Game On: I'm Euphoric about BGG Con 2013
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After having a great time at my first BGG Con in 2012, I knew I had to return for BGG Con 2013. This list will contain pics of all the games I played and some of the local places we ate. I will include my likes and dislikes on the new games.

Thanks to everyone from the BGG Crew and Team Geek that helped put on the Con. It was very well organized and the entire event was very professional. If you have never been to a BGG Con I would encourage you to come next year and check it out. You won't be disappointed. You get a chance to see and play all of the new games from Essen and you get to meet great gamers from all over the world and play games with them.

I'm already looking forward to BGG 2014.
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1. Board Game: BGG: The Board Game [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
Board Game: BGG: The Board Game
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Registration was a breeze. I got to the Hyatt at 1:20pm and was registered and had my free games by 1:30. Very quick and painless. Kudos to everyone working the Registration area.

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2. Board Game: Hot Spot [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:17531]
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The hot spot for me is the Hot Games Room where you can see and play all of the new Essen releases. I love having a chance to play the newest games before they are actually for sale.

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3. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:141]
Board Game: Nations
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I hooked up with a bunch of friends that I met at the Con last year and we were able to get Nations checked out from the library. Since the main room was getting pretty crowded we headed down the hall to one of the smaller rooms and got it set up. We had 5 players and decided to use the A-side playing boards. A few of my friends had already read the rules online and we were up and running. I purchased a Leader that gave me 3 Books each time I built a Wonder. My next purchase was the Sphinx Wonder which gave me 5 Stone
every time I completed another Wonder. I built 4 more Wonders throughout the game and the synergy between those 2 cards was too much as I pulled out the victory.

Board Game: Nations


Even though I only got to play it once and I did get to teach it one other time, I thought this was a great game. There are multiple paths to victory, war to worry about, resources to keep track of, lots of stuff going on, yet the game flows very nice. This game was a huge hit for me and is going on my Must Buy list.

I enjoyed it better than Through the Ages.
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4. Board Game: Pizza Wars Imperium [Average Rating:4.47 Unranked]
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Gamers have to eat and after that rousing game of Nations we were starving. Everyone wanted pizza so we looked up pizza places near the airport and Urban Spoon directed us to a little place called Lizzano's Pizza. It was in a little strip mall and looked a bit sketchy from the outside which also included a hand written "Cash Only" sign. Hmmmmmmmm, what do you guys think? Lets live a little and go for it.

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We ventured inside and were greeted by a wonderful lady who seated us and immediately brought us fresh baked warm bread that was delicious. She was the owner and said she was from Macedonia and her husband was from Albania. Hmmmmmm, we wondered what kind of pizza people from those two countries could come up with? We ordered a couple of pizzas and here is what we got.

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I have lived in lots of places and had many different types of pizza but this was some of the best pizza I have ever had. Great news, they also deliver to the Hyatt.
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5. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:135]
Board Game: Hansa Teutonica
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All of the Hot Games were being played when we got back from dinner so we decided to play a game of Hansa Teutonica. I was the only one in the group who had never played it before but I was certainly willing to learn. Even though I did not do very well, I thought it was a very enjoyable game and look forward to playing it again.

Board Game: Hansa Teutonica
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6. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:27]
Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers
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We headed to the Hot Games Room and got there just as a group was finishing up their game of Caverna. One of the guys from that group stuck around to help us set up and he gave us a quick run through of the rules and how adventuring worked.

Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers


As you can see, this is a beautiful game. All of my friends were anxious to try out the mining and adventuring portion of the game which locked me out of some of those spaces. I decided to go straight farming and breeding which did pretty well for me.

Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers


I loved this game and give it a big thumbs up. Certainly a Must Buy for me. I think anyone that enjoys Agricola will enjoy Caverna.
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7. Board Game: Two Rooms and a Boom [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:860]
Board Game: Two Rooms and a Boom
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We were walking through the main gaming hall about 2am when a group of guys asked us to play this with them. It is a very fun group game where you break up into 2 teams with one team having a bomber and the other team having a president. The red team tries to get the bomber in the group with the president and the blue team tries to avoid that from happening. The game plays very quick and is a great way to game with complete strangers.
 
