WBC "Cafe Jay" 2005
David Bohnenberger
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Swarthmore
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I played several games at Rio Grande's demo tables at WBC 2005 and I'd like to give some quick impressions of a few. I didn't get to play every game Jay Tummelson had available, so feel free to add to this list.

I want to thank the great Jay Tummelson for once again providing a haven for WBC gamers "between rounds" and for his tireless rules explanation.
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1. Board Game: That's Life! [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1496]
David Bohnenberger
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Swarthmore
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Presented as "That's Life". A surprisingly fun, quick game with a surprising amount of strategy to it. A sure winner in the "filler" catagory. The tile art is absolutely hilarious.
 
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2. Board Game: Roma [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:856] [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
David Bohnenberger
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Presented as "Roma". A clever little game with some possible balance issues. The first game took over a half-hour, the next was over in about 5 minutes. I appreciate the fact that the cards are meant to be "language-independent", but all this really means is that players have to look up EVERY card in the rules until they are memorized.
 
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3. Board Game: Trans Europa [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1171]
David Bohnenberger
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Transamerica in Europe. I like Transamerica, but I was hoping there would be a new twist here, gameplay-wise. There really isn't. The new map breathes some life into the game, but that's all.
 
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4. Board Game: Palazzo [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1439]
David Bohnenberger
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Alhamb-RA. Knizia fans will like it. I did.
 
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5. Board Game: Manila [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:614]
C Sandifer
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Lutherville
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6. Board Game: Architekton [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:9945]
C Sandifer
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Somewhat fun and necessarily vicious tile-laying game. Like with any tile-layer, the luck of the draw rules the day.
 
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7. Board Game: Fjords [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1097]
C Sandifer
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Another tilefest for two...

[Can't honestly comment, since we played a rule incorrectly. Our fault, not Jay's.]
 
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8. Board Game: Tower of Babel [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1316]
C Sandifer
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In game #1, I was completely out of contention because I couldn't draw the cards/offerings that the other players needed. What could I have done differently? Nothing...

In game #2, one player dominated the entire game from the get-go because he fell into a "draw 5 cards" bonus card after scoring the very first area ("wonder"). Based on this experience, I would agree with other naysayers that certain bonus cards in the game are vastly overpowered.

Not for me...
 
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9. Board Game: Turbo Taxi [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3437]
Erik Arneson
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Jay didn't crack open Turbo Taxi until Saturday afternoon. It's a great, quick puzzle game -- I would expect it to be a hit among fans of Ubongo. (It doesn't have any special scoring mechanism: If you're the first to solve a puzzle, you get one point. If not, you get zero.)
 
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10. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
Jason Wagner
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Jay was showing prototypes of the new boards for Power Grid during the first few days. France has 3 connections in Paris and nukes start cheap. Italy seemed like a very positional board, with lots of cheap connections in the north and very few in the south. They will most likely be released at Essen.
 
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11. Board Game: Around the World in 80 Days [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1314]
Jim Carvin
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I tried this out and my exceptations were confirmed. This is a light family game with just enough strategy and enjoyment to keep you interested but not nearly enough of either for me to purchase this game and not a game I'll be seeking out to play again.
 
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12. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1068]
Michael Holmquist
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This was one of the unexpected hits of the con for me. I always seen people playing, hooting and hollering. Very light and very quick.
 
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13. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:526]
Skip Maloney
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This seemed to be the "buzz" game at this year's event. It was very prominent and always seemed to be operating in the cafe. I didn't find an opportunity to sit down with Jay and learn it until late Sunday afternoon. Vendors said it sold extremely well.
 
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