Games I'd like to play at SaltCON 2018
Matthew Jensen
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I've been attending SaltCON in Utah for five years now. It's a great convention with a particular feeling of openness and friendliness that I haven't seen at other conventions. It also caters to the whole range of board gamer fans - from families to hard core gamers. RPG has an element there but overall the emphasis is on board games.

This year though, instead of a 20 minute drive up I-15, I'm flying 2,000 miles from my new home in western New York. I'll only be there Thursday through Saturday night but plan on having an excellent time there. I've let my old game group know of the schedule and look forward to trying some new and old games with them as well as with new friends met at this year's convention.

Here's a list of games I'm excited to try my hand at.....
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1. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:49] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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This game looks great and I just keep hearing rave reviews about it. I'm looking forward to seeing this beautiful game come together.
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2. Board Game: Charterstone [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:94]
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I know this is a legacy game so a con might not be the best place to sample it. That said, I've seen the box in stores and again hear good things. I haven't tried a true legacy game and this game looks to be something I could get into.
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3. Board Game: Dinosaur Island [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:325] [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked]
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I played a game of Scythe at Running GAGG con in January and this game was discussed at length. It looks impressive and the owner couldn't stop talking about how good it is. I don't have a good dinosaur game in my collection. No, I can't count my dinosaur first player tokens in Firefly as it being a dinosaur game.
 
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4. Board Game: Great Western Trail [Average Rating:8.28 Overall Rank:9]
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I'm behind the times on this one. I haven't had a chance to try this one out and need to make amends.
 
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5. Board Game: Rising Sun [Average Rating:8.26 Overall Rank:64]
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I skipped the Kickstarter on this. While the miniatures look amazing, I wasn't sold on the game play. Yes, I have Blood Rage but my old group wasn't keen on that much. I'm interested to see how this game holds up to the hype - beyond the miniatures I mean.
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6. Board Game: Spirit Island [Average Rating:8.49 Overall Rank:55]
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I don't have that many cooperative games in my collection. They seem to pop in and get traded away as I don't play them much - Pandemic, Ghost Stories, etc. That doesn't mean I don't want a really good one to fit in that slot on my shelf.
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7. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2240]
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I am going to use some of my con time to hit up playtesters for my unpublished prototype of Oblivion's Edge. It's a cooperative space game of fighting off alien invasions. Think Pandemic in space with a tight combat system. I'm looking for some victims to help me smooth out a few things with it and maybe talk to a couple publishers.
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8. Board Game: Empires of the Void II [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:1649]
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I saw Ryan testing this at SaltCON 2017. I'm excited to see what came of the Kickstarter and possibly pick up a copy. The first Empires of the Void is a seriously under-rated 4X-ish game.
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9. Board Game: Near and Far [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:152] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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Speaking of Ryan Laukat... Ryan seems to be an evolving designer and really takes some good games and turn them up a notch in a second, related iteration (i.e. Eight-Minute Empire to Eight-Minute Empire: Legends). I have Above and Below and, while I haven't tried Near and Far, I hear it takes the Above and Below scheme up another notch. Would enjoy a chance to explore this corner of his gaming world.
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10. Board Game: Xia: Legends of a Drift System [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:161]
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As a huge Firefly fan, I'm interested to see the game that is so often compared to the Firefly boardgame. Would love to try this one out.
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11. Board Game: The 7th Continent [Average Rating:8.72 Overall Rank:21]
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While I don't do RPGs, I am a sucker for adventure and campaign games. This seems to fit that nitch of mine without being redundant in my collection. Would love to see how this plays.
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12. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:8]
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I've played Scythe twice now and have to say "eh". No offense but people get all worked up over it and I think its fairly pre-determined in many ways. I hear Terra Mystica features some of the best parts of Scythe while being a better over all game if you aren't concerned about plastic bits and killer artwork. Am I a heathen?
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13. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:43] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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I played my first tournament of Codenames at last year's SaltCON. It was so fun I've got to do it again!
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14. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.38 Overall Rank:5]
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I've only played this once at last year's SaltCON. I really enjoyed it and would like to try again. Looking for some enterprising individuals/corporations to lay a stake on the Red Planet!
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