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Sorry - No dodgy title this year...it will return in 2016!

Well it has somehow happened...We have bumbled our way to our 10th Anniversary and we are looking to celebrate with a huge event this year!

For those hearing about BorderCon for the first time, it is simply a 4-Day Gaming Convention with the focus being on Social Gaming, Making New Friends and Catching up with old ones. meeple

We don't aim for major tourneys or want to lock you into a schedule of events that inhibit you.

BorderCon really wants you to set your own agenda. It's an event where you can play that epic game of Eclipse, Clash of Cultres, a mega game of Arkham Horror or a fun Euro challenge like playing Around the World in 40 Days!

But most people do the 'normal' thing and simply play a stack of games with a whole bunch of people and have a great time.

How to Best Use this GeekList

What follows is a series of GeekList items that will try to outline the event as best as we can and help you prepare for what will be a great weekend.

But the best way to use this Geeklist...is not to use it!

This year we have a BorderCon Website (we are slow but we are getting there). Check it out!!!

BorderConAlburyWodonga.com


If you haven't already, I recommend subscribing to the BorderCon Guild as any updates will be posted there and any additions to this GeekList will be announced there. By subscribing you will be informed as to when new information is available.

Ok on with the show...
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Yes we have a Website...finally!

Check it out, see what's going on this year and secure your ticket(s).

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Please, add a comment here to drop us some feedback on the website. We are not experts by any stretch. Let us know what works, what sucks and what is missing that needs to be there.

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The Key Facts

Venue - Best Western - Hovell Tree Inn

Dates -
Friday 5th June - Monday 8th June

Doors Open - 12 Noon on Friday the 5th (9am starts on Sat-Monday)

Doors Close - 2pm Monday the 8th

Night Time Close -
Every day it will be possible to game all night long if that is what you want! zombie

EDIT - Having met with the management again this week we will have a closing time of 2am. There are reasons for this but I won't go into details here.
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As mentioned - It's our 10th Anniversary this year and with that comes a whole lot of 'Firsts' for us as we look to venture into a new era and grow up...just a little bit.

mb Venue - This year we move 100 meters down the road to a new Venue in The Best Western Plus - Hovell Tree Inn

This is a Wedding Quality 4.5 Star Venue that offers us a high level of quality and 2 Gaming Function Rooms that will be a delight to play games in. There was a quaint charm to our old digs but it was time to move to somewhere with more space, better lighting, excellent heating and other features.

Please book early if you would like a room as these will not last long given the quality of the rooms and proximity to the function rooms.

Best Western - Hovell Tree Inn


mb Website - Hey we finally have a websiite - check it out...


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I am likely to mention the website just a few more times.

mb Online Ticketing - This year we have moved to Online Ticketing using Eventbrite (many thanks to Ben for putting us onto this).

Tickets are limited to 200 and we already have our first one sold so get on it and visit the website!

mb Almost 24 Hr Gaming - We have access to 2 Function Rooms within 10 meters of one another and that means we can offer 24 Hr gaming with no closing time. A recent meeting has seen the venue pull the closing time back to 2am due to the front desk having to do the locking up. Sorry for this change.

How this will work is that we will close the doors of the Main Room at midnight but the smaller Gaming Room (The Ascot Room I believe cool ) will be open all night!

The Ascot Room can hold 30-40 gamers comfortably, which will be more than enough to accommodate the nutjobs that need to play Eclipse, Power Grid and Times Up! till 2am.
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Ticketing

I just wanted to make it clear that to secure a place at this year's BorderCon you do need to visit the BorderCon website and use the pre-booking system. (See link above).

To be clear, all tickets are $20 per person with people under 17 free (although a gold coin donation is appreciated via the site).

Of that $20, BorderCon receives $17.93 and the remainder is the cut for Eventbrite.

We know that this is an increase on past years but we believe that the combination of the fun to be had and the quality of the new venue is well worth the small increase. We hope you will too. meeple

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Australia Wide BoderCon-centered Marvopolis Math Trade 2015

We are live, up and running. But time is short so get cracking!!!

