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Matt Bush
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Hi everyone,

Wow, I live about 45 minutes from where this is being held and had no idea it even existed until early today.

Over the past year I've become quite the board game fan. I have a nice collection, mostly solo playable games (arkham horror, runebound, etc.) and would love to be able to play all these great games I read about online but never have people to play with lol.

I am wondering how late it goes each night? We have 3 little kids and its tough to get away. I'd be able to slip out there a few nights but it would be in the evening. Is there much going on from like 9pm to 12am?

Thanks for your feedback!

Matt
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freudianslip27 wrote:
Hi everyone,

Wow, I live about 45 minutes from where this is being held and had no idea it even existed until early today.

Over the past year I've become quite the board game fan. I have a nice collection, mostly solo playable games (arkham horror, runebound, etc.) and would love to be able to play all these great games I read about online but never have people to play with lol.

I am wondering how late it goes each night? We have 3 little kids and its tough to get away. I'd be able to slip out there a few nights but it would be in the evening. Is there much going on from like 9pm to 12am?

Thanks for your feedback!

Matt

Some of the best games I've played at WBC started at 1:00am. There's really something for everyone. I don't know what a pass would cost, but you can easily find out... www.boardgamers.org (if I'm not mistaken) should have that information.

Seriously, I find the venue an excellent one, especially at night. WBC has a massive game library, and many people who love to game. Hope you can make it!

EDIT: To answer your question more accurately, there's a LOT going on from 9pm to 12 midnight. You shouldn't have any problem finding a seat for any of the games you mentioned at WBC... plus many more you might not have heard of.

Hope that helps.
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Joshua Githens
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Check this page on the WBC site for the complete schedule. But like stated above those are just the schedule tournaments. There is a huge auditorium with open gaming last lasts well into the wee hours of the night, heck just saw until dawn. cool

http://boardgamers.org/wbc/schedule.htm

As for the family the convention is held at the Lancaster Host Resort, and across Lincoln Hwy. is Dutch Wonderland, looks to be good for kids up to about 12 or so.

http://www.dutchwonderland.com

Look into nearby hotels and come up for a couple days with the family at the park during the day and some gaming in the evening.

If you do get to the WBC look for me there.
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Matt Bush
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Thank you Phil for your response, it is very helpful.

I'm in! I'm in

Thanks for the response Joshua. Yes, I'm familiar with the area and Dutch Wonderland is nice. Hope to see you at the convention,

Matt
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Note that some of the most popular (and silliest) tournaments start at 11 pm. Come for some Liar's Dice, Can't Stop and Slapshot!
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There are some tournaments that start at 9pm-11pm but open gaming room is open all night.You could go into the open gaming room at 2am and there will be people there playing games.
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Go and have fun but be warned.... you may be forced to come back year after year compulsively.... Mwha ha ha ha ha ha! devil


Seriously though. Check out the website referenced above. there is an entry fee to participate in the tournaments and to access open gaming. It's well worth it though and if you know when you can attend, you can register early.

Hope to see you there, although I am not a big night owl. snore
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Awesome

I think I'll be able to swing heading out for 3 nights.

I do have another question. Keep in mind I've never been to any kind of gaming convention. What are the publisher's booths like? Do they demo and sell their games there?

I've had my eye on a few games talked about on here, and it would really be neat to see and try them out before buying them.

I was wondering what the pricing was like? Buying stuff online there are really nice discounts. I don't mind paying more, especially when it is directly to the publisher, but I didn't know if they typically sell at full retail or offer at least a bit of a discount?

Matt
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freudianslip27 wrote:
What are the publisher's booths like? Do they demo and sell their games there?

I've had my eye on a few games talked about on here, and it would really be neat to see and try them out before buying them.


The Dealers Room is only open Friday through Sunday between 10 and 6. You can see a list of the vendors who will be there on the WBC home page (www.boardgamers.org)

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I don't mind paying more, especially when it is directly to the publisher, but I didn't know if they typically sell at full retail or offer at least a bit of a discount?


You'll probably see everything from full retail to sharply discounted, depending on the dealer/publisher, the product and how close they are to the dealers room closing.
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freudianslip27 wrote:

I do have another question. Keep in mind I've never been to any kind of gaming convention. What are the publisher's booths like? Do they demo and sell their games there?


As mentioned previously, the Dealer's Room is open only Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the day. Decision Games runs a booth for most of the convention. But they typically don't run demos there, just sell stuff.

However there are many demos run throughout the convention:
- Cafe Jay: Rio Grande Games runs demos throughout the convention at the ballroom foyer area downstairs. Queen Games has also been there in previous years.
- Paradise Terrace: This is where most of the tournament demos are held. Even if you just want to learn the game and not play the tournament, that's OK, but the GM would like to see if he change your mind.
- Sampler Showcase: This is a series of demos run on Monday of new games with an open playing session immediately following,
- Open Gaming: Some people run demos (particularly people with prototypes), but often you can find someone willing to teach a game from the library or one brought from home.

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I've had my eye on a few games talked about on here, and it would really be neat to see and try them out before buying them.

I was wondering what the pricing was like? Buying stuff online there are really nice discounts. I don't mind paying more, especially when it is directly to the publisher, but I didn't know if they typically sell at full retail or offer at least a bit of a discount?


Some dealers will have specially priced item, but most are priced at retail. The dealer's room is primarily a convenience for people to pick up a game they have tried at the convention.

The place to find bargains is probably the auction/auction store on Tuesday.

For most WBC'ers, shopping is not the primary highlight. The highlight is playing games, both old favorites and new titles, challenging yourself against great players, meeting new friends and getting reacquainted with old ones.
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I've had my eye on a few games talked about on here, and it would really be neat to see and try them out before buying them.


As was mentioned just above, Open Gaming is a great opportunity to do just this.

Here is a list of games so far in the Library:

http://www.boardgamers.org/wbc/library.htm

You can take any of these games out and try them. Usually, it isn't hard to find someone willing to play along.

If a game you are interested in isn't in the Library, here is a Geeklist to set up open gaming:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/69383/wbc-open-gaming-...

You could request someone bring the game along. Since I have a short drive from Bethlehem, I pack the car with games. Tons of other people do the same thing, so I'm willing to bet if there is a game you want to try, you'll be able to play it.

Good luck and hope to see you there!

Kevin


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Re: How Late Does This Run?
Please note that the Sampler Showcase runs on Tuesday this year.
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