2009 Spring Gaming Hoopla Event List!
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This is the updated official list of games and events that are currently scheduled for the:

2009 Spring Gaming Hoopla

You can find more detailed information about the Hoopla here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/364436

PRE-REGISTRATION IS CLOSED, but you can still join us for a great weekend of gaming!

Remember, ALL proceeds from the Gaming Hoopla are being donated to the American Cancer Society through a local Relay for Life team!
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1. Board Game Designer: Tom Wham
Board Game Designer: Tom Wham
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2009 SPRING GAMING HOOPLA

[b]WHAM-A-THON! [b]

Game Designer and Guest of Honor will be running a two day Wham-a-Thon at the 2009 Spring Gaming Hoopla.

Tom will be running many of his game titles all weekend long at the Hoopla...come meet and play games with a true gaming industry original!

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2. Board Game Publisher: Steve Jackson Games
Board Game Publisher: Steve Jackson Games
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Before I get to the list, though, I'd like to thank local MIB Ray for taking the time to attend the Hoopla and run a few of the games published by Steve Jackson Games. SJ Games sponsored the 2008 Fall Hoopla, and is the only one of the many publishers that responded in any form about attending or sponsoring the 2009 Spring Gaming Hoopla.

So, to Ray and SJ Games, a hearty thank you from 'the staff' and the American Cancer Society!
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3. Board Game: Ninja Burger [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:15220]
Board Game: Ninja Burger
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Now you can join the elite Ninja Burger delivery team! You will learn to deliver tasty burgers and fries anywhere. You will bring honor to your franchise. Failure is not an option.

This hilarious card game, designed by Steve Jackson, pits you against your fellow trainees in a new Ninja Burger store. Hone your skills. Learn the secrets of stealth, swordsmanship, and customer service. Fight for honor, respect, big tips, and that coveted promotion . . .

Saturday, April 25

10am - 12pm (Event Code MIB-1)

2-6 players

Newcomers welcome - will teach game
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4. Board Game: SPANC: Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirls [Average Rating:5.34 Overall Rank:19170]
Board Game: SPANC: Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirls
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SPANC Them All!
Life is good when you're a Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirl. Enjoy a life of larceny and mayhem as you embark on one Caper after another. Defeat every challenge the galaxy throws at you, from the Friendly Guard Puppies all the way to the Fiendish Death Trap. Pick up Toys (and the occasional Poolboy), grab more Fame than anyone else, and watch your tail . . . because the other catgirls want what you've got!

Saturday, April 25

2pm - 4pm (Event Code MIB-2)

2-4 players

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5. Board Game: Munchkin Booty [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:3218] [Average Rating:6.23 Unranked]
Board Game: Munchkin Booty
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Munchkin Booty brings the greatest gold-grabbers in history - pirates! -to the world of Munchkin. Use your Silver Long Johns to beat the Lobster Mobster, drink your Demon Rum to fight off the Viking Kittens, and defend yourself with the Cutlass (or Cutlad, for the gentlemen)against the Prince of Whales. But watch out for Sharks!

Saturday, April 25

6pm - 8pm (Event Code MIB-3)

2-6 players

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6. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:4243] [Average Rating:5.91 Unranked]
Board Game: Munchkin
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"Kill the monsters - Steal the treasure - Stab your buddy."

Munchkin is a stand-alone card game designed by Steve Jackson that "simulates" (well, sorta') a fantasy-themed RPG (oh, ok, DnD) in a simple, card-based game that's chock full o' silliness. Everyone begins the game as a 1st level Human with NO Class (heh-heh) and via cards, they acquire Races (Elf, Dwarf, etc.), Classes (Thief, Wizard, Cleric, etc.), Items, Armor, Potions and more that they use to combat hideous monsters like the 4th level Undead Horse, the 10th level Net Troll and the 14th Level Unspeakably Awful, Indescribable Horror (very nasty, indeed). The object of the game is to reach Level 10 and levels are acquired via the slaying of monsters and the selling of acquired treasure (1,000 Gold Pieces equals 1 Level). Very silly and a lot of fun!

