SIMCON: The Hateful Thirty-Eight

The front-and-center location gave us a great view of these international flags, representing the nationalities of students studying at U of R. I can now recognize Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil and Brunei.

SIMCON: The Hateful Thirty-Eight at the University of Rochester was my third convention with MetaCheckers. By now, I have learned some things to expect.

MetaCheckers doesn’t compete with popular games that take hours to play, such as with Magic: The Gathering. But it’s a fast, fun game that game fans can play while waiting for the big games to begin. So, our busy time is in the gaps between the other games.

I got a chance to meet Dave Pollot, creator of brilliant, nerdy parody art.

So, our downtime is when the other games are in full swing. SIMCON gave us a good table at the Hirst Lounge in the Commons building. We were front-and-center, which meant any passersby’s who were curious about SIMCON often asked me and Jack what was going on. This gave us an easy way to pitch the game.

“It’s chess you can play with checkers,” has become our hook. When someone gives our setup of boards a second look and we say those words, we usually get the chance to explain the rules and get them to play.

SIMCON staff and visitors showed an excited curiosity in the game, and as we explained all the variations the interest got deeper. The different layouts, the additional games, and a lot of genuine surprise at the Kangaroo Die, which has become a favorite.

SIMCON was the first convention to play Rescue The King. This is the variant where the kings start on the wrong sides of the board and must fight their way back to their home row before the opposing king can be captured. In another first, Jack and Tallis Moore played Rescue The King with the Kangaroo Die.

Anyone who plays gets into a drawing for a free game. We also created a Leaderboard to keep track of winners. Whoever wins the most games for the weekend gets a free game too. This time, we had a tie and gave free games to Tallis Moore and Daniel Stegink. River Burgess won the free game in the drawing.

Here’s some pics from the convention.

Up next: UBCON on April 15 to 17.

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New game club in Elmira area #boardgames #cardgames


Last night, the boys and I joined a new game club, which met at Steele Memorial Library.

It was a good group of more than a dozen players. We played Monty Python Fluxx, Resistance and Mahjong among others.

The group is talking about meeting twice a month, possibly the second and fourth Mondays of the month and possibly at Great Escape Adventures at the Mall, which is where MetaCheckers is for sale!

If you want to find out more, check out this link! Or you can email me, and I’ll try to keep you in the loop.

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