BGG.con/2007/sedjtroll Day 3+4: Saturday 11/17/07 + Sunday 11/18/07
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Saturday morning I was determined to talk to Zev about my games. I had a scheduled demo of Lost Adventures in the afternoon which I thought he might be sitting in on.

I had also signed up for a game of Cuba on Sterling's sign up sheet, but that whole thing sort of got thrown out the window by Thursday night as far as I was concerned.

BGG.CON 2007 - SATURDAY 11/17 and SUNDAY 11/18
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1. Board Game Publisher: Z-Man Games
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I found Zev and started chatting with him, and found out he had about 30 minutes before they opened the dealer rooms. I told him that Wizard's Tower would only take about 20 minutes with 2 players, and asked if he would like to try it. He said he would, so we played a game!

Zev had a few questions about components and we talked about the theme a little. I'm going to talk to him some more about whether or not he;d like me to send him a copy.
 
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2. Board Game: Wizard's Tower [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
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After the game with Zev I wandered around a bit, and Brian was on his way - stopping off to pick me up a burger on his way (yay!)

When he got there I recruited John (Godeke) and we played a 3 player game of Wizard's Tower. We had about an hour or so before the 2pm demo of Lost Adventures, which I wanted to run in the Z-Man booth area, so we played WT there. Brian and John both liked the game, and they played another game (2 player) while I tried to round up the people who wanted to play Lost Adventures.

I can't recall exactly how the games went, but Brian was a big fan of the Blue towers, and in the 3 player game I believe he managed to not have a single apprentice outside of regions 1 and 5/6! It just turned out that way at first, but then he started using wilds to keep it that way, he was working on a large tower group in the center region, which was worth a lot of points. I believe I pulled out a victory by winning most of the bonuses, and mostly because I managed to get a tower in all 5 regions or the 10 point bonus. I believe I beat Brian by just a few points.
 
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3. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:2001]
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Lost Adventuers by Jeff Warrender and Steve Sisk

I've mentioned that I like this game a lot. Steve sent me his fancified prototype - it's beautiful! It looks like a professionally produced game! The idea was for me to run a demo of it at BGG.con and then hand it off to Zev from Z-man to take home with him. Well, after nearly leaving it on the airplane in Las Vegas, the game made it safely to the convention, and at about 2pm on Saturday I did run a demo of it. I tried to do so in front of Zev's booth so he'd be able to look in on the game.

I ended up with 5 people wanting to play, and there's really no reason the game shouldn't work with 5, so we gave it a shot. I thought the game was dragging on a long time, so part way through I mentioned that we could stop at the temple phase, and was chastised heavily by the players! They wanted to see the whole thing through - some of them because they'd eschewed going for VPs in the map phase in order to prepare for the Temple, and some because they were just enjoying the game! All told, including the rules, the game took a little over 3 hours in the end. It felt longer to me, but the clock doesn't lie. That's pretty good for a 5 player game, all new players, in a convention atmosphere, and including the rules explanation!

The best news is that everyone had a really good time. Some of the players wanted to play it again right away (sadly, we never did due to time constraints). There were 2 episodes that were particularly exciting and noteworthy:

First, Jennifer dug up a relic, and used her free action to run to one of the cities it could be delivered in (lest it be stolen by John). She failed the challenge though, and was dragged all the way to Peking! This might have been a big enough deterrent to John, as he was across the board completely. But no, John spent his entire turn and every card in his hand to travel to Peking, pass the challenge there, fight for the relic (with 2 cards, Jennifer only had 1 left, so automatic win), use the free action to move to Bangkok, pass the challenge there, and finally deliver the relic. In that last challenge there was a 1 in 3 chance he would have failed, been dragged back to Peking, where Jennifer could have stolen the relic back and delivered it herself!

Later, on her very last turn of the game, Jennifer had 2 choices - she could reach either the grail room and then a Font, or she could reach John - who had already been to the grail room, and who had 2 checks in the True Grail category (potentially 50-50 info on the true grail) and then still reach the Font. Some players suggested she steal the artifact from John, since it was 50-50, and it would serve him right for stealing a relic from her... then someone pointed out that John never actually looked at the clue for the grail, meaning he only had a 1-in-6 chance of having the right one. The better odds were with the grail room (Jennifer knew exactly which grail was the right one). So going for VPs rather than retribution, and to stop the Nazis from finding the grail if nothing else, Jennifer moved to the grail room, grabbed the correct grail, then moved to a font and tested it, collecting 4vp. It wasn't enough to win, but it put her in 2nd or 3rd place, and it kept the world safe from Nazis.

