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RinCon is pleased to announce that we will be featuring a brand new Play-to-Win section in the Game Library this year. An extra special thank you to Double Exposure and in turn to all of their partner publishers. We couldn't offer this without their generosity. Also special thanks to several individual contributors that have added titles.

The available PTW titles are listed below. You can check out one PTW title at a time from the Game Library anytime during Library hours. Since all of the games have an estimated playtime of under an hour, we ask that you do not keep any individual title for more than two hours.

When you return the game each convention attendee that played the game will be entered in a raffle to win that game. It's as simple as that! Limit one entry, per attendee, per game.

We will hold our Play-to-Win raffle at 11am Sunday. Two win maximum per attendee.


Stronghold Games
Not Alone
Get the Cheese!

Grandpa Beck's Games
Skull King
Cover Your Assets

Paw-Warrior Games
Ambyria: Shroud of the Shadow Demon

Bezier Games
Terra

Grail Games
Circus Flohcati
Doughnut Drive-Thru

Thames & Kosmos
Kerala
Brutal Kingdom

Red Knight Card Games
Sword of Kings

Company regretfully reported they were unable to supply this game.

Pandasaurus Games
Starfall
The Game (On Fire)

Brain Games USA
Ice Cool
Game of Trains

Fireside Games
Hotshots

Chara Games
Unauthorized

***ADDED - Donated by Individuals
Unearth - donated by Val Ofiesh
Villiany - donated by Chris & Becky Pusch
Harbour - donated by Chris & Becky Pusch
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1. Board Game: Not Alone [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:557]
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BGG Stats:
2–7 Players
Community: 3–7 — Best: 4–5

30–45 Min
Playing Time

Age: 10+
Community: 8+

Weight: 1.85 / 5


Description:
NOT ALONE is an asymmetrical card game, in which one player (the Creature) plays against the stranded explorers (the Hunted).

If you play as one of the Hunted, you will explore Artemia using Place cards. By playing these and Survival cards, you try to avoid, confuse or distract the Creature until help arrives.

If you play as the Creature, you will stalk and pursue the shipwrecked survivors. By playing your Hunt cards and using the mysterious powers of Artemia, you try to wear down the Hunted and assimilate them to the planet forever.

NOT ALONE is a immersive, thematic card game, where you use guessing, bluffing, hand management, and just a pinch of deck-building to achieve your goal, which is survival for the Hunted... or total assimilation for the Creature!
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2. Board Game: Get The Cheese! [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:8533]
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BGG Stats:
3–5 Players
Community: 2–5 — Best: 4

15 Min
Playing Time

Age: 8+
Community: (no votes)

Weight: 1.63 / 5


Description:
Whose mice will be able to steal most cheese, whose cats will catch most mice, and whose dogs will chase away most cats? This is the start of a fearsome fight for food and fame, as you Get The Cheese!

Each player takes the Animal cards of one color, and a House Card to identify the player's color.
Cheese cards form the circumference of a circle.
On his turn, a player may either draw 3 Animal cards or place 3 Animal cards.
If a player places 3 Animal cards, he places them beside the cheese cards, on the outer side of the circle. The first card is placed face down. The second card and the third card are placed face up, unless you play some of your special cards that permit you to play them face down.
Once all players have placed all their Animal cards, the Cheese cards are resolved one at a time.
At each Cheese card, the line of animals is resolved in this order: Dogs, Cats, King Mice, regular Mice.
The player with the most points wins!
 
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3. Board Game: Skull King [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:976]
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BGG Stats:
2–6 Players
Community: 3–6 — Best: 4–6

30 Min
Playing Time

Age: 8+
Community: 8+

Weight: 1.85 / 5



Description:
Skull King uses a 66-card deck that consists of five "escape" cards, four suits numbered 1-13, five pirate cards, 1 "Scary Mary" card, 1 "Skull King" card, and 2 mermaid cards. The game lasts ten rounds, and in each round, each player is dealt as many cards as the number of the round. All players simultaneously bid on the number of tricks they think they'll take by holding out a fist and on the count of three revealing a certain number of fingers (or possibly a closed fist for a bid of zero tricks).

