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My BorderCon 2016 - Wot I played
Paul Long
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BorderCon 2016 was a blast. It's such a friendly con with people sharing and playing games for 4 days. No pressure and a great venue.

This is my second BorderCon and its like a mini-universe - reconnecting with friends from last year like there was no time in between.
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1. Board Game: Crate Packing Simulator 2015 [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
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Packing is finished, well for the games anyway. Just have to fit clothes and toiletries in
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2. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:129]
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And we are off.

No I didn't play Go, but after this will be games that I actually played!
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3. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:290]
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First game of the Con! Played twice for 23 then 20 points. Included the memorable quote from Cyber Kev "It plays the tile or it gets the hose".

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4. Board Game: Three Kingdoms Redux [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:856]
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This is a war-themed worker placement with bidding. The twist is that your bids (the generals) are asymmetrical. Interesting, glad I played, but probably not for me.

Thanks a lot Neil for teaching and playing.

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5. Board Game: Citrus [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1544]
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A Euro without wheat! Pretty tile laying, area control and good decisions. (Money or points??)

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6. Board Game: Flick 'em Up! [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:577]
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Finger slingin' cowboys attack the saloon in Flick em Up. A lot of fun in a dexterity game. This game would keep kids (big and small) amused for extended periods. Certainly an equaliser for various ages. Some good thought in the provided scenarios.

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7. Board Game: Quadropolis [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:257]
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Wonderful light/medium weight city builder with bit of a puzzle aspect - you have to align what you take from the grid with where you put it in your city.

Very colourful. Very accessible. We dove straight into the Expert version. This one would be good for the family.
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8. Board Game: Kolejka [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1291]
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Queuing up for goods at Communist era Polish stores. Sound like fun?

Well it is fun. Hilarious fun. Random, chaotic, some take that, but everyone was laughing. So heavy on the satire that it got banned in Russia - which is sure to increase sales everywhere else!

Very take that, but all 5 of us were laughing the whole time.
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9. Board Game: The Gallerist [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:65]
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A complex and beautiful economic worker placement game. Set time aside to learn this one, and play it. Expect to have. Multiple plays before it sinks in. Slightly cooperative as life in the competitive art industry requires you to sometimes have aligned goals.
I need to play this again to feel like I understand the rules.
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10. Board Game: Mombasa [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:66]
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My absolute highlight of the con. (Thank you Melissa for teaching.) so good that I found some people to teach so I could play again!

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11. Board Game: A Study in Emerald [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:646]
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I've wanted to play this since it came out. I love the Neil Gaiman story, and the theme certainly comes through. Close game with some initial deception interfering with the glorious Loyalists. The pesky Restorationists had their own problems with vampirism. Sherlock Holmes fell to a zombie horde. Cthulhu utterly destroyed St Petersburg. 3 way tie for last place saw the Loyalists eliminated and a winner was miles ahead.

I'm keen to try the second version too.

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12. Board Game: Unfair [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:657]
 
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Build your own amusement park. Great fun, very thematic and good interaction for a building game. Beautiful art too. Coming to kickstarter next month! (Come on, hurry up!!)

Played prototype expansion decks (Gangster, Alien, Western) only to lose an entire ride to the aliens. Messed up a blueprint or two. I had a dismal score, but it was still great fun.
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13. Board Game: Watson & Holmes [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:809]
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A well designed competitive deduction game. Competition is very polite with bidding to access locations. If you incorrectly guess, you still have a role - as Sherlock Holmes.

Got to play two more scenarios!
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14. Board Game: 27th Passenger: A Hunt On Rails [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:3900]
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Fun but nasty deduction and player elimination game. Still fun, but really promotes "I've got to get you before you get me", so the smallest target wins.
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15. Board Game: After the End [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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That was all that I played. I'm hoping to be back next year!
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