Tuesday, January 25, 2011

EGG (Eugene Games Gala) Convention next week here in Eugene!

I'm excited for the EGG game convention here in overcast Eugene, OR - perfect game playing weather! It is the weekend of Feb 4-6 (so in less than 2 weeks!). You can register at that link and find out a bit more about the convention, where it's located, etc.

What's really great about this convention is that everyone is very friendly and, even if you haven't been before, you are always welcome to join any game. 

There are tables all around the outside walls of the room where people put the games they've brought and generally you are allowed to look through them to see if there is something you are interested in playing. If you find something but don't know how to play, if you ask around eventually someone will speak up that they can teach and likely will even play it with you. 

Or, if you see a game starting up you can ask to join in if there are any seats available. So, if you go, you don't have to worry if you've brought a friend or not - there are plenty of new friends to be made!

My friend Lorna has been running this convention for a number of years and it's starting to get a good following. People from all around Oregon as well as Washington and even California have been known to make the trek here.

This will be my 3rd year going to it. I always have a blast and it's a great time to get together with some gaming friends that I don't get to see very often.

This convention is focused on all levels of board and card games (Euros, Ameritrash, long, short, etc), dexterity games, some wargames, with possibly an occasional party game. You won't really find any role playing, LARPing and such (which is fine by me as I'm not really into those anyhow)

Lorna usually goes to Essen, Germany, each year in the fall and brings back some of the latest and greatest Euros for the year and EGG is a great opportunity to get a chance to sample them.

Interestingly, I think it's also starting to become a bit of a train game mecca. Train games as in the more hard-core train games with stock shares, fierce competition and a little friendly backstabbing (although you might see Ticket to Ride being played as well - just as a fine a game as any in my opinion!). It seems like a bunch of train game players from the Portland may be making the trek down this year.

Check out the geek list to see what people are talking about playing this year! Hope to see you there!

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