What I hope to see at GenCon 2011

I’ll be heading to GenCon this year!  Only for one day (Saturday) but I’m hoping to take in as much as I can.  I haven’t been since the last couple of years it was in Milwaukee. I wasn’t even into board games then, nor was the hobby in the heyday it is now.  Needless to say I’m quite excited to see what the show is like these days.  Here’s a quick rundown of what I’m hoping to see:

Runewars: Banners of War – It’s clear I love Runewars and I’ve been waiting for an expansion for awhile. While it doesn’t offer more races as I hoped, the pieces it does add look really interesting.  Here’s to hoping they are running demos as I’d love to see it in action.

Rune Age – Deck building may be getting a little played out and I have yet to find a game that does it as well as Dominion.  Still, Rune Age looks to add some interesting new mechanics to the table, including the potential for cooperative play.  Would love to give this a trial run and maybe pick up a copy if they have any for sale.

Ventura – Not surprisingly, Fantasy Flight is dominating my list!  Ventura looks like a Euro-style war game with a modular board… could be right up my alley.  The rules have been posted but I’d love to see it in action.  Easily an impulse purchase if they have it for sale.

Dungeon Run – Looks like Cutthroat Caverns with a board.  I’m in.

Olympos – Another Civ-style game, this time by Vinci and Small World designer Philippe Keyaerts.  I don’t know if this will actually be at the show but I’m hoping to catch a glimpse.

Blood Bowl Team Manager – This started its life as a deck building game but looks like it may have morphed into something fairly unique.  Love the Blood Bowl theme.

Elder Sign – Arkham Horror is a game I really want to love but have mixed feelings on.  The setting is great, though, and Elder Sign takes Cthulhu into the realm of dice games.  It’s designed by both Richard Launius and Kevin Wilson, so that alone has me intrigued!

Quarriors – Have I mentioned I love dice?  Quarriors comes with 130 dice; it may be worth purchasing for that reason alone.  It’s also a deck building style game with dice instead of cards.  Certainly worth checking out.

Ninjato – Ninjas.  Brought to you by CrossCut games, the folks behind Galactic Emperor.  That’s enough to make me seek it out at the show.

Geek Chic – I simply can’t wait to see their gaming tables in person.  At the same time I’m extremely afraid as I know it’ll only further my insatiable lust for a gaming table I really can’t (or shouldn’t) afford right now.

I’ll be sure to report back with what I get a chance to see and maybe even get some hands-on time with!

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