The con seems to be evolving. In 2005 Mr. Sheasby and I arrived
about 10:30 Thursday and were the 2nd and 3rd people to sign in.
In 2006, I helped prepared Wednesday afternoon and helped
with the game table and library in the evening. There was
some gaming Wednesday night, and by 10:15 on Thursday
there were 5-10 games going.
This year we got in a quick Street Soccer, and a group of 6+
gathered with Jeff Anderson volunteering to teach Agricola.
Before we started Aldie showed up and we had a crowd moving
a near-infinite number of boxes of games. Then there were
the registration boxes, prize boxes, and boxes containing other boxes.
Unlike last year they had almost enough tables for the games.
Last year there were 1000-1100 games plus a small number of
This year it was 1200+ games, and at least 50-100 Essen games.
(Essen games were still arriving from the likes of Jay
of Rio Grande Games in the evening.)
A crew of us moved the boxes into the game library and several of
us organized the games. Actually we organized them several times.
We then helped Yehuda separate the cards for his massive
Piratenhändler game. Strangely he wasn't sympathetic for
our 40-minute drive to the convention after flying in from Israel.
Then it was off to dinner at the nearby (3 miles) Hard Eight BBQ.
Strangely, this dinner group was 1/2 Texan and 1/2 from Colorado.
Good people all, and the BBQ was excellent!
Upon returning we encountered a world of celebrities, including
Fantasy Flight reps, Friedemann Friese, Ted Alspach, Greg Schloesser,
and uncounted others.
We finally, after a 5 hour delay for work, got back to an
initial game of Agricola. It took 4 hours to learn the game,
and play through a full game, ending at 11:30 with Lisa (39 pts),
Brian (38), myself (29), Steven (25), and Scott (15).
Everything said about this is right - an excellent game.
But it took Jeff and Aldie a rumored 16 hours of painful work
to past English for two copies of this game.
Other games we saw included Felix, Cat in the Sack (taught by Friedemann), Wings of War, Gipsy King (taught by Ted Alspach),
Heroquest, Kingsburg, a massive 11 player 7 Nimmt, and lots more.
Now, its 1AM and I'm for bed to get ready for tomorrow.
OK, its morning and I'm awake again, so a couple more things.
We did manage to get English translations for more of
the Essen games. Aldie and Randy gave me a list of 20
or so games, and with Steven Sheasby's help we got translations
for most of these.
The real problem was locating them in the library to
put the rules in. The library is in alphabetic order,
except there is a table for small games and card games,
plus the Essen games table, and we frequently didn't
know which table everything was on. With Sterling's
help we got most of the rules in, except "Haps"
that is hiding somewhere in the library.
The BGG Con area is at the back of the Westin in Irving, TX.
Lots of available parking (much better than last year)
but public transport (never great in Dallas) is poor.
We are going to have to do a lot of grouping visitors
with the locals to car pool out for food.
We were gaming in the lobby and in the smaller of the
gaming rooms last night - it was still a large area!
I haven't seen the big game room. The prize table
looks much better than last year, but it was midnight
so I didn't spend much time there.
Hopefully I'll see lots of you at the Con.
Whoopee Doopee, we have fun!
You lost the game!
Thanks for the report!
Keep 'em coming, and have a great time!
Cary Grant, 1904 - 1986
How old Cary Grant? Old Cary Grant fine. How you?
Ugh....remind me of my horrid score in Agricola will ya! I like that game, but I have some learning to do--like notice when your family needs to be feed.