GWJ's Favorites From Gen Con 2013
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1. Board Game: Aztlán [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:3975]
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Area control game published by Ares.
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2. Board Game: BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1761]
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Another recent offering from Plaid Hat's booth. Probably worth checking the how-to video they plug on their packaging. (http://www.plaidhatgames.com/news/268) Really an interesting take on the factional struggle that Booker and Elizabeth dance through in the video game.
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3. Board Game: City of Remnants [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1584]
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Plaid Hat's "City of Remnants" was previously tested by friends of the GWJ Conference Call.
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4. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:372]
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Kickstarted re-publishing of a 2012 card title set in the universe of "The Resistance" (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/41114/the-resistance).
 
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5. Board Game: Dread Curse [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2967]
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Ever find yourself in a White Elephant gift exchange game and wish it were more ... piratey? Consider your wish granted.
 
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6. Board Game: DrunkQuest [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:4675]
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Be careful with this one. You instantly lose if you throw up, but some players "survived" only to find themselves sidelined for the next 48 hours.
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7. Board Game: Dwarven Miner [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:4794]
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This one's still on Kickstarter backlog, but McChuck is sold.

EDIT: This was available on the show floor, and it appears that Rather Dashing made the game available for sale online as the convention ended. http://shop.ratherdashinggames.com/Dwarven-Miner-DMNR.htm
 
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8. Board Game: Le Fantôme de l'Opéra [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:1442]
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Mechanically similar to "Mr. Jack," (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/21763/mr-jack) but with a new theme.
 
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9. Board Game: Firefly: The Game [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:276]
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After some play time, the consensus seems to be that this game runs better with fewer people — possibly a co-op variant of the solitaire mode.
 
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10. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:304]
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Not an easy game to make, and perhaps impossible to make perfectly, but we're sure glad to have seen it, and for the ways it made us engage with an important time in U.S. history.
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11. Board Game: Goblins, Inc. [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:2308]
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A bit like "Galaxy Trucker" (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/31481/galaxy-trucker), but building giant robots to fight each other.
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12. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:286]
 
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A streamlined RPG session on cards, right down to checking boxes on the cards as you level up your character. (One playtester encouraged the cowardly use of protective sleeves.)
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13. Board Game: Quicksilver [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:7590]
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Come take a trip in my airship! If you choose someone else's airship, I may have to ram you. It's "Formula D" (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/37904/formula-d), if it were more like the "Burnout" videog ames — but in the sky, with guns.
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14. Board Game: Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:10904]
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"Aliens" meets "XCOM" meets "Dead Space" meets "Space Hulk." Humans are fairly squishy and generally have room to maneuver. Nicely made minis, and a curious mechanic on the alien side that involves nanobots and leveling your gooey troops during a match. Killing them is like nailing jello to the wall with an automatic rifle.

Will also work without the 1" squares game board as — wait for it — a table-top war game.
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15. Board Game: Shadowrun: Crossfire [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:611]
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Cooperative RPG in card form, with a couple neat twists. Also, it's Shadowrun — Erik will brook no protest.
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16. Board Game: Snake Oil [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1233] [Average Rating:6.77 Unranked]
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"Snake Oil" was one of many card-based party games on offer. This one emphasizes lobbying for your humorous offering.
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17. Board Game: Space Cadets: Dice Duel [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:933]
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Fast-paced game of starship combat, expected September 2013.
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18. Board Game: Spartacus: The Serpents and the Wolf Expansion Set [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
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This expansion adds a couple new houses and some interesting dynamics.
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19. Board Game: Spin Monkeys [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:8754]
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Not a heavy-thinking game, but engaging, slightly dizzying, and the inspiration for considering a mixed drink based on chocolate and 99 Bananas.
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20. Board Game: Strike of the Eagle [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:1352]
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Mostly, Erik is rather jazzed about the Polish-Soviet War. Yes, we're aware that he's a bit eccentric.
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21. Board Game: Tomorrow [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3942]
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An interesting — and *dark* — flipping of the "Pandemic" script. The world is overpopulated, and the pressure's on to make other nations lose their "surplus" first.
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