Geekway to the West 2015
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Geekway to the West is a wonderful convention held in St. Louis, Missouri every year in May. It offers 4 days of meeting gamers, playing in tournaments, winning prizes, and binging on boardgames. This is what I did this past weekend.
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1. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:2205]
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This first entry encapsulates the spirit of Geekway. I walked into the "play and win" room moments after arriving and saw somebody sitting at a table with Roll for the Galaxy set up. We introduced ourselves and just began chatting. It turns out that he had brought his game "Most Glorious Comrades" for entry into the game design competition that was taking place. We played a quick round as we waited for more players for RoftG.
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2. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:60]
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After a quick game of Most Glorious Comrades, we had enough players show up for a 4 player game. This was one of the many "play and win games" at Geekway. (Every time you play a play and win game, each player puts their name on a card with the name of the game on it. At the end of the con, each game is raffled off to people who played that game.)
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3. Board Game: Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:315]
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Three of us from the Roll for the Galaxy game moved over to another table to play a different play and win game.
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4. Board Game: Scoville [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:517]
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This was yet another play and win game.
 
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5. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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Finally, a new to me game! This too was a play and win game.
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6. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:209]
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It was getting pretty late at this point. There was much more elbow room, and many of the people I had been playing with throughout the day were tapping out. That's fine, there is always another group willing to play late into the night.
 
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7. Board Game: Diamonds [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:663]
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This was also a play and win game(and another new to me game). Unfortunately the play and win room closed at 11 pm. Fortunately, we checked this out overnight.
 
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8. Board Game: Ra: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1122]
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This is a great game, especially because you can convince somebody who is about to leave to stay up a little longer to be your 4th.
 
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9. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:373]
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There were 3 of us left. This took us to 4 am, and the end of the first day.
 
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10. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:169]
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Nothing like staying up until 4 am the night before, and then coming right back at 10am for a 9 hour game of Here I Stand.
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11. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:60]
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After the grueling battle, I met up with a friend of mine who is new to the boardgaming hobby. The two of us sat down to play this with another fellow I had met the day before. I was happy to teach a new game to a new gamer.
 
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12. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:60]
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He was happy to play it again right away.
 
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13. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:113]
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After 2 rounds of Roll for the Galaxy, the two of us went downstairs to play something else. We set up splendor, and who but Mark Corsey(Markee Games) shows up to play.(and beat us handily)
 
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14. Board Game: Zendo [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:698]
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Mark decided to call it a night, but we were bound and determined to play on. We played a total of 4 games of Zendo, and gradually grew from 3 players to 6.
 
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15. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:52]
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That was the end of the night for that group, but like I've said before: There is always another group willing to go later. This was also a play and win game.
 
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16. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:373]
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This time 4 of us played this. This was the end of another 4am gaming day.
 
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17. Board Game: The Game of 49 [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2413]
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I didn't make it in until about 11 on Saturday. As you walk into the main hall, there are vendors and a plethora of game demonstrations. I saw Mark demonstrating this, and decided that I needed to get revenge for Splendor. (I didn't. A third player won)
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18. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
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I taught this one to my new to gaming friend. He described it as "fun, but taxing."
 
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19. Board Game: Roar-a-Saurus [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:6043]
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We decided to play something lighter after TS. I saw a couple of people I know carrying this, so we went for it. Play and win game.
 
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20. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:12]
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Still with my new to gaming friend, I decided it was time to show him a game by my favorite designer. We sat down, set up, and were promptly joined by 2 other players.
 
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21. Board Game: Hyperborea [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:520]
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Play and win game. I really liked it, but I was dead tired and did terribly.
 
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22. Board Game: Red7 [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:545]
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I grabbed an energy drink and sat down for another play and win.
 
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23. Board Game: Buccaneer [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2212]
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The hall was mostly empty at this point. Our Red7 group merged to form a 5 player game of Buccaneer.
 
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24. Board Game: Vanilla Ice Electronic RAP Game [Average Rating:3.75 Unranked]
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I didn't play this, but it gets an honorable mention because the table next to us was providing us with a wonderful 2am gaming soundtrack.
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25. Board Game: Harbour [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1241]
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This was my door prize, so I was happy to learn it... at like 3 am. This concludes Geekway day 3.
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