Standard rules apply for the playing of cards, with one player leading off a card and other players following suit, if possible, and playing something else if not; however, a player may always choose to play one of the special, unnumbered cards — and the power of those cards might let you win a trick that otherwise would have gotten away. In more detail, the black skull-and-crossbones suit trumps the other three suits, a mermaid trumps the black cards, a pirate trumps the mermaid, and the Skull King trumps everything — except if he appears in the same trick with a mermaid, in which case she seduces him and wins instead. An escape card can't win a trick, and the "Scary Mary" card serves as either a pirate or escape card as desired by the player. Whoever wins a trick leads in the next trick.

If a player makes his bid exactly, he scores 20 points per trick; if he collects more or fewer tricks, he loses 10 points per trick he's off. If a player makes a bid of zero tricks, he wins points equal to ten times the current round number — but if he takes even a single trick, he loses this many points instead. If a player catches pirates with the Skull King, or the King with a mermaid, he scores bonus points. Whoever has the most points after ten rounds wins.
 
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4. Board Game: Grandpa Beck's Cover Your A$$ets [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:5424]
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BGG Stats:
2–6 Players
Community: 3–6 — Best: 4–5

30 Min
Playing Time

Age: 8+
Community: 8+

Weight: 1.24 / 5


Description:
n Grandpa Beck's Cover Your A$$ets, a.k.a. Big Deal, players compete to collect items to become a millionaire. The game consists of 110 cards, with each card being either an asset (e.g., home, yacht, stamp collection) worth $5-20,000 or silver (worth $25k) or gold (worth $50k); silver and gold are jokers and can represent any other asset. Each player starts with 4-5 cards in hand, and on a turn a player takes one of four actions:

Play a pair of asset cards (or an asset and a joker) from hand, placing it mostly on top of any other cards acquired earlier.
Play a card from your hand that matches the top card of the discard pile, then place this pair on your other assets.
Attempt to steal the top assets from another player's collection.
Discard one card from your hand.
When trying to steal, point to the top assets you want to take, then place a matching card (or a joker) from your hand onto the table. The player who owns these assets can then do the same thing. Players go back and forth this way, and the last player to play such a card keeps all of the cards played and the original assets.

At the end of each turn, players refill their hands to 4-5 cards as needed. Once the draw pile runs out and one player has no cards left in hand, the round ends. All players tally the value of all cards in their collection and add this sum to their total score. If a player now has at least $1 million, she wins; otherwise, players shuffle the cards and start a new round.
 
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5. Board Game: Ambyria: Shroud of the Shadow Demon [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:9331]
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BGG Stats:
2–4 Players
Community: 2–4+ — Best: 2–4+

20–50 Min
Playing Time

Age: 11+
Community: 14+

Weight: 3.00 / 5



Description:
laying as one of four heroes you collect the mysterious ember stones to defeat Ingduhl the Shadow Demon. Only the hero who collects the most ember stones will be able to defeat the Shadow Demon and save the world from his shroud.

In either a fierce dual between hardened experts or a four-player frenzy, players amass ember stones by strategically using card effects and by collecting the cards in their Emberscapes. Unique to Ambyria is concept of an umbrella effect over your play area called the Mode, which will determine the tactic for your turn. Whether you need to gather more resources, or you need more time to play your cards safely, or if you are ready to claim your ember stones, your mode will be important on your path to victory.
 
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6. Board Game: Terra [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1332] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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BGG Stats:
2–6 Players
Community: 2–6 — Best: 3–5

45–60 Min
Playing Time

Age: 10+
Community: 10+

Weight: 1.51 / 5



Description:
How long is the Golden Gate Bridge?
Where has “evidence" of the Yeti been found?
How many sculptures are on Easter Island?

