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« on: January 13, 2009, 06:41:21 PM »

Hey gang.  Doing another OO boardgames get-together here in Chicago in a couple of months, and wanted to invite all of the GT folks to attend as well.  Here are the details:

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What: OctoCon IV

When: Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 AM to Midnight

Where: United In Faith Church, 6525 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL

Why: Games, games, games!!!

Who: OOers, spouses, friends, whoever!

The Skinny:

Let's play some games!

The Facilities:

I have acquired the use of the fellowship hall and lounge of my church for us to use for a gaming day. Cost of using said room is whatever donation you care to make, so I would like everyone attending to make a donation of some sort. Don't care how much, just a donation, however much you want to give. (Note that this is NOT manditory, just if you feel like donating, donate!)

The church is a converted printing plant, so the main fellowship hall is inside of the main plant space. It is large and roomy and doesn't look very church like (except for the statue of Jesus that will be staring out at the room the whole time. Hoping this might deter cheating.) We will have access to over a dozen 4X8 tables, and more could be grabbed if needed. It is totally handicap accessable. There is a soda machine in the fellowship hall that we are free to use. There is also a kitchen that is part of the hall, we should be able to use the refrigerator there for soda and snacks.

The lounge is right off of the fellowship hall, with couches and places to relax if you are not playing a game at the time. There is a 35" TV in there, so if someone so desired we could have video games running in there during the down times as well.

Food:

There are a number of restaurants in the area. Across the street is a Burger King, a Subway, a Dunkin Donuts, and a chinese fast food restaurant. Down the street is a gyros/hot dog place, a typical Chicago corner greek restaurant, a bar, and another Chinese place (non-fast food). Hepcat enjoys going up to the Pepe's mexican restaurant to drink his lunch, so that is an option too.

There are two grocery stores right by the church; a large chain store, and a smaller Polish market, for your junk food needs. You can bring your own munchies and soda in with you.

I would provide 3-4 dozen donuts and coffee for breakfast in the morning, on a first come first serve basis. Everyone would be responsible for their own lunch, but we have a wide selection. It seems like nobody stops playing for dinner, so we play that by ear too. Maybe this year we can get buy in to have some pizzas delivered, we'll see what happens.

Alcohol:

No alcohol in the church for insurance reasons. Sorry. Regardless, there are a number of neighborhood-style bars and pubs around the church.

Lodging:

Map of hotels around the church. Please note that the New England Inn and the Narragansett Inn are bars, not hotels.

The closest motel is the LP Motel, 4605 N Harlem Ave, Harwood Heights. Room rate is $65 a night for two queen beds. This motel is about 5 minutes from the church. Number for the motel is (708) 457-0600. No guarantees about quality, it looks pretty beat up and run down from the outside.

However, if you are wanting to go the inexpensive route, I'd recommend the Motel 6 at 9408 Lawrence Ave in Schiller Park. It's also $65 a night for two queen beds. Disadvantage is that it is more like 15-20 minutes from the church. If I were coming here and didn't want to stay in a fancier hotel, that would be my first choice. Phone number is (847) 671-4282.

If you want to stay someplace with historic significance, why not stay at the hotel were OJ cut his hand on the broken piece of glass, and not on a big old butcher knife? Stay at the Holiday Inn O'Hare! 5615 N. Cumberland Ave., Chicago, IL
(773) 693-5800. No idea about rates, but, here's another little secret...you'll be staying mere minutes away from where John Wayne Gacy lived!!!

Otherwise, lots of hotel choices all very close because we are near O'Hare. Just look at the map link I provided and use whatever cheap lodging deals you can find!



List of games (subject to change based of attendance):

Last Night on Earth
Agricola
Wings of War
Kill Dr. Lucky
Shadows Over Camelot
Battlestar Galactica
GASLIGHT
Friedrich
Galaxy Trucker
Dominion
Shogun (the one with the tower, not the Samurai Swords/Shogun Avalon Hill one)
Ra
Talisman
Cosmic Encounter
Wealth of Nations
Tigris & Euphrates
Fury of Dracula
Citadels
Nuclear War
Order of the Stick
Munchkin Cthulhu
Diplomacy
Railroad Tycoon
Age of Mythology
Warhammer 40K
Pitchcar
Siege Stones
Settlers of Catan
Ticket to Ride: Marklin
Red November
Pandemic


Original post here.  I'll try and post updates in both spots.  Hope some of you folks can make it, we always have a great time.  (Graham, I'm looking at you!)
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2009, 07:20:09 PM »

I'll be there, so wear raincoats.
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2009, 07:54:12 PM »

I'm goind to do what I can to make it this time.  Breaking your foot and not being able to drive really hampers plans.

