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That time of the year -- stuff I want to try / play at BGG.CON 2013

Companion list: Noel's Games I Want To Play At BGGCon 2013

I'm keeping this roughly in priority order, ranking by combination of excitement to try and availability of the game outside of BGG.CON.

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1. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:110]
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Don't know too much about this. Hoping for something in between TtA and 7 Wonders.
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2. Board Game: Steam Park [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:741]
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Need more information about this one, curious about anything with a "tycoon / management" theme.
 
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3. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:23]
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Given its heritage, it's at least worth a look!
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4. Board Game: Cthulhu Wars [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:238] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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Apparently this will be at BGG.CON. I spent nearly $400 on my kickstarter copy (yeah, I know, risky, but I have faith in the designer, and if nothing else, I'll leave all the gorgeous mini's out on a shelf and call it a work of art instead of a boardgame).

Funny thing about me ... I usually don't like a lot of player interaction (ie I hate "engine" games where you can get derailed by somebody else's attack, which is why I've struggled to find a 4X game I really like) but I don't mind it when it's the entire point. None of this "build your engine" Euro crap -- just destroy, destroy, destroy!

-Dave
 
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5. Board Game: Invaders [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:3572]
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Been curious about his games for a while now, and I love the theme on this one.
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6. Board Game: Bremerhaven [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:3368]
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Sucker for economic games like this!
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7. Board Game: The Capitals [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1732]
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Also borrowed from Jennifer's Essen list (link elsewhere here).

City building, with per-player boards. Interested!
 
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8. Board Game: Coal Baron [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:504]
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Just watched the BGG Essen preview of this and it looks like a nice middle-weight worker placement game.
 
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9. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:159]
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The combine-two-cards-to-get-one-action mechanic sounds interesting, and the theme appeals to me. Miguel sounded interested in this at least.
 
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10. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:19]
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Willing to give this a shot on the positive buzz alone (plus, I think Noel really wants to try it).
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11. Board Game: Mauna Kea [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:10968]
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Always have a soft spot for tile laying games. By the co-designer of both Eclipse and Walnut Grove.
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12. Board Game: Terror in Meeple City [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:698]
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This sounds silly and worth a look.
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13. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:320] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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I backed the airwolf kickstarter so I'll have a copy. These quick social games are really starting to grow on me.
 
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14. Board Game: Blueprints [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:787]
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Dice as a building material. The numbers rolled restrict how you can place them, height wise, and you can score points for best matching your proscribed blueprint, or also in a way that depends on the type of die you're using.
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15. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:227]
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Finally read the rules to this. It looks like an interesting mix of his favorite mechanisms.

The most interesting parts are the production wheel, which is split such that basic goods get automagically turned into refined goods, and the specialist cards, during which you need to really second-guess what your opponents are going to do.

Each turn, you pick five of your specialist cards into your hand. In each of three rounds in the turn, you place a specialist card face down in front of you. Then, in player order, each player flips their chosen specialist card. If nobody else has that card still in their hand, then you get to perform *both* actions listed on the card. If anybody else has the card in their hand (and has not already played two cards this way in the current turn), they are required to play it at this time; you both get to pick *one* of the actions listed on the card.

Note that somebody later in the turn order who chose the same card as you is in a better position, because by the time they get to flip their card, nobody else will have it in their hand.

So by careful play, you could in theory get three double actions of your own, and leech two single actions off of other people, getting all five of your cards into play.

 
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16. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:56]
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Curious what this brings to the table.
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17. Board Game: Canterbury [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:2329]
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Was on the fence about kickstarting this, would really like to play it first. Wonder if it will be there? (Stolen from Noel's list)
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18. Board Game: Palmyra [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:5761]
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His earlier design Peloponnes is one of my favorite games, and this is another tile game. Need to find out more about it!
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19. Board Game: Space Cadets: Dice Duel [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1071]
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The original game kinda fell flat with my group, so I definitely want to try this one first.
 
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20. Board Game: Time 'n' Space [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:3869]
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I almost pulled the trigger on this but I want to try the full 30 minute game -- a friend got the 12 minute training demo and was unimpressed.
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21. Board Game: Panamax [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:513]
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Hmm, claims to use dice selection in a new way. I know a couple of Feld fans who might be interested!

EDIT: Looks like this got pushed back to 2014.

EDIT EDIT: ...but there will be a prototype at BGG.CON!
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22. Board Game: BANG! The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:498]
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If you're going to have player elimination you might as well be quick about it! We tried the Samurai one recently and it fell really flat (mostly because of a major rules blunder, but it still seemed pretty long for what it was even after we started playing correctly.
 
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23. Board Game: Patchistory [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:924]
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I see somebody's rewritten the English rules already, so I'll definitely be interested in trying this as long as somebody can teach it correctly. Early buzz has been positive, although it's annoying that this one will be pretty much impossible to get before probably Q2 2014. Should give them plenty of time to fix the rules.
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24. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:71]
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Borrowed from Jennifer's Essen list. Hadn't heard of this one, but as she says... worker placement plus railroads!
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25. Board Game: Firefly: The Game [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:292]
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Sandbox game set in the Firefly universe. Might even talk my wife into playing this. Although I'll probably cave and just buy it anyway.
 
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