Games played at Polycon 27 (aka Why I can only go to one con a year)
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For those of you who have never heard of it, polycon is a local gaming convention put on by a club at calpoly. It is a good convention for gaming, with a lot of RPGs, a few CCG tournaments (mainly magic), miniatures, and board gaming. (http://www.polycon.org/)

This is my second year attending, and I had a lot of fun playing a variety of games, most of which were new to me.
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1. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This At All [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:11148] [Average Rating:5.59 Unranked]
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So, my first game of the weekend is this. A good warm up game while waiting for the majority of the games to start. Described to me as "a game for people who think Fluxx is too complicated." No argument there. So much chaos, and pretty fun. Of the three games played, I won one. Overall, a good filler to start the weekend.
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2. Board Game: Stargate SG-1 [Average Rating:4.41 Overall Rank:15091]
 
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My second game on Friday is a nice 6 hour adventure of Stargate:SG-1 RPG. This was a great adventure put on by a local GM, who usually has a table all to himself for the weekend. This was a great adventure, and in the end, we managed to survive, in spite of the fact that they tried to throw us in prison.
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3. Board Game: Brain Food [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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At this point, it is getting to be time for me to have some food. So I head on home to eat some of the leftovers in my fridge (yay for living 4 blocks from the con). After this, I feel quite ready for gaming for the next few hours, and I've stocked my bag with a few caffeinated beverages.
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4. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Having not played this one yet, it was on my list of things to try. So I hop in a pick up game in the board games room. I really enjoyed this game, it was really fun. The strategy was intuitive for the cards we used, and I understand why so many people swear by it. Final scores: 33-26-22-19, me on top. Quite fun. And the first game on my "I really want this now" list.
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5. Board Game: Star Wars Miniatures [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1477] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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My final game for the evening, I get invited to a game of Star Wars d20. This particular game was being run as a horrible mix of classic and saga, and so was really mixed up rules-wise. I speced out a wookie soldier specializing in melee, and picked up a power hammer for my starting weapon. We play as pirates shortly after the fall of the second death star, grabbing an imperial patrol ship, finding an abandoned mining facility to use as a base, and robbing a bank. Y'know, the usual piratical things. Up to this point, our group has more or less just been the most ridiculous group, and we have had a lot of fun.

