Jason MoslanderUnited States
Originally Post at www.gameswithtwo.com
This past weekend Mrs. Games with Two and myself made our way to our first convention. We traveled to nearby Geekway to the West 2012 (www.geekway2west.com). This is the local board game convention in the St. Louis area. The con lasts for four days and takes place every May. This year, they had between 350-400 people attend, and the convention continues to grow every year. The convention has three rooms for gaming, with one of them reserved for events. There were tons of giveaways, play to win games, a trade table, vendors, and a massive library of over 650 games. This doesn't include the hundreds of games that people brought to play.
Although the con lasts four days, we were only able to attend on Saturday night. However, we got our game fix in and had a blast playing some new games that we have been longing to play. We were able to grab a Crokinole board from the library and give it a go. This was the first time we had an opportunity to play this one. We loved it, and are already looking for ways to purchase one of these, but the $150 starting price makes it difficult to justify the purchase of one of these beautiful boards. Maybe someday, and hopefully sooner rather than later. Mrs. Games with Two really liked this one and made sure we all knew she loved it.
After Crokinole, they had a raffle drawing to select from a table of games and merchandise that was being given away. They had about 20-30 games on the table. We didn't win, but it was fun and it looked like it's a pretty popular event at the con. After the raffle, we found the PitchCar track. I have been wanting to add this one to our collection, but again the price has detoured me from picking this one up. They had a track setup from a tournament earlier in the day. It was filled with jumps and curves and bridges and anything else you can imagine. It was a lot of fun. Mrs. Games with Two didn't enjoy it as much, but I think that is mostly because she was leading until the last straightaway and ended up coming in second. Great fun, and I bet it's even more fun with more players.
As we finished PitchCar, a gentlemen was looking for players for Agricola. This was another game that I have been wanting to play for awhile. Mrs GWT, myself, and my friend Jason all got in on this one. It was a fun game. The game is longer and has a lot to think about, but we had a great time. We are considering adding this one to our collection, or maybe picking up the two player version that comes out next month. The only thing that has stop me from getting this one is the playtime. We tend to lean toward games that play in less than 90 minutes. Our game went two and half hours. I imagine the more we play it and if we only have two players it will go quicker. However, it is also pretty complex, and I think it may not hit the table enough to justify a purchase. We will see though. It's on both of our radars now.
Overall, we had a great time at Geekway. Are we going to go back next year? Probably. Are we going to become con people? You know the ones that go to PAX, Origins, GenCon, and their local con every year. Well, I seriously doubt it. We don't have the time, funds, or energy to do the four day hauls that most of these cons have. If we do one in the future, we would probably just go for a day. Geekway was blast though, and if you enjoy playing games, you should check out Geekway next year.
It's the best con I have ever been to, I can tell you that much.
The website has a photos and a link to more photos: http://gameswithtwo.blogspot.com/2012/05/my-1st-con-experien...