Gamestorm 2008: If you could pick only one...
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I attended gamestorm again this year, and as usual had a fantastic time. It's great to connect with folks in the local gaming community and spend some quality time with regular gaming buddies.

I had to balance coming home throughout the weekend to relieve my wife from kid duty (most of our regular backup was unavailable this weekend) so I didn't spend as much time as the con as I have in years past. But I still got in some great gaming.

I'm sure all of us who attended got to play many great games. But if you could pick only one game to be your number one of the con - what would it be? Was it the game, the people playing, or the overall experience? Got any good stories?

What was your favorite game or gaming experience during Gamestorm 2008?
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1. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:215]
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I'd been wanting to play Dune for quite awhile. We tried at last year's Gamestorm, but couldn't get it together. With the birth of the twins and life in general, I haven't been able to organize a game. But this year I was determined - and successfully recruited five victims. A full six player game of Dune!

It may have been part anticipation, part the group playing - but Thursday night's session was not only my favorite of the con, but may have been one of my top gaming experiences ever. Dune is an amazing game.

We didn't see a Shai Halud and have a Nexus until turn 10. This made for a very vicious and bloody game. When the Nexus finally occurred, the Fremen, Bene Geserit, Atreides and the Guild Navigators allied against the Emperor and Harkonnens. It was close, but Arrakis eventually fell to Harkonnen treachery (so many traitors in his employ - of course he had the right one at the right time!). During the game we saw devastating storms, atomics and impossible battles. Epic and awesome!

Autumnweave is writing a session report I can't wait to read.

Close runners up would be Intrigue (have I ever laughed so hard stabbing people in the back?) and Agricola (it lives up to the hype - thanks for teaching me, Rachel).

I also played:

Tumblin-Dice
Ace of Aces - Handy Rotary Edition
Buy Low Sell High
Edel, Stein & Reich
Gloria Mundi
Hive
HorrorClix
Ingenious
Pirate's Cove
Santiago
Um Reifenbreite
Wheedle



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2. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:986]
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ninja For me, the high point of the Con would have to be this one, although closely followed by Container. I talked Doug into running this after backing off from purchasing it at the last Rainy Day Games auction (Doug won it instead), and I feel pretty safe in saying that all the gamers at the table had a great time. A clever yet simple tile-laying game with fantastic bits and some interesting restrictions that keep players looking ahead, and a very high "screwage" factor. Seemed the hardest part was extracting the pieces from the very tight insert! The downside of course, is now I really want it!
Rachel's Container event ran a close second. I'm usually a bit reluctant to wholeheartedly embrace a Euro that runs fairly long, but the time really flew by, and we finished in about 1.5 hours. I really enjoyed it despite being absolutely crushed by Don...fortunately Container will be a lot easier to obtain than Big City! But obtain them I will!
From my perspective, it was a somewhat short Con. The drive up was pretty crazy each morning, as we've been struck by some unseasonal winter weather here in Portland. Unlike Seth, I've been attending game Cons since I was about twelve years old, and I've lost count of how many I've attended over the many intervening years since my first NanCon in Houston. It was great to game with our "hardcore" Portland Euro crowd, and with new gamers also.

