My 2013 GenCon Games Played and Purchased
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2013 is my second year attending GenCon. My wife and I went last year and had fun so going again was a no-brainer. I got to play some good games and see some old friends.

Lessons learned:
+ The backpack was very useful in carrying drinks, snacks, etc.
+ Signing up for events on the first day is a must.
+ Get the coupon book and use it when the dealer hall opens.
- Book the hotel room earlier.
- Decide ahead of time on a restaurant, make the reservation, and wait.
- Do not try to find a less busy restaurant. You are likely wasting time.
- If hitting up the food trucks, go before the dealer hall closes.
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1. Board Game: Alien Frontiers: Factions [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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I've played the base game several times over the last couple of years, but I wanted to play using the factions. During this play, the factions didn't have a huge effect on the game. I only used my power once and the other players not much more. I can see the value they add to the game once everyone is more comfortable using them. I ended up getting 2nd place out of 3.

I'm glad that I kickstarted AF. I chose to buy the base game with one rocket die to use as the alien die.
 
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2. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:372]
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Coup is another game that I Kickstarted, but I had not previously played it. I played 3 games in an event with 5 other people, and most of them had not played either but backed the Kickstarter. I didn't win any of the 3 games, but it was fun.

I'm very pleased that I backed this game because I likely would have purchased it at retail. IB&C has become one of my favorite publishers.
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3. Board Game: Dominare [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1894]
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I had seen good reviews on this game so I decided to attend an event for this game. I played a 6 player game, which lasted longer than the 3 hour time slot so I had to bail in order to make my next event. I'm sure with experienced players, this game could have lasted 1.5-2 hours.

I enjoyed this game, but there was a little too much chaos for my liking. Maybe it would be less chaotic with 4 players. I can appreciate the new spins on the area control category, i.e. conspirator cards with unique abilities, but I'd rather play El Grande or Revolution.
 
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4. Board Game: Enemy Chocolatier [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:3544]
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We stopped at Cheapass Games booth and picked this up for $6. I'm strongly considering purchasing Fish Cook.
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5. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
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King of Tokyo was my 'must play' for Gencon. I've heard several good things for a long time, and I finally got to play it. I showed up early for the mini-tournament to finally play and possibly win a Space Penguin Promo. I played a 6 player game and ended up winning! My only win of the Con, and I got a 'coveted' Space Penguin! I also received the promo cards from the IELLO booth. Now to purchase this game...
 
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6. Board Game: Legacy: Gears of Time [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1496]
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We did a short demo of this game in the dealer hall. This demo was after playing Manhattan Project so my impressions of Legacy were ho-hum after being impressed by MP. Legacy has a cool theme to it- time travel- but I felt the mechanics to be nothing special. They had plenty of promo cards and stuff at the booth, and the guy teaching the game was helpful. I wanted to like this game, but it simply fell short for me.
 
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7. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:214]
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This game had been on my 'to play' list for a while. I played a 3 player game, which was a very tight game. Again, I didn't win, but given the tightness, I didn't mind.

I very much enjoyed the theme and options that the game provided. At first I was a little overwhelmed by all the options that I could take, but as the game progressed, I was more comfortable in making the decisions. Two thumbs up.
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8. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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I played in the Puerto Rico tournament again this year, and again, I didn't make it out of the first round. That's fine by me though. I still enjoy playing PR when I get the chance to.
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9. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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My wife's favorite game is Ticket to Ride so I have been trying to introduce her to other train games with more meat. We played a 5 player game with lasted about 2.5 hours. I enjoyed the mechanics of the game, but the map was a concern for me. The northeast section of the map is the hot spot, similar to Power Grid, which I didn't realize until it was too late. It seems that you have to have some influence in that region to be successful in this game. I could be wrong, but trying to succeed in the southern area did not work for me very well.
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10. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
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I played in the Saint Petersburg Tournament and didn't make it out of the first round. My wife also played at a separate table, but she didn't make it either. Oh well. St. Pete is one of my favorite games, and I'm glad I played.
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11. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:619] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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I chose to try Smash Up because it seemed like pairing the factions would be cool, and it is. I played a 4 player game which lasted just over an hour. I appreciate the abilities and combos that this game offers, and I think that with time and several plays, this game might be worth owning. However, I think that I'll pass on this one. There is a little too much chaos for me, and I don't think I want to sink my time and money into this game [system].
 
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12. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:109]
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Another meatier train game. We played a 4 player game after RotW and enjoyed it more. The auctioning of player order for the special tiles seemed to be a good mechanic. The flow of the game was easy to follow, and I liked that it didn't include the special cards that RotW has. The board seemed to be more accessible to all players, and I liked that the player has the choice of cubes to populate/replenish cities.
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13. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 3 – The Heart of Africa [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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We picked this up at Cool Stuff Inc's area.
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14. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:115] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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This was a ding and dent purchased at a great price from Cool Stuff Inc.
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15. Board Game: Wings of Glory: WW2 Rules and Accessories Pack [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:4695] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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I recently purchased the Star Wars Miniatures game, and I've also been reading WW2 books so I had to try this out. We played a brief demo in the dealer hall, and I really like this game. It's easy to learn and plays quickly. It also looks great, not only the miniatures but the play mat really made it really stand out. I'm not sure if I want to buy into this game [system] yet, but it is definitely on my radar.
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