My first time going to New MexiCon after wanting to go for a couple years. I’d heard good things and I know a lot of people that go and are involved in running the con. The timing finally worked out so I could go this year.
The con overall was great. Small (max attendance somewhere around mid-high 70s, I think). Things seemed well-run. Even knowing some behind-the-scenes stuff that didn’t go perfectly, from an attendee’s perspective it all felt really smooth. It uses an interesting priority system to get into games. No pre-registering, they do a “muster” where GMs pitch what they want to run and players try to get in to what they want to play based on the aforementioned priority system. The first slot was a little clunky, but it got smoothed out and it went pretty smoothly after that. I can’t imagine the current system working for more than 100 people or so, but it works for now.
Long story short: I had a great time, and this is definitely on my list of cons to try to get to every year. Continue reading →
I went to Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio for the first time this year. I primarily went for Games on Demand and that’s where I ended up spending the majority of my time. I left the room pretty much only for food, bathroom breaks, & sleep. I barely even saw the vendor hall. I went in with the intention of walking around a bit, but got distracted by a board game demo right as I walked in and then the hall closed and I didn’t get a chance to go back.
Anyhow! Of course, what I really want to talk about is PLAYING ALL THE GAMES. All told, I played a total of 11 games. Two of which I’d played before: The Climb & Spark, though when I played Spark previously it was in a pretty early beta stage. Continue reading →