Well, there?s a new game convention coming to Denver called MagnaCon. It?s a game convention from which 100% of all proceeds (100% of pass sales and 100% of auction/raffle income, since they run with such little overhead) will go to local charities.
More info can be found at www.magnacondenver.com
Dates in 2010 are the weekend of January 15th - 17th, and the convention is only $15 for the full weekend with no additional fees if you buy your pass online. (Otherwise passes are $20 for the weekend or $10 a single day at the door.)
They will have scheduled board games, as well as an open gaming area with a large board game library. The event takes place at the Whittier Community Center at 2900 Downing Street in Denver.
I?ve wanted to get involved in a local game convention for some time but have had very little luck, poor response and a lack of enthusiasm from the organizers of TactiCon and GenCon for an Axis & Allies table.
This MagnaCon contacted me about getting an A&A table set up and is even offering a free weekend pass to anyone that would be willing to run an A&A table.
What I would like to see us do is get 5 separate people to commit to running one game each (one Friday night, one Saturday morning, one Saturday afternoon, one Sunday morning and one Sunday afternoon).
All other persons interested in going to the con and gaming A&A with ?our group? or gaming any of the other games would need to buy a pass for a single day or the entire weekend.
Let me know if this is something anyone is interested in and if you are able to ?host a game? or not and what day or night shift you would be willing to manage for us.
I would do all 5 sifts my self but there is a good chance I might be out of town for work that weekend?BUMMER!!!!
I need to know ASAP if you can COMMIT to doing this since I need to get back with the organizers by Monday December 28th with an answer.
This Meetup group is dedicated to helping Axis and Allies fans located in the Denver metro and surrounding areas to Meetup up for Face to Face gaming of this AWSOME board game!
What is Axis and Allies?
Not sure what this game is? I encourage you to do a little "Google home work"; there are tons of pages out there that show you what this game is all about.
In a nutshell, this is a strategy board game set in World War 2. While it’s a “historic board game” it’s by no means an extensively detailed recreation of WW2. For example, my tank functions the exact same way as your tank; there is no consideration placed on the “historic differences or details” between German tanks and American tanks. A tank is a tank, a plane is a plane, a sub is a sub, etc. It’s also a board game designed for kids 12 and up so its “easy to learn” yet difficult to master. It has a pretty steep learning curve simply because there are 19 different units in the game and tons of “political rules”, map rules and “special rules” to learn how and when to use them. And, the most unfortunate thing about this game that turns away most new players is that it takes an easy 9 to 12 hours of game play to finish one game. Yes, that is more time than most people put into a single day at work but it’s WAY MORE FUN than most other things that take this long to finish.
When Do We Meetup?
We Meetup one or two times each month to play this game; we call these our AA Game Days. (Yes, we are addicted to this game). We always start these game days at noon, they are always on a Saturday and we usually clean up and head home around midnight. Yes, 12 hours of grown adults playing a kids game.
What Do We Do on AA Game Days?
SOme of us get to the bunker at about 10 to set up tables. At noon, we set all the units on the game boards, we divide players into tables and teams and then we battle each other to see if we can change WW2 history.
We order pizza around 5 pm, so bring $5 if you want to share in pizza and we have plenty of counter and mini-fridge space so bring snacks and drinks to share if you want to.
I also ask players to contribute an “event fee”. It’s not “required” but this money helps me to offset the cost of this Meetup site ($72 for 6 months), the cost of soda and snacks (about $25 each time we meetup) and the cost of building materials that I use to build our groups custom game tables. These tables cost about $300 per table...not counting the $150 per game set. Right now we have 3 game sets, 1 completed table and two partially completed tables. Yes, we spend a lot of time AND money on this hobby. But again, its just too much fun!
I hope this site helps to get more players Meeting and playing this awesome game and I look forward to meeting and getting to know many more fans of this game!
Please join us anytime you can and you can always contact me to discuss this game, I alwasy have time to talk AA.