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CastleCon 2013: Now with just as much castle as in previous years!!


...clickety-click on this linkety-link for the official CastleCon site...or if you prefer the hippety-hop, there's Clickety Clack...


With just 3 short days to play the shit out of some board games, I'd like to minimize the amount of time I spend staring at shelves of games going, "Sooooo... what do you want to play now?" This list is an attempt to pre-arrange some game plays (and to get people to bring some games that I want to play!).


Fortunately for me, I'm traveling with a ready-made group of 5 people (including my wife and I), so finding opponents should be easy enough. However, all 5 of us are obviously not going to want to play all the same games, so this should let me know who's interested in what.



The games I've included in this list are the top 15 games that I've never played before and am currently most interested in trying (listed in order from really, REALLY want to play to just really want to play). I don't own any of them, so I'm relying on YOU to bring them if you'd like to play them with me!

If you're interested in playing 1 or more of these games, just post a comment below the ones that interest you.

If you can bring 1 or more of these games with you to CastleCon and are willing to teach it/them to me/my group, please post a comment below the relevant games!




If there are any games from my own collection that you'd like me to bring, just post them as items in this list and I'll pack 'em up. (While the linked list is up-to-date on my currently-owned items, I am woefully behind on rating and ranking my games. So some of my current favourites are languishing un-commented-upon at the end of the list, awaiting my attention.)



Feel free to also add as items to this list whatever games you're interested in playing (noting whether you own them or need someone to bring them), so that those with like-minded interests can respond.



See you on October 18th!!


EDIT: To minimize overall clutter, I'll be removing games from this list as people both express a willingness to bring and an interest in playing them, and moving them to the below-linked companion list. So don't be surprised when items and comments start disappearing!

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/162670/oh-so-thats-wha...

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1. Board Game: Sheepland [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2424]
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Recommended # of players: 2-4

Listed play time: 30 minutes

Complexity: Fairly light





A strategic game of moving shepherds and sheep and fencing off fields with an eye to making the most money by getting the sheep to gather on the terrain types that you've invested in... or something like that.
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2. Board Game: Circus Train (Second edition) [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:3010] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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Recommended # of players: 1-5

Listed play time: 90 minutes

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Players are traveling circuses, attempting to attract the best talent while traveling the country by train and putting on monthly performances. I'll be representing the freak show...
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3. Board Game: The Three Musketeers: The Queen's Pendants [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:2827]
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Up to 4 players control the 4 Musketeers who are moving through the castle to find the queen and return her jewels, while 1 player controls Richelieu and the guards who are trying to figure out which Musketeer is carrying the jewels and defeat that Musketeer. (I hope the guards can keep their hands off MY crown jewels.)
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4. Board Game: Der Pate [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:4333]
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Recommended # of players: 3-4

Listed play time: 60 minutes

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A dice game themed around controlling areas of New York City with your mobsters. I assume it also involves giving your opponents offers they can't refuse (if they don't wanna sleep wit da fishes).
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5. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:426] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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A game of card drafting (a la 7 Wonders) and arranging your cards in front of you in such a way that you build the bestest space station ever.
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6. Board Game: The Phantom Society [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:4771]
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Listed play time: 20 minutes

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One team (the ghosts) set about being right tossers and destroying the manor house room by room while the other team (the ghost hunters - AKA the sober party guests) attempt to locate the ghosts before too much damage is done. The wannabe Sherlock side of me wants to play the hunters, but the punk rock anarchist side of me just wants to break shit...
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7. Board Game: The Boss [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1110]
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I might as well add that I intend to bring along the following games, since they each pack an amazing game experience into a tiny, highly portable package...


The Boss: 3-6 players (I've got the expansion), 40 minutes - I'm in love with The Boss, and cannot comprehend why it isn't more wildly popular around here!


The Great Heartland Hauling Co.: 2-4 players, 30 minutes - Okay, so I haven't actually played it yet, but based on what I've read (the rulebook) I assume it's awesome!


Hey, That's My Fish!: 2-4 players, 20 minutes - A long-time favourite of mine.
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8. Board Game: Alien Frontiers: Factions [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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The next few items from me will be items from my own collection I'd like to get on the table again. I can teach/bring all of them and I'm just gauging interest

I have both the base game and the expansion, which brings it up to five players and adds some variable player powers. I still enjoy this game and would like to get it on the table again.

Weight: Medium (2.4)
Players: 2-5
Time: 60 listed, first play is 90 easy.
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9. Board Game: Power Struggle [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:870]
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Unique theme and some unique mechanisms. The finish always feels tight - there will be at least 1-2 other people who would've been able to win with one more round - or even a turn! I wouldn't put this game in my top 10 or anything, but I haven't played in a while and I'd like to get in on the table again.

Weight: Medium/Heavy (3.4)
Time: 105 listed (Wut. Seriously, just round up to 2hr)
Players: 3-5
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10. Board Game: Walnut Grove [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:923]
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Another faster euro game that I enjoy a lot. I enjoy the tile laying aspect and the tough choice that it creates.

Weight: Medium (2.4)
Time: 45 listed - probably 60-90 for a first play
Players: 2-4
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11. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:52]
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Can we find enough people for a four player game of DS?

I can teach and bring it if necessary.
 
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12. Board Game: Cinque Terre [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1296]
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I'm a sucker for pick-up-and-deliver games, and as this one keeps repeatedly coming to my attention, I'll add it to the list too.


Recommended # of players: 2-5

Listed play time: 60 minutes

Complexity: Lighter-medium





Deliver goods to make the most money.
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13. Board Game: Alba Longa [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:4417]
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Duncan and I picked this up in a recent auction but haven't played it yet. Duncan has read the rules and is able to teach. Best with 3 or 4 players, so we're ideally looking for 2 more interested players.
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14. Board Game: Vinhos [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:293]
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We picked this up in the Sept Math Trade and definitely want to try it. Would need someone to teach it! Best with 4 players, but I've heard it can be longer than the listed 2 hours!
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