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John Burns

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I will be moving to the Dayton area this summer and would love to start up a Board Game Design group. Let me know if you have any interest!
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I don't live near Dayton, but I know some here might. I wish you luck!
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Gene Parish (Gene-Paul)
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Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
I got in a game night at the Great Lakes Game Emporium this weekend. Paul started off by showing off and teaching his copy of Whacky Wit. It is basically Pac-Man in a board game and was a nice bit of light fun.
Next off we played Among the stars with the Ambassadors expansion. We enjoyed it a lot and I was personally impressed with the strategies in it.
Lastly we played New Dawn, where we, despite our best intentions, ran afoul of some weird English in the rule book. It took us the entire game to iron out most of the issues and even later we found a few we missed on BGG. I'm not honestly sure how I feel about this one. I think I need to play it again with the correct rule set to be certain, however, I fear this may not be nearly as good as Among the Stars. I will, however, play it again with the corrected rules before deciding whether to cull it from the collection or not.
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Gene Parish (Gene-Paul)
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Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
This weekend I got a chance to play 1775, 1812, and Acquire.
1775 is tons of fun, but it feels very swingy. Having said that it does really draw you in and is quite fun to play.
1812 is a more strategic game, but there is a slight imbalance in favor of the British. It is not something the Americans cannot overcome, but it takes an experienced American player to do so.
Of the two I definitely prefer 1775. I am torn on whether I should keep 1812 or not, but at this time I intend to do so.
Acquire, as always, was amazing. You guys, however, already know of my love for Acquire so not much needs said there.
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Jon Gilmour

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Hey, I know I haven't been very active on here lately, but I just wanted to plug my ExtraLife event this weekend at Card and Board in Archbold Ohio! 

The address is 105 Depot St, Archbold, Ohio 43502

If you can't make it, and would still like to help out, you can donate at this link: 
http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=18951
Team fundraising page for Jon and Jamie's Game Days
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My computer was down for a bit, so i was only on via smartphone. I'm back on here more now myself. How did your event go?
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Gene Parish (Gene-Paul)
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Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
On Friday I went over to my FLGS because +john garibotti  had called me and told me they had a new copy of Istanbul waiting for me. I brought a few games in hopes of some impromptu gaming.
I managed to draw some MtG players into a game of Ticket to Ride on my new anniversary ed. My whiskey train narrowly lost to the circus train, but it literally came down to the tiebreaker of who had the longest train, so I felt I did pretty good.
After that me and a MtG player played two games of Star Realms. He loved it and the only thing that stopped him from buying it on the spot was that is was not in stock yet, though the game store has ordered it.
I did in fact  get my copy of Istanbul and the games was a fun bonus. Good times all around.
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Columbus Gaming  - 
 
