I went to GenCon. A buddy got his copy of Twilight Imperium 4th Ed. We had scheduled to play TI3 this weekend after GenCon, so...now we are playing 4. He tells me the changes are all great, but I have never played, so I can only take his word for it. I demo'd as much as I could. Here is my GenCon Story.
So, we arrived about 930 Wednesday night and decided to stop in and grab our badges before the madness on Thursday. I immediately found the yellow and black sheep. Someone said there were 4 sheep, but I could only find 3. Cataan was all over the convention.
There were giant floor Catans and Star Trek Catans for open play.
I played in the Xwing North American Event on Thursday, but I will discuss that in the Xwing Thread. On Friday, I had an early Artemis Bridge Simulator in Lucas Oil, so I went to the hallowed ground where the Peyton once walked. (click to embiggen)
I saw a few odd games, and the 50th Anniversary pavilion.
After I toured and got my Bridge Simulator on, I went to the vendor hall for the first time.
A fun game, but not fun enough for me to buy.
A social deduction game. I enjoyed it, but didn't buy.
I really enjoyed the demo, but the price point was a bit high I thought.
A fun little card game for quick and casual fun. I bought it up. Basically, you are Soviet troops trying to avoid being shot by the Germans or your Kommisar, so you use cards to rearrange the order to live longest. Funny and cute art makes the game much more fun than it should be.
This demo for a Planet of the Apes game looked good, despite still being in prototype. It is going to launch on Kickstarter at Christmas. The model renders looked fantastic. Basically, you and your friends play the Apes attempting to defend your trees from the AI humans.
Another game that is launching from Kickstarter this fall. You are a mountain climber attempting to make it to the top. You get bonuses for crossing certain types of terrain. It was a very interesting game that I liked.
Dickson mentioned this game earlier in the thread. I really enjoyed it. It was light, but with enough elements to make it a quick enjoyable ride.
Another Dickson recommend. I got to play Photosynthesis, but it was sold out long before I got to the booth. I am probably picking this up as a Christmas present for my biology teacher friends.
Another game I wanted, but was long sold out. The Splendor expansion looked like 3 different expansions, but i think you can play all of them at once.
A fun, quick 3D game. You are attempting to climb to the highest point by rearranging blocks, but the price point, 50 Dollars, was WAYYY to high. The components are basically painted wood blocks. The figures wood playskools, so I couldn't believe it was that expensive.
I didn't play Rising Sun, but I watched it. I am not sure what it is exactly, but nice minis.
A game that I played that I really enjoyed, so much so that after the demo, I ran to the booth to buy. Dickson raved about the Godfather game, but man was I not prepared. After getting one of my guys dumped in the Hudson and coming in 3rd, the Cool Mini guys pinned these roses on us, told us we were made men, and should head to the celebration in the back of the convention hall.
I also played Star Trek Ascendency, which I bought, along with the Cardassian and Ferengi expansions. I demo'd the Borg expansion, but by this point my phone is dead and no photos. I am really glad that the Bord are not a player controlled race. For being a lighter TI, the Trek theme felt very much apart of the game, so I bought in.
I played a Sealed Deck Star Trek 1st Edition CCG tourney, for the first time since I was last at GenCon in 2005. It was fun. I managed to pull a Horg'han, Ben Sisko, Montgomery Scott, and Taris. My first opponent didn't know what was in my deck, so when he played the mission that could be solved with only Ben Sisko and Dyson Sphere, which is a Scotty mission...well, it was fantastic. I got the Horg'han quickly and won. Great game. There were only 4 people there, but it was a nostalgia fest for me. Plus, I managed to trade for the Bajoran OTSD box which I could never get my hands on.
I also played Sailpower, a large tabletop (like 6 feet by 20feet) age of piracy game. It was very much a historical gamer thing, and unfortunately my table host was not prepared or really feeling it. It was an interesting game, but a very mediocre experience.
Gen Con was fantatic, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. But this is only one half of my adventure. Xwing... well, that was a story.
Edited by MrTyres - 8/23/17 at 7:09pm