Yes, you have arrived.
As you walk in you see a couple of tables. Lorna's games occupy the first and Bryon's occupy the next table over. Lorna says "Hi!" as you walk in. Lorna is the Chief EGG Head - she founded and runs EGG. Bryon is her good friend that has been helping run the convention since the beginning. They are, in fact, friends with just about everyone that comes to EGG, myself included. It's really nice to come to a convention and be among friends.
|Games ready for the weekend!|
This is one of the great things about this convention. People bring piles of games and put them on tables around the outside of the room. It's understood that you can look through them and borrow them as long as you put them back where you got them when you're done. Take a look around. Open them up. Smell them. Touch them. And, of course, get them out and play them!
It's not every convention that affords this level of trust and openness. You will find mostly local gamers here, but there are also gamers from Southern California, gamers from Ashland, Corvallis, Lebanon and Portland, Oregon, and even from as far north as Seattle, Washington.
Here's the room (well, part of it anyway):
|Gaming tables set up with plenty of chairs available.|
The room is about 60' long and about 40' wide. At one end there's ice water, coffee, yogurt and fruit for breakfast and for snacking. Plus, there are at least 8 rectangular tables and 6 large round tables all ready for gaming! I see Crokinole set up on one table and Tumblin' Dice on another.
Chris has interest in my Terra Prime game so I suggest we play! As we start getting it out Aaron shows up (he is one of the organizers of another terrific convention: GameStorm in the Portland area that happens next month) - he has played before so he starts teaching while I set up.
|Terra Prime after initial setup|
Pretty soon we get the game moving along, zooming our rockets through space discovering planets, encountering aliens (and destroying them, or fleeing as appropriate) and colonizing.