First in line BGG Con 2016

From a 2am start to screaming hilarity due to late night sessions of Captain Sonar, this Fall BGG.Con was simply the best one yet!  This isn’t hyperbole or “Cult of the New” for those of you pessimists out there.  This is an honest to goodness statement of pure truth.  The 2016 Fall BGG Convention was magical and I’m glad I was there for it.

It had nothing to do with the selection of “Hot” Games from Essen.  As a matter of fact aside from a couple of debatably (I know its not a word) solid games the choices this year were sparse at best.  I’ll get into the games in a minute.  For now let me reminisce about this convention and why it was so wonderful.

Once again I, Geek managed to be first in line getting up way too early to insure what we consider to be a moral victory for ourselves.  Others think us absolutely bonkers.  This year we were joined by some friends met in previous years including the creator of Coup, Mr. Rikki Tahta.  To somewhat quote Rikki in his British accent no less, “It was wonderful!  Great gaming with friends that early… it’s almost like adding an entire day to the convention.”

We gamed early and were joined within the hour by other hardcore gamers.  By 5am the line was really starting to fill in.  By the time the doors opened at 10am the line was curled up and around until it made it’s way up the stairs and out the door into the chilled Texas morning.

Much like previous years the BGG.Con Administration Staff upped their game once again!!  By noon the line was virtually gone and people were gaming like mad.  The hot games filled up quickly and the con was underway.  It was around noon when I, Geek got up from their respective hot game tables and headed into the closed vendor halls for Media Day interviews.  We were thrilled to sit and speak with so many of the vendors including but not limited to Victory Point Games, Renegade Games, and Ares Games.  As the utilization of media was a new thing this year about half the vendors weren’t set up or even there.  All the same we got to speak with some well rested and ready to talk vendors and we wholeheartedly appreciate any time they were willing to give us.  We’ll be uploading those interviews to YouTube and here within the next few weeks and months.

So what games did we play?  I’ll list an assortment of the games we played throughout the week though I will leave any reactions for the podcast and videos.  We’re planning a new style of rating here that will make it simple to know how each of us (Lee, Brian, Sten, and Mark) feel about each game.  Each time we review a game be it through written articles, podcast episodes, or video the rating system will be the same to reduce any ambiguity that may arise from one medium to the next.

Games  Played:

  • Gooseberry
  • America
  • Power Grid: The Card Game
  • Millions of Dollars
  • Formula De Mini
  • The Goonies
  • AssassinCon (live action no less)
  • Rikki’s Race (a prototype from Rikki Tahta)
  • The Flow of History
  • The Cookie 2.0
  • VivaJava: The Coffee Game
  • Fuji Flush
  • Time Bomb II
  • Woolf
  • Pocket Madness
  • Inis
  • Kraftwagen
  • Fabled Fruit
  • Fische Fluppen Frikadellen
  • King Oil
  • Haggle
  • Touria
  • Great Western Trail
  • Captain Sonar
  • Colony
  • Chopper Strike
  • Tiny Epic Western
  • Risou No Natto
  • Adrenaline
  • Tank Battle
  • Mystic Vale
  • Android: Netrunner
  • Black Hat
  • Key to the City: London

This is a rather incomplete list, but one that outlines many of the titles we played.  You’ll also notice we didn’t play all new games.  There are a fair few of the newer releases, but a handful of older classics such as Sid Sackson’s Haggle and King Oil.

Keep an eye out for many of these games getting at the least a review mention in an article or a podcast.  Many of our video reviews will focus on the newest releases, though we’ll splash a few of the older gems in there as well.  Heck, we all started somewhere and nostalgia being what it is, we have to feed that beast or it gets out of hand.

All the same, thanks so much for stopping by and reading all about our recent BGG.Con experiences.  It really means everything to us to have people like you support us through your patronage.  We’re gamers who love to talk about games and for you to take the time to listen or read about our experience is simply wonderful.


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Back from BGG.Con Nov. 2016

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