Thursday, August 20, 2015

Gen Con 2015 Games I Saw

Con attendees can't possibly play every game at the convention because there are far too many. Some were quite eye-catching, though.

Flick 'Em Up is a dexterity game set in the Old West and the demo booth was quite popular thanks to the set up. Players shoot their pieces at other players' pieces to win. They gave out hats to wear!

Flick 'Em Up, pardner

Fleet Admirals is a prototype game where players have a basic ship that they upgrade with weapons, equipment, and crew as they fight other ships and go on adventures. I heard the elevator pitch for the game and decided to pass on trying it out.

Fleet Admirals

The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game has a nice mat available to help organize the myriad decks players use. I thought it would be useful but we don't play the game enough to justify a purchase.

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game mat

I also briefly tried the new Pathfinder Adventure Card Game app but the user interface was not intuitive enough to make me stay for more than three or four minutes. The app isn't available yet so maybe they will do some more adjustments before publishing.

App version of the game

Paizo, makers of Pathfinder, had a large ballroom dedicated to the RPG version of the game, which was very busy the whole time.

Paizo's Pathfinder RPG room

New Pathfinder characters

I saw a Death Star trench in the X-Wing area of one of the demo halls. It looked very impressive.

Ready to attack the Death Star?

Many of the miniatures-based games had amazing sets. Most of them I had no idea what game they were for but still admired them from afar.

Sallower game with at least ten players!

Poster for a miniatures game

The set of the game

A train yard


A small village

A bigger village

The two villages together

Castle ruins

The con also had plenty of oversized games to play, including Catan, Downfall of Pompeii, Robo Rally, and King of Tokyo.


Medium-large Catan

Downfall of Pompeii

Super Robo Rally

King of Tokyo

If Gen Con were twice as long, you'd still not run out of things to do and see!

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