MM&MM's Geekway 2018 P&W Plan
Michael Murphy
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This is the fourth year Melissa and I will be attending Geekway to the West. This is our favorite convention and a big part of that is the Play and Win event. It adds so much excitement and we get to play so many new to us games.

This is a tentative list of all the games we are looking forward to playing and learning.
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1. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1358]
Michael Murphy
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Indiana
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I am still not sure why Melissa and I haven't played this one yet. Castles of Burgundy is probably our favorite Feld and we both love roll and write games. Well more accurately Melissa loves roll 'n write games and I love to see her happy (not to say I don't enjoy these a lot).

Yes it will probably feel like we are doing our homework, but yes this is a definite filler for us.
 
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2. Board Game: Clans of Caledonia [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:45]
Michael Murphy
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We saw a few friends playing this at our New Year's party and after the occasional rubbernecking I was intrigued by the engine building, board placement and crunch-i-ness of the play. All things I think Melissa would enjoy too, though the art doesn't seem like she would care about this. So it surprised me when she said a few days ago that she wanted to try it out. So this is one we will definitely have to read ahead of time and will take a bit of our time, but that is what this is all about.
 
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3. Board Game: Clank!: The Mummy's Curse [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked]
Michael Murphy
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This one I am not sure about as a priority. We have enjoyed Clank!, its first expansion, and Clank in Space for some time. Now that they have released another expansion I will say I find myself less than enthusiastic. Sure it is still a great game and I am sure I will enjoy it but, I just don't see myself chomping at the bit to try it, as I assume it will feel similar to the previous version. That said, as we already know nearly all of the rules to this, it will be pretty easy to get to the table, that is assuming that it won't already be checked out the entire time.
 
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4. Board Game: Downforce [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:511]
Michael Murphy
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This is a must play for us. We only tried it once last year when a friend brought it to a game day. As far as racing games go I think I still like Flamme Rouge better. However, the interesting auctioning, the asymmetrical powers and card driven movement sure makes this compelling. I know we both can't wait to get this out, and I wouldn't be surprised if it gets multiple plays.
 
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5. Board Game: Drop It [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2272]
Michael Murphy
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I admit it, I like stupid games. I mean this in the best way possible. Not only that it is a Kosmos game and that is enough for me to want to play it. I think Melissa will enjoy it as she likes silly games too, and she likes to indulge me in my foolish joys.
 
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6. Board Game: Empires of the Void II [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:1131]
Michael Murphy
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I have never been a huge fan of Red Raven, but I hear this is a good one. I am not sure if it will ever make it to the table though. The cover is a little bland and I don't think Melissa is a Red Raven fan either. On the other had it does have both a purple and yellow meeple and any game that does that makes me happy.
 
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7. Board Game: Ex Libris [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:654]
Michael Murphy
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I think anyone who has been into games the last has to know that Renegade games is a company to watch. This one never grabbed us in particular, but this is part of what Geekway is all about, playing new to us games that we have missed so far. Plus I think we both enjoy organization games. So this is a winner though not sure it will be on anyone's priority list. Or maybe I am completely wrong and Melissa has been dying to try it (I am pretty oblivious sometimes).
 
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8. Board Game: Fog of Love [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:762]
Michael Murphy
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This will be played. I think the concept is intriguing, but SU&SD definitely makes me want to play it with Melissa. She is pretending to be uninterested and just tease me about wanting to play because Matt and Quins spoke so highly of it, but I think she really wants to play it too. It is one of those experience games that builds a story and although we are both deep Euro gamers, lately these experience games have been building momentum. This might even be a good one to get Thursday or Friday night and play in our hotel room with the lights on.
 
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9. Board Game: Loot Island [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:3239]
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Bad name, poor cover, but it is a What's Yer Game. They have made so many heavy Euros that regardless of how it looks this is going to be played by us. It will probably take some time to learn even after reading the rules ahead of time, but this will happen. Or maybe it won't, f it. We just might stay at happy hour a little longer.
 
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10. Board Game: The Manhattan Project 2: Minutes to Midnight [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:2208]
Michael Murphy
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One of Melissa's top three games for a while was Manhattan Project. Time has passed but it still holds high rank and is a great worker placement. Also, Energy Empire is a new gem and I keep trying to find one on sale for her. So this is one we have to try. Another 'must play' which I am sure will be no burden.
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11. Board Game: Mini Rails [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1692]
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There are exactly two things that intrigue me about this one.
a) it comes in a smaller box
b) it has Rails in the title

I think it may be a bit more challenging to get it played as it need three minimum, but we have so many friends at this con and I am never afraid to get the players wanted sign out. This is a con that I have met many nice people quite randomly, so look out for this one.
 
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12. Board Game: Near and Far [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:123] [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked]
Michael Murphy
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I think this will be a harder sell to play. Melissa was definitely not a fan of Above and Below, and I enjoyed it but was not enamored. Yet, there is a lot of good buzz on this one, and a spiral bound book to play on is still a clever piece of production so we will see if there is time.
 
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13. Board Game: The Oracle of Delphi [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:517]
Michael Murphy
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So, two words why this one makes the list: "Feld", "Stefan" and not in the order. This looks a bit different from most of his designs in that there are no dice or cards, but still maintains that point salad with a bit of engine building. Again, I have been looking for a good deal on this one for a while, but am now looking forward to a chance to play it.
 
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14. Board Game: Pulsar 2849 [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:282]
Michael Murphy
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I like to think of myself as a CGE fan. Mostly because Vladda writes the funniest rulebooks, but I guess they make some very meaty games too. This is one of them that I have already read the rules to twice, but have yet to play. All I know if that our friends who like heavy games have said it is good, and that is high praise from tough critics.
 
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15. Board Game: Karuba: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:3949]
Michael Murphy
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We recently played this at a local con and both really enjoyed the experience. I think the tile game is better, but I like that the whole game is a small deck of cards. I can just imagine Melissa keeping this in her purse to pull out at a restaurante. Plus it is always nice to grab a filler at Geekway.
 
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16. Board Game: Rajas of the Ganges [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:237]
Michael Murphy
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This is one that Melissa and I haven't heard a lot about but our Euro friends have already praised highly. I think the deal was sealed when Melissa saw a friends copy and realized there is a 3D cardboard Elephant. Watch out we will be going straight for this one, and I will likely have the rules well read before Thursday.
 
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17. Board Game: Seikatsu [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:1903]
Michael Murphy
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This is one of the prettiest covers that I have seen on the P&W list yet. It sure doesn't hurt either that it is Japanese and features cherry blossoms for Melissa to see. I can imagine this being a game we play in the early morning just thinking about the birds chirping when we get to the game area at 6:30. #EarlyBirdGamer
 
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18. Board Game: Whistle Stop [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:884]
Michael Murphy
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Indiana
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We have already played this before, but I think it was still to new to really get the full strategy. Either way it is a train game so Melissa will want it again and again. Plus it certainly doesn't hurt that an expansion will be coming out later this year. Chooo Chooo....Next Stop....Fun.
 
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19. Board Game: VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1456]
Michael Murphy
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I don't know why but Melissa actually like how Dice Hate Me games look. They certainly envision Americana and always have the most clever game play. Not sure, what else this game has going on, but it is also a top priority.
 
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