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3rd Bi-Annual NMA* Game Fest, Oct 10-11th

  • Oct 10, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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* No Monopoly Allowed.

Note that attendance requirements have changed.  As long as you have come to one meetup, so I've had a chance to meet you, then you are welcome to join and attend!

Starts Friday 5PM, and ends Saturday 10PM.

This is Rob's semi-annual game fest at his home, with friends and family. This has been a great event past 2 time's we've had it, with a mix of gate-way type games with social games like Werewolf (big hit at last gamefest!  Many games with 12+ were played--it was a great time).


ROAD CONSTRUCTION.  There is road construction on Main Street in Evansville, just a few blocks from our house.  You can either go through (if no construction is going on) or take the detour (just a block or so to go around) and get back on Main Street heading west.

FOOD.  We've got an assortment of sodas, and some finger foods (M&Ms, Chex Mix).  Please bring a little something if you can to contribute to the cause.  I will continue to update here if folks let me know what they are bringing.  There is a McDonald's across town, and a sub/pizza place (Rock'N'Rollz) that delivers.  Gamers gotta remember to eat.

What is Game Fest all about?

Board games have changed a lot over the years....

Most of us were raised on games like Candy Land, Monopoly, and maybe even Risk. But gaming has come a long way since those days!

I don’t like Monopoly. It’s too long, too random, and too many memories of getting beat down through a bad die roll, landing on Boardwalk with a hotel, and then off to bed crying. Ticket to Ride is probably the “Monopoly” of our generation—it’s the most popular game out there, and has been for a number of years, and has sold millions of copies. It’s a great game, and if you’ve never played it, you should give it a try. I can teach you in 5 minutes. You can play in about an hour--and its great fun. And you won’t go to bed crying. I promise you.

I have been collecting board games like Ticket to Ride (TTR) for a number of years. I have some games that are easy like TTR and some that are wickedly complicated like War of the Ring or Agricola. I have card games (Dominion), dice games (Can’t Stop!), party games (Catch Phrase), trick-taking games (Wizard), fantasy games (Dungeon Quest, Legends of Andor), cooperative games (Shadow over Camelot, Space Cadets), and war games (Axis and Allies). I have something for everybody, whatever your interests are—even princesses (Love Letter).

Don’t recognize any of these? Then you really should give them a try. Best way to learn, and for the best price? Come down to Evansville and I will teach you for free. So, you are invited to the “NMA* Game Fest”.

Go to and look me up "hastyhobbit" and you can see a listing of all the games I have.

You can learn all about these at and many of these have online video reviews at They are great resources.

And feel free to bring your own games! If you want to play Apples to Apples, you’ll have to bring your copy – we don’t have it.

Rules for the “NMA* Game Fest”

No Monopoly, except for the Lord of the Rings version.

No crying--even if you lose.

No cheating, except if the game rules require it.

No fighting or arguing unless game rules require it.

No cheese fingers.

No drinks at the gaming table.

Please handle all game pieces and accessories with care.

Please return all games organized the way you opened them.

All rules disputes will be settled by the owner of the game.  Usually that's me.

Have fun!


Everybody. Families are welcome. Bring your friends if you want. Age 8 and up (recommended) as most of our games are not really geared for little kids, but some like Dixit do work ok for young 'uns.


Friday October 10th, 5PM through Saturday October 11th 10PM  Come for some, come for all—come and go as you please.


Everything is potluck.  We'll have drinks available (variety of sodas) but I recommend you bring your drink of choice.  If you are just coming for a little while, bring a little snack.  If you are planning on being here through lunch or dinner, bring something to contribute to the meal.  We haven't worked out the details of the meal yet but you can e-mail me for suggestions.  And of course, bring any games you want to try!

This is an alcohol-free event.  Let me know if you have any allergies to avoid.  We are already making sure there are no fish products.


Our house. We have room for some people to potentially stay overnight, but you will need to RSVP so we can plan for your stay. Late night gaming may make it difficult to get any sleep.

Rob and Cindy Plantikow

65 Millard Court

Evansville, WI 53536

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  • Rob P.

    Nobody played Monopoly. But lots of other stuff got played! Everything from Say Anything to Flash point, to TTR and Suburbia. Too many to list. Thanks everybody for coming and making it fun. Great making new friends and enjoying great games!

    1 · October 11, 2014

    • Trace

      She was the first one to be accused and seconded that game but survived the vote. All 3 werewolves lasted the entire game and won.

      1 · October 14, 2014

    • Angela

      By that point, everybody believed that there was no way Rob would EVER make me a werewolf, because I wanted it too badly; when I was defending myself, I pointed out that as long as I insist on playing red, I will never get anything out of him.

      They totally bought it.

      3 · October 14, 2014

  • Rob P.

    I posted the best of the pictures that my wife took at Game Fest! Like always, if you're not comfortable having your photo on a public forum like this, just let me know and I'll pull it down.

    1 · October 13, 2014

  • Christy

    Thank you so much for hosting such a fantastic gaming fest! :)

    2 · October 12, 2014

  • M

    Great time had by all....well run, great people in the group, super fun!!

    1 · October 12, 2014

  • Trace

    Want to thank our hosts Rob and Brian for a great Game Fest. Also thanks to Cindy for organizing the game house, Megan for making sure everyone had fun and to Noah for providing the contagious smiles and laughter that spread to everyone!!!

    4 · October 12, 2014

  • Max

    Wanted to make it, but don't have a way up. Sorry.

    October 11, 2014

  • Amber N.

    Headed up from engagement pics in Beloit :)

    October 11, 2014

  • Rob P.

    First night of gamefest in the books. Great time. Takenoko, Kingsburg (awesome), Lords of Waterdeep, Werewolf (3X games), Tapple, Wits and Wagers, and a round of Odd Jobs, which was the game we got for free from Patch Games in Beloit. Looking forward to more fun tomorrow!

    1 · October 11, 2014

  • Trace

    My wife and I are planning on stopping by tomorrow (Saturday) for some games.

    1 · October 10, 2014

  • Evan F.

    just leaving Beloit now.. on my way

    October 10, 2014

  • Jesse R.

    Sorry, helping a friend move this weekend.

    October 6, 2014

  • Angela

    We may or may not have a sprog who may or may not be interested in attending... depends on his rehearsal schedule and school stuffs. Adults (of the pirate flag variety) will attend and entertain the masses.

    September 16, 2014

  • Brian L.

    I should be able to go as my training should get me the weekend off (again). I am looking forward to this one!

    July 21, 2014

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