It‘s likely that you don‘t know any of these facts. But you might have a rough idea, and that‘s good enough because Terra is the party game where being close counts. And if you have absolutely no idea what the answer is? Take advantage of your friends who do know!

Terra is a redesign of Friedemann’s 2009 SDJ-nominated FAUNA, which had similar mechanics, but was specific to animals. Terra changes the subject matter to general geographic information, includes a brand new Imperial measurements map side (retaining the Metric map side for gamers outside the U.S.), has 300 topics (with three categories of questions) on oversized cards, and simplifies the scoring. Terra plays in 45 minutes for 2-6 players.
 
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7. Board Game: Circus Flohcati [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1360]
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BGG Stats:
2–5 Players
Community: 2–5 — Best: 3–4

15 Min
Playing Time

Age: 6+
Community: 6+

Weight: 1.23 / 5



Description:
In Circus Flohcati, players try to complete sets of cards before the game ends. A player begins her turn with several face-up cards to choose from. If she doesn’t like them, she can draw another, but if a card gets turned up that matches the suit of one of the other face-up cards, she loses her turn. She can continue drawing until she likes one or it matches. Also during her turn she can combine three cards of the same value and lay them down in front of her; such sets will be worth 10 points at the end of the game. Additionally, the highest card from each suit in her hand contributes its face value to her score.

Most editions of Circus Flohcati bear a player count of 3-5, but the 2016 edition from Grail Games boasts a 2-5 player count with no changes to the rules.
 
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8. Board Game: Doughnut Drive-Thru [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:5882]
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Provided by Grail Games


BGG Stats:
2–4 Players
Community: 2–4 — Best: 4

20–30 Min
Playing Time

Age: 10+
Community: 8+

Weight: 1.50 / 5



Description:
Doughnut Drive-Thru — a.k.a. パンパカパン (Panpakapan) — is a worker placement game set in a bakery, with players struggling in the narrow kitchen to create as much as they can.
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9. Board Game: Kerala: The Way of the Elephant [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2534]
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BGG Stats:
2–5 Players
Community: 2–5 — Best: none

30 Min
Playing Time

Age: 8+
Community: 6+

Weight: 1.33 / 5



Description:
Welcome to the elephant festival in the Indian province of Kerala! Colorfully decorated elephants roam everywhere, and naturally players want to participate and make the most magnificent fairground with as many elephants as possible.

In Kerala, each player wants to take at least one tile of each color, and all tiles of one color should be joined together, but of course the players are constantly getting in the way of one another and grabbing the tiles that someone else wants.
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10. Board Game: Brutal Kingdom [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:5072]
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Provided by Thames & Kosmos


BGG Stats:
3–4 Players
Community: 3–4 — Best: 4

30 Min
Playing Time

Age: 12+
Community: 12+

Weight: 2.00 / 5



Description:
The King is dead; long live the Queen! Or vice versa, really, as in the intriguing game Brutal Kingdom it's hard to tell what everyone is up to and who will have the greatest impact until it all ends. Yes, the bishop's poison has been touched, but has it been administered to the abbot or is it still waiting to be used? What's happening with the witch? And the executioner is waiting for his next job...

At the beginning of a round, each player has four character cards in hand. On your turn, you play a card in front of you and follow its instructions. With some cards, you can carry out actions on your opponent and bring an end to the round's influence — but only if you don't fall victim to your opponent in the process.
 
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11. Board Game: Sword of Kings [Average Rating:6.43 Unranked]
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Provided by Red Knight Card Games


BGG Stats:
2–4 Players
Community: (no votes)

30–40 Min
Playing Time

Age: 13+
Community: (no votes)

Weight: ––



Description:
The Sword of Kings game consists of 108 beautifully crafted cards that are used by 2-4 players (knights). The goal for each knight is to build a unique tunnel to their dragon’s Lair. While building their tunnel, knights will discover various magical treasures and encounter friendly people to help them on their quest. At the same time, Knights will find evil creatures and various obstacles they can play on the other knights to slow their progress. Once inside the lair, knights must fight the dragon that is defending the sword. The first knight to defeat the dragon claims the Sword of Kings and wins the game. Games usually take from 30-45 minutes; but with the numerous card combinations possible, game play will vary greatly in both style and time. This allows for endless hours of fun while being drawn into this beautiful and magical world.
 