Other stuff I played:
Santiago I'm usually powerfully attracted to Euros I can actually win! laugh I had a good time playing what I consider primarily a tile-layer. Rachel spent a lot of the game isolating the center of the board, but no one could contend with my horde of potatoes.
Hive Ken and I hacked out a game of Hive between events. I think I won, might be wrong on that.
Ace of Aces Handy Rotary No Con is complete for me unless I get at least one bout of Ace of Aces in. Ken and I, as usual, dueled until both our planes were riddled with holes and trailing smoke (we each had only one HP left). I lost my head and tried something crazy, and Ken made me pay with my life, and I went down in flames.
In the Year of the Dragon Wow. This was my first play of the latest addition to the Big Box series, and I totally dug it. I like Notre Dame a lot (Feld's previous contribution) and there are definitely similarities between the two, but more differences than commonalities, really. Chad did a good job of teaching and then beating us. laugh This one is a must-buy for me.
Samurai Swords Jonathan's been nagging me to play this for a while now, and I (somewhat reluctantly) agreed. I go to Cons primarily to try new Euros these days, and I knew this would eat up a big chunk of time. Given my avatar, it was apparent the gang was gunning for me. And the ninja, as usual, betrayed me in the clinch. I had to go to one of my scheduled events before the game was over, but Jon's dad Eldon gamely agreed to take over my (already clearly losing) position. I hear the rookie (John) won, which I was glad to learn. Now I don't feel so bad about popping his daimyo right off the bat.
King of Siam I taught this recent filler acquisition of mine to David, Rachel and Doug. I've only played this a few times at this point, but this was undoubtedly the most brutal game yet. The British took over in just the first four provinces! It came down to the "last card played" tie-breaker, with Doug and Rachel besting myself and David.
Um Reifenbreite Ken and I played with Jonathan's niece Lanie and her brother Kade. My team was responsible for several crashes, including one down the back stretch that likely robbed Miss Lanie of victory. Ken was able to pull out a sleazy win by cheating (it's legal as an optional rule in Um R) and the Judges failed to notice that Ken's guy had been hanging on to the pace car all the way up the mountain. Ken promptly ran to boast to Jonathan of his triumph over Jon's young niece. I hope he's sufficiently ashamed of himself. And Lanie, if you read this, I am so sorry. You were totally robbed.
Oltre Mare Aaron's somewhat hasty explanation followed by his abrupt departure left five rookie players a bit bewildered throughout this fairly mediocre game. It was myself and four strangers (nobody I recognize from the Geek). Not a game I'm rushing out to buy. Nice PotSM-style ships though.
Container Rachel did an outstanding job of managing this tournament-sized event, and this was the high point of the Con (save Doug's Big City) for me. Fantastic game that I now must-own. This is the one that's had me thinking long and hard after it was over and pondering ideas for my next game. I wonder, is it possible to win by just "hauling" and auctioning goods at the island? Hmmm...Don (who is apparently a BGG "lurker") absolutely destroyed the rest of us, but I had a great time with this one. Kudos to Rachel for making this a great game experience, and to Valley Games for supplying the prizes.
Hive After lunch on Sunday, I was able to salvage a bit of pride by besting Don 2/3 in a Hive match. I love my 'Hoppers.
Edel, Stein & Reich David and Rachel had both expressed an interest in learning this game, so I brought it out on Sunday. Ken, Don and I also played. This is my favorite of the Alea small-box games, and it's a real shame it has never been produced in English (see my post in the game's BGG entry regarding my brief discussion with Jay Tummelson on this point). The bidding was somewhat tentative, probably because we had the full complement of five players and therefore a scarcity of gems as opposed to my usual three-player games.

Biggest Challenge: I was recruited to teach Tigris and Euphrates to three rookies "off the cuff", while rushing to make another game. Hope I did Reiner proud.

Biggest Disappointment: I didn't get to play Agricola.

Change Most Needed: The Venue--the core crew of GameStorm must start to realize that they've now grown beyond the capacity of the Vancouver Red Lion to accommodate the numbers of gamers and dealers. Cramming the minis folks on top of the boardgamers was ludicrous--allowing the minis guys to return to those rooms they've had previously (where the dealers were) would've been preferable for all concerned. But the Quay should be ditched...the facilities at last year's Con (Sheraton Airport) were vastly superior. ninja

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3. Board Game: Vinci [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:595]
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Some may be surprised that I am not picking Agricola as my game of the con, but since I had played once before this weekend, I will have to say Vinci, which I played for the first time on Sunday.

I bought this game sometime back without having played it, but it sounded right up my alley: area control with a civ building feel. I love a game with limited rules overhead and high complexity.... I guess we all do, but Vinci was right in there. It just had all the things I like. Thanks again to Kenny for teaching it to us, and as always the people playing made the session great.

As I said, Agricola was my best experience of the con. This was especially good for me as I played it with Ken on the last day. He was highly skeptical of it saying that it was "just another Euro", but came away liking it. Add to all that, it the fact that it was even better that I kicked his ass at it

Other games I played:

Container: Rachael's giveaway was well done. Kudos to her
Brass: My only bad session; too much rule overhead
In The Year Of The Dragon
Giganten
Metroplys: Thanks Jay for bringing it and teaching it
Galaxy Trucker: So happy I bought this!
Portobella Market
Ubongo
Rails of Europe

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SIDE NOTE: I brought my two sons this year. Many of you might have met or seen Elijah, my eight-year old. He was one of the two kids getting gamers to sign their cups. He had a great time and thank you everyone for making him feel welcome. It means a lot to me that kids are made to feel welcome there.
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4. Board Game: The Hanging Gardens [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1184]
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This game is FANTASTIC and was easily my favorite game of the show. It's going in my Boards and Bits basket as soon as it's available!

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5. Board Game: Vinci [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:595]
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Even though I had to sit next to Jon, I too would pick Vinci. (Jon-you didn't even get the box cover right-we played 2nd ed.)

Thanks to Kenny who did a good job explaining this one.

Other games I played-

Goldbrau- not having played before, was a little daunting for me to teach-but this turned out to be great.

Entdecker

Where's Bob's Hat

Loopin' Louie

Ur

And I was unable to play, but took home copies of Smugglers. Looks pretty cool and came recommended.
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6. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:641]
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Well sure there's the run of the mill Euros that I played and some were very very good but my overall nice surprise was a pick-up game of Manoeuver. As a 2-player game I'd put it in the introductory wargame category. There isn't any historical battle being represented per se but the historical era it represents comes through nicely. With 8 nation decks (each having a variation of cards and abilities) and 24 terrain cards I can see how each game will play out differently, so in that aspect the replay value is tremendous. It's a card driven game where hand management is important. The rules are very easy and you can be up and playing in less than 15 minutes. Also the game is over in about an hour for two experience players which is a plus.