Sunday, April 26

12pm - 2pm (Event Code MIB-4)

2-6 players

Newcomers welcome - will teach game

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7. Board Game: 18EZ [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:11206]
Board Game: 18EZ
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For those of you who were at the 2008 Fall Hoopla, and didn't get to meet the designers of 18EZ and 1865: Midwest, I'd suggest stopping by to say hi, or better yet, being one of the first to play 18EZ! Drew and Clay are great guys, and eager to teach you their games. Thanks to both for attending the Hoopla and taking time to run events.


18EZ is an entry-level "18xx" railroad building game designed from the ground up to help players learn the 18xx system. In this event, players will build routes by placing track tiles on a hexagonal grid, then operating trains, and collecting income, with the goal of being the wealthiest player at the end of the game.

Saturday, April 25

10am - 12pm (Event Code AC-1)

4pm - 6pm (Event Code AC-2)

8pm - 10pm (Event Code AC-3)

3-6 players (each session)

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8. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:252]
Board Game: Tikal
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Tikal is a game of exploration within the Central American jungles in search of lost temples and the treasures within. Players send their team of explorers into the jungle, exposing more and more of the terrain. Along the way you find temples which require further uncovering and treasures. Players attempt to score points for occupying temples and holding onto treasure.

Sunday, April 26

8am - 10am (Event Code BRC-3)

2-4 players

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9. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1565]
Board Game: Werewolf
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This is the Mayfair games edition. Approximately 20 people enjoyed the largest game of Werewolf that I've been involved in to date at the 2008 Fall Gaming Hoopla...there were definitely some memorable characters playing that night! Join us for another large scale game (multiple games, really) on Saturday night of the 2009 Spring Gaming Hoopla!

Saturday, April 25

8pm - 10pm (or later!) (Event Code BCJ-2)

8+ players

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10. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:25]
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This entry is far more than just Puerto Rico...perhaps it won't involve Puerto Rico at all?

Do you have what it takes to win "The Gauntlet?" Test your ability against the other attendees in a series of randomly chosen games.

Three of the following games will be chosen at random and each player will play each of the chosen games once each. The highest aggregate score across all three games will win the Gauntlet.

Games will be chosen at 8am, first game will start at 8:30am.

Games to be chosen from are: Puerto Rico, Princes of Florence, Notre Dame, In The Year Of The Dragon, Taj Mahal, Agricola, Domaine, Pillars of the Earth, Anno 1503, Entdecker, Nautilus, Caylus, Amyitis, Leonardo da Vinci, RA.

Sunday, April 26

8am - 2 pm (Event Code BCJ-1)

6 - 15 players

Experience with specific games necessary
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11. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:30]
Board Game: Agricola
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In Agricola, you're a farmer in a wooden shack with your spouse and little else. On a turn, you get to take only two actions, one for you and one for the spouse, from all the possibilities you'll find on a farm: collecting clay, wood, or stone; building fences; and so on. You might think about having kids in order to get more work accomplished, but first you need to expand your house. And what are you going to feed all the little rugrats?

Compete against others to become the "2009 Spring Gaming Hoopla Agricola Champion of Gaming" OK, I'm just trying to make up a silly long-winded title for the winner of this tournament.

This will be a two round tournament, with the top two scorers from each table advancing to the final, with a fifth "wild card" advancing (based on score) if 9 or 10 players enter the tournament.

Saturday, April 25

12pm - 6pm (Event Code BCJ-3)

6-10 players

Experience with specific game necessary

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12. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:670]
Board Game: Santiago
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This game is about cultivating and watering fields. To accomplish this, a number of tiles denoting various plantation types come into the game each round. The tiles are auctioned off such that each player gets one, and the tiles are then placed onto the game board along with an ownership marker that also indicates how plentiful the tile’s yield will be. Whoever bid the lowest in each round gets to be the canal overseer and decides where a canal will be built that round. The other players may make suggestions to help the canal overseer decide, and back up their suggestions with money. The final decision is always wholly up to the overseer, though.

Saturday, April 25

8am - 10 am (Event Code SCH-1)

3-5 players

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13. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:167]
Board Game: Goa
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Goa is a strategy game of auctions and resource management.

