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Games I'd like to play before August because I'm thinking about them for WBC.

Everything I play will need to be arranged around Here I Stand and The Kaiser's Pirates -- I made the finals in both last year but don't expect to repeat.

I expect to play in the HIS heats (filling up Tues/Thurs nights) and the semis (traditionally, if you played in both heats, you tend to make the semis -- Fri AM-mid afternoon). Great good fortune pushed me into the finals last year, but there are a lot of players who are getting in a lot of games these days, especially since the realtime implementation went into effect on wargameroom. I've only played 1.5 PBEM games since last WBC.

TKP will be my team game, so I need to play in as many heats as possible to qualify for the semis. The first two heats conflict with the HIS semis, so we'll have to see. The finals will conflict with the HIS finals, but as I said, I don't expect to be in both again. I hope to make it to the TKP finals, but winning any individual heat requires some strategy and a fair amount of luck.

Obviously, I won't be playing all of these games, and there are other games I might play that I'm not posting here because I'm comfortable with them or because we won't be able to dredge up copies. These are just games I wouldn't mind playing a time or two before WBC to help me decide what to play and to remind me how.
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1. Board Game: Richard III: The Wars of the Roses [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1229]
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First year for this one, I've already played it, and the first (mulligan) round doesn't conflict with HIS or TKP. Beyond that, it does conflict with later rounds of both HIS and TKP, so I would need to see where I stand.
 
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2. Board Game: Warriors of God [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:1049]
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I took this with me last year, but couldn't play because the tourney was all day Friday, and I was in the HIS semis. 8 people played, Jason of Point to Point won, and Matthew Beach (son of Ed) came fourth.

This year, the game is running all day Monday in a single-elimination format; I'm planning to fight until leader death takes me out.
 
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3. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:645]
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If I get knocked out of WofG in a fast first round, this one will be waiting. Two guys I traveled with last year made the top 6. I haven't played since The Command Post shut down. I'd like to play again, and the tournament format (in which you have to play a different army each game, with only one repeat) is neat.
 
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Okay, okay. I play this fairly often. But the WBC format is all two player, and I could use some practice with two-player and against a different opponent.

I played this last year. It's another Monday tourney, so I would probably play if I were knocked out of WofG too late for Manoeuvre but early enough for this.
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This will encompass all the Mayfair crayon rails as decided by individual games, but Empire Builder will be the default. The final will be played on the new edition of Eurorails.

The first heat conflicts with HIS, but the remaining two heats and the semis and final don't conflict with HIS or TKP. A single victory in the heats should send you to the semis.

I played in one heat last year, and it was fun.
 
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6. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1092]
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Seems like a silly choice for a tourney game, but it made the trial list, and I'd like to give it a play. Of course, we probably won't practice in advance since neither of us owns the game.

The demo and first two heats look doable -- the final heat, etc. looks pretty conflicted.
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7. Board Game: Automobile [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:323]
 
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I'm not free for the first heat, but I might could hit the second and semis. Another one we don't own, but Thom does . . . I enjoyed this when we played it, and Greg Schmittgens is running the event. I found Greg to be a really nice guy last year.
 
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8. Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1217]
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I know, I know, this is a solo game. But they play in squadrons at the WBC, taking turns GMing each other's games, and it looks pretty fun.

Doesn't conflict with HIS until the B-17 finals.
 
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I'm not particularly good at this game, but I've enjoyed it when I've played it. Quick play on a Friday night makes it a good possibility for play. I don't own the game, but I know where I can borrow one.
 
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Josh from the condo is running this one, so it's nice to give a bit of support. I could be free for the heats; probably not for the final.
 
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This is always a WBC possibility, if we could get it to the table for a bit of learning first.
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I've been meaning to learn this for a while now -- looks fun. I considered making this my team game just to force myself to break it out and find someone with whom to play.

I could probably attend the mulligan round -- the remaining rounds conflict with the TKP/HIS postseason rounds.
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13. Board Game: Elk Fest [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2504]
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I know you've got a copy . . . This is the Tuesday late night game. I didn't play last year because all of my HIS games ran 5-6 hours.
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14. Board Game: Beep! Beep! [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:9072]
 
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Brand new to WBC this year, and potentially highly overproduced from Valley Games, this will be the Thursday night game. If we can get a copy, I'd love to try it out, just in case my Thursday night HIS heat finishes in time.
 
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15. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:334]
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Delia and I like this one, and I might be able to squeeze in a heat or two. Last year, this and Formula De were the two games I didn't play because copies were in short supply. We've got so many people squeezed into the cars for the drive up that it's hard to bring too many games along. Still, I'm thinking of bringing the Scion runabout this year, if I can find one or two fellow travelers/drivers. If it goes, it would probably need to be christened the Rio Grande.
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16. Board Game: Manifest Destiny [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2839]
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Another one I've yet to play at home. I'd be happy to give this a go here and then in Lancaster.
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17. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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I could squeeze in the odd heat of this one if I could just remember how to play -- you have a copy, don't you? Looks like this is the kind of Euro where the same people win the tourney year after year.
 
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18. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Looks like I could play in a heat of this if I wanted. I was in college with last year's victor -- we hardly ever spoke, but we knew many of the same people (not surprising in a college of 500-600 people). Took me all week to figure out who he was -- at first, I thought he might be someone from here, and then I thought he was a different person from college.
 
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I'm sure this tourney will be huge, but the game is fun and I'd be happy to play. I'd like to get in a face to face game or two in case I do play.
 
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