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ackmondual
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For me.... smaller ones, if I have games of mine I'd really like to get played, or the logistics is convenient (e.g. close by parking, and I don't need to walk 200 meters just to get to the game area).

Nowadays, but larger ones in general... No. There's generally enough selection that I can usually get into a game that I like, or like to try out. The most I've done here was leave the box at home and put a game in a large, freezer zip bag (board, card decks, other bits), and walk around with that in my backpack. Bring up to 1 or 2 more games, if they don't take up too much volume.
 
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Kent Reuber
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If I have the game that I'm interested in playing, I'll bring it along, even if it's for an event that someone else is running. By bringing a 2nd copy, additional tables with more players can be accommodated.
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Larry Kruger
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I'll usually take a few of my favorites like Russian/German Railroads and Lords of Waterdeep/Scoundrels of Skullport, as well as some that aren't as common, like Scoville.
 
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I do bring games to GenCon, because I crash in a (large) hotel room with 8-10 other gamers, and we'll play stuff there at night after we're done with the convention hall for the day.
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Mike Jones
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I usually only take about 30-40 games with me to a con.
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I take 5-10.
I like to play new stuff i have not seen but then i like to get old titles i own that i realy enjoy to the table.
 
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I take hard to get games, games I've committed to teaching, and games I am in love with to share with others.
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Guantanamo wrote:
I usually only take about 30-40 games with me to a con.


Amateur.
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The literal answer is Yes, while yet knowing from experience it to be mostly unfruitful in the face of other opportunities discovered upon arrival. It is a matter of "backup plan".

 
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Bordgamer wrote:
Guantanamo wrote:
I usually only take about 30-40 games with me to a con.


Amateur.


Yes, I hang my head in shame.
 
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I take games, usually a mixture of types including games I want to play but usually don't get the chance. Carriage is an issue so number depends on how I am traveling to an event. If driving it is usually a case of filling the car boot.
 
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Not only do I bring any popular games the con library lacks, I actually bring additional shelving and ADD my games (temporarily) to the con's library (assuming the con is within driving distance). You do get a bit more wear and tear, but I haven't had any losses to date (I do put peelable labels on every box and shelf). Greater good, baby!
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Geoffrey Burrell
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No I don't because there are a lot of opportunities to play different games at a Con without me bringing my own. I just have to remember to bring a lot of cash for potential games and/or terrain that I might buy.
 
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Surely that's like taking beer to the pub?
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CPAG wrote:
Surely that's like taking beer to the pub?


Depends on your normal gaming group - there are some games I wouldn't expect to pull out with my normal group that I can always find people at a Con to get it on the table with.

PS: thumbs up for Eric bringing shelves and games to Cons - I've benefited a few times and saw him at a con over the weekend. Thanks Eric!
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Bring games you've designed to playtest.
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I prefer to take a few games because there will be times that the library will not have a copy you are looking for or you can not find an open seat. When that happens I take out one of my games, set it out and play the "Need Players" flag up and wait for a victim.... I mean player and start playing.
 
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Yes, but generally because I'm running them.

Maybe one favorite gets packed otherwise (in case I want to play off hours).
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hmontalvoj wrote:
I prefer to take a few games because there will be times that the library will not have a copy you are looking for or you can not find an open seat. When that happens I take out one of my games, set it out and play the "Need Players" flag up and wait for a victim.... I mean player and start playing.
Unless I know ahead of time the game selection from the library and what people bring in may be on the more lackluster side, I'll bring in games with expansions. With many cons and collections, you often cannot count on players having the expansions you desire (especially if they're new and or on the pricy side).
 
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If you are planning to play in a tournament the situation is different. You will definitely want to bring a copy of the games for the tournaments you are playing in. The convention and the GM have only got a couple of copies, and that will only handle 2-3 tables worth of players.

We have had situations (especially when you have a lot of newer players) where we haven't had enough copies for everyone who wants to play. Trust me, this is not a good experience for anyone!

So please, do bring games for tournaments.

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I tend to bring games to Cons that I want to play or am willing to teach others to play. The game libraries at most Cons tend to be out of date, plus there's no guarantee that a popular game won't be checked out. So, yes, bringing games to Cons is a good idea.
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Eric Engelmann wrote:
Not only do I bring any popular games the con library lacks, I actually bring additional shelving and ADD my games (temporarily) to the con's library (assuming the con is within driving distance). You do get a bit more wear and tear, but I haven't had any losses to date (I do put peelable labels on every box and shelf). Greater good, baby!


You, sir, are awesome. I am just sorry I cannot come play at conventions with you.
 
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schemaman wrote:
CPAG wrote:
Surely that's like taking beer to the pub?


Depends on your normal gaming group - there are some games I wouldn't expect to pull out with my normal group that I can always find people at a Con to get it on the table with.


Bingo. The games I bring to cons are games that are special; I have trouble finding groups at home to play, rare games (even by con standards), or games that I have a special edition of that other players might want to try. For example, I bring my English text set of Glory to Rome with European edition artwork, a custom set of Container, or my big board copy of Indonesia, etc. That means I end up toting around 4, maybe 5 games with me to a con and that's it. Usually I split the difference and offer to teach about half of them and the rest come out if someone requests a game or something. To me, conventions are the opportunities to try unique stuff like that.
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John Weber wrote:

I tend to bring games to Cons that I want to play or am willing to teach others to play. The game libraries at most Cons tend to be out of date, plus there's no guarantee that a popular game won't be checked out. So, yes, bringing games to Cons is a good idea.


Exactly this. I bring games that I've arranged ahead of time to teach, games that I am dying to get to the table (Star Wars: Rebellion can be hard outside of a con), and then smaller games that are easy to transport and play (Codenames, Secret Hitler, Happy Salmon).
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This year I brought and played the long format games that are usually too difficult to either find the time to play or find players willing to play. Conventions are great for trying old and unusual in addition to the new and shiny.
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