JesseCon 2015: A Solo Convention
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This is the official GeekList tracking my plays at my first ever solo convention. Let's see how I do.
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1. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:305]
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I kicked off the con with my weekly game of Friday. It was my only my second time running through Level Four, and I absolutely got my tail kicked. I lost in the second phase when I couldn't pull any good cards to get me past a Further Exploring the Island card. A horrible start to the convention! Let's hope it gets better from here.

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 0-1

(By the way, this is part of my A Year of Fridays project. I'm 7-8 on the year so far)
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:42]
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My next game was 7 Wonders, using the solitaire variant by David Weiss. I had never tried this one out before, but I liked that it looked relatively easy to understand. There was a lot of consulting the chart for priority order, but I played through and ended up having the second place score - 44-40-37. I might have won had I not blown through all my money so I could purchase the final brick I needed for the third stage of my wonder. Good variant, I'd play again.

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 0-2
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3. Board Game: Delve: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:3581]
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I thought I'd pull out this one after 7 Wonders. I did two runs, one with the starting adventure and one with the Sands of Time. In the first, the spiders ended up stunning my entire crew, so that was that. In the Sands of Time, I managed to get to the Ankheg, who only needed one turn to wipe out all survivors (the rogue had been lost to the sandstorm).

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 0-4

This is not going well so far. Time for a dinner break!
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4. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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Finally got one in the win column! I successfully defeated Magneto as he tried to open Portals to the Dark Dimension. I think I made an error in scaling the game, misreading something in the solo setup rules, but I had fun, and I won, so I'll take it anyway.

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 1-4
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5. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:4526] [Average Rating:5.84 Unranked]
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I haven't played this since 2012. On one of the last occasions where I did, I nearly rage quit several times because NO ONE could win. I was actually actively trying to clear a path for anyone to end it, and no one else was cooperating with me. I finally had to leave, and we called it a win for the zombies.

A couple of people in the 1 Player Guild suggested this to me as a solo game. Since it's been rotting on my shelf for so long, I figured I'd give it a shot. I ended up playing the variant by Shaun Rice of Gaming Out of Suitcases in this video. And I really enjoyed it! This game is a lot more tolerable without the take that element. There's still no skill involved, but it's easier to get into the theme when the zombies are behaving mindlessly rather than being directed at you by other players.

Also...I won. Made it to the helipad and got out of Dodge. I lost two dudes in the process.

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 2-4
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6. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:559]
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I ended my evening with a couple of hands of the Cribbage solitaire variant I originally found in DeLynn Colvert's "Play Winning Cribbage" when I was a kid. The idea is that you want to hit 121 points in one play through of the deck. You only end up getting six hands, so you really have to optimize scoring. I ended up with 103 in the first game, and 118 in the second (SO CLOSE!!!)

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 2-6

Back to it in the morning. Good night!
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7. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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I played a round of Pandemic to open up Day 2. It's been a long time since I played this, so I set up a three-role game on Normal Difficulty. I had two outbreaks and three epidemics, but was able to keep things under control long enough to cure all four diseases. I think I drew an good combination of roles - Containment Specialist, Field Operative, and Scientist. (By the way, I have the original edition and I have mixed in some of the components from On the Brink - I didn't use anything else from the expansion except roles and Special Events).

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 3-6

I have a meeting in half an hour, so I'll be back to it later.
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8. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:942]
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A couple of rounds with Onirim to kick off the afternoon, and no success in either. I got to five doors in the first round and six in the second. This was just the base game, no expansions mixed in.

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 3-8
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9. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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I haven't played the solitaire robot version of RFTG in a long time, and I was a little shocked to get to the end of the game and find out that I WON. 39-36. I even did a recount, made sure I did all the math right, made sure I didn't miss anything, then did a little happy dance. I remember how difficult this one can be.

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 4-8
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10. Board Game: The d6 Shooters [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:6213]
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This PNP was recommended to me in the 1 Player Guild. Today was my first run-through, and I enjoyed it. I made it to Reno in 31 days, though in looking at the rules again, I screwed up how shootouts worked. But that's OK, I've found a good game I can play that doesn't really require a whole lot of mental effort, which can be a good thing.

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 5-8
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11. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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For this one, I used the SoloPlay variant (the older one). It was an interesting way to play, but I didn't realize how important collecting Dominions would be and thus ended up losing quite badly (48 points, and I needed 90+ for a victory). Still, nice to get that one to the table.

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 5-9
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12. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:18]
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After a TON of interruptions, I finally finished my first real solo play through of Mage Knight. This is the most intimidating game in my collection, and also the one I most wanted to play during this con. I'm sure I got a lot wrong (I know I missed several rules that I caught way after the fact), but I managed to storm both cities in the solo scenario outlined in the rules for victory! It's a great game, but boy is there a lot going on.

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 6-9
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13. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:583]
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I closed out the evening with a play through of the SoloPlay variant for Morels. I've played through this one before, and like it - very similar to the original game, and therefore easier to pick up than a lot of the SoloPlay variants. I scored 53 points, which according to the rules is a Major Victory! Good way to end out the day.

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 7-9

I may get in a game or two tomorrow, but if not, it's been a fun con. Hopefully I'll get to do it again sometime. Thanks for following along!
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14. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:161]
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Played through the Dummbot variant presented by Thomas Lajeunesse. I got lucky early on and was able to tax him a couple of crystals every time the season changed and ended up winning 132-124 127-124 (realized while cleaning up that I forgot to subtract five for a bonus action).

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 8-9

I think I have to play one more to see if I can hit .500 here.
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15. Board Game: 12 Realms [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:9061]
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I got this as a review game recently, and what better time to try it out solo! I threw in the Black Fortress, which makes things more complicated. I sent the Sugar Plum Fairy to the Island of Bones to battle Jack Rackham. And what happened?

OVERALL JESSECON RECORD: 9-9!!!

It was fairly easy, actually. Some lucky breaks here and there, and I was able to use her special ability to get a couple of crucial crowns. It was pretty fast - done in about 15 minutes.

And that's the con, ladies and gentlemen. Thanks for participating and giving me some good encouragement! It was fun!
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