I first came to Keycon to play Car Wars back at Keycon 3 and used to come year after year. I had run a local game convention called Wincon and had even run the gaming room at Keycon for a few years but haven’t attended Keycon in about a decade (kids will do that to you). We still popped by every year to check out the dealers’ room but didn’t attend the convention.
But when Tim asked me to help by running gaming, I couldn’t say no to him. He had always been very helpful to us and had never really asked for anything in return. He had a specific list of games that he wanted to see so I had to comply and was glad to do so.
Just prior to the convention, Tim had to drop out of being the con chair. Which meant that I didn’t have to run everything Tim had wanted but I still felt compelled to follow through on my commitment to run gaming.
Overall, the gaming went well.
We had Scott from the Manitoba Pathfinder Lodge running Pathfinder Society organized play scenarios all weekend.
Jim from Jimcon was there with a bunch of his own games and a bunch of games from Game Knight that people could borrow and play. Together we ran the Great Canadian Board Game Blitz on Saturday starting at noon. We weren’t sure what kind of a turn out we would have but we got eighteen players signed up. Twelve players played in at least 3 of the 5 rounds and five players played in all 5 rounds.
I didn’t get to see much of the rest of the convention but I was able to run my Grid Games – Disc Battles and Lightcycles on Friday night. I finished making the grid that day using black foamcore and pin striping.
The Disc Battles went well. The rules held up fine until we got down to just two players when it became more of a matter of waiting for the right run of cards.
I didn’t manage to finish the 3D trails for the Lightcycles but was able to trim down some post-it notes to use instead. The rules still need a bit more clarifications but the basic structure seemed to work fine.
I also ran Circus Imperium on the Saturday night. We had a great turnout with nine players and were down to a single player by the third lap due to players in HTH both knocking each other out - twice.
I was able to try out a few games and check out some rules for others. Between this and Tabletop, I’ve added Tsuro, Lascaux, and Get Bit! to my list of games to get and I’m close to finally moving Acquire on to the list as well.