My GenCon 2011 Experience
Mark G.
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A list to track the fun.

Left my badge in Michigan, so I had to buy it again. That will take a bite out of the Dealer Hall spending money.

List is roughly in chronological order. I will update it periodically throughout the Con.
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1. Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1247]
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Wed: After dinner at the Weber Grill on Wednesday evening we returned to the hotel where I taught Paris Connection to John, Keith, and Shawn.
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2. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:190]
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Wed: After Paris Connection my buddies chose Dungeon Lords, so I taught the game.

They caught on well. Only 1 point separated first from second, second from third, and third from fourth.

Edit: typo
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3. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:283]
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Thu: Met BGG user
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in the open gaming area. We didn't have a 3rd player for any Winsome Games so we decided to play a 2-player game of Innovation. It was a back-and-forth struggle. We both had claimed 5 achievements, including specials. I was ahead by quite a bit in points when Adam conceded so he could check out the Dealer room. A fun play.
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4. Board Game: Indonesia [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:191]
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Thu:For the second year in a row at GenCon I taught Indonesia. Adam, Jason, and Shawn joined for a played. They all caught on quickly and played well. Shawn used a heavy expansion strategy to win over Jason's shipping strategy.
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5. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:68]
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Thu:

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. We were unable to find a 3rd for Age of Steam so we decided to play a 2P game of Troyes. That was the first time I've tried Troyes with only 2. It seemed to work quite well.
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6. RPG: Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:335]
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Thu:
After supper my buddies wanted to play some RPG, so Keith ran a D&D adventure he had prepared. Good old fashioned hack and slash.
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7. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:265]
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Fri:

Met up with Adam and his friend on Friday morning for a play of Glen More. I was able to score big on the final turn with the help of Loch (something) which allowed to activate all my tiles. It was my best score in Glen More despite losing 18 points for having 6 more tiles than the player with the least.
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8. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:51]
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Fri:

Taught Dominant Species to my friend Shawn and two other newbs ,John and Jordan. . . brothers of
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. Jacob elected not to join because of his Catan tournament.

We played with Reptiles (Mark), Birds (Shawn), Amphibians (Jordan), and Insects (John).

Everyone seemed to enjoy the game. Again the newbs played well. I finished in a tie for lead with Jordan, winning on what seemed like a strange tiebreaker (food chain).

Edit: I tied Jordan, not John.
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9. Board Game: Dominion: Prosperity [Average Rating:8.28 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.28 Unranked]
 
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Fri:

Saw this on clearance at the RGG booth, so I went for it. I don't love Dominion, but Jonah likes it.
 
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10. RPG: Dungeons & Dragons (4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:335]
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Fri:

My board gaming plans for Friday night fell through. So, I was forced to join the gang at the hotel for more D&D. . . but it was fun to hang out with old friends.

We played another encounter. It was much more like playing a minis game than actual RPG.
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11. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:526]
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Fri:

Bought a used copy from a BGG user.

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12. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon Board Game [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:561] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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Sat:

Played this game at a GenCon event with my buddies Skip and Shawn and two strangers. Ashardalon showed up early and burnt us to a crisp.
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13. Board Game: Heroica: Nathuz [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:5471] [Average Rating:6.03 Unranked]
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Sat:

Dealer Hall purchase. Bought this and a handful of Lego mini figures for my son.
 
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14. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon Board Game [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:561] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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Sat:

Acquired this in the Gen Con no-ship math trade for Rise of Empires. Rise is more of my type of game, but it wasn't seeing much play, so I traded it for something I can play with my son.
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15. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1125]
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Sat:

Another math trade pickup (for Charon Inc.). Another one to play with my son.
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16. RPG: ICONS [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:171]
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Sat:

My friends wanted to play RPG, so John ran his Icons Gen Con adventure. Super heroes. Part mystery, part miniatures fighting. Not something I care to do very often, but I had fun with playing.

The Icons system is pretty cool. You can spend prestige to improvise skills and maneuvers. This made things quite cinematic.
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17. Board Game: Texas & Pacific [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:5353]
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Sat:

After ICONS, the group humored me and played a board game. I taught them Texas & Pacific. They said they enjoyed it.
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18. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:198]
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taught this game to Adam, Scott, and I. It was great to finally play Antiquity. I liked it quite a bit. Probably my 2nd favorite Splotter game behind Indonesia. Adam had to leave a couple of turns before the end. Jason, Scott, and I finished it out. Jason won one turn before I could reach my winning conditions.

Fun time!
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