PlatteCon XXVIII Games of Note
Brian McCarty
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PlatteCon is an annual gaming convention held at UW-Platteville.
For about the 7th year we did not have a significant snowstorm during the convention (there was a possibility of some snow early Sunday switching to rain)

Pretty amazing for a student run convention to survive so many changes in leadership.

When I asked Sunday morning there were 145 folks in the database, but that didn't include all of the pre-registered folks, nor people buying multiple badges.

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1. Board Game: Railways of Europe [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
Brian McCarty
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My semi-traditional Railways of the World. I decided on the Europe map.
The game filled quickly, with one person interested not getting in (I suppose I could have switched to Eastern US or bowed out)

My Baron needed the Vienna - St Petersburg so I started on that side of the map. Tony started in the same area. Tony took out a LOT of bonds (19?) but did two major lines. Wisma* had some nice stuff in the North East and Rebecca had some stuff in the Southeast.

Wisma 52
Tony 47
Rebecca 34
Brian 33
Terry 18

* Not given name, his gaming handle
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2. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:2226]
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My traditional foary into "Nips"'s dungeon crawl. One again I (we) attempted the Bone Lord dungeon. I played a mage again.

Nips simplified the rules considerably. We started with equipment (saving 10 minutes of shopping) and no looting corpses. Also no XP (basically we went up a level in each area)

Third times the charm - we actually killed the Bone Lord (with 4 attacks to spare)

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3. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:98]
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I saw this being played. They were using the advanced side of the boards
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4. Board Game: Olympus [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1386]
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I got this game a while ago but haven't gotten it to the table until now.
I concentrated on getting my additional priests (workers) and building the Temple of Zeus (can use the Alpha ability even on the Beta spot).

Ben was the first to get a glory card (population). I got the other 3 (culture, fish, venison)

Brian 48
Ben 35
Dave "Kosh" 31
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5. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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Dr Rex runs Advanced Civ again. BC had played enough to be comfortable dealing with the cards. First play for Willow and Scott.

I had 9 cities for at least two turns. Calamity wise it wasn't so bad, though Barbarian hordes twice and Piracy twice (or was I share the wealth on one of those). I actually got the 9 cards / 5 colors to advance of the AST.

I still would like some calamity variant - not sure what. (though Civil War hit only once)

Willow was very aggressive - unfortunately Ben was the victim.

Note this was time-boxed to end around 6PM (started around 10AM with a meal break)

Rex (Babylon) 3757
Willow (Egypt) 2999
Scott (Assyria) 2983
BC (Crete) 2674 (got two non tradable calamities twice) '
Brian (Illyria) 2170
Ben (Africa) 1596
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6. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:94]
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Nothing interested me or Scott at 7, so we looked though our bags. We convinced Ben to join us. We finally settled on Suburbia.

Ben had a green strategy and pulled it off well. Scott had most blue as a goal (with a public goal of least blue he though he would have it easy). Ben and Scott tied for blue.

I had most lakes and won most connected grey.

Ben 128
Brian 95
Scott 76
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7. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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My traditional Sunday morning TTR game. Willow signed up before Ben, and went for a heavy ticket strategy (she made 9, but they were all small)

I was trying to connect Miami to Las Vegas, but with all the competition in the East I had to go as far north as Pittsburg before heading west.
I had one line for Miami to Calgary (41 trains) - probably my longest route ever.

Nips made a connection he didn't have to and Kosh went the wrong way.

Scott 143 (7 tickets)
Brian 120
Willow 118
Nips 87
Kosh 82
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8. Board Game: Star Wars Miniatures [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1483] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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I wanted to buy something from Chimera Bob, but with BGG@SEA my budget is constrained (and actually there really wasn't anything I wanted). So I got a generic X-Wing pilot for 75c

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9. Board Game: Hometown Monopoly: La Crosse [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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On Sunday Rebecca mentioned she (and Terry) live on French Island. She was aware of CouleeCon (so my posters I brought down were noticed, or she overheard me talking about it to the front desk folks).

I mentioned our gaming at River City Hobbies (she was reluctant because of a lost order or something 5 years ago. I told her it had a new owner and location). She seemed more interested in our game day at Cornerstone (she has actually gone to the service there). I didn't have any business cards, but I told her to do a search on meetup.
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