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.

#boardgames #cardgames

RIT Rudicon


Jack and I had a great visit with Rudicon at RIT on Sunday. Not only was MetaCheckers enthusiastically received by the organizers, but Jack got to spend a lot of time with the students of RIT’s game design program.

Jack is a high school junior and very interested in a career in game design and writing. He got answers to questions, but also learned what questions he still needed to get answers to.

“This is the kind of game I wish I had invented!” one organizer said about MetaCheckers.

This is the kind of reaction I often get when gamers sit down to play. MetaCheckers exists in a unique space between checkers and chess. As I say, more fun than checkers, easier than chess.

I know there is an audience out there for MetaCheckers. It’s just a matter of putting it out there until we can build a following.

Everywhere I have been able to sit down and play the game, someone takes an interest. Someone asked me yesterday how many games I’ve played. I said dozens, but by now it is probably in the hundreds or more. MetaCheckers — and under its previous name of Stealth Checkers — has been played at schools, camps, game stores, conventions. Plus, there have been more than a thousand downloads of the Stealth Checkers app on iOS devices, (which will be updated to MetaCheckers soon!)

Very often, new players are amazed at how much fun the game is and wonder why no one thought of such a simple innovation before. We just got very lucky.

Rudicon offered every kind of board game to play and created a fun, relaxed atmosphere. You should put it on your schedule for next year.



The Plan

So, I’ve lined up MetaCheckers for a series of conventions this spring. If you are in Upstate New York/PA and happen to be nearby, stop by and play a game.

Maybe you might even win a free set of the game.


Sunday, Feb. 28, at Rubicon at RIT in Rochester.


Apri. 1-3

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at SIMCON at University of Rochester Commons.


April 15-17

Friday to Sunday

UBCON in Buffalo


Friday to Sunday in Scranton, PA

April 22 to 24

Hudson Valley Comic Con

Saturday and Sunday

May 7 to 8

Sorry, I can’t make these:

Lilcon in Buffalo on April 30 or Arcon at SUNY Oswego on April 1-3 because of schedule conflicts.

Looking ahead to:

TooManyGames in Philadelphia June 24 to June 26.

So, if you want to stop by at any of these events and check out my games or anyone else’s, please come say “Hi!”



Start of MetaCheckers blog

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So, I’m starting a blog — right here — about MetaCheckers, the game I’ve invented with my son, Jack.

Really, the whole family has been involved since the beginning. As I’ve said in other posts on the website, it all began with a dream.

That was four years ago.


It’s been a long journey, but worthwhile. Getting the patent … finding a name and landing the trademark … getting the product made … networking … building social media … and now finally going to game conventions, stores and making sales. Many lessons learned.

What keeps me going is the positive response and feedback I get whenever I demonstrate the game. It’s been played by hundreds of kids at an elementary school, by dozens of Boy Scouts at meetings and camping trips, college students, friends, neighbors and family.

Last week, we took the game to Running GAGG in Geneseo and had a good response. It’s not a game for everyone or even every gamer. But everyone who sat down to play enjoyed it and told me it was solid.

So, I’m very encouraged.

I’m scheduling a slate of convention appearances in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the upcoming year. I’ll post about each of these in this blog.

Thanks for following!

Ed Bond