STATEGICON GATEWAY 2014 Games played
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GOOD now that I have your attention...


This convention, I tried to jump into more games than the last 3...
Which means more than 4...

So here is the list and the summary of action.
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1. Board Game: Freeway Frenzy [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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The first and most dangerous game is Freeway Frenzy!!

Driving 3.5 hours to get to the con can be hazardous when idiots are passing you to get to the stopped traffic ahead at 80mph...

We made it to the hotel and parking by 130...An early time for us in the valley.

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2. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:118] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Ok I haven't played this one for a while, but it looked good and I figured a loss would only take about an hour...

Round 1: Played against a precocious 11 year old...Daniel.
I beat him in the first game, but he came back to trounce me with a great selection of card play. I won the tiebreaker on points.

Round 2: Played Chris a hellish match of beach assault...
Ripped his tanks apart but he crushed me in one game and I beat him in the next...Again, advancement on Tiebreaker points.

CHAMP round: Played Frank. A calculating and deceptive opponent. His Onslaught of German Tanks annihilated my Americans as I lost 5-2 in the first game.
Second game saw me Wallop a bunch of his troops. Nailed a tank group at long range with Infantry. And my panzers repaired and harrassed at every opportunity... IT came down to who would kill the next unit. Both of us were low on many units....Nail biter to the end when my Panzers assaulted some infantry for the win!!
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3. Board Game: Phase 10 [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:15426]
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Mary runs this fun event...

Jumped to level 5 in the first round semi fast....advanced to the next round.

TROUNCED and never got past phase 7..
MAybe next time I'll bring a stack of wilds to use....You just can't win without em....
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4. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:150]
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Not the crappy Kickstarter fiasco version.

I ran this event that included a few new players. 2 tables of 4.

Great game.

All facets of the game was explored as Bill (Noob) went on to the second round and ended up with the Championship win!!

Great Job Bill!!
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5. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:450]
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Simple (almost too simple) game of meeple placement.

Roderick the Shark ended up with a 20 point win to advance easily to the next round.

I always seem to misread one of the VP cards....Maybe it isn't simple.
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6. Board Game: Phase 10 [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:15426]
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Glutton for punishment.

Proceeded to do well early...but alas, ran out of wilds...

Crushed in round 1 again...
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7. Board Game: Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:430] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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Watched the tournament of this...

Funny...

Every player had the same characters "loaded" but they all had different "mats" on which to roll their dice...

That was kinda nifty..
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8. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
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Well, It wasn't on the list for the con... but I managed to meet up with my opponent of an online tournament.

We had 2 turns left of a nailbiter...Scenario J28 Inhumaine.

My Americans managed to secure the Chateau from the EVIL Germans!!
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9. Board Game: Tide of Iron [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:589]
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Funny, I teamed up with a fellow ASLer to play the GM in a desert scenario.

It had been a while, so I made a few tactical errors...

My ally managed to Destroy the only German tank!! So, we decided he should get first place.
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10. Board Game: Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:674] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Went on to play werewolf at 12mid.

Role was the Seer.
2 enemy teams...

Round picks as Seer:
Round 0 : Villager
Round 1 : WEREWOLF
Round 2 : WEREWOLF
Round 3 : Evil minion of Werewolves
Round 4 : Came out as Seer for fear of being killed at night (bad guys had 2 kills a night)
Round 5 : VAMPIRE (idiot village still didn't believe I was the Seer after finding 3 badguys...) It took the stupid Hunter's shot to verify I was a villager (Seer)...then all was clear to them.

Sometimes, I just don't get it.
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11. Board Game: Zombie 15' [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1194]
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Open Gaming for this one!

Fast simple game with Programmed Instruction so you only need to bite a portion of the rules each game to play.

Plays 4 players.
DO NOT PLAY WITH AP PEOPLE!!!
The game is TIMED (15') So, NO SLOUCHERS!

Every game we won, but some by only seconds!!

(If time runs out you lose)
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12. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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Played this fun game against the Wife of the winner of the GLORY TO ROME tourney!! I ran.

She beat me by a mere 6 points...

I had a killer green column ready to score 1,000,000 points, but NO green cards were coming...

I was so far behind on points and the Green column was just BEGGING me to score it...

ALAS, it was not to be.
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13. Board Game: Cinque Terre [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1311]
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NO idea how to play this game...

Description said Ticket-to-Ride like...

So, I gave it a try!

Bumbled around the first few turns trying to figure out the basic strategy.

Managed to complete a few orders (points) and score some free points as well.

Ended up advancing to the 2nd round.


In the 2nd round: I tried to have fun with the game and to break it.

I decided NOT to complete any orders intentionally. Instead, I just wanted to deliver the most valued goods on the board as efficiently as possible.

Last turn of the game I was up 30 points with no "deliveries" made when another player fell into some free points (as I did in game 1) to take the win from me with a 2 point lead.

Fast game... Don't play with AP players,
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14. Board Game: Feed Me! [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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FEEDBACK Forum at 7pm...

By order of the High Council, NO OUTSIDE PIZZA Available!

Bummer.... I loved the pizza and my 2 liters remained unconsumed!
My chest of ICE unused and My desire for warm food...Unsatisfied.


That being said...

I think the forum was sweet and to the point.
Brainstorming session was effective.
I'd like to see a little more "free Speech" time, but that usually turns into a "What Haven't You Done for Me Lately" bitch fest.

Con is growing strong. I agree with moderators in that PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK IS MANDATORY to keep the con GOING strong.

I felt this con was one of the smoothest ones ever, and other than Shane almost losing his Magic collection...(personal DISASTER)
As a participant/GM/Loiterer... I was happy.

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15. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:53]
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SETUP game by 10pm...

Started My Tournament RIGHT AT 1005.

4 players.

Game went 3 hours (fairly quick, but could have gone faster)

Hallie won the game!

I was happy that she won, because she left another game to come to this one and was actually the only PRE REG that showed up!

So, to leave a game and pre-reg for it... and then win it! It was DESTINY

9pm would be my next choice for a start time... It will work well.
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16. Board Game: Rail Baron [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1937]
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I didn't play this one, just picked an unused copy up at auction.

I'm going to remake the rail line cards by using large wooden disks with the same information on it...

It should be good!


See you in February
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