dkeisen Plans for BGG.CON2013
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Not clear why anyone cares until I have something useful to say about the games. But writing these lists seems to be all the rage.

The games I'm looking forward to playing this week. My focus is, as always, the hot games room as I view BGG.CON as a shopping trip. A chance to play games once so I know whether to buy them when they are available for general release.

They're listed in rough order of interest, from most interested to least, but the ordering is very rough. In actuality some, like Russian Railroads for instance, should be much lower as I know for a fact that I will buy them when available. It's more important for me to play games I'm less sure about so I will know what to do when the time comes to buy or not.

I have done no checking and it's very possible some of these are not in the BGG.CON library.

Here's the list. Comments to follow.
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1. Board Game: A Study in Emerald [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:673]
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Had heard nothing about this one until recently, but the reviews by those who have played it have been very positive. Wallace tends to do this sort of thing very well and Wallace at his best is as good as any designer around.

Rules: http://www.treefroggames.com/wp-content/uploads/rules/study-...
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2. Board Game: Patchistory [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:923]
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Richest civ building game this year as I do not expect much from Nations.

Rules: Capoeirista's Rules Rewrite
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3. Board Game: Sail to India [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1272]
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Looks to be very well constructed, if possibly a little flat. That's actually the case of a couple of games this year.

Rules:Sail to India English rulebook
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4. Board Game: Wildcatters [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:1348]
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Rules: Wildcatters English Rulebook 2013 (ZIP)
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5. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:71]
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Have already played this a few times in prototype form and really liked it. Am curious as to what final changes were made as it was clear that some changes were needed.

Rules: http://zmangames.com/rulebooks/Russian_Railroads.pdf
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6. Board Game: Yunnan [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1346]
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Interesting multi-use approach to worker placement. Word on the street is that there is at least decent replayability despite the complete lack of randomness.

Rules: [filepage=93797][/filepage]
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7. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:159]
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I am surprised that this had escaped notice from my usual crew. Looks like a well constructed resource management game with real decisions and strong theme integration. Not clear how I'm going to feel about spending Indians as a resource.

Rules: http://www.ludonaute.fr/lewis/pdf/LCK_rules_EN.pdf
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8. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:19]
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No doubt I will buy this. Best regarded game from Essen and it looks solid for what it does. Nothing leaps out and makes this sound exciting.

Rules: Rules (English) from publisher PD-Verlag

Setup Guide: Game Set-up (English) from publisher PD-Verlag
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9. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:22]
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Looks to be a more elaborate Agricola which addresses some of the issues I have with the original. Agricola is in the category of games which I generally like so maybe this is more worthwhile than I am expecting. It is likely that my entire reservation here is born of ennui and question as to whether we need any more of these.

Rules: Caverna English Rules
 
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10. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:110]
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Hope I'm wrong about this one as the genre is my favorite and the theming of this one looks to be strong.

Rules: Nations - English Rules
 
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11. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:263]
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Looks to be fairly abstract in feel. Possibly interesting puzzle to solve.

Rules: http://www.pearlgames.be/page/gb/11/bruxelles-1893
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12. Board Game: Citrus [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1563]
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Rules: http://www.dlp-games.de/tpl/download/Citrus_English.pdf
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13. Board Game: New Amsterdam [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1378]
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I will be bringing the early-stage prototype Nieuw Amsterdam expansion (designed by Jeffrey D. Allers) to BGG.CON and hope to get a couple of plays of it in. I have not yet played this iteration: I expect there to be some changes from the version I tried with a couple of weeks ago, we're still ironing details out.

Update: There definitely are changes, in part based on the experience from our first play. We're still hammering them out.

Some comments:

1. I am looking only for people who are experienced with the base game. At this stage of development, I do not want people who are just plain lost because they have never played Nieuw Amsterdam and need to internalize basics as well as work on the expansion.

2. It is early in development which means that some ideas work well and some, well, don't. Even the good ideas probably still need some tweaking. I need to have people who:

a. Are OK with this.
b. Have enough discretion to not bad mouth the game in public because of it.

Let me know if you're interested. I'll schedule something if there is sufficient interest.
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14. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:227]
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Was initially very concerned about the blind draw of cards to use each epoch. Comparisons to Merkator are both probably unfair and pretty damning.

Rules: English Rules
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15. Board Game: Coal Baron [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:502]
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Rules: http://www.eggertspiele.de/uploads/glueck_auf_rules_gb_lr.pd...
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16. Board Game: Madeira [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:324]
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Rules: Madeira English rules v1.1
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17. Board Game: Clash of Cultures [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:243]
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Played once last year at BGG.CON, would like to give it another chance. It has not made a splash locally.

Rules: http://zmangames.com/rulebooks/Clash_Of_Cultures_ENG.pdf
 
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18. Board Game: Kohle & Kolonie [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:1898]
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Concerned about this one just like my concerns about the predecessor Ruhrschifffahrt 1769-1890. Unclear rule set. Randomness in unfortunate places.

Rules: http://www.spielworxx.de/app/download/6012349263/Kohle_und_K...
 
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19. Board Game: Extrablatt [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:3643]
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It would not be BGG.CON without my vain effort to get Extrablatt to the table.

Rules: Extrablatt_Rules.pdf
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20. Board Game: Panamax [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:514]
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Let's add this. Apparently prototypes will be being playtested by Stronghold Games. This had been on my list at one point.
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21. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar – Tribes & Prophecies [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked]
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I'm not really one for expansions. I buy them rarely and play them even more rarely. But I like the base game and the expansion has some ideas which might be good and do not necessarily alter what is good in the base game.

Rules: Rules (English)
 
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