|I won my very own Space Penguin!|
King of Tokyo - From my perspective, which is limited to board games, King of Tokyo generated tons of positive buzz through the convention. Iello Games was giving out King of Tokyo promotional cards at its booth which fans lined up for before the doors opened and hourly tournaments in the gaming hall for a chance to win the new character Space Penguin. The lines for a chance to win a Space Penguin were consistent throughout the convention and when I was successful in winning mine some of my fellow competitors had been trying for days to get their hands on this exclusive. By Saturday Iello Games had sold out of both King of Tokyo and its expansion. Iello Games also debuted two games that caught my eye in Three Little Pigs and Zombie '15.
Best Game I Played:
Other Good Games:
|Walk the Plank was great family fun|
Dungeon Roll - I mentioned this in my preview and was quite impressed with its Gen Con showing. Dungeon Roll's booth featured about 10 demos that seemed to be in constant motion. I enjoyed a demo and enjoyed the press your luck dungeon crawl. The greater risk, the greater the reward.
Square Shooters - Chimera Hobby Shop did its research and patented a layout that allows you to roll hands for rummy, poker blackjack and more. The 54 sides of dice include 2 jokers and a full set of cards. The initial set comes with a variety of games, poker chips and is quite fun. The possibility of games you can play with a deck of cards on dice is endless. To top things off Chimera Hobby Shop is holding a contest with a $2,000 purse and publication for a fan that can come up with a game related to the dice. For more information check out www.squareshooters.com. I played a couple of quick games with my son and they were an instant success.
Munchkin Pathfinder - I had the pleasure of playing Munckin Pathfinder at the Steve Jackson Games booth and it was an absolute blast. In addition to a class, player have a faction card that give them additional powers and levels up. Munchkin Pathfinder includes a board to keep track of player leveling and is similar to other Munchkin titles.
Chupacabra Dice - This game coming out soon from Steve Jackson, pits your chupacabra against your opponents chickens, goats, and bulls. Another light hearted game in which you steal your opponents dice. The chupacabra may be fierce, but the farm animals have strength in numbers. This game is sure to be a hit like its brethren Zombie Dice and Cthulhu Dice.
The Big Game:
|I was part of a World Record!|
I sure hope my first year at Gen Con is not my last. I found the experience of playing game for four days to be extremely enjoyable. What I appreciated with Gen Con is how hands on it is. You are experiencing the convention, not merely attending it. Plus, whether you are an RPG player, a tabletop gamer, a casual gamer, or just a curious individual, there will be something that will cater to your needs. While I thoroughly enjoy the other conventions I attend each year, there is something unique to the level of interactivity and community that will bring me back to Gen Con in 2014 and hopefully beyond.