I made the three hour drive from my home to St. Louis on Friday and arrived at the convention 5 hours before my friends would make an appearance and did not no a single soul at the convention. I nervously picked up my badge and was given the basic info on how to check out games, win prizes, various tournaments that were taking place, and a schedule of events.
After cruising the library of over 800 titles to select from, I decided to cruise the main ballroom to find a flag for a group of gamers looking for additional players. Oddly enough the first group I joined was playing a homemade game (although very well made). They informed me that other players had sat down only to leave, but I was intrigued. It was a board game in which you laid down tiles, creating a different board in each play, collected various items to solve a cure (or be cursed), and either solve the curse or kill the remaining players. The game was actually quite fun and it was very educational to see the process that went into creating a homemade board game that you hope to one day publish. The couple who made the game were very nice and we all had a nice time playing the game.
|The zombies won quite easily|
The rest of the weekend was filled with similar experiences. It struck me at one point in the convention that I had not seen one person look or sound upset. In gaming at home and with friends (or especially with my 5-year old son) I am used to someone being upset at losing or when someone plays a card or takes an action that adversely affects another player. The magic of this gaming convention was that we were all amongst friends, we were all playing games, and we were all having fun. Add to the fact that Miniature Market gave away free gifts for attending, had games on sale 4 for $20, and allowed Geekway attendees to shop directly from their warehouse, we were in board gaming heaven. Geekway featured card games, dexterity games, kids games, strategy games, card games, dice games, role playing games, and more.
After spending over 24 hours over a three day period playing board games I can only look back and smile and rank the top 5 games I played over the weekend.
1. Zombicide - We were only able to play 2 games of Zombicide due to its popularity at the convention. Zombicide is a game in which you assume the role of a survivor attempting to survive the zombie apocalypse. What I enjoy about Zombicide is how the game increases its intensity as the game progresses. As soon as one player in your group levels up, each zombie spawn is more terrifying, and each objective harder to obtain. We were unsuccessful in our Zombicide attempt, but had an absolute blast attempting it.
2. Flash Point - As someone with a very competitive wife, I am always on the lookout for cooperative games. Flash Point is a cooperative game in which you assume the role of a fire fighter attempting to keep a fire at bay and rescue survivors. The fire can get out of hand quick so it is imperative that you work well with your team in order to be successful. Tim once again joined us for this game and I am happy to report that we were able to save all seven victims before the structure collapsed.
|Gearbox for Formula D|
|This was all that was left standing,|
but that is enough.