Dice Con 3 Recap...
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Well a glorious span of board gaming for five days straight is now over.

This was our first Dice Con, but it was not our first board gaming con. We have attended the Atlanta Game Fest three times in the past (it's highly recommended too!). So it was interesting to see a different con, especially with this number of attendees.

It was very well run, and we got to play a ton of games. I use cons as a way to try out many new games so I know if I want to buy them. I found some great games we'll be adding to our shelves in the coming month or two. Also came across a few that I'm glad I didn't buy before trying.

I also taught some games every day, so those were essentially the only games I played over the weekend that I hadn't tried before. All of the people demo-ing the games were great and a joy to teach.

We'll be there next year.
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1. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:208]
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As soon as the con started, I was teaching a game of Glass Road. This was my first assigned demo. This one was pretty easy to teach and was very well received.
 
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2. Board Game: Spyrium [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:496]
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This was one of the demos I attended for a game that I didn't know. I really liked the design of this game. It's a different take on worker placement too. Well worth checking out.
 
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3. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:142]
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This was the second game I was teaching as a demo, and the one I was worried about the most. It ended up going very well in the demo. I appreciate the game more with each play. Great mixture of hand management and worker placement.
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4. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:249]
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This was another demo for me to learn a game. This is a beast of a game, and I loved it. One of four games on my short list of "must buys." It's a Feld game that wasn't designed by Feld.
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5. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:94]
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This was the third game I taught, and it was the best attended demo of the ones I taught. We had two full copies of the game going with extras sitting on the side helping others. There were a few sad that it is currently out of print, but I told them to wait like I did last summer. It's too popular to not come back in print.
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6. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:246] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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One of the games that is commonly referenced, that I had never tried previously. I see the big deal now. Great theme that is fun to play and works well with the mechanics.
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7. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:270]
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I had never played this Feld, and it was another to check off on my list. I can now say I have played a Feld that underwhelmed me. I didn't hate it, but I have to agree that various choices feel like they had little impact for the most part. Didn't hate it or anything, but won't be buying it.
 
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8. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:311]
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We had gotten this from the library, and while heading over to the tower to set it up, I see a post that lists the Dice Tower winners. This title won three awards (best co-op, theme and new designer). Afterwards, I can't help but say it was the best theme I've ever played. You truly care about every single little cube and what it implies. We were destroyed by the second era by the game, but enjoyed it a great deal nonetheless.
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9. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:90]
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Another must buy. It's worth the buzz...and my wife and I both enjoyed this game quite a bit. The mechanic of either pick up and drop off an assistant is a lot of fun to figure out.
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10. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:21]
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This game was a hard one to snag (it was very popular), but I first got to play it as a demo. I knew after the demo I was going to enjoy it, and after playing a game of it, I knew I wanted to buy it too. A smooth and enjoyable game that everyone seemed to praise over the weekend. Another "must buy" for us.
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11. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:44]
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This was the game I taught for the day, and it went over well. It's a tricky game to teach, but I've always liked this game.
 
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12. Board Game: Archon: Glory & Machination [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1702]
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My eyes still hurt from playing this game a couple days ago. Dear lord, the busy look of this massive board makes a game like Bora Bora look quaint. There are some additional printing issues because you have a hard time with telling the difference between black and grey on the board sometimes. Functionally, the game is pretty solid, and it's like a heavier Lords of Waterdeep. We enjoyed it, but damn it'll mess with your eyes.
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13. Board Game: Relic Runners [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1463]
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The first stinker of the con. It looks pretty. It's well produced. The game itself doesn't live up to it. It's an abstract with pretty clothing. It just really fell flat for us.
 
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14. Board Game: Rise of Augustus [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:786]
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The other stinker of the con for us. I know it was going to be light. I enjoy a bunch of light games. This is bingo with a different theme...I was fine with that. It just did nothing for us. After the game was over...we just went "meh" and moved on. It's stunning to me that this was on the same field as Hanabi last year for the SdJ.
 
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15. Board Game: 1775: Rebellion [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:256]
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I wanted to try this, but normally war games aren't my deal. A friend of mine though likes them more, and we jumped in for a game. I really ended up liking this a great deal. The dice give the armies a real personality. The game length works well too compared to many longer war games. I'd play this again without a minute's hesitation.
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16. Board Game: Cuba Libre [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:495]
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This game was arranged prior to the con, and it turned out to be a good game. It's a heavy game, but the Coin games do help streamline the process. I don't think I'll pick it up, but I still liked it.
 
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17. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:199]
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This was another game I taught at the con. This one was also well attended, and though it was interrupted by the daily raffle giveaway, it went well.
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18. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:71]
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I taught this as my final demo of the weekend. This is not an easy game to teach, so I pushed everyone "in the deep end" but getting everyone to play through the first quarter of the game. They seemed to really get it by the end of the demo. I later played it with some new friends over the weekend, and they showed off their foam core inserts for Trajan. I promptly took pictures and want to do the same with my copy.
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19. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:76]
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I told a friend of mine that I knew he'd like this game. We finally got a chance to give it a play. The game came through in spades. I doubt I'll ever buy it, but I'm sure I'll get chances in the future to play it.
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20. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:389]
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A fun game that looks really attractive on the table. I enjoyed it, but we didn't like it enough to warrant buying it.
 
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21. Board Game: Pastiche [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1171]
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I saw this on the table when others were playing it. It looks absolutely amazing with the cards of paint, and the boards of famous paintings with their associated easels. The game itself is much heavier than expected too. This was our final "must buy" for the con. It's out of print right now, but it's pretty easy to find copies of it though.
 
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22. Board Game: 10 Days in the USA [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1819]
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My wife and I were tired of learning new games by Sunday. So we grabbed this game off the shelf. While it was a new game to us, it is easily learned and played. Cool game with a good puzzle aspect to it.
 
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23. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:324]
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This was my last game of the con for me. This has been a regular favorite for our gaming group. So it was a comfortable way to finish up the weekend.
 
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24. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:158]
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One of the games I had bought from Cool Stuff prior to the con. I had already played this twice and knew I loved it. I didn't play it at the con, because I can bring it home and play it anytime.
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25. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:68]
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This was the other game I had waiting at Cool Stuff. I haven't played this before, but by everything I've read, it'll be a home run for us. Another game I didn't play at the con, because I could play something else new.
 
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