Origins 2013 what I played
Dennis Guillette
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This was my 5th origins in a row and I had a very good time. It seemed more upbeat than the previous couple of years. of course I think a lot of it, is what you play and who you play with, but all in all it was a very successful weekend
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1. RPG: Pathfinder Roleplaying Game [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:45]
Dennis Guillette
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I played in an open campaign called Legend of the Shining Jewel. It is a small campaign that has been around for 10 years now, that currently uses the pathfinder rules.

The best part of Shining jewel is the people that run it. They are extremely responsive, and this year there was a very fun LARP interactive where people were in an auction for magic items. If you're ever at Gencon or Origins. Give them a try, or check out their website. Very RP intensive, not as much hack and slash brainless stuff.

Since the Campaign is small, the creators spend more time listening to individual players. Plus if you want to write for a campaign, they definitely welcome the help.
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2. Board Game: Dominion: Guilds [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
Dennis Guillette
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New Dominion expansion.

I admit I am a bit over dominion these days, but it did add a very neat mechanic where you can save money over turns. This means if you are trying to get that province and you only have 7 coins, you can use the special coin if you have it. I think it is a subtle change but can speed up the game a great deal. Neat stuff.
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3. Board Game: Ascension: Rise of Vigil [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:1003] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
Dennis Guillette
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This was a great expansion to Ascension. If you like the game, I think the energy mechanic adds a great deal to the game. I think it adds a bit more strategy to the game, and makes the choices a BIT less obvious. Its still a light game that isn't too thinky, but it adds a nice layer
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4. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
Dennis Guillette
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Good Brainless fun! I think some of the people who played it with me didn't get the fact that the game should not be taken seriously in any way, but besides for that? Good dice rolling
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5. Board Game: Piñata [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1877]
Dennis Guillette
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Fun game.. thought it was a kids game, and then I realized "This is Balloon cup!" Basically a re-theme of balloon cup, but with wild cards to make it so you get stuck less.. Fun game.. if you like balloon cup
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6. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:546]
Dennis Guillette
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Fun, 1 trick pony game. My Dad loves single mechanic games, and this was no exception. I don't know how meaty the game will be long term, but its a nice light euro.
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7. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
Dennis Guillette
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Played this with a a group of light gamers and it went over like a lead balloon. I've played this game for so long I forgot it's got a lot of complexity if you are not a heavy gamer.. Still a personal favorite, but you have to be careful who you play with. Maybe the IOS app will help..
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8. Board Game: Timeline: Diversity [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:978] [Average Rating:6.83 Unranked]
Dennis Guillette
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OMG this was fun! I think the replay value may be low, but I played this late at night and it was a perfect night ending game. VERY simple, but difficult when you start playing, reading descriptions of the mechanics does not do the game justice. Worth trying
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9. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:290] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
Dennis Guillette
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Very Fun Co-OP fantasy game. the intro quest seemed very easy, but I hope it gets harder. Its very simple if you are looking for mage knight, look elsewhere. This would work very well with kids though. Has some neat mechanics that are not just throwing more stats at the issue. worth trying..
 
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10. Board Game: 1st & Goal [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1738]
Dennis Guillette
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Fun, felt like old school football. Very defense and run heavy. My dad is a patriots fan, and I think the smash mouth mentality didn't not appeal to him. I liked it, it no stratomatic, but to get the feel of a football game, I think it got it.
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11. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:36]
Dennis Guillette
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Florida
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Fun game. Haven't played it enough to say its great or not. I am wondering if the moving gears are just a gimmick
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12. Board Game: Dungeon Venture [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:10994]
Dennis Guillette
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Florida
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Want play Heroquest with your kids but don't want to pay $100? Its basically heroquest without the awesome bits.. but its still fun.
 
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13. Board Game: Cinque Terre [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1312]
Dennis Guillette
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Hmmm.. I like heavy games, but this felt uninspired. Seemed too complicated for what it was. Plus it seemed frustrating at parts. wouldn't play it again
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14. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
Dennis Guillette
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I played a 6 player game of this. I think it was a rough learning game, BUT the game is FUN! Although I think this is a game better played in a non public venue. That way you don't feel silly making laser noises and spaceship noises and making spaceship noises. :-)

 
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