Mark Johnson's occasional & opinionated podcast about family strategy boardgames
Today isn't even really a "day" at BGG.con. Most people sleep in (after late nights), then wake up, check out, and are heading home. That might have been me, too. The thing is, I'm not really a late night/sleep in kind of person. Definitely not the up-til-5am, sleep-til-noon variety. Not even the 2am/9am type of gamer, which was my pattern for most of the week. This time, on the last day, I wanted to try two new things, as a trial run for how I'd try to do more of BGG.con next year, if I'm lucky enough to return.
First, I got up "early." At a convention, that means 8am. I was in the main game room by 8:30, where a small subset of gamers were already playing games. (Some guessed they were STILL playing games, but this didn't look like the allnighter crowd.)
Second, I sat down at a table, set my game up (Hellweg westfalicus), and put up one of those "players wanted" flags the convention provides to help you get a game started. Within 5 minutes I had one player, and before I'd even really started the rules explanation we had a third. That was a good number, so off we went. I'm sure we could've gotten a fourth to fill out the game if we'd wanted to, but three is usually a good number for Schacht's games. Neither guy knew me or my podcast, we just sat down to learn a game together. I liked it quite a bit, another liked it, too, while our third player was less enthused. I think of it as a cousin to Hansa, overland in theme, and with a little more going on. (I really love Hansa, but understand how it can be pretty spare for some folks.)
In this last episode from the actual BGG.con, Greg prompted me to write down five things that I felt were highlights of the event. My own personal highlights. If you've been listening over the past few days, they probably won't surprise you. Thinking about it (and in no particular order), I thought mine were
1. The friends
2. The library
3. The BBQ
4. The Flea Markets (both kinds)
5. The Spiel des Jahres seminar
I hope to go back again! Thanks to all who told me they enjoyed my podcasts. That really meant a lot to me. Thanks to those NOT at BGG.con that listened and/or commented during the week. It's no exaggeration to say that feedback from listeners is the reason I'm still doing this.
P.S. Here's a geeklist with the games I played & some opinions about them.
Here was the main room (same as last night's view of the closing ceremony), but at 8:30am on Sunday. Lots of open tables. To be fair, there might have been more gamers on the mornings of Thursday, Friday, and even Saturday.
I set up Hellweg westfalicus facing my new players, which is why it's upside down in this view. (I was new, too, but I had read the rules, at least.) This is a good game!
Just before we all headed out, here were some of those friends. Greg Pettit, Dave Gullett, Dave Arnott, and me. Or, as you may know us...
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