ShingleCon 2014 - An Itchy Convention of One
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As my weekly boardgAme night was winding down last Wednesday evening, I found my attention on Caverna waning as I began to notice a soreness on my back. When I got home, there was a tender red patch, but I put some moisturizer on it and went to bed.

When I woke up the next morning, however, things were very different. The red patch had become blisters, and a trip to the doctor confirmed my fear: shingles.

Besides the fact that I've always thought of shingles as an older person's illness, I was dismayed for two reasons. One, my father had it two years ago. He's a retired Chicago police officer and former Marine, a very tough guy, and he said it was the worst pain he's ever felt. Two, my wife is immunocomprimised, and couldn't be around me.

It seems like I lucked out on number one, as I was in very little pain. However, I did have to stay away from my wife and kids for the last week, so the majority of my time has been spent like a hermit, away from everyone.

So, a week to myself, enforced solitude, instructions to stay away from work and chores. What to do? Well, since it's a Geeklist, the answer is obviously to game! This list is the breakdown on all then boardgames I've played over the last seven days of medical stay cation.
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1. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:496] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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I've been playing this a ton on the ipad. At first I wasn't a big fan, because I felt it lacked meaningful choices, but I've come to realize there's actually a lot of strategy involved. Not a fan of the art, though.
 
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2. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Another ipad game, a classic for good reason. I began the week losing constantly on the standard difficulty, and after lord knows how many plays, I'm winning about half the time on difficult.
 
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3. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:211] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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More ipad. I love this game, and the implementation is fantastic. Another game where I played so many times I can't keep track. Probably 100+ this week alone.
 
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4. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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Since Caverna was the last face-to-face game I played before my diagnosis, I had a bit of the Agricola bug. I played about 20 games of a solo series, ending with the baker, seasonal worker, hedge keeper, stable hand, plow maker and the mayor and his daughter. I need to start a series with the K and I decks.
 
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5. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:286]
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I've dabbled with this here and there for the last few months, but during ShingleCon, I sat down and played the campaign. Using Harsk, Ezren and Seelah, I've advanced to the middle of the Hook Mountain Massacre. Harsk has become as much of a thief as a ranger, with masterwork tools, a cloak and boots of elvenkind. Seelah does her thing, not flashy, but effective. And Ezren has, multiple times, defeated enemies with nothing but his bare hands. My favorite moment was when he was ambushed by a Goblin Warchanter, failed his Wisdom roll, but proceeded to cold-cock him with nothing more than a Blessing of Gorum.
 
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6. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:184] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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I've had this for a while on the ipad, but haven't gotten around to playing it. Finally got that out of the way, although that makes it sound like it was a chore. Fun game, I like the changing powers throughout the game.
 
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7. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:35]
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This game is always a great solo experience, and this was no different. Played the Volcano Island scenario, and had a great time despite ending up covered in lava.
 
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8. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:268] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Now that I finally have a copy of the Rook City and Infernal Relics, I got to roll out the whole SotM experience (minus the alternate heroes, unfortunately). I have yet to win, with about a half-dozen games under my belt, but I can see that it's simply a matter of experience, and not that the game is too difficult. I am, incidentally, kicking myself for missing the recent batch of promos from Greater Than's web store.
 
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9. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:123] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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I love Legendary, and it's always a fun experience. I always play with random set-ups, so there's an endless variety of stories, ranging from gritty mid-90s street level to stuff that would be perfect for the 60's batman Tv show (Galactus has returned... And he's robbing a bank!).
 
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10. Board Game: Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:13100]
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Received this Kickstarted game last week, and spent some time playing around with it. I read the first collection, and was very excited for this game. I've played my share of party games, and I prefer ones where there's some creativity involved. This should go right up there with Snake Oil for me.
 
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11. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:527]
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This one has been a favorite of mine, but i hadn't played it in a while. This was the perfect opportunity to break it out, along with the Deathwing and Tyranid expansions I picked up at GenCon. Like Robinson Crusoe, my one game of this during the convention ended with a loss.
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12. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Great game, great ipad implementation, and always plenty of online games to join.
 
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13. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:207]
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I've got an Acquire clone on my phone, and it's always fun for a quick 5 minute romp. I've got the bots named after various business and real estate moguls, so it always brings a smile to my face when I beat Trump.
 
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14. Board Game: Mr. Jack Pocket [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:603]
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One of the best Android games for my money, I usually play a game or two of this daily.
 
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15. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2241]
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I've been working on my prototype for [WIP] One-Percenter - A Thematic Game of Murder, Mayhem and Motorcycles. Lots of backstabbing, politics and viciousness. Good clean fun.
 
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