1st Year at Origins: 2015
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I had a guide, a Bedouin man, who called me 'Abu el Banat'. And whenever we'd meet another Bedouin, he'd introduce me as Abu el Banat. And the Bedouin would laugh and laugh and offer me a Pint of beer. (cont below)
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And I'd go to pay them for the beer and they wouldn't let me. "Abu el Banat" means "father of daughters." They thought the beer was the least they could do.
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four intrepid gamers conquered Origins!














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was our stalwart driver; he represented our group in a bunch of "giant..." events and joined me in singing along to the radio. Thank you for driving, Troy!





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wielded a tablet (for in-car gaming), a foam mace (for keeping Chris in line), and salty language (to scandalize us all). She also did her part to support the exhibitors at the con.











Hahn Arama
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I had a guide, a Bedouin man, who called me 'Abu el Banat'. And whenever we'd meet another Bedouin, he'd introduce me as Abu el Banat. And the Bedouin would laugh and laugh and offer me a Pint of beer. (cont below)
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And I'd go to pay them for the beer and they wouldn't let me. "Abu el Banat" means "father of daughters." They thought the beer was the least they could do.
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offered constant harassment to everyone within earshot, carried my stuff all day, made sure everyone got drinks at dinner, and escorted me to the Plaid Hat booth multiple times.












It was a fantastic time and I hope some Indy folks will be up for going again next year!

My enduring apologies to the Plaid Hat crew for not bringing them any food. I will regret it forever and make up for it at Gen Con!
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1. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Phoenix Elves vs Tundra Orcs [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:450] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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It's 7 AM and I hop in Troy's backseat. I'm pretty sure we didn't even make it to the end of the block before Denise whipped out her tablet and suggested we play some Summoner Wars. This is a woman who KNOWS HER AUDIENCE. We had a lively Elien v. Elien match. She had a lot of really tough rolls.
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2. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:580]
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Next up was 6 Nimmt! aka the cow game. I'm not especially good at this game. First Chris whined about being invited to participate, then joined us all in cursing the game as we passed the tablet around.

Chris: This game SUCKS.
Denise: Son of a...I hate you all.
Christy: Oh COME ON. Really?!? Who played the 75?
Troy: [happily driving]
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3. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:454]
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We played a LOT of 6 Nimmt, which means Denise and I didn't finish our game of Kingdom Builder before we got to Columbus. (On her tablet, I played as "Player" and Denise played as "Christy". Naturally.) We did manage to wrap it up on the return trip. I really like KB, although the hard copy is much more satisfying.
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4. Board Game: King of New York [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:433]
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We were stunned at how chill Origins is. On Saturday, presumably their busiest day, there was so much room to wander in the exhibit hall. So much personal space. Conversations could be had at a reasonable volume and you could explore at your own pace. The people at the game library were pretty helpful, although it would be nice if they offered a 1-day ribbon for, say, $10 in addition to a 4-day ribbon for $20.



It was great to see a few Plaid Hat guys just briefly. Of course at a con in a busy dealer hall it's never as long as you want it to be. Good thing Gen Con is still coming up!

We played a partial game of King of New York but didn't get a chance to finish. I thought it was ok, but King of Tokyo still has a place in our collection (esp. with the Broken Token organizer -- they were there by the way) and I have no plans to get KoNY.
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5. Board Game: Rhino Hero [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:612] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
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I only made a couple of purchases. The first one was jumbo dice to use for Qwixx. I was thrilled that Chessex had a booth there. I also picked up a souvenir die to represent Origins 2015 in my dice collection.

HABA was there and several of them were wearing purple capes to promote Rhino Hero. I've seen and heard some buzz about it recently and HAD to get it. Dave et al., please play this with me!!!
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6. Board Game: Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:386]
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It was great to see Ashes being demoed at the Plaid Hat booth. I never sat down for a demo because 1) the table was always busy and 2) I already preordered the game so I wanted to let other people try it. Super cool to see the real copies, and I can't wait for it to get here!!!

We ate lunch and then on my recommendation, Denise and I had some Jeni's ice cream at the North Market. I have loved Jeni's for years. She comes up with the coolest flavors you've ever heard of and executes them so well, it is beyond belief. If I could give people going to Origins ONE tip, it would be to go there. I can't recommend it enough. The flavors I tried were popcorn (seriously! it was incredible) and root beer (so authentic).
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7. Board Game: Flick 'em Up! [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:545]
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We saw the cutest dexterity game! Imagine a Wild West-themed "shoot-'em-up" type game in which you flick discs to shoot at people. That's basically this game. It looked like a lot of fun.

This isn't the best photo but you get the idea...

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8. Board Game: Cubist [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2363]
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Denise and I found part of an open gaming table and played a full game of Cubist. This one is going on my wishlist. Compared to Blueprints, I thought the decisions were more interesting and that I had more control over my fate. Great game. Denise also bought Marco Polo and Viva Java dice! Can't wait to play VJ dice, and let us know what you think about the other one when you get a chance to play it. Marco!

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9. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:21]
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We ate an early dinner and then played Concordia in the Rio Grande room as our last hard-copy game of the day. I gave a brief overview and then it was off to the races. Unfortunately we all kind of hit the wall toward the end and Chris just wanted somebody to buy the last card, so I did even though it wasn't the absolute best move for me. Oh well.

I wanted a nice picture of the four of us and Chris wouldn't look at the camera...

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10. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:682]
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On the way back, Denise taught me Hey That's My Fish! and we played a round. The app ran pretty smoothly, although I always envisioned the penguins moving adjacent instead of any amount in a straight line.

What a fantastic day. Thanks to my cohorts and everybody who put the convention together. I hope I get a chance to go next year, and maybe Ben will come with me!
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