Things I DIDN'T do at WBC (and a few that I did)
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Every year I plan to do a WBC list, but never get around to it. This year was a bit unusual for me, and I feel like I didn't do most of the stuff that I had planned or that I usually do (I still had a great time though). So for a twist to the normal con lists, here's a list of all the stuff that I didn't do!

Just a bit of history... My husband was unable to make it this year due to medical reasons. I considered staying home, but after much discussion we decided that it would be best for me to go ahead and attend without him. Because of this (and other things), I wasn't quite myself and was a bit low-key this year compared to most. I usually spend the week running about like a chicken with it's head cut off, trying to squeeze in as many tournament games as possible and jumping into open games with no hesitation. This year however, I took more of a "lazy and relaxed" approach, treating the week like a vacation where I just happened to be playing games.
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1. Board Game: Bitter Woods [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2785]
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I didn't win any wood!

Yet another year gone by and I STILL have no "wood" (1st place plaque)!
 
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2. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:262]
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I didn't win any Laurels!

Not only did I not win any wood, but this year I didn't even score any Laurels! I only played in four tournaments and did not place high enough in any of them.

It's still technically possible that I did score Laurels in Lost Cities, as I made it to the final 8, but lost there 107 to 101. I checked in with the GM a little later, and there was one game still left to finish. The other two losers' scores were 104 and 75, so if the loser at that last table scored less than 101, then I won 6th place.
 
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3. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:5]
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I didn't score any points (or even advance to the semi-finals) in my team game!

I played in all three heats, but only won once, so I had no chance for a bye to the semis. In the quarterfinal, I chose not to bid more than 0 for seat position, which meant of course that I landed in the second seat. I can't say that that was the reason for my loss, as I have won my share of games from that seat and I don't believe that seat position is as much of a factor as it is made out to be. Everyone at my table played well, and I definitely spent the whole game feeling like I was playing catch-up, as the rhythm of the game found me a day late and a doubloon short (literally) on several occasions.
 
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4. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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I didn't play Advanced Civilization!

For a long time, I played Adv Civ every year, and even made it to the final once (where I got crushed). It is one of my faves and of course like most people, I don't get to play it very often. Unfortunately the "lazy and relaxed" attitude does not allow for getting up at 9 or 10 am for a first round game, so this one got left out again (I missed it last year as well). I will be back next year!!
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5. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:134]
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I didn't play Dune!

Dune is another one of my favorites, and I try to play at least once most years. I had planned to play the third heat on Friday at 6pm, but I ended up skipping it to eat despite pressure to play from my brother, the GM, and the rest of the Dune crew. I promise guys, I will be back next year!!!
 
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6. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:212]
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Actually, I didn't play MOST of the stuff on my schedule!

I plan out my schedule WAY in advance, starting from when the Orphans list is first posted, and tweaking it periodically as the schedule is altered before final posting or I change my mind about what I want to play. The final result is an elaborate, often color coded extravaganza with "priorities," secondary and tertiary options, possible demos and new games to check out, and contingencies in case of advancements. I never play ALL the stuff I plan, but this year I ended up skipping most of it, and only played in four tournaments. Aside from those mentioned above, the games that I had on my schedule as "priorities" that I didn't play include:

Republic of Rome - a fave that I've played in several times but haven't for a few years due to conflicts.
Empire Builder - would have been my first time in this tournament
Acquire - I don't care if I made the final last year, a first round game at 9am on Saturday is NOT happening, even in a non- "lazy and relaxed" year. That's exactly why I don't play Settlers anymore.
Also Alhambra, St. Petersburg, Pillars of the Earth, and Imperial.



 
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7. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
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I didn't attend the Agricola demo

I was one of the hordes who drank the Kool-Aid and pre-ordered this game without ever having played (or even seen) it. Ironically, it was delivered on Tuesday, probably within minutes of my departure! I had planned to go to the demo whether I got my game before the con or not, but my desire to get some "breakfast" after sleeping extremely late (ahem, the demo was at 1pm) won out.
 
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8. Board Game: Wide Open [Average Rating:4.70 Unranked]
 
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I didn't spend any time in the Open Gaming area

My group consists of family and close friends from three different states, and we are only all together for gaming twice a year. So outside of the tournaments we tend to do most of our open gaming together in our hotel room. I had planned to check out the open gaming tent and try something from the newly-introduced gaming library, but never got around to it.
 
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9. Board Game: Auction [Average Rating:4.83 Unranked]
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I didn't attend the auction or any of the seminars

I almost went to the probability seminar, but I ran into a friend and he talked me into an open game instead. As for the Auction, I just didn't get there in time.
 
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10. Board Game: The Yearbook Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I didn't keep good records

Every year, I create a "yearbook" featuring the exploits of my group at WBC, as well as our annual winter get-together (called Barnescon), and other cons we attend. Part of that means keeping records of what everyone does throughout the week, and this year I wasn't very diligent about it and didn't get much after Wednesday. Which means I will have to mine the details from the memories of my group over the next week or so while everything is still fresh! Fortunately I took lots of pictures!
 
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11. Board Game: Lancaster and York [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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I didn't do any Lancaster tourism

This year my husband and I had planned to arrive the Saturday before the con and do some sightseeing in the area and go to Hershey Park. Obviously with him not attending at all, that was cancelled, but it is on the schedule for next year!
 
