Fringe Busters on the Road: Requests

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Fringe Busters is going on the road next month! We will have at least three writers at Gen Con at the beginning of August, and we’re all excited to check out new games and interesting new mechanics. As part of our preparations for the trip, we would like to know what you are looking forward to and what you'd like to know more about from the Gen Con floor.

So we're opening up this thread to hear what you'd like to say, and to learn what you’d like to learn more about. Hidden movement was a popular mechanic last year. So far, this year’s darling has been a card-based Seven Wonders. Would you like to hear more about card-based mechanics? Or are you already fed up with shuffling and drawing? Would you care to guess at what the next big thing will be?

Let us know, and we’ll let you know.

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what exactly is Gencon for the uninitiated?? I've heard it talked up and down on various podcasts, but I've never been told exactly what it is.

Imagine, if you could, a massive convention center filled to the gills with role playing games, card games, board games, books, art, clothing, cosplay. Then, take a space 4x larger than that and fill it with more than 11,000 events, be they Pathfinder RPG sessions of Flames or War scale table-top WWII battles. Now, add a few internet celebrities, a smattering of video games, all-night binge drinking and game playing, and deeply troubled people from Indiana.

You would have then, GenCon Indy.

I'd always be up for recommendations on new, non-nerdy 2 player games to play with the wife.

I'm a sucker for anything with a randomized tile-based board. News on those would probably not be doing my bank account any favors.

In what game, if any, has the card-based Dominion-style game been improved upon? Seven Wonders may be the game I'm remembering Gameshark talking about, but I like the idea of card-based games that don't require buying packs upon packs of cards. Whatcha got for me?

And in a general sense, where are the current trends? What innovation have we seen recently? How many Goodjers can you fit in a Volkswagen Beetle?

Hey if you guys can I'd love for you to check out Dungeon Crawler. I guess originally it started out as a CCG, but they went back and made it more like Dominion in that everyone gets the same cards. You can play it single or multi player and you go on a dungeon crawl only with a deck of cards. Here's the site.

*Update*
They'll be at booths 412/413 according to their site.

garion333 wrote:

In what game, if any, has the card-based Dominion-style game been improved upon? Seven Wonders may be the game I'm remembering Gameshark talking about, but I like the idea of card-based games that don't require buying packs upon packs of cards. Whatcha got for me?

Have you heard of Thunderstone? Played it with some Goodjers at PAX East and really enjoyed it.

TheWanderer wrote:

Imagine, if you could, a massive convention center filled to the gills with role playing games, card games, board games, books, art, clothing, cosplay. Then, take a space 4x larger than that and fill it with more than 11,000 events, be they Pathfinder RPG sessions of Flames or War scale table-top WWII battles. Now, add a few internet celebrities, a smattering of video games, all-night binge drinking and game playing, and deeply troubled people from Indiana.

You would have then, GenCon Indy.

Ah, something new to plan for and to spend all of my money at!

Tigerbill wrote:
garion333 wrote:

In what game, if any, has the card-based Dominion-style game been improved upon? Seven Wonders may be the game I'm remembering Gameshark talking about, but I like the idea of card-based games that don't require buying packs upon packs of cards. Whatcha got for me?

Have you heard of Thunderstone? Played it with some Goodjers at PAX East and really enjoyed it.

I've enjoyed Thunderstone. My problem is that I can't imagine that many of these games won't have expansion packs somewhere down the line.

wordsmythe wrote:
Tigerbill wrote:
garion333 wrote:

In what game, if any, has the card-based Dominion-style game been improved upon? Seven Wonders may be the game I'm remembering Gameshark talking about, but I like the idea of card-based games that don't require buying packs upon packs of cards. Whatcha got for me?

Have you heard of Thunderstone? Played it with some Goodjers at PAX East and really enjoyed it.

I've enjoyed Thunderstone. My problem is that I can't imagine that many of these games won't have expansion packs somewhere down the line.

Well, I was talking more about CCGs than board games like Dominion. I'm fine with expansion packs and whatnot (though Dominion has gotten a little crazy), it's the endless grind of card buying I don't like.

Finite-grind CCGs... Check.

garion333 wrote:

Well, I was talking more about CCGs than board games like Dominion. I'm fine with expansion packs and whatnot (though Dominion has gotten a little crazy), it's the endless grind of card buying I don't like.

I think Fantasy Flight's LCGs probably fit that category. Yes, they come out with new stuff all the time but they are sold in fixed known-quantity packs so you can just buy the stuff you want. I think the new Lord of the Rings cooperative LCG they released is very promising. The game is lots of fun and it'll only get more interesting as new content comes out.

I'll be at GenCon on Saturday, should be fun. I'm most looking forward to seeing Fantasy Flight's booth. Hopefully the newly-announced Runewars expansion will be on display; really looking forward to that. I'm also assuming Rune Age will be demoed, which is sort of Fantasy Flight's take on the whole deck-building genre, but it looks to have a couple of interesting twists.

I'm curious to see what new Ameritrash is on the horizon. I want to pick up the new Conquest of Nerath by Wizards and I'd love to see world conquest style games make a big comeback with some modern mechanics.

Not to be a pedant, but it's "7 Wonders"

I'm just now starting to get deeper into boardgaming, and seem to be playing more and more "deck construction" games. "Quarriors" seems to be the "new hotness" coming out for GenCon (using dice instead of cards for "deck construction"), so I wouldn't mind seeing some kind of hands-on for that.

Otherwise, anything else that seems "buzzworthy."

SommerMatt wrote:

Not to be a pedant, but it's "7 Wonders"

I'm just now starting to get deeper into boardgaming, and seem to be playing more and more "deck construction" games. "Quarriors" seems to be the "new hotness" coming out for GenCon (using dice instead of cards for "deck construction"), so I wouldn't mind seeing some kind of hands-on for that.

Otherwise, anything else that seems "buzzworthy."

Hey, it's hard enough to have to dictate all of these to a machine.

wordsmythe wrote:
SommerMatt wrote:

Not to be a pedant, but it's "7 Wonders"

I'm just now starting to get deeper into boardgaming, and seem to be playing more and more "deck construction" games. "Quarriors" seems to be the "new hotness" coming out for GenCon (using dice instead of cards for "deck construction"), so I wouldn't mind seeing some kind of hands-on for that.

Otherwise, anything else that seems "buzzworthy."

Hey, it's hard enough to have to dictate all of these to a machine.

Fine, play the "I was in a car wreck!" card

it's hard to play that card. See, I use my one working hand to hold my hand of cards. My other hand was seriously wounded in a car accident

So is this going to be the official GenCon thread or is there another one somewhere?

In any case, I'll be there!

EriktheRed wrote:

So is this going to be the official GenCon thread or is there another one somewhere?

In any case, I'll be there!

We should probably make one of those, eh?