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1st Annual SyndiCON Gaming Event!

Greetings and welcome to the first (and potentially annual) MCbS Con!!!

Details that are solidified at the moment:

1) Date:  March 1st, 2014

2) Location: Memorial Union Building, 83 Main Street, Durham, NH   Room Numbers 334 and 336 (Third floor of the building)

3) Time:  10:30 AM till 12:00 AM

4) Admission:  FREE (but our group will gladly accept donations which will be used to fund the UNH Board Games [soon to be] Recognized Student Organization - details below.

5) Donations: For those that wish to donate, we have setup a donation account!  A special thanks that wish to give for the love of games!  All donations received will go towards paying any costs associated with the Con and then secondly, towards promotion of the student organization that is affiliated with this Con and Meetup!  The money for the group will be used to purchase a small library of games so that when people attend events at UNH through this Meetup and campus advertising, those games will be available to play :-)  If you wish to donate out of charity, feel free to send any increment of money you wish to the following paypal account:

[masked] 

Again, this is not necessary to do and we are not asking for donations, but for those that wish to give back to the hobby and the community, we will be happy to see that it goes towards promotion of the hobby to younger individuals on campus and within the local community.

In addition to raffle tickets being offered at a bonus rate for those who donate before the event, we will have a special meeple mystery gift to award you for donating as well.  See below for details on the prize raffle and ticket purchasing structure for donations.

6) RAFFLE!!:  We will be having a raffle for prizes at this event thanks to the efforts of Diversion Games in Portsmouth!  I cannot tell you what those prizes may be at this time and we plan to keep it secret till game day.  I can tell you, however, that they will be well worth it as they will likely include popular titles of games and/or prize packages!  Maybe a base copy of Android Netrunner?  Who knows!  Each person that has RSVP'd will receive a ticket, two tickets if you show up before 1:00pm!!  Those that wish to donate to the UNH Student Organization through [masked] (via PayPal) will receive an additional slew of raffle tickets.  For every 5 dollars donated, you will receive 8 tickets.  At the event, you can also choose to purchase raffle tickets.  Each ticket is 1.00 and 5.00 will get you 6 tickets!  Cash donations will be accepted the day of the event.  If you donated through PayPal, please print your receipt as confirmation so we can give you the correct amount of tickets for your donation.  Larger purchases can be made via credit card at the event, but with a minimum of 10.00.

Raffle drawing will be at 6:00pm.  Please be present if you have tickets!

7) 60 Attendee limit for this event, so RSVP including your guest count before slots fill up!

8) Directions and Parking:  Parking is available for FREE in B and C lots which are located closer than other parking lots to the UNH Memorial Union Building (MUB) For more information on Parking - click the following link:

http://www.unh.edu/transportation/visitor/visitorparking.htm

For Directions, use the following link:

http://www.unh.edu/transportation/visitor/directions.htm

For a map of the campus, use the following link:

http://www.unh.edu/facilities/docs/campus%20maps/unh%20campus%20map%20-%20core%20-%20color.pdf

C-Lot and the MUB are located on the bottom right of this map.pdf

9) Teaching sessions: At 10:30 am and around Noon, we plan to offer anywhere from 1-4 (maybe more if we get volunteers) teaching sessions for select games. (Later afternoon teaches are welcome!)

To sign up to teach, simply post a comment onto this event.  Include time to teach + game + max number of players + Expected game length in time (if you wish, include the BGG link to the game as well - not necessary)

To sign up to play, simply post a reply to the comment of the game you wish to play - and keep it simple!!  (i.e. "Sign me up" or "reserve my spot")   For direct questions about the game, contact the user who plans to teach.

10) Auction!: An auction thread has been set up over on BGG (boardgamegeek) for those that might want to take advantage of skipping shipping costs at our gathering.  If you're interested in cleaning out a closet and selling some games, please post over there.  Rules for the auction are standard BGG fare, and listed at the top of the thread.  First timers welcome.  If you have any questions, just PM the OP at that thread on BGG.

