4th BGG.CON Played & Opinions
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This was my fourth BGG Con. It was fantastic. I arrived on Wednesday and enjoyed 5 full days of gaming.

I have driven in previous years, but I flew in this year. I hope i can find a great deal on flights next year, but I definitely didn't like waiting on Hotel shuttles to get around.

The Con was great, I'm not sure I like the Hot Games in the open area, I kinda liked the separate room at the previous Con and the separate room at the Westin.

I definitely like the Vendor area which has grown and will the premier source for games after Essen. I have presented my group many games that are not yet available.

Here is what I played and opnions

What did you play? What did you like?
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1. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
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Arrived on Wednesday and played this twice. Great game, familiar, a nice way to ease into the CON.
 
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2. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:439]
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A Zen like game that is always a hit. I passed by the publishers and scored the new encounters expansion. The lady was nice enough to throw in a few more for my game group as Christmas give aways.
 
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3. Board Game: Metropolys [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:636]
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A hard to find game from Ystari that always has good quality games. I enjoy this game and appreciate the art work. I passed by a table of a a dad and his two boys reading the rules and I asked to play and Voila we were off.
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4. Board Game: Rococo [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:196]
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Finally got in a Hot Game. One of my favorite of the Con, after playing I went straight to the Eagle booth and bought a copy and got a promo. One the first I showed to my group.
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5. Board Game: CO₂ [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:538]
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One of my all time favorite games! I taught this at the Con twice.
 
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6. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:52]
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A great game! We played with 6 players, some had never played this game but were gamers, so turns were fast.
 
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7. Board Game: Archon: Glory & Machination [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1627]
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I sat for this and my eyes started to glaze over during the rules explanation. But once we got playing it, it revealed itself to me. This was a typical Euro (I love Euros) but the art was fantastic
 
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8. Board Game: Space Cadets: Dice Duel [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:933]
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I had long wanted to buy this game. I finally played it. I'm glad I did, its not for me, I actually like the original Space Cadets more.
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9. Board Game: Mai-Star [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:2194]
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A friend and I played this at the AEG booth. My friend likes all things Asian so it was an insta-buy for him. The game play was ok, but the artwork was great.
 
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10. Board Game: Kingdom of Solomon [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2138]
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I have seen this game on sale many times. I wanted to purchase it just because of the theme. I played it with two true KoS fanatics. They were great game teachers, so much so that I won. I definitely now want it even more.
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11. Board Game: CV [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:887]
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Out of the blue game. I'm trying to track it down at a reasonable price. I enjoyed the dice rolling and card drafting? deck building? Quirky little game.
 
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12. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:738]
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I am a big fan of dice games and I am a big fan of card games. This was my Reese's Peanut Butter cup of gaming, a perfect blend of dice and card mechanics. This was one of my favorites. This is a difficult one to find. Rumor is AEG is bringing it, but the AEG guys weren't sure.
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I love Knizia. This game was ok. It reminded me of Gingkopolis, tiles and card play for the sake of tile and card play.
 
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14. Board Game: Time's Up! Title Recall! [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:290]
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One of my favorite party games, I'm always in.
 
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15. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:67]
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I think it was midnight and we played one round. I'm glad i bought it prior to playing, Z-Man sold out the first day.
 
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16. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:23]
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This my game of the Con. I thoroughly enjoyed this game. Its a card drafter, route builder, resource acquisition to convert to points. The art work was great, the game play was great.
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17. Board Game: Shadows over the Empire [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4497]
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It was obvious that this was the same artist as the one that did Archon. The art work on the cards was outstanding. I would love to see this artwork on a re-do of Caylus or other games that could use a face lift. This art work is intricate and beautiful.

The game itself is a pass.
 
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