Key Details

Discussion thread here : Discussion Thread

Wiki link for much documentation: Aussie Math Trades (Some documentation may be out of date)

Dates (all times in Sydney time)
Add items until 10pm May 4th
Final codes will be published by 10pm May 5th
Want lists due by 10pm May 12th
Results posted 10:30pm May 12th.


We do need some help to make it happen. If you would simply like to help out with the Math Trade Table at the convention end that would be great.

Please go along to this thread and look to Pg 2 -

Discussion Thread

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Ok so people like to eat...apparently.

And there are plenty of great places to eat in Albury - just check out the BorderCon Website to find a good shortlist of places to go and make a booking.

If you would like to be a part of something larger however, Saturday night has always been a traditional large group booking at Taco Bills.

Rob will be along shortly to fill you in on those details.

Also don't forget that the Hovell Tree Inn also has a great restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel as well.
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I couldn't find one of these, so here it is. The 2015 version of Wot are you going to play at BorderCon.

Make bookings, make suggestions etc. Click on the list to take you there.
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When I saw this in my list searching for 'shop' to head this item, I couldn't resist. Suffice to say - it is not related!

www.unhalfbricking.com will be running a stall there as always. I cannot hope to bring more than a fraction of my stock now, so please let me know, or pre-order, if there is anything you want.
shake Click on the link above, register if necessary, & order - setting delivery to "Group", then type "BorderCon 2015" in the box.

I might have new stock before then, if it works out that way.


As an aside, I have 2 single beds in my suite at the hotel. $250 each for the weekend. Please send private mail or email to enquire. Preference given to anyone wanting to travel down AND BACK from/to Canberra.

A problem with my supplier means that I now have more stock to transport than I can fit in my car, so unless I unload the trailer, it might have to stay at home. These are games I've been waiting to stock for a long time in some cases. If anyone can manage a box or more of games from Canberra to Albury (one way), please call me asap on 0411 110 789. Thanks
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The 2105 BorderCon Charity Is...

I am very pleased to announce that this year's charity is

JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)

Every year we have a charity and where possible we try to support a cause close to our community. This year we are looking to support Merran, Terry and Princess as the later has been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes in recent years. Unfortunately Princess cannot be with us this year but she has attended many BorderCons in the past and Terry and Merran are about as active in the gaming scene as they come, having travelled to visit us for more than a decade.

Merran will also bring Jelly Beans to sell at the Bar and proceeds will add to the Charity Total.

The BorderCon Charity Raffle

To help we raise money every year through the BorderCon Charity Raffle. We sell tickets throughout the weekend and all tickets go into the draw to win a stack of prizes from the Prize Table.

This year we have an amazing assortment of prizes, including some Kickstarter specials such as the Stonemaier Resource Boxes and Metal Fantasy Coins.

How You Can Support

As well as buying tickets to the raffle, we also encourage attendees to bring some games or game related items along to donate to the table. We usually have well over $1000 in prizes and this year will be no exception.

The Record

The BorderCon Charity Record sits at $3,500 and we hope to beat that this year with your generous support.
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12. Board Game: Family Business [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2423]
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BorderCon Family Cup

The past five years have seen some furious (but very friendly) family vs family battles at BorderCon. Luchador, Summoner Wars, Memoir 44, King of Tokyo and The Queen's Gambit have all been contested.

This year a cup has been commissioned, with the winning family having possession for 12 months (and the responsibility to have a plaque added to the cup commemorating their victory).



Winners pick the game next year, but must at least make a convincing show of listening to feedback about the game. The game should have a geek game weight of less than 3

Entry Conditions

1. at least one child aged 16 or under,
2. at least three contestants able to jointly participate who meet a broad interpretation of "family", and
3. a family name to be used on the trophy.

The game this year will be one of:

Family Business
7 Wonders
Roll for the Galaxy
Love Letter
Innovation
Monopoly
RoboRally
edit: Ticket to Ride

We find a way to play anything - with judicious rule variations - whether or not the game is designed for teams. The comp format will be finalised once we have team numbers, traditionally it is a knockout.

