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SaltCon 2017

Andy Van Zandt
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SaltCon is the biggest local boardgaming convention in Utah. By lots of standards, that's not very big (about 1400 unique people), but it's still a very good convention, with a couple of standout features.



It's got some standard things - a boardgame library, lots of play space, vendors, pretty constant D&D events, boardgame tournaments, a painting competition, an Artemis room, Puzzle Hunt, Panels, a Proto Alley for designers on a couple of nights, swag with your badge, and raffle prizes. Also worth mentioning is there are a variety of food options within a couple blocks walk.







But the things that I feel stand out the most are:

that there is gaming space available 24 hours a day.


there is a flea market for games - put a sticky note on your game with a price, your name and phone number. People can browse this area any time the vendor hall is open. If they want something, they give you a call, you walk over, and they pay you for your game. While of course there's some bad mass market mixed in, there's actually a wide variety of stuff at very good prices.



I picked up a Mysterium for $15, and was tempted by many other things. Here's a DoW Colosseum for $20:



And perhaps most noteworthy is the Ion Awards, which is a game design competition. This particular one is very noteworthy because the games go in front of judges from Eagle/Gryphon, Mayday, TMG, Red Raven, NSKN, Gamelyn, and sometimes others. Furthermore, I know that for the past several years at least the winner has been offered a contract, and often 1 or 2 others. So this is a legit contest, well worth entering for any designer in the hobby market:

http://saltcon.com/ion-award/

TMG is local to the con, so if you're ever there, don't hesitate to say hello!
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