Origins 2014 Games to Play
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A list of all the games I am hoping to play at my first trip to Origins this year!

I hope to update this list after the convention with some thoughts and comments on the games that I played including adding any that were not on the list originally.

Please feel free to comment with any opinions or other games that you think might be worth trying out at the convention!

UPDATE!

Well Origins is over and the one thing I will say is "Wow is there a ton to do there!" I had an amazing time and got to play some great games and meet so awesome people! Unfortunately, I didn't play nearly as many on my list as I had hoped to play.
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1. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:198]
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Own it but haven't had a chance to play it. I really enjoy Castles of Burgundy so I'm looking forward to this one.

UPDATE Didn't play it, but I own a copy and hope to get it to the table.
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2. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:80]
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Hoping to get a demo of this one in.

Update Saw it but didn't demo it. To be honest, we got a demo of another game from the Bezier booth and the poor teaching skills of the person left a sour taste in our mouth. I do hope to watch some video reviews of it.
 
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3. Board Game: CV [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:887]
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Really cool artwork and looks like a good filler/gateway game.

Update Didn't see this one being demoed/played at the convention.
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4. Board Game: Helios [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1346]
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Z-Man should be demoing this game.

Update Saw it being demoed but the table was full every time we walked by.
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5. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:90]
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Interested in this one, especially since it's been nominated for the Kennerspiel.

Update Still very interested in this one, didn't see any demos going on at the convention.
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6. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:42]
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Another one that I have yet been able to get to the table. Like the concept of workers that you use to make bids.

Update No demo, but it's in my collection.
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7. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:138]
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Like the multi-use cards and beautiful artwork.

Update Didn't see a demo, didn't get a chance to play it.
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8. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:736]
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It's not out in the states yet, but I hope to track down a copy to demo.

Update Finally one I got to play! There was a copy in the board room. I actually wasn't that impressed with it. I knew it was a light game but I really don't know if it worth owning. I only played 2 player and maybe it plays better with 3 or 4. I am willing to give it another playthrough.
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9. Board Game: Mad City [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:5483]
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May be a little lighter fare than I normally prefer, but it's worth a look.

Update Saw a demo, but didn't play.
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10. Board Game: Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:427] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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If this one plays as good as it looks I will definitely be picking up a copy.

Update After more thought I'm not sure it's for me. Only 2 players and being collectible are both strikes against it.
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11. Board Game: Might & Magic Heroes [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2907]
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My wife and I have always been huge fans of the video games, hoping this encapsulates some of the aspects that we enjoy so much about the PC games.

Update Didn't see it anywhere, still really want to play this one.
 
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12. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:532]
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Not sure how available this one will be, but I always enjoyed Vikings.

Update Nowhere to be found. I really like the look but have a hard time buying a game that I have never played.
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13. Board Game: Prosperity [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1478]
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Love Knizia and this one looks a bit meatier than many of his previous games.

Update No demos. I saw it to buy and almost pulled the trigger.
 
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14. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:371]
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Quite a lot of buzz on this one.

Update No demo, still interested in this one.
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15. Board Game: Rococo [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:196]
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Looks like an interesting take on deck-building by some great designers.

Update Another one I missed demoing. Man it was a busy weekend!
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16. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:112]
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Another popular one lately, a good looking filler.

Update Played multiple times! I really like this one, light but has interesting choices. It moved up on my wishlist for sure!

I will say that I think Asmodee had the best booth at the convention. Not only were all of the folks there super helpful and great at teaching games, but they almost always had a table with a game to demo at it! I am definitely supporting them more in the future, great company!
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17. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:8]
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The heaviness and game length has stopped me from getting a play with this one. Hope to have time at Origins!

Update Another one that got away! But I do own a copy!
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18. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:367] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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I love Dominion and like TtR. This seems like an interesting mashup of some of those games' mechanics. Also see there is an expansion coming out soon.

Update Got a quick runthrough but not a true demo. Still interested in playing this one.
 
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