To round out the adventure, we are challenged to stealing a frigate from a shipyard. We go, and I am the one making the tactics at this point (which is really funny since my character can't speak). We land on the base, sending back our mostly empty patrol ship, and bluff our way onto the ship. We get to command, and start to leave when the other pirates start blasting things. We sneak away with our ship while they get slagged by a star destroyer. The game ends about 2 with us sneaking away in a frigate. Yay!
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6. Board Game: Tongiaki: Journey into the Unknown [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2202]
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Next morning, I start to look for a quick game to play (I had signed up for a game of 7th Seas and didn't have long until it started). We played this quickly, and apparently I got the strategy right pretty quickly as it ended with me scoring pretty well above the second place player. Second game on my "I want this" list, but sadly out of print.
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7. Board Game: Munchkin Bites! [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3179] [Average Rating:6.03 Unranked]
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Speed munchkin. We started with extra cards and had soft turn time limits, trying to play quickly. I was doing pretty well approaching the end game, I was easily more powerful then any of the other players there, largely because I was a mummy and could stop them from looking for trouble. I won this one because I couldn't be stopped (and drew a level one creature). This was a qualifier for the tournament finals that evening, so that was good at least.
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8. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:186] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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One of the games I was hoping to play this weekend, because it seemed like it could be fun. So, this one I played when my 7th Seas game started without me. It was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed the strategy of when to go into decline, and when to try and stick it out. I started with swamp tritons, moved on to dragon master hobbits, and then switched out for bivouacking elves in round 7. I managed to do alright with each race, bringing in a lot of points, ending the game at 103, one point above second place. A great game with a lot of strategy, this one also found its way onto my "I really want this now" list.
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9. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Another on the list of games I wanted to try this weekend. I get into a three player game shortly after wrapping up the last one. We learn, we play, and I figure out that a good combination of agriculture and reproduction, combined with a lot of multipliers for those two, will work well. In the end, I win by about 180-160-140. Overall, this was a very fun game, and I liked the push your luck aspect of the resource harvesting, combined with the strategy of the action selection. I had a few rounds where I was basically depending on the rolls for production to come up high so I could buy everything else I wanted. This game was added to my "I really want this now" list, too.
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10. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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A coworker of mine and I were looking for a game to play, so I grabbed the copy of dominion from the shelf. We picked up a third and started the game. As I was the only one who had played before (and only the once), it fell to me to teach the game. We enjoyed it, and I had no issues teaching the game after just the one play. My coworker remarked that this is what made cons so expensive, as there were already 4 games he wanted having played them for the first time. I won this one as well, 34-33-18.
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11. Board Game: Munchkin 6: Demented Dungeons [Average Rating:6.45 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.45 Unranked]
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So, after the dinner BBQ, the munchkin finals are held. This is an epic level game, where each winner brings their genre winning character from the qualifiers. I've got the mummy, other players come from Booty, Super, Star, Cthulu, and Fu, making for an interesting game. I get screwed in the early game, and struggle to reach 15 by the end. In the final epic battle, the cthulu player is helped by her fiance, who just wants the game to be over. Ugh. Oh well.
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12. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:754]
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Looking for something to play while waiting for the evening RPGs to start, I find this game looking for players. We start to play, and I like the idea. Described as "Titan light", it was fun enough. I got a bit messed over on the last round, as someone decided that since I took out their favorite monster, they would take mine. I had a few too many eggs in that basket, and that was the end for me. Poor play and poor planning on my part left me out of the running. Still, I enjoyed it, but I don't know if I want it yet. I'll wait for a final judgment until I can play again.
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13. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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At this point, I need some sleep. None of the RPGs are starting yet, and none of the midnight ones look that interesting, so I decide to leave. First, though, I drop by the Battlestar Galactica game, to see how it is going. I provide a little help, in that they just lost a civilian ship, and were taking off 3 population. I explain that that icon is being misinterpreted, and give a couple other notes about easily forgotten rules, then head out.
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14. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1004]
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Morning comes, time for some fillers. I get into a game of this with a couple of others, people who are interested in playing something quick while waiting for the other games to start. We play, and I do pretty well, winning by a few points. Since we had all played before, this was a pretty quick game.
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15. Board Game: Shadowrun: The Trading Card Game [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:4802]
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Lastly, I get into a game of shadowrun, since I had never played this system before and wanted to try it out. The game was called "Tripping the Mirrors Edge", and was based on the mirrors edge video game in a shadowrun setting/characters. This was pretty fun, as I played a technomancer support character, watching for and reacting to alarms, rerouting characters, etc.
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16. Board Game: Auction [Average Rating:5.15 Unranked]
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The con ends with an auction, which is always fun. Last time I got roborally with all the expansions for about $70, so there are some good deals to be had. This year there was not as much interesting, so I didn't bid as much. I did get El Grande (with two of the expansions), which was on my list, in German.... which I don't speak, but with the English cards from a newer set for the base. I can always print up some cards in sleeves, and print up a new quick reference sheet, and hey, game. Or just deal without the quick reference, and use the English cards, until I want to play the expansions.
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17. Board Game: Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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And finally, this. I didn't play this, but I put it here, as it was the item I added to the order at coolstuffinc to get to the $100 free shipping mark, with dominion, stone age, and small world. (You'd think the system wouldn't try to charge $15 shipping on $93 worth of stuff, since that just makes people more likely to add a single small item, like this $8 expansion) (also, when did thoughthammer change their free shipping to $150? I suppose it does make it harder to get, but it also means I'm less likely to go shopping there, as I almost never want to spend that much in one go)
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