Other games I both hosted and played were:
- 1960: The Making of the President I really like this card driven game. There are plenty of tough choices on how to play your cards and were to concentrate your campaign efforts. Lesson learned is never let the opponent have both New York and California!
- Container A solid Euro game with a nice bidding element. I give it a mid-7's rating (closer to the high end). At 2 hours with 4 players it didn't outlast it's welcome. My thanks to Rachael for running the tournaments and to Jon (no I'm not going to give you a game) for coming up with a fair drawing method for giving away the games. Yes, everyone can hate me for being lucky as I won one of the copies. Also, Valley Games redeemed themselves a notch in my eyes by donating the extra games on short notice for the tournament and giving them to the drawing winners.
- Agricola Thanks again Rachael for introducing this one with your great homemade version. Keeping the animals for when you get the final production release will give your game a special touch. I may have to pimp my version that way too. I loved the game play but sometimes felt there was too much going on. There are so many choices I can see how you need a few games under the belt before this one really starts to shine.
- Metropolys (If I spelled that right) This is not a rehash of the old version. With some mechanics similar to Ra, this one is a brain burner. It's definately on my "must have" list. Thanks to Jay Tummelson for bringing this one. It should be released in about 4-6 weeks according to Jay so I'm expecting late may.
- Galaxy Trucker If you don't like chaos that can thwart the best of plans, stay away from this one. If you don't mind it, this is a great game. More than anything, I just found this fun to play in building a ship and seeing what was left when it arrived. I was always the last one to finish my ship and this is a game where fast play and a keen eye will help build your ship quicker. It reminded me of a chaotic version of Factory Fun but will less overall control over the outcome. Stupid meteors!
- Brass: Lancashire I think those who play this game will either love it or hate it. This is another brain burner and a personal favorite of mine from last year's Essen crop. (Big note to self: canals/rails score the number of circles on both ends, not the numbers in the circles.)
- Axis & Allies Miniatures :1940-43 N. Africa I played in the tournament on this one and won. OK it was a cheesy win since there were only 2 of us signed up. My opponent got some really nice powerful rares but they ate up a lot of points in the build. We played 80 point armies and both fielded Allied forces. I had 3 low cost tanks, a Matilda, early Sherman, and Grant going up against his Command Sherman and Command T-34. I had the advantage in troops however with an anti-tank gun, a M1919 MG and a few recruits. Enough to do the job once I took out his Sherman. I contested the objective on turn 7 but given a few more turns beyond that and his T-34 would have carried the day.
- Dragons of Kir As abstract strategy games go I really liked this one. I learned it from the designer with 2 players but the game can actually support 4. There's enough of a choice of tiles from your hand to be able to pursue a strategy to take you your opponents tent with a dragon. I probably would have purchased a copy but was lucky enough to get one in the swag room on Saturday.
- Railways of Europe I got the try this expansion board for Railroad Tycoon and really enjoyed it. The board is a lot tighter and give play a different feel. The game moved along quick even with 5 players.
- Smugglers: A Family Friendly Strategy Game As the title says, this is a family game. As such it suceeds in what it sets out to do. There's plenty of dice rolling and event (Transit) cards that could randomly benefit you or hurt you. There are strategies or "risk options" you can take to improve your chances of getting more cargo where you want quicker but overall, the game left me wanting more. My thanks to the designer Phil Tatso for teaching this one to us.
- Hamburgum If you've read this far, this game would have been my choice for the weekend had I not come across Manoeuver. Of the 3 rondel games, I really liked this one for how quick things moved along. You could see paths you wanted to pursue in terms of long range strategy but still have options to recover if you got derailed along the way, as there are plenty of choices in where to garner points. If you don't like warring conflict in a game or even the theme of it, then this is the rondel Euro game to get. It's all about making donations to churches for points while selling goods to get money (OK even that's simplistic since there are other ways to get both points and money). So in the Euro category, this is my number one choice of Gamestorm.

Biggest Disappointments: - The Swag Room (nearly all the good stuff was hoarded for ConCon folks).
- I signed up for 3 different MtG tournaments and missed them all due to other games I ran going over or from introducing new games to folks on a pick-up and not making it. No one to blame but myself for this one.

Biggest Highlights:
- Saving the best for last. Of course the best thing about GameStorm are the games and the people who show up to play them. Once again, this was the best part of the con. As always, Portland has one of the best gaming communities around with a dedicated cadre of gamers. Thanks to everyone who showed up to play in general and in games that I hosted.
- The Hucksters. This year, there were more game hucksters than in at least the 3-4 past years. They did a great job of having certain stores carrying a niche to keep things competitive. Overall a very nice shopping experience.

See you next year coolmeeple
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7. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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Dune (entry #1 by Ken) was the best game of the con for me, but I can't let this gem slip by.