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12. Board Game: StarFall [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:5392]
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Provided by Pandasaurus Games


BGG Stats:
2–4 Players
Community: 2–4 — Best: 3

30 Min
Playing Time

Age: 13+
Community: 8+

Weight: 1.83 / 5



Description:
The night is still, cloudless and dark. An oasis of interstellar magic lies beyond the stratosphere: countless stars, burning comets, planets, ivory moons, nebulae, and perhaps even a beastly black hole or two. It's all up there for the finding. At the Royal Hinterland Observatory, endless elaborate sky formations are within reach of discovery — but you have to lay claim before your fellow astronomers nab the glory for themselves. StarFall is a clever game of wits, bidding, and quick thinking in which the aim is to obtain the most impressive portfolio of cosmic curiosities.
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13. Board Game: The Game on Fire (compilation) [Average Rating:7.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.05 Unranked]
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BGG Stats:
1–5 Players
Community: 2–4 — Best: 2

Time: ––
(Not provided by publisher)

Age: 8+
Community: (no votes)

Weight: 1.00 / 5



Description:
Players in The Game try to discard all 98 cards in the deck onto four discard piles in order to win, but they need to do so in the right ways.

Each player starts with 6-8 cards in hand depending on the number of players, and four discard pile prompt cards are on the table: two showing "1" and an up arrow and two showing "100" and a down arrow. On a turn, a player must discard at least two cards from hand onto one or more discard piles, with cards on the 1 piles being placed in ascending order and cards on the 100 piles being placed in descending order. One tricky aspect to play is that you can play a card exactly 10 higher/lower than the top card of a discard pile even when you would normally have to play in a descending/ascending order, e.g., if a 100 discard pile is topped with an 87, you can play any card lower than 87 or you can play the 97.

After a player finishes their turn, they refill their hand from the deck. During play, players cannot reveal exact numbers in their hands, but they can warn others not to play on certain discard piles or otherwise make play suggestions.

Once the deck is emptied, players are required only to play at least one card on a turn. If you play all 98 cards, you win! If you get good, the rules suggest that you play at least three cards a turn to increase the challenge.
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14. Board Game: Ice Cool [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:776] [Average Rating:6.92 Unranked]
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Provided by Brain Games USA


BGG Stats:
2–4 Players
Community: 2–4 — Best: 4

20 Min
Playing Time

Age: 6+
Community: 6+

Weight: 1.00 / 5



Description:
Ice Cool is a flicking game in which each round one of the players takes the role of the Hall Monitor (also called "the Catcher") – his aim will be to catch each other penguin and get points for that. The others (also known as "Runners") will try to run through several doors, thus gaining fish (that give them points) on their way. When either the Hall Monitor has caught each other penguin once or any of the others has gone through all 3 doors that have fish on them, the round is over. Each player will take the role of the Hall Monitor once and at the end of the game the winner will be the one with the most points on their fish cards.

The penguins can be flicked in a straight line, make curves and even jump over the walls! Each player will have to use the best of their skills in order to get the most points in this fun and exciting game. It's not just cool, it's ICE COOL!
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15. Board Game: Game of Trains [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2410]
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Provided by Brain Games USA


BGG Stats:
2–4 Players
Community: 2–4 — Best: 4

30 Min
Playing Time

Age: 8+
Community: 6+

Weight: 1.24 / 5


Description:
In Game of Trains, each player is in charge for his line of trains. At the beginning of the game, the train cars in the player's train line — each with their own number — are sorted in descending order. The aim of the game is to be the first one to rearrange your train line so that the cards are in ascending order. Each card has a train car with a number and also a special power depicted on it.

