Who are you? What's your story?
People know me as Babs – it’s a nickname derived from my maiden name (Babineau). I’m originally from Moncton, NB and moved to Calgary for work in the fall of 2006. I am married to Billy and we have a dog named Buster who is a gentle giant.
How did you get started with tabletop gaming?
After moving to Calgary, I needed to find a way to meet people and make new friends. I found the Calgary Tabletop Games Meetup group in January 2007 and attended my first “board game” meetup – where I expect to be playing Scattergories, Taboo, or Scrabble. Was I ever in for a surprise! At my first event, I played Ys (with Jasen, I think?). I was hooked and the rest, as they say, is history!
How did you become involved with FallCon?
I signed up to volunteer at FallCon in 2008. I arrived and was put to ‘work’ in the library – checking games out of the library with the new “Marion” (our library check out system). I later took on the role of casual photographer. And later on took on a bit more responsibility with the social media side of things.
What's your role with FallCon now?
I’m the social media/marketing person - I’m one of the tweeters behind the @FallConYYC twitter account. I’m also one of the main contacts for sponsorship. I’m and event photographer and in addition to this, I am one of the game ambassadors that teaches games at FallCon as well as during the year at various meetup events (including my own monthly girls night Meetup).
What other hobbies keep you occupied when you're not gaming?
I seem to be a collector of hobbies: I’m a runner, a geocacher, a photographer, a hiker, a road-tripper. I’m happiest when I’m “on the go” as opposed to sitting at home in front of a computer screen (although I spend a lot of time there as well).
Which games your favourite to use to introduce non-gamer friends/family?
I really enjoy using Qwirkle and Ticket to Ride to introduce friends to “non-traditional” gaming. Qwirkle uses a simple concept of matching symbols (like Dominoes) and expanding on existing “information” (like Scrabble). Ticket to Ride has concepts similar to many card games (set collection like in Gin Rummy)
In a way, both Qwirkle and Ticket to Ride provide familiarity in game play because they use similar concepts to their classic counterparts that most “non-gamers” are familiar with. This makes them both fun and easy to learn. They also have zero chance of overwhelming new players (compared to say Agricola).
Where (and with whom) do generally do most of your gaming?
I have been hosting a monthly girls game night at my house since the fall of 2012 with an average turnout of about 5-6 players – with as many as 12! I try to attend a few of the other Calgary Tabletop Gaming Meetup Group events. I also game with my husband and our good friend Jennifer.
Have you ever played Monopoly with the actual rules? Did you like it?
No, I have never played Monopoly with the actual auction rules – but I remember refusing to play the game with my cousins because they put money in the middle for Free Parking – and I was adamant that wasn’t part of the rules.
What's a game rule that you had wrong for the longest time?
In Agricola, we believed that every pair of the same animal produced a baby. Our farms were very well populated and food supply rarely scarce.