I love Factory Fun, and Galaxy Trucker takes it up a notch in fun. I'm not always good at forecasting games that I will like, but I knew after reading up on this game that it was going to be a winner. Fortunately I ordered a copy and Tom (boards and bits) brought it down for me. Thanks Tom! Man, am I glad I did. We had some uproarus games.

During one game, Tom and Clinton were sitting opposite me, and a large asteroid threaded it's way through to my command center and obliterated my entire ship. Both Tom and Clinton cheered like their team had just won the superbowl.

Other games played
Die Handler: A beautifully translated copy by Clinton. Great game.
TweedleWheedle: Pit done right?... maybe
Alchemist: Good game. Thanks David for teaching!
Samurai Card Game: Prototype taught by Jay from Rio Grande. A solid card game version of a board game I love.
Ra Dice Game:Another prototype. If you like Ra and are willing to play yahtzee on occasion, buy this when it comes out.
In The Year Of the Dragon: Solid game, but my cup-of-tea. Thanks David for teaching (again).
Jungle Speed: Henry's "must buy" game. Good fun.
6 Nimmt: Another great filler. I'd been wanting to try this for a long time.
Tichu: Thanks Richard. If it looks like I can get three other people who will play this regularly, it's going to be in my next game order!
Cheeky Monkey: Fun light filler. If Henry asks I'll pick up a copy of this.
Pandemic: Thank you again Richard (The Tireless Game Teacher). A surprise for my not-so-crazy-about-coops mentality. I may eventually pick this one up.
Kutschfahrt: Good fun. Max's "must buy" from the con. Looking forward to playing this with my family.
Fische Fluppen Frikadellen: Thank you, thank you, thank you Tim! Great fun.
Buy Low/Sell High: A surprise for me. Some really, really great player aides created by Quozl (thanks Jon!). :-)
Intrigue: As mentioned by Ken above, some really fun backstabbing! This game is not for the faint of heart.
Portobello Market: Surprisingly quick game. Need to play more.
BattleLine: Played a quick game with Zane (Quozl's nephew)
Container: Thank you Rachel! Good, solid game.
Around the World in 80 Days: Another surprise for me. I thought almost nothing of this game when I noticed it on BGG. Pretty darn good gateway game.
Fairy Tale: Late, late game. Need to play more before deciding.
Tublin' Dice: Finally tried this. This is an eventual "must buy".

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8. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1800]
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Ken alluded to this game in his post so I thought I'd pick this one. First, nobody playing had played before and I was having real difficulty explaining the rules. But thank you, Ken, for bringing in expert help to explain them to us all!

The players: Chris, me, Andy, Ken, and my dad (trust me, this didn't help me at all!)

The first few plays went pretty easily. We made our offers, negotiated a salry position, and deals were honored. Then (if I recall correctly), my dad started the nastiness with accepting bribes for the two biggest salaries and then giving them the two lowest salaries. Then nothing was sacred! Everyone started pointing out how much money people were making. People were making friends and enemies and then on the next turn, trying to make their enemies their friends after their friends became enemies! A one point, I pretended that I was dirt poor so people would give me better salaries because I supposedly had no chance of winning. Then on the next turn, I pulled out my stack of money from under the game box!

Anyhow, a good time and lots of laughs were had by all with all the lying and backstabbing but the biigest liar and backstabber award goes to Ken who won the game! How did he do it? I think it may have been that he was grabbing money so fast that nobody actually saw the bribes hit the table!

Other games played:

The Bridges of Shangri-La: A very interesting brain-burning game

Advanced Civilization: For some strage reason, my niece and nephew signed up for this game. They both had to bow out early and be replaced but the replacements seemed to go smoothly and we had fun expanding our nations. I hadn't played this for five years and it was time for me to get back in the groove. Anyone up for getting together some Saturday?

Buy Low Sell High: A great little game of speculation! May need to throw a cheap calculator in the box but it's a very nice game with some good fuin here.

Dragons of Kir: Walt posted about this earlier. We played this together and it's neat all the different ways you can bounce around those dragons. Walt had some ideas for making this more balanced (it seems like the 2nd player has a distinct advantage) so I'm looking forward to seeing what Walt comes up with on his copy of the game.

Dune: I played on Sunday morning in a different group than Ken and Seth did. Our game went a bit differently as I think the game ended on turn 8 and we had 2 alliance turns. It's a great game and I look forward to playing this many more times. Our game ended becaus the Guild and the Emperor allied together (the two moneybags!) and the rest of us felt like we were forced to ally together to stop them. And oh, how we stopped them! The Atriedes looked at all the cards and let us know what they were. Then the Harkonnens bought the cards we wanted. We tried two attacks. The Fremen attacked the Emperor but failed and then the Harkonnens attacked the Guild. The Bene Gesserit used the voice to make the Guild play the weapon the Harkonnens had the defense for and the Harkonnens on giving our 4-way alliance the victory!

Gloria Mundi: I really like this game of building up your stuff and then either paying tribute or letting thre goths destroy everything. Sadly, it seems I may be the only one.

