My Time at Geekway to the West
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So my wife and I have always been interested in going to Gencon and while I was always certain that I'd have a good time, we weren't sure how she would feel after 3/4 days of nothing but gaming surrounding her. I mean, yes you can always go outside of your convention and do stuff around town if you want; but your spending a lot of money to go to the convention and you have to believe that it will consume a majority of your time.

So as a test we decided to start smaller and go to a more local convention. Geekway to the West! Located in St. Louis, MO. We live only about 1-1/2 hours away and the end cost is only a fraction of a trip to Gencon. The promise of fun was certainly there; but did we have any? This list is a compilation of the games we played and our thoughts and conclusions on the con itself.
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1. Board Game: Terror in Meeple City [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:625]
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A game that we wanted to play as soon as we could and so consequently played maybe 20 minutes after arrival. Geekway has these great wooden Meeples with flags in there hands to let people know that you are looking for players or teachers for a game you have set up and we hunted down a couple who played a game of Rampage with us. Yes it is super silly, but super fun. A game that we decided would be a must buy (especially since we have 2 boys), but which we didn't because by the time we went to buy it the con vendor Miniature Market was sold out.
 
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2. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:92]
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Taking advantage of the most well known Geekway contest they do which is Play and Win we ended up with this game next as it was the only one on the table at the time I was interested in. It felt like Sim City with a lot of other little things to keep track of. We played this twice, one two player and once with another couple who sat down and showed us a number of things we did wrong. Kind of fiddly, but interesting and I would like to give it some more plays. Good game.
 
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3. Board Game: Dungeon Roll [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:1991]
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I didn't think my wife would like this game but it ended up being a surprise hit for us. The quick plays gave us something to do while waiting for more players for larger games or when there was little else that interested us on the Play and Win table. Quick, fun and easy.
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4. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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We'd been wanting to play this forever and not been willing to drop the $70 on buying it untested so we took advantage of the Geekway library and checked it out. We were right in thinking we would enjoy it and it was a big hit with us and our friends. We played it probably 6 or 7 times over the weekend. Its going on the get list for sure.
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5. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:447]
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This was another we checked from the library as we'd been somewhat intrigued by it. I even thought about getting it when they did the reprint not too long ago but ended up not going for it. It was a good game, fun and simple, but just didn't ring entirely home with us. If I find one someday for a good price I may get it.
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6. Board Game: Joust [Average Rating:4.96 Unranked]
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Not the game above but the video game Johan Sebastian Joust from the video below.

http://youtu.be/iUzIhFHxJ5Q

Oh my goodness was this super fun! I don't know how many times we played but I know I thanked the guy who brought it afterwards and inquired on ways to procure it for myself. An amazing party game and while I wasn't hammered while playing I can only imagine the hilarity that might ensue whilst playing inebriated.
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7. Board Game: WeyKick [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2372]
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This game was played late Saturday night while waiting for the Pepino tournament. It was way more enjoyable than it had any right to be. Perhaps it was the lack of sleep, the alcohol, or just that we are like children but we literally laughed until we cried as the soccer players were swung across the field by the magnets. Once we did it on accident a few times it became a strategy. If I thought I could possibly do a flying kick and get the ball in I would swing the magnet hard enough to fling the player across the field. Probably not rules legal, but by gods did we laugh. Probably the 2nd or 3rd most played game while we were there and only discouraging to put on the get list because of high price as with most games like this.
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8. Board Game: Peppino the Clown [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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Saturday night there is tournament with a fun little trophy for this stacking game. My wife really wanted to play it as she thought she would excel at a game like this. She was wrong. I not only did better, but I did not enjoy the game. Doesn't mean that the game doesn't have merit and I can completely understand why some people love it; especially in a tournament fast play setting but it just didn't click for us.
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9. Board Game: Council of Verona [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1981]
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Another simple little card game that was played between larger games. My wife did buy this one; she described it as an odd mix of Guillotine and Flux which while I don't agree with doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. A nice little card game with a bit of a random element. We enjoyed.
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10. Board Game: Formula Motor Racing [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1939]
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Another surprisingly quick yet interesting game that we played. Simple racing through basic cardplay. I was surprised but I really got into this making the car sounds and steering the invisible steering wheel in front of me. I'm pretty sure the other players thought I was crazy. Will probably get this at some point.
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11. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:422]
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This game we brought from home as my wife has never played and I wanted to get in a game with as many people as I could. We ended up with only 6 players but we still had a blast as we had to fight to survive trapping some Zombies. It was a good time and the wife enjoyed it quite a bit.
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12. Board Game: Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:311]
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We played this at one point late Saturday and I was drunk; and not the kind of drunk you walk away from. This may have had an effect on my takeaway from this game but it seemed overly complicated and all 6 of the players decided to call it probably after the first hour or so.
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13. Board Game: Kings of Air and Steam [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1341]
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Just so you don't think my being hammered is specifically what led to me not liking Euphoria we picked this up to play after quitting Euphoria. While I absolutely came in last place I understood the game well enough to play it in my state of mind and still make a decent score only coming in with about $20 less then 5th place. Its not going on the get list but I can respect that it was a solid game.
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14. Board Game: Las Vegas [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:479]
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A super simple fun game that we played during the Play and Win drawings at the end of Sunday so that we could use almost no brain power and still do something while listening to the organizer read names off. We'd never played and really enjoyed this one quite a bit. Simple but sometimes there isn't anything wrong with that. Probably going to grab this one sometime.
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15. Board Game: Route 66: The Great American Road Trip Game [Average Rating:4.44 Unranked]
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Not the game but the drive home. With a continually pounding headache and nausea we left late Sunday evening for the inevitable drive home. Clearly having drunk too much the night before made it excruciating for me as we'd brought my car and my wife doesn't drive manual so I had no option of sleeping on the way back. Still I felt good in the fact that her first convention went well and she really enjoyed herself. The only real gripe we had about the weekend had nothing to do with Geekway, in that our bed left both of us sore every morning for being too soft.

We participated in a lot of gaming goodness and lest I forget I dumped a chunk of games from my collection into the math trade. While I only brought home a few select games that I got from the trade I managed to sell enough of the rest off the last day during the flea market that we actually came home with more cash then we took with us! Talk about a winning weekend.

A big thanks to all those who help put on Geekway and I do believe you have garnered yourself some return business next year from two happy attendee's.
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