Link to the auction:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/169130/syndicon-auction-list-no-ship-auction-to-bring-t

Event Outline (thus far):

Starting from 10:30am and going through till 12:00am (13.5 hours), we will be hosting an all day gaming event that is open to any official RSVPs and expected guests.  The event will be limited to registered attendance only!!  That is, if you are not RSVP'd, you can't attend.  RSVP will be cut off 2 days before the event so that I have time to print name tags for everyone.  Additionally, if you plan to bring guests, I will need their names for the name tags please.  The reason is that I need to have an accurate headcount for insurance purposes or to report to the university for their records.  The limit is at 36, but if I have a wait list of +10, I will double the attendance maximum.  This will only occur if I can get the room to host the event for double the attendees as well.  The event this year will be totally FREE if you RSVP - you will be responsible to feed yourself as this will not be a catered event.  There will be no alcoholic beverages allowed.

Similar in format to Unity Games, you can bring any games you wish to play and for the public to allow to play.  Each person will respect the property of the owner and take care with all games they "borrow" during the event to play.  Games will not be allowed to leave the room except under the permission of the owner.  All games will be identified inside with the owners information in the case that something is lost, damaged, or otherwise left behind.  Games left out will be subject to public play unless otherwise posted.  In past events I have attended, this has never been an issue and so I trust that we will all respect the ability to use other people's games.  No beverages will be allowed on the gaming tables what-so-ever.

Types of games are limited to what is brought by other members + access to my collection which I will bring + access to the collection of the student organization (I will be working on building that up once the recognized organization status becomes live).  Pick a game, find free players, and start playing.  The format is open and will encompass all levels of play with all levels of teachers and games to choose from. 

As the details unfold, I will be adding more information to this so please check back for updated details.  If you are RSVP'd, the system should ping you with an email if changes are made.

Thanks and hope to see you at this first annual event!!


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  • Dan B.

    Exceeded expectations on many levels, hats off to organizers. Good crowd from open to close, and there were even generous snacks! I had a blast, looking forward to next year already. :)

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • Steve O.

    10:45 - 7 Wonders - civilization building card game - 3 to 7 players - 75 minutes teach/play

    2 · February 5, 2014

    • Gene T.

      Thanks Steve for volunteering to teach this game.

      March 4, 2014

    • Steve O.

      You're welcome. I was glad to get this on the table!

      March 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all those hard working folks who pulled this off. Great event!

    2 · March 2, 2014

  • Star

    I had a great time. It was a long drive but worth it. I was surprised at the turnout and prize support for such a small convention. I hope to attend next year as well.

    March 2, 2014

  • Kevin C.

    Amazing! I loved the venue and size of the event. Could get a little bigger, but not too much.

    March 2, 2014

  • Jason L.

    I had a blast! What a great group of awesome people. I hope that it becomes a regular thing, and that I can help out next time!

    March 2, 2014

  • Star

    4:00 - Terra Mystica - Civ building? Resource management with a fantasy theme? I'm not sure how to describe it but it's an amazing game. - 2-4 players -[masked] hours to teach and play dependent on number of players.

    1 · February 5, 2014

    • SnakeBelly

      Sign me up for Terra Mystica

      2 · February 6, 2014

    • Star

      I'm going to close off the signups for Terra Mystica. My +1 and I will both play so we're at 4.

      February 28, 2014

  • Joey

    10:45 - Glass Road - 2-4 Players (will accept up to 4) ~ 1.5 hours to play/teach (give or take 20 minutes)

    2 · February 4, 2014

    • Brian B.

      Still room here? If so, I'll hop in!

      February 28, 2014

    • Joey

      Brian - you are the final spot - all spots closed for 10:45 AM Glass Road

      February 28, 2014

  • Star

    My friend Nate Sawyer told me yesterday that he plans on going. I'm not sure why he waited so long - I told my friends I was going to this over a month ago.

    February 28, 2014

  • Brian B.

    5:00 Speicherstadt (w/ Kaispeicher expansion). 2-5 players. 90 minutes tops, with rules explanation?

