GMT West (Spring 2008)
(Mr.) Kim Beattie
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Another spring and another GMT West! GMT Games hosts a little get-together in Hanford, CA (home of GMT) usually twice a year (spring and fall). It's a chance for fans of GMT games to get together, catch up and play some games. Playing GMT games in not required but that's usually the bulk of what gets played over the long weekend. The GMT Weekends are a lot of fun. It's a wargamer's paradise and the casual atmosphere makes it my favorite gaming experience.

Without further ado, here is a list of games I played at the Spring 2008 GMT Weekend:
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1. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Started the long weekend (Thursday - Sunday) off with a four player game of Pandemic. Like I said, playing GMT games is not a requirement. Although by the time I arrived (around noon on Thursday) there were already many GMT games in progress.
 
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2. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:641]
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This was a very popular game this weekend. I played it a lot (10 games over the weekend). The game has a lot of subtlety and variety. It's easy to teach and quick to set up and play.
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3. Board Game: Blackbeard [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:3255]
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The 2008 version of Blackbeard. Five player game took about two hours to complete. I haven't played the original version but I hear the new version plays faster with less down time. A fun game.
 
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4. Board Game: Pacific Typhoon [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2223]
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Along with its sister game, Atlantic Storm, Pacific Typhoon is one of my favorite, and playing AS or PT is becoming a GMT Weekend tradition for me.
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5. Board Game: Rise of the Luftwaffe [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:2167] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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Down in Flames (DiF) is being played all day long, every day during the GMT Weekend. New games start every 30 minutes or so and it's easy to sit in for a game or two (or more!) at anytime during the weekend. It wouldn't be a GMT Weekend without a game of DIF or two!
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6. Board Game: Desert Duel: First Alamein [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:11181]
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Got the chance to punch out and play this little game from ATO magazine. It's a challenging game that doesn't take a long time to play. I find my wargaming interests drifting towards smaller, faster playing games like Desert Duel, Manoeuvre, etc.
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7. Board Game: The Kaiser's Pirates [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:3397]
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Another fun card game with a theme I really enjoy. Taught the game to three other players and a good time was had by all. This game, originally published by Lost Battalion Games is currently out of print but GMT is considering a reprinting of the game. I was just doing my part to see that this fun games gets the exposure it deserves.
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