Top Things to Make a Gaming Convention a Convention
Greg
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OK, so we are putting on a gaming convention in Lexington, KY ([geekurl=http://www.lexicongaming.com/w/]Lexicon[/geekurl]) on May 2-4, 2014 at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center right off the highway (www.lexicongaming.com/w/).

This convention can handle 500 attendees so that is the goal. We have tie-ins with both the Kentucky Derby and Free Comic Book Day which are that weekend. What we really want is to make sure that this is more than just a gaming weekend. So I've created this Geeklist to get your feedback.

What things are necessary to make a gaming convention?

(Feel free to contact me with any questions but add comments, suggestions, ideas here!)
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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
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Obviously the first thing we need is lots of gaming space. Room for 500 with the ability to add even more. But I said, not just gaming, so let me add a few more we've thought of...
 
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2. Board Game Publisher: Rio Grande Games
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Next we need the ability to purchase games. So there will be publishers and retailers there. We already have Rio Grande on board but clearly, we need more. Any suggestions, contacts or volunteers?
 
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3. Board Game Designer: Stephen Avery
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A convention should have "celebrities", alright people of significance in the hobby. Steve says he is coming and we have a few more already interested. Does anyone know of designers or other notables interested in Kentucky in spring?
 
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4. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:157] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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It' not a Con without a Magic tournament, so working on lining that up. What about Yugioh, Pokemon, something else?
 
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5. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1917]
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If you have Magic, you of course need minis. Space for minis is being lined up. What are the best ones? Which should we be highlighting? Anyone at Cool Mini or Not want to come to Lexington?
 
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6. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Roleplaying Game Starter Set [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:5680]
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There will also be roleplaying space. Not just D&D but also Pathfinder, Traveler, White Wolf. Are we getting this right or not?
 
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7. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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We have scheduled sessions for folks who just want to learn to play designer board games but are new to the hobby. Very family friendly. In fact we'll have a family play area. Going to have a learn (not play to completion) 6 games in 2 hours set of events. A group (there will be several different ones) might include:

Ticket to Ride
Cardline
Say Anything
Pitch Car
Quirkle
Quiddler
 
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8. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:501]
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Yes, we'll have some giant game which 40-50 people will play. Probably WON'T do WaW. Suggestions?
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9. Board Game: The Hamburger Game [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:14036]
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Yes, we will have food (hamburgers, sandwiches, etc.) available on site.
 
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10. Board Game: BrewMaster: The Craft Beer Game [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:10637]
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We plan on having adult beverages Friday and Saturday evening available on site.
 
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There will most definitely be prizes. We are planning on giving away over $500 in games to lucky winners
 
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