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Bernie Campbell
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Hey all,

I'm trying to sell the wife on letting me take a few days next summer to go to a wargaming event. Trouble is, I'm not sure what events are out there. I'm a school teacher, so I'm limited to late June through mid-August. I'm in the Northeast, so somewhere within driving distance is a bonus. Because I'm a school teacher, and flying is expensive. Suggestions?

I'm a hex and counter kind of guy, if that helps.
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AdmDavis wrote:
Hey all,

I'm trying to sell the wife on letting me take a few days next summer to go to a wargaming event. Trouble is, I'm not sure what events are out there. I'm a school teacher, so I'm limited to late June through mid-August. I'm in the Northeast, so somewhere within driving distance is a bonus. Because I'm a school teacher, and flying is expensive. Suggestions?

I'm a hex and counter kind of guy, if that helps.


Depends on what you mean by driving distance. As for the New England area, that I will have to leave to someone else. As a Midwesterner, I'm not familiar with those regional conventions. But if you're willing to put some miles on the vehicle, there is the World Boardgaming Championships in Seven Springs, PA. It will take place during the last week of July next year and has a very good wargaming presence (it started off as AvalonCon years ago). Keep in mind that this con is about a 10 hour drive for you, but given the quality and amount of gaming done here it may well be worth the trip.

Here's the link to the webpage for this years version:
http://www.boardgamers.org/wbcindex.html
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AdmDavis wrote:
Hey all,

I'm trying to sell the wife on letting me take a few days next summer to go to a wargaming event. Trouble is, I'm not sure what events are out there. I'm a school teacher, so I'm limited to late June through mid-August. I'm in the Northeast, so somewhere within driving distance is a bonus. Because I'm a school teacher, and flying is expensive. Suggestions?

I'm a hex and counter kind of guy, if that helps.


WBC is definitely a decent choice for straight-up gaming, and there are some vendors there to support you, too.

I'll throw in the shameless plug for Origins, which is not as wargame-focused as something like CSW Expo, or quite as close as WBC (though it's about 3-hour difference depending on where you're coming from in New England).

What we *do* have at Origins, though, is a dedicated wargaming program run by GrogHeads that runs wargames of all stripes - hex-and-counter, hex-and-minis, COIN, blocks, etc - tied into the vendors in the exhibit hall. For people that play in our events, we also include some discounts with the vendors that sponsor our games, prizes from the vendors, and raffle drawings on Sunday morning, as well as some pretty cool convention-only type of gaming experiences, like the team COIN games and the Command Post Wargaming events.

You can read all about the past 3 years of our events at Origins (along with coverage of the convention overall) here
http://grogheads.com/?tag=origins
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Bernie Campbell
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I would love to go to Origins. The problem is that it is generally not after school gets out for me. Depending on snow days, we can go as late as June 20 or so. So it is usually a no go. Someday maybe. I'll have to check out the WBC.
 
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There's a list of conventions on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_gaming_conventions. The closest one I see to you is Connecticon in Hartford, Connecticut in July.

If you're interested in miniatures, I believe there are some conventions in Boston.
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There is HuzzahCon in Portland Maine each year, but it's usually late May, so your timing doesn't work out
 
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AdmDavis wrote:
Hey all,

I'm trying to sell the wife


I know its a cheap comment but I genuinely stumbled at this point; is this normal vocabulary in North America? I think my wording would be a little different.
 
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The most famous line is: "take my wife, please!"

It comes from a common usage, something like; "take my wife, she is hard working and intelligent, but doesn't understand computers."

So there needs to be a longish pause at the comma for the Henny Youngman joke.

Same thing with the 'sell the wife' on the idea of a trip to the Grand Canyon.

JimA

 
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hammurabi70 wrote:
AdmDavis wrote:
Hey all,

I'm trying to sell the wife


I know its a cheap comment but I genuinely stumbled at this point; is this normal vocabulary in North America? I think my wording would be a little different.

One is supposed to be patriotic in the wargame section...

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Bernie Campbell
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hammurabi70 wrote:
AdmDavis wrote:
Hey all,

I'm trying to sell the wife


I know its a cheap comment but I genuinely stumbled at this point; is this normal vocabulary in North America? I think my wording would be a little different.


From a linguistics point of view, it comes from the concept that you try and sell someone something. Like, you sell someone a car. You sell someone an idea. I'm trying to sell my wife the idea of me going somewhere. I don't know how widespread the construction is.

I guess I never really thought about how strange some of our English idiosyncrasies are.
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I've already passed on two conventions this year due to the travel expense. My rational is that at that cost I could buy a tonne of wargames and/or books, so I should just do that instead.
 
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I would suggest The Weekend. It is held in Lancaster, PA at The Continental Hotel. While it started as a miniatures convention they are opening up to boardgamers displaced by the WBC move.

It is held near the end of June,

It is "invitation only" but to get an invite you just have to ask. It saves them paperwork with who is coming I have heard. Just send your mailing address to sigurd@eclipse.net to be added to the updates.

Next year it will be June 21st to the 25th. They figure more days means more gaming.


 
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JimA759 wrote:
The most famous line is: "take my wife, please!"

It comes from a common usage, something like; "take my wife, she is hard working and intelligent, but doesn't understand computers."

So there needs to be a longish pause at the comma for the Henny Youngman joke.

Same thing with the 'sell the wife' on the idea of a trip to the Grand Canyon.

JimA



Yorkshire joke:

Got coat for wife.
Aye, good swap !
 
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