Games I Hope To Learn at BGG.CON 2013
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So I just signed up for BGG.CON 2013. I've never been to any convention let alone a BGG.CON, so my expectations are pretty minimal. Ideally I'll meet cool people from the 'Geek in real life. Ultimately I'll be totally happy and satisfied just to have the opportunity to learn and play some new games.

So here is my list of games I am hoping to play for the first time in November. I am hoping there are other attendees who will be willing to teach these games and maybe we can arrange a meet-up to play.
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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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I really, really like Race for the Galaxy. I hear Puerto Rico is similar. I've been wanting to try playing it for a while.
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2. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:39]
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Another one from the top of the BGG rankings. I have been hearing about this game but not had the chance to play it. I assume a game of this should be pretty easy to find given its current popularity?
 
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3. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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I can appreciate a thinky, abstract game (which is what I understand Power Grid is like), and I would like to try it. This is one where it seems like a couple of plays would be good, but I'm not sure how long it takes to play.
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4. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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I like Lords of Waterdeep, and I've heard a lot of comparisons of it to Caylus. The game play videos I've seen haven't excited me all that much but I would love to sit down with someone who likes Caylus and learn what makes it a a great game.
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5. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:61] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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I am thinking of buying this game because it looks so cool. I really just need to try out the rules and see whether the game itself is worthwhile. I usually love this sort of miniature skirmish game.
 
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6. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:76]
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I am a big D&D fan (been playing for a long time), and I love dungeon crawl board games. It would be great to get a chance to play this, though I understand that a convention might not be the best atmosphere for this sort of game.
 
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7. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:109]
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Heard good things (from Tom Vassel among other places). Not big into train games but willing to try.
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8. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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Another game that I keep hearing about yet never have played. Despite all the comments I've heard and read about this game I still don't really know what it's like. I'd like to find out!
 
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9. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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I enjoy a Euro style game now and then, and I feel remiss for not having played the number-two-ranked game! I'd like to learn this game from someone who likes it. And maybe play with a mix of new and experienced players.
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10. Board Game: Incursion [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:2541]
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I recently Kickstarted this game and I wouldn't mind playing it with someone to see what it's like. Note: I own and love Space Hulk.
 
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11. Board Game: Myth [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1861]
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I've got a Captain pledge coming, but it would be cool to see and/or play a live game of this.
 
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12. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:227]
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I've only heard good things about King of Tokyo and I'd really like to try playing it. If it's even remotely as fun as people are saying I'll probably get a copy.
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13. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:621] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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I like the sound of this game. I'm under the impression that it's pretty light and quick, so hopefully a few games could get squeezed in somewhere.
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14. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:147]
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This game intrigues me, though I'd never buy it without playing it. Would this work at a convention? I don't know but I'd like to experience the game if possible.
 
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15. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:364]
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I really like Pandemic and other co-op games of this style. And I love the theme of Defenders of the Realm. I'd really like to play a game or two of this to see if it's something I should add to my collection.
 
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16. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:48]
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I am very interested in the 4X game, though I haven't played very many. I'd also just like to be able to say that I've played this game. Only on this list on the off-chance that there are people out there are willing to both teach and sit through a whole game.
 
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17. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:216]
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I love the books, and I even own a copy of the game. Not sure when I will be able to both sit down and comprehend the rules and find a group to play with, but what better place to do so than at BBG.CON, right?
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18. Board Game: Space Cadets [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1163]
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I think this game might be popular with the people I know. Would like to try it out in a fun setting to see what it's like.
 
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19. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:319]
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I have a copy of this but I just haven't been able to figure it out. It would be awesome to play it with a group of gamers, ideally with one or two people who understand the system well. I think if I play it a couple times with people who know what's going on I'll get the hang of it.
 
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