BGG Con - Wednesday night
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It might have been the night before BGG Con starts, but there was lots of activity last night in the common areas of the hotel, and in the smaller of the two room the con will us.

The BGG folks setting up the convention also were very busy. The number of door prizes they received is incredible. It must have taken at least a couple hours or more for them to un-box the games and set them out on some tables.

Below is a list of what I played last night and what games I say being played. Jay Tummelson was there and was teaching a couple of games he brought back from Essen.

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1. Board Game: Feurio! [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:3822]
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I actually had this on hand as I traded in in the BGG.com math trade. Ross, a fellow attendee from Indy, decided to give it a whirl while we waited to see if we could get an opportunity to play a new Essen release.

Now that I've played this, I'm not too sad I traded it away. I didn't feel like I had much control during the tile placement.
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2. Board Game: Vulkan! [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:10470]
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With Feurio!, you are placing tiles which represent a spreading forest fire. One of the clever things the designer did, is come up with a set of rules for a firefighting game. Your starting point is the final layout of the Feurio! game.

I actually found Vulcan much more interesting and strategic than Feurio!. It had a bit of the same feel as Hey, That's My Fish, as your firefighting planes fly down the length of a row of tiles.
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3. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
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The last two-player game for Ross and I. I usually stink at abstract games, and Ross had me on the defensive for most of the game, but I eeked out the win at the end. I love the bakelite tiles.
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4. Board Game: Oregon [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:987]
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Some other games ended and we finally got a shot at one of the new games. Jay taught Ross, myself, Greg Schlosser and another gentleman, whose name I forget (sorry) the game.

While this is a very tactical game, based your terrain cards, there is certainly some room for strategy and clever play. I'd like to try this one again, although my first impression was it's good, but not great.

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5. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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This seemed to be the most popular game of the night. I believe there were as many as 3-4 games of this going at the same time, all 4-player games.
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6. Board Game: Utopia [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2770]
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This was one of the other games Jay was teaching, although I only saw it get played once. I overheard some comments that there was some confusion with the rules.
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7. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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Saw a few copies of this floating around, and one game was going on with a copy someone had taken the time to English-fy. Man, what an effort to do all those paste ups. I heard it said that it took over an hour to 1.5 hours to just go through the rules, and its not a short game either. However, the conclusion seemed to be its a great, heavy game. I would love to get a crack at this one at the con.
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8. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:266]
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I saw this being played and I hear there is also a copy in the library. It looks interesting, although I only saw it in passing and did not get a feel for it. Definitely one on my list of "Hope to try".
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9. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:574]
 
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Saw a 10-player game of 6 Nimmt! going on around midnight. That game is crazy chaotic with 7 or 8, so 10 must be nuts. They all seemed to be having a good time..
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10. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Swarm of the Marro [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:485] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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There were three guys who spent hours setting up terrain for what must be a massive Heroscape game. I wish I had remembered to bring my digital camera, as the final setup looked fantastic.
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11. Board Game: Hamburgum [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:689]
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I believe Jay was teaching this one too, as some point. The latest iteration of the now familiar rondel. I personally like Imperial more than Antike, so it will be interesting to see if Hamburgum is an improved over Imperial.
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12. Board Game: Felicity: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1085]
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Saw Friedemann Friese teaching this one. I pre-ordered this from Rio Grande, so I should have my own copy after Thursday. Everyone appeared to be having fun with it.
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