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8. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:252]
Board Game: Glass Road
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I got to play Glass Road twice at the con and I am really glad I did because I was not too thrilled with the game after our first play. This is a 4 round game that has some interesting mechanics including two rondels. The rondels keep track of your resources and how much glass and brick you are making. Both games were with 4 players and in the first game it just seemed like there was no way to predict what cards would be played ,by your opponents at what time. None of my buildings seemed to have any synergy and I was just kind of blah about Glass Road after the first play. Later that night I was watching a group set up the game and they asked me if I would like to join them. 2 of them had played it once and the other guy was a first timer. Glass Road was much better the 2nd time and we ended up with really close scores. The guy who won had 21, I had 18, and the other 2 guys had 17 and 16. I am not sure that Glass Road has moved up to my Must Buy list but I would certainly play it again.

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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:167] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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I signed up for the BGG Ticket to Ride Tournament on Thursday afternoon. TTR is one of the games that got me hooked on this new world of gaming about 6 years ago. I think it truly is one of the best "Gateway" games since everyone I have ever taught the game to has liked it and wanted to play again. Several of them also went out and purchased their own copy of the game. It is just a good solid game in my book. In the tournament you had to play 2 games of TTR on the USA map and one game on the Europe map. I did pretty good on the USA map games but got smoked on the Europe map. They did not have any stations for the Europe map so we played without them. The tournament was a blast and all the other players were very nice.

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After the first game, I was walking around waiting for the 2nd round of the tournament to start and I saw a guy standing by the front of the room. I noticed his BGG name card and it said Alan Moon. I introduced myself and asked if he had a minute to chat. He was a super nice guy and very interesting to talk to.
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10. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:83]
Board Game: Russian Railroads
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I got to play Russian Railroads 3 times at the con and I have to say this is a fantastic game and a Must Buy for me. There are a variety of ways to score points and win the game. Probably one of the best worker placement games I have played in a while.

Board Game: Russian Railroads
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11. Board Game: The Fitness Challenge [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Board Game: The Fitness Challenge
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After sitting all day playing games and missing out on the Disc Golf outing because of the weather, I had to get out and get some exercise. I went to the Hyatt Fitness Room and have to say that it is one of the nicest Fitness Centers I have ever seen in a hotel.

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12. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1000]
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For the 2nd year in a row I signed up for the BGG Poker Tournament on Friday night. It is a total blast. Very organized and well run by the BGG Geek Staff. Last year I was knocked out in about an hour and this year I made it all the way to the Final Table. I did not win but it was a lot of fun and I met a lot of nice people playing in the poker tournament. Alan Moon, Eric Lang, and Rich Sommer all played in it. Aldie was the last BGG celebrity standing and he got knocked out right before we went to the Final Table.

This was my starting table at the beginning of the tournament.

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Here I am at the Final Table.

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13. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:346]
Board Game: Amerigo
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My buddy and I were walking through the Hot Games room late at night and Amerigo had just opened up. A guy from the previous game gave us the basic rules and we started a 2-player game. I'm not sure that I am sold on the Dice Tower-Cube Dropping mechanic but the game was enjoyable and we were able to finish it in an hour. Amerigo is not a Must Buy for me but I would certainly play it again and would like to see how it plays with 4 instead of 2.

Board Game: Amerigo


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14. Board Game: Barbeque Party [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:17475]
Board Game: Barbeque Party
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Last year was my first exposure to Hard Eight and I could not wait to go back this year. They have some of the best brisket and barbeque, although I would like a little more variety on their sauces. Look at this pic and tell me that your mouth isn't watering for some barbeque.

