Geekend Turns 18
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Geekend is a recurring fantastic weekend where a group of us get together for a long weekend dedicated to gaming. We've been doing this for over five years and I dare say we do it right. The majority of us all live in greater Portland, Oregon. In order to really turn it into a get-away we rent a house on the Oregon coast from Thursday until Sunday morning. Pretty much everyone takes Friday off from work, tries to get an early start on Thursday. The size of this event has varied but generally we have somwhere between 15 and 20 people that join. I think our largest geekend actually hit 22 and our smallest was likely the first which was only 7 people.

We hold geekend more or less quarterly. There are always at least three each year. The fourth depends on whether or not we decide to try and meet up at PAX in Seattle. We did that this past year but in 2013 we actualy had a 4th Geekend when PAX sold out so fast that nearly none of our regular participants were able to go. The weekend is always a good time; we plan collaborative dinners, play those long games that there never seems to be time for, introduce each other to new games, drink & generally have a great time. We also have a fantastic tradition of ending each night with Werewolf. There's nothing quite like Werewolf with 15 to 20 people who know each other's Werewolf styles pretty well. About the only downside of Geekend is the fact that Sunday morning seems to come entirely too fast.

A few years ago, Ron, the creator and organizer of Geekend, put together a Geeklist to try and track & capture the fun of one of these weekends. it's here. this time around i'm hoping to do the same and will also be encouraging all of the participants to contribute as well.

it's Thursday morning, easily the best portion of the Geekend experience. anticipation is high and all anyone can think about is all the games they are going to have the chance to play. this is when the weekend feels truly endless. if only that were true.

The Geekend Cast of Characters (to date not everyone is actually a BGG user which is mind boggling but it kind of is what is. here's who I can confirm will be in attendance.

Our co-creators

Ron & Adam

Supporting Cast

Chuck
Paul
Jimbo
Lewis
Justin
Chibbs
Napoleon
James
Gerrit

May the weekend commence!
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1. Board Game: Black Thursday [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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It's Thursday which is fantastic. All we have left is gaming. Sure there's that half day of work that we need to get through and a drive to the coast but that only builds the anticipation.

Alright Geekenders, show me we're going to make this documentary style geeklist work by posting a comment.
 
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2. Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:247]
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We got in a good game of Sheriff of Nottingham during lunch. This might be one of my favorite social games yet. The mechanics are solid, but the amount of bribery, bluffing, and negotiation are what really make the game shine. By the end of the game the two highest scores were, far and away, the people that participated in backroom deals at every opportunity.
 
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3. Board Game: Deus [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:303]
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Starting this game now. Chuck will crush us, Colin has already expressed disdain with "iconography". Love this game.
 
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4. Board Game: Scoville [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:529]
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It's time to breed some peppers.
 
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5. Board Game: Tragedy Looper [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:526]
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2 quotes from Chuck

"it's groundhog's day the game"

followed by

"it's a japanese game, it's not supposed to make sense"
 
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6. Board Game: Monikers [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:446] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
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Party Game time and apparently our host has forgotten Werewolf. I will try to recover.
 
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7. Board Game: Imperial Settlers [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:133]
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51st State is to New Era is to Imperial Settlers. All of these are good but I think this is my favorite.
 
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8. Board Game: King's Forge [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1433]
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Everyone in my group has been talking this game up quite a bit. I am really psyched to play it.

First Impression: What a fantastic 1st player token.
 
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9. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:66] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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Been looking forward to this one, trust no one.
 
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10. Board Game: Shadows of Malice [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:2838]
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A fully coop dungeon crawler. this is a good change of pace after playing our friends' prototype which was a remarkably non-cooperative dungeon crawl. it was called Dungeons & Flagons and it was great.
 
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11. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Battle for Faerûn [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:884] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
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Napoleon and I played a couple rounds. Much dice. Such text.

We each won 1 round. My lightning deck trounced the first bout, his mind flyer and dracolich stomped the second.
 
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12. Board Game: Super Motherload [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:491]
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Digging on Mars. What could be more awesome?
 
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13. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:120]
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Heard a lot about this one. no theme but a good abstract. we'll see, these sorts of games usually don't work for me.
 
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14. Board Game: Alchemists [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:82]
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Finally getting this bad boy on the table. Excite.
 
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15. Board Game: The New Era [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:805] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Finally played this! Been itching to play for nearly 6 months now.

Great game. Didn't win, but it started to click by the end. Really looking forward to more plays!
 
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16. Board Game: Viticulture [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:123]
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Sitting around the table with a view of the sunset, drinking wine, and playing a board game about making wine. Really doesn't get much better than this.
 
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17. Board Game: Coup: Reformation [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Nice fast and light game of intrigue and lies.
 
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