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Although not as heavily attended as the January 2008 Atlanta Game Fest, Chattanooga's Game Fest South (August 2008), was a wonderful experience. The gaming spaces were much much larger (and much much nicer) than previous Atlanta Game Fests and great fun was had by all. I was able to play an amazing number of games that hitherto I have only seen through the shrink-wrap (such is the curse of being a game store owner). Here are the highlights.
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1. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:179]
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I generally do not look to play two-player games at Fests since it is relatively easy to find a single opponent any other time. But, I was up early one morning and decided to play it before the masses arrived. The game was thoroughly enjoyable, but for card games I still prefer Glory to Rome and Dominion.

CLS Games Rating: A-
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2. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:752]
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After 6 months of unsuccessful attempts to get my wife to try this game, I decided that I would have to play it at Game Fest South. The game play was solid (as you would expect from Grand Spiel Master Knizia), though I was pleasantly surprised at what a great social game it turned out to be. My intent was to go with a 3-player game, but when some trash-talking Descent: Journeys in the Dark player and his Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) sidekick saw the fantasy theme, they began salivating like Pavlovian dogs and insisted upon joining us. I was forced to put the smack-down on the Dungeon Master, putting both he and his inbred Ameritrash-playing buddy in their places.

CLS Games Rating: B+
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3. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:389]
 
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Going into the weekend, I was certain I would love this game....and I was right. The game is masterpiece of beautiful graphics, superb game mechanics, and unwordly high quality components.

CLS Games Rating: A+
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4. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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I had no intention of playing this at Game Fest South (I actually had no idea a play-test copy would even be at Game Fest South). However, a friend suggested it and I am very glad that I was convinced to give it a try. The reshuffle mechanic is brilliant I expect that this game will be very popular once Rio Grande releases it this fall. My only disappointment here was that playing it forced me to decline my only opportunity to get into a game of Galactic Emperor.

CLS Games Rating: A
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5. Board Game: Factory Fun [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:868]
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I have wanted to play this for a long time and was happy to see a copy at the Fest. There is not much player interaction, but I loved it nonetheless.

CLS Game Rating: A+
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6. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:148]
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This has been one of my favorite games over the past couple months and it did not disappoint at Game Fest South. I taught it twice (both 5 player games) and enjoyed it emmensely. The multi-use card mechanic is beyond brilliant!

CLS Games Rating: A
 
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7. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:266]
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I had seen this played at the Atlanta Game Fest in January 2008 and was luke-warm on the idea (I did not think I would be crazy about the dice). That said, I was very pleasantly surprised and would happily play it again.

CLS Games Rating: B
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8. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:412]
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This was my second biggest disappointment of the weekend (behind only Pandemic). I played it twice at the most recent Atlanta Game Fest (January 2008) and recall liking it better then. It may have been my lack of sleep that soured me this time on Mr. Jack, but right now I really have no interest in playing it again. I will force myself to try it again once the expansion is available -- and after getting some sleep.

CLS Games Rating: C+
 
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9. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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This was easily my biggest disappoint at Game Fest South. With all the positive press Pandemic has received over the last 6 months, fully expected to writing now about how it was my favorite game of the weekend. Unfortunately (and I know that I am a very small minority here), the game lacked any sizzle for me. I played the game three times (once each in the roles of scientist, medic, and dispatcher) and I think it would be a much much much better game if in addition the cooperation, there was some competition amongst players.

CLS Games Rating: C+
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10. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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I managed to play this twice and enjoyed it more the 2nd time. Having never played San Juan, the learning curve was a steep due to the jargon and symbology. Ultimately it was worth the effort and I can see liking this game much more as I become more familiar with the individual cards.

CLS Games Rating: B
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11. Board Game: SeaRovers [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:8454]
 
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Calling this independently-publisheed, historically accurate pirate game "graphically stunning" is hardly adequate -- the map should be hung in the Louvre rather than set out on a gaming table. The basic game was light, though there are advanced rules that add a huge amount detail (perticularly to wind and weather). I personally prefer more of a Euro or War game feel, but I can see some smart publisher grabbing the rights to this. If the mechanics evolve to include more Eurostyle in-game choices, my rating for this game would certanly climb.

CLS Games Rating: C
 
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12. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Another dice game (along with Kingsburg) that I had no intention of playing. However, I was invited into a four-player game and absolutely loved it! This was the best surpise of the Game Fest South and I cannot wait to play again.

CLS Games Rating: A+
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13. Board Game: Tinners' Trail [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:460]
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I was very pleased with Martin Wallace's latest offering, though I did not like it as well as some of my tablemates did. After one play, my fellow Game Festers immediately elevated it above Brass: Lancashire while I would rate them roughly evenly.

CLS Games Rating: A-
 
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