My BGG.CON 2014 plays, acquisitions, thoughts and experiences.
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Thus marks my fifth trek to BGG. CON in as many years. This year was particularly important to me. I very much needed this time in Dallas with so many of my dearest friends of the San Antonio Board Gamers.

I was a little out of the gaming scene this year, so I wasn't sure how many of my old friends would be there to greet me when I arrived. Every year we seem to pick up a few new people as a few of the old guard fall away under the pressures of life commitments.

We had a great turnout this year! We lost a few notable folks like Marty, Chris and Julie, and Rob, but in their place we picked up some wonderful first-timers who helped to fill the void.

In all there were 19 of us representing the core of the SABG and their immediate friends & family, including first time appearances by James and Lorraine, and (EDIT) apparently a second appearance by Allen and Hannah. I really hope they will be in attendance in future years, because the already awesome experience of BGG.CON was made even better by their presence!

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1. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:2544]
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Our trip started on Tuesday. As is something of a tradition, Sean and Ryan carpooled with me. It's a five-hour trek to Dallas from San Antonio, but I sort of look forward to this part of the trip every year. They say that the anticipation of a reward is better than the actual reward. This drive is a great time to anticipate the pending excitement, talk about games we want to play and generally catch up.
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2. Board Game: Good Cop Bad Cop [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1170]
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Tom Vasel raved about this game, and my FLGS happened to have a copy on the shelf so I picked it up before the con. We played Tuesday night. All said we played about 10 games in a row. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it. There wasn't even a question of "if" we were going to play again. Someone just started dealing the cards again.

Honestly, everyone else seemed a lot more taken with it than I did, which is strange since this is right in my wheelhouse.

It's an interesting game where each player has three loyalty cards in front of them and their loyalty (Good cop or bad cop. Get it?) is determined by whichever loyalty they hold in majority. There are exceptions to this rule for the Agent and the Kingpin, but that's better described in a review or rules explanation. The game is definitely fun, but does not unseat One Night Ultimate Werewolf or Coup for my "10-minute social deduction game" fix.
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3. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:741]
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Cute little game where you build your city of cards and roll the dice to determine which cards activate actions. There are cards that allow you to gain actions on your opponent's turns, too. I enjoyed it well enough. One of the players at the table said he only plays with the expansion now. So I'll have to check that out if/when the expansion ever makes it's way to the English edition.

I love the vector art style.
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4. Board Game: Red7 [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:545]
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Red7. Fluxx as envisioned by Carl Chudyk, designer of some of some of my favorite games!? Color me intrigued.

Turns out the game is just sort of meh. The mechanics work. It's simple. I'd play it if asked, but I don't think I'd ask to play it unless (like so many of Carl's designs) after another few plays some sort of lightbulb goes on in my head and I realize there is a method to the madness.

Time will tell.
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5. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:276]
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I played Hanabi before it was cool. I built my first copy of Hanabi out of 3 copies of "Rage" decks back when the game was only available in Japan and was still packaged with that other game no one remembers. Now that you can buy a copy at Barnes and Noble it's too mainstream for the likes of a sophisticated man of the world such as myself.

But, the people love it so we played. Poorly, I might add.

Hanabi is still fun. It's just a solid game.

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6. Board Game: Blood of the Werewolf [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:13916]
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Another pre-con purchase for me. It's basically Hanabi meets Werewolf. You can see everyone's role but your own. The concept fascinates me, but the first few plays didn't go very well and even I had to admit that I "didn't get it".

Still, more than one person approached me later during the con and said they wanted to try it again and see if there was something there.
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7. Board Game: Master of Rules [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:5974]
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Awful, awful, awful. There are no words to describe it. I will post later about my "great social experiment of BGG.CON 2014" involving this particular game.
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8. Board Game: Nations: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:720]
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I've never played Nations, but Ben wanted to try out the dice game and I was available.

Nice game. Nothing ground-breaking or monumental. Not a game I would rush out to buy, but I would gladly play your copy.
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9. Board Game: Code of Nine [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3825]
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Kel was RAVING about this game all through the con. Deduction and worker placement. We gave it a whirl.

Neat game. I enjoyed it. Production values are awful and it felt like there was a great idea that wasn't fully developed. If another publisher picks this up, tweaks it a bit and upgrades the components, I'd probably pick up a copy.
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10. Board Game: Panamax [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:466]
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Tried a demo at the Stronghold booth. Not my type of game, but my friends who enjoy this sort of thing mostly seemed to like it.
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11. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:266] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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I feel like I'm sort of burned out on One Night Ultimate Werewolf. Last year we played it 30+ times during the con, and continued playing it after we got home. So I was never the one to recommend it this time around, but every time we played, it was still an absolute blast and I wound up playing probably 8-10 games anyways.

