Thoughts and games from BGG.con 2014
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I was able to get to BGG.Con this year, and had a great time! Here are some thoughts:
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Friends

Of course, the best thing about any gathering is the ability to hang out with friends. There's just something different about being away, CONs get a "summer camp" feel. I'm fortunate to have friends from the Meeplefest CON I attend in Northern California. In addition, my So Cal friends and a few other scattered friends kept me entertained. As a matter of fact, even though meeting new people is great, I don't think I played any games without at least one old friend at the table.

It wasn't just gaming with old friends, it was eating BBQ, BSing, and even some nice heart-to-heart chats with fellow father-of-teens Mark Johnson.

I made some new friends: some from online friends, and some from mutual friends.
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Board Game: BBQ Blitz!
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BBQ

I know throughout most of the US one can get decent BBQ, but, in So Cal, well, our BBQ is so bad that even lackluster BBQ in Texas is exciting for us.

So, I ate BBQ two nights, and steak another.

Steak and Shake
Hey, why don't we have these in California!? I certainly wouldn't trade away In-N-Out Burger for a Steak and Shake, but I would give you Sonic and a free ride on my railroads for a Steak and Shake. My sandwich was surprisingly good given the look of the place, and my chocolate banana malt was quite good.
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Party Games

I really like party games, and it can be difficult to get them together. Luckily, BGG.con's 2,700 people provided enough of a population to get party gamers together.
 
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Board Game: Trivia Puzzle
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Puzzle Hunt and Game Show

I was lucky enough to get on a great team for the Puzzle Hunt and Game Show. What a hoot! If you get to BGG.con, and you want to try the Puzzle Hunt, see if you can finagle your way onto a team with some experience. It really was cool.
 
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Sleep

I didn't get the kind of sleep I should, but even though I went to sleep well after 4am every night, I also slept in until after noon, so, I didn't completely fall apart.
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6. Board Game: Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:4988]
Board Game: Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game
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Wednesday

The trip started out right with a game of Harry's Grandslam Baseball in the airport. Matter of fact, this was the only game I "truly" played on Wednesday, my first day of the con, because the next play occurred after midnight.

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7. Board Game: Time's Up! [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:503]
Board Game: Time's Up!
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Wednesday

My two favorite games are my only plays for Wednesday. This in particular was the "party game" I wanted to play, and I wasn't disappointed. Lots of skilled Time's Uppers out at BGG.con. What a hoot! This is a great game; I enjoy (as Mark Johnson would call them) the sharky players, but, played with neophytes there are just as many laughs to be had, if not more.

I knew I had two hours of time change at my disposal, and I used it all up immediately. I think I went to bed around 3am Texas time.
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8. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:86]
Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy
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Thursday

The actual order of these games is going to be a bit shaky, but, this is as good a place to start as any, especially since I enjoyed the game so much. I tried really hard to like Race for the Galaxy, but I just couldn't make it happen. The good news is, all the stuff I liked about RftG they stuffed into Roll for the Galaxy. I definitely need to give it some more tries, but I thought this was a fun time.
 
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9. Board Game: Port Royal [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:450] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
Board Game: Port Royal
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Thursday

Got a couple of games of Port Royal down on Thursday. I thought it was fun these first couple of plays, but, when everyone started telling me it wore out its welcome and got longish, I started to believe them. I probably won't pursue the game regardless, as all that would have played it with me are no longer interested.
 
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10. Board Game: Cubo [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:12963]
Board Game: Cubo
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Thursday

The company made this fun, but I can't say much for the game. What it tries to do is done better by other games. To scratch the same itch, I'd recommend Qwixx.
 
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11. Board Game: Rolling Japan [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4838]
Board Game: Rolling Japan
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Thursday

Wanted to like this, but instead it just frustrated me. There are games with a lot of delightful disappointments. These make everyone groan and curse at bad turns of luck. This game just made you feel like you should have done better, but in reality, the task was unachievable from the get-go. Once again, play Qwixx, or maybe Wurfel Bohnanza, instead.
 
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12. Board Game: Paperback [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:432]
Board Game: Paperback
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Thursday

I was able to share this game with my So Cal friends, as I'd played it with my Northern California friends. Matter of fact, I've been on the 2nd printing pre-release purchase list every since I played it in August.

