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For my birthday this year I decided to hold a board game convention and the day turned out to be such a blast, and I'm still so excited about how it went, that I thought I'd try and re-live some of the glory here!

The event was scheduled to take place from 10 am to 8 pm on Sunday 15 September 2013. The whole thing was entirely a cunning ploy to allow me to play games all day. So it was very casual with people invited to stay all day or drop in and out as they pleased. I invited my most 'gamer oriented' friends and some family members that I had managed to badger into playing with me from time to time. Throughout the day we had 19 adults and 14 kids (from 3 to 14 years) participate with four tables going for most of the day.

To encourage people to play games, and not just loiter, I ran a prize draw. First prize was a copy of Catan, second prize was Star Fluxx and there was a separate draw for the kids for Sleeping Queens. Lastly, we had a special Lucky Loser's draw for a giant Toblerone!

The prize draw was pretty easy to manage. When people arrived I had them add their name to a chart at 'Registration' and record their games during the day. People got one entry to the draw for turning up, plus one entry for each game they played, and an extra entry if they won the game and if the game went over an hour.

The last game wound up around 6.30pm. it had been such an incredibly busy day we didn't make it to 8pm! I had a fantastic time and would love to do it again, only next time I might hire some help to fuss with food and wrangle kids so I got more time playing with people.

Now on to the games ... well the ones that got recorded on my prize draw chart thingy anyway!
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This game was a huge hit on the day. It's such an easy game to get new people into.

I ended up winning both games. Probably poor form as the host, I know. But people were being nice to me the first game ... because it was my birthday ... and during the second game the trash talk got me inflamed and they were out to get me with mandatory quests and all ... I couldn't let it go! devil
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My niece Brittany led the defending forces on the day and they made it through with two towers plus the wizard's tower still standing!
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Filler to the rescue!
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So the moral of the story is ... if you're going to have a board game convention with non-gamers, make sure that you know all the rules to that super cool looking fiddly game and are able to teach it in 5 minutes or less ... or hide it in a dark, dark place where no one can find it! ninja
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Another good party game, the kids came up with some hilarious answers.
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Kids love this game, especially girls. I love it too, mostly because my daughters and their friends play this on their own.
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Another one the kids can easily play on their own, over and over again. Brilliant game, I love the chunky bits.
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