So most of my blog posts recently have been convention recaps, which is fine, right? I mean, if I wasn’t writing convention recaps, I probably wouldn’t be writing anything (probably), but also, conventions are like a whole bunch of board game activity condensed into a single weekend. I do play testing, I play new games, I play old games, I hang out with cool people. It’s all right there. The whole board game industry, intensified.
So it works. Writing about board game conventions, I’m able to spew out all sorts of information on any number of topics, which may be valuable, or it may not. I suppose that is up to you.
So late Sunday night I got back from the 5th annual HeavyCon, put on by the folks over at Heavy Cardboard. It’s taken me a couple days to recover from the 20 hours a day spent playing extremely taxing games, but I think I’m ready to talk about it.
Maybe. I just woke up from another nap and am very tired. I guess I’m not as young as I once was.
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.
Well, I just got back from PAX Unplugged, officially marking the end of conventions for the year. I’ll be convention-free for the next three or four months, up until the return of RobbCon, I believe, and of course, such a sentiment is bittersweet.
So what happens when you take my last two Gen Con trips – one where I had a massive amount of games to sell to excited fans, and the other where I was a legitimate board game celebrity – roll them up together and then combine them with my previous Essen experience where I am overwhelmed and lost in a foreign land?
You get me absolutely losing my mind, pinballing from one disaster to the next, but yet somehow still having a good time and selling a lot of games in the process. Once again, I come back from Germany with very mixed feelings about the whole thing. I may have experienced some psychotic break around Saturday evening, but, looking back on it now, most of what I remember is the pleasant stuff (more…)
Ah, what is Christmas if not a time for traditions? This season gives me the chance to ruminate on the games published in the last year or so and decide on which I would like to own. By now, I’ve iterated many times how I don’t buy board games.
The newest board game in my collection, I believe, is Arkwright, which I traded Capstone Games for at Gen Con with a copy of Forge War(more…)