Episode 106 – Gen Con Reviewapalooza

What they say is definitely true – your first Gen Con is a whirlwind. This year, in our second Gen Con, we had a much smoother time navigating Indianapolis, finding events and booths, and actually playing some games! So to cover all the games we saw, played and bought, our post Gen Con episode this year is a smorgasbord of games – more than 24 to be exact. Join Anthony and Chris to discuss our absolutely favorite plays of the show, some games we brought home and haven’t had a chance to play yet, and others still we’re waiting on for release.

Shout it from the Tabletop!

Contest time! If you entered our big August contest for a chance to win $50 from Cool Stuff Inc, thank you! We really appreciated all of the amazing feedback you provided in our survey, and it was amazing to see so many people enter, especially with such a large number of new comers to the podcast.

So we’re excited to announce the winner for this year, Paul Panik. Paul has won $50 from Cool Stuff Inc and will be entered into the $1,000 drawing being held on Board Game Breakfast in the next two weeks. Make sure to check that out and root for BGA’s representative. Good luck Paul!

Acquisition Disorder Corner

First up are the games we saw and didn’t get a chance to play or took home and just haven’t gotten to the table yet. Anthony takes a look at Cry Havoc, Order of the Gilded Compass, Go Cuckoo, and Codenames Pictures, all games mocking him from his shelves with one or fewer plays still under his belt.

Chris talks about Guilds of London, Royals, Rising Sun, and Cowboy Bebop: The Board Game – two sitting on the shelf and two VERY eagerly awaited for 2017.

At the Table

Unlike last year, we played a LOT of games this year at and after Gen Con. It was a good show. In our At the Table segment, we look at 8 of them.

Anthony digs into The Goonies: Adventure Card Game, Ice Cool, The Castles of Burgundy Card Game, and In the Name of Odin. Chris discusses Spectres of Nevermore, Strife: Legacy of the Eternals & Shadows and Steam, World’s Fair 1893, and Small City.

Gen Con Best in Show

Finally, there were a few games that stood out as the best of the best for us at the show. These were the games we were most pleasantly surprised by and are most eager to play more of.

They include:

  • Star Trek Ascendancy
  • J’Accuse!
  • Love Letter Premium
  • Via Nebula
  • Terraforming Mars
  • The Others: 7 Sins
  • Haspelknecht
  • Captain Sonar

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  • Anthony

    Anthony lives and plays games in Pittsburgh, PA. A lover of complex strategy, two player war games, and area control, Anthony is always eager to try a new game, even if he's on rule-reading duty.

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