The 8th Annual Indycon Geeklist
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I can't believe Indycon is over already! Best gaming weekend of the year, and thanks again to Dave and Tami Koch, and Adam and Krista Daulton, who all go way out of their way to make it the best open gaming convention possible!
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1. Board Game: Coal Baron [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:470]
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First game of the con - played this with Ben, Jerry (not THE Ben and Jerry, just a random Ben and a random Jerry! ) and Aristedes. I taught - this will be a common comment on this list I won, too - and for once that is not the only time on the Indycon geeklist where I will get to say that!

I really like Coal Baron - it hits that sweet spot, an attractive, medium weight Euro with an interesting theme. I could easily fill up my entire shelves with these sorts of games!
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2. Board Game: Roar-a-Saurus [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:6124]
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Tami wasn't feeling well, and wanted to play some lighter, non-taxing games, so we played a couple rounds of Roar-a-saurus from the Play to Win table. (She was trying to win it for her grandkids, and I was trying to win it for my son.) For a speed game, this is cute, although I would definitely recommend to whoever did win this - laminate the player boards!!
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3. Board Game: Sushi Go! [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:344]
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Keeping with the lighter game theme, Tami and Jerry and I played Sushi Go! next. Tami had already played it, but I taught it to Jerry. Tami had never played it with the soy sauce promo before - so Dave Koch, I know you'll read this, pick this up from the BGG store before it's gone, your wife wants it and said that you could!!
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4. Board Game: Las Vegas [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:475]
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After Sushi Go!, we got in one more light game. Jerry taught this to Tami & she really liked it. I really have to pick up a copy of this before it gets hard to find, it's a fun little dice filler & I'd sure like to make sure I can keep playing it.
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5. Board Game: Alchemists [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:81]
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About the time we were finishing Las Vegas, Dave showed up and brought all the new hotness with him Including Alchemists, so we punched that out and gave it the first of several plays that it would see of the con.

I liked it ok. The app worked well, and I totally understand why an app is the right way to do this particular game, but it did get a little tedious. It seemed to break the flow of game play to stop, grab the phone, and start punching buttons. I have no idea WHY, I have after all been known to pull out my phone and check a text or email when my kids are at a sitter's, and THAT doesn't seem to bug me, but the app for Alchemists did.

Still, I did like other aspects of the game - it's attractive, the deduction and worker placement combination made for some interesting decisions, and I'm glad I got to play it.
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6. Board Game: Jungle Rumble [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:5128]
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Dave brought this cute small print run Taiwanese game about building your tribe of kitties and taught it to Shea and Angie. It was my second play, and it really is quite cute, and a little more complex than you expect for a game featuring cute kitties It ends a little abruptly, though.
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7. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:82]
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I've been trying to get to play this game for several weeks now, and Dave was kind enough to bring it and teach it. Really liked it - better than Suburbia, which I also like a good bit. I made good use of the food rooms and was able to take three actions on one turn because of them - PLUS I had the bonus card for food rooms at the end of the game, so even better

I may have to worry about Dave a little bit, though, his castle seemed to be mostly dungeon... :lol:
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8. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:380]
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After this we played a couple rounds of Coup. We were a paranoid bunch - there wasn't NEARLY as much lying going on as there was people accusing each other of lying!!
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9. Board Game: Macao [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:242]
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The other Coup players went off to play Alchemists again, so Brian and I set up a game of Macao, which is probably my favorite Feld. I got some shipping bonuses that made me a lot of points for shipping, and Brian got a got of goods tiles for a large contiguous area. This really isn't bad with two, but I do think it's better with three or four, as we didn't really get in each other's way much. Still, I'm always glad to play this.
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10. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:104]
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Phil and I had arranged to play a learning game of this - I'd played it solo to learn the rules, but neither of us had played it otherwise. We played the Fat Lipki scenario, and I learned one thing.

If you are teaching this, let the OTHER person play the Russians!!!

