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I put together a list of games for BGG.CON and shared it with a couple of friends as a simple text file. Then I happened to run across Lee's BGG.CON 2013 Games of Interest geeklist. I'm inspired to do something similar / copy his idea. Thanks Lee!

This list will cover the games that have somehow come to my attention and that I want to play or at least learn more about. After the con, I'll make another list covering the games I actually learned more about.

Comments, opinions, and recommendations are welcome.

Considerations

- The people I regularly play with like games that take an hour or less. No one watchers the clock in the middle of an interesting game, but convincing anyone to try even a 75-minute game is tough. There are a couple of people I know who (1) are going to BGG.CON and (2) wouldn't mind longer games, but so far we have not made time to get together to play any. Maybe we'll do so at the con!

- While games don't need to be light, the general preference is towards games with fewer rules.

- While I like the idea of solitaire games or a solitaire option, the reality is that I don't play them.

- In addition to everything else, I want to find a game where you pick up something, carry it for a little while, then deliver it. The "carry it for a little while" part is important to me.
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1. Board Game: 12 Realms [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:8707]
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Interest Level 1: At this point, I definitely want to play it.

A "fast, lighthearted, co-operative miniatures game" -- and I like mixing fiction, mythology, and fairy tales.
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2. Board Game: Ace Detective [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:7022]
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Interest Level 2: I'm interested in at least learning the rules.

I like pulp, but I don't think I've ever played a storytelling game, and I'm not sure any in my group would like it.
 
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3. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:426] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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Card drafting to build the best space station.
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4. Board Game: Blueprints [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:722]
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Interest Level 1: At this point, I definitely want to play it.

City building using dice.
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5. Board Game: Cinque Terre [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1297]
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Interest Level 3: Has something that makes me think "Hmmmmm, maybe". I want to at least have someone knowledgeable about the game describe it to me.

Pick-up and Deliver.
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6. Board Game: Coal Baron [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:470]
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Interest Level 3: Has something that makes me think "Hmmmmm, maybe". I want to at least have someone knowledgeable about the game describe it to me.

Pick-up and Deliver.
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7. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:372]
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Interest Level 3: Has something that makes me think "Hmmmmm, maybe". I want to at least have someone knowledgeable about the game describe it to me.

Deduction and bluffing.
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8. Board Game: Drakon (third edition) [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1494]
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Interest Level 2: I'm interested in at least learning the rules.

Racing to explore a dragon's lair, gather treasure, and be the first (and only) player to escape and not be devoured sounds like fun.
 
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9. Board Game: CV [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:888]
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Interest Level 2: I'm interested in at least learning the rules.

Yahtzee-style dice rolling and re-rolling game.
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10. Board Game: ebbes [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:3697]
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Interest Level 1: At this point, I definitely want to play it.

Trick-taking card games have generally been well-received.
 
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11. Board Game: Evo [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:756]
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Interest Level 3: Has something that makes me think "Hmmmmm, maybe". I want to at least have someone knowledgeable about the game describe it to me.

I like dinosaurs and I think I like evolution-ish game mechanisms.
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12. Board Game: Futterneid [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:10174]
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Interest Level 2: I'm interested in at least learning the rules.

Snack-based bluffing game.
 
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13. Board Game: Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1282]
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Interest Level 3: Has something that makes me think "Hmmmmm, maybe". I want to at least have someone knowledgeable about the game describe it to me.

Light-looking co-operative game with ghosts.
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14. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:210]
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Interest Level 2: I'm interested in at least learning the rules.

Card-based city-building. Might be a bit too long for my peeps.
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15. Board Game: The Golden City [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1666]
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Interest Level 3: Has something that makes me think "Hmmmmm, maybe". I want to at least have someone knowledgeable about the game describe it to me.

Auction / bidding and network building.
 
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16. Board Game: The Great Heartland Hauling Co. [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:993]
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Interest Level 3: Has something that makes me think "Hmmmmm, maybe". I want to at least have someone knowledgeable about the game describe it to me.

Pick-up and Deliver.
 
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17. Board Game: Goldland [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1679]
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Interest Level 3: Has something that makes me think "Hmmmmm, maybe". I want to at least have someone knowledgeable about the game describe it to me.

Exploration and Pick-up and Deliver.
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18. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
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Interest Level 2: I'm interested in at least learning the rules.

Co-operative game I've seen buzz for.
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19. Board Game: Karesansui [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:4110]
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Interest Level 2: I'm interested in at least learning the rules.

Karesansui – the cutthroat game of Zen gardening.
 
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20. Board Game: Kings of Air and Steam [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1346]
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Interest Level 3: Has something that makes me think "Hmmmmm, maybe". I want to at least have someone knowledgeable about the game describe it to me.

Steampunk-looking pick-up and Deliver.
 
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21. Board Game: Macao [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:243]
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Interest Level 3: Has something that makes me think "Hmmmmm, maybe". I want to at least have someone knowledgeable about the game describe it to me.

Pick-up and Deliver.
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22. Board Game: Malacca [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:8409]
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Interest Level 2: I'm interested in at least learning the rules.

Fast-paced card game.
 
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23. Board Game: Mauna Kea [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:10929]
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Interest Level 2: I'm interested in at least learning the rules.

Collect artifacts and escape from an exploding volcano.
 
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24. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:442]
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Interest Level 2: I'm interested in at least learning the rules.

A Reiner Knizia auction game. May be a little cutthroat for my groups.
 
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25. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:580]
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Interest Level 1: At this point, I definitely want to play it.

I played the original decades ago and I think I really liked it. I bought this one last year and have yet to play it. I'm playing it at BGG.CON, for at least a couple of hours / hopefully a full game, depending on the interest of my friends / opponents.
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