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I sure am in favor of smaller rooms over mega-ballrooms. That way, if the RSPers get too loud in the traditional game of Tales of the Arabian Nights, the rest of the con can play in peace.


Loud TotAN Game?? I just discovered this game... someone tell me where and when, and do they have room for more players?
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or you already had $15 in your PayPal account that it used first? Your payment looks correct on our end.


Ah, that was it. No bug shorting you, then.
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Can't wait to attend for the first time. Tried once before but life got complicated and I had to cancel. My number is 5068!
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US dollar to Canadian dollar is almost 1:1 right now, so that's not it.

Unfortunately, Paypal doesn't see it that way. They use a rather excessive exchange rate.

I went in 2009 and, while it was a decent convention experience, I was hugely let down by how extremely casual the players were. I expected that all the hardcore players would attend, but instead the place was filled with people either only wanting to play the newest games off the press, or ultra-light and party games. I didn't go with intentions to get a game of Paths of Glory or something, just moderate to heavy eurogames. It was extremely difficult to even get a game of Brass going.

I registered for this year. I have a bit of a different mindset than last time, but I am still hoping to get some good and meaty games played (e.g. Le Havre, Dominant Species). I just hope there isn't some five-hour slogfest like Dungeon Lords clogging up the tables this time. Watching tables of people struggle through a new rulebook for four+ hours is painful.
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Are you kidding?! I'll play Brass with you!! Heavy & meaty, that's my kind of game!


*Note to self: in the run-up to BGG.Con, be sure and revisit all the delicious meaty games to re-familiarize yourself with the rules.


OK, good to go!
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There are a many of us that would love to play the meaty games. I believe there are some geeklists that get created trying to setup these types of games. Be sure to check them out.
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Kevin in Kansas wrote:
US dollar to Canadian dollar is almost 1:1 right now, so that's not it.

Unfortunately, Paypal doesn't see it that way. They use a rather excessive exchange rate.

I went in 2009 and, while it was a decent convention experience, I was hugely let down by how extremely casual the players were. I expected that all the hardcore players would attend, but instead the place was filled with people either only wanting to play the newest games off the press, or ultra-light and party games. I didn't go with intentions to get a game of Paths of Glory or something, just moderate to heavy eurogames. It was extremely difficult to even get a game of Brass going.

I registered for this year. I have a bit of a different mindset than last time, but I am still hoping to get some good and meaty games played (e.g. Le Havre, Dominant Species). I just hope there isn't some five-hour slogfest like Dungeon Lords clogging up the tables this time. Watching tables of people struggle through a new rulebook for four+ hours is painful.


I got in two games of Twilight Imperium last year, if that helps. There are heavier games but that's pretty high up on the list.
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dcorban wrote:
Unfortunately, Paypal doesn't see it that way. They use a rather excessive exchange rate.

I went in 2009 and, while it was a decent convention experience, I was hugely let down by how extremely casual the players were. I expected that all the hardcore players would attend, but instead the place was filled with people either only wanting to play the newest games off the press, or ultra-light and party games.


Folks should set their paypal options to charge in the original currency. Then their credit card does the conversion instead of paypal, it's almost always a much better rate.

Casual gamers have always been the massive majority on BGG, so they rightfully dwarf the heavy gamers at bgg.con as well. It can be deceptive as to how much, as the heavy gamers are the visible ones on bgg, the ones posting, rating, reviewing etc. Many of the casual gamers are invisible here.

Now, there are lots of heavy gamers at bgg.con, but you've got to find them. So you need to set things up beforehand, talk to lots of people, keep an eye out for folks already playing heavy games in the ballroom and talk to them, and so on.

The other issue is that lots of folks are looking to do things at bgg.con that they can't already do at home. If they're already playing Brass and Le Havre at home, then they're less likely to play it at the con.
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Are you kidding?! I'll play Brass with you!! Heavy & meaty, that's my kind of game!

I'll add you to geekbuddies and keep you in mind.
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LennyS wrote:
Are you kidding?! I'll play Brass with you!! Heavy & meaty, that's my kind of game!

I'll add you to geekbuddies and keep you in mind.


Daniel: come visit my con planning list in the fall. Yes, I like to play the new and shiny, but I also play 18xx and will certainly be up for at least one game of Brass with tough opponents.

Part of the problem with playing familiar heavy games at BGG.con is that you don't know the level of your opponents. At least if you get a badly mismatched table at a new game you have had the fun of learning a new game.
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Depending on how the slate of new games looks in the Fall, I might not mind getting into some games of more complex older games too. I will probably be competitive in most of them.
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The other issue is that lots of folks are looking to do things at bgg.con that they can't already do at home. If they're already playing Brass and Le Havre at home, then they're less likely to play it at the con.

