GenCon 2017 The good, the bad, and the ugly
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Another Gen Con has come and gone all too quickly.

Not sure what I hate more waiting for the next one or creating a geeklist

Well here goes.

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1. Board Game: Shut the Box [Average Rating:5.01 Overall Rank:15240]
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See this box....it was once full of games....Chris made almost $300 selling old games instead of letting them gather dust or getting new games via the math trade.

That makes Chris' wife very happy

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2. Board Game: Pocket Mars [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2696]
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I wanted to buy this one after playing it about 2 weeks before GenCon but it was an import form Poland. Lucky for me the guys over at

Board&Dice

sent a bunch of their games to GoodGames the day before GenCon started.

The first stop I made at 10:00 AM was to pick this up for $14.
Only down side was they were out of sleeves



This was also the first game I played on Wednesday



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for being a good sport, I don't think he cared for it but he didn't complain

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3. Board Game: Tiny Epic Quest [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:524]
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finally showed up and Sean asked if we would be willing to play this one and I said sure. I would play it again but I was a little disappointed. Gamelyn Games just kicks ass. Tiny Epic Galaxies Deluxe Edition is one of my favorite games but some of the design issues with this one made me sad.

That being said I would definitely play it again.






This is the look of disgust when you roll trolls on 4 of 5 dice



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4. Board Game Designer: Isaac Vega
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While sitting there gaming I saw my man Isaac walk by,and being on the receiving end of a rib crushing man hug, we posed.

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5. Board Game: Okey Dokey [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2993]
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showed up and we broke out this one. As Mike would say I was "not a fan of this one" after a 5 player game at Origins. With 3 it was definitely a better game.


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6. Board Game: The Fox in the Forest [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:699]
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Ar some point we lost Christy so Denise and I tried this one out. It's a 2 player trick taking game. I was a little leary going in but it has it's charm. Of the 13 cards, 4 suits, about 5 of them have game changing powers on them that change the rules of the hand.

The scoring mechanic was interesting also, if you ran the table you actually took negative points



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7. Board Game: NMBR 9 [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:816]
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finally decided to come on down we broke this one out again....



Still hate it.... I won't ever play it again.

My dislike of this one is almost as big as this pile of poo

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8. Board Game: Bob Ross: Art of Chill Game [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:2005]
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After that last one I needed to chill and take the edge off so Mike and I headed to the Sunking tapping party

Presented without comment

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9. Board Game: Brew Dice [Average Rating:6.49 Unranked]
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We meant up with Mike's friends we had a beer and listed to Lez Zeppelin it was time to take off. This game was on my list of stuff to check out and they were playing it right there on Georgia Street. Mike didn't want to stop but I talked him into it.



You can also see us playing in this video, its at the 28 second mark

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10. Board Game: Zombie-A-Go-Go [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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As is my tradition, every year I go high to watch the play my own version of Where's Waldo uh I mean Where's

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This year I actually went up to the 3rd floor, there is a skybridge than is perpendicular to the mob below.

After the undead horde runs into the Hall to fight over 500 copies of a game I normally find it is safe to enter the Hall around 10:20 AM



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11. Board Game: Professor Evil and The Citadel of Time [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:2809]
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After grabbing a little filler game I went over to the booth to demo "Dr Evil"

I was waiting in line for a demo when they told me they only had 200 copies and they had sold 100 already. I hate buying games sight unseen but I pulled the trigger on this one.

The good news is I've gotten a review from a source I trust and they guys really liked it

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12. Board Game: Valeria: Card Kingdoms – Flames & Frost [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
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I had backed this one on Kickstarter and it had actually arrived on Wednesday so I thought what the hell I will run over and have then show me what the new stuff does. I still had my nephew with me, until I lost him for 2+ hours when he stood in line at Piazo.



We had a great time until I realized that for some bonehead reason I did not add the new dice into my pledge, lucky for me they were selling them

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13. Board Game: The Expanse Board Game [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:1829]
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I LOVE this series of books and SyFy is doing a really good job of bring this one to the small screen so I had high hopes on this one.... ya I know it's WizKids. But a buddy told me Zev was brought on to make them a player in this category.

OH THE DISAPPOINTMENT!