Seriously, I kicked Phil's butt so hard that he actually surrendered a few turns before the end. But, he liked the system and we'll get to play again - the important thing was that we learned it!
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11. Board Game: Pay Dirt [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2244]
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Then Kevin came down, and Dave Novak and Joann showed up, and Todd agreed to learn a new game, so we all played Pay Dirt. It was a learning game for everyone but me, but it's fairly simple to learn if you've played very many Euros, which we all had. I feel like this has the feel of an older Euro, what with the auction and the combination of screwage and catch-up in the hardship cards. I like it a lot, and so did Kevin, but a learning game for five takes a LOT longer than we thought it would, probably 3 1/3 hours... Kevin and I played this again on Sunday, a three player game with only one person learning it, and THAT game was about 90 minutes, so I do think the 90 minutes - 2 hours time on the box is correct, just maybe not for the first game.
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12. Board Game: Vinhos [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:298]
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Now this was another scheduled game - AND the THIRD game I had taught that day. Also the third game I had PLAYED that day... I was losing my voice a bit by the end of the explanation, and this is a BEAR of a game to explain. Still, it's really good, and now a few more people know it. SOMEDAY I will get in a game of this with everyone already knowing how to play it!!
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13. Board Game: Power Grid Deluxe: Europe/North America [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:153]
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After teaching three games, I was ready for something I DIDN'T have to teach, and Kevin and I ALWAYS play a new map of Power Grid at Indycon, so this was the perfect choice for after Vinhos. I came in second - Todd and I tied with no money left, so we actually rejoiced in our shared victory. Or at least had a good laugh about how that's never happened before

Always love Power Grid, there's always something odd that happens in every game. Not sure how I feel about the color scheme But I do like the new map and the new natural gas resources and the new power plants.
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14. Board Game: 1846: The Race for the Midwest [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:534]
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We had originally planned to play 1846 Friday night with the guys we normally play 1846 with, but when Friday rolled around, Dave & I found that they weren't interested in playing with the same people they always play with and the same game they always play when there were 150 other new people and a thousand or so new games to play, the jerks :lol: So, no Friday night 1846.

But, Dave managed to round up some NEW people for us to play with, so we ended up having Saturday night 1846, yay! I started as the fourth of five players, so I took the Meat Packing Company as my only private and hoped for the ICC, which I got, parred at 112, and got one 2 train and two 3/5 trains as my starting trains. ICC always paid out, had two East-West runs, never suffered for lack of trains, share price well above everyone else until very close to the end of the game. I thought I was doing pretty well, but when the dust settled I was in fourth and only about $40 above the fifth place. I honestly have NO idea how I went so wrong - Dave said at one point fairly close to the end that he thought we were battling for second, and I was pretty sure I had a solid third place. But everyone else was way ahead of me. Pretty discouraging, honestly, just because I really don't know what truck hit me But, still, I got to play, and that's the main thing!
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15. Board Game: Rococo [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:197]
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It was pretty late by the time 1846 wrapped up, and daylight savings time was about to steal an hour from us, but I didn't feel like going to bed yet, so Kevin and Troy and I played a late night game of fancy dresses. I don't remember too much about it other than there were a lot of long pauses due to people forgetting that we were supposed to be awake... :lol:
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16. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:116]
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So now we come to Sunday morning and I'm operating on about three hours of sleep, so I didn't want to play anything new today I still ended up teaching new games though! Taught this and then proceeded to play the WORST game of Splendor I've ever played, with I think seven points at the end... Yikes!
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17. Board Game: Epic Resort [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2848]
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After Splendor, Kevin and I played that game of Pay Dirt talked about previously, and then decided to try another Kickstarter special, Epic Resort. I really like the way this game comes together, it's got a lot of humor in it and the mechanics tell the story, too. I know there's a lot of crud on Kickstarter, but this and Pay Dirt are two of the best I've gotten so far.
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18. Board Game: Le Passe-Trappe Grande [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:5032]
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Dave brought in this, and Whacky Wit to set up since the crowds were starting to think out by now. He taught me to play this and I lost in about a minute I kept trying to scoot the disks, a la air hockey, too, and that didn't help It was fun though, if a bit loud
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19. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:542]
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Now we had a four player teaching game of Palaces, and really, I don't want to play this with new people any more. I TOLD them I was going to beat them, I told them HOW I was going to beat them, I told them what they needed to do to stop me. I still lapped them. I feel bad about it, too!!

So from now on, I'm not playing this with anyone unless their name is Dave, Todd, Brian, Andrew, or Ross
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20. Board Game: Nations: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:721]
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Dave also had brought this at my request, and I wanted to play it before I left, so fortunately Andrew had enough brain left to teach it I built a lot of Wonders, but got hammered on the books. I also tried to ignore reroll chips, which turned out not to be a good plan combined with my total lack of luck with the dice... Still, I'll be glad to play this again a few times! (Although I just saw that the MSRP for this is going to be $49.99, which honestly seems about $10 too high.) I will get to play this a few more times this week, though, so yay for that!


And that was the last game of this year's Indycon. Over too soon - even with too little sleep!
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