Friday bedtime

Before bed, I taught one of my new Carrera games, Start Frei. 

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This is early in the first lap. The track hasn’t even been built yet.

Ok. Photo essay of what is on play at 11pm

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Three tables had nothing but people talking

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A quick game of qwixx the card game.

One sentence review
I would rather roll dice.

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And to close the night, a rousing game of Geister Geister Schatzsuchmeister. Prior to starting the game, I let everyone know that I am lifetime unvictorious at the game, probably 20 games.

Afterwards, my record remains unchanged. We were one roll away from winning (as usual)

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That is all for Friday at the gathering.

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Friday dinner time

After northerwind, time for socializing. I did talk to rep from ZMan who says that North Wind is definitely coming, but no date yet.

Then brian and jp wanted to play Helios, so it got play #2. It’s still good but I prefer it with 4 than 3. 

Now it’s mealtime. Duff’s buffalo wings!

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This warning also begs the question why the sauces aren’t just called hot, very hot, and very very hot. 

Afterwards, a bit of grocery shopping…  They have different treats here in western ny. Who here has ever tried gummy cheesecake?

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After dinner, more new games.  First up, Istanbul from Pegasus.

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Actually, here is a picture of the game in action. We played with the basic setup. It worked fine. I will definitely play with a random board setup before I leave. I think it will be much better with the random board. Currently this is my favorite new game not designed

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The room is filling up. I’d estimate 80 here now.

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Alan got a new hat apparently…

Next new game – Burgenland

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It’s a simple game. Draw cards or Play a set of 4 cards of the appropriate colors (determined by the shields on each side of a city)   certain limitations on each type of piece.  First player the play all of his wooden bits wins

The game goes thru fits where all players draw for two or three turns in a row, and then they build. 

Colors can be confusing. There are two blues…

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If you’re not paying attention, they can be easily confused.

Overall, it’s a good family game.

Then time to build Gardens.

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It’s my third play, and I must admit that it is really growing on me.  (see what I did there?)

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Dimension again.
One sentence review :3D uluru.

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My board and the current set of rules

I still like the game, but it really could use huge player shields!

Photo essay on what is in play coming up next hopefully.

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Second day, part 3

Lunch at the local Culinary Institute. Quite yummy.

After lunch, time for Splendor, the new one from Space Cowboys and Asmodee.  I have played this before at GenCon.

It’s a cute engine building game. You buy cards with gems. Cards provide gems that can be used for more cards

30 mins. Lots of fun

Then next Norderwind

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Well… It’s no Settlers.
It’s kinda like multi player Catan card game

Actually, it’s fine for a family game.  I’d be happy to play this with the kids or non gamers.

More people arriving. Ten tables in play at 1500

Norderwind
Splendor
Coconuts
Chimera
Plunder
Blueprints
Gib gas
Czech prototype
Baseball 2045 something or other
Aeropostale

And as an extra bonus, I think I just won a copy of Continental Divide (Winsome) after performing a feat of strength.  (that blue tarped area had a Festivus aluminum pole behind it)

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Second day, part 2 (noon-ish)

Just played Helios. It’s really good. Full review to follow at some point after I’ve played it more and I’m not typing on my phone.

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You have 3 possible actions, build land, build buildings or move your sun. With those actions, you move wooden bits and cardboard chits around.

There is some clever timing with choosing actions as you can generate free extra actions (based on the color of the action chits you take)

I stumbled into a temple heavy strategy and got the two personalities that gave huge bonuses for temples.

Scores
Me 211
Jeff 118
Jennifer 140ish

The teaching game goes fairly well, took about 75 minutes for 3p game with rules. I’d think my group will play this in 30-40 minutes once we’re familiar with it.

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My winning setup.
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Second day, part 1

930 am

7 live tables.

Jeff from zman setting up

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I think I am about to talk him into playing Helios or North Wind

Peter Eggert has Camel Cup out again

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Upon a fable?

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This wasn’t in play, but at least one reader will want to know this is here…

Now time for a short business meeting and then I’m going to be taught Helios and hopefully North Wind

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Final post from my first day at the gathering

Though the event doesn’t start until tomorrow, I had a pretty good first day.

Played a decent list of games, mostly fillers and light stuff.

Gib gas
Flizz & miez
Dimension
Ugo!
Don
Flash 10 x 2
Ted’s party game proto
Flizz & miez

Also had three high calorie meals, a two mile hike while letterboxing, and over 13500 steps on fitbit. Oh, and I managed to venture to Canada and confirm that my new passport card works.

A number of the OG writers are here, but I’m not sure how many will write during the gathering itself. 

A few more pictures

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The ballroom around 11pm. Not many people. Maybe 6 active tables.  Right now, the games I see in play are:

Abluxxen
2 prototypes
Trajan
Buccaneer bones
Camel cup
Subdivision

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Speaking of subdivision, here are the prototype boxes of the two games I am working on right now.

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Here are the games that I brought. Partly for you to see and partly so that I have a record on my phone of what I brought when it’s time to pack up.

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Some other people bring lots more. This entire corner was brought by a single gamer! I’m guessing that he didn’t fly here…

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And finally, this is one of the main halls.  There is this ominous bit of scaffolding. Is it:

1) swimsuit changing area?
2) poorly sound insulated werewolf room?
3) area for the variety show
4) a really bad roof leak?

I’m thinking it’s #4 but not entirely sure.  More updates later.  The Bummer is that this space usually has 6 to 8 tables filling up this area. 

Ok time for bed.  I have a busy day of gaming to get ready for!

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Time for the Golden oldies

Brian has never played Don. So we broke out this oldie. Speaking of oldies, chatting here with other grizzled OG/GoF veterans: Craig Massey and Dan Blum. Well And Jennifer Geske. But I’m not calling her old.

Dinner tonight was hot dogs. Char-grilled over real charcoal.

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Yummy hot sauce!

Dessert was across the street. Umm. Donuts

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After dinner, time to start teaching my games. Gib Gas seems to be getting a decent reception. Well, at least no one has left in the middle of the game yet. ;)

At this point, I’d say there are 50ish people here, but only 20 in the ballroom. A bunch of folks helped fill all the goodie bags. Can’t wait to see what is inside them!

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Hooray. Other Gamers have arrived

Up to this point, our group has played exactly one half of ALL THE GAMES AT THE GATHERING.

Flash 10 – a quick racko variant

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Ugo!

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The boss was briefly here. He wouldn’t stop for a picture.

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More later. I’m still learning how to post from my phone. 

Test video. Some one let me know if it works

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More from the first day

Walked over to Canada for lunch. Managed to get in a trip to my favorite Canadian pizza joint. The wind must have been about gale strength as we crossed the gorge!

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Photo proof that Palagyi ate vegetables this trip!

Inexplicably, we are still the only group here at the gathering. It’s weird.

Game 3: dimension
Game 4: Sanssouci

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Btw, it’s still winter here in Canada. I hear it ends around August.  Just in time for winter to start up again. 

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Game 2: Flizz & miez

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Now time for a kids game. 
We’re still the only group playing in the ballroom.

I have managed to beat William Attia at two games in a row.  This will never happen again.

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