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Ed Bryan
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In my mostly futile attempts to find some opponents, I have agreed to demo some games this Saturday as part of the events held at my local game shop. I've chosen fairly light games that are easy to teach. What do you think of my choices?

1. David and Goliath.
I enjoy this game, can't quite figure out what a good hand is though.

2. San Juan
Lighter than Puerto Rico, and much more fun. No sitting and waiting as somebody stares at the board for ten minutes.

3. Bohnanza
Great with a big crowd, we'll see if a big crowd forms.

4. Gobblet
Great little 2 player abstract game.

5. Richochet Robot
Is this really a game? I love it anyways.

6. Fluxx
Not my choice, but it seems to be fairly popular.

7. I'm bring one more and here is an opportunity for you to give me your opinion. I've got Buyword, Blue Moon, I'm the Boss, Express, Basari, Power Grid, Cthulhu 500, Palabra, or Attika.
Any other suggestions would be great, BUT, the game must be widely available. I don't want to demo a game that they couldn't go buy in the shop.

Anybody near Oklahoma City this Saturday, drop by Game HQ and play some games.
 
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David Boeren
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Demoing games
I think you want to stick with the lighter games like the others you mentioned. So, Power Grid is probably out. Blue Moon might appeal to the CCG players and wannabe CCG players who are put off by the collectible/financial aspect. I haven't played Basari, but I've heard good things. Attika is a great game, but for some reason I've seen players stumble trying to "get" it. I think I'm the Boss may be unnecessary if you're doing Bohnanza, I'd try to have games as different as possible to present a broad spectrum of game types.

 
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Michael Pennisi
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I go with "Buy Word" as it is Games Magazine "Game of the Year".
 
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Good day down in South OKC, I must admit. cool

I was there demo-ing Blokus (got stomped...VERY unusual for me in that game), Wallenstein (again, got stomped...I think I only had 4 countries at game end), and Goa (didn't play, just taught/refereed/banker-ed).

Also played David and Goliath (one hand, won it)
Ricochet Robot (did I end up tying with you on that one? I know it came down to the last token...was that my ridiculous 21 bid?)
Gobblet (won...quite interesting game there...may have to get my own)

But more importantly, I met some great people, had a great time.

Overall, I think ~60 ppl or so showed up. Pretty good attendance, as the game room was packed all day. No empty seats at all, and only a half-dozen or so were playing MtG and similar. The rest...all enjoying some great boardgames.
 
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