My first (and probably last) 24 hour board game marathon
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So after being in this hobby for more then 20 years I have had my first 24 hour marathon. Not even during one of my 15 Gen Con's did I stay up 24 hours and play games. It started as a simple question to my game group on a rainy Sunday in April, "Do you think we could play games for 24 hours straight?". It was also done more in jest then anything else but the response I got was a resounding "Hell ya we can!" So the planning began, which consisted of a short trip to the grocery the morning of the event to buy 1 4-pack of Red Bull Blueberry (which tastes nothing like blueberries), a few packs of 5 Hour Energy (generic brand) and some bananas (non-organic). Planning complete. The following is how it all went down.
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1. Board Game: Parfum [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2121]
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3 PM: This was the first game of the marathon only because it was already sitting on the game table (just arrived from Kickstarter). Pretty fun and since it's the same designers as Fresco, another game we love, we hope they'll add a lot of little expansions/add-on's later on. It was also the only game I won during the marathon.
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2. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:56]
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4:30 PM: We wanted to get to this one early only because it can be a brain burner. We also never get to play this during our normal Sundays because of it's length, especially with 5 players. This one took about 3.5 hours with the Birds (Chris) coming out on top. Although during the last turn we realized we had been playing the Birds special ability wrong so it probably would have been the Arachnids (Rocco) that won. My Reptiles came in dead last but would't have if the Birds hadn't had super flying.
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3. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:257]
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8 PM: A great little game and one I've always historically sucked at. This wasn't on our list to play (made a list ahead of time of all the games we wanted to get to just so we wouldn't waste time picking) but I'm glad we did. Came in a very close 2nd place with 44 points. Looking forward to Matthias Cramer's new game Kraftwagon which uses the same mechanic found in this game.
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4. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:326]
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9:30 PM: This one is kind of weird and I still don't know what to think. I do love storytelling games but more along the lines of Arkham Horror or Eldritch Horror. I think if there was maybe a little more character creation it would have been a bit better. Some of the choices didn't make sense but we still had a good time playing it. This game also claimed our first (and only) sleep victim. It was now just after midnight and he fell asleep in his hands, sitting up at the table. We just kept playing around him and since it is a storytelling game we had his character meet a terrible doom.
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5. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:218]
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1 AM: We could NOT have had a 24 marathon without playing at least one Stefan Feld game. I could probably do another marathon playing just his games. Our group loves them all. Most of his games are pretty simple point scoring machines but finding the best way to run that machine is where the fun comes in. So excited to see TMG is reprinting Luna since that's the only one I don't have in my collection. Jeff (who fell asleep in his hands during our last game) has now moved to the couch. We decided that since he worked until 1 AM the previous night that he could take a few games off and take a nap.
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6. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:94]
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3 AM: Another great game and one I do pretty well at...usually. This time however (and I'm going to blame it on the early morning hour) I played horrible. This was also the only game I didn't write down the scores. But good job Rocco for playing an excellent game. Jeff is still sleeping at this point but his nap is about to come to an end!
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7. Board Game: Mangrovia [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:1119]
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5:30 AM: We're now back to five players and we needed something a bit lighter. The sun was staring to rise and I was feeling it. From this game on it's rough for me. This game is a cool little lite game. Another point making machine but still fun.
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8. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:73]
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7:30 AM: Another one that wasn't on our list but we decided we need something coop. We lost, again. Playing with State of Emergency and some cards from On the Brink we just come so close but just can't get over the hump. I also think we're at a disadvantage playing with 5 players. This causes the player deck to run out just too fast.
 
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9. Board Game: Paperback [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:311]
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9 AM: Before brunch (that my wonderful girlfriend prepared) we decided to try something different. I'll be the first one to admit that I'm a horrible speller, you probably found mistakes galore just in this posting alone. But we played it anyways because I'm definitely a deck builder fan. It's pretty good and a must buy if you have a girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband that won't play that many games with you but tries to get you to play Scrabble. A wonderful little mix of both gaming cultures. And surprise surprise I came in 3rd with 45 points, with 1st place getting 50 points so I didn't do too bad.
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10. Board Game: Camel Up [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:385]
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11 AM: At this point it was now about 11 AM and we could see the finish line. We also had another guy from our Sunday group show up to play a few games with us so we had 6 players. We tried this at Gen Con this past year and thought it was a lot of fun. Just a simple little betting game with lots of yelling and screaming. Almost pure luck but still a good game for what it is.
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11. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:43]
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12:45 PM: Still one of my absolute favorite games. I think its the only game that I suggest to new players getting into our hobby to try that I still play. I love the fact its known throughout my group that Rocco and myself enjoy playing the resource denial game. Then before we play everybody jockeys for a seat around the table so they don't have to sit on either side of us. Although that strategy can backfire and it usually does, it's pretty sweet when it works. The finish line is within sight, 1 more hour!
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12. Board Game: King of New York [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:434]
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2 PM: At this point we just needed something we could just glaze through. And this was perfect. I had fallen asleep a few times throughout our adventure including once during Pandemic WHILE I was drawing my player cards, but now I was hyped because this was it, we had survived. And then I died. At least my monster did. But I didn't care because my day was complete, I had made it through 24 hours of playing games. Will I do this again? I'm not sure but I am sure that when I picked my hobby that I picked the right one.
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