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My Awesome Gamer's Reunion Experience
Michael Jordal
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This past weekend was the first ever Gamer's Reunion in Rochester MN, and it was awesome! I maybe a little biased, but I think it was ran really well.
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1. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:215]
Michael Jordal
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My wonderful wife and I arrived at the Kahler Grand Hotel a little later than I was hoping. I say wonderful wife for many reasons, but for this weekend particularly because she dedicated her whole weekend to running the registration desk.

The first game I played was a two player game of Citadels with Mick while I waited for more players for my Red Dragon Inn II game. Mick was familiar with the game, but had never played the two player game. It was a pretty close game, but I was able to pull off the win thanks to a couple of good witchings. Mick also witched me once.
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2. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn 2 [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:766] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
Michael Jordal
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A couple of guys from LaCrosse showed up and were interested in RDI II, so Mick and I showed them how to play. I took on the role of Dimli. Mick took Gog and the LaCrosse guys took Fleck and Eve. Gog went out first to a very nasty turn where he had to drink 12. Next Eve dropped and it came down to a drink off between Fleck and Dimli, but everyone knows you can't out drink a Dwarf.

So I committed the ultimate sin and won the game I was demoing, but that didn't stop the LaCrosse guys from buying it anyway.
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3. Board Game: More Kung Fu Fighting [Average Rating:6.77 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.77 Unranked]
Michael Jordal
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The LaCrosse guys and Mick stuck around for More Kung Fu Fighting and we even picked up another player. I totally don't remember who won, but I do remember one of the La Crosse guys only got one turn, as his buddy attacked him and then I did a massive table attack to all of the players and put him out.
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4. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:131]
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All of my scheduled games were finished for the night, so I pulled out the games I had with me and a couple of guys were interested in trying Dune, so I told them if we found 6 players we could make it happen.

It was getting a bit late by the time we got started, so I didn't think that we would get the full game in, but I everyone thought it would be cool to at least get a feel of the rules.

The game ended up being the quickest game of Dune I had seen as the worm came up on the second round and the group split into three alliances. With two of them really having a good chance at the win. I was Harkonen Allied with the Emperor and the other strong team was Guild and Fremen. The Atreides and Bene Geserit had a chance to win too, but the Guild and Fremen game out on top.
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5. Board Game: RattleSnake [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:2907]
Michael Jordal
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Since I had a little time left before the end of the night, I decided to chat it up with the Fantasy Flight Demo Crew. They were all very cool and fun to talk too. Then they showed me a fun little dexterity game called RattleSnake. I think this would be a fun drinking game, party game, gambling game or a good game to play with kids.
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6. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:194] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Michael Jordal
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My Saturday morning was very busy with lots of prep for the Heroscape tourney. Getting all of the maps into the Kahler was a lot of work. Thankfully Wade gave me a hand.

I think the tourney was a success. Here are the results. We had 22 participants.

1. TCHOP - 15(+1475)
2. Luke Bennett - 13 (+1415)
3. Spider_Poison 13 (+835)
4. Jexlix 13 (+655)
5. Tangarth 13 (+215)
6. Chris Marteness 11 (+660)
7. MoMo the Monkey 11 (+610)
8. Nick Truxal 11 (+535)
9. Clarissimus 11 (+305)
10. Codeman 11 (+50)
11. Krugkiller 9 (+230)
12. Micre 9 (+140)
13. Heroscape Elffy 9 (+70)
14. Mike Terrill 9 (+60)
15. Devo Hulk 9 (-380)
16. Joseph Riley 9 (-405)
17. Bob Nielsen 9 (-540)
18. Micah Nielsen 9 (-695)
19. Heroscape Diva 7 (-720)
20. Tyler F. 7 (-945)
21. Mathew Nielsen 7 (-950)
22. Patrick Lathrop 5 (-2030)

TCHOP's 1st place army:
Nilfheim
Tornak
Heavy Gruts
Major Q10

Luke's 2nd place army:
Finn
Major Q9
Krav Maga
Knights of Weston x2

Spider_Poison's 3rd place army:
10th Regiment of Foot x4
Brunak
Raelin
Marcu Esenwien

Jexix 4th place army:
Marro Stingers x4
Zelrig
Raelin

Tangarth's 5th place army:
Marro Stingers x4
Deathreavers x2
Major Q9
Isamu

Interesting tourney facts:
There was a Raelin in almost half of the armies, but not in the top two and only 2 of the top five contained her.
4 armies contained Stinger and they finished 4-7.

