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jflartner
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I can only make the WBC on Friday, and am looking forward to a full day of gaming in the open gaming area. What time does everything open up in the morning?

Thanks!
 
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The Pariah
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Open gaming is -- effectively -- 24/7....
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O, awesome...so if I decide to show up at 7 AM the only limitation would be that people may not be awake that early?
 
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Correct... And odds are *someone* will be up then (but certainly not me)
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ooo, actually, I don't have a badge or anything - will that be a probably with arriving too early?

Its my first time to any conference-type-thingy, let alone the WBC, so thanks for all the info Chris!!!
 
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jobin13 wrote:
ooo, actually, I don't have a badge or anything - will that be a probably with arriving too early?

Its my first time to any conference-type-thingy, let alone the WBC, so thanks for all the info Chris!!!


According to the email I got, registration is open 8 AM to 9 PM.

I am there starting tomorrow. Three days of gaming. It feels decadent. Yet people have been there much longer than me. Alas I had to work.
 
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My guess is that no one will give you any gruff for being in the "open gaming" area without a badge at 7am. After registration opens at 8 would be a different story...
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We will be running demos and games of Warparty starting at 10 am today (Thursday) through Saturday morning.

Hope to see some of you folks there!
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I got there on Monday night JUST after 9pm and just explained to people why I didn't have my badge. I was all paid up, no one minded

I'll be there tonight, woo hoo!

Matt
 
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jobin13 wrote:
O, awesome...so if I decide to show up at 7 AM the only limitation would be that people may not be awake that early?


I know it's after the fact, but at 7 AM, you probably found people who hadn't gone to bed yet!
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I wanted to post back here so people reading this thread next year would know my experience....it rocked!

Open gaming was awesome I went out there as someone who had never played "real" board games with other people (other than the occasional lite one with my wife) and found so many nice and welcoming people in the open gaming room.

I got to meet several people, and also got to play and learn several new games.

There were so many different things going on. I loved how there were these big signs you could sit out that let people know you were looking for people to join your game. I would walk around the room looking for an opening, and also picked out a game myself one time and sat down with the sign, and had someone join me in a matter of minutes.

Awesome

Matt
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freudianslip27 wrote:

There were so many different things going on. I loved how there were these big signs you could sit out that let people know you were looking for people to join your game. I would walk around the room looking for an opening, and also picked out a game myself one time and sat down with the sign, and had someone join me in a matter of minutes.



agree 100%. my first WBC, and my first con without my pals along, and i had a great time. so easy to find a good game looking for a player...
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Hello Matt!

Glad you enjoyed the con! Considering the sheer NUMBER of different events, it is one of the finest and best-organized cons I've ever witnessed.

If there are glitches (and there always are a few of them), they're kept very controlled and the impact on FUN is minimized by those who help organize the event. It's really a wonderful, family-friendly environment in my experience... and it's great for open-gaming without a doubt as well.

Hope to see you next year. The only problem with the con (in my opinion) is that it's impossible to tell who is there for the first time, as that would make it easier for experienced attendees to reach out as an ambassador for the hobby.



freudianslip27 wrote:
I wanted to post back here so people reading this thread next year would know my experience....it rocked!

Open gaming was awesome I went out there as someone who had never played "real" board games with other people (other than the occasional lite one with my wife) and found so many nice and welcoming people in the open gaming room.

I got to meet several people, and also got to play and learn several new games.

There were so many different things going on. I loved how there were these big signs you could sit out that let people know you were looking for people to join your game. I would walk around the room looking for an opening, and also picked out a game myself one time and sat down with the sign, and had someone join me in a matter of minutes.

Awesome

Matt
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My parents came to WBC on Saturday just for a chance to see their children (my sister came up from Maryland to play for 3 days) and grandchildren (3 playing, 2 not). My mom remarked several times on how friendly the crowd was. She sat in the lobby near Lampeter, and many people said hi as they walked past. She commented on how different the crowd was from chess tournaments she has been to.

Thanks to everyone who added cheer to her day.
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actually its not impossible, not sure if this years had them , but usually in a corner of the badges are your laurels ( wins, wood ) whatever its called , for someone like me who has been a couple days for the past three years but never made it to a final you will see some gooseeggs, 00, if you see those you can bet that person is lacking some sort of experience. At least I know I am , was a great convention as always though, open gaming in the ballroom is sweet, but I still love that the early heats are usually very newbie friendly. I was even able to play a late heat of The Adventurers with Jason Fischer, that rocked. Also did pro-golf for the first time and that was fun too.

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Hello Matt!

Glad you enjoyed the con! Considering the sheer NUMBER of different events, it is one of the finest and best-organized cons I've ever witnessed.

If there are glitches (and there always are a few of them), they're kept very controlled and the impact on FUN is minimized by those who help organize the event. It's really a wonderful, family-friendly environment in my experience... and it's great for open-gaming without a doubt as well.

Hope to see you next year. The only problem with the con (in my opinion) is that it's impossible to tell who is there for the first time, as that would make it easier for experienced attendees to reach out as an ambassador for the hobby.



freudianslip27 wrote:
I wanted to post back here so people reading this thread next year would know my experience....it rocked!

Open gaming was awesome I went out there as someone who had never played "real" board games with other people (other than the occasional lite one with my wife) and found so many nice and welcoming people in the open gaming room.

I got to meet several people, and also got to play and learn several new games.

There were so many different things going on. I loved how there were these big signs you could sit out that let people know you were looking for people to join your game. I would walk around the room looking for an opening, and also picked out a game myself one time and sat down with the sign, and had someone join me in a matter of minutes.

Awesome

Matt
 
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