other time I've wanted to play this, I found a game that had already started, or I couldn't find a copy for someone to teach me.

It's a challenging game, and it certainly will take a few more plays to discover the card synergies which will improve my game. But I played close up until the final couple of turns.
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13. Board Game: Outpost [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1583]
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I then went to try to find the Merchant of Venus tournament. However, I found a game of this just starting. While I very much enjoy MoV, this is one of my favorite auctioning games.

The 6-player game had no newcomers, and all were experienced Outpost players that all knew one another.

I was able to get the early edge in population and was able to take advantage of that to out-produce my main rival. That, plus fortuitous cards allowed me to grab a 10 point win.
 
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14. Board Game: Eight-Minute Empire [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:971]
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I was then taught this game, playing a couple of rounds of it. It's a nice filler game, not too deep, but not a game with fixed strategy. I may have to find a copy of it soon.

The two lengthy games left me with enough time for this game, and not much more before it was time for me to head home. Had a lot of fun, and got to play some games I otherwise wouldn't have the chance to.

Looking forward to Gateway, in September.
 
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15. Board Game: Aloha: The Spirit of Hawaii [Average Rating:6.20 Unranked]
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I was able to demonstrate a three player game of "Aloha - the Spirit of Hawaii" both on Sat. & Sun. It was well received both days. Aloha is an area control & resource management game which takes you from the early Polynesian migration to the islands up through the islands becoming the 50th state.
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