Games to play at BGGcon 2017
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A scratchpad list of games I'd like to explore at BGGcon 2017. These sort of lists always tend to be too long, and filled with games I won't actually get to the table. But one can hope!

This list may explode once the Essen (and Gencon) previews get going.
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:384] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
Board Game: Catan
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Talk about your oldie-but-goodie! We'd love to play this in/near the Hot Games area. If my friends would rather substitute another classic of similar vintage (E&T, Acquire, Medici), that would be fine with me, too.
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2. Board Game: The Quest for El Dorado [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:176] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
Board Game: The Quest for El Dorado
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Greg & my other friends are always ready to try a Knizia game. Why not this year's SdJ-nominated one?
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3. Board Game: The Cousins' War [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:2915]
Board Game: The Cousins' War
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Supposed to be a good (and new!) light 2-player euro-wargame hybrid. Only 30 minutes.
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4. Board Game: Warriors of God: The Wars of England & France, 1135-1453 [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:1438]
Board Game: Warriors of God: The Wars of England & France, 1135-1453
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To be honest, I think it's unlikely I'll get to this one. But I'd like to. It's the game I most wish I'd had a chance to play before my recent wargame podcast about the Hundred Years War.

I've struck this one from the list, replacing it with (a hopeful) King Philip's War. I know there's at least one wargamer back home I could play Warriors of God with, and I'm focusing on a different historical subject now. (WoG would be good at the GMT Weekend next April.)
 
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5. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:332]
Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow
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I love this, and have played a bunch already, but don't often get to play in-person with a friend. Also fits my French & Indian War episode of Wargames To Go.
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6. Board Game: Hands in the Sea [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:1621]
Board Game: Hands in the Sea
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Not really my subject/time period, but it's supposed to take everything I already love in AFAoS and apply it to a new game.
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7. Board Game: Tin Goose [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:3170]
Board Game: Tin Goose
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I've heard good things, but never had the opportunity to play.
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8. Board Game: 504 [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2931]
Board Game: 504
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It's still kind of expensive, and I'd rather try before buying it. In theory this could be a game night staple, but I don't know.
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9. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:799]
Board Game: Wilderness War
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In some ways, this is the most well known wargame about the French & Indian War, which should be the topic I'll be studying for my (other) podcast then. Longer than I'd normally play, but this may be a good chance for me.
 
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10. Board Game: Quebec 1759 [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:2772]
Board Game: Quebec 1759
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More French & Indian War. This one is so smooth that it's really a euro-wargame hybrid. Could get any of my euro friends to try it.
 
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11. Board Game: Orongo [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:4276]
Board Game: Orongo
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Ha! Two years ago Greg Pettit and I explored some more recent Knizia titles. This one was just ok, but showed some promise. Then we found out I'd screwed up a key rule. It deserves a replay.
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12. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:359]
Board Game: Chinatown
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I missed seeing Ryan Wheeler at BGGcon last year. Really looking forward to it this time. I'm sure we'll play a few games together, and I hope at least one of them is an old favorite of his & mine. Chinatown may or may not be that one. But that's what it means on this list.
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13. Board Game: 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:1739]
Board Game: 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War
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Will this be there?
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14. Board Game: 878 Vikings: Invasions of England [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:701]
Board Game: 878 Vikings: Invasions of England
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15. Board Game: Explorers of the North Sea [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1001] [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked]
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This is the game in the "North Sea" trilogy I most wanted to try, even though Raiders got more attention.
 
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16. Board Game: Fabled Fruit [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:744]
Board Game: Fabled Fruit
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I know it was LAST year's game, but I never got around to it. Sounds like it could be my kind of thing.
 
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17. Board Game: King Philip's War [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:5709]
Board Game: King Philip's War
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I put in a request for this one over on the BGGcon Wargame meetup geeklist. No takers yet.
 
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18. Board Game: Space Race: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:3078]
Board Game: Space Race: The Card Game
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Obviously the theme is up my alley, and I find the art style compelling, too. Not completely sure about the gameplay, and the Kickstarter publication gives me pause. Would be good to check out at BGGcon.
 
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