Frahminator's Musings on RinCon 2017
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RinCon is a tabletop convention put on by SAGA (Southern Arizona Gamers Association) each fall in Tucson, AZ. SAGA was wise to keep the location at the same hotel as the previous year - we really enjoy the location and the fact that the hotel is nearly finished with a really nice makeover.

Below is a list of the games I acquired/played/saw while there. I had a blast, not only playing games, but even more so chatting with many folks I only knew through this site and/or social media.
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1. Board Game Publisher: Spielworxx
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The "big release" that us "Euro gamers" were counting on at RinCon made a splash. Notes to follow below, but so glad that Funagain Games (Oregon, USA) got us our copies just prior to the con.
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2. Board Game: Honshu [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:751]
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I had heard of Honshu, but hadn't looked into the game much beyond a few brief mentions of it on social media. David taught, we played and then all three new players contemplated running over to a vendor booth to buy a copy. This ia a filler game that I simply must own sometime soon. Really hit on a number of cylinders and was the complete surprise of the con for me.
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3. Board Game: Gentes [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:1556]
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I had my copy shipped to the hotel to be certain we would have it to play on Friday afternoon. It arrived safe and sound.

David Short (designer of Ground Floor, Automobiles, and other games) had his copy punched already, so we got it played quite quickly near the start of the convention.

Gentes was excellent. The turns are quite quick for each player, and other than a few first play rules questions, we highly enjoyed the experience.

I believe I saw Gentes get to the table at least 7 or 8 times over the ~60 hours of convention time. It was a hit!
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4. Board Game: Flamme Rouge [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:382]
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Mike taught us this 2016 release and we had a good time playing. I appreciated the dual decks of cards and what the mountains did to mess with your plans. Nice game!
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5. Board Game: Tokyo Highway [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:3215]
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I taught two players Tokyo Highway and had a number of folks walk by the table to ask about it. We all wished that I had enough components to play with 3-4 players, but I only had the base game.

The visual this game creates is quite cool when the game gets closer to its end.
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6. Board Game: The Climbers [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1247]
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Armed with a lazy susan from IKEA and a oopy of The Climbers, we closed out the evening with a four-player battle to be the best climber.

Another game that has great table appeal!
 
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7. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:84]
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I had the great opportunity to teach one of my favorites to three friends. It was a real honor and privilege to do so. The game continues to show great appeal to me, even after 10+ plays. Will be hard to knock this out of my top 10.
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8. Board Game: Automobiles: Racing Season [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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I had a bit of time after lunch where I was looking for a gaming opportunity, and David was running an Automobiles tournament. I didn't get into the tournament, but I did take an opportunity to learn the game from the designer and one of his key playtesters.

I had tried the game a couple of times on Yucata.de and had really been floundering horribly. I loved the opportunity to learn the game from David, and went home with a copy!
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9. Board Game: Lisboa [Average Rating:8.27 Overall Rank:184]
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I was beginning to get worried that a play of Lisboa would elude me at Rincon in 2017, but the stars aligned on Saturday evening. We were taught quite well, and I absolutely loved the experience. I had played a very early prototype, so the game had changed quite considerably since that time. It is beautiful, challenging and excellent.
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10. Board Game: Gentes [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:1556]
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After a great mind-melting game of Lisboa, why not top off the evening with a 2nd play of Gentes? We had two experienced players this time (myself being one of them, so we teamed up on the teaching).

My goal was simple - improve upon my score from the first game. That was accomplished quite readily, and I caught a few extra glimpses of the strategic options in the game. This game has great potential to be an award winner in 2017.
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11. Board Game: Whistle Stop [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:1330]
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A couple of acquaintances were setting up Whistle Stop and they invited me to join them. My expectations of the weight of the game were exceeded and I really enjoyed the opportunity to experience it. I liked the production value as well as the level of decision-making. Could see this being added to my shelves at some point.
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12. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:39]
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I loaned out my copy to a group of players sitting near me during Whistle Stop. About 1/2 way through their game, a player asked me if I could fill in for her, as she had to leave. I was happy to do so and got a taste of another top 10 game of mine before closing out the con.
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13. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:199]
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I did not play nor acquire the game Acquire.

I did go home with:
* Downforce
* Automobiles
* Arboretum (math trade for a spare copy)
* Mage Knight: The Board Game (math trade)
* Fabled Fruit (math trade)
* The Godfather: Corleone's Empire (math trade)
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14. Board Game: What the Food?! [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:7653]
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Tucson rarely disappoints for great food.

We (my family and I) did our traditional RinCon dinner at Guadalupe Original Grill.

Saturday night was a new locale for me: a great new place called Serial Grillers. Had a fantastic burger and potato salad. Will make this an annual stop to be sure now!
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