FallCon 30 Event Submission is Open

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Hosted events are a cornerstone of FallCon. It gives you, the opportunity to showcase and teach your favourite game, and give back to the gaming community.  Convention attendees are given the chance to learn a new game or play an old favourite.  As the game host, you structure your event for either experienced players, or beginners, or both. You also decide if you want to just host the session, or join in the game play.

The process is very similar to last year; you submit an event, filling in the hosting application form to the best of your ability.  The Event Coordinator will review, and try to accommodate and incorporate your event into the schedule.

This year we are planning to finalize the schedule before we open registration to the public. Event  submissions will accepted until June 15th. Convention registration is expected to open July 1st.

The number of event spots is limited; if you are not successful, or would like a different experience in addition to hosting a specific game,  we also invite you to become an Ambassador by volunteering with Open Gaming.  Email info@fallcon.com if you are interested.

Please keep in mind that you still will need to register for the convention., You will receive a $10 credit per session you run (up to a maximum of 50% off your pass value). Thanks for considering being an event host – we look forward to a great program for this year’s convention!

You Event can be submitted here

Host an Event at FallCon 30

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Happy International Tabletop Day

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In Calgary, you can join boardgamers at the Sentry Box, who will be running games and demos the entire day.  Click here for details.

At the Calgary Expo, visit the booths of local board game cafes Hexagon, Metal Galaxy, and Pips.

See the Tabletop Day site for events happening around the world for International Tabletop Day,   celebrating the most excellent boardgaming hobby.

And Happy Birthday to Alison Yale, who gets us awesome play to win and silent auction donations at FallCon by contacting dozens of boardgame publishers in North America.  How cool is it that your birthday is on International Tabletop Day?!

Please feel free to comment on this post and tell us how *you* are celebrating International Tabletop Day with your friends and family.

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Thanks for Coming

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On behalf of all the volunteers involved in FallCon 29, we would like to thank you, the attendees, for making this one of our best years yet.

Let’s get the numbers out of the way first.
  • 670 Attendees – Up from 661 last year.  Not a lot of growth, but considering the economy, we are extremely happy with these numbers
  • 80+ events hosted by our attendees and volunteers, including 6 different tournaments
  • 1300+ games signed out of the library.
  • 400 Games sold in the Auction
  • $720 raised for the Empty Chair Fund – which this year is directed to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
These numbers weren’t possible without the work of over 40 volunteers that put in countless (seriously, I am not counting them) hours of work to make FallCon the success that it is.
FallCon 30 will be held on October 13-15September 22-24, 2017.  to keep up to date on information, follow us on Facebook or on our Website.
If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please feel free to send them to Darren at darren.bezzant@fallcon.com.

APE Games – Thank you for your donation!

APE Games has been a good friend to FallCon over the years, and this year is no exception.

A huge thank you to Kevin and the team at APE Games for your generous donation of:

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Rolling Freight is a well-designed train game that utilizes dice with symbols on them to do actions, lay track, and complete routes.  I really like the graphic design and the ingenious use of dice in a medium-heavy game.

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Rise to Power is a city-building strategy card game for 2-6 players, and is set in a futuristic world where companies compete to fulfill the world’s power needs.

Brotherwise Games – Thank you for your donation!

Brotherwise Games has generously donated a set of the very popular Boss Monster series.

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Boss Monster is the original 8-bit boardgame.  You add cards to the dungeon to defeat the evil adventurers, and stop them from taking your treasures.

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Boss Monster 2 adds even more spells, rooms, and bosses to this already exciting game

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The first expansion to Boss Monster adds items, which (in theory) gives the adventurers a fighting chance.

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This is another great mini-expansion that adds even more fun to this game

Thank you Brotherwise Games, this is an awesome addition to our library.

GMT Games – Thank you for your donation!

GMT Games has been a sponsor of FallCon for as long as I can remember.  They make top quality strategy board games, and pack a ton of game into every box.

This year they have generously donated the games below. Thank you!

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Dominant Species

Dominant Species is an action selection style game that has each player taking the role of a different species before the ice age.  You feed, grow, and fight to stay alive in this 3-hour brain-burner.  I really like the action timing mechanism, it makes for some great decisions and tense strategy.  Play with 6, if possible, for the best experience, but expect it to take a while.

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Twilight Struggle

Twilight Struggle is the king of the cold-war style games.  This 2-player card driven strategy game is one of the best thematic head-to-head games I have ever played.  The learning curve can be steep, with a lot of cards having many different interactions, but it is well worth trying out.

Urban Sprawl

Urban Sprawl

Urban Sprawl is a city-building game.  You are trying to build your way to being the richest and most powerful in a thriving metropolis. The grid mechanism makes for a good think, and you really have to pay attention for the right opportunities. Since it can be a long-ish game with 4 players, I believe the sweet spot is 3 players.

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Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre was the second of GMT’s COIN systems, and probably my favourite.  4 players (ideally) manoeuvre for political and social control of Cuba.  With asymmetric powers and goals, this is a different game for every faction.

Many thanks to GMT Games for the donations! Come try these out in the library!

F2Z Entertainment – Thank you for your donation!

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F2Z Entertainment is the parent company of several fan favourite publishers including Z-Man, Pretzel, and Plaid Hat Games. F2Z has generously sent copies of some of the hottest games to hit the market this year.

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Flick ’em up! is Pretzel Games’ (games you can play while eating a pretzel!) first release. It’s a dexterity game where two teams of cowpokes face off in one of many different scenarios.

 

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Junk Art is Pretzel’s second release, and is a dexterity game with a number of mini-games played in sequence. You “travel the world” playing quick, but challenging, games of stacking strange shapes on top of each other.

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Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu – is Pandemic with a Lovecraftian twist! You play investigators travelling between the four major towns (Arkham, Kingsport, Innsmouth and Dunwich), each of which has a bunch of locations where cultists and the dreaded Shoggoth can appear.  Let too many of them out and the world is lost, but close all four gates and you win!

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Aquarium is a highly interactive card game where you are buying fish from a market for your personal aquarium.  It looks really pretty, and I look forward to trying it out.

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Parade is a game set in Alice in Wonderland’s world.  The characters are having a parade, and your placement in the parade depends on the card played, the length of the line, or the color of the card.  It is a quick-playing, fun, game that really deserves a play or two.

Many thanks to F2Z Entertainment! Come check these games out in our library.

Darren