It's not ground breaking, but, I like it quite a bit. The artwork is superior, and the word-formation is only moderately challenging as opposed to a game where that's the sole mechanic.
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13. Board Game: McJohny's [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:10845]
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Thursday

Clearly I played this in quite a stupor, because I hardly remember anything about it. I'm not even sure who I played it with. Was I dreaming? Is this really a game?
 
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14. Board Game: Reverse Charades [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:3727] [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
Board Game: Reverse Charades
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Thursday

Stephanie Bennett hosted and spearheaded Reverse Charades, which had plenty of participation and laughs. This is a pretty good game, especially amongst people that aren't charade sharks like me. I highly recommend it.
 
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15. Board Game: Time's Up! Title Recall! [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:388]
Board Game: Time's Up! Title Recall!
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Thursday

Who says I can't bring some variety into my party gaming? See, I played the "Title Recall" version of Time's Up.

I think this version lacks in comparison to playing the original. There's just something more fun about acting out people, and besides, musical clues are frowned upon in Title Recall, and that's a lot of the fun about Time's Up.
 
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16. Board Game: Deus [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:371]
Board Game: Deus
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Friday

Once again, up at the crack of noon. Is this the day I went to Mark Johnson's Board Games To Go lunch? I think so. It was fun to meet some of my Mark's fans. All cool people that I enjoyed sharing a meal with.

Deus was a big hit with me and my local gaming friends that came to the CON with me. Of course, it's of limited ability in the US, so, I'll just have to wait to play it a second time until it becomes available.

It was a perfect weight for me. Just enough meat to keep it interesting, with some luck sprinkled in.

This was my only experience playing in the Essen Hotness room, and we took full advantage of getting strangers to teach and assist in the game play. Very convenient. Not only do you have people teaching you, but you also have the game all set up for you.
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17. Board Game: Port Royal [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:450] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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Friday

The third and final play of this game at the con, and it would seem, my last play. As I said, others opinions have become contagious, and I've decided to believe that I don't like it.
 
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18. Board Game: Isaribi [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:6707]
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It's unfortunate that some rules issues (which generated a full game-restart), and a hard deadline caused this to be a bit of a fizzle. However, I was impressed with the production values, and this simple pick up and deliver game seemed fun. I'd like to give it another try.
 
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19. Board Game: Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:4988]
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Friday

Friday, CybotCB and I were finally able to get together for our "best of 7" HGSB series. Unfortunately, I lost in 5 games.

It was great fun to spend time with Chris, and Mark Johnson even just hung around and watched us play.

I have the second most plays of HGSB on BGG, and Chris (CybotCB) has the most. I'm gaining on him, however, and perhaps by next BGG.con I'll have caught up?

If you haven't tried HGSB, and you like baseball, I recommend you find someone that has it and give it a try. It will at least be an experience.
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20. Board Game: Doodle City [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3609]
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Friday

It seems we got a rule wrong, but like Rolling Japan, this game caused the wrong type of tension. Try Wurfel Bingo or Finito instead.
 
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21. Board Game: Red7 [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:640]
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Friday

Seems this was the hit of the CON, but I'm not sure what people see in it. I seemed to spend more time fumbling through the rules than I did enjoying the game. I've been told the advanced rules are more fun. I'll give it another try.
 
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22. Board Game: Time's Up! [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:503]
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Friday

Back to the old favorite! By now I've settled in with some really cool new friends at BGG.con, all Time's Up naturals, who were just a blast.

Now, I can get oddly competitive at this game, I think it's due to it being so close to so many Improv games I performed. Graciously, my Time's Up friends allow me to hog the 'stage' and spotlight as much as I need to get it out of my system.
 
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23. Board Game: Evolution [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:434]
Board Game: Evolution
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Saturday

After the Puzzle Hunt, dinner, prize drawing, and the game show, there wasn't much time for gaming. I did squeeze in a game of Evolution, which I was pleased to have Brett Hardin teach. I still have my Kickstarter sitting unopened, and now I know how to play.

Fun game! The theme strikes home, I'm a fan of animals.
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24. Board Game: Diamonds [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:846]
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Saturday

I thought this was just okay. I'm not great at trick taking games, and certainly aren't good at them, but this one felt too weak even for me. I've played some Hearts in my day, and I felt like Diamonds missed some of its tension.
 
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25. Board Game: Inspeaquence [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
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Saturday

Party game time! The others enjoyed this, but, I felt like it fizzled pretty quickly. When playing party games with people capable of playing Time's Up, I'm inevitably thinking, "why aren't we playing Time's Up instead of this?".
 
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