BGGCon wrap up!

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BGGCon wrapped up over a week ago and it went great. We’ve eaten more than our share of Thanksgiving turkey since then, and now it’s time to report back. We arrived late on Wednesday, so we weren’t able to set up until Thursday morning. We were sharing our vendor area with the guys from Steve Jackson Games and AEG.  It didn’t take long to figure out that this would be a fun group to hang out with. 

Anne-Marie sets up our booth on the first day.
Anne-Marie sets up our booth on the first day.
A table full of Panic
A table full of Panic

Once the doors were opened to the vendor area, the fun got started.  We began running demos of Castle Panic and pretty much went non-stop for the rest of the week. We started out with Anne-Marie running the booth while I ran demos at our table, but we switched out throughout the con.

The doors are opened, let loose the gamers!
The doors are opened, let loose the gamers!
Demos...
Demos...

The Thursday crowd is usually a bit smaller than other days as people are still arriving and not everyone can make it to Dallas before the weekend.  Not that it seemed to matter since we still got to play a ton of games and meet a lot of great gamers.  One of the greatest things about these events is getting to finally meet people face to face.  For us, that meant finally getting to meet Scott Nicholson of www.boardgameswithscott.com fame who gave us a glowing review on his site. In case you’re wondering, yes he really is that nice of a guy in person.

Friday brought more demos and a video interview with Brian from www.gamesoverboard.com that will be posted soon.

More demos, this time a 6 player game.
More demos, this time a 6 player game.

Saturday went so well, we started to wonder if we had enough copies of Castle Panic to last the rest of the convention.  We also started running in to people that had already bought their copy that wanted to stop us in the hall and tell us how much they liked the game.  That kind of energy was amazing, and it really reinforces what makes BGGCon so different.  It’s a convention for gamers that love games and there is literally something there for everyone. That night brought the big prize drawings that make so many folks happy and of course more gaming until the wee hours of the night.

Even more demos
Even more demos
and even MORE demos.  This is a better shot of the rest of the booth we shared with Steve Jackson Games and AEG.
and even MORE demos. This is a better shot of the rest of the booth we shared with Steve Jackson Games and AEG.

Sure enough on Sunday we sold out of Castle Panic just after noon. We had to turn a few gamers away empty-handed, but for the most part many suitcases were packed with a little extra panic for the ride home.

That's all folks!
That's all folks!

We have to give a huge thank you to Aldie, Derk, John(?) and the rest of the BGG crew for putting on another amazing convention.  This year, like all the others was a really impressive, fun, well organized and just plain great event.  We can’t wait for next year, but we’re glad we’ll get to catch up on some sleep now.

-Justin

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2 thoughts on “BGGCon wrap up!

  1. Hey! That’s my wife & I in the 6 player game picture. Cool!

    I love Castle Panic because the kids and non-gamers love it, too. You and Anne-Marie were fantastic at the demo booth with lots of friendly enthusiasm. I pray for your success with this great game and with the many fun games to come from Fireside Games.

    We’ll be checking on your progress here and on BGG as well, so keep us informed.

    Tony & Sonja

  2. Thanks Tony,

    It was great getting to meet you guys at the Con. It’s great to hear that our game is making fans out of non-gamers, since that was a big part of our plan when we created it. We’ll keep you all informed and thanks!
    – Justin

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