(Don’t forget to check out my 2007 BGG.CON wrap-up)
BGG.CON continues to impress and remains at the top of my list of conventions to travel to, surpassing Origins, Gen Con, and even Essen. Jim and I solved the food issue this year by always eating in at the hotel (despite many generous offers from those with vehicles!) and I fully expect to return next year.
Already Own and Thrilled I Do
Agricola – Deserves to be at the top of the geek. This will be the first longish game to make my dime list in a single year.
After the Flood – This will be the game to play with my wargaming buddies when we have three people.
Canal Mania – Evergreen game of canal building in the UK. A game I’m always willing to play and it gets better with time.
Dominion – How will this hold up over time? Reports are that it is showing its age and may lack replayability. I’m still having a ball playing it.
Race for the Galaxy – Renewed interest with the recent expansion will keep this in heavy rotation.
Games I Played and Must Own
Steam over Holland – Hard to come by but I’ll keep hoping.
Le Havre – I’m fairly certain this will get acquired soon – it should get more play this week at Mike’s and then this coming weekend at Salishan.
Chicago Express – High production quality combined with a solid game make this an easy decision.
Battle for Hill 218 – Great two player abstract? wargame? – who cares, this is a fun game.
Game I’ll Need to Try Again Before I Buy
Batavia – I’m worried that this is in the Thebes niche and won’t get played as much as it should.
Cities – Fun little game but will it grow old quickly?
Municipium – Just didn’t jump out at me and say “play me again!”
Games I’m Glad I Tried But Won’t Acquire
Toledo – Lighter Wallace fair but not distinct enough from other similar games to hold my interest.
Energie Poker – What can I say – I’m not a collector!
Wealth of Nations – There are better games in this genre.
Supernova – Partly because I’m not a big fan of multi-player sci-fi wargames, partly because there are better options out there when I feel like playing this sort of game.