I went to origins this weekend so I thought I would put up a recap of my weekend. I was only able to go for Friday & Saturday and I brought a number of games in hopes of meeting up with local gamers as well as gamers I knew from online. After arriving and registering I checked out the demo room. Most demo's weren't that interesting, but I did play a full game of Sultaniya and was surprised how much it felt like Alhambra while adding its own twists.
The only online gamer I managed to connect with was +Jon Gilmour , on Friday night. He was in the open gaming area demoing his Dead of Winter game. It was a theme I really didn't care for, but having said that I did watch for a bit and it seemed to be a solid coop game and plaid hat found someone to do some nice art for it.
Since Jon was busy I went over to some other gamers (random gamers) I seen in the open gaming area and offered to play some games with them. We got in a game of Dungeon Fighter and Escape before they had to leave. in order to entice some more of the passing gamers in I laid out Concordia and decided to go through a few practice rounds.
It was at this point Two Rooms and a Boom showed up to run their party game right next to where I was hoping to draw more people in and basically turned it into party central. On the one hand I did get a pretty good idea of how their game worked, but on the other hand it wasn't drawing the right kind of crowd for a Euro game. One fellow named Wally did express interest, but said he wanted to meet up and play the next day.
After a little over an hour of the dry spell I decided to pack it up and as I was doing so my buddy Jake, who was coming to the con later in the eve, called me and let me know he had arrived. We had rooms at the crown Plaza and they had themed their bar on a Munchkin Tavern theme so I headed over there to join him.
Once I arrived and got some tasty Orc down my gullet (see the picture of the menu) we started in on a few drinks and played a couple games of the Red Dragon Inn. Next up we pulled out Concept and had a couple join us to play that one in a team fashion. Concept was almost a party game and we had lots of fun with it. The couple left and we pulled out Splendor and got in a game of that which I just won by the skin of my teeth. Jake is a good player and he almost had me.
The next day after Jake registered, the line took about an hour for him to get through on Saturday, and we hit the trade floor. I quickly found Rococo, which I have been looking for with little success, and purchased it. Eagle games was nice enough to hand me the Fancy Dress promo along with my purchase. I tried to get Istanbul, but AEG had already sold out of all the stock they had brought to the Con. Lastly I made a point to pick up Lords of Vegas and the new UP expansion.
Jake is more the RPG/Miniatures guy in our gaming friendship and I am more the board game guy, though there is a bit of crossover there. We checked out tons of cool games and played full games of too many of them to mention. The one I feel I must mention is Star Realms. I had heard good things about it, but hadn't actually gone looking for it with any excitement. One play in I had changed my mind and it was one of my purchases for the day. I also bought the 13th Age, Hillfolk, and Ashen Stars RPG's as well as a number gifts for my wife.
Jake decided to invest in the new Battletech miniatures game and I assured him that if he assembled, painted, and built the terrain, etc, I would play them with him, but he would have to teach me. He seemed fine with that concept and happily laid out the coin.
Jake had to leave around 5pm and I tried to meet up with Wally to play some games with him and his family. We had set an agreed upon time and place, but I must have missed him, because I never saw him.
I used my board game room pass to go to the board game area set up by CABS and tried to get a few games going. Everyone wanted to play Splendor so I got in a number of plays of that. In the middle of one of my last plays a guy called Gary came up and requested to play Acquire if we could get more players.
As everyone knows I love Acquire, so this was hardly a hard decision. Gary claimed he was, "A world class Acquire player." I responded that I didn't think I was that good, but that I was pretty decent. Eventually a third player named Bill joined us. He was an older fellow who was a bit reserved and was introverted enough that he rarely looked directly at either of us, but he clearly WANTED to play Acquire. I don't think 3 player Acquire is ideal, however. it can still shape up to be a good game so I agreed to go ahead and play with just the three of us. I tend to play with hidden stocks, but both of them wanted to play with open information (i.e. the amounts of stock and money you have are information the other players can request at any time.) While this is not my preferred method I readily agreed to this commonly accepted variant.
The game progressed nicely, but the first signs of trouble was when Gary begin to both throw away good opportunities and also whine about his bad position. He also began to harangue both me and Bill about we should each do things to 'help' him out of his bad position if either of us wanted to win. At some point he clearly decided Bill was wildly winning and as his decisions grew worse and worse, his whining turned to outright yelling, mainly at me. 
Oddly enough something positive happened then. I caused a merger on the board and a guy from CABS walked up with a board game called Tahiti in his hand and said, "Who made the last merger?" I identified myself as having done so and he gave me the game, wished me well, and walked off. This seemed to upset Gary even more as he claimed had been playing games the last two days there in hopes of winning something and he couldn't believe I won it so, in his words, easily.
As Gary's behavior degenerated me and Bill both tried to reason with him and even offered him a wee bit of advice on how to fix his game. It was only a wee bit though, because even that bit frustrated him beyond belief. We quit offering help when it became clear he had passed the point of no return both in game and in attitude. One turn away from the game ending he stacked up a number of tiles on top of each other, claimed these were his next few tile plays, and rage quit. Ironically enough the game ended the very next turn. Even more ironically, I won by a nice margin.
Me and Bill put the game away and discussed his actions while we did so. In retrospect because of Gary's obvious mistakes, despite his claims of skill at Acquire, me and Bill had focused on each others weak points, generally leaving Gary alone because he was, bluntly, not an in game threat. We both concluded the situation he found himself in was of his own making and that the reason he grew so frustrated was that he clearly didn't understand Acquire at all...and he was unlucky enough to come up against two players that really knew the game. I may have won, but had things gone even at bit differently Bill could have won.
This last game sort of encapsulated my Origins experience this year. My plans did not wholly work out as I wished, and some things did go badly awry, however, I managed to win the game, a free game, and a friend all the same time. Like this game I cannot say every experience at the Con was a good one, but I had so much fun that even the few minor annoyances placed on the other side of the scale were still not nearly enough to outweigh the good experiences I had. Overall Origins was pretty fun and with luck not only will I go next year, but I'll get to see more friends as well.
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Thanks for posting this! It gives those of us who were unable to attend a glimpse into the event. It's a shame that your opponent, Gary, overestimated his ability at Acquire and stormed off, but it looks like you got some really cool "loot" to keep you busy! Thanks again for sharing your experience! 
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Gene Parish (Gene-Paul)

