Ring Side Report-Let’s Play Green Bay Day 1!

This weekend Throat Punch Games is at Let’s Play Green Bay!  Green Bay Wisconsin’s premier gaming convention!  Let’s Do a run down of what I did on Day one of the Con!

 

I was one of the first people through the door.  Mayfair games just released a few copies of the new expansion to Settlers of Catan: Explorers and Pirates.  Every day at the con, Let’s Play is allowed to sell 4 copies, and we got one!

From there, my group went around the con and checked out the booths.  Sadly, some of the companies were not there due the the Wisconsin weather or complicated engagements.  One of these was Fantasy Flight.  They originally said they would be at the convention, but they had to move their offices and this was the weekend they were able to do so.  While sad, FF proves they are once again a class act by not only paying for parking for the WHOLE SHOW, they send a crap load of demo games for people to play in the board game area!  Nice one FF.

After walking through the con, I sidled up to Passport Games and Tokaido.  The theme of this game is a group of people walking across feudal Japan.  In therms of play,  this game is a semi-hard Eurogame.  The main mechanic is your player may move to any spot ahead of any other player, but not with the player and have an encounter there.  Their is little randomness in the game with the only randomness coming from what food and items you by or people and rest you meet.  I won, but what I really liked was how my thoughts about the game changed over time.  When I started, I was not very impressed as I thought the game was a glorified game of leapfrog, but later when my money ran out, I had to make hard choices and that made things fun.  MSRP $40 , and ya know, I think I might do it.

Next, my family split up, and I played some games for a younger audience.  I played a few balance games from Haba games.  It was fun.  One game was Super Rhino!  Now, I might not be in the target audience since I’m almost 30, but I think using my shot glass from Passport Games with the Rhino game might be an awesome combination!  MSRP $12

After that I went to Eden Studies and talked about All Fresh Must Be Eaten.  I’ve wanted to play this game for a long time, and I got to talk with one of the principle writers for the game.  That was pretty great!  He is demoing a game that will be kickstarted in a few months.  I plan to get my family to play his game, and I’ll talk about it tomorrow.

From there I went to Prolific Games and played Hirelings: The Ascent.  Now this is the exact opposite of Tokaido as this game is completely random and crazy.  The main idea is run from the dragon as fast as possible.  It plays a bit like shoots and ladders.  If you want a hard eurogame, do not play this.  If you want a fun game at the end of a day of DnD when the pizza is cold and the beer has come out, this is your game.  MSRP $35 bucks.  I with I got on the kickstarter as I this game was pretty sweet.

 

Ok, con tomorrow.  Lets see what fun happens tomorrow!

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