Hansa: I taught this game totally wrong but then figured things out and we just stopped and started over. it's a nice game when you get the rules right!

Dream Factory: This one kind of fell flat for me this time. Maybe it was the timing (late at night when everyone was tired) or just that we weren't getting into the theme.

Phoenicia: This is an interesting economic engine game that you really have to know everything coming up to play well. I didn't so I was just along for the ride.

Race for the Galaxy: Funny story with this one: Jay Tummelson (owner of Rio Grande Games) came up and asked the teacher of this game if this game was any good adn the teache said, yes, not knowing who he was taling to. Jay winked at me (I could see his badge) and then asked if any any expansions were coming out and if they were any good. The teacher of the game (whose name I've forgotten!) said expansions were coming but he hadn't played them yet. Jay then revealed who he was and talked a bit about the expansion coming out soon. What a card!

Ikusa: This was nice to play again since I haven't played it for like 15 years or so but I still remeber all the rules for this one. Tom got dealt a devastating blow by Seth who then allied with Jon (making the two of them own at least 2/3 of the board). Their alliance looked solid and Dan didn't seem to want to ally against them so I tried a desperation play to go after Dan so I could get his troops. I failed and Dan got mine but there wasn't enough left to stand up to the onslaught.

Genoa: This is a very cool negotiation game. I played with Nate and Heather and Todd and somebody else. I still got to find out from Nate why he doesn't like another negotation game: Sackson's I'm The Boss.

Viktory II: This seemed like a neat conquest game although I'm not sure about the vassal rules. Also, the game could only handle 6 players and we were playing 9 players on that board which squeezed out many players before they had a chance to really do anything. I could see this being fun with 6 but 9 was just too many.

Wheedle: This is Knizia's version of Pit and was the first game we played at the con. It's loud and fast just like Pit and woke us all up (which is what we needed--especially my dad and niece and nephew who were on the road at 5am that day!) Thanks to Chris and Ken for playing with us!
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9. Board Game: Fische Fluppen Frikadellen [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2034]
 
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I know I'm only supposed to add a single game as my best...
I've already said Dune was my single best game at the con...
and I posted Galaxy Trucker as a second...
but this game needs, at a minimum, an honorable mention.

Thank you Tim!

Tim Shippert brought three (3) copies of this game to Gamestorm and hosted the three game bonanza of Tiki Taking Tenacity intended by Friedman. A great time had by all fifteen players.

This was something I never imagined being involved in, and was stoked to be included. It was so fun, that if I can somehow figure out 15 friends/family down here at the bottom of Oregon that might actually play, I would seriously consider forking out the $$ for three copies (that is, if they can be found)

Thank you again Tim! Great fun.
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10. Board Game: Age of Renaissance [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:872]
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Last year was my first Gamestorm and I finished up that event exhausted. This year I tried to under-schedule myself, and it still seemed like there was too much crammed into too little time. I would have liked to have spent more time socializing and meeting local gamers. Bodhi Wolff, Do you really exist? People claim you’re a real person, but I have yet to see evidence.

One thing that I try to do at Gamestorm is hit longer games that are difficult to get on the table during the year, and try games that are new to me. I know that eventually I'll get to try Brass, Agricola, Galaxy Trucker and Hamburgum, so I passed on those and instead hit some of the less popular games.

Attention: If anybody brought Antiquity to Gamestorm, the Lost and Found has a game piece that you need to get back.

If Dune wasn't already on this list, it would have been my pick. Given that it's already here, I'll pick:

- Age of Renaissance Seth (Witheredhand) and I both gave this a try. We started at 7PM and finished up at 2:30AM the next morning. It's a great successor to Civilization. What I don't like about Civilization and Advanced Civ. is that if you fall behind, it's brutal, and can be very difficult to catch up. This is a game where the first time you play it, you will just be trying to learn the game. Some time around 1AM I realized that all the cost reductions on the Tech Tree were cumulative, I just had been taking the highest discount. Seth and I both agreed that we will have to get this one on the table again.

Other Games Played
- Dune I'll have to agree with Ken that Dune was the most incredible experience of the Con. It was the first game of Dune for me and I loved the asymmetrical powers and how sharing powers in alliances could really show some strengths. I like longer games and heavily themed games and this was a hit on both counts. The Emperor and House Harkonnen successfully restored order out of the chaos, putting the others in their place. I think that you really need to play this game with 5 or 6 to get the full enjoyment out of it. Yes a action report will have to be written, hopefully soon, before the details fade from memory.

- Viktory II This one fell a little flat for me. Jon(Quozl) Seth(Witheredhand) and I were all in this. We had 9 people on what should have been a 6 player board and as a result, if you had a bad starting position you couldn't maneuver out of it. Jon was to my left. If I was to have a chance, I needed to pretty much put him out of the serious contention from the start, which also hurt me. We played with the optional Vassal rule which was added to prevent player elimination, but which I feel really detracts from the game and makes it longer than it needs to be. I'm hoping to try this game again, but I'm afraid that for me it focuses too much on attacking and not enough on civ building.