I suppose I am the opposite. I have no desire to play unknown games at a convention, never to play them ever again. Combine that with a large number of games spoiled by rules errors caused by the rules teacher, and it just not how I want to spend four days and a thousand dollars.
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I agree with you Dan. I have very few opportunities to play Brass, Le Harve and Dominant Species at home but I was able to play Dune, Twilight Imperium and Die Macher at BGG.con by organizing the games through geeklists last year. I hope to do the same this year. That is the reason that I go. The key is to prearrange the games.

I will be starting some geeklists if I don't see others have already started them for the bigger (and better) games. GeekMail me if you would like to get some specific games scheduled.
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dcorban wrote:
UnknownParkerBrother wrote:

The other issue is that lots of folks are looking to do things at bgg.con that they can't already do at home. If they're already playing Brass and Le Havre at home, then they're less likely to play it at the con.

I suppose I am the opposite. I have no desire to play unknown games at a convention, never to play them ever again. Combine that with a large number of games spoiled by rules errors caused by the rules teacher, and it just not how I want to spend four days and a thousand dollars.


Well, I try to get a sample of new to me games at the con, not to never play them agai but to learn about them and introduce them to the folks at home.
I also try to get in some games of my favorite heavy euros, or some heavier euros I don't get to play much at home (die Macher, dune, etc.).
I'll be happy to play some of the chewier games with you.
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I'll be watching for these Geeklists. My first Con, so I'm up for a mix of old & new. But the heavier & meatier, the better!
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I generally focus on trying out the new Essen releases to help identify which ones I want to buy, though usually I have made several choices well before the convention arrives. Then I like to pick the couple that are more promising and play them as much as possible. That is what I did with Mage Knight and Ora et Labora last year. (Though to avoid being inconsiderate, we generally returned the copy of Mage Knight after one game, and mixed Ora et Labora with other games.)

It was very enjoyable though, and gave me a great perspective on the game and I hope to do the same this year.
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It might be useful to make up a batch of "heavy gamer"ribbons people can stick to their badges, to help like-minded folks identify each other.

Of course, if you delegate that to me, I'll probably make them pink. devil
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I can live with that!
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The heavy games are the whole reason I go to cons in the first place.

I will be putting up a list closer to the time of games I will have and looking for players.
I already know that I will have my variant copy of Twilight Imperium with me and can play up to 10 but 6 is still the best but I have a lot of fun with more players as well.
I will also have my copy of Civilization: The Expansion Project which plays up to 18 and is mainly a con only game. This is one I love to get to play but will take one of the days to play.
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Missed last year but back in again this year, yay! #5111.
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Speaking of heavier games, is 18xx played much?
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Speaking of heavier games, is 18xx played much?


Yes. There's usually a number of pre-arranged 18xx games at the very least.
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Speaking of heavier games, is 18xx played much?


Yes. There's usually a number of pre-arranged 18xx games at the very least.


How are these pre-arranged? Is there some clearinghouse thread set-up for this (and beyond 18xx)?

Also I noticed there's only a few 18xx titles in the BGG library. I assume 18xx players are supplying their own games?
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roseundy wrote:
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roseundy wrote:
Speaking of heavier games, is 18xx played much?


Yes. There's usually a number of pre-arranged 18xx games at the very least.


How are these pre-arranged? Is there some clearinghouse thread set-up for this (and beyond 18xx)?

Also I noticed there's only a few 18xx titles in the BGG library. I assume 18xx players are supplying their own games?


We can chat some day if you want Steve in person about BGG.Con. But in a nutshell, the 18xxers have a geeklist, people sign up, choose a meeting place and, and provide the game.
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roseundy wrote:
fenners wrote:
roseundy wrote:
Speaking of heavier games, is 18xx played much?


Yes. There's usually a number of pre-arranged 18xx games at the very least.


How are these pre-arranged? Is there some clearinghouse thread set-up for this (and beyond 18xx)?

Also I noticed there's only a few 18xx titles in the BGG library. I assume 18xx players are supplying their own games?


We can chat some day if you want Steve in person about BGG.Con. But in a nutshell, the 18xxers have a geeklist, people sign up, choose a meeting place and, and provide the game.


Planning lists for the last two years:
18xx at BGG.con 2011
18xx at BGG.con 2010

I expect that I'll set up this year's list in the fall. (It's tacky to start doing detailed planning for BGG.con before the September long weekend.)
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