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I had such a great time holding a board game convention for my birthday last year (geeklist here!) that I decided to do it all again ...
Here is a geeklist to celebrate the awesomeness that was ToniCon14!


ToniCon14 was held from 11am to 8pm on Sunday 14 September 2014. I invited all my gamer friends to play all the board games with me all day! Over the course of the day we had 24 adults and 13 kids playing games and having a great time. Lesson learnt from last year and I did end up hiring a baby sitter this year to help with herding the children, which worked brilliantly. And next time I think I'll get someone in to deal with the hostessy food nonsense too so I'll have even more time to play!

To up the tension this year, I also decided to award the prizes based on accumulated points earned by playing games. Bonus points were allocated for winning a game and playing a game over 60 minutes.



We ended up with a three-way draw for first place, so the dice came out to break the tie ... Chris took out the first place prize Pandemic and Martin has scored BANG! The Dice Game as second prize. Martin had kindly donated a lightly used copy of Gloom, so Steven got this as a third prize. Budding gamer David won Pictionary Junior as the kid's prize. And the two Catan Scenarios: Helpers of Catan prizes went to Roxanne and Tamar. Shelley walked away with the Loser's Toblerone.

So here it is, a list of the games that made it on to my record chart.

Have you ever hosted a big games day? How'd it go? I'd love to hear about it!
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1. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:178]
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The early birds got things started with a quick game of The Resistance ... those low down dirty spies sabotaged our missions and took down the cell!
 
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:92] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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This is my favourite version of TtR. Great for introducing people and playing with kids. Martin won the game, though David gave him a run for his money.
 
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3. Board Game: Monty Python Fluxx [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:2586]
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With more people arriving, we needed a quick easy game to get people started. Lots of outrageous accents and singing!
 
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4. Board Game: Star Fluxx [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1705]
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Most of the group playing Monty Python Fluxx decided to move on to Star Fluxx and roped in a new player, Travis, who won a game!

This is my favourite version of Fluxx, just a little bit more going on with the way Creepers attach to certain types of Keepers to make it more engaging.
 
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5. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:231]
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I think everyone had fun with this one, though they were all being a bit too nice to each other in my opinion! Roxy won this one. Fantastic game for eating peoples' meeples with sharks!
 
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6. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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Rolling out some serious games now. Two new players with two others who had played before. They all enjoyed it and Steve, one of the players new to the game, pulled off a win!
 
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7. Board Game: Terror in Meeple City [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:638]
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Not really one of my personal favourites, but it's a wonderful game to have at a day like this. Everybody loves it. It's fun to play and also entertaining to watch.
 
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8. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:227]
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Can't go wrong with this one. So easy to teach to new players and so much fun. I managed to win one of these games with my delightful Kraken taking Sue-Ann's Meka Dragon to a watery grave!
 
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9. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:15]
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WooHoo! So glad I got this one to the table! This is my absolute favourite game at the moment and this is the first chance I've had to play it since May! Love it, can't wait to play again!!!
 
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10. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:332] [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
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Brad brought round a copy that he'd painted up and taught new players. All reports were good!
 
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11. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:767]
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There were eight of us left after dinner and most wanted to play altogether, so Tsuro came out. Fun game, but I think I need to invest in some more 8 player games. I'm leaning towards picking up 7 Wonders: Leaders.
 
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