This is really just the closest thing to a perfect quick, fun social deduction game available right now. And I should know, I have played most all of them.
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12. Board Game: Kobayakawa [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2234]
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Kel had this neat little poker-like game. Every player has one card in their hands and there is a single card face up in the middle of the table. On your turn you can either draw and discard a card, or you can replace the card in the middle of the table from the top of the deck. After everyone has a chance to do this, there is a round of ante's and high card wins. except that the lowest card gets to add the value of the face-up card in the middle to their total. It adds just enough decisions to make this game rather interesting. The limited number of cards in play means there are some light deduction aspects (the sort of deduction you'd find in a trick-taking game). Cute game. The Japanese version has these really awesome metal coins. I understand the English version will not have the coins. That makes me sad because they were fantastic.
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13. Board Game: Tajemnicze Domostwo [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:410]
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This was one of the surprise hotnesses of BGG.CON, in spite of itself!

First off, there's the naming kerfuffle. I had subscribed to this game months ago under it's Polish name, so in the week leading up to the con when my friends started to buzz about this game called "Mysterium", I had absolutely no idea what they were talking about.

Then the rulebook... Apparently it's the worst translation ever, spelling "clue" as "clew" and being generally unreadable. Every time I played this game I think we played with entirely different rules...

Then it sold out early.

Yet somehow it was the #2 hotness of the show.

Everyone in my group LOVED this game (myself included) no matter which rules we played by. Cooperative Dixit with an overarching theme. It just works, even if you have no idea how the designer intended it to be played.

Will get a copy when the English edition comes out.
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14. Board Game: Die Verbotene Stadt [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:7571]
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I bought this one in the virtual flea market and played it immediately afterwards.

Ricochet Robots is one of my all-time favorite games, and this is an predecessor of that concept using the same movement mechanics.

This is a really interesting game that is all but ruined by a ridiculous scoring system that makes everything you do in the first two-thirds of the game totally meaningless.

Some really interesting ideas here, though. Rather than trying to predict how many moves it will take to get a pawn to their destination, as in Ricochet Robots, you secretly select which pawn you will get to the destination. There's some bluff and double-think here, because if another player picks the same pawn, they get your points. The trick is to find the "unexpected" piece that nobody else has noticed, or once they are on to you, pick the very obvious piece.

Fix the scoring and this could be among my favorite games.
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15. Board Game: Spyfall [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:395] [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
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Oh Spyfall. How you vex me.

Spyfall is essentially a variation on an older game called Linq. I love Linq. Ergo, I will love Spyfall, right?

Right.

Unfortunately, the group I played with almost unanimously hated it?! Ben was the only one who liked it, and even he wasn't jumping for joy. I LOVED it though.

It's a very social game. Every player gets an identical "location" card, aside from one poor lout who is stuck with a card that just says "Spy". Players take turns asking each other questions that relate to their location. Their goal is to figure out who among them is the spy. Agents have to be careful about their questions though, because if they are too obvious the spy will be able to guess their location and sabotage their plans.

Okay. The theme is iffy. The spy doesn't know where he is? I just imagine that the cards represent the location where some secret shenanigans will go down at some future date.

I love, love, love this game. I will probably buy a copy even if my group won't play with me. It will sit on my shelf for years while I await that fictional group of people who will enjoy this as much as I do.

There were two copies in the library and they were ALWAYS checked out. I looked no less than 20 times. I heard people talking about it several times though. I felt like the spy, trying to find the location of spyfall while everyone tried to keep it from me. It was very meta.

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16. Board Game: Rolling Japan [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:3776]
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This was an awesome little dice game that should be in every home in place of Yahtzee. Simple and quick. Unfortunately it won't appeal much to "gamers" I don't think, because it's a little too simple for the likes of us. If this was published by Hasbro and sold for $12.99 at Toys r Us, it could be a staple in every home in America someday.
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17. Board Game: Abraca...what? [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1944]
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Fun family game. It comes with nice chunky plastic tiles that are arranged such that you can see everyone's tiles but your own. Each tile represents a spell. You cast that spell by correctly deducing that it's in front of you. A successful spell cast triggers some sort of ability that either deals damage to your opponents or heals you. There's a push your luck element where you can continue casting spells as long as your deductions are correct. It's a fun game and we all enjoyed it.
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18. Board Game: Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:673] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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If you've never played Werewolf at a con before, you owe it to yourself to play at least one game.