As an "experience game" I think it's fair to say that Lost Adventures succeeds.
 
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4. Board Game: This Game Sucks [Average Rating:4.10 Unranked]
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I'll preface by saying that the people who put together the Game Show did a good job, and it was all very well done. But as a participant I simply didn't have a good time at all.

For the last 2 years the Game Show has been based on the Family Feud, and it's been pretty fun, so I was looking forward to the Game Show this year. This time they based it on The Match Game, a show I'm not entirely familiar with. I didn't like it at all though - the questions had multiple answers, and the idea was to match what the panel of 6 said. It seemed so impossible to score. Every time we had 2 options to go with, we'd pick one, and invariably the other would have been right.

I could have done without the Game Show this time.
 
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5. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:12]
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After the Game Show Brian wanted to play a game he already knew rather than learning a new game. That narrowed the choices to Railroad Tycoon, Puerto Rico, Imperial, and Lost Adventures. I wanted to play more Puerto Rico (and I wanted Brian to), so I chose that. We got it set up and I recruited a few players. I tried to get some of the same people that played on Wednesday, Snowden was around so I roped him in. The last player was Chris Hillary (Ceej), we only had 4 players this time.

Brian showed a great improvement in this play. Like many people I see in their second game, he had decided he didn't have enough money last game. So this time he got both Small and Large Markets pretty quickly, and was selling Corn for $3 or $4 a pop. His game was quite good, with a few inspired plays and only a couple questionable (only 1 really bad) plays. He successfully kept me from a manned large building for the last 2 rounds, which means I missed out on 10vp from the Guild Hall. I managed to win anyway, but only by a couple of points. This was Brian's second game ever, Snowden and Ceej had played a few games, but not many and not recently.
 
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6. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:2001]
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Blockade Runner by Seth Jaffee and Boyan Radakovich

This was the second demo of Blockade Runner of the con. A gentleman had been looking for me all weekend long trying to play this, and he never found me at a good time. Well, now was a good time, so we headed for an empty table to try it out. Ray Palmer was getting ready to head upstairs as it was getting a bit late, but he'd not played the game yet (despite being in my game group). I believe we had a 4th player, but I don't recall who it was.

We played through the Pilot Training exercise to learn the game, then we played the full game. 3 of us got tied up shooting each other while the 4th got ahead and ran to the end. The scores were pretty close though, a little less shooting/shielding and Ray could have won despite not being the guy rushing to the end.
 
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7. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:243]
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I thought I'd really love this one. It played pretty much like I thought, and I did like the game... but not quite as much as I'd hoped. I thought there'd be more to the decision to split up your roll - but there's really not. Often you get 3 resources if you place them all together, and 2 + 1 if you place them separately. It seemed pretty equivalent, all the rewards felt sort of samey-same. Most of the time you pretty much just want to place the dice on the highest number you can.

In our game I went straight for the dice manipulation and the extra die from the Farm or whatever its called. I can't see a great reason to do otherwise, but then I only played 1 game so far. I was doing very well I thought, and in round 3 I had 3 gold and a stone. I could have bought 2 soldiers for the upcoming war, or I could risk losing the war and save the goods for a building worth a lot of points. I looked at a prior card and it had "Lose 2 vp" as the penalty. I saw that we were in round 3 of 5, and I knew some of the penalties made you lose a building, but I thought maybe that was too harsh for round 3 considering the other card I just looked at, so I decided to risk it. I was exactly 2 soldiers short of not losing the war, and so I lost... 3 gold and a building.

So I lost the goods AND a building, rather than just the goods. The building I lost cost like 5 resources (the Farm I think it was), which I had to buy back. All in all it amounted to a huge kick in the nuts, and it clearly cost me the game. Scott Mulholland (Schlotto) also got hit by that war, discarding a building, but he had no gold. In the final round Scott got hit again, as did most players (all but me in fact).

The highlights of this game were twofold... first, Winton was literally asleep during the game. When it was his turn, someone would nudge him, he'd wake up, knew exactly what was going on, place his dice right away, and then sort of go back to sleep. It was pretty amazing.

