Gainesville Gamers Guild - 30 Days of Gaming - Day 20
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Cut to the chase:

If you could go to any gaming con, which would you choose and why?

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1. Board Game: Spiel [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:6662]
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Probably this is obvious but for me it would be Spiel in Essen. I've never been to any European countries so the visit would be very cool. I'd like to immerse myself in the culture and let's face it what better way do that than with the people who like my hobby as well? This is the mecca of board gaming as I know and love it and would be if nothing at all stood in the way my ideal trip.

Runner Up: On a more realistic endeavor I think I could get to see and experience a gaming convention of the same caliber by going to Gen*Con. I'd really like to make it there one year and honestly it's got a bit more reality to it I suppose.
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2. Board Game: The BoardGameGeek Game [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:4758]
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..........BGGCon and play games all day and night for 4 days straight.


Origins was a very close second though.
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3. Board Game: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Opposites Game [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Should have asked this last week. Mini meet all the way. I much prefer to play with people I know. I am sure I would enjoy bgg.con and wbc, but I don't like the initial I don't know you. Gaming is very social for me. I bet of the other two wbc would work best as I could blend in at the tournaments, but competitive serious gamers tend to not enjoy games with me. I leave it to others to fill in examples.
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4. Board Game: Rapier & Dagger [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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Well, I'd say Rapier, but I guess you are looking for things I can't 'normally' get to.

I've done BGG.con and would do it again, but not going out of my way to do it.

I think the one I'd most like to of the big cons would be the WBC.

There is a part of me that wouldn't mind going to Spiel, but I'm not sure I want to go shopping when I'd have to then stress about how to get the loot home.

I might go one year for the day to meet up with Kris and Steve, but then I wouldn't really go for going to the con.

WBC actually has me thinking about tournament play which I'm not big on, but think it would be cool to fit in to the rest of the gaming. That's were I figured out about the cube thing in El Grande.

And as a side note, Imperial tournament play is with the investor card

But, the main hotel is already sold out for next summer.
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5. Board Game: Geek Wars: Battle for the Con Deck 1 – RPG Gamer [Average Rating:5.15 Unranked]
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I would pick BGG.con.
I would love to get to game with the people I've been chatting with for the last 5 years. This is the best community I've come across online and it would be awesome to get to meet some of the folks in person much less game with them.

Once I finally graduate I plan to treat myself to a trip to the con to celebrate.

Oh and my second choice would be:
Bruno Faidutti's annual "Ludopathic Gathering" which always looks like a blast
http://www.faidutti.com/index.php?Module=divers&id=634
This one though is invitation only so I would have that little obstacle to overcome, but, you did ask "ANY" con, right?
 
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6. Board Game: World Championship Dodge Ball [Average Rating:4.52 Overall Rank:15919]
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I'm glad you phrased the question as you did..."If you could go to any gaming con, which would you choose and why?", because instead of engaging in the kind of debate about which con is better (which rage endlessly on ConsimWorld and I'm sure here) I can say why I prefer the WBC.

Though for fairness sake, I will add a few cons after my pros.

I guess if I were hip I would say "Gathering of Friends", but I'm not that hip.

Anyway, the answer is, despite the silliness of the name, the World Boardgaming Championships. I could write a pamphlet about the con, if not a very small book, so I will try to be somewhat brief so that this doesn't turn into a 3,000 word post (and I could write it, I'm that pumped about my trip to WBC every year.) So here are a few things that are so cool about the WBC.

Length. Even if you don't attend the pre-cons (I don't) and arrive for the 'official' open on Monday, you have six or seven days full of gaming ahead of you. For me it's six, as I don't do any gaming on Sunday morning, preferring to start home at that point.

Wargaming. With it's roots in the old AvalonCon and being run by a wargaming hobby figure (Don Greenwood), great lengths have been made to keep wargaming as part of the mix in the events. You can play Euros, sports and family games all week long without seeing us ghouls in the Lampeter room all week if you like, or you could play nothing but wargames all week. I do both, with an emphasis on wargames as it's one of my few opportunities to play wargames face-to-face all year.

Open Gaming. WBC used to be focused pretty heavily on its events, with open gaming a sort of tolerated side activity. When it was still in Baltimore, open gaming was allocated to the large hallways outside the event rooms. This has changed in recent years, with more and more space being allocated to open gaming. Now there is lots of open gaming space, and a heck of a lot of open gaming going on all week long.

Focus on gaming. WBC is about playing games. There is almost no programming that isn't a gaming event, outside of the auction on Tuesday. The vendor room doesn't open until Friday morning. It's designed to keep you gaming as much as possible, though I think this focus is slipping a little, as it seems every year there is a little more non-gaming programming slipped in. But that's just my impression. Except for the fact that there are no game events during the auction (but still plenty of open gaming, I usually play a long wargame on Tuesday) you can game all week without distraction.

Open tournaments. There are no signups, tickets, etc. If you want to play in an event, you show up, and you are in (assuming there are enough copies of the game, and that you know the rules if it's a non-teaching tournament).

Friends. I'm from Maryland, and I started attending the WBC when it was in Baltimore. Not only is it one of my two opportunities to sit and game with friends that I only see here or at Winter Offensive, I have friends that I only know through WBC. I look forward to WBC just on this basis alone.

I could go on...but for fairness' sake here's a few cons to the con.

Jerks. 98% of the people, give or take a few points, at the WBC are fine, but it only takes running into one mental patient in a tourney or even open gaming to ruin your day at the con. An unfortunate few run into one of these characters early on and leave never to return. This isn't something WBC has a patent on, but as the tournaments are competitive events it does draw a few more of the hyper-competitive variety. I usually only play in a few events every year, doing mostly open gaming, so I minimize my exposure. On the other hand, if you are attending for the first time and don't know many people, you will naturally gravitate towards events, where you risk running into one of these characters, especially in some of the multi-player games that have been around for a while. There is some good stuff on the WBC website marked for first time attendees that is good reading to help you avoid such negative encounters.

Location. Lancaster PA is a long f'ing way away, and it's not serviced by a major airport. I drive, other people fly into B'more or Philly and use a shuttle service. If your family is not into the Amish, crafting, or eating tons of bland food every meal, there isn't a lot else to do in Lancaster proper, though Hershey Park and Gettysburg battlefield are close by.

Re-reading some of the earlier comments, I would mention I was not as chuffed about the WBC the first year or two I went. Until I got to know some people and find my way around it wasn't as much fun. OTOH, back then I didn't know how to play as many games, which limited my options about events.

That's enough...
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7. Board Game: Con-quest [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Well, I will have to go with Gen-con and Origins. Not been to a big con and they ahve been on my wish list since I started playing D&D.
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8. Board Game: Ramparts [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:5393]
Keith Sagers
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Spiel in Essen. It's big. It has a ton of games. I like Euro games. It is in Germany. I have never been to Germany. In Michigan I worked for a German company, and was told (by Germans) that many Germans speak some English, so that is a plus.
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