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When people take days off work to go to a boardgaming convention and your workplace would like a general of where you'll be, do you just straight up tell your coworkers that you're going to a board gaming convention? If not, any generic, but still specific enough alternatives? I could just say "personal day" but I suppose it wouldn't kill me to be a bit creative.
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I just tell them I am going to a board game convention. I used to take "personal" days. Then I discovered just telling my boss where I was going worked as well. Funny thing is, now a few of my co-workers join me at some local conventions. So we all take the time off....
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"I'm going out of town for a convention in [wherever you're going]."

Most people won't ask a lot of details. If they ask questions, then tell them where you're going.
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Tell them you're off to spend a weekend playing "adult games" devilninja

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Sorry can't help much.

I just tell them I'm going to a board gaming convention.

Just tell them you are meeting up with some friends to hang out for a weekend.
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I wouldn't hide it, but neither would I feel the need to mention it.

People are naturally curious though, so if I am going out of town I might mention the area I am travelling to, if anybody expresses interest. If the interest is strong enough for the conversation to continue beyond that point, I would mention the game convention as one of several things I plan to check out in the area. For me, that would be true, as I'm too curious to ever attend a convention to the exclusion of all else when I travel.

People I socialize with know I like games, so if I go to a game convention I may as well mention where I am going to them, since I won't be able to keep from talking about it when I get back anyway! People I don't socialize with generally don't discuss my activities with me anyway.

So, where are you off to?
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ackmondual wrote:
When people take days off work to go to a boardgaming convention and your workplace would like a general of where you'll be, do you just straight up tell your coworkers that you're going to a board gaming convention?


Yes. This came up over labour day weekend. What are you doing this weekend? I'm off to a convention to play board games.

My standard answer to the introduce-yourself-to-a-new-team/say-something-about-yourself question is that I design board & card games.
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"Scoring some fresh wood."

"Checking out what I can get to expand my box."

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Be happy you're not going to roleplay conventions! That really tends to get the coworkers confused/assuming the kinkiest.

I work in a 13-man department so after a few weeks of patient explaining, I can just say I'm off to play board, video and/or roleplay games. Though occasionally it's still weird:

Boss: What are you doing for the long weekend, Jules?
Me: Oh, I'm going to the Ardennes, we've rented a house with two other couples for the weekend.
Boss: Oh, how sporty! You'll have a great time cycling through the forest, swimming in the lakes and walking through the hillside!
Me: Yeah, um..
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I would have no problem telling the truth, but my employer would never ask where I was going, unless it seemed like I didn't mind talking about it. But if they wanted to know how I was spending my time off, I'd probably tell them to get stuffed... it's none of their damn business!
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Cardboard Conference

When you get a confused stare, just say you're into different types of cardboard and other wood products.
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People in my office don't hide the fact that they are taking a "personal day" to go play golf. Golf is a game (sport) last time I checked too.
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ackmondual wrote:
When people take days off work to go to a boardgaming convention and your workplace would like a general of where you'll be, do you just straight up tell your coworkers that you're going to a board gaming convention? If not, any generic, but still specific enough alternatives? I could just say "personal day" but I suppose it wouldn't kill me to be a bit creative.


One wonders why in the heck your workplace think they have a right to know where you are going when you take vacation days.

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I haven't had a problem telling people I'll be at a convention playing board games. It can be difficult describing what board games I'll be playing (many assume I'm playing stuff normally found at mass-market retailers - Monopoly, Risk et al). Try describing Power Grid, Agricola, or 1830 to non-gamers...
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I straight up say I'm going to a convention. Usually nothing else is asked about it but occasionally it is and I answer. It was much cooler when I had a co-worker who liked anime and other geeky things and we would talk about Anime Expo but she moved away and now I'm the weirdo.
 
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Sad, I certainly wouldn't hesitate to tell people where I was going. I have no issue with my hobbies and if people at work cared enough to ask, they are likely friends who know me well enough to either be there with me or not care what I do with my time.
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Yeah, it's nothing to be ashamed of.
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Is it bad that I don't even have to say what it is for and they already know?

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When I meet new people (especially for dating purposes), one of the first things I've been doing is tell them about boardgames and show them a picture of an 18C2C: Manifest Destiny board about mid-game.

Their reaction, positive or negative, determines a good deal about how much interest I have in pursuing that relationship further.
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Small business or work seminar. It will make them wonder.
 
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"Hookers and blow."

They'll either stop asking questions, or you'll be fired on the spot. Either way, you'll have more time for gaming.
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