Peppino the Clown or: How I learned to get a clown ready and love Geekway to the West 2010.
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I attended Geekway to the West this past weekend. I attended last year's event but wasn't able to be there for the whole event. This year I was able to get off work for the whole weekend and the con grew bigger and better! This is a listing of the games I played with the results as best as I could keep them. It was great to see some old friends and meet some new ones as well. Many thanks to the organizers for making Geekway better than ever!
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1. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:37]
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I got the weekend started by attending one of the St. Louis Boardgame Meetup group events (pre-Geekway gaming) and played Le Havre with Marge and Sally. Marge won pretty handily even though she was basically teaching Sally through the game. This is one of my favorite games so I am always happy to play it, even if I lose.
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2. Board Game: God's Playground [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:1387]
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I had signed up for several games before hand via another Geeklist. I was interested in playing this so I stared the con off first thing Friday morning with Chester and Steven. I enjoyed the game and would play it again for sure. Scores were Chester 61, Steven 55, Chris 50.
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3. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:167] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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I also signed up to play this ahead of time. I played this at last year's Geekway and that was the first 18XX I had ever played. I was hooked instantly. I was very excited to play again and it was a very enjoyable game. Steven built up a pretty decent lead both in stock value and cash but I was able to get some good runs in and passed him in cash. A well placed station cut my last run by 300 and Steven ended up winning. I still consider myself an 18XX novice but have learned quite a bit this past year playing them. Scores where: Steven $7330, Chris $7167, Steve, $5711, Chester $5710. I hope to play this again next year.
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4. Board Game: German Railways [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1855]
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I am a huge fan of train games but don't get to play them at most of our regular meetups. I was really hoping to get in some this weekend though. Grabbed a bite to eat after 1830 and then we played PO. I really like this game but I think my brain was a little tired at this point and I came in dead last. Scores were: Marge $277, Adam $271, Steve $253, Chris $225.
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5. Board Game: Princes of the Renaissance [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:589]
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This was yet another game I had signed up to play ahead of time. Chester also taught this game. I enjoyed it but did terribly coming in last. Another play and I think I would do better as I failed to foresee some of the subtleties of the game. Scores were Chester 47, James 44, Steven 41, DJ 35, Chris 20.
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6. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
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It was getting late after Princes and I ran in to my friends Mike and Mark. Mike suggested a game of Crokinole which I had never played but had on my list of want to play. We ended up playing two games Mike and myself versus Mark and Craig. Mike and I won the first 120 to 75, Mark and Craig won the second 105 to 25. I really enjoyed this and think I will have to get in the Crokinole tournament next year.
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7. Board Game: Battleship Express [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:13388]
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Saturday morning and I found Mike again and Joe P. Last year the three of us played Chinatown and had a blast playing it so we decided to do it again this year. While we were waiting for Joe (he was finishing up a game), we played 3? games of this which I had found at Tuesday Morning for $7. It is pretty decent for a quick filler and everyone seemed to have fun with it.
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8. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:364]
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So we started Chinatown next adding Marge, and Tony besides Mike, Joe and I. Joe got off to a decent start and then started drawing all the tiles he needed so never had to bargain with anyone. Joe won handily with $970,000, Tony had $890,000, Mike had $870,000, Chris had $790,000, and Marge finished with $740,000. I just looked at my list from last year and Joe won that one too. Next year he must be stopped!
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9. Board Game: Baltimore & Ohio [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:1768]
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I had thrown this out on the game coordination geeklist and a few people showed interest so I set it up to play. Steven had to drop out as he got in another game but Kentaro joined Marge, Kevin, Brad and myself. This was my second play and while I really like this game, I haven't played well as of yet. It is a really great game and I hope to get in several more plays this year. Kentaro won with $2590, Marge had $2448, Brad had $2127, Chris had $1670 and Kevin had $1263.
