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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.