A Longtime Gamer's First Con; Geekway To The West 2014
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This Geeklist is partially inspired by Aaron Belmer's Geekway geeklist, which you can checkout here.

I've been gaming all my life, spend way too much time on BGG, way too much time thinking about games/designs, but had never managed to attend a convention until this past weekend. I'm local to Geekway, and am now kicking myself for passing on it last year.

This geeklist is a collection of memorable moments and just random thoughts, mostly around playing actual games.
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1. Board Game: Exodus: Proxima Centauri [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:977]
Charlie Theel
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This was my first game of the Con as I joined a friend I rarely get to game with:

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along with a buddy of his who I had met before, and another friendly guy who was friends with Don. I had never played Exodus but a member of my group has it and we've been waiting for the right time to pull it out.

I understood the strategy pretty quickly and was in a decent position for much of the game. I acquired WMD's in the second turn (the 22 cost ones), as I couldn't help myself. I misunderstood the rules slightly (that you can fire them each turn, I thought you had to build each rocket that you fire) and didn't quite get full effectiveness out of them.

I ended up tieing for first place but losing on the tie breaker. Not a bad way to start the con.

I enjoyed Exodus, but found it not quite as good as Eclipse.
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2. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:270]
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Earth Reborn is my #1 game of all time, and it has been ever since it came out. It speaks to me on many levels and it just has so many clever mechanics (Searching, IPS, SAGS, Torture, etc.).

Aaron Belmer:

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Had emailed me the week before asking if I wanted to run a game with him and his friend:

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I of course jumped on the opportunity and refreshed myself on the rules. Aaron and Jason had played several learning scenarios before, but never with all of the rules and never SAGS. We also picked up a friend of ours who had never played before:

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We played a team SAGS game but I randomly set up the map before hand (which worked pretty well actually). It was a very close game and the NORAD won by a slim margin as they escaped the map just before the Salemites were able to take out the Mammoth and accomplish their final victory condition.

I need to break this out with my regular group again, love it so much. Everyone seemed to have a great time playing it at Geekway, which was awesome.
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3. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:77]
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Kemet was a popular choice at the con as it was on the play to win table and I got in on the action. I got in two games, the first a 4 player game with
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It was my first time playing, and I wasn't quite sure waht to do. I managed to do ok but another player won (the Hand of God tech was a huge help for him).

I then taught the game a couple hours later, which was a little rough after having just learned it and never read the rules. We figured it out though, and I ended up barely winning that game (going last on the last turn was helpful).

I enjoyed Kemet but think I like Cyclades a bit more. Interesting game and I played it with some great people.
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4. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:30]
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Eclipse is one of my favorites. A couple of friends had played it one time before and we had been meaning to play this together in the past, but never got around to it. We metup at Geekway to get a 4 player game in that went very well.

It was a bit of a crazy game as I was by far the most experienced and did very well managing my actions. I made sure to provide strategy tips and reinforce what technologies were pretty much amazing (Improved Hull). I didn't worry about passing early which really sort of slowed my progress as I was never ablet to get an Improved Hull or Power Source before they were snatched up.

The game was very close, and I ended up losing by 1 point. If I would have spent one more action researching at the end I would have won. Great game though and they really enjoyed it.
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5. Board Game: A Fistful of Dinero [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:9667]
 
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This was one of the main reasons I was attending Geekway. With my design being there, I was excited to see it played by other groups and people I had never met before. I taught it to a couple of groups and everyone seemed to have a great time. Several people mentioned they'd keep an eye out for the Kickstarter.

It also opened my eyes to a couple of small tweaks and validated some changes we made earlier in development. Overall it was a very successful endeavor.

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6. Board Game: Legend of the Cipher: The Game of Hip-Hop [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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You've never heard of this game, but it's excellent. I played this with 3 other friends who, like me, are young white middle class males. Thus, when we were throwing cards down on the table and breaking out in horrible hip-hop beats it was a sight to behold. I wish I could have gotten a picture of the guys faces next to us who were playing Mage Wars as they were trying to figure out why we were rapping at a board game convention.

There were some monstrous lyrics dropped like bombs by the participants, the most notable lyrical topics included:

Sriracha
Uno
Geekway
Science/Physics
Han Shooting First

The most laughs I've had in a long time.
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7. Board Game: Two Rooms and a Boom [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:750]
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I've run Two Rooms and a Boom for large groups in the past, but I was slightly worried when people began writing in extra lines so they could signup on my posted flyer for the event.

Unfortunately it wasn't an official Geekway event, so I had a little trouble trying to find where we would play without disturbing large groups of people. We settled on this beautiful area outside, which worked very well and kept us from disturbing others.

Also, by accident I scheduled this at the same time as the 1 hour flea market, which meant several people didn't show. We ended up with around 24 players, which worked well. I think we played 3 or 4 games as we eased into new roles, with the last game being pretty damn crazy and including:

-Shy Guys
-Criminals
-Negotiators
-Psychologists
-Spies
-Gambler
-Fugitives
-Angel
-Devil

I was a Red Shy Guy and my team struggled all game. Somehow, we thought the Blue Spy (his card showed Red) was the Red Devil. I'm not quite sure why we came to that conclusion, but it was generally understood as fact and he put on a good show. Someone voted him up as leader in one of the rooms and Blue controlled both rooms, leading to a dominant victory.

Hilarious and fun. Hoping to make this an official event next year.
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