The game board, yes eh finished product, looked like a gamma level prototype. No artwork just lines representing planets and the game played tanked. You would think they, SyFy, would have gone to GaleForce with this license,

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14. Board Game: Stuffed Fables [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:1084]
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I was lucky enough to play this one twice, and both times we played different scenarios. It's SOLID! My only complaint is I wish my kids were younger.It's a perfect entry into RPG...I'm looking at you Daulton.

The premise is you are the stuffed animals in a little girls room and you are protecting her form the monsters that live under her bed.



The minis are just beautiful



The only scary part of the game is the QR codes in the rule book. They are there to help your kids to set up the scenario. My fear is that 50 years from now someone will buy this at my estate sale after I am dead and they will click the code and have Rodney Smith explaining the game from beyond the grave
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15. Board Game: Star Trek: Ascendancy – Borg Assimilation [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked]
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OK this is another one that I got to play twice during GenCon, and let me tell you adding the Borg is like taking a torque wrench and setting it at 1200 ft/lbs. They are bad ass. It forces all the players to work together and kill them.

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16. Board Game: The Palace of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:2543]
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This was high on my list and it did not disappoint. The game is Co-Op in the fact you are building the palace together but my goal as the other player is to play tiles that only I score on. The timer mechanic is that at the end of each round you start building a moat around the place, once it is surrounded the game is over. It was very interesting


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17. Board Game: The Pyramid's Deadline [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:6511]
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Owe I had such high hopes on this one, I was thrilled that Oink Games was coming for the first time. I like some of their other stuff particularly Deep Sea Adventure. This game was not even in the same category. The rules were horrible, knew that going in, and of the 4 people in the booth 3 only spoke Japanese and the other spoke German, Japanese and broken English

But don't worry I played another Oink game around 1:00 AM Sunday morning that more than made up for it.(see more below)

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18. Board Game: The Captain Is Dead [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:981]
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I was intrigued by the Trek theme so right when I walked in the hall I took it for a spin. It left me feeling Blah. I know it's a lighter game but at no point was I feeling the stress of "Oh gods we're all going to die!"

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19. Board Game: Cities of Splendor [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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Somehow over the course of 3 days I ended up playing all 4 modules, and there is only (1) that I really want; The Orient. It adds new cards to all 3 stacks. If I could buy the modules separately I will be all over this one, but IMO it's not worth the $40 MSRP


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20. Board Game: Hotshots [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:2860]
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Yes I know it was a Co-Op but I had a blast playing, not because of superior game design but because I was playing with old friends. Well that and we were intentionally trying to trap and kill each other.






Unlike Jim Kirk is dead this one had some tension to it.

The component design was neat but it's not worth $35

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21. Board Game: Downforce [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:642]
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Fantastic game but I did not buy it.

1) multiple people in the group bought it
2) my family would not play it
3) While I really like it, if I am going to race I want to feel like I am racing aka Formula D

Would definitely play again

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22. Board Game: Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:5160]
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Once again I had high hopes because

1) it's GF9 and they killed it with the Firely
2) tactical miniatures ...sure
3) OK so it looked like a beta copy, see shattered Jayne
4) they had us all fill out a survey after we were done playing...uh oh it is still in development. To be honest that was a good thing. It still needs some major tweaks. I am hoping they listen to the feedback and fix it







Oh ya I KILLED Jayne

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23. Board Game Designer: Chris Kluwe
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So after my events Friday I walked back to the Hospitality Suite to have a few beers and see if I could play a quick game. My buddy Josh was there playing this card game and hew said Oh it's Twilight of the Gods and this is the designer... it took me a second to recognize him since he cut off all his hair

So after having my fan boi moment I just hug out talked NFL and how cool it was that he still standing up to, in no particular order. Nazi's POTUS, Alt Right, Gamer Gate asshats and haters in general.

What a good all around Dude

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24. Board Game: Century: Golem Edition [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:744]
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Once again I tried to get home at a decent hour because I had a full day of events the next day but my buddies needed a 4th and well they were 7 sheets into the wind so I knew I had a good shot at winning. Still not sure why people ran to get this one. Except for the art work it was just Century: Spice Road

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25. Board Game Publisher: Stronghold Games
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So Saturday morning I was waiting on Lyft to show up to take me back downtown and Fox59 had Buonocore on for the 2nd year in a row, he was a natural

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