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Myself, and two of my children (Bethany 13 & Joseph 11) had a fantastic time at the convention!







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Being Arkham fans, there was no better way to start gaming.
Joseph, Bethany, Terry, John and myself played.
We played against Yig as there were 3 new players and Yig tends to be a quicker game. We won easily, the mythos cards were all very easy - I guess the stars were not right for the Mythos.


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We played 7 straight games, five with four players (Bethany, Joseph, Me, plus one) and three with five. I won three, Joseph won three - not sure who won the last one.
I play this one at home with my son, so it was good to have a game with more than two players.

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3. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:267]
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I saw this at AGE 2007 and wanted to have a go but there wasnt time. I was delighted to be offered a game. The rules are very simple and it was easy to pick up. I thought I had no chance, but managed to score a lot of points on the last turn and sneaked it by one point. A good game - one for my wishlist.

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4. Board Game: Arkham Horror: Kingsport Horror Expansion [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Scott offered a game with Kingsport expansion and Bethany, Joseph and myself jumped at it!
We played against one of the new GOOs Eihort.
I think we also all had characters from the expansion.
I had the librarian, her ability to not lose sanity when reading books was ok but not as useful as I thought it was going to be.
I went to Kingsport and spent most the game there closing the rift markers.
Despite our best efforts Eihort woke up due to too many gates on the board.
We used the Final Battle Deck - I thought we had a reasonable chance against it but, our initial rolling was abysmal and continued until most of the party was devoured. We started to make some headway and then drew the card that basically said game over. I liked the cards as they made the battle more interesting, although it did make it harder. Another game for my wishlist.

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5. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:186] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Another game I really wanted to try out.
John and Jmaes explained the rules quickly and we were off.
I really enjoyed this game and could see that it has a high re-playability factor as each game is different (due to race/skill combinations).
Add it to the wishlist...


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6. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:418]
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John offered this game and as it was getting late it looked like a good way to finish off the evening.
The game was easy to learn and reminded me a bit of stratego.
We played two games and each won as the good guys.

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7. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:81]
Ian Powell
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After finishing the Confrontation, John mentioned he had War of the Ring. We agreed to play it first thing on sunday.
I played the good guys (randomly determined).
Initially I thought it was all going well, the fellowship advanced quickly. However on about turn 5 or 6 the White City fell (actually it seemed like it just gave up!) to the witch king. After that the remaining forces seemed to be affected by Denethor's malaize and similarly capitulated without much of fight. The fellowship didn't even make it into Mordor!
This is such a good game - even when you lose this badly.
Thanks again for the game John.

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8. Board Game: Mare Nostrum [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1079]
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After the rapid fall of Middle Earth, John offered a game I had not heard of. It looked interesting so I was in. David & Andrew also played.
I was Rome so I thought it would be a good idea to start attacking to gain territory - this turned out to be a bad idea, far better to sit back and gradually build up control of resources. I realised this too late so tried to go for a pyramid victory; I almost achieved it on the last turn but David got it first.


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9. Board Game: Pack & Stack [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1618]
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I played a couple of games with my son, losing both.
It's a fun little game, but I'm not good with visual spacial things.
We also played a couple of games with another player (can't remember his name - again)

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10. Board Game: Supremacy [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:13344]
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I created my own set of rules for this and ran it with an oil crisis scenario. There were 5 players, Bethany (China), Joseph (Russia), Ryan (USA), Peter (Africa) and myself (S America). We ran it for about three hours and then counted victory points. The game went well but it was a bit complicated to teach new players within the alloted time. In the end I nuked China heavily and Russia finished it off, the USA tried to play peacebroker, but Africa scored the most points.

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11. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:186] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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My final game of the convention. I enjoyed this the first time and wanted to show it to my two children. They picked it up quickly and were impressed. I think John had overloaded on this game and so I managed to gain the victory. I will be buying this one soon.







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