Monday, February 15, 2016

Genghis Con 2016

I attended Genghis Con 2016 on the Saturday.  I walked around to check out the action, spend a few dollars with one vendor and run my Battle of Gaza game.  I did not see the RPG gamers as they were in a different building.  Overall I'd say this was another successful Genghis Con.

Here are some of my observations:

  • There were a lot of gamers attending this year.  Tacticon last year in was puny in comparison using the same space.  The miniatures room was jammed.
  • Computer gaming room was well attended.
  • Boardgaming in open area was busy.
  • The game that I ran filled up with four players.  No one preregistered before the convention.
  • Miniatures room was a disaster.  Three tournaments were scheduled at the same time on Saturday.  Too many tables were used resulting in some games being cancelled.
  • Table assignment for miniatures room was a free for all.
  • Lack of chairs in the miniature room.  Gamers were stealing chairs left and right.
  • General boardgaming room was virtually empty.
  • I got a smaller table that I needed for my game.  I had to work with it.
  • For someone attending the convention who is there just to run a single game has to pay to attend the convention does not make sense.
  • There were a lot more attending doing Cosplay.  Still makes no sense why Cosplay is there.  Pointless.
  • Vendor purchasing opportunities for Historical Miniature gamers was pretty much useless.  Only good for dice and Flames of War.
  • Why play computer games at the convention?  Almost pointless.  At least it is a game.
  • Tacticon 2016 will be in Colorado Springs potentially on a different weekend than previous years.
  • I heard that boardgamers were not allowed to bring their own games to the convention.  They were only allowed to check out games from the library.  Sounds like a negative for boardgamers.  I heard some chose not to attend because of this.
Here are some photos from the convention, with captions.

My Battle of Gaza 10mm game near end of battle.

View of about two thirds of miniatures room.
Entrance to miniatures room.

View of other third of miniatures room.

Castle assault.

Not sure what rules. I like the look of this.

Battle car race game.

This was in the miniatures room (photo above).  I can say this is the worst terrain and miniatures used for a miniatures game I have ever seen.  The line of cards you see in the middle represent a hedge row.  Everything is cards except for the yellow felt and green table felt.  The yellow felt appears to not even be sized/cut.  Who knows, maybe those containers on the right side of the photo was a barn with a silo or a church.  This thing/game did not belong in the miniatures room.  Horrible.
Okay, I've said enough.

Computer gamers.

Vendor room panorama.

Boardgame library supposedly the same one from GenCon.  I thought it would be bigger.

Boardgaming area.  I think the right side of the photo was all Catan games.
I did not take a photo of the other boardgaming room because it was almost empty.



  1. I agree with your comments about the cards on felt on felt game. Ych. I don't think I could create an illusion in my mind to help me overlook that appearance that would allow me to play in that game. Maybe for playtesting purposes, but at a convention???