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12. Board Game: Back to the Farm [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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I didn't eat at Plain and Fancy

For the last couple of years, my group has finished off the week with a Sunday afternoon visit to Plain and Fancy Farm Restaurant for some of the best fried chicken and mashed potatoes anywhere. This year several of our group were on a very tight budget, so we went to Perkins instead.
 
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13. Board Game: Early Birds [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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I didn't arrive early on Tuesday

Every year, I plan to leave in the morning so that I can get to Lancaster by early afternoon, get settled in, and possibly check out the auction or go to the pool (it's about a 3-hour drive). I always end up leaving later than planned, but this year was even later than usual as I didn't arrive until after 8pm. There were legitimate reasons that were beyond my control this time, not my own lack of organization as usual, but it still sucked.
 
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14. Board Game: Swimming with Sharks [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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I didn't go to the pool

Every year, at the beginning of the week, I tell myself that THIS will be the year that I will take a break and enjoy the pool. Despite my "lazy and relaxed" approach and the gorgeous weather, the closest I got was a couple of cheeseburgers from the pool bar.
 
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15. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
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And now for the things that I DID do...

I did play Merchant of Venus

MOV is my husband's team game and the one game that he always plays in all three heats. He usually advances to the semis, and made the final once. I usually play, but didn't last year. Since he wasn't with us this year, I felt it was my wifely duty to make sure that there was a Kyrkos presence in the tournament! I lost (as I always do), but at least I played!
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16. Board Game: Atlantic Storm [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2236]
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I did get in a lot of open gaming with my group!

We played Race for the Galaxy, Power Grid, Parthenon, Lost Cities, Atlantic Storm, Pacific Typhoon, Thurn and Taxis, Combots, Acquire, Killer Bunnies, and a bunch of other stuff that I can't remember right now.
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17. Board Game: Groovy Girls Sleepover Game [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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I did stay up way too late gaming every night and slept late every day

My sleeping schedule if left on my own is something close to that of a vampire, so almost every night, there was a wee bit of daylight peeking over the horizon when I went to bed. Of course that meant that I slept until noonish each day! I know, I am missing out on good gaming time, but hey I am on vacation! Besides, I spent those late night hours gaming!!
 
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18. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:5]
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I did finally dip my toe into the GM pool as an assistant GM for the first time

I have been wanting to get into GMing for the past few years, but have been a little hesitant to jump right in without being an assistant first. Last year at Euroquest, I offered to assist John in the PR tournament, as PR is a huge tourney so I knew it would be a great learning experience. I am looking forward to taking the reins of something on my own next year!
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19. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:23]
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I did buy a copy of Race for the Galaxy and teach it to my group

I learned this at Ubercon and played again at Dexcon, and I knew that my group would like it. I was under the impression that it was hard to find, so when I saw it I grabbed it immediately! I must have been mistaken about its availability, because I saw it for sale all week. We played several times and it was a hit, as I knew it would be. My dad ended up buying a copy so they could play it at his place as well (we live in different states). I'm glad they had it, because I didn't really feel like "shopping" for something new and unknown, and my husband gets upset when I go to a con and come home without buying at least one game. (I didn't find a copy of Pandemic, which I was also on the lookout for).

This was also the fourth tournament I played in, as I jumped into the last heat on an impulse Saturday afternoon and lost horribly to some great players.
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20. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2622]
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I did buy a few dice

I have a rule: I always buy at least a couple of dice at every convention (if they are sold). Last year was the first year that there was a big dice merchant at WBC, a dream come true! I usually buy a whole bunch, and sometimes my friend Dawn, my dad and I will go together on a few dice cubes and split them up. This year I only bought a couple individual dice, a very small purchase for me, but I also picked up a gorgeous drawstring bag which will probably end up being used for Dungeonquest tiles, and some little plastic ships for use in Plunder.
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21. Board Game: New Mastermind [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:8570]
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I did bring a new player to WBC

My group has brought at least one new person almost every year. This year it was the brother of someone we brought for the first time in 2006, who has become a regular. Their dad also came along, as he did last year. He doesn’t game much, but really enjoys the seminars.
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22. Board Game: Sonic U.F.O. [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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I did eat at Sonic, Jennie's Diner, and a couple other standard haunts

There's no Sonic near me, and of course Jennie's is one-of-a-kind, so I try to hit them both at least once while I'm there. Perkins is my favorite of that caliber of restaurant, and the Waffle House is another late-night staple, so of course I hit those too.

The Waffle house visit was the best, at 3am. The waiter came up to us and said, "Hey, are you guys from the CONVENTION?!" He was really excited when we said that we were, and told us that most of his other customers that night were also. He and the cook were really cool and thought that it was awesome that everyone played games until all hours and then went out for late-night breakfast. They asked us a bunch of questions about the games, and the cook told us about a first-person shooter boardgame that he had played a while back called Frag. He said that he loved it but that none of the convention attendees that he asked knew it.
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23. Board Game: Geeks: The Convention [Average Rating:4.76 Overall Rank:10017]
Mindy Kyrkos
United States
Sunnyside
New York
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Most importantly, I DID have an absolutely amazing time and I can't wait for next year!!
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