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Dan Edelen
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Is it me, or is the news coming out of Gathering of Friends 2013 nearly nonexistent?

Someone post a few more Geeklists and do some reporting so the rest of us can live vicariously!

Dale Yu gets a few points for sharing SOMETHING at Opinionated Gamers, and then there's Gathering Seven -- Finally!, but a bit more mise-en-scène would be appreciated.

We, the great unwashed, thank you.

 
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Does anyone really care about the Gathering of Friends anymore?

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The brunt of the Gathering gets there next weekend. The Gathering is a 10 day affair, and very few people can make it for the full Monty.

I used to want to do the Gathering hard core, but now I have family, 10 days in Buffalo does not sound appealing, especially since we have BGG.CON in Texas.
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Darilian wrote:
Does anyone really care about the Gathering of Friends anymore?


For those not illustrious enough to be invited, I suppose the denial burns white hot, eh?

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what is it?
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edelen wrote:
Darilian wrote:
Does anyone really care about the Gathering of Friends anymore?


For those not illustrious enough to be invited, I suppose the denial burns white hot, eh?

devil


My point was that I think that the hobby (and this board) had moved towards a broader aesthetic on games, rather than the more focused one prevalent amongst those who frequent the Gathering of Friends.

Given that Formula D and Munchkin have been on Wheaton's Tabletop, its pretty clear that the majority of gamers in the overall hobby is interested in more than just the latest Essen releases. I think that's a good thing.

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Darilian wrote:

Given that Formula D and Munchkin have been on Wheaton's Tabletop, its pretty clear that the majority of gamers in the overall hobby is interested in more than just the latest Essen releases. I think that's a good thing.


How about for us who never really cared about the majority of gamers?
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Darilian wrote:
Given that Formula D and Munchkin have been on Wheaton's Tabletop, its pretty clear that the majority of gamers in the overall hobby is interested in more than just the latest Essen releases. I think that's a good thing.

Darilian

Being "Cult of the new" guy (2 plays and move on) and being interested in new games (relying on "cult of the new" guys) are very different things. I like to play old games, but I already know about them or own them, so if I read news/reports of course I want to know about something new.
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riddlen wrote:
what is it?


Gathering of Friends?

It's an invitation-only event sponsored by Alan Moon of Ticket to Ride fame. The "creme de la gamers" get together to play recent releases and talk gaming. As many designers are invited (Friedemann Friese is a regular), it's often a showcase of prototype games and future releases, more so than many other board game events of its type. I'd say that's why it matters and is different enough from your typical con.

I guess you could say it's the closest the gaming world gets to its own Bilderberg Group.




Funny note: I googled Friese to check the spelling on his name, and he has his own Google sidebar mini-bio, just like Jon Bon Jovi.


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Darilian wrote:


Given that Formula D and Munchkin have been on Wheaton's Tabletop, its pretty clear that the majority of gamers in the overall hobby is interested in more than just the latest Essen releases. I think that's a good thing.

Darilian


I played a party game prototype here at the Gathering tonight that would be right up the alley of "the majority of" gamers, and it's the playtesting of awesome stuff like that, along with all other types of games, that makes the Gathering a great coming together of designers and gamers. Among lots of other things! But don't dismiss what could come out of an event like this for any kind of gamer, be they interested in Essen releases or not
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There's a few attendees providing twitter updates, #gof2013 I think.
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