Games to Play at BGG.Con 2010: Morganza
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Here's a list of what I think I'd like to play at BGG.Con this year.

I will rather deliberately keep adding to this list until it has about twice as many at least twice as many several times more entries than I expect to have time for; that means I'll end up playing a fraction, at most, of the games on the list, and the rest of the time will be replays and unexpected adventures in serendipity.

After all, that's what BGG.con is for: "a good sampling of all the Essen goodies plus the joy of playing games I love with strangers who play them strangely."

(With that said, though, I do have some games that are higher priorities, notably those at the high end of my really-want-to-try tag.)

I welcome advice from people who want to try to predict what I will enjoy playing or otherwise influence my choices. :-)

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This list is alphabetical for ease of updating, but it also needs some categorization...

The Hotness -- Stuff from Essen Spiel 2010
20th Century
51st State
Charon Inc.
Deluges
Dominant Species
Era of Inventions
Furstenfeld
Grand Cru
Great Fire of London 1666
Grimoire
K2
Kaigan
Khan
Magnum Sal
Master of Economy
Merchants & Marauders
Merkator
Mines of Zavandor
Namibia
Navegador
Porto Carthago
Ranking
Rio de la Plata
Schwarzer Freitag
Toscana
Troyes
Vinhos
De Vulgari Eloquentia

Pocket Warmers -- Hot new fillers
11 Nimmt!
7 Wonders
Friesematenten
Hau La
R-Eco Recycle
Stich-meister
Totemo


The Warmness -- Lower-Priority Essen Loot
2010 Swedish Parliament
Biblios (nee Scripts and Scribes)
Campos
Dakota
Olympus
Tikal II

Somewhere Over The Rainbow -- Games I've been meaning to try (or older games that I never noticed when they were hot)
Bargain Hunter
El Capitán
Chaos in the Old World
Chronicle
Founding Fathers
Die Kutschfahrt zur Teufelsburg
Neue Heimat
Pandemic: On The Brink -- Bioterrorist
Power Struggle
Rattus (and the hot new Pied Piper expansion)
Showmanager
Tammany Hall
Wealth of Nations: War Clouds

Comfort Food -- Familiar games to play with strangers
Edel, Stein, & Reich
Gemblo
... and also
(Power Grid, Le Havre, RftG, Brass, Endeavor, Imperial, Wabash, Keythedral, Homesteaders, Container, Evo, Wildlife, etc...)

The Color of Money -- 'cuz I'm a money-grubbing 18xx capitalist
1846
1849
18MEX
18NEB
Poseidon
Railroad Barons

Midnight Madness -- Games to play late(r) at night
1000 Blank White Cards
Bang!
Ca$h 'n' Gun$
The Resistance (new and hot, but slotted by probable function)
Rummelplatz (ditto)
Werewolf (no, really, I'm a (disturbingly tasty) villager!)
Why Did the Chicken...?

Two By Two -- not likely, but you never can tell
Day & Night
Flowerpower
Gosu
Railroad Barons (yup, listed twice!)


Carry On -- Because it would be horrible to not have a game handy (pick one)
Coloretto
6 Nimmt!

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OK, now that I've broken them out like that the list seems even more daunting...
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1. Board Game: 1000 Blank White Cards [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3028]
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This was an absurdly large amount of fun (or maybe a large amount of absurd fun) when I played it a few years ago. An after-midnight game.
 
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2. Board Game: 1655: Habemus Papam [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:3635]
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I liked Uruk...

Interest level: medium-low
 
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3. Board Game: 1846: The Race for the Midwest [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:488]
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I have this silly idea that I want to play 1846 on my 46th birthday.
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4. Board Game: 1849: The Game of Sicilian Railways [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:2540]
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I will try to borrow a copy of this to bring and teach.
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5. Board Game: 18MEX [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:2964]
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I should be playing this with Jesse. Again, while I'm very fond of this title, this could mutate into another 18xx title without too much effort.
 
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6. Board Game: 18NEB [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:3832]
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I'd love a chance to play 18NEB with its designer, Matt Campbell. This could easily mutate into some other 18xx title with relatively little regret.
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7. Board Game: 2010 Swedish Parliament [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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8. Board Game: 20th Century [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1251]
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"Like Peloponnes, but better"? Must try.

The rules don't make it clear whether this will be fiddly or fun in practice -- building bridges means that you have to plan for the future when placing your tiles together. This may or may not be my kind of spatial analysis.
 
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9. Board Game: 51st State [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:997] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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The designer said: "choices. every single time."

It's less clear that those will be *meaningful* choices.
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10. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:43]
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I want to see what all the buzz is about.
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11. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1067]
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Midnight mayhem. I've never actually tried this, and I should.
 
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12. Board Game: Bargain Hunter [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:2195]
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I'll have to play this to form an opinion.
 
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13. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:298]
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Does this game live up to its mystique?
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14. Board Game: Black Friday [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1941]
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Sounds interesting, but his recent games have been hit-and-miss for me.
 
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15. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:939]
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Another after-midnight classic I've never tried.
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16. Board Game: Campos [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:11960]
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This looks like a quick little abstract, but deciding when to score and when to wait might cause a bit of brain-burn.
 
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17. Board Game: El Capitán [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1332]
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Might be worth trying.
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18. Board Game: The Castle of the Devil [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1818]
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I acquired a copy of this on the strength of Mischa's recommendation, and have never actually played it. Maybe this year?
 
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19. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:98]
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It's the top-ranked multi-player strategy game I've never tried. Probably not my cup of tea, but I'm a rather promiscuous gamer and like to try new things just for the experience points.
 
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20. Board Game: Charon Inc. [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:3697]
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Looks interesting. Lighter, but sometimes that's the correct choice.

Looking at this review, though, perhaps the game is a bit more chaotic and confrontational than I was expecting. Still merits a try, though.
 
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21. Board Game: Chronicle [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1389]
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This review makes me interested to try this game. Sadly, it appears to be something that takes half a dozen plays to grok, so BGG.con might not be a good place to try it, even if I'm unlikely to ever get a chance anywhere else.
 
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22. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:496]
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Ounce for ounce, one of the better games I own; if I only bring one game to the convention this may well be it. (Then again, ounce for ounce, the amoeba is the most ferocious predator on Earth.)
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23. Board Game: Dakota [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:6443]
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Sounds interesting, especially the asymmetrical positions.
 
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24. Board Game: Day & Night [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2678]
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I don't play many 2-player games, but this one interests me.
 
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25. Board Game: Deluges [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:13308]
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A civ-building game with a tragedy-of-the-commons mechanic? Cool!

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I've read the rules -- it's a bit more like Moai where as the game progresses, there are more and more player pawns competing for fewer and fewer resources, but the neat twist is that the degradation is mostly player-controlled.

For some reason this makes me worry about a groupthink developing where the game progresses too quickly or too slowly. (Yes you, you who didn't buy the last 2-train in that 18xx game, I'm pointing at you!)

However, I do really want to find out ;-)
 
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