GrandCon Gaming Convention! (the photo dump post)
Posted September 22, 2013on:
We have returned, victorious from GrandCon! A new gaming convention in Grand Rapids, MI, GrandCon featured pre-scheduled gaming events, a ginormous gaming library you could sign games out from, a Pathfinder competition, table top roleplaying, game demos, a really nice dealer room, seminars, and more. I’m happy we got there early in the morning on Saturday, as the registration lines only grew and grew into the afternoon. I heard at one point that over 1200 badges were printed and that they ran out of programs. I think they’re gonna need a bigger hotel/convention location next year!
There was also an adventure to a brand new comic/gaming shop in the city, and an unintentionally SFnal dinner involving LED lights in a sushi presentation.
While I write up a longer post about the super cool World building panel that was presented by Tracy Hickman, Ed Greenwood, Steven Schend and Jeff Grubb, you should enjoy these photos.
photodump commencing in three. . . . two. . . . and we have lift-off/photo dump!
These huge cardboard monsters were set up in the lobby, they were part of an oversized gaming demo for King of Tokyo
The game comes with regular sized dice, and regular sized cardboard characters that go on a regular sized board, but throwing big plushy dice is so much more fun!
More gaming demos in the lobby everywhere I looked:
Once I finally got past the “ooh, what’s that!” of the lobby, there was a game room that had prescheduled games at different times of the day and an open gaming library room with much more games, but much more crowded tables. My husband ran High Frontier, which I talked about here. Both gaming rooms were jam packed all afternoon and evening.
The gaming library was incredible. this is a privately owned gaming library of over 1,000 board games, everything from Monopoly to Ticket to Ride to Twilight Struggle to Nuns on the Run, to every kind of board game you could imagine. This gaming library, just look at it!
the room was packed, everyone was having a great time:
wait, what’s that I see, in the center of this table? Is it? could it be? YES, it’s the brand new Firefly game! I didn’t get a chance to play it, but I did get some close up photos:
Elsewhere, there was plenty to do and see. I was wearing my Totoro t-shirt, and as I was complimenting this lovely TARDIS lady, she was complimenting my shirt. We had a mutual squee moment.
I’m not sure what Kittens in a Blender is, but I want it. could be my stepping stone towards Cards Against Humanity?
On the way to dinner, we went to Vault of Midnight, a new comic/gaming shop in downtown Grand Rapids. If you live over there, you know that this weekend was the opening of ArtPrize. I think I got the very last parallel parking spot in the entire city.
and look who was working there!
Most of the staff were wearing super hero capes! it was a very cool shop! Came home with some graphic novels and a manga.
This is the big photo dump post, but stay tuned for a post about listening to two geniuses talk about world building for 90 minutes, Ed Greenwood and Tracy Hickman.