- Vinci A very light civ game. I need to figure out how to position myself better for the endgame. I made a mistake of taking a commanding lead the turn before the game end when I should have put my civ into decline to get ready for the final push. Becoming a target for all, my fiancée had no qualms about gleefully wiping my forces off of the face of the map, leaving me to limp to 99 points at the end of my next turn while someone else cruised ahead for the win.

- Samurai Swords Can you believe that I've never played this before? Jon (Quozl) brought his game. I had a good learning experience, but it's a game where you really need to go into the game knowing what you are doing. I'll do better next time. It also seemed to drag a little towards the end. Don't know if that is a common experience.

- Qwirkle I helped SunRiver Games put on their Sunday morning family games demo and had a lot of fun. I played this one with Rita (Madhatir) Peter (Mundungus) and Ellen, I mean Heather (Heather Drake). Peter was in his pattern recognition best and completed Qwirkle after Qwirkle scoring bonus points each time for completing 6 in a row. This is a really good family game for non-gamers.

- Tumblin'-Dice This is one of the games that I set up and demo'd as part of the Family Games session. There was a non-stop trickle of gamers that wandered by and gave it a try. As a result I left it up and people were stopping by and trying it all day long. I must have caused at least a dozen people to put this on their buy list. It's a great party game, and Doug (Richtoosoon) made the comment that every pub in Portland should have one of these. At the end of the day it was missing one of the dice, cry and an exhaustive search by crawling around on the floor did not cause it to turn up. Hopefully it will turn up the next day at the Gamestorm Lost and Found, so that I don't have to buy a replacement set.

- BattleDome I didn't actually play this but I had traded it to Sean(figarojones) as part of a math trade and I saw him setting this up on Sunday and playing with a group of pre-teens. They were having a great time, and everyone that I've played with has enjoyed this game. It's
always a great hit. The only thing that you have to watch for is the yellow balls escaping from the BattleDome.

- Wallenstein I was hosting this game and had been hoping to play it, but the signup list filled up and I decided to let someone else have a chance to play and just Gamemaster. David (themilkcrate) pointed out an important clarification that I had missed, and that is that you can use attacks to move troops from one of your own provinces to another. Afterwards I went back to the most recent rules translation posted here and it is very clear that this is allowed. This made the game much more conservative. Hosting, I still enjoyed the game. K.C. (chesrcat)was continually distracted with SunRiver conversations as people came up to the table and built trading post after trading post in places that he wasn't allowed to. (Yes I am making fun of you.) It was good to see different playing styles. The feelings were that people liked the Wallenstein board a little more than the Shogun board, but that there was more conflict in this game than in Shogun because it is harder to build a protective frontier and hide behind your strong provinces.

Highlights
– Playing Dune

– Talking with Jay about how one manages to put out 400 games in 10 years and stay sane. He says he really doesn’t do much work, just providing translations and taking orders from distributers. Yeah, right. He’s a great guy, and has a great sense of humor.

– Introducing people to new games at the family games session.

– Tom from Boards and Bits pulling up to my house late Thursday night in an unmarked van and unloading a very large box with new goodies. Thanks!

Disappointments
- I think that everyone underestimates how long it will take to play some of the longer games, especially as we were typically playing the games with the maximum number of players. I think that the organizers might want to add an hour to all the estimates on the 3+ hour games. This might help minimize games running over their allotted time.

- I preferred last years structure where the boardgaming was in several smaller rooms than one larger room. All those people in one room seemed a little overwhelming at times, but I can understand that you can only get a venue that the convention budget allows.

- Not enough time just to hang out with everyone and talk. And dang it, I didn’t get Jay to sign one of my Rio Grande games (My fault – too busy and didn’t think of it until later.)
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11. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:34]
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I had a great time at the con this year. I was pretty much continuously involved in a game from 9:00 Thursday until 3:00 Sunday, with a few short breaks for food & sleep. Lots of highlights, very few lowlights, an overall fantastic experience thanks in no small part to an amazing cadre of fellow gamers.
Brass was probably my favorite of the weekend. Thanks to Rich for teaching me this game. A great session, well played by all players, & of course it helps that I won I look forward to playing it again, hopefully soon!

Other highlights include:
Container rules! I played in both of Rachel's sessions (Thursday & Sunday). I've played 3 times now & am itching to play a few more 4-5 player games. Look for a more detailed session report from me later & a big one from Rachel as well. Kudos to Rachel on a job well done, & props to Valley Games for donating 2 in-shrink copies for play & giveaway.