The setting is Goa at the start of the 16th century: beautiful beaches, a mild climate, and one of the most important trading centres in the world. Competing companies deal in spices, send ships and colonists into the world, and invest money. Are you on top or at the bottom? It depends on how you invest your profits. Will you make your ships more efficient? Enhance your plantations? Recruit more colonists? Only a steady hand in business will help.

Sunday, April 26

2pm - 4pm (Event Code SCH-3)

2-4 players

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14. Board Game: The Scepter of Zavandor [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1148]
Board Game: The Scepter of Zavandor
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The Scepter of Zavandor is about magic and power. Players represent young magicians who have gained possession of old magic knowledge, and with it they attempt to achieve the powerful position of archmage, symbolized by the Scepter of Zavandor.

To increase their power and influence, the young magicians enchant jewels and seek out knowledge. An auction mechanism also allows them to acquire artifacts and guardians. Victory points are earned through active gems, artifacts, guardians, and knowledge.

Saturday, April 25

4pm - 8pm (Event Code SCH-2)

3-6 players

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15. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:77]
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After the Cylon attack on the Colonies, the battered remnants of the human race are on the run, constantly searching for the next signpost on the road to Earth. They face the threat of Cylon attack from without, and treachery and crisis from within. Humanity must work together if they are to have any hope of survival, but how can they, when any of them may, in fact, be a Cylon agent?

Saturday, April 25

10am - 2pm (Event Code COC-1)

3-6 players

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16. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:169] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Board Game: Ticket to Ride
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With elegantly simple gameplay, Ticket to Ride can be learned in 3 minutes, while providing players with intense strategic and tactical decisions every turn. Players collect cards of various types of train cars they then use to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who fulfill Destination Tickets - goal cards that connect distant cities; and to the player who builds the longest continuous route.

Saturday, April 25

2pm - 4pm (Event Code COC-2)

2-5 players

Newcomers welcome - will teach game

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17. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:430]
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This is the first of four games that Clark has volunteered to run at the Hoopla. He deserves a big thank you from all of us for his support and for taking the time to teach some games to the attendees.

An intermediate level course (3 flags.) Everyone starts with one enhancement and weapons upgrade. Plan your robot's move, execute, and be first to the flag! (Unless you suffer damage!)

Saturday, April 25

8am - 10am (Event Code CLB-1)

2-6 players

Newcomers welcome - will teach game


 
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18. Board Game: Domaine [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:845]
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The king shall return... But before he does, the realm falls into anarchy and chaos. The lords of the kingdom struggle to improve their place and standing. New borders are drawn, and expanded through strength of arms and subtle maneuver. Each duke seeks to establish a claim over the most valuable parts of the kingdom before the king finally returns. In the dark of the Middle Ages, control of the land was the key to wealth and power. Can you control enough territory to become the most prestigious duke before the king’s return?

Saturday, April 25

10am - 12pm (Event Code CLB-2)

2-4 players

Newcomers welcome - will teach game

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19. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:286]
Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth
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At the beginning of the 13th century, construction of the greatest and most beautiful cathedral in England begins. Players are builders who try to contribute the most to this cathedral's construction and, in so doing, score the most victory points. Gameplay roughly consists of using workers to produce raw materials, and then using craftsmen to convert the materials into victory points. Workers may also be used to produce gold, the currency of the game. Players are also given three master builders each turn, each of which can do a variety of tasks, including recruiting more workers, buying or selling goods, or just obtaining victory points. Getting early choices with a master builder costs gold, as does purchasing better craftsmen. Players must strike a balance between earning gold to fund their purchases and earning victory points.

Sunday, April 26

8am - 10am (Event Code CLB-3)

2-4 players

Newcomers welcome - will teach game
 
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20. Board Game: The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:4371]
Board Game: The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game
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The world of horseracing has long been associated with cheating in all its forms. But few games ever attempt to simulate that aspect. Players are assigned a horse and must move it around the track by rolling a single die. This would be rather boring if the game didn't allow for the players to bet on another player's horse, so the dilemma is whether to move your horse badly just to make it easier for the horse you bet on to win. Even that could be boring, but then each player is issued cards which allow them to commit dirty tricks, for instance making a horse fall or forcing the winner to take a drug test. All in all, it makes for some very interesting racing.