I got some help from some of the GR staff for tear down and that was a great help.
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7. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:31]
Michael Jordal
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Throughout the weekend a silent auction was held with all of the proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester. The GR was also selling Giving Through Gaming buttons for 5 dollars for the charity as well. At the end of the weekend GR had raised over 1000 dollars for the Boys and Girls Club. I think that is super cool. I love the Giving through Gaming concept.

Anyway, a used copy of TI III was donated to this auction by Brian an RGC member. I ended up winning the auction with a bid of 46 dollars.
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8. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:131]
Michael Jordal
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My scheduled game of Dune was filled, so I sat out and facilitated. It was a pretty good game, but one of the players had played before and had played with an alternate rule, so his strategy got a bit messed up. Also, we didn't ge a worm until turn 7. When we finally did there was quite a bit of discussion about the alliances. Eventually the Bene Geserit, Atreides, Harkonen and Emperor teamed up against the Fremen and Guild.

The Fremen Guild had a slim chance of pulling out the win, but they didn't. Then the moment of truth when the Bene Geserit player revealed their plan. They had a turn six win for the Atreides I believe, so one turn earlier and the Bene Geserit player would have won.
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9. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:189]
Michael Jordal
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During the Dune game I won another game from the silent auction for, this one for 21 dollars.
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10. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:396]
Michael Jordal
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Sunday morning started with a purchase from one of the vendors that was planning on packing up early. I have had my eye on this one for a while, and it appeared to be a good used copy for a good price.
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11. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
Michael Jordal
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My first game of Sunday morning was Agricola. I was sure it would fill up, but I think some gamer's hit snooze on their alarm Sunday morning and we ended up having just 4 players including me. I think 4 players might be my favorite way to play Agricola.

I ended up getting second with 42 points to Mike from the cities 43. He filled his farmyard spaces and I don't think I had ever seen anyone do that before.
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12. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:507]
Michael Jordal
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Austin
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My second scheduled game of the day was A Touch of Evil. I knew this one had a high probability of filling up since it is still unavailable. I was lucky enough to grab one at Gen Con, and therefore some lucky Gamer's Reunion attendees got to play it.

We had a 8 people sign up, but only 7 showed up to play. Even with the open slot, I figured 7 would be enough and it would be easier for me to roll for the monsters and facilitate the game.

With seven people I figured the coop variant was the way to go. I hadn't played that way before, but I read through the rules and the coop game just has a few changes and turns out was really fun! I think all of the players seemed to have a blast.

The players randomly chose the Spectral Horseman and the game moved along pretty well. One of the town elders had a secret that made him a beast against the villain once the shadow track was in the red, so the players ran around getting tanked out until that point. Katarina got really tanked and so did the teacher. I can't remember her name, but she gets more powerful with books, so I nickname her Willow. She ended up having 3 books going into the final challenge.

It was a really good showdown with all of the heroes knocked out but 2 one of them escaped towards the end and Willow duked it out a couple more rounds to squeak out the victory.
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13. Board Game: Tribune: Primus Inter Pares [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:299]
Michael Jordal
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My final purchase of the con was made during the A Touch of Evil game as another vendor started packing up. I had gotten to play the beta at Gen Con 07 and liked it quite a bit. I thought about picking it up at this year's Gen Con, but didn't get it done.
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14. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1547]
Michael Jordal
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I got one final play in at this con. Don has a prototype cooperative Godzilla game that is pretty fun. I had gotten to play it one other time at a Chateau Game night, and when he broke it out at the GR, I was happy to try it out again.

It was a good game and really close, well actually I think we were getting our butts handed to us and it wasn't close at all, but we ended up having a miracle.

We needed to push both of the monsters to the sea and it seemed impossble, but after Godzilla got in a fight with Megagodzilla and sent him to the sea we made a last ditch effort since we were about to lose anyway and sent one mazer cannon after Godzilla. Godzilla got to roll like 4 D8s and a D12 with a +3 bonus to his highest roll. It ended up that his highest roll was an 11. Our mazer cannon just got one D12, so that meant we needed a 12. Wade rolled the die and it did one of those slow kick overs like a Jedi mind trick and landed on 12. The table erupted with disbelief. It really was a great way to end the con!

I had a lot of fun and look forward to next year!
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