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PAX Unplugged, the tabletop board gaming conference that emerged from the PAX video game conference empire, took place in Philadelphia last week. It was bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, with more space allocated to the exhibit floor and an amazing “first look” section of games, many of which are not yet out in North America.
It was impossible to play even a fraction of the new material available, but I did my best, spending three straight days at the con and playing plenty of “new hotness” along with a few older games (hello, Roll Player). Here, I want to run down a few of the most interesting that might appeal to the Ars crowd—even if not all held my attention equally in the end.