To be honest, I didn't like the name "Getting Dicey." Going with this much simpler, to-the-point title this time.
So, I have not played many games this last month. Weird. It's like I had something else occupying all my time. Not sure what that was, but it may be the subject of my Father Knows Best coming next month.
Anyway, I wanted to share a little bit about Gaming Conventions. Last year I went to my first gaming convention: Geekway To The West in St. Louis, MO. IT. WAS. AWESOME!!!
I've been getting heavy into board gaming over the last 2-3 years, ever since my friends introduced me to games like Ticket To Ride, Shadows Over Camelot and Talisman. When they told me about Geekway last year, I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. It was. I played so many new games like Euphoria (Build a Better Dystopia), Coal Baron (great worker placement game), Firefly (based on the TV show - shiny!), and also got to play a 60 player game of Werewolf.
This year, I'm going again, but I it's different for a number of reasons. First, I know what to expect. Last year, I really didn't know how to get into games when I didn't know anyone around. This year, I not only know how to use the Meeple "Players Wanted" signs, but I also know a bunch more people going. Also, after listening to several episodes of The Dice Tower over the last year, I'm aware of many of the latest games to get a lot of buzz. Games like Mysterium, Dead of Winter, and XCOM the Board Game.
My favorite part of the convention is the Play and Win. There are about 50 games (3 copies of each) that you can play throughout the weekend, when you do, you put your name into a drawing to win a copy of that game. Last year I won a copy of Tzolkin: The Mayan Calendar and its expansion. I already had the base game, so I sold the base for cash and bought Terra Mystica instead. Oh... and you get a free game just for registering. Last year I got a roll-and-move game called Bakong that I thought was mediocre, but my son sure liked it. They did have some gems last year, and this year I'm hoping to get King of Tokyo of Sons of Anarchy.
If you love Board Games, Conventions are a great way to try a bunch of new stuff out, or get to those long drawn out games that you have a hard time getting to the table. Conventions are becoming more and more popular. To find one near you, I suggest looking here, or try Board Game Geek.
What have you been playing lately?