BGG CON 2014

Posted: November 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Just returned from a fantastic gaming convention, BGG Con in Dallas. Those who know my history may wonder how I was able to invade BGG CON since I have been banned from the site for years. Well, I came in through a side route by offering to demo in the Stronghold Games booth. Stephen Buonocore, The Evil One, supplied my badge. I was doing a demo for “Diamonds” the new game from Stronghold designed by Mike Fitzgerald of Mystery Rummy fame. The photo above shows me with Stephen and Mike in the Stronghold Booth. This game was really the only choice for me as Stronghold’s other game offerings this year leaned toward heavy Euros with Panamax and Kanban. Reaction to Diamonds was great and the game soldout in the booth no doubt to my masterful demos. There was also a Diamonds tournament at the Con and the winner was taught by me. *Slight arrogant smile*

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The Sheriff of Nottingham was on hand and the buzz from his game was substantial, it is on my list.
While I was doing my demos I just kept my ears open to hear what people were talking about and Sheriff of Nottingham and RED7 were two I kept hearing about and also Tragedy Looper from Zman. Zev was hyping the game and told me I needed to check it out. Many were singing the praises of Tragedy Looper.

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When I was off duty from the Stronghold Booth I entered the Texas holdem Tournament, a staple of BGG Con every year. I finished in the top 25% and unfortunately didn’t make it to the final table. My prize was a 100 dollar Boardgamegeek Poker chip. However, after I was knocked out I swaggered down to the lower level to find the Battling Tops Tournament in full swing. While I was on the sidelines some guy dressed as an Angel of Death Costume grabbed my beer and took a swig. To my surprise it was the Evil one himself, Stephen Buonocore. As I sat ringside, to my surprise there was an open slot and I grabbed a top and joined the fray. Unfortunately, I was knocked out after winning two heats no doubt due to the lack of blessing from Tom Vasal who was dressed as a Cardinal.

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Walking through the huge open gaming floor a came upon a ray of hope. A group of gamers who needed a player for Thunder Road!!! I put my beer down on the table as they were asking if I would teach the game. I felt like it was my duty as the last standing Ameritrash Icon. After my cars were scorched by machine gun and helicopter fire. I left the table hearing that the game was the best in the library.

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I got to meet Rich Sommer of Mad Men Fame he was an avid gamer and is seen here with Mike Fitzgerald.
Rich also sand the praises of Red7 and suggested I pick it up. Rich was the host during the closing ceremonies as they gave away piles of games. At one point Rich had to scold Buonocore for being too rowdy in his booth, his closing night party was going strong and for Matt Loter to call him a lightweight when it comes to drinking is just wrong!

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No wins for me with the raffle tickets but a big win for gaming. Every notion I had about BGG CON I had was blown out of the water. The Con is all Euro? WRONG! Just look at the photo of Thunder Road being played, along with Descent, and Twilight Imperium, Memoir 44…the list goes on!

Playing with strangers sucks? WRONG! Everybody was super friendly, met lots of great people. This Con was not strictly the “inside” crowd. Pull somebody walking by and ask if they know who Scott Nicholson, Michael Barnes, or Tom Vasel is? Most would say who???

Cons only have Nerds? Wrong!!! family gamers, cute women, and gamers of all stripes. The fact is Gaming as a whole is stronger than any little niche tribe that thinks it has a hold on the hobby.

Sure the insiders were there and I talked with them all. The last night I talked with Aldie and I laughed hard when he said they used to lament the name of Steve Weeks. He also mentioned Michael Barnes and when I told Aldie barnes was goin through a Euro phase by playing games like Tower of Babel, all Aldie could do was smile like a chesire cat.

As far as people knowing me from my Podcast days only Aldie and a few other recognized me. Octavion did not. As I sat at my demo table playing Diamonds with a group of women, one guy saw my badge and said,

“Didn’t you used to do a podcast?”…I smiled and said yes.

*Cue theme to CUBE CONFUSION*

Nexus Ops at BGG Con

Posted: November 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Wonderful custom Monolith for Nexus Ops in which I never did control but did manage to win the game. I always thought control of the Monolith was essential for victory but I completed my missions and that gave me the game.

Sewer Pirats

Posted: May 6, 2013 in boardgames

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Who could not resist trying this theme for a game? In Sewer Pirats, vermin cruise down the vile waters to collect the most valuable trash. Your crew? A rat, snail, weasel, racoon, cockroach and toad. 4 of these vile creatures will comprise your crew on 3 ships each players creatures trying to be Captain of the ship or at least get on board for a cut of the booty! The Captain gets the best prize and then it all slides down hill, kind of like the corporate world! HA!

The components in this game ae top notch. Fantasy Flight sets a new bar in cardboard counters these are the Rolls Royce of cardboard counters! The minis are well done. Take a look on the internet at some of the paint jobs! Fantastic! The creature abilities are perfect! For example, the cockroach can slip on a ship without playing cards and the Weasel can “weasel” onto another ship and be captain again, while to toad hops forward and the Racoon robs a card from you just like a bandit!

I played several games of this and enjoyed them all. The game is not too long and it has many difficult decisions. Love it!

Mr. Jack Pocket

Posted: May 3, 2013 in boardgames

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I have been playing games a long time and I have never seen so much game packed into such a small box. Mr. Jack Pocket is a two player tour de force which keeps you on the edge of your seat as one player plays Sherlock Holmes and the other player plays Jack the Ripper. This deduction game is unlike any other no cards, just flipping counters, making moves and trying to eliminate suspects before time runs out. It is short and very satisfying and I highly recommend it!

Oh and by the way my favorite Sherlock Holmes is Basil Rathbone!

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Up late last night trying to become a Jedi Master in Star Wars Pinball. I purchased the Empire Strikes Back table and it is certainly the best pinball game I have played on the Kindle Fire HD. Reminds me of the Marvel pinball tables on the Xbox but I give the edge to this one with great effects, incredible sound effects, and smooth gameplay!

The Boba Fett table looks good and I am just moments away from buy that one too!

I am playing the light side not the dark side although some folks on BGG might think that is not appropriate but then again they are too busy playing Loupin’ Louie to care! HA!

Mighty Dungeons

Posted: May 1, 2013 in Aps

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I’m not a big fan of tablet games but one recently caught my eye called Mighty Dungeons. A dungeon crawler for my Kindle HD that is like the old board game Heroquest. Reminds me of the days of good old Basic D&D when the game was at its best before collapsing with rules overload. Mighty Dungeons has your full cast of character and spells (Fireball being my favorite so far) and the game is not a drawn out all night affair that you might expect from an Xbox RPG, no you can finish a session in 30 min, which is perfect for me because I have other things, like eating and living on my agenda!

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One of the few games I love on the Kindle! 

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Assault on Hoth

Posted: May 1, 2013 in boardgames

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We were just talking about Viking Gods with its paper map and thin counters so now we go to the Star Wars Universe with Assault on Hoth that also has a paper map and rather thin components but the game packs a punch so you don’t really notice.

Assault on Hoth is a tactical battle game much like the command and colors system in which you play out the battle of Hoth as seen in the movie The Empire Strikes Back.

The game includes all the necessary features like taking down the power grid, using the force and harpooning walkers to make them fall like dominoes.

The game is very well balanced and very detailed and you track damage for individual walkers and speeders. A super fun game that is out of print but well worth your time hunting it down.

Assault on Hoth, Star Wars the Queens Gambit and Star Wars Epic Duels are the 3 best Star Wars Boardgames out there and a must for a Star Wars Fan collection!

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