FallCon 26 (Sept. 27-29th) What to play?
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FallCon 26, The greatest convention in western Canada is next weekend!

I have been attending for about 8 years and helping out over the last 5 with the Open Games Library and one of the Convention Staff.

It is a very busy time, as you can imagine, but every year I find myself wandering around the open gaming area from time to time, looking for a game.

Usually, I look for those lost souls who have a group of players that want to play a game, but have no idea of the rules.

I can usually muddle my way through most of my collection, and I love teaching people just about everything. It's just a little more chaotic than I would prefer.

So.... I thought - why don't I set up a list of games that I want to play, maybe invite other FallCon attendees to comment on games they want to play, or better yet, add other games to the list as well.

This way, we have some starting points for getting some awesome games to the table.

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picked me up a copy of this at GenCon - hopefully we can get this to the table.
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I just picked up this game recently, and have played it a couple of times. It really helps eliminate the craving for the Pathfinder RPG, that we have had such a hard time getting to the table.
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also picked me up my Kickstarter copy of Academy Games new release. I am a huge fan of 1812: The Invasion of Canada, and I have high hopes for this.
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One of the main reasons I started this list, is that I was emailing another regular at FallCon - Tyler

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to get him to teach me this one. I've played it and it didn't seem to click for me - I thought he would be a great teacher of this Phil Eklund release.
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has never played this gem. This needs to be rectified!
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is bringing this too, then I want to try it.
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I have this and the Master Set. Probably going to be playing this with my 2 other buddies as we didn't sign up for any games. Any other people interested in joing would be welcome. Probably play this on Saturday becuase it is a longer game.
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will bring his Kickstarter copy and teach me!
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Would love it if someone could run me through this so I can tell if I want to drop tons of $$$ on it.

Looks like I might be around:

Fri - ~9:00 to close
Sat - ~5:00 to close
Sun - open to close
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I'd like to give this a shot this weekend.
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I saw this out on the table last year. I'd love to try it out if it's still in the library.
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So close to Fallcon but very little action on this list. I'm a little disappointed, but I'll still add more.

I want to play this! Teach me
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I think that this list would be incomplete without having the People's Choice Award for FallCon on it!

I am so excited to play this game that I am bring two copies to share!! I know lots of other people are really excited about playing it as well!

I am very, very excited to play this one!
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Read below and if it sounds wicked, then find me this weekend - I will have a copy!

Mafia City is an area control/influence game. The first person to reach a pre-determined number of victory points, which is dependent on the number and experience level of the players playing (there is a chart in the rule book), wins. One victory point is awarded to the mob boss (you) who has the most mafioso (or 'majority') in each of the 7 city regions once per round (during the Location Phase to be exact).

Your mafioso are represented by relatively high quality poker chips that are put onto the board (i.e. the city), one at a time, in turn order. In this way, you are bidding for control and power in the different city regions with your mafioso. The bidding power you have from round to round is entirely dependent on the number of mafioso you have, and the cards you have in hand. The cards either aid you in implementing your plans or protect you by reacting to other wiley mob bosses that are trying to thwart them!

The game play really shines and the real fun begins with the interplay of the cards and the negotiation required when trying to deal with the opposing mob bosses. You cannot control every quadrant of the city, but perhaps you can make some 'mutually beneficial' arrangements with some of the other mob bosses! Clever hand management and a little bit of card drafting luck will go a long ways in helping you acquire control the city.

Taking control of the City Hall puts the Mayor in the back pocket of the mob boss who likely threatened his family and children for his support. This mob boss now controls the order in which the the city regions are resolved and scored. When properly managed the variable phase order can have cascading effects from one city regions to another. If the mayor has not been appropriately 'persuaded', he will remain in the City Hall - turn order will not be variable.

Lastly, the city that seems to breed nothing but mobsters (must be something in the water) is represented by a Modular board. This has a minor impact on the overall game mechanics as there is only one character, The Hitman, who may influence neighbouring and adjacent regions. There is mention on BGG of new characters that are being developed for expansion sets. If so, I would imagine that the variable modular board set-up will have a larger impact on the game play.
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Just added to the library today! Looks really interesting and would love to get this to the tab.e
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I'm about to finish reading this book and I'd love to play this game!
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Almost forgot about this one.

See you all tonight!
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I would love it if
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could teach this one!
 
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