I did get Risk Reinvention and Pandemic for Christmas, and I'm always willing to bring anything from my stash of games and pack up my consoles/Rock Band stuff.

If people from the Chicago area want to get together sometime before that, I'm always up for a Saturday game get-together.
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2009, 10:59:49 PM »

Unless something bad happens, I should be there.  Here are some new games I have just gotten:

Ticket to Ride: Marklin
Red November
Pandemic

I have plenty of other games to bring along, though I do want to play BSG and Dominion.  Are there any special requests?
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2009, 03:49:18 PM »

Quote from: Graham on March 02, 2009, 10:59:49 PM

Unless something bad happens, I should be there.  Here are some new games I have just gotten:

Ticket to Ride: Marklin
Red November
Pandemic

I have plenty of other games to bring along, though I do want to play BSG and Dominion.  Are there any special requests?

Awesome, Graham.  Be great to have you there.

(And just updated the list of games expected to be in attendance.)
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2009, 06:29:04 PM »

Well, can you find out if there are any specific games anyone wants to try?  Here is the list of games I can bring, and I'm willing to bring as many as people are interested in.

HeroScape
StarCraft
Nexus Ops
Risk 2210AD (best version of Risk IMHO)
Risk Reinvention (haven't played this yet but want to try it)
Pandemic (planning on bringing this for sure)
Red November (planning on bringing this for sure)
Ticket to Ride USA (and 1910 expansion)
Ticket to Ride Switzerland
Ticket to Ride Marklin (Germany)
Shadows over Camelot
Star Wars Trivial Pursuit DVD edition
Settlers of Catan (with 5-6 player expansion)
Stratego (regular and 4 player version)
Pizza Box Football

I have others that I can bring, but these are the ones off the top of my head I can think of.
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2009, 08:40:34 PM »

A question from the other board:

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I've wanted to learn Starcraft but was totally intimidated by what looks like a huge commitment to the game and what is Pizza Box Football?

(I feel like a little kid who's parents aren't speaking to each other...)  icon_wink
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2009, 03:41:53 AM »

StarCraft does take a while.  The rules are online at the FFG web site, and I recommend anyone who is interested in playing it to take a look at those.  I would be willing to teach people at another time if people are interested.  It is a very cool game and a lot of fun, but there are a lot of rules and a lot of things to learn.

Pizza Box Football is a bit of strategy and luck.  It seems pretty easy to play, especially if you know football.  I haven't had the chance to play it personally.  Here is the BoardGameGeek link:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/17851

I'll bring whatever people are interested in, and if someone wants me to leave something after I go I can as long as someone will take care of it for me.
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2009, 02:01:51 PM »

Red November was surprisingly fun when I tried it a while back.  I do believe I need to get myself a copy of that one.   icon_biggrin
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Quote from: hepcat on March 04, 2009, 02:01:51 PM

Red November was surprisingly fun when I tried it a while back.  I do believe I need to get myself a copy of that one.   icon_biggrin
I'll bring my copy.  It will be good to play with someone who has actually played this already.
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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2009, 04:10:11 PM »

OK, here is what I plan on bringing:

Red November
Pandemic

As much as I would like to teach StarCraft, you almost need a full afternoon to teach it to six people.  I would be happy to do it some other time if people are interested.  It is more difficult to learn than Arkham Horror in my opinion, but once you have played it a few time it's fun.

Should I just bring along some of my other games, like Nexus Ops or Ticket to Ride?
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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2009, 04:38:41 PM »

Quote from: Graham on March 27, 2009, 04:10:11 PM

OK, here is what I plan on bringing:

Red November
Pandemic

As much as I would like to teach StarCraft, you almost need a full afternoon to teach it to six people.  I would be happy to do it some other time if people are interested.  It is more difficult to learn than Arkham Horror in my opinion, but once you have played it a few time it's fun.

Should I just bring along some of my other games, like Nexus Ops or Ticket to Ride?

I think you are right in avoiding the big long whole afternoon games.  Somone had expressesd an interest in Pizza Box Football, and I think at least one person will be bringing Ticket to Ride.

Look forward to seeing you!  Should be a fun day, it always is!
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