Today, I went to my very first board game convention right here in Ottawa called CanGames.
CanGames is a not-for-profit volunteer-run convention that is held Victoria Day weekend each year. I had the pleasure of attending the convention for the first time earlier today and I had a fantastic time.
I first played Dominion, specifically the Big Box version. I am a fan of deckbuilding games but I had yet to play the one that started it all.
My first impressions were that I really enjoyed the game. The theme is really almost non-existent, but it was fun trying to streamline my deck and building an engine to try and pull off a win. This didn’t happen however, and I came third in our three player game. Still, I rather enjoyed playing and I would again in a heartbeat if asked.
The game master for my game of Dominion was also running a game of Iron Dragon that I couldn’t help but take a peek at. I have never seen a Crayon Rail game before and it is certainly an interesting mechanic. I think that given a chance to play, I might enjoy it.
Afterwards, I went back to the table. This time, I became the Lord of Skullduggery and Warfare in Lords of Waterdeep. This was a game of 4 players, all of us new to the game, so the game master sat in and taught us, while two other games of LoW with some more experienced players went on. I really enjoy worker placement games and this one was no exception to that rule. I got lucky and got some high scoring quests at the start and I was able to complete them pretty quickly, so I took an early lead. However, the others caught up and I ended up in third, with second place only 2 points ahead of me.
Our game ended early, so I went back downstairs to go see if anyone wanted to play a non-scheduled game from the library of the local meetup I attend who were at the convention. As luck would have it, a group of three approached me looking for a fourth for Alien Frontiers.
Again, this was a new game for me, but I immediately liked what I saw once the game was brought out. It’s a dice as worker placement game which immediately brought to mind for me The Voyages of Marco Polo, a game I very much enjoy. There are some differences between the two and I discovered through my first play that having a lot of resources is not always a good thing. I ended up dead last but again, enjoyed the game and would most likely play again if asked.
After the game, I bid adieu to CanGames. At least for this year. I think my experience today has widened my eyes to the world of board game conventions. I definitely plan on returning next year and even perhaps taking a chance on going to a bigger convention sometime in the future.
Until next time, remember to play fair and have fun!