Reporting....and Quick Links to BGG con
Dennis, thanks for hosting an amazing game day. Got to play CnC Ancients for the first time ever with Steve (very very cool, but I probably won't get it knowing how committed I already am to BattleLore). Also a game of Napoleon's Triumph with Ben...my third, and his first. This is a great wargame that I strongly recommend to anyone who enjoys wargames, and likes the maneuvering aspect of it more than the chaos of dice rolling....or simply if you are looking to try something different in terms of wargaming. To be fair, I did amazingly well because he didn't really know all the nuances of the rules (read, how all the intricate battle rules translate to actual strategy).
Then got to play three (!) of my lighter euros: Thebes (chaotic fun with a great theme and mechanics), Guatemala cafe, and Fairy Tale (one of my fav 'super' fillers). Great games all IMO.... although I don't know that Guatemala Cafe can offer much new that I haven't already seen in 2 plays. Just don't play it too much, and I won't come to grow tired of it.
In other news............
Criss: You asked about what games to bring to BGG con. Trust me, don't bother. See below....with other links that all attendees may be interested in.
1. The BGG con 06 gaming library
2. Here is the new signup list for special games, and here for wargames. Tempted to sign up for a game of Europe Engulfed.
3. The Math trade
3. What is BGG con (2006 version)?
There might be other good links that I haven't found in my 5 min search... please include them here if so inclined.