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10. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:396]
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I was supposed to be teaching Shipyard at 7 and I had some time to kill and I ran into Brian and Emily who I know from the meetup group. They invited me to play with them and Dave joined us also. I won, Emily was second, Dave 3rd and Brian 4th. It was nice to get in a play of this and not lose to Mike P.
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11. Board Game: Shipyard [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:438]
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I had set this up but only Mike was around so we started the 2 player version. We didn't finish as it was getting late and Mike could tell I was going to beat him so we called it.
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12. Board Game: Crash Canyon [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:9239]
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I am a fairly active thrifter and happened upon this 80's gem for a quarter. It is missing a few trivial pieces but the game is in really good shape. I figured this would be a good one to pull out in the late hours when everyone is giddy from exhaustion. Joining me were Mike, Joe, and Tony. We raced our 4-wheelers around the canyon, Joe being the victim of the most crashes. Mike held the lead the entire race but I was able to vrooom my turbo past him for the win.
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13. Board Game: Peppino the Clown [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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Another thift find, this was the highlight of the con for me. I paid 99 cents for this children's game, my only impulse upon buying it was "hey it's a Ravensburger". Upon reading the rules I surmised it would be a good one for Geekway. So Peppino sat there, unloved since August. It was time for his unveiling. I quickly explained the rules and we started playing. It wasn't long before we all had tears in our eyes. This game is unbelievably fun. We played 2 games, Mike and Joe each winning one. I ended up loaning the game out a few times after this and Peppino soon made his presence known. If you ever see a copy of this at a thrift store or garage sale, pick it up and send it to me 8).
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14. Board Game: The Omega Virus [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2907]
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Keeping with the light theme, we played this next. I had never played but Mike and Tony had. We played the "advanced" rules but failed to beat the virus. His voice still mocks me.
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15. Board Game: Pampas Railroads [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3549]
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I needed a "real" game after all the fun so I suggested this to Marge and Kentaro. Marge and I had played before so I got Kentaro up to speed on the rules and we set about playing. Clearly the Peppino mojo did the trick and I easily won with $919, Kentaro had $621, and Marge had $565.
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16. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:208]
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I really love this game. I had played it 4-5 times before and jumped at the chance to play it again. Chris was hosting and besides myself was Dave and Mike. Mike had never played, but Chris and Dave had played it even more than I had. My friend Dave is a very good gamer so I knew my perfect record at this game would soon be lost. I don't mind thought because I learned some really good strategy from watching him. We called it before the game was over as it was evident Dave would win.
 
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17. Board Game: Neuland [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1899]
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I picked this up from Tanga recently but haven't had the chance to play it and Chris volunteered to teach it so I was happy to play. We were joined by Mike and Marge. I really enjoyed but will need some more plays to figure out some strategy. I did see some things that will help in the future. It was a very close game, any of us could have won, Chris pulling out the victory in the end.
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18. Board Game: Pampas Railroads [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3549]
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The same group of us were joined by Steve for a game of this. I had never played this with 5 so was curious to see how it went. It wasn't too bad but I think 3 is the sweet spot. This was the last game of the con for me and after close to 40 hours of gaming with about 9 hours of sleep since Thursday night, and playing mostly heavier games my brain was getting pretty fried. I was still having fun though but couldn't pull out another win. We all thought Marge had the game but Steve pulled away with a surprise victory with $504, Marge had $456, Chris (me) had $362, Chris had $348, and Mike had $362. It was a good way to end the con even though the game took a little longer than it should have.
 
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19. Board Game: Thanks a Million! [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Thanks again to all the people who work so hard to make Geekway the success it is. Thanks to Jeff for running the trade table (which I ended up trading away Mosby's Raiders, World in Flames, Axis and Allies, Tower of Babel, Lord of the Rings the Duel, Masons, Battleship Express, Mall World, Labyrinth Treasure Hunt, and Glory to Rome away and picked up Java, Mexica, Caylus, Owner's Choice, Sceptor of Zavandor, Lord of the Rings the Search, Hellas, and Africa). I also won two door prizes: The Golden City and Colossal Arena. I can't wait until next years, where is my time machine?
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