    February 28, 2014

  • Joey

    2:30 - Tokaido + Crossroads Expansion- 2-5 players (will accept up to 4) ~ 1.5 hours to play/teach

    February 6, 2014

    • Jason L.

      Maybe I'll cancel my teaching session so I can get this one in...

      1 · February 6, 2014

    • Brian B.

      I'd like to get in on this one!

      February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still sick, so I'm cancelling out of this. :(

    February 28, 2014

  • Kevin C.

    12:45 - Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island - 1-4 Player (will accept up to 4) ~ 2.5 hours to play/teach (give or take 30mins)

    2 · February 4, 2014

  • Tim W.

    If anyone is interested in Francis Drake (a top ten of 2013 for many) or Snowdonia (a great worker placement from[masked]), drop a note, and try to find me throughout the day (or I'll try and find you) I've been itching to play and share these for a bit. If not familiar, both are medium-light worker placements. (I can't post a time due to unknowns with helping to host)

    February 26, 2014

    • Corey

      Dropping note for both!!

      February 26, 2014

    • Mark

      Would be interested in joining a game of Francis Drake. Have played it once.

      February 26, 2014

  • Tim W.

    I'm looking for a teach and play of Madeira at SyndiCon, if anyone attending, reads this, owns it, and wants to share. :)

    1 · February 21, 2014

    • Star

      My friend added this onto my latest CSI order. If he let's me borrow it I'll bring it. I played it at Lobster Trap a few months ago and would like to give it another try.

      February 21, 2014

    • Star

      I won't be bringing Madeira. My friend who bought it is bringing it to our friend's house to teach it there.

      February 26, 2014

  • Jeremy

    10:45 - Suburbia with expansion, Suburbia Inc. 2-4 players 1.5 hours with teach /play (may be less time depending on other players' experience level)

    February 26, 2014

    • Corey

      I've played Suburbia but not the expansion.......I'm­ in unless there are newbies who want to try it.

      February 26, 2014

    • Jeremy

      1 spot left.

      February 26, 2014

  • Ian

    1:30 - Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar - 2-4 players - ~2 hours - dynamic worker placement/farming/building http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/126163/tzolkin-the-mayan-calendar

    2 · February 6, 2014

    • Steve O.

      I'm in - but will need to be taught the game.

      February 23, 2014

  • Star

    11:00 - Euphoria -Worker placement in a dystopian future - 1-3 players - 90 minutes to teach and play.

    1 · February 5, 2014

    • Tim W.

      I"ve been itching to play this one also, so please just come and find me if you're looking to share a 2nd teach at some point during the day.

      1 · February 21, 2014

    • Star

      I'm not sure I'd want to play this one twice in a day. When I volunteered to teach Euphoria it was new and shiny but it's lost some of it's luster for me since then.

      February 21, 2014

  • Star

    1:00 - Russian Railroads - Worker placement with a train theme, but otherwise not a train game - 1-3 players - 2.5 hours to teach and play.

    1 · February 5, 2014

    • Tim W.

      Sign me up for this. I'm in. (if no others show interest here, we can play at any time, I've been itching to play since release)

      1 · February 21, 2014

  • Jason L.

    2:00 - Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery
    2-4 players (I will add up to 6 if I grab the expansion between now and then.)
    Thematic - Bidding, Diplomacy, Dice-rolling combat. Wear your mean jeans if you want in on this one. much conflict. wow.
    ~2 hrs for a first time play through on quick setting

    1 · February 4, 2014

    • Dan B.

      I'm in

      2 · February 12, 2014

    • Jason L.

      I ordered the expansion so if anyone wants in we have two more seats.

      1 · February 14, 2014

  • Joey

    12:30 - Quantum - 2-4 Players (will accept up to 4) ~ 1.5 hours to play/teach (give or take 20 minutes)

    1 · February 4, 2014

    • Mike W.

      I'm in.

      1 · February 4, 2014

    • SnakeBelly

      I'll give this a try...sheesh my dance card is filling up!

      1 · February 6, 2014

  • Dan B.

    10:45 - Keyflower - worker placement and bidding - 2 to 6 players - 2.5 hr play/teach

    1 · February 4, 2014

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