Columbus Gaming  - 
 
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This is basically just an invite so that those G+'s at Origins can shout out to each other and hopefully meet up for games and food. I will personally be there Friday & Saturday. I will be bringing some games from home and hope to game with some of you. I also hope you use it to organize gaming with each other and not just me, as I'm just one guy. I hope to see you there.
Origins
Wed, June 11, 2014, 12:00 PM
Greater Columbus Convention Center

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I'll be attending all four days. Most of my time will be in the Board Room, or the open gaming areas, running overflow Demo's of Dead of Winter.
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Gene Parish (Gene-Paul)
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Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
We got in a game of Twilight Imperium yesteday. Bill was playing gray and the L1Z1X Mindnet, I was blue and I was trying the Arborec, Mike was playing green as the Winnu, and Jake, the new player at the table was playing red with Barony of Letnev. Early on the Barony got most of their fleet destroyed by an automated defense system . The L1Z1X Mindnet found and got some technologies cheap or free early on and quickly left the rest of us behind there. This combined with a number of objectives that were technology based catapulted him into the lead. The Winnu sort of took over the galactic council and passed or denied whatever they wanted. As the Arborec I developed some trade treaties early on with both the Winnu and the Barony and with a couple of minor of hiccups those treaties and alliances survived through the base game. The Barony and L1Z1X Mindnet had a treaty, but the L1Z1X attacked the Barony and began overwhelming their defenses. I was preparing a force to attack L1Z1X on their flanks when the Imperium Rex card came up and the game ended with L1Z1X in the lead thanks to their early tech point bonuses.
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A Board & Card Gamers community for those who live in Ohio. We hope this community encourages Meetups between members. All are welcome whether or not you live in Ohio, however, any gaming sessions scheduled are likely to be based in Ohio.

Gene Parish (Gene-Paul)
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Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
Friday night I was over at +Mark Malnar house and we got in a game of Castles of Burgundy, followed by a game of Castles of Mad King Ludwig. I had been wanting to play Castles of Burgundy for some time and, although I lost it did not disappoint. It was a solid game and I look forward to playing it more in the future. Castles of Mad King Ludwig was fun, but nearly as compelling. Having said that it was a great evening of gaming as a lead up to #tabletopday .
On #tabletopday itself I started out at noon by demoing games at Barnes & Noble in Mentor, OH. This year I demoed Camel Up, Jamaica, Ticket to Ride, Sheriff of Nottingham, Sushi Go!, & Say Anything.
My lady, +Susanna Parish,  was kind enough to help me in the game explanations. We were there deoming games until 4 PM. During the first two hours things were a bit slow, but in the last two hours it picked up and there was lots of interest and some game sales to people who hadn't been introduced to hobby games before. Barnes & Noble was very helpful here and I am really happy they let us do this again this year.
After I was done there I headed over to the Great Lakes Game Emporium and +john garibotti, owner of the store was nice enough to get out another table as all the current tables were filled with gamers. +Ken Grazier, who had been teaching games up until then,  had to leave, but he left a batch of new gamers in my care.
I broke the ice by introducing them to Ca$h N' Guns. They liked it so much we played a second round of it. After that we got in a game of Jamaica. It started out slow, because they had trouble figuring things out initially, however, once they figured it out the game sped up nicely. After that they wanted something different so we played a game of Flash Point: Fire Rescue, which went badly but was lots of fun.
They asked for a game for some level of bluffing that wasn't Sheriff of Nottingham, so I introduced them to Dread Curse. It was received well, but after that they were pretty much out of time.
After they left I looked around and realized there were still other gamers playing, but none at my table. I decided it was time to drop a bait game on the table so I pulled out Colt Express and soon had a full game of it going as we shot each other and tried to rob the train. It was tons of fun and everyone was laughing.
Once that was over some other had to leave, but a couple wanted to play Sentinels of the Multiverse, so we pulled that out and got in a great game of it, which as always, was tons of fun.
Overall, between demoing and playing games it was about 15 hours of gaming related stuff, so yes, it was a good #tabletopday .
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Gene Parish (Gene-Paul)
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Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
Last night I went over to Mark's house for some games. The others were late so we began with Mord im Arosa. This is an acoustic mystery where cubes are dropped in to the top to mark where the bodies will be found and then cubes of each player are added to simulate clues marking their presence in the hotel.
In the first phase you announce a floor you will find a victim on and check the floor. You pull all the cubes off the revealed floor. If you were correct you put the victim on a board showing what floor he was on and dump the rest of the cubes back into the hotel. If you weren't correct you add a cube of your own into the cubes and dump along with all cubes you found back into the tower. We usually dump the cubes in on a color basis so you are listening to each color fall in.
Once the bodies are found you began either looking for cubes of your opponents, representing clues against them in the hotel, or looking for clues of your own to hide. If you find clues of your own on a matching floor where clues against you have been found you can take them off the tracking board.
All incorrect guesses result in additional cubes of yours going into the hotel. This plays until someone gets ten clues against them on the track or runs out cubes. The closer your clues are found to a murder the more points they are worth. Further away results in less points. Lowest point value wins and highest is the murderer.
After that Bruce, Scott, & Jeff showed up and we started playing Power Grid. Overall it was a good bit of thinky fun. Next up was Camel Up, just good fun camel betting.
Lastly was Istanbul. I had been wanting to play this and I'm glad I finals got to. I didn't feel the game was broken, but it didn't really excite me either. I left feeling kind of 'meh' about it.
Overall though it was a great evening and I look forward to doing it again.
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Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
We had enough gamers last night for two games of Lords of Waterdeep,  after that we played Camel Up. Most people had to go at this this time, but one player stayed for a game of Thunder Alley.
Lords of Waterdeep was what you would expect, but for all that it was highly enjoyable.
Camel Up is just pure fun. All I can say is that if you haven't tried it you really need to.
I really enjoyed Thunder Alley despite the fact I lost. It was an awesome game and I look forward to playing it again.
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Gene Parish (Gene-Paul)

Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
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On Saturday the 3rd of Jan we'll be hosting the featured game Lords of Waterdeep and after that we'll be be playing other games. As usual we'll have food available so we can play for a while. I hope to see you guys there!
Lords of Waterdeep
Sat, January 3, 5:00 PM
7249 Center St

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Gene Parish (Gene-Paul)

Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
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We will be playing the nominees for the Spiel des Jahres Concept & Splendor. We will also be playing the Kenner Spiel nominess Istanbul, Concordia, & Rococco.
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Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
Yesterday I went o my FLGS and played three games of Star Realms and bought a MtG box big enough to store the sleeved version of it in.
While I was there I broke down and bought the new Ticket to Ride: 10th Anniversary ed. from +john garibotti.  He recently bought the local Great Lakes Game emporium, my FLGS, and gave me a 25% discount on both items.
Last night after I took my wife out for dinner at a local Irish pub I broke this out and sleeved it. I played the Barrel Co., which I promptly dubbed the bourbon train and my wife played the Black Powder Rail. This is gorgeous edition and I'm really glad I bought it.
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Drew Hog

Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
GHD Game Retreat has some exciting news coming soon! #cotc  
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Gene Parish (Gene-Paul)
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Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
Yesterday I went to the game store in hopes of meeting up with some local gamers to play Nothing Personal. When I arrived no one was there except the owner. Later a MtG player called Jamie stopped in and asked to play a game while he waited for his friends.
I took the opportunity to pull out Perry Rhodan & the Cosmic League. It is a tight two player pick up and deliver game with a campy sci-fi theme. This was the first time I had gotten it to the table and although I lost, I had a lot of fun.
Jamie left to play MtG with some of his friends and I was considering packing up when my friend Jake showed up. Jake had never played Pandemic so we decided to play a two player regular difficulty game of it. We were doing okay most of the game, but at the end of the game we ran out of cards and the zombie apocalypse went crazy in Eurasia and India.
Jake still had some time so I pulled out the Anniversary edition of Galaxy Trucker I had never gotten to play. We played the base game and thoroughly enjoy the chaos. I look forward to introducing some of the modular expansions into the game at some point in the future.
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Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
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This Saturday we'll be trying to get together for a game of Nothing Personal at 1PM EST at the Great Lakes Game Emporium in Mentor, OH. If we have enough time we may get in some other games too. I hope to see you there!
Nothing Personal
Sat, May 31, 2014, 1:00 PM
7249 Center St

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That's a pity. Have fun yourself.
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Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton Gaming  - 
 
I wento the game store today to get in a few games. No board gamers showed up, but MtG players were swarming the place for the MtG Pre-realease party. I eventually got one of them to join me for a game of Utopia.
Utopia is a surprisingly fast area influence game. It is just above a gateway game in terms of its complexity, yet it remains very vibrant and challenging. For a quick mid-weight game I think I will suggest this one more often.
On a bonus note after I got home me and my wife played Hanabi. It was her first game. and we did lose, but she claimed she had fun and would play it again.
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