What We Are Playing for 25 Hours - Extra Life 2013
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A group of employees and friends at Paradox Comics-N-Cards here in Fargo, ND decided to participate in Extra Life 2013. If you don't know, it's a charity fundraiser by Children's Miracle Network where gamers are funded hourly to play games for an excruciating amount of time. You can find out more at my link below (and donate, if you were interested).

http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.pa...

We're discussing what to play, as it will take just the right mix of games to make it all the way through the night. Below is a list of games that are going to be with us.

I will be recording plays for each game as well and can keep this list updated if there is interest! I'm rather new to BGG, so let me know if there is anything else you guys want to see. Board gaming is all about community, and this is a great cause and a great reason for us to geek out together!
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I think we are going to start the day with Settlers. It will be 8 AM when we get going, and my brain usually isn't functioning very well at that point, so the dice rolling and light strategy should be a good way to kick it off. I'm one of those weird people who actually LIKES this game.

We may play 2 games right away, or save another for later. Brian, who is one of the Paradox Gamers playing all 25 hours with me, needs to get this game down so we can start working on our podcast together. Surprisingly, despite working at a game shop for nearly a decade, he has never played it!
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This is a game that Brian had recommended upon some reviews and I picked up, so we are itching to give it a go. I don't play a lot of Ameritrash, but I like most games, the theme looks cool, and the mechanics sound interesting. I'm excited to give it a go.

We will likely do 4 players to involve as many Extra Lifers as possible. It should be a blast!
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Another one that Brian wants to play. I've played this once so far, and found it very interesting. I'm not sure what my full take is on the game, yet, but I love the way worker placement/pickup is handled in this game. It just gets my gears turning - realizing the advantages grey workers have on other players' boards late into that game really changed the way I was thinking about the strategy. I also really dig the bomb drafting mechanism.

This will likely be with a gaggle of other medium or medium-heavy games played in whatever order we feel like during the afternoon-evening when our brains are functioning best. That's the best time to design bombs!
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4. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:409] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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Deck builders are a great way to cool down from heavier games in long marathons, and this is my current choice. I'm sure my buddy Christian will bring his own favorite (lower on the list), but this is the one that I'm enthralled with now. I'm sure we'll have enough time for both!
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5. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:11]
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Two of the Paradox Extra Lifers, Alex and Christian, have gone through a few games of this with me and we all loved it. I plan on bringing this as the heaviest game of the day, and plan to teach it to Brian as it is another game he wanted to check out. This game's mechanics are just so cool!

We will have to try to find at what point our brains are optimally active to play this one. It'll take up a good chunk of time, but it is always so worth it.
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6. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:101]
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Brian is really itching to give this a try. We've got a demo copy in the shop and he's been eyeing it over and over. I think he even brought the rules home to read once. I'm a fan of Warhammer, so I'll have to appease him!

Should be another nice flavor-heavy game to break up the dry euro goodness throughout the day.
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This is probably Christian's favorite game. He can't stop playing it, and the new Fantastic Four expansion did add some really cool stuff. I think the new focus abilities are a great way to mechanically expand the cards, although playing the full Fantastic Four + Surfer was just a few focus abilities too many when we gave them a try! Our turns ended up getting pretty outrageous near the end of the game.

This will be broken out sometime that day, guaranteed, and Galactus will fall again!
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Brian owns this game and I'm curious to try it. He's bringing it to fill the niche of lighter fare, still-dry euros. An important niche, for sure!

Would make a good game to follow Bioshock Infinite or Chaos in the Old World. We'll try to make it fit in there!
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This game is too fast and simple to not break out. Plus, it can fit all of our Extra Lifers in one game. I have the extra Wonder Pack but haven't gotten to give it a try yet, so I'm really looking forward to that.
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I promised a local player and friend of the store that we would play this if he showed up that day. We also have a monthly Tabletop Night that coincides with Extra Life, so hopefully he stops by sometime and I can muster the brain power that late at night to play this.

I'm really looking forward to my misery, whether it come from farming or playing games for an entire day without sleep!
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11. Board Game: Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1404] [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
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This game is ridiculous, stupid, and entirely over-the-top. It's also fun and simple - a great filler game with the right group of Magic: the Gathering nerds. It can fit plenty of players, so I'll have it with for if the right time arises!
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Speaking of things I will carry with me, I will have my Commander deck with me in case a challenge arises. It's been a while since I've played it, and after playing Magic for so many years, I can probably do it in my sleep and cheat the system. We'll see if this comes up at all!

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This game seems so very excellent, and just due to time, I haven't gotten to actually play it yet. It sounds great to me right now, so I hope I still feel that way 20 hours into this ordeal. We can't just play Epic Spell Wars for the last 5 hour stretch, so we'll have to find some heavier games to fill in! This might keep interest with the stronger theme.
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I love this game way too much to not at least have it along. We'll see if the right opportunity arises to play it, but this is just another game that is mechanically so cool that I have to teach it if any of our group hasn't played it yet. We will see!
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15. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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I'll definitely have Ticket to Ride available for our lighter train-laying desires that aren't satiated by Trains. If we get some folks from Tabletop Night looking to get in on some Extra Life action, this is an easy enough game to teach (or that they likely already know) that we can quickly get playing and get through. It sucks getting some people in on a game and then spending 3 hours before your next seat opening, so this is another important role to fill!
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Finally, when we are all completely mentally destroyed and exhausted, it's likely that the only things that will keep us going are jokes about genitalia and horrific historical events. This will likely close out the night, and at 8 AM, we can head home and sleep all day knowing that we did some serious good with our seriously awful humor.
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