If you're interested, post below and let us know your game preference

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13. Board Game: Der Knizia Almanach [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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Thanks to Fraser and Rene we will have a Kniziathon at this year's BorderCon to celebrate the great Doctor.

mb We will have a table set aside with a bunch of Knizia designs on it.

mb Several tables will be placed near the Kniziathon table for people to play those games and small slips can be filled in to let us know who played what and the results of games.

mb There will be a prize or two for the gamer with the highest point total, but also a prize for a random player to take part in the Kniziathon.

mb No pressure with this...just a chance to celebrate what Reiner Knizia has given to the gaming community.
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14. Board Game: Beasty Bar [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1063] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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So this year we have a fully staffed bar that will mean no responsibility for us the organisers...Yay!!!

Due to the liquor license of the Hovel Tree, drinks will be served until 11:30pm Friday and Saturday night and until 9:30pm on Sunday night.

The Bar will be closed on the Monday but at any point when the bar is closed, drinks can be purchased from the bar area downstairs and brought up to the function rooms.

Prices will be a little bit dearer than in past years...sorry.
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15. Board Game: Happy Pigs [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1484] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
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The signs are in...

...Freezing cold here last two nights

...Had my first BorderCon dream last night (won't go into too many details but involves Fraser, a can of whipped cream and a copy of Power Grid) and was hit by anticipation for Friday for the first time

...Reports finished today!!!

It must be BorderCon Time!!!

Can't wait to see you all and get in a game or two.

I'm even healthy this year which may be a first over the last decade.

Safe travels everyone and see you soon. There will be a welcoming address at 10am on the Saturday morning.
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16. Board Game: Birds on a Wire [Average Rating:5.28 Overall Rank:14489]
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Intermittently, occasionally and forgetfully posting to social media through the convention...

mb Twitter #Bordercon2015

mb Google+ #Bordercon2015

Facebook, Instagram... please add a comment below...

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EDIT: I've been told (rather emphatically) that the tag has to include the date, so peops call tell this year's tweets from next year's tweets. My argument "but surely people can tell, based on when the messages arrive" apparently holds no water. Maybe tweets from next year have already arrived? Shrug. #Bordercon2015 it is!
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17. Board Game: Cheers [Average Rating:4.50 Overall Rank:14645]
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Thanks everyone for a great BorderCon this year.

It was truly fantastic stuff and honestly I can't believe it's over...went in the blink of an eye.

Look out for a Geeklist punctuated with photos and some reflections in the coming week or two.

I look forward to reading the experiences of others as well. Be sure to link anything you write or post here so we don't miss it.
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18. Board Game: A Hill Near Hastings: The Beginning of the Norman Conquests [Average Rating:5.58 Unranked]
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It was mentioned a few times in announcements but never resulted in success.

On Friday, I took off my jacket while moving my games. It was in the larger room, in the bay window area. That evening when I had finished work, it was no longer there. Maybe someone took it by mistake.

It is a dark blue fleecy jacket with an embroidered ship from the Bayeux Tapestry & the word 'Bayeux'. Aside from the inconvenience & cost issues, this has sentimental significance for me & obviously would be next to impossible to replace.

Please, if you find you have it, contact me.


Located! Thanks. whistle
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19. Board Game: Times to Remember [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:5227]
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Post Con Musings can be posted to the following Geeklist -

BorderCon 2015 - The Geeklist Collection

Feel free to create a list to remember the year that was and add an item in the above list for people to find it easily.
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20. Board Game: Speed Snacks [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:13160]
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The Snack Bar

This year we will again run a snacks bar. The only difference is that we are handing over soft drink sales to the hotel as it is simply easier for them to do so.

My boys however and a mate or two will be in charge of the snacks bar that will have a selection of sugary treats, fresh fruit and other goodies to keep your spirits up.

Say hi to the lads as they serve you and give them your condolences for having me as their father. whistle
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