The other highlight was Justin winning by 1 or 2 points, despite having rolled triple 1's twice and a 5. I rolled a 23 one turn, that was cool.

I'd still like to play this some more, and I might buy it just so I can, but I'm a tad disappointed.
 
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8. Board Game: Wizard's Tower [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
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While Steph tried to round people up for Time's Up! I played another game of Wizard's Tower with Justin. Edward walked up 2 turns in, so we asked him to join us, and told him he'd figure out the rules as the game went on. We ended up cutting this one short because the Time's Up! finally started.
 
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9. Board Game: Time's Up! [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:349]
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A convention isn't a convention unless there's some late night Time's Up! I had been hanging out with Justin so I used my considerable influence with the L.A. folks (that is to say none) to get him in the game a well. He seemed like he'd be good at it. I ended up on a team with Chris (fnord23) and Kevin (from the Terra Prime game). We didn't do so well in the first round, but we ramped it up in the 2nd and third rounds, finishing 2nd or 3rd out of 4 teams. Of course Steph's team won, as usual.

People then lined up to play Time's Up with Steph - just the pair, 2 minute time limit, see how many they can get right. Alternate who reads the clue. Seemed like fun, and I watched for a bit, then I realized I was watching other people have fun and no actually having fun, so Justin and I went to finish that game of Wizard's Tower.
 
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10. Board Game: Wizard's Tower [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
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Since Edward had left, Justin and I cleaned up the previous game and played a 2 player game of Wizard's Tower. All weekend I'd been inadvertently attacking him (prior games of WT, California, Kingsburg). He said in 2 player at least he knows that's coming, and also it doesn't end up being 2 vs 1...
 
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11. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:2001]
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Brain Freeze by Seth Jaffee

It was deep into the wee hours of the morning, and I had planned on a late night of Time's Up and Werewolf with the L.A. people, but they were all wusses because they were going to a football game the next day and didn't want to be sleepy during it. So when they went to bed, Just in and I had to either go to our respective rooms, or find something to occupy our time until people started coming back downstairs.

We spent some time complaining that noone was around playing Werewolf, and I pulled out Brain Freeze to show Justin.

I handicapped myself as this was his first play, but even with my left hand I was crushing him.
 
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12. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:2001]
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Fermat by Tom Jolly

After a few rounds of Brain Freeze and some more kvetching that noone was around, I remembered I had Fermat with me. It's like Set, with math There's a 6x6 grid of numbers and operators, and the idea is to be the first to find an equation using exactly 5 tiles who's solution is the number on the tile drawn. Whoever finds the equation first gets the tile, most tiles at the end wins.

I had a feeling Justin would catch on to this one quickly. I beat him, but only barely.
 
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13. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:2001]
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Brain Freeze by Seth Jaffee

After Fermat we played a few more rounds of Brain Freeze. I guess the math game woke Justin up a bit, because he was able to beat me with the handicap... so I started playing with my right hand, and he was still beating me or just barely losing. Suddenly we were evenly matched, and so quick we had to shave some time off of each of our clocks!
 
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14. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1036]
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At this point people were filtering back into the ballroom. We complained that there was no Werewolf going on, and they said that they'd just been playing it for a couple of hours around the corner in the hall!

I couldn't believe it! We had no idea, we'd just been bitching about no Werewolf, and all the time we could have been playing! I was so mad at myself for not looking down the halls..!

I can't believe I managed to get through an entire convention without playing a single game of Werewolf!
 
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15. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:43]
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Erin Gerton came downstairs, a bit earlier than planned, complaining of difficulty sleeping next to an internal combustion engine. I noticed she had Race for the Galaxy with her, and thus far I'd only played 2 of my 4 "must plays" for the weekend. So Justin and I asked if she'd teach it to us. Winton joined us, and (not unlike in Kingsburg) he was literally falling asleep during the explanation.

We played twice in a row, and I was getting the hang of it. I'd like to play this some more. I'm not sure I'm ready to dedicate myself to playing nothing else for months, as JC Lawrence (clearclaw) suggested some groups might, but I definitely like it better than San Juan, which its often compared to.
 