Look for the loudest, drunkest people sitting in a circle campfire style and you'll find a werewolf game in progress.

Such a great group of people and always fun. They play most nights of the con from around 11pm until the sun comes up.

Played an epic game in which myself, my friend (user seanp) and Wes were the final three. I was a villager and went on the offensive. I tried to remove all suspicion from myself by not allowing anyone to even consider that I was evil (I knew I was good, so I wasn't going to waste my time defending myself... was my drunken plan). When Wes suddenly turned the table on me, I lynched him, giving Sean and his lycan allies the win.

It occurred to me later that as my fellow villager, Wes would be the one who DIDN'T know that I was good, and therefore the one most likely to turn on me. When Wes turned against me I should have killed Sean. Alas. It was FUN.
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19. Board Game: Greed [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1386]
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Ben and Ryan were convinced this wasn't a new game and that we'd played it before. If it is a new game, that feedback bodes poorly.

Not bad, but not good either. Meh.
 
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20. Board Game: Palastgeflüster [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1226]
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I love this little card game. Unfortunately it was never published in English. It's playable via iconography and some english translations of the powers included on the reference card, but trying to remember the german word for "maid" or cross reference it on the card is kind of annoying.

I did a much better re-theme in the Star Trek universe where Trelane has split up the enterprise crew into four different dimensions and players are trying to assemble all the members of the crew aboard one ship in one dimension without allowing for any alternate universe versions of the crew (duplicates) aboard the Enterprise. It works well thematically, and I put text on the cards rather than iconography so there's no referencing.

Unfortunately I didn't bring my copy because I was afraid I'd play it with someone I didn't know who would shout at me for making bootleg copies of games. So we played the published version and I was reminded just how much better my version is.
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21. Board Game: Rattlebones [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2297]
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Okay. This is basically a family game. It's a deck-builder but instead of building cards you actually customize your dice. You actually pop the face off your die and replace it with a new face that gives you a new ability.

Instead of "buying" upgrades from a tableau in the middle of the table, you use the numbers you roll on the die/dice to move one of three pawns around the board. Landing on a space allows you to collect a new face for your die.

This is super cool. Having 3 pawns means that you usually have 3 choices for every die roll (up to 9 if you have some abilities that give you extra dice). Of course it requires some backgammon like mentality to ensure you don't stack all of your pawns on one spot. That will limit your options.

It's really the perfect light game. Takes 30-40 minutes to play. After your turn you are busy replacing your die faces until it's your turn again.

You can get a little engine going so that every time you roll the dice you are generating VP. You can choose which die to roll and customize each die to give you a better chance at doing something you want to do.

This was the most fun game I played at the con. Hands down. Note, it was not the most fun I had playing a game during the con (that is coming up) but it was a great game. If it's popular it could be infinitely expandable too. Some of the spaces on the game board change every time you play and not all of them are in play in any given game.
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22. Board Game: Affentennis [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:3633]
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I have always wanted to play this. It was really neat. It's a dexterity game, but your playing piece moves like a hex and counter war game. You have to be able to put yourself into position to hit the ball when it is returned to you. Really interesting concept, but the rubber band on the ball shooters had seen better days and made the shots a little unpredictable. Next time I might just flick the ball instead.
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23. Board Game: Secret Moon [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:8606]
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Out of respect for the joy that Seiji has brought into my life via Chronicle and Love Letter, I will refrain from further comment on this one.
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24. Board Game: Adventure Tours [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:6254]
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Alright Seiji. Here's another shot.

It's a simple game that seems to have taken a page from the Carl Chudyk playbook (which is a good thing). Cards can be played as either equipment or people. Equipment boosts your ability to get better people, and people give you VP and actions. Each player also has a special ability that breaks the rules of the game in some ridiculously overpowered way.

I liked it. I didn't love it as much as I wanted to. I wanted a little more variation and meat. The powers were awesomely powerful though... One player gets to take two turns every turn. One player might be able to execute the action of a card even when they play it as equipment... etc.

Would play again. Good production value and art too.
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25. Board Game: Schrille Stille [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2665]
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Sean was dying to play this. It's a pretty random game, but has some of the coolest components ever. This large "record" device that players use to place their bets. I can't do it justice. Check the game's page for pictures.
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