Another GenCon 2008 List
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My report on GenCon 2008:
This was my 5th time to attend and I had a great time trying out some new (to me) games
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1. Board Game Designer: Gary Gygax
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The founder of GenCon was greatly missed this year. Several memorials were truly touching. The exhibit hall coming to an almost complete hault at noon on Saturday was something else. I died in the Tower of Gygax dungeon run and placed one of my oldest character sheets from 1981 in the memorial book along with many other tributes. He will be critically missed.
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2. Board Game Publisher: Gut Bustin' Games
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Spent most of my evenings playing & teaching their Redneck Life & Trailer Park Wars.(See Below) By the way, that's me in the lower left corner of the picture.
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3. Board Game: Redneck Life [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:14826]
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The game that got Gut Bustin' moved/kicked outside the main boardgame area. This one is guaranteed to cause loud, laughter and a good chance of a hog calling contest among the players. I played this several times and had a blast.
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4. Board Game: Trailer Park Wars [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:5717]
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The new entry from Gut Bustin' Games. This was mostly played in the hall outside the Board Game room as the players tend to disturb those around them with loud laughter. The game has more strategy than their previous title "Redneck Life".
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5. Board Game: Vineta [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:2948]
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Tried the demo and enjoyed the game. Players are gods of the Northlands stuggling to save thier followers from a Norse version of Atlantis.
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6. Board Game: Run for your Life, Candyman! [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:13542]
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While this is not a very deep game I had a blast playing it! Our demo group drew quite a crowd with chants of "RIP IT OFF!" & "CAGE MATCH! CAGE MATCH!"
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7. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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I was VERY impressed with this game. The co-op style makes for a very different experience that I enjoyed. My only complaint was the game was not available at the con.
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8. Board Game: Battue: The Walls of Tarsos [Average Rating:6.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.08 Unranked]
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I picked up the core game last year and have enjoyed playing it. The expansion adds another layer (litterally) to the modular board with wall and tower tiles that add benefits to the player that controls them.
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9. Board Game: Infernal Contraption [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4262]
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I played this demo and enjoyed the game quite a bit. I wanted to get a copy ; however, the LOOOONNNGGG line at the Privateer Press booth for Monsterpocalypse and Warmachine put me off a bit. I managed to sneak in just before closing time to grab one.
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10. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:721]
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This caught my eye and the demo was enjoyable but didn't get me that excited.
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This had to be the most unusual title I saw at GenCon. The game itself did not impress me that much however.
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12. Board Game Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
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Why did they bother? WotC had a VERY small area in a far corner of the exhibit hall. With all the hooplah over 4th Edition D&D last year I was expecting a much bigger splash. They had only a few demos available and limited quantities of product. Most of the folks working the booth seemed uncomfortable being there and irritated when asked a question (at least that was my experience).
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13. Board Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
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FFG was one of the dominant publishers in the exhibit hall. They had a ton of prototype games as well as new and previous releases. There was a lot of buzz about the Battlestar Galactica boardgame.
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14. Board Game Publisher: Paizo Publishing
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Paizo was doing a brisk business and sold out of the Pathfinder RPG (aka D&D 3.51 for those of us who would rather fight than switch). The Dead Gentleman were signing copies of the AT LONG LAST RELEASED "Gamers 2: Dorkness Rising".
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15. Board Game: Curses! [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:7523] [Average Rating:5.74 Unranked]
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Played this at the before con open gaming Wed night. I ended up talking like Mr. T with an invisible golf ball in my mouth while reciting lines from a Lucky Charms commercial! What can be more fun than that!
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