On a turn, the player can do one of two things: draw a card from the draw pile and replace one of the cards in his train line with the newly drawn card, or take a face-up card from the middle of the table and use it as a special power. Cards that are replaced from a player's train line are put in the middle to be used as special powers, and the cards that are used as special powers are discarded. Special powers include such actions as swapping two cards, moving a card, destroying everyone's cards, and so on. The players keep taking turns until one has their train line in ascending order and wins.
 
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16. Board Game: Hotshots [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:2859]
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BGG Stats:
1–4 Players
Community: (no votes)

60 Min
Playing Time

Age: 10+
Community: (no votes)

Weight: 2.00 / 5



Description:
In the cooperative, press-your-luck game Hotshots, crews of 1 to 4 players take on the roles of wildfire fighters — crew boss, spotter, swamper, and sawyer — with special abilities, then roll dice on burning terrain tiles to match the combinations shown on those tiles. The more faces they roll, the better they fight the fire. Players can choose to cut firebreaks, which protect tiles from embers blown by wind gusts, or push their luck to reduce flames and possibly even generate reward tokens. If players bust and fail to match at least three of the six symbols on the tile, the fire grows. Another option is to maneuver vehicles — air tanker, helicopter, and brush rig — to save the forest.
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17. Board Game: Unauthorized [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked]
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BGG Stats:
6–12 Players
Community: (no votes)

20–40 Min
Playing Time

Age: 12+
Community: (no votes)

Weight: 2.00 / 5



Description:
Unauthorized is a 6-12 player, thirty-minute, social deduction-style game about life around the underground church. Players are assigned public role cards that give them an unique ability to influence the other players. A player's loyalty is determined by the experience cards they hold in their hand. As their cards change, their loyalty may shift. The object of the game is to influence a majority of players to join your side (state or church). The church players must also have at least one player not imprisoned.

Unauthorized is unique from other social deduction games in a few ways. First, the player's loyalty may change during the game. Second, the mechanisms do not require a player to lie to effectively play the game. Third, to our knowledge this is the first game about an underground church. The game does not focus on theology, but does replicate the tension of living in an underground movement under heavy persecution from an oppressive government.
 
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18. Board Game: Unearth [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1236]
PPG RinCon Library
United States
Arizona
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Donated by Val Ofiesh


BGG Stats:
2–4 Players
Community: 2–4 — Best: 3

25–50 Min
Playing Time

Age: 8+
Community: 6+

Weight: 1.91 / 5



Description:
Unearth is a bend-your-luck game of dice placement and set collection. Designed by Jason Harner and Matthew Ransom, it plays in under an hour with 2-4 players. Each player leads a tribe of Delvers, represented by five dice (3 six-sided, 1 four-sided, and 1 eight-sided). Players take turns rolling and placing dice in an attempt to claim Ruins.

The game's elegant core mechanic is accessible to players of all skill levels. High rolls help players claim Ruins, while low rolls help players collect Stones. This opens two paths to victory: claiming sets of Ruins or using Stones to build Wonders. Delver cards help you affect your dice rolls or dice in play, and Wonders can grant abilities that impact the late game.
 
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19. Board Game: Villainy [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:8621]
PPG RinCon Library
United States
Arizona
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Donated by Planet Pusch Games (Chris & Becky Pusch)

BGG Stats:
2–4 Players
Community: 2–4 — Best: 4

30–90 Min
Playing Time

Age: 12+
Community: (no votes)

Weight: 2.50 / 5



Description:

Villainy is a game about aspiring super villains competing to be the first to enact their evil plans and overcome Fantastiman, that pesky superhero who watches over the city day and night. It is a fun card-driven character building game featuring a hilarious uncontrolled narrative that unfolds differently every time.

As an aspiring super villain, you are trying to make your mark in the world. In Villainy you are trying to be the first villain to complete three plans to beat Fantastiman, that pesky super-hero who watches over the city day and night. You must hire minions to aid you in your quest for world domination. You will have to do crimes and go to work as your alter ego to learn the skills necessary and gain the cards required to see your great plans through to their triumphant end.
 
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