My first Con - Dixiecon
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I am fairly new to gaming and completely new to conventions. Over the past few months, I have been learning and playing a lot of different titles. I was told the best way to try out a lot of games is to attend a convention. Thanks to my friend Kevin, I took a trip out to Dixiecon in North Carolina this year. It is billed as a Diplomacy tournament, but there was as much open gaming (if not more) as Diplomacy going on. Because I was there to learn as many games as possible, I ended up playing twice as many different titles as anyone else in attendance. I also recieved 3rd place in the Iron Man of Gaming competition. This geeklist is a compilation of all the games that I either learned or played over the weekend and my views of each.
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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This is one of my favorite games. I had the chance to play a couple of games of Agricola and I even had the opportunity to actually teach a few people how to play over the weekend.
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2. Board Game: Attika [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:569]
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This was a very fun game. I really enjoyed the multi-goal aspect of the game. I will defiantly be getting this in the near future.
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3. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:371]
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I was at a table where no one had played this before. Once we went over the rules and played through a couple of test rounds, we were able to actually finish the game. It was fun once we got the rules sorted out.
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4. Board Game: Buccaneer [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2208]
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This was one of my favorite games that I had learned over the weekend. It is such a simple game, but it offers so many choices.
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5. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Even though I have played this game before online, I was not exactly sure how to score. Before playing this weekend, I knew how and where to place the meeples but I really didn't know why I was doing so. Now that I know the scoring, the game is a lot more fun.

I ordered this game the day I got home.
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6. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:420] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
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Oldie but goodie! Great game to fill in those gaps when waiting for players to finish the longer games.
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7. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:919]
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We played 2 games of Finstere Fleur. The first time it was a regular game where we were escaping from the dungeon. The second game, we had 3 monsters and no one even got close to escaping. The game eventually ended when we were all eliminated.
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8. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6667]
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I wasn't too impressed with Fluxx. There was another group of people playing the Monty Python Fluxx, maybe it would have at least had enough humor to hold my attention.

I think I am going to stick with Munchkin.
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9. Board Game: Fruit Fair [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:8270]
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Fruit Fair was really enjoyable and had a really cool mechanic to determine turn order and certain other special abilities.
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10. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:677]
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A really cool strategy game. I have a hard time getting my girlfriend to play games with me; maybe I can get her to give this one a chance. Who doesn't want to play with penguins?

I ordered this game the day I got home.
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11. Board Game: Letter Roll [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:9224]
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We had fun playing this game. If you like Boggle or Scattergories, you should give Letter Roll a shot.
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12. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3380] [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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I brought a few decks of Munchkin to pass the time. Everyone that I played with seemed to enjoy it and laughed a lot at the humorous cards.
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13. Board Game: Nomads of Arabia: The Wandering Herds Game [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:9561]
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I personally enjoyed this game, but there is a serious issue with the turn order. If there was some way to change the order in-game I believe some other people I played with would have like it more.
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14. Board Game: Outpost [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1562]
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This was a massive game! We played with 8, yes 8 people. Even though it took like 4 hours to finish, I am looking forward to the next time I get to play Outpost.
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15. Board Game: Plague & Pestilence [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:4080]
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A really morbid, yet intriguing game. I was looking to buy Plague and Pestilence but it is out of print and the copies available are $75 and up.
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16. Board Game: Treasure Fleet [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:9618]
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I supplied a copy of this game and finally had the chance to play it with more than 2 or 3 people. It plays really well once you get a full table.
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17. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:338]
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Wow! The concept of this game is awesome and the competitiveness is intense.
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18. Board Game: Julius Caesar [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:718]
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I got to test out this game with it's creator, Justin Thompson. I enjoyed it although I have very limited experience with war games. If you like war games, you should pre-order it so it will have the chance to catch on.
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19. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:281] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Settlers was the game that got me into gaming. I was glad to see there were a lot of people that wanted to play when there were so many other games to choose from.
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20. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
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I really wish I had enough time to play this game a second time. I may have to grab a copy of this.
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21. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:122]
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I am surprised that I have never heard of Tichu before. It is a really addictive game that is an odd combination of Poker and Spades.

My new friend, Mary, actually gave me her deck to take home and play with. Thanks again Mary.
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22. Board Game: Twixt [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1541]
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I love strategy games and am glad I had the opportunity to learn to play twixt. The first time or two that I tried to play, I was thinking "this really isn't for me," but as I gave it more of a chance, I started to really enjoy it.
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23. Board Game: Vinci [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:601]
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Going into Dixicon, I was hoping to play Small World. No one had it, but I was able to learn Vinci. Now I really want to buy Small World.
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