2018 conventions

The 2nd Meeplecon India event will take place on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at Dublin Square, Phoenix Market City, Mumbai, India. Its the first, and only, event dedicated to board games in India.

Event organizers are expecting over 3000 adult hobby board gamers. A large portion of the venue has been allocated to the Kidzone, a dedicated gaming section for children aged 4-12, which will feature various STEM toys and board games. Over 300 schools across Mumbai are expected to participate as well. Tournaments and scheduled gameplay sessions are also planned.

Information on their website is still being updated but you can find out more information about the convention there.

 

The Arkham investigators, from Arkham Horror: The Card Game, face a new horror at Gen Con 2018 as something ancient stirs beneath the sands of Egypt. They must gather to uncover the cause of this mystery in The Eternal Slumber scenario.

“Something strange is happening in Cairo, Egypt. Seemingly random victims all throughout the city have fallen into comas, leaving doctors baffled. When Jessie Burke comes to you desperate for help, you find yourself obligated to assist, despite the risk that you may never again wake from a night of sleep. Your team of investigators must search throughout Cairo and the ruins of ancient Egypt to find a way to lift this curse… and in the process, unveil a sinister machination between two forces far beyond our comprehension.” [source]

At Gen Con 2018, Fantasy Flight Games will be running a special event which utilizes this unique scenario which can be played by 1-4 players as a standalone scenario or integrated into any campaign as a side story. The scenario will also be made available and sent out to participating retail stores in Invocation Kits this fall, before Arkham Nights 2018. Each copy, both at Gen Con and the Invocation Kits, will include a promotional, extended art card.

A second scenario, The Night’s Usurper, will also be released as a standalone scenario and continues the story of The Eternal Slumber scenario. It will also come with a promotional, extended art card but this will only be available at Arkham Nights 2018.

The results of the playthroughs will be recorded and affect the Arkham Horror: The Card Game community at Arkham Nights 2018. Depending on the result at Arkham Nights, one of three different basic weaknesses will be included in a future product, with a nod to the events in The Night’s Usurper.

The Gen Con event has already sold out so if you can’t make it to either Gen Con 2018 or Arkham Nights 2018, both scenarios will be released as a single retail package titled Guardians of the Abyss later in the year.

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Steve Jackson, owner and publisher of Steve Jackson Games, will be attending Origins Game Fair 2018 in June. This is your chance to learn to play a game or snag an autograph from the designer who has won multiple Origins awards and created games such as OGRE and Illuminati. He’ll also be part of special events in which you’ll be able to participate.

Mr Jackson will be demoing the following games:

  • Illuminati – 1pm on Wednesday, June 13th
  • The Fantasy Trip – 1pm on Thursday, June 14th
  • OGRE – 1pm on Friday, June 15th (where he will take on 12 players at once)
  • Triplanetary – 1pm on Saturday, June 16th

Steve Jackson Games will have a special room setup in room C150 where he’ll also be available on Sunday, June 17th at 1pm, for a session called “Office Hours with Steve”. He’ll also be available for autographs in this room at 5pm on Friday and Saturday.

Keep an eye on the Steve Jackson Games Facebook page for more information.

GrandCon is the annual board gaming event held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s a community event which raises money for local charities while everyone has fun doing so.

Portal GamesIgnacy Trzewiczek has been announced as a guest this year. As a designer he’s created great games including Imperial Settlers, Stronghold, Pret-A-Porter, Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island, and 51st State. As head of publishing he’s overseen the release of Alien Artifacts, Cry Havoc, and Tides of Madness. He’s also released a book, “Boardgames that tell Stories”.

The “golden voice” of the Dice Tower, Eric Summerer, has also been confirmed as a guest. Eric has been the co-host of the Dice Tower podcast since 2009 and has served as a voiceover artist, announcer, and part-time singer for many other Dice Tower related videos and podcasts. He can also be heard on a number of Audible books across many genres.

Other great guests include Isaac Childres (Gloomhaven designer), Jon Gilmore (Dead of Winter co-designer), Albin Johnson (Founder of 501st Legion), Chris Kirkman (founder of Dice Hate Me Games), Richard Launius (Arkham Horror designer), and many, many others. See the full list of guests on the GrandCon website.

GrandCon will be from 14 – 16 September, 2018. Badges are currently available for sale.