My Origins 2010 Schedule of Events
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Another long convention deserves another geeklist. I've signed up for a bunch of games at Origins, and figured this would be a good way to keep track of them. I am sure there will be plenty of others that get played over the weekend in the open gaming locations, and I'll add them later, but just on scheduled events, I'm knocking out another 8 of the top 50 games that I haven't played...
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1. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:600]
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I'll start off with something light that I think sounds like fun. I'm signed up for Wednesday 2-3.
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2. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:121]
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Then to a top 50 game, from 6-8 on Wednesday
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3. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:411]
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Since Princes of Florence was cancelled, I started wandering the Board Room looking for something to play. I just missed getting into a game of Princes of Florence...how odd!

It was harder than I thought to find a group to play with, and ended up running into Chad and Terry of Tumblin' Dice fame. They had a little time before their next scheduled event, so they were going to play as much of a game of Taluva as they could -- and allowed me to join in with them. We got a decent portion of the game completed, and they declared me winner to make me feel better about ending early. That's a fun little game that I think would go over well with one of my game groups.
 
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4. Board Game: Nile [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:5111]
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Since I still had some time before my next scheduled game, I got lucky and ran into some people I knew from home -- RPGShop and ratpfink. They pulled out Minion Games' new game Nile for some demo games. I played two games -- finished second on the first (5 players), and first on the second 4 players). This is a fun little game, and you should check it out with a demo. Unfortunately, it isn't available for sale at the con due to a delay in the printing. But if you visit the Minion Games booth, he'll make it up to you (I believe he is offering a discount code and free shipping if you order it through his website).
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5. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:76]
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I'll finish Wednesday with a game of Crokinole (from 10-11).
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6. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:396]
 
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I get a late start on Thursday, with my first scheduled event not starting until 2pm. I'll take the time to look for some other games and wander the vendor hall, before jumping in to a day of Top 50 games.

I'm just hoping that the one that I signed up for is the Awakening the Bear scenario instead of Storms of Steel...if not, I figure it will give me an opportunity to learn the rules, which will help when I get to play the one in the Top 50.
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7. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Price of Honour – Poland 1939 [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked]
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This was actually the Conflict of Heroes game that was played. They told us we were the first outside of their playtest group to play it. I guess it is the same rules, but I still can't count it.
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8. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:115]
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At 5pm, I jump right into my next event. Hopefully, the concepts I learned in Age of Steam (at the Spring Hoopla) will translate into a better performance in this one.
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9. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:119] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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And finally, from 10pm - midnight, I get to try out Memoir '44. This is one I've put on my list many times at conventions, but then never played -- this time seems different, since I had to pay for it.
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10. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:148]
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This one crept into the top 50 without me even seeing it...so it makes the cut, even though it starts at 8am. That sounds a little brutal after a midnight game, but I reckon it will be worth it. I can always take a nap afterward, since I don't have anything else scheduled until...
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11. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:50]
 
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...Twilight Imperium at 6pm. Two epic Fantasy Flight games in one day? This could either be tons of fun or rather painful. I'm guessing I'll need to spend some time in open gaming playing light games to clear my head in between.
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12. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:142]
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Only one game scheduled on Saturday, so that I can spend some time in the open gaming areas, trying to add to my games played lists. This one is 11-2.

Saturday is also my best chance to have dinner with my sisters, who are running a booth for their Steampunk costuming store. **Shameless Plug** If you're there, stop by Frenzy Universe (booth 753) and pick up some cute pettypants or stylish goggles and mustaches!
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13. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1478]
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I got to the convention center early so that I could find parking, so I was able to get into a game before my scheduled game. I ran into a small crew looking to play something, and we pulled out Red November. One guy could have escaped and laughed as we all got eaten by the Kraken, but chose to try to save us all instead. Turns out it was in vain...right after I passed out from having too much grog, the engine failed.
 
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14. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:343]
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Only one game scheduled on Sunday, as well -- Starcraft from 10-2.

Big Blizzard fan, and I haven't played this one yet. Sure, I could wait until Blizzcon to try it...but why not know the rules before I play the real fanboys?
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15. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:281]
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For my last trick, I wandered back into the board room, and found a game of Egizia that was just starting. I hadn't heard of this one before, but it was actually a rather fun worker placement game. Because everyone was new, many different strategies were in play -- unfortunately, I didn't get enough bricks to pay for temple upgrades, and lost a bunch of my early advantage due to food shortages, so I ended up placing 3rd out of 4...but I know that I'll need to jump further down the river next time!
 
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