It's our one year anniversary! In this special episode, Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal go off-format to reminisce over the past year. Then we share a super secret project we've been working on for over a year, and play the first ever game of Battle of Blitz!
I went to MeepleCon in Las Vegas for the first time this year, and got to meet Cassadi and Crystal in person! This was the first time all three of us were even in the same state together, so it was a big deal for us. I had an awesome time playing games with Cassadi and Crystal and eating good food.
Since the MeepleCon library was only open from 10am to midnight each day, we took it easy and actualy slept a reasonable amount of time! I had 31 plays of 24 different games, 12 of which were new to me. We also played some craps at night, since we were in Vegas!
When we flew in Thursday night, Crystal and Cassadi were at the airport waiting for us! We got to visit Meepleville board game cafe to take a picture with the world's largest meeple. After giving away Blitzy the meepillow at Blitz Con, I had decided to make some more meepillows for the occassion.
Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal discuss some games they've played recently, including Witness, Suburbia, and Santorini. We then introduce a new category of board games, blitz games! We also talk about Blitz Con 2017, and announce a contest! In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "grok."
Over President's Day this year, we decided to host our own board game convention in the Bay Area! My friends and I had been discussing starting our own convention for a while, since we had some difficult times at KublaCon with finding table space to play games. We decided to brand it with Board Game Blitz, since we could! This year, we were able to get a small conference room at a Holiday Inn in San Mateo, and we capped registration at 50 people. I had a really great time playing games all weekend and meeting a bunch of new friends!
Over the weekend, I had 33 game plays of 26 unique games. I got to play with over 20 different people, a lot of whom I had never played a game with before!
One of the awesome things about Blitz Con was that I was able to play a game with Crystal for the first time in person! Crystal flew in for the weekend, and we got to hang out for the whole convention!
KublaCon is a gaming convention held on Memorial Day Weekend in the Bay Area, California. Since I live 15 minutes away, I go every year. I believe KublaCon started out as an RPG convention - it has an online system for signing up for different RPG events, and it has a lot of rooms for RPGs and miniatures gaming. But it also has some tabletop gaming, which is primarily what I'm interested in. This year, I spent a lot of time playing games with old friends and new friends.
Throughout KublaCon, I was able to play 25 different games, 10 of which were new to me. Since there are way too many games to talk about, I'll just mention some of the highlights (and show the pictures I remembered to take).
I started off the convention Friday night with Millennium Blades (Amazon), a meta card game about a collectible card game (CCG). You get to draft cards, buy cards, make a collection, and make a deck to play in a 'tournament' against everyone. There are a whole bunch of cards - with a starter deck of 118 cards, plus 12 packs of boosters (12 cards each) added each game to make the main store deck, that's over 250 cards in the game! Also, there's tons of variety, so in the 3 rounds of play, I made 3 different tournament decks, all with different types of combos and ways to get points.
Convention season is right around the corner! In the inaugural episode of Board Game Blitz, Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal discuss some games they've been playing recently including Ghost Blitz, Medieval Academy, and Carcassonne. We then discuss games that are great to play at conventions whether you're looking for something long and epic (like Twilight Imperium) or quick and portable (like Zombie Dice). In the "Accessory of the Week" segment, board game bags are the item of discussion and we share our preferences for moving our games around when we travel to conventions or other gaming events. Crystal also asks for feedback regarding what color she should choose for her Game Canopy bag that she recently backed on Kickstarter. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "convention." Finally, we discuss some convention tips we've learned over the years.