My IndyCon 2014 - I'm not a teacher, but I can Tichu
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Special Thanks to Dave and Tami Koch and Adam Daulton for all the hard work they put in to have the convention.

This is a geeklist of my experiences and the games I played at this years IndyCon.

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1. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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I started off the con by playing this with Pat, his wife Julia, and our friend Chris. I had lead for a while but was overtaken by 6 points in the end by Pat. If the art card had come out 1 card earlier I would have won.
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2. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:92]
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Pat, Chris, and I then played this with the new expansion. I got a little lucky by picking up several higher income, low reputation buildings early, and I could afford the water treatment plant, which made my reputation fly up quickly. And I ended up coasting to a win.
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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I entered the Ticket to Ride tournament and was the start player in a five player game. I drew the Kansas City to Boston ticket and the LA to Chicago ticket (and three other tickets that didn't fit with those). I struggled to complete the first two, and finally completed took a chance and drew destination tickets on my last turn and lucked into the LA to NY card. I won by one to get to the final game.
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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On the second game I was dealt the same LA to Chicago ticket, so i tried it again. I finished my three routes earlier, but they had less points, and I drew more. Towards the end I drew the Helena to LA card but couldn't complete it when another player rushed the end. I came in third but only by three points.
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5. Board Game: Dungeon Roll [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:1991]
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I played a game of this with three people I don't remember meeting before. It was OK, but nothing special.
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6. Board Game: BANG! The Dice Game [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:462]
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I walked by a group of people who were setting up this. I asked if I could play and they let me in. It was an 8 player game and it turned out that I was sitting to the right of the Sheriff. I was an outlaw so I knew that I was going to shoot the sheriff as often as possible and then die early (hoping that I could win when another outlaw could finish her off). It didn't work, I did die, and she killed the last renegade to win.
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7. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:568]
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I needed a short game because I was in the Tichu tournament, so my friend Phil and I played a game of this. He ended up winning but it was fun.
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8. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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I had never played Tichu before but I have played lots of card games, and since I wanted to see what this was like I entered the tournament. I drew Phil as my partner and we played the first game against another team who were similar to us (one experienced player and one complete rookie). I'm sure I made multiple mistakes, but only one big one, and we ended up beating them to make the finals.
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9. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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We then played against a man who I have been told by several others was the best player at the con and his partner (who wasn't a total rookie like me but was not his usual partner). They got an early lead (and I'm sure I made a few mistakes again, but nothing fatal) but we held on and caught up with them late in the game. The game was to 800 points and we just beat them by 20 to win the tournament.

My wife wanted me home after that, so I left the con for the evening.
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10. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
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I got there Saturday morning and got into a four player game with Phil and another friend Chris and Zoe. I got a lead and I don't think I ever lost it. I was surprised when I won as I have never done very well playing this game. I beat Phil by 4 points at the end.
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11. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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Since I was in the Crokinole tournament I played my first opponent Annie (who was the Sheriff in the previous nights Bang! The Dice Game game). She scored a few points but I ended up winning to move on to the next round.
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12. Board Game: Coal Baron [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:471]
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My friend Steph walked in and while we were discussing what game to play, our friend Sean asked if we wanted to try Coal Baron, and we did. I was glad because for me this turned out to be the hit of the con.
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13. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:211]
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Steph and I played this with our buddy Todd. I had only played this twice and I fumbled a rule explanation early on, but with Todd's help we got a better understanding. She ended up liking the game, and the only thing else I remember is I came in last.
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14. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport [Average Rating:8.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.23 Unranked]
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At the last game day I had promised Phil's wife Anna that I would teach her how to play the new LoW Skullport expansion. Since Steph had never played LoW I taught the entire game to her and the expansion to Anna. I didn't play so great and came in third (I think), but I had fun anyway.
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15. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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I then played Adam in the next round of the tournament. He and I are fairly evenly matched as we had a couple rounds where we both didn't score at all. I ended up finally beating him.
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16. Board Game: The New Science [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2987]
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After that Crokinole match with Adam I was approached by my friend Andrew, who knew I wanted to learn this. We played a five player game and I enjoyed it, even though I came in last.
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17. Board Game: Let's Take a Hike [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:7242]
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While we played The New Science they held the raffle. I dropped one of my tickets in for this and won a copy. Thanks, Max, for donating this to the con.
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18. Board Game: Walk the Plank! [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1660]
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I also won a copy of this at the raffle, but I don't remember who donated it. So to whoever it was, Thanks!

Edit to say Thanks to MayDay games!
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19. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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My next Crokinole opponent was Gary, and we started off fairly even, but on the last round the wheels fell off when I couldn't make a shot three times in a row. He ended up blowing me out at the end.

It was late and I had to drive home, so I left.
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