Until recently, I usually only attended regional cons within a short drive of my home in Ohio. This one most closely resembled Buckeye Game Fest in Columbus in September. The one notable difference at BGF has a gaming lending library run by the Columbus Area Boardgaming Society (CABS), who also provides the library at Origins. The G2S library is mostly tables of games owned by local attendees with games they are willing to share above the table and their private collection, often items they are selling or trading, below. I played several games by borrowing them this way since I flew with a small carry on bag didn't bring much with me.
We knew this was going to be long, but oh boy! With breaks and changing into our fancy dress up, one of the con themes for Friday night, we were at that table for 6-7 hours. Eric and I took a break for fancy dress Coconuts during the break.
Even though it was pretty late my buddies asked me to teach Terraforming Mars, a game they know I love. This was Eric, Dan C. Matt and myself. I lost, and we ended up in bed at 230 or so.
By then crowds started to appear and we played a favorite, Suburbia, with Ryan, Dan N., Matt and I. I came in dead last. Dan C. And I had played Glory to Rome before, this was our rematch with his wife joining us. He was very close to a win when I snatched it from him.
Eric brought some pod-casting recording equipment and several of us joining in. Jessica and I from the show saw each other a lot but never actually got in a game, so I agreed to one more. We scanned the library and saw Yspahan. Our mutual friend speaks of it, um... often and I've been meaning to play so she taught Eric and I. It was pretty fun.
So in general - look to your regional cons they are a blast - don't feel like you are missing out by not attending the "big cons". No, this doesn't have the craziness of a Gen Con but it does have all the fun of Origins or BGG.
- The Harlem Globetrotters Game
- Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
- World's Fair 1893
- Millennium Blades
- Castles of Caladale
- Terraforming Mars
- Glory to Rome