The amazing non-sleeping SuperRich and his copy of Loopin' Louie. I played several games with Rich during his incredible 30+ hour gaming run Friday->Saturday zombie. His copy of Looping Louie got a lot of use as a quick & fun filler

Also played:
Pit opened the con with several light fillers including this classic
Agricola
Pompeji: Die Letzten 37 Minuten
Merchant of Venus
Dungeon Twister
Neuroshima Hex!
In the Year of the Dragon
Chicago Express
Contigo
Polarity
Mall of Horror
Giganten
I'll add a little more info later, have to get back to work now that lunch hour is over though!
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12. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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Ken asked me this question while I sat watching his game of Edel, Stein & Reich. At that point, my answer was, "Big City". The session was fun to lead, everyone had a good time, and since one person who signed up didn't show, I got to play my own game! Even better, Rachael and I ended up tying for most points. Very satisfying.

But I waited to list my favorite, and I'm glad I did. Agricola, was, of course, on my radar from early on. Games with this much praise and excitement usually merit checking out. 10 Million Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong! Right?

Agricola has stayed with me all day long. I've thought about how I played the game, the mistakes I made(and, believe me, since I finished with 14 points, I think I made plenty of mistakes). And I've thought all day, "Well, next time I'll know better. I'll do things differently."

And to me, that's what boardgaming is all about. The experience of learning something new, of playing with a congenial group of friends, the exquisite agony of choices(Hey! That's My Wood!) make the experience worth everything. Doesn't matter that I finished dead last.

Here's my take on Agricola. You know what this game is like? A really great play(or novel, or movie). One of those rare things that you leave, but it doesn't leave you. It stays with you, and you find yourself thinking the experience over, even days later. You think about the world created, the ideas, the minutiae. And you can't wait to dive back into that world at the very next opportunity.

So, kudos to Rachael for leading a great session of Agricola. And also of Container, another interesting experience of Gamestorm. She's a real gamer, and one of Garrison Keillor's shy people, who somehow find the strength to do what needs to be done. Also, kudos to all my opponents this weekend for your fairmindedness abd sportsmanship. That's really what it's all about, my friends.

Games I played:

1960: The Making of the President. Walt and I each taught it to a newbie. I ended up winning as Nixon. Walt lost his game as JFK. That just seems wrong to me.

Goa. I saw someone getting up a game of Goa, inquired, and found out he'd never played before. I ditched my scheduled game, taught Goa to 3 others, and had a good time. I finished last.

Big City. 5 friendly-competitive types here, lots of messing with other's plans. I slowly caught up to Rachael to tie for first.

King of Siam. Paired by draw with Rachael in a 4-player. I played initially for a balance of colors. After the Brits took the initial two provinces, I pushed for the drw, realizing that my partner held the tiebreaker(last card played). We held on, and squeeked out a victory in the end.

Oregon. Again, a pick-up game which I partially helped lead--only to find out how few of the little detailed rules I remembered right! Good session, only marred by the folks who had the same table reserved next, leaning over us and repeatedly asking if we'd be done soon. Hey! Mr. Seattle! We're playing Oregon here! Give us a break!

Container. I think my brain is still adrift. Enjoyable, like a good math problem. Which I failed to solve correctly. Need another go, I think.

Tumblin' Dice. Could there be a better game for Oregon, especially considering our thriving brewpub scene? I had a great time, even getting thrashed by one of (jonjacobmoon)'s kids for the Championship of the Known World. Yeah, pick on the old guy...
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13. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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I finally got to play this on Sunday. It was a lot of fun. Zontziry managed to play three times during the con. I like the variety of ways to score points that sets this apart from a number of similar games and the dice 'work' very well.

Other games I played:
Descent: The Road to Legend - Took most of Friday and really wore me out
Pandemic - Taught this one 5-6 times during the con
Coach Ride to Devil's Castle - Very fun even though my team lost every time
Jungle Speed - Really enjoyed avoiding serious injury while playing
PitchCar - I set this up Thursday night and had fun setting up crazy courses. We had a jump to another table and back that was particularly challenging
Around the World in 80 Days - I surprisingly enjoyed this one. A very good gatewayish game
Galaxy Trucker - ran this a couple times and had my first total loss of a ship. One of my favorite games.
Cheeky Monkey - cute but too similar to Picomino for me to get (though if I had to choose between the two I would pick this)
Container - Really enjoyed playing this one a second time
Fairy Tale - I barely remember playing this or where my copy even ended up. I think Chris or David has it.
Fische Fluppen Frikadellen - Tim's 15 player game was an awesome experience
League of Six - This was a bit of a let down for me but I want to play it a few more times to see
Loopin' Louie - Great fun late at night
Portobello Market - Taught this to David and Chris and it always seems to end too fast
Rails of Europe - I ran this Friday night and was way too tired
Station Master - interesting light little game
Tichu - I love Tichu
Tumblin-Dice - I need to pick this up at some point. Very fun
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14. Board Game: MarraCash [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1717]
 
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MarraCash - This was the biggest surprise of GameStorm for me. Mostly because I didn't expect I'd get the opportunity to play it, and Andy just suggested it on a whim. Awesome, and something I'd very much like to add to my collection (if only I could find it . . .). Thanks, Andy, for introducing me to this excellent Stefan Dorra game!

