Origins 2005 Report, Part 1
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I had an absolutely superb time while at Origins 2005. It was a time of meeting people (a lot from BGG!) and playing games. There was so much to see and do that I won't be able to get it all down in one place, so I'm breaking it up into sections. The first section will be here, in this list - listing the games that I brought home with me. I came with two empty suitcases, and left with two full-to-the-brim suitcases, as well as a box of games I had to ship to myself.

Part 2 of this report will be in weekly gameblog at www.gamefest.com, about the people I met at Origins.

Of course, people are the most important part of Origins, MUCH more so than the games. This is just a list to help me remember what I picked up at Origins, and I guess is a preview of the reviews you'll see over the next few months...



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26. Board Game: LetterFlip [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:8073]
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I don't like Hangman, but this variant works very well. My wife especially likes this game, so I'm sure it will stay in my collection for a while.
 
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27. Board Game: Sitting Ducks Gallery [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:2270]
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This game really reminded me of Guillotine. And, given the popularity of that game in my gaming groups, I'm sure that Sitting Ducks will be just as popular - especially since it comes in such an attractive package.
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28. Board Game: High Society [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:619]
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Always glad to get another Knizia filler...
 
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29. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:219]
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I've heard this is one of the best fillers, ever. And this by many people. So I have high hopes for this game!
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30. Board Game: Camelot [Average Rating:5.25 Overall Rank:9990]
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Another Tom Jolly game sounds like fun. I certainly like the theme of it - as different factions try to get "their" Arthur to be crowned king.
 
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31. Board Game: Kung Fu Fighting [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2474]
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I know this game is going to cause my friends to break out in song. But the ratings on the geek are fairly high - so maybe this is a game that most have missed?
 
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32. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:10370] [Average Rating:5.57 Unranked]
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I know this game gets a lot of flak from many gamers, but it really looks like its a superb candidate for my high school gaming group. I LOVE the theme.
 
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33. Board Game: Caravans of Ahldarahd [Average Rating:5.07 Overall Rank:9874]
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Don't know much about this game from a new publisher, but it sure comes in a neat looking package.
 
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34. Board Game: Mare Nostrum: Mythology Expansion [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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I wasn't a huge fan of Mare Nostrum, but this expansion has me fascinated. First of all, it adds mythology, rewrites the rules, and seems to balance the game. I'll have to play it more, but it sounds fascinating.
 
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35. Board Game: Children of Fire [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:8629]
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Beautiful components, but I know nothing else about the game.
 
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36. Board Game: Oasis [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:851]
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Now I have camel meeples! And another Alan Moon game. At this rate, my Moon games will catch up to my Knizia games!
 
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37. Board Game: Volldampf [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1492]
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It will be interesting to see how this prequel to Age of Steam will play out. Some like it better - is that possible?
 
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38. Board Game: Warriors [Average Rating:5.02 Overall Rank:11035]
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Alan Moon and Richard Borg sounds like one of the best combinations to me possible.
 
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39. Board Game: Warriors: Dragon Hordes Expansion [Average Rating:5.28 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.28 Unranked]
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Expansions are a necessity for me!
 
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40. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:487]
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Frankly, this game looks boring. But I've played boring-looking-yet-fun games, so I have hope!
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41. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #2: Western US and Germany [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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I must own all expansions for one of the greatest games of all times.
 
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42. Board Game: Trans Europa [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:878]
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Well, I'm not a big fan of Transamerica, and I doubt this will change my mind. Yet I have friends who like TransAmerica, so this one's for them!
 
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43. Board Game: Fishing for Terrorists [Average Rating:5.06 Overall Rank:10083]
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Well, the theme and mechanics look pretty bad. However, one never knows, so I'll gladly give it a try. (But no hurry!)
 
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44. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:414]
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I've wanted this game for a while, as I really enjoy Web of Power (although I stink at it!) Now I have two games I stink at!
 
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45. Board Game: Allegiance: War of Factions [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:7379]
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I finally was able to play a demo of this game, and you know what - it looks like it's an actually fun CCG, with good negotiation and tactical choices. I'm looking forward to trying this one with my groups.
 
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46. Board Game: Knights of the Dinner Table: HACK! [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4637]
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I really don't think this game is much of my style - seems to be more like Munchkin. But now I have all five decks. Is it worth it? Time will tell.
 
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47. Board Game: Easy Come, Easy Go [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:4258]
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This is a variant of Yahtzee, but quicker, and more fun. I enjoyed this game quite a bit, and think it will see a lot of play with my kids...
 
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48. Board Game: Gopher It! [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:5597]
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Gopher It was the version I got...
 
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49. Board Game: Catch the Match [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:4761]
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"Catch the Match" is the version I got.
 
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50. Board Game: David & Goliath [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1426]
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Yes! I now have one of the best trick-taking games, ever!
 
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