Just a quick note about my weekend.
Game On Con, in little Issaquah, WA, grew out of the ashes of ConQuest NW. It was focused on war gaming … huge maps with tiny hexes and even tinier cardboard chits. Last year, I joined the volunteer staff to help coordinate the “Euro” room (that’s how war gamers view all non-war games apparently) and it was a blast. But THIS year, I had the experience to even better plan the Euro room. I leveraged Social Media (in which some of you supported by retweeting etc.,) BGG, and online forums and this year’s Game On was a phenomenal success.
This year, the Euro room was packed Friday-Sunday and we ran out of table space. We had dozens of new attendees. We had people bring their kids. I taught dozens of games to lots of new faces. Last year there were 3 women in attendance. This year we had around 16. Game companies donated raffle prizes. I was up and gaming for 20 hours a day for 4 days in a row.
Board gaming is a happy place for me. It’s a place where I make friends, I conquer them, I lose to them. Fates rest on a die roll and sometimes the Seer sees 2 werewolves in the center. I had 4 amazing days of board gaming…and I’m left wanting for more.
I can hardly wait to meet up with you at the next gaming convention. Thank you for helping grow this marvelous hobby and community. I had a great weekend because of it.