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Eric Engelmann
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Check it out on http://congressofgamers.org

Mainly euro tournaments
Huge Bring and Buy games store - sell your dusty games!
1500 games library (obscure titles by request) and plenty of open gaming space
Game designer workshop
D&D events
Big track formula car racing Sunday
Scheduled Open Gaming (establishing a new standard with this method?)

If you are a con director, check the web site to see implementations of the techniques to support open gaming, lodging, transport, marketing, etc. which I've been documenting in http://tinyurl.com/condirector

Might be useful for your own conventions.
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I wasn't able to find the hours for which the con is open on the website. Could you please confirm?

Thanks!
 
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We'll also have a math trade. Watch for announcements later this week.
 
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Sorry. They are there now. Events are:
9-12 Sat
10-8 Sun

Registration starts as much as 30 minutes earlier
 
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Hi all - we could use a few more GMs for our tournament so things can run smoothly. If you are willing to run any of the following, just post here and let me know:
Acquire
Russian Railroads
Caverna
5 Tribes
Race for the Galaxy
Roll for the Galaxy

Marcy
 
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esok wrote:
We'll also have a math trade. Watch for announcements later this week.


Any new info about the Math trade?
 
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Yes! I am working on the details and should have them posted tonight or tomorrow. Thanks for your patience!
 
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The math trade is up. Here are the links:

Follow this link to post your own games that you might want to trade.
Discuss and ask questions about this trade here. The full rules are also here. You may also request games from other traders here. There will not be a separate request list for this trade.
 
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Looks like the 1000 gold meeple pins I'm having manufactured could be here in time for CoG. The idea is that gamers wear one so people they meet will recognize, and perhaps engage in, their hobby. I'm now debating making these CoG registration perks, but will probably just give a few as prizes and wholesale the rest.
 
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Party Games draft schedule is online:
http://emsps.com/cog/partygamesschedule.htm
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I still have a couple of games in jeopardy as I haven't found a GM. They are:
Acquire
Caverna
5 Tribes

Please consider volunteering if you are even moderately expert at any of these.

Marcy
 
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marcy1sfc wrote:
I still have a couple of games in jeopardy as I haven't found a GM. They are:
Acquire
Caverna
5 Tribes

Please consider volunteering if you are even moderately expert at any of these.

Marcy


What does volunteering entail?
 
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ecspiegel wrote:
marcy1sfc wrote:
I still have a couple of games in jeopardy as I haven't found a GM. They are:
Acquire
Caverna
5 Tribes

Please consider volunteering if you are even moderately expert at any of these.

Marcy


What does volunteering entail?


You:
1. Have to be around when game is played. You can play or not. Just be nearby.
2. Should be able to clarify rules, resolve disputes, and adjudicate games when (rarely!) this is needed.

That's it! Of course there are lots of other jobs you might do if you find yourself free for a few minutes on occasion.

Volunteer spots, including badging before tourneys start on Sat. morning, picking up pizza a mile down the road, setting up Friday afternoon (only practical if you are very local), and occasionally fetching drinks from kitchen fridge to the snack bar are unfilled.
 
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I updated the Scheduled Open Gaming (SOG) spreadsheet, removing remaining dummy entries and adding links to the BGG discussion area. Also made the iFrame larger, so discussion links are visible without horizontal scrolling.

http://emsps.com/cog/sog.htm
 
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CoG was meant to be a local con (just a weekend and not associated with a hotel) but is actually drawing players from at least seven states!
 
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drummermark wrote:
I wasn't able to find the hours for which the con is open on the website. Could you please confirm?

Thanks!


You definitely weren't alone. I finally added the hours right under the title on the home page.
 
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What a great con! We ended up with a 50+% increase in attendance (to ~313) and no major stumbles. My thanks to all the volunteers who made this happen, and to the participants who share their love for this great hobby!
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Great Job, Eric. I attended on Saturday and had a great time. I got to play 2 of the top games on my "want to play" list.
 
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