My Kublacon 2015
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Every Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco Bay Area is one of the best local cons in the world. To me it seemed attendence was very good. I played a much of games with old friends and some new ones. Here is the list of games I played. The nice thing about Kubla is the whole hotel is set up for the con. The bad thing it seems the popularity of the con is maxing out the space. It was hard to get table space, and almost impossible to get in an organized game event. I tried to sign up for seven game events and got into one. Here is the list of games I played. I really wanted to play Terra Mystica with expansion, and Staufer Dynasty but did not. These two games were my only regrets.
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1. Board Game: Polis: Fight for the Hegemony [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:535]
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Checked in to hotel, got in pre-reg line to get badge, and sat down and learned to play this interesting game. I was Sparta, and I could not win any sea battles, and I ran into food issues late trying to expand too much to siege some of Athens key holdings. An underrated game.
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2. Board Game: The Last Spike [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:3138]
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This is on kick starter right now, and a proto type was available to play. Basically you are speculating on what cities will score their land deeds and you are hoping to place the last spike for 20 dollar bonus. Most money wins. This a quick fun game, a good gateway game or filler. Best with 4.
 
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3. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:94] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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My only organized game. Played 6 player game had a blast. This is a game I wished I played more. I built a western link which helped me more than I thought it would, but I could only get4 link deliveries at the end and that just won't cut it.
 
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4. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:22]
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After dinner and some Guiness on draft, played this game twice in a row. A full five player, and then a three player on the Brittania map. I like the new map. I think 5 might be too much for this game but 2,3 or 4 is awesome. In the five player game I just went into about nine different regions and went after Saturn and Mars cards and came out on top. The three player game was close I went Vintner and Jupiter in this game and just lost by a few points very close.
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5. Board Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:88] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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Finished my Friday with a 2 out 3 Star Realms. I lost 2 in a row but they were both nailbiters.
 
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6. Board Game: Murano [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:849]
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First game Saturday morning. A rondel type game where you have to move gondolas to take actions but might have to pay money to move some out of your way, and money is tight. Another winner from the team that brought us The Village.
 
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7. Board Game: Pandemic: The Cure [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:270]
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Played 4 player game. I rolled lousy early and we were just about out of dice in the bag but we made a come back and we were very close to getting our last disease cured but we rolled to out breaks in a row to to lose.
 
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8. Board Game: Lost Legends [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2088]
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At Kubla if you need players to join your game you put an orange flag out, I walked by and always want to try so I joined. Card drafting to get equipment then fight monsters. Repeat for round 2 and 3 for better gear and harder monsters. I enjoyed and will play again not sure it needs to be purchased.
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9. Board Game: ZhanGuo [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:399]
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A 3 player game, I taught to two new players, they caught on very well. This is probably my favorite game at the moment.
 
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10. Board Game: Scoville [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:539]
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After ZhanGuo, we got a five player game of Scoville. I can see this is a good game but. It is not for me I have trouble seeing how to get the different colors to be able to get black and gHost peppers. It is to much work and not enough fun for me.
 
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11. Board Game: Historia [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1011]
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Played another game of The Last Spike, had dinner, and played three player game of Historia. It was new to all three of us. Lots of icons to learn but pretty straight forward. I went heavy military and traded for technology,many all three of my leaders were military based. Not sure if we played the game totally right, but if we did I am not sure I like how the wonders work in the game, and how you can end a turn playing revolution cards, I got the lead so I played two actions and revolution to end rounds to end game. Want to try again, on the fence.this was the end of my Saturday.
 
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12. Board Game: XenoShyft: Onslaught [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:835] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
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Started out my Sunday with this new game. I enjoyed this 4 player co-op game that reminds me of Starship Troopers. Not sure we played a 100% correct, but it seems wave three was easier that I was hoping for. I will be playing this again so hopefully it will be a keeper. Half of the table rated this a 5 after we were done. Down time is an issue with 4 players.
 
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13. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:158]
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This is diffently in my top 5. I played a 4 player game it was a close game with just one point behind for second and four points behind for third. Lots of fighting for the Island in this game, and I usually get a fair mix of men and women, but in this game I only got 2 women. Really enjoyed this game session.
 
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14. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:39]
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A great game, a hard game, group picked the Volcano scenario. We lost, but had a great time trying to win. A wonderful game.
 
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15. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:69]
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A game I was excited to play at the con. I had a blast. Went industry and medal of Kiev, came is second on engineers and held on in a tight ending the other players went to Siberia.
 
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16. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:60]
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Played two sessions of this game, taught some new players the game, and then played another right away so they could really get a handle on the rules. This is a great con game. Fast loud and fun.
 
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17. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:122]
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I was heading to my room when a couple was sitting at a table reading rules to Splendor, so I asked if they needed help. They said yes and I taught and played a family favorite. My wife and daughter really like this one. I did a great job teaching because I lost 15 to 12 to 10!!!! A solid family game. This was the end of my Sunday.
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18. Board Game: Deus [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:305]
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Monday morning was check out time from hotel, packing up, and saying good byes. Some friends and I were planning on
Eclipse, but it just did not work out, so,we are going to play on Jume 20th. I had to catch a bus to the train station to take a hour train ride home, so I was going to leave but got in one more game. Played Deus three player. Went for building temples as fast as I could,it worked well. I got some good card combos for a close 2nd place finish. Picked up my stuff and headed home. I had a great Kubla.
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