Runner-ups to my most memorable games of GameStorm include:
Agricola: This was the game that most defined GameStorm for me (mostly because I played it 4 times). I had a great time introducing new players to this game, and I apologize to anyone who wanted to play, but didn't get a chance. I almost didn't bring this, but I'm glad I did (and special thanks to Sam for bringing along the other components).

Wallenstein - A big thanks to Dan for running this! This was something I wanted to try to compare and contrast against Shogun. A very enjoyable experience.

Intrigue - I don't really like this game. Most of the people I was playing with knew I didn't really like this game (and yet, still convinced me to play it). However, this was a great midnight gaming experience with a ton of laughs. A big thanks to everyone (Kevin, Deivida, Rachel, and Mik) for making this a highlight (instead of a low point) of GameStorm! I still don't really like this game, though. shake

Other games I played:
Rails of Europe
Maharaja
In the Year of the Dragon
Shark - I think I like this game better than Acquire. Though, I think I'd also like it better with fewer than 6 players.
Darjeeling
Zendo - Thanks DJ for bringing this out! Sorry we didn't play more than a round or two. This sort of game appeals to me, but more so as the possible rules are allowed to become more contrived.
Strozzi - An early prototype taught by Jay. Warning Medici fans, it looks like Knizia has created an appealing follow-up that blends elements of Medici and Ra into another successful offering. (Of course, all of that assumes it ends up looking anything like the prototype.)
Crokinole
Loopin' Louie
Diceland: Space
Honor of the Samurai
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15. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:48]
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This was my favorite. We had 8 players and used the Shattered empire expansion. Sure it took almost 7 hours to play and I was pummeled to near extinction early in the game, but the pure spectacle of an 8 player game was great. Other highlights for me were Stone age, Railroad Tycoon, and a 16 player game of Wings of War. After seeing how many people loved Loupin Louie there I'm thinking of trying to run a Louie tournament next year.


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16. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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It was a tie for me: Die Macher on Saturday morning and Ur on Sunday afternoon.

Die Macher went amazingly well and we even managed to power through to the finish by 2:00 pm. It seems like every time I play I have to reconsider my estimation of one phase or another. This time, it was timing on Shadow Cabinet cards. I think it also helped that a lot of the public opinions went unpublished. Especially with new players, if a lot of those end up whacking people, it's a less-than-optimal experience. (If anyone wants the player aids I had, they're posted now at www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo/31497.)

I had never played Ur before and learning it reminded me somewhat of learning T&E in all the good ways. Another one for the wishlist!
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17. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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i'll have to repeat this one on the list...along with ryan gatti, i think i played this one 4 times as well.

this game never ceases to amaze me at how well it scales to number of players, and how different each game is... i must be somewhere near 8 plays of this game total, and no game has been like any other.

i've never played a game before where i was like "hey, i really want to try this with X # of players, i wonder what that would be like", where x runs the whole gamut from 1-5....you know? it's totally different with each number, but equally FANTASTIC.

the other highlight for me was, of course, Loopin' Louie...
as i was devolving on sunday, Justin Redd and i played for 20 minutes straight it seems, non-stop, replacing all the chickens as they fell, playing two stations at a time, while i was simultaneously kicking ass at Downfall of Pompeii (which i won).

i got to have Stone Age taught to me by Jay Tummelson, and i got to teach this one to Tom from BoardsAndBits.com
I really enjoyed playing with Tom last year, and really enjoyed it again this year. When you meet him in person, it is no surprise that his store is so excellent, and the customer service is so wonderful.
Thanks Tom!
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18. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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Agricola was definitely my game of GameStorm. A fantastic blend of limited actions like Caylus or Age of Empires III with the enormous variation of Race for the Galaxy. Thanks to Mike for teaching it to me and thanks to Ryan and Sam for giving me a chance to play twice more. What an absolutely fantastic game! I definitely look forward to playing again. If only my pre-order would be here sooner!

Even Agricola wouldn't have been the same without the fantastic gamers at GameStorm. I met a number of cool people, including Tom, Clinton and Mark and got to play a few games with each of them. I enjoyed teaching Hamburgum, Brass and Through the Ages and look forward to running a few events next year. We'll have to play Through the Ages again next year Clinton!

Thanks again to Mike for running several games. Of course I enjoyed playing with gamers from the local group too. A special thanks to Jay for teaching Stone Age on Thursday, I enjoyed it quite a lot and had the chance to help teach it and play again Saturday morning. Probably my second favorite new game of the con.

The last thing that made GameStorm really amazing was the consistently fast pace of play. Maybe there was something in the air but every game I played in was amazingly fast. Five player Cuba in two hours. Five player Agricola in less than three with rules. Four player Brass in three hours. Truly amazing. Thanks for all the good games!

Here's the full list of games I played:

Agricola (x3)
Galaxy Trucker (x3)
Race for the Galaxy (x3)
Stone Age (x2)
Brass: Lancashire
Cuba
Hamburgum
In the Year of the Dragon
Perikles
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization

I'm already looking forward to next year!
 
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