Strategic Con 2013 Los Angeles- Demos, Games, Trades and Games bought
Todd Geller
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First let me say that this is still going on over this Labor Day Holiday at the Gateway hotel down by the Los Angeles Airport. I only attended Saturday and only for like 5 hours.

I brought my 10 year son ... who decided that he was going because there were going to be a bunch of people there for Yu Gi Oh cards. Oh yeah I told him there would be tons of people playing..... Ok I lied. But some vendors had a few tins. Boy am I lucky. It was his first Boardgame Con.

So lets start with some of the Games I saw Demoed and traded and bought.

I skipped the demos and went right into the vendor hall to Start.... as my time was limited.

I started by Trading the following
Catan
Basari
Discover India
Masters Gallery
Gold Mine
Diabolo
Code 777
Castle Panic

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1. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:183]
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I got this and.....
 
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2. Board Game: Quarriors! Quartifacts [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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and one more for the trade. This was for my son since he threw in a game that he had Castle Panic Castle Panic which was a unopened copy that he had gotten for his birthday.

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3. Board Game: Targi [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:150]
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and this one to round out the deal.

I wanted this but never got around to play it. But in a trade great deal!

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4. Board Game: Guildhall [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:696] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
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From another vendor I purchased this for $20 and this one

I have been wanting to try this game for awhile and the price was right

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5. Board Game: Maya [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:10947]
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and this one for $20 as well.

This game is a fantastic abstract. The plastic bit like the stairs and the bishops are hinky but the pyramids work and the game just clicks Maya

The object to is to move all the colors to one pyramid. in a 3x3 grid. sounds easy wrong.

Each spot has 5 pieces all different colors. Once you move a piece(s) let say a level 2 (2 Pieces) to the other pyramid all adjacent pyramids cannot take a piece. Plus all level 2 on all pyramids are locked and you can only take a top level, 3rd level and 4th level. And they have to be same match color. When you do make a match you get a stairwell. Majority rules at the end unless there is a bishop on top. Make it tougher huh......... Yep great game I'll review very soon
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6. Board Game: Play 5 [Average Rating:5.99 Unranked]
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Ok so I played and demoed this game a year ago at the last convention and this year and I broke down and bought it. I played in the World Series of Poker last year and I thought this game poker/scrabble/crossword game had some legs to it. I will review it in the next few weeks and provide a full game feedback.

If you want to know how to to play real quick you play 3 to 5 cards (However you can play 1-2 cards if they are pairs to board and make the best poker hand possible than your opponents turn. You have to have a pair or above to play cards on board. Also you can wager if you will have a higher hand or not when you play your cards to the board or you can just score the cards.

Take Scrabble with Poker hands

Purchased

 
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7. Board Game: Exodus Trading Card Game [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Purchased and Demoed

My son instantly went nuts over this very simple I guess you call it a Collectable card game.

There are really only 3 different types of cards in the game

Energy- Which is the attack
Dragons or Angels which you have to have on the energy to do anything
And Modifier cards which bend the rules or changes the game.

Each deck is similar except for the design of the cards.
Very simple but enjoyable. I will give a review on this game as well in the next few weeks

So simple my 6 year pick it up.

I purchased the opposing decks to play including some nifty Promo cards that doesn't change or modify the game in any way.

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8. Board Game: Leaping Lemmings [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2109]
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I have wanted this game since I got back into the hobby. I have tried to trade for it to no avail finally someone had it affordable.

$20 from vendor hall

My lemming just did a 4 point dive and James was eaten on the same turn.
Very funny game. I will try to do a session report it's hysterical. Can be cutthroat


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9. Board Game: Emu Ranchers [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:6394]
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Demo time:

Emu Ranchers is basically Keltis or Lost Cities the only difference is that there are 6 suits and there are wilds and Zero's(Eggs) and Feathers(10's). Oh yeah cards if turned upside down have different colors on them So for example the Yellow 9 if turned upside down is a Purple 9.

It's witty cleaver and my son 10 years old like it. A lot going on with this one.

They were not selling the game but only demoing it. They said they are going to kick starter it but they are only going to create an app for it.

I know a few people were very disappointed about this at the table after demoing it.

If you like simple card games like this you might like it.

It's on the maybe list to buy.

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10. Board Game: Ars Victor [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:4125]
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Demo Time:

I had watch the demo on BGG before I got there they were having somekind of Tourney for $500 there. But I saw alot of tables opened. So I asked if I could demo it. They were very nice and said of course.

We set up the scenario of Jungle Fever. The person demoing the game left out some crucial points but we went on our merry way. I was dominating early but that crucial points on play a card and draw a card was left out and I was left with all my military with no cards to play. The game was fun. My son thought it was a little difficult to play.

They mentioned that there was a Jr. version. After speaking with them they are almost neighbors only a few miles from our house. I suggested they can come over and playtest the game with my son and daughter to make sure the Jr. set will work.

I think there is alot going on in this game and it has alot of potential.
No copies for sale pre orders only.


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11. Board Game: Boxcars [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:5791]
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This is a new reprint of Rail Baron from Rio Grande.

I didn't have a chance to sit down to play this game. But I watched a few rounds.

The demo person mention that they will have an app on you ipad that can look up stuff when you roll. Which i thought was awesome.

Look interesting.

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12. Board Game: SmileyFace [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:10310]
 
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The look of my son after his first board game convention and him saying Dad can we go back tomorrow. Priceless
 
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