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In South Florida on January 5, 2019 and have some time on your hands? Drop by Flamingocon 13, a single-day, mini-con where you can gather together with 250+ other board game aficionados to try, learn and play new or beloved games.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own but they can also borrow games to play. The game library will contain 150+ titles. A. During the con, it will also be possible to try out new or not-yet-published games from Ocean Family Games, Wendigo Publishing and others. There will be a separate room devoted to D&D/ Pathfinder/RPGs with game masters prepared to take attendees on a wild adventure. In addition, there will be vendors present and a flea market of gently used games to stock up your collection.

A “Play to Win” initiative allows attendees to play certain games during the con and enter for the chance to take home the game. This year, these games include Euphoria, Between Two Castles and My Little Scythe from Stonemaier Games.

Flamingocon 13 is happening at the South County Civic Center, located at 16700 Jog Rd, just south of Linton Blvd. in Delray Beach. Opening hours are 9 am to 10 pm, with game library checkout ending at 8 pm.

Flamingocon 13 is a fundraising event for Flamingocon, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that donates board games and time teaching them to students, library patrons, patients and others in need of fun, positive social interaction.

For more information, email flamingogamescon@gmail.com
For tickets, table reservations, t-shirt store and information go to www.flamingocon.org.

For a one-of-a-kind adult camping/convention hybrid, it doesn’t get much better than Epic Nerd Camp. Ever wanted to learn sword fighting, archery, horseback riding, while having a huge board gaming library available on the same campground? Look no further than Starrucca, Pennsylvania to find just that. 2017 marks the 2nd year of the event and tickets are on sale now. As described via their press release:

Annually held, Epic Nerd Camp is a camp/con experience that focuses on building community through social activities, learning hero skills, expressing creativity, and making lasting friendships that come from summer camp. […]There’s so much to entertain at Epic Nerd Camp. You just pick what you like and you can improve your skills and/or learn new ones.”

Available activities include Arts & Crafts, such as making chainmail or cosplay outfits, LARPing, swordplay, archery, wall climbing, juggling, swimming, and more. There will also be an air conditioned gaming room with an impressive board gaming library which will also host special events. The camp takes places across two sessions which either or both can be attended, from August 12th – 16th, and then the 16th – 20th. If you’re interested in Epic Nerd Camp 2017, check out their website and their YouTube channel for more information!

The Dice Tower Convention recently announced they were down to less than 100 tickets available for attendees. The Orlando-based convention happens July 5th-9th this year and is the fifth iteration of the event. Featuring Guests of Honor Ignacy Trzewiczek and Eric Lang, the show promises five non-stop days of gaming and is geared for a more laid-back, family-friendly experience.
Visit the website for more information, or register now before tickets are all gone

hascon

Its true. Hasbo has decided to enter the convention business and they are promising it will be unlike any other before. This landmark convention, appropriately named HASCON (not HAZMAT) promises to contain first-of-it’s-kind activities such as meet-n-greets, movie previews and for the theatre lovers among us even stage performances.

No mention of Wizards of the Coast by name but Magic the Gathering has been referenced in recent press releases. Other product lines to be included will be Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Nerf, and yes, Play-doh.

Interested in attending? Its being held in Providence at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center from September 8-10, 2017.  Sprinkled Doughnuts not included.

For all of the latest information on HASCON 2017, you can visit their page here.

strategy

On August 25-28 of 2016, a new tabletop gaming event will make its debut at the Telford International Centre in the central United Kingdom: Strategy.  This event will be organized by MCM Central, and will offer table top gaming a superb platform to reach out to worldwide consumer visitors and industry.

From the official press release:

Positioned after Gencon Indy, Strategy provides an ideal opportunity for a European platform to showcase upcoming games and new releases. The show will feature board games, card games, miniatures games and roleplaying games – plus dedicated tournament and playing space. All in a 24-hours-a-day show opening Thursday and running through to Sunday evening.  Plans are also underway to include panels, special events and live evening entertainment for visitors wishing to make Strategy a weekend to remember. More news and announcements will be available via our website and social media platforms over the coming months.

For more information on Strategy, visit the website here.

genghis con

Genghis Con 2016 is right around the corner, being held from February 11-14, 2016, in Aurora, Colorado at the Radisson Southeast.

Genghis Con will feature many opportunities in gaming, such as:

  • Role-playing games (Savage Worlds, D&D, and Hero’s RPG)
  • Access to the Gen Con board game library, with over 700 games (Board Game Ribbon required to access)
  • Auction
  • Catan Regional Championship qualifier (winner will compete at Gen Con 2016)
  • Miniatures room run by Gamer’s Haven game store
  • Envoy Games regional championships in Diamonds, Game of 49, Spellcaster, Nevermore, Skull King, and Wizard
  • Artemis Bridge Simulator
  • Cosplay contest
  • Live-action role-playing
  • Dungeon Crawl of Awesome featuring an entire floor for a sic-fi dungeon crawl

Hotel rooms are available for $89/night with the group code “Gen Con”.  For more information, visit the convention’s web site at www.genghiscondenver.com.

casual game revolution

Casual Game Revolution has published on their site a 2016 Tabletop Game Convention “comprehensive list” for the convenience of board gamers everywhere.  The list is primarily gaming conventions in the United States, but also contains names of major conventions occurring elsewhere.  As of January 12, 2016, the list has been opened to the general public for editing, with the hopes that the list will grow to be as complete and accurate as possible.

