Geekway to the West has become something of a comforting ritual for me. This year was my fifth, and it is such a wonderful experience to drive down there, see all the friends I’ve made over the years, many of whom I only see once a year at Geekway, and play games with them until I collapse from exhaustion each evening.
So I got to play a lot of games, and a surprising number of them were pretty great. Plus the company was great, so, overall, I couldn’t really ask for a better experience. It is such a nice way to kick off convention season, and I am already looking forward to heading back next year.
The month of March was dominated by two major events: South by Southwest (SXSW) and RobbCon. I’ve been planning on going to RobbCon since I had such a great time at last year’s event, but SXSW took me a little by surprise after Price (Cephalofair community manager) told be I should apply for their tabletop game of the year award. I did, and the next thing I knew, not only was Gloomhaven nominated, but I got two free platinum badges to attend the event.
The platinum badge gives you priority access to pretty much everything at the event, and I had been kind of neglecting my wife recently because of all the logistics of delivering the second printing, so we decided, what the hell, let’s fly down to Austin for a week and a half and get the full experience. (more…)
It’s back! I don’t think I’ve done any Cephalofair Awards since last BGG Con, but that’s because BGG Con is the only convention where I seem to get the time to play lots of new games. A lot of them came out at Essen, but as we learned last time, I only got the chance to play about two new games at Essen.
BGG Con was great, by the way. My wife came with me and we had an absolutely fabulous time playing games more-or-less non-stop all weekend. Occasionally she went up the our hotel room, which was just an elevator ride away, to take a break. The proximity of the hotel room allowed use to be independent of each other, so I could go crazy and play every possible game I could, and she could play games in more moderation.
I think, overall, it was pretty much the best convention experience I’ve had (more…)
So normally after I get back from Origins, or any major convention, I compile some silly list of awards as an easy, controlled way to talk about my experiences at the convention – mainly my experiences playing various board games. As time goes on though, despite my best efforts, less and less of my time is dedicated to playing games at conventions.
I have returned from the trials and tribulations of GenCon determined to bring you the highly coveted Cephalofair Awards. This is the second annual ceremony for GenCon and the competition was…actually, it wasn’t really as fierce as last year. First of all, I had less time to spend playing games and perusing the convention hall. Also I think pretty much everyone can agree that the crop of new games (i.e. not expansions or re-releases) was pretty underwhelming this year.
Still, the show must go on, so I’ll do my best to now distribute some awards in the most arbitrary way possible (more…)