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15. Board Game: Lewis & Clark: The Expedition [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:191]
Board Game: Lewis & Clark
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Lewis and Clark was a neat game. No victory points, just a race to be the first to complete the expedition to the Northwest Passage which started in St. Louis. The cards that you use to power the expedition are actual historical figures. The game is beautiful and plays pretty quick once you know what you are doing. This game was a miss for me but I will certainly give it another try.

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16. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:701]
Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
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When a guy asked us if we wanted to join him and his friend for a game of Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy, I wasn't too thrilled as it did not look like a game I would care for. Once we started playing and my Royal Couple had their first baby, followed by a set of twins from the fertility clinic, I couldn't be happier than a proud father. Legacy turned out to be a very enjoyable game and I almost played it twice in the same night but I let another friend of mine play who had not had a chance to play it yet. This game is not super deep nor is it a game that will go on my Must Buy list but I will be glad to play it again.

Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy


Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy


That was my Royal Family after the 2nd Generation.
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17. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:699]
Board Game: Tumblin-Dice
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We had a blast playing the dexterity games out in the main hallway. One of our favorites was Tumblin Dice. This seems like it would be a great party game.

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18. Board Game: Cards Against Humanity [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3877] [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
Board Game: Cards Against Humanity
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On Friday night after the Poker Tournament we had a 9 player game of CAH. I have never laughed so hard in my life. This game is not for the pure or squeamish but with the right group it is a ton of fun.
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19. Board Game: Triassic Terror [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2338]
Board Game: Triassic Terror
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We sat down at the Triassic Terror table in the hot games room and lo and behold, Peter Hawes came over to teach us the game. Peter Hawes is the designer of Triassic Terror and Francis Drake. He came from Australia to promote his games and was a very nice guy. He taught us the rules and also gave us strategy tips. He said it took him about 6 months to design Francis Drake and 12 years to design Triassic Terror. The board was beautiful and the little dinosaurs were cool but this game was a miss for me and my buddies.

Here is Peter Hawes signing a copy of Triassic Terror for someone.

Board Game: Triassic Terror


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20. Board Game: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:543]
Board Game: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends
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I saw a gentleman sitting at a table with a Player Wanted sign and he had this all set up. I had been very interested in this game but several people had told me they did not think it was worth the $60 price tag for what you got in the box. I asked the guy if it was his copy and if he knew how to play. He said he had checked it out of the library and played it twice so far but was hoping to get in a 2-player game. I sat down to play and found the game very strategic and relaxing. There is a nice "catch up" mechanic if one player gets to far ahead of the other player. Not on my Must Buy list but will certainly play it again if I get the chance.

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21. Board Game: Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:392]
Board Game: Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia
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A buddy sent me a text saying he had got the only copy of Euphoria that they had in the library and asked if I wanted to play. We got 5 people together and headed to the Johnsson Room. My buddy read over the rules and we started playing. The board and components are stunning. This is worker placement with dice and I thought it was one of the best games at the con. I really wish I would have got in on the Kick Starter for this one. Congrats to those of you that ordered the Kick Starter version as you are in for one great game. There is no scoring track, you just have to be the first player to place all of your stars on the board or on your cards. This is a Must Buy for me.

Board Game: Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia


Board Game: Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia


I can't believe how fast those 5 days went by. Looking over this list, I cant believe I didn't get to play more games in 5 days but you have to sleep sometime! See everyone next year.
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22. Board Game: The Peculiar Game of My Wife and I [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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When I got home from the BGG Con I put a button I picked up at the Con on my wife's jewelry box to see if she would notice it. Not only did she notice it, she blogged about it. It is actually pretty funny. Here is the link:

http://plumstreetsamplers.typepad.com/plum_street_samplers/2...

Below is the button they were giving away at the Con which I thought was very cool.

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After I left the button on my wife's jewelry box, she took creative license with it and created this:

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Now you know why I don't play games with her.

As you can tell, she is not much of a gamer but she is a very good sport about it.
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