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1. Board Game: Felicity: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1083]
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Played Friday 8:00PM 5 Players

I had some time to kill before my first scheduled game, so I tried out Felix. It was a prettty close game. Though I came in 4th I was only about 10 pts behind the winner. This is a great filler. Definately something I want to add to my collection.
 
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2. Board Game: Cutthroat Caverns [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1142]
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GM/played Friday 9:00PM 3-players

My first GMing experience, and it almost didn't happen. I knew there wouldn't be HUGE demand for CC, but I figured someone would want to play. Thankfully that some one, James, had brought his wife along, and we were able to convince her to join us.

Neither had played before so I taught them the rules and they picked it up quickly. It was a fun game with a great finish(Hydra), and lots of banter. Wish we could have had more players, but so far my GMing was off to a posiive start.
 
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3. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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Played Saturday 9:30AM Pickup

Got to the game area a little early and saw a bunch of Crokinole boards on the tables. Someone offered to teach me the game, so I learned how to play and played a couple rounds. It's fun, but I'm not sure I'm ready for the $$ investment or for finding a space to put the board.
 
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4. Board Game: Make a Painting [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
 
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After looking around a bit, checking out the dealer hall etc, it ended up too late to get into a 10:00Am game so instead I sat down at the Paint and take tables in the miniatures area.

Ended painting a miniature until about noon. It was my first since I was like 8 and I was actually proud of how it turned out. Unfortunately, I had nowhere to properly store it, and it didn't travel well over the rest of the weekend.

oh, and no, it's not a unicorn, it's a human in scale holding a crossbow.
 
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5. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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GM Small Tournament Saturday 2:00PM 13 Players 2 Rounds

My first tourney GM. It was a little bit nerve wracking trying to marshal 13 players and make sure everyone felt like they had a fair shot in the tourney. I was a little bit slow in getting people assigned to a table, but once everyone was seated, 2 of the tables were able to teach the new players on their own, so I sat down at the 3rd to teach the game. It's a simple game, so in no time all 3 tables were playing the game.

The question arose as to wether they were to play a single game or 3 rounds, i check Boardgame HQ and was told that it should be 3 rounds since it's such a short game. Since the tables didn't have the same number of players, I only was able to take the top player from each table to the finals. I felt bad for a couple of the players at the 5-player table though because they had 2 young players, one who was playing more or less randomly and making it hard for the more skilled players to have any serious strategy, and one who was taking lbad cards to spare his mom who ended up at the same table. The mom won that table. :/

The final round went well though with all 3 being skilled or at least experienced players, and the winner deserved the win.
 
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6. Board Game: Kriegbot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:7116]
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Played Small Tournament Saturday 3:00PM 6 Players - 1st Place

They had not yet started the first game of Kriegbot, and it sounded interesting, so I managed to get into the first round I played 2 games with the designer of the game (Matt Eklund) and his father Phil Eklund, who is publishing the game through Sierra Madre Games, helping us with the mechanics of the game. I have to say, I can't wait for publication so I can play it at home.

The game feels kind of like a cross between the Cars Wars and Battletech miniatures games, but plays quick and easy like a board game. Each player get one of 6 'bot' templates and customizes from a limited supply of unique components. Combat is quick and easy and all the bots seem to be reasonably balanced with a wide variety of tactics available. Both of the games I played stayed well under the 2 hour mark, and I left wanting to play more.

There were a couple minor adjustments that they were making note of while we played, but these were mostly on the level of correcting typos and making minor tweaks to wording of of some items for clarity. The game seemed to be pretty much ready to go. This is definately on my want list.

This is also when I learned about the wonderful world of Dealer Dollars!!
You pay me for playing games and winning?!?? What's the catch?

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7. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1016]
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Played Saturday 8:00PM 6 player won as Outlaw
Played Saturday 9:00PM 7 player pickup won as Deputy
 
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8. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:884]
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GM/Played 11:00PM Saturday 6 Players (12 players in Event)
 
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9. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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Played Small Tournament Sunday 1:00PM - 1st Place out of 8
 
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10. Board Game: Felicity: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1083]
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Played Small Tournament Sunday 3:00PM - 4th Place out of 8
 
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11. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1221]
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GM/Played Sunday 6:00PM 5 Players
 
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12. Board Game: Cutthroat Caverns [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1142]
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GM/played Sunday 10:00AM 4-Players

Got 4 players this time and again none of them had played. Taught the rules again, but these guys had a lot more questions. made it through the explanations and started the game.

The first few rounds I was getting worried. Everyone looked serious and kills were spreading pretty evenly. We were all in good health.
Then in the 4th round these guys finally got comfortable I think (ir just finally got the right cards) and cards started flying. People started to trash talk, and the air was filled with mistrust and animosity. It was perfect.

we didn't have any really scary fights except for maybe the 7th round Arc mages when one guys tipped his potion of iron skin and was ready to really screw the rest of us over, but everyone had fun and even the last fight was tense with 3 out of 4 players still vying for the win.

Very happy with how this went. I was starting to feel more confident again with GMing.
 
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