Fitz, Keenan & Isiah hit Origins
Mike Fitzgerald
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Well this was my and Keenan's 7th year and Isiah's first. What a great 3 days, from the ride up, to the games, visiting with friends and lots of good eating.

Here's what we played and what I bought.
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1. Board Game: Diamonds [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:665]
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There were a few games on my “to buy” list and Diamonds was the fist game I snagged. We also got a demo game in at the Stronghold booth to help get an overview. We played Diamonds many times by ourselves and with others other the next few days. (Bought)
 
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2. Board Game: Pictomania [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:600]
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When we finished Diamonds a table opened up with Pictomania and 2 of our friends happened to be walking by. We all got a few round in. I have Telestrations, but the scoring and real-time drawing with all players drawing and selecting really pushed this one above other drawing games. Did not buy – yet.
 
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3. Board Game: Krosmaster: Arena [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:942] [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked]
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We saw the large area Japanime had last year and this year they had many different versions of the game setup (regular, large, a resin cast?). Many people were playing and a competition was going on so we thought we'd find out more. We jumped in with another player and tried an intro game (I know we did not use a lot of advanced rules). But we did not get what the fuss was all about. One character ended up chasing another around, one throwing water balloons, the other only having a punch attack.
 
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4. Board Game: Flick 'em Up! [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:545]
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We played a scenario on the double scale version of this game and loved it. There was actually a strategy to where you could hide your character and even advanced weapons (a Winchester template). We played a 2 on 2 game. If I thought I could get this to the table I would have bought it. More fun than I expected. The sheriff model got one wooden “bullet” under each arm for 2-handed shooting. Very cool. Really stayed in the theme.
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5. Board Game: Run, Fight, or Die! [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1162]
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A Die Rollin' Press Your Luck Zombie Game. Bit too long. Priced way too high.
 
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6. Board Game: Arctic Scavengers [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:950]
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I could not locate this to buy (later finding out a reprint is due soon), so I checked a copy out of the CABS library. Dominion with an actual theme. We all really liked this one. Already have my it on my game store wish list.
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7. Board Game: Shoot Your Friends [Average Rating:5.82 Unranked]
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Play cards on other players until sets are formed, then pick up a plastic gun and, well, Shoot Them!
Frantic. I never knew where to watch. Too fast for me. Keenan and Isiah liked it.
 
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8. Board Game: Alien Labyrinth [Average Rating:6.55 Unranked]
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A soon to be kickstarter game about exploring an alien craft, except, you never run into any aliens. You flip over cards revealing rooms and gathering items to use or trade for tokens. Once someone has 10 tokens they try to race to the escape pod. After all the tiles were revealed, it got very tiring trying to move through labyrinth.
 
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9. Board Game: Baseball Highlights: 2045 [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:366]
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Another on my “to buy” list. Grabbed a copy early and we played it a few times. Keenan and Isiah had this as their “goto” game if we had any down time (and surprisingly enough, we did not have that much down time). Ingenious deck builder. Baseball feel, not a simulation. Build your team, by the end of the season, you have a powerhouse. Really like this one. (Fitz is 2 for 2 so far, the designer, not me) (Bought)
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10. Board Game: Spyfall [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:406] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
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Also on the “to buy” list. We played this quite a few times with different people. The first games are always awkward, but once you get the feel, the spy can actually win. We even had real players do so poorly, we voted against them. Great laughs, wild game. (Bought)
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11. Board Game: Prohis [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:4321]
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I consider this Sheriff of Nottingham “lite”. You try get legal and illegal good to your warehouse but any other player can inspect it. The other difference is that they don't get to inspect everything. So if they don't choose well, items may still slip through. Bribes are still important. $10 game from the new adult line of Blue Orange Games. I heard someone going on about the game in another booth and had to find it. (Bought)
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12. Board Game: Colt Express [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:306]
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I had heard that the way other players cards can change your actions and mess up your turn made this game feel random and uncontrolled at times, but this was very cool. You did get to see most of the other players actions and had to try and guess what their hidden action may be. We had a fourth join us at the demo and everyone liked the game. It was fast enough that bad moves didn't matter that much. I am still considering this one.
 
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13. Board Game: Trash War [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:11315]
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A friend bought this card game and we all played. A take that game tossing garbage at each others' wall trying to destroy it. Not much new here except that some cards don't get recycled back into the deck each round and it gets tighter (less defense) each round. This helps eliminate the endless cycle of two players go on and on forever that plagues this type of game.
 
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14. Board Game: Hogger Logger [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:12823]
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Same group bough another small deck game of guessing if a card will be higher (Hogger) or lower (Logger) than a central card. But the other players can keep changing this center card. Bit of a mess, lot of luck. Then it's over.
 
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15. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:744]
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I got this in the math trade and we played it later in that day. Keenan and Isiah loved it. You all should know about this one by now.
 
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16. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2334] [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
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Another title I got in the math trade. Just a game I've wanted for years, a classic. Opened it up, never played, cards still uncut. Spinner brand new. Oh my!
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17. Board Game: Convert [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:5852]
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On our final vendor stroll doing the last minute "impulse buys" we came across this neat puzzle/game. Quite the little brain burner for 2 players. A nice coffee table game that felt like a mix of Othello and Go. (Bought)
 
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