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Grant
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I'm in deep enough to want to attend one of these. I've been to a couple cheeky ones around LAX, but I'm assuming that they aren't really a good representation of what a con can be.
Assuming transportation is no object, what cons are the must-attends based on the following criteria?:
1.) Publisher involvement
2.) Designer attendance
3.) Healthy flea-market
4.) Good gaming

Thanks for your help!
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KublaCon. Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May), Burlingame CA.
Lotsa, lotsa fun. I've gone the last 4 years and wouldn't miss it for anything.
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'Spiel' at Essen has it all. (You said transportation is no issue ).
 
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ulyssus wrote:
Assuming transportation is no object, what cons are the must-attends based on the following criteria?:
1.) Publisher involvement
2.) Designer attendance
3.) Healthy flea-market
4.) Good gaming


Wow, that's a tall order. I can think of cons with designer attendance (though usually just some guy who produced Killer Aliens on Mulberry Street or some RPG) and I can think of publisher-attended cons and even those with flea markets. But outside Essen, I can't think of any with all those. And then there's the good gaming portion--I haven't been to Essen, but everything I've read says that you don't go for the gaming and it certainly ain't organized by the con. So that eliminated all conventions except for private, invite-only cons.
 
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The World Boardgaming Championships.

Plenty of designers, just not those of the Eurogame pedigree (makes sense with the con in the USA).

Plenty of publishers.

Plenty of games for sale with an auction and used game marketplace at the con start, vendors of new stuff over the weekend.

Great games.
 
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Gen Con hasn't dissapointed me yet, and it is the biggest in North America. I would really like to make it to Essen sometime, but I don't know if that is in the cards
 
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Assuming boardgaming is your focus (not RPGs or CCGs), then I suggest (attendance is estimate of actual boardgamers, not the total attendance):


1) Essen (Mid-October, ~125,000 boardgamers) - Designers, Publishers, lots of new releases, lots of game demos, very little in the way of tournaments, lots of used game vendors

2) World Boardgaming Championships (Begining of August, ~1300 boardgamers) - Major Publishers (Rio Grande, Mayfair, Days of Wonder, Z-Man, Cafe Games, most wargame publishers), some designers, open gaming, lots of tournaments, decent auction

3) Origins (End of June, ~800 boardgamers) - Deigners, Publishers, CABS War and Board Game Rooms, so-so auction

4) KublaCon (End of May, ~500 boardgamers)

5) PrezCon (Mid February, ~500 boardgamers)


GenCon Indy (Mid-August) is the largest US game event so you get lots of publishers and designers but the boardgaming is pretty week in comparison to those listed above. Can't beat it however if RPGs and CCGs are also in your gaming preferences.


Tom
 
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Essen, then WBC
 
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tmccorry wrote:

GenCon Indy (Mid-August) is the largest US game event so you get lots of publishers and designers but the boardgaming is pretty week in comparison to those listed above. Can't beat it however if RPGs and CCGs are also in your gaming preferences.


I have always found my fair share of boardgaming at Gen Con. Between Mayfair, Rio Grande, Slugfest and Fantasy Flight Games, I didn't get to demo even half of what I wanted to.
 
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