To check out this list, or to add or edit information about an upcoming convention near you, visit the Casual Game Revolution website here.

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At the Essen Spiel 2015 this past fall, many attendees, especially those from abroad, expressed some frustration at not having enough designated gaming areas, tables, or any open area in which to game.  Many resorted to playing in their hotel rooms on their beds, hoping not to lose too many pieces from the games.

Dice & Mystics, a prominent German board game guild, has discussed this issue amongst its members and has decided to come to the aid of Essen Spiel-goers this coming fall of 2016.  The guild is offering their gaming space in Bochum, 15 to 20 minutes away from the Spiel, to anyone who needs space to try out their newly-acquired gaming treasures.  The facility is well-lit, and provides table and an atmosphere conducive to comfortable gaming.  Food and soft drinks may be consumed on the premises as well.

The guild requests that anyone interested in using the facility to please contact them to make an appointment in advance, as space is limited.  The gaming hall will be open from 4:00 PM to midnight, and use of the facility will be free-of-charge.

Registration for use of the facility is open until August 10, 2016.  To contact the guild for more information or to register for facility use, visit their guild page here.

Who Dice & Mystics are

Dice & Mystics are a constantly growing board game guild on BoardGameGeek and are listed on NRW Spielt, a German platform which provides information on gaming events in North Rhine Westphalia. We are not a club but an informal group of board game and RPG lovers without membership fees, officials or obligations and no rules except those of common courtesy and open-mindedness. Our aims are good games, good company, and lots of fun. We hold game sessions on a regular basis. Our core group meet in Bochum, NRW, Germany. All ages are welcome. We speak German and English.

All the games we play are privately owned. We operate exclusively by our Game Host System (nicknamed the GHoSt) which means you can bring your own game and play. You are expected to allow anybody to join you and you are very welcome to join in at any other game, provided there is still room for one more player. If you do not have a game to bring along, you can simply come and watch and maybe join in anyway. Our Dice & Mystics group will always be present.

We have spacious well-lit rooms with large tables, generously made available to us free of charge. You can bring your own food and (soft) drinks and borrow cutlery etc. from the kitchen (provided you also wash up). There are a small pizza parlour and a kiosk for drinks, sweets etc. practically next door and delivery services nearby.

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On August 4-7, 2016, Gen Con, North America’s largest hobby gaming convention, will open its doors for another jam-packed, wildly popular series of gaming events and experiences for thousands of gamers and gaming industry professionals.  Gen Con continues to expand every year, and it was more than evident at the 2015 convention that more space was critical in order to continue to make more room for those involved in this ever-growing hobby.

Adrian Swartout, Gen Con CEO/Owner, has announced that in 2016, Gen Con will be expanding its convention space to include Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium.  According to Swartout, “Gen Con has grown to host nearly 200,000 turnstile attendees, and it is evident that we have to accelerate our growth plans to meet attendee, exhibitor, and event organizer demand. Expansion into Lucas Oil Stadium allows Gen Con to keep offering more gaming, exhibition, and entertainment options each year.”

One of the main events that will be hosted in the stadium will be the popular True Dungeon event, which creates an immersive environment where players can solve puzzles and battle giant monsters.

For more information on this announcement and to read the full article, visit the Gen Con website here.

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BGG.Con is underway and amidst the excitement and eager gamers, Artana sat down with our own Eric Summerer to show off a very intriguing new title – Chronicles: Origins. Designed by Dirk Knemeyer and Rob Daviau, Origins very literally will be the first of the chronicles series which will take players on a journey of creating a new world from scratch! Via it’s BGG entry:

First, players take the role of leaders of a small and emerging tribe, collaborating to avoid threats, exploit opportunities, and build the tribe to a position of growth and stability. Then, once a variety of tribes have been created, players take leadership of a city-state that evolved from an original tribe and contest the region with their opponents who are the leaders of city-states of their own.

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The game features the legacy mechanism that has been popularized by Risk: Legacy and the recently released Pandemic: Legacy. Judging by the information available, it seems that Artana is differentiating their product from those powerhouses, which turned hour-long classics into week-long affairs, by adapting the evolving game with specialized components, chits, and tried-and-true role playing elements. What really makes it stand out, though, is something called the “Echo System”, which allows the unique creations of each player that stands it’s test of time to easily transfer and continue to later releases of the series. For fans of legacy games, this is a good step forward. We now have a game that’s preparing itself at release for expansive content that allows the legacy game to continue to live and breathe beyond it’s shelf-life. The potential for this design step is incredible, to say the least. I look forward to hearing more about it.