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16. Board Game Publisher: Rio Grande Games
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I had been hoping all weekend to be introduced to Jay Tummelson (I had a couple friends who had said they'd do that) so I could talk to him about my games. I was beginning to worry that I'd not get to talk to him, and was saying so to Kevin Nunn (kgnunn) when Jay happened to walk by. Kevin called him over and introduced me, and it turned out Jay wasn't leaving until Monday, so he said we should get together after the convention officially closed and I could tell him about my games. Later I went to approach him about it, but he was engrossed in conversation with Derk and Aldie. When I mentioned a meeting, he suggested we do it later.
 
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17. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:2001]
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Salvage by Dan Manfredini

I played a quick (30 minute) game by Dan Manfredini (GameBot) called Salvage, which involved buying various tiles, and paying with resource cards obtained via card drafting, like MtG booster drafting or like Notre Dame or Fairy Tale. To me there didn't seem to be a lot to it. Then again, it's a 30 minute filler-type game. I'm not a big fan of that type of game usually, so I'm not too surprised it wasn't my thing. It certainly worked though, there were 4 types of tiles you could buy, and they each had their costs and effects. In discussing it afterward I started seeing some stuff I'd think about if I were to play it again.
 
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18. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:2001]
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Suitcases by some guy

Mike Nickoloff had a prototype by someone I don't know called Suitcases. He was looking for any kind of feedback on the game. It was a Take That! style 2 player card game where you play suitcases of various size in front of you, and pack items into them. The items are worth positive or negative points and also have a 'size' number. Any case that isn't entirely full (it's capacity not filled by the size of the items in it) is considered "rattling" and if you pack it away you lose all of the contents (no score for that one). There are also "Magic suitcases" which flip the sign on everything inside them. SO you can play these Magic suitcases on your opponent when they have a big score coming, or you can put negative stuff in their cases, or positive stuff in your case.

It really wasn't very good. We tried pretty hard to find any redeeming qualities at all. I actually liked the concept of the sizes and fitting things into the cases, but past that there was nothing really good to be said about the game as far as I could tell. On the plane coming home I thought abut what I might do differently if I tried to make a game about that, and I came up with a much more Euro-style game which might actually be alright. The theme of "packing bags for a trip" isn't amazing though.
 
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19. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:373]
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I was very, very excited about Cuba. I went into the con fully expecting Cuba to be my new favorite game. People compare it to Puerto Rico, Caylus, Pillars of the Earth - three of my very favorite games - What more could I hope for?!?

I was beginning to worry that I wouldn't get a chance to play Cuba before the con was over, but my friends from Seattle Peter and Julie had the game and had played it once, and promised to teach it to me Sunday afternoon. Simon joined us, and Brian was going to arrive just in time to join us.

I thought Julie was in really good shape mid game, as her buildings allowed her to get whatever goods she wanted and also ship some of them during the Foreman phase, leaving th Mayor card to ensure she had a lot of votes... for a few rounds she dominated the shipping as well as the voting. I kept changing my strategy, which of course cost me in efficiency. Brian got something going pretty well, but Simon was a production machine and it seemed at the end that everything was coming together for him. He ended up winning by several points, over Brian in second, me a distant 3rd, and Peter and Julie tied right behind me.

When I played Cuba I was on 30 hours without sleep, and only about 4 hours of sleep before that, and 3 or 4 hours the 3 nights before that... so maybe I wasn't at maximum capacity. I'll certainly play the game again, and I'm kind of sorry I didn't buy it at the con so I could play it this weekend, but I think I may have to reconsider crowning it my new favorite game.
 
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After Cuba I looked longingly at Jay Tummelson, teaching and playing another game of Cuba at the next table, and I realized I wasn't going to get a chance talk to him about my games.

Brian, Simon and I played 1 last game of Wizard's tower - Simon still hadn't played it. I can't remember how the game went or who won. By the time it was over it was coming up on 10 pm, I had been up a full 36 hours in a row, and it was pretty much time to go to bed. I interrupted Jay long enough to say it was nice to meet him, and to ask if he'd mind my emailing him about my games. Then I went with Brian to his place so he could drive me to the airport in the morning.

At Brian's I fell asleep about 10pm, got a full 8 hours of sleep, almost as much as the rest of the convention combined! I also got to see his 2 year old again and meet his newborn (3 months). Brian dropped me at Love Field and I was on my way home from yet another excellent BGG.con!
 
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