Sunday, April 26

10am - 12pm (Event Code CLB-4)

2-6 players

Newcomers welcome - will teach game
 
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21. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:94] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
Board Game: Dominion
Brent Cunningham
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Lake Geneva
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This will be a tournament involving 4-16 players. Depending on the number of entrants, players will be seeded randomly into groups for games of 2-4 players, with each group containing equal numbers of players. Each random grouping will then play three hands, which will be chosen from those suggested in the rule book (basic, interactive, village square, etc.) with all groups playing the same mix of hands. Players will then total their scores from all three hands to determine the finalists.

The top four overall scores from all qualifying rounds (more than one player from a seeded group may advance,) will advance to the final, where they will play 3-4 hands (determined before final starts based on allocated event time remaining.) The cards used in each hand of the final will be randomly determined from the suggested mixes. The player with the top aggregate score from those is the winner!

In Dominion, each player starts with an identical, very small deck of cards. In the center of the table is a selection of other cards the players can "buy" as they can afford them. Through their selection of cards to buy, and how they play their hands as they draw them, the players construct their deck on the fly, striving for the most efficient path to the precious victory points by game end.

Saturday, April 25

12pm - 4pm (Event Code BRC-1)

4-16 players

Experience with specific game necessary

There will be "learn-to-play" sessions before the tournament starts to teach attendees how to play if they would like to enter the tournament but have not played.
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22. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:677] [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked]
Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game
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Lake Geneva
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On a night that never ends, the only thing worse than death is becoming infected!

Players take on the role of the heroes, working together to make it through the night, or the zombies, spreading through the town in unending waves. Join in this game of small-town heroes, brain-eating zombies, and horror movie action.

Saturday, April 25

8am - 10am (Event Code KAS-1)

1-6 players

Newcomers welcome - will teach game
 
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23. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:644]
Board Game: Friedrich
Brent Cunningham
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It is the summer of 1756. On the eve of the Seven Years' War, half of Europe has formed an alliance. Fredrick the Great is in deep sorrow: Is the annihilation of Prussia planned? Is it Prussia's defeat or Prussia's glory?

On a map of Old Europe, players manuever their generals from city to city. Frederick must retain a part of each Prussian province, while the attacking powers seek out their objectives.

Sunday, April 26

12pm - 4pm (Event Code KAS-3)

2-4 players

Newcomers welcome - will teach game
 
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24. Board Game: Successors (Third/Fourth edition) [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:1219]
Board Game: Successors (Third/Fourth edition)
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When Alexander the Great died in 323 BC, he left no clear heir to the immense empire he had conquered. It was not long after his death that the Macedonian generals began to war among themselves over who would be the regent or successor to Alexander’s empire. By 305 BC they had given up on succession and began to carve out their own kingdoms. Successors III is a four-player game based on those wars.

Players take on the roles of those struggling to carve out a piece of the empire for themselves. Command generals, build armies, and attempt to control royal family members as you struggle to declare yourself a Successor!

Saturday, April 25

12pm - 6pm (may run shorter) (Event Code KAS-2)

2-3 players

Some gaming experience necessary - will teach rules
 
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25. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:586]
Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph
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On December 2, 1805, Napoleon had lured the Allied Army under Czar Alexander into attacking him in one of the most famous traps in military history. The Allied army was split in two by a French counter-attack and disastrously defeated, giving Napoleon one of the greatest victories in the history of war - Austerlitz.

This block war game will be played with teams - 3 per side. This game can have a steep learning curve for people new to war games, and may be complicated for children. Ages 16+. There will be two sessions of this game, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Saturday, April 25 &
Sunday, April 26

4pm - 8pm (Saturday session) (Event Code COS-1)

10am - 2pm (Sunday session) (Event Code COS-2)

1-6 players (ages 16+)

Newcomers welcome - will teach game


 
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