My All Too Brief Gen Con 2014
Jeff Curtis
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I started a new job 3 weeks ago and despite being local, the lack of time off really impacted my time at Gen Con this year. I was there Friday night and Saturday. I got in a whopping 5 plays of 4 different games.
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1. Board Game: Guilford [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:3156]
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This is the only game I got in Friday night. It was a tight game that went down to the last two combats of the final turn. We played the Eutaw Springs scenario and I took the win as the Americans.

The British were played by Indybob. We're both local, but only seem to get together to game at Gen Con. We need to remedy that.
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2. Board Game: Operation Battleaxe: Wavell vs. Rommel, 1941 [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:5285]
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Started off day two with another war game with Indybob. He had not played an Area-Impulse game before, and this is supposed to be an excellent introduction to area impulse. The game only last 3 turns, but we managed to take 1 1/2 hours to get it in. It was enjoyable, but tough for the British to win. Bob led Rommel and the Afrika Corp to the victory.
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3. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:52]
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I made may way over to the other Indy Gamers and joined in a play of this hot game. I have to say it earns its hype. Really a good game. Not too many rules yet a nice variety of strategies. The Djinn cards help give players varying goals as well.

Later Saturday night, a couple of gamers from Minnesota were looking for someone to teach the game, and I joined them. I played considerably better in my 2nd play, based on lessons learned from game 1. Great fun was had by all.
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4. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:274]
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This one was a surprise for me. I had read the description previously and didn't think I would like it. I was wrong. Quite the fun coop game.
 
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5. Board Game: Heroes Wanted [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1450] [Average Rating:6.92 Unranked]
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I was fortunate enough to win the "Play & Win" drawing for this game at Indy Con in March. The games arrived just prior to the start of Gen Con, so it was the first booth I visited to pick up my copy. I did give them some of my money and picked up both expansions. I'm definitely interested in trying the coop version.
 
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6. Board Game: Credit Mobilier [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:8143]
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Found a copy of this game designed by local gamer and principal of Stratamax, Max Michael. I generally like train games and am happy to add this one to the collection.
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7. Board Game: Maria [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:253]
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I've heard nothing but great things about this game. A gentleman at the Coolstuff booth was going down the shelf marking down games Saturday morning. I asked if he would be getting to Maria. He asked me to hand it too him and proceeded to mark it down from $33 to $25. This is a really good price on this game.
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8. Board Game: The Dark Valley [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:2737]
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Another buy at Coolstuff. They pretty much as my favorite retailer at Gen Con. A nice mix of war games and Euros and all below retail. I was not familiar with this one, but the price seemed good, and I did a quick BGG search. Not sure how I missed this earlier, but designed by Ted Racier, an 8.3 rating, and a variety of scenarios added up to a buy.
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9. Board Game: Storm Over Dien Bien Phu [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:3678]
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Ok, this one didn't make it to the table, but I read the rules on Thursday in anticipation of a scheduled Friday play. Unfortunately, that fell through, but I suspect John and I will get it to the table pretty soon, as I was fired up to give it a go after reading the rules.
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