Congress of Gamers 2008
Jeff Kahan
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Geeklisting my way through last weekend's trek to the first Congress of Gamers!
I had a fabulous time and want to give a shout out to Kaarin, Jason, Mark, John, Michelle, Gary, Mark, Justin, Rick, and Gretchen!

I totally love the venue and am already eager to go to next year's Congressional Session!



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1. Board Game: Pontiac Safety Drive Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Ok.. ok... so it wasn't a Pontiac... it was a Beamer. It also wasn't a safety test but usually when you go to a gaming convention you have to start with the driving game. So there!

After a brief stop at the McD's drive through, Michelle and I made it up to Rockville with only a slight guidance error on the part of yours truly
 
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2. Board Game: Chairs [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:10049]
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What Con would be complete without the camraderie built around setting up the gaming areas!

Upon being asked the question "how can I help" Kaarin pointed to the stacks of chairs in the various rooms. I ended up unstacking and putting out chairs and helping Gretchen aka "Snack Bar Lady" get all of the drinks into the fridge.
 
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3. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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Ah... the favorite of the quick games... fun with 2, fun with 3, fun with 4 and (hopefully) soon to be fun with 1!

Michelle and I have been playing this game quite a bit and have been using an alternate start in which each player gets 8 cards and discards to 6.
No. Starting. Planet.

It definitely makes the game even more interesting.
I think I ended up playing three games of this over the course of the weekend!
 
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4. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:576]
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Yup... the Finish Line... something I never actually did see. cry

It's slipstreamed my mind which track we used but it was fun and only had two tight corners. I was doing fairly bad with my rolls (21 on the 30 sided bad) and was behind at first but managed to catch up to the middle. I had just ended up 1 mark shy of the final curve of the first lap (I'd already taken 1 engine damage and had to redline earlier) when some jerk decides to roll a 20... as I was in 5th gear I ended up rolling a 3 causing my engine to blow up. I'm not sure the drive made it out in time!

Racing Caucus Score = 0

 
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5. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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I was scheduled to run demo of Agricola and I finally had a chance to break out my new copy of the game! We just barely got through the explanation of the game when they called for the tournament to start. Paired up in 4 player games, I managed to eek a win with a score of only 29... 2nd and 3rd place were at 27

I enjoyed teaching the game and had fun playing!

Euro Caucus 10 Racing Caucus 0
 
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6. Board Game: Tummy Ache Junk Food Game [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Gamers.... must...... eat......

One of the ingrained traits of the boardgamer.
Lucky for us, Gretchen Verrey was awseome in her role as Congress of Gamers Snack Lady and cheerfully took our money in return for drinks, snacks, and other junk food.

There were also a number of places across the street with which to obtain needed sustenance. I ended up going to Urban Burger for Lunch on both days and dinner on Saturday. Frito Pie, Onion Rings, Burgers... and got to watch the Skins game!

 
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7. Board Game: The Stock Car Championship Racing Card Game [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:3856]
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After dinner, I play in the McGartlin Motor Sports Stock Championship Racing Game which is a card-driven racing game as opposed to the dice-driven Formula De. After staying close to the leader for much of the race, I ended up getting into an "accident" which stuck me at the back of the pack. There I stayed for the remainder of the race, except for 1 turn where I ended up getting up to the middle.. and then got slammed back with another "accident" (A pass card... ANY pass card... my kindom for a pass card!). I finished last once more, adding a big fat zero points to my current total in the Racing Caucus. If you haven't been following... you can see my previous score above..... cry
 
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8. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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I love Tichu.....and played two games of around 500 points over the course of the weekend.

I ended up being paired up with Rick (co-founder of Fat Guys With Beards) for both games and we managed to "win" both of them. Of note is that because the table for the first game was a bit sticky, we played the game on tissue paper. Get it? Tichu... Tissue? C'mon.. just say it out loud......
 
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9. Board Game: Fast Food Franchise [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3962]
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Sunday's driving game turned out to be a bit more.. um... eventful that Saturday's. After grabbing some food and drink from the McD's and heading up the beltway, Michelle picked up her Diet Coke from the cup holder and realized it was leaking. In fact, there was a veriftable lake of diet coke in the cup holder! With some applied napkins, she was able to chug the rest of it without incident. With an ominous sense of forboding, I went to pick up my sweet tea and lo and behold... IT was leakin TOO! Borgemois! That Fakakta McD's! I chugged my tea and we cleaned up the Mclakes once we arrived at the Con.
 
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10. Board Game: Power Grid: China/Korea [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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I was supposed to help out Bob with running the Brass segment of the Euro Caucus but as there were really only enough players for 1 game, he graciously let me jump over to the Power Grid signup

I ended up in a 5 player game on the just released China/Korea map. We ended up playing the Korea side which was really quite neat- two resource markets were available to represent the North/South split. I ended up pulling of another victory. Now I'm at 20 points in the Euro and... ZERO in the Racing....
 
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11. Board Game: Factory Fun [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:868]
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While debating whether or not to play Age of Steam, I jumped into a game of Factory Fun with Kevin and Michelle. The factory gods must have been favoring me this time because every factory I grabbed seemed to fit and I ended up with 65 points just from doublers.

Very fun game and I'll play it anytime!

By the end of the game, Age of Steam was still in demo mode... I ended up watching the end of the Skins game, and then Michelle and I took off.

A very successfull weekend!
 
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