My Annual GenCon Geeklist
Gabe Covert
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I arrived home yesterday from a very tiring, yet very fun GenCon. And now I relay my weekend in GeekList form, for the curious and bored.

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1. Board Game: Food Fight [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:4650]
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Headed straight to the Cryptozooic booth to pick this up, with all the fixin's. Looks like a great tongue-in-cheek card game.
 
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2. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:245]
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Managed to hop into a demo, and really enjoyed this game. Definitely going to buy this once it's available through distributors.
 
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3. Board Game: Lords of Vegas [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:360]
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Demoed this at the Mayfair booth to earn a ribbon. I was reminded very quickly how much I hate China Town, and this is not terribly different from that game.
 
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4. Board Game: Olympos [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:922]
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Tried this out in the Rio Grande room. It had already been a 2 on my list just for the promise of a quick Civ game. Right after we finished playing it, my friends and I went back to the dealer room, where my friend bought it.
 
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5. Board Game: Rune Age [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:905]
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I had a ticket to try this game, and have been salivating over it since it was announced. I was not disappointed. About 1.5 hours into the 2 hour event window, a lot of which was taken up by being taught the game, the players at my table decided they didn't really have much shot at the Dragon Lord, so we all turned on each other. The FFG demo guy said that pretty much sums up every game he'd been running that evening.
 
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6. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:108] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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Played the Massing at Osgiliath scenario with a guy who had never played before, and thought these were teaching events. Despite our most valiant effort, we were destroyed on the second of four stages. This scenario is BRUTAL.
 
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7. Board Game: Pack & Stack [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1661]
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Played this for a Mayfair ribbon. Fun, quick game.
 
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8. Board Game: Station Master [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:4045]
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To get your Ore ribbon at the Mayfair booth, you have to play a train game. This is a really quick, fun, take-that kind of game. At $20, I might have to grab a copy.
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9. Board Game: Struggle for Catan [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2497]
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Apparently you have to play some version of Catan for the clay ribbon. Walked by this table just in time to jump on a demo. Not bad. Much more confrontational than Catan games tend to be.
 
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10. Board Game: Patrician [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1764]
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A dry euro from Mayfair? Who'd have thought? Not really my cup of tea, but it got me my grain ribbon, which got me my 50% off coupon at Mayfair.
 
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11. Board Game: Catan: Indiana & Ohio [Average Rating:6.77 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.77 Unranked]
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I took this as my freebie for finishing my Mayfair ribbon quest.
 
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12. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:118]
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After hemming and hawing over this last year, I pulled the trigger and bought this with my 50% off coupon. $35 for MWTRTG is a steal.
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13. Board Game: Cambria [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3921]
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A small, quick, area control game... Looked pretty cool, so I bought it.
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14. Board Game: Kingdom of Solomon [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2203]
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Got a chance to play this on Friday, taught by Philip himself. My friend had been wanting to try this out, since I kickstarted it. It was a really fun game.
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15. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:519] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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Played in an Ascension tournament Saturday morning. At my table in the first round, one player managed to get 13 constructs on the table at once. Guess who one the table...
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16. Board Game: Super Dungeon Explore [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1128] [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked]
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After a two-turn demo of this on Friday, I decided to put down the $90 pre-order. Steep, but this looks like a really fun game that will play well with my kids and my friends.
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17. Board Game: Martian Dice [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1902]
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For $10, this looks like a fun push-your-luck game. Unfortunately, mine didn't come with a rules pamphlet. I went by the TMG booth on Saturday, and they gave me the one from one of the demo copies.
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18. Board Game: Hike [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:8046]
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Tried this one. Fun, quick game, but not really my cup of tea.
 
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19. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:708] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Already have this pre-ordered, but wanted to try a quick demo. Was everything I expected it to be, for better or worse. The dice could have been a little better carved. It almost looks like the faces were designed for a larger die, but they were down-sized in production.
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20. Board Game: Star Wars: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:474]
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I went into this feeling I wouldn't like it, and that it was just a rehash of the LotR LCG. When I mentioned it looked a lot like LotR, Corey K seemed offended. I have to apologize to him, because after he ran us through the demo, I have to say I think this has quite a fair difference, though there is clearly a common starting design point. This game is far superior to LotR.

The biggest problem with LotR is that it is brutal, and WAY too tough. Star Wars seems really lets you have a chance at winning the game, and you can actually play the cards out of your hand, because resource provisioning isn't an early-game problem. Though, from the amount of Star Destroyers we saw, it could quickly become a late-game problem.
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21. Board Game: Deadwood [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1988]
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I played this Saturday night, and really enjoyed it, and not just because I won. This will really fit in our game group because it's, As I described this to my friend, a "Take-that-in-your-face" kind of game.
 
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22. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:476]
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Arkham Horror? Push-your-luck? Play in less than an hour, even with 8 players? Check, check, and check. I'm glad my friend bought a copy before they sold out. Now I don't have to wait until my copy arrives to play.
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23. Board Game: Heroica: Draida [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:6281] [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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Picked this up at the booth selling LEGO guys and custom parts therefore. $10 finished off my Heroica collection.
 
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