So we didn’t make it to as much of Platypus-Con 2017 as we’d hoped to, but then, they didn’t need us to.
Sounds like it was very well attended! I didn’t make it until Sunday (and Holly sadly didn’t make it at all, darn being sick!), which meant I didn’t get a commemorative d6 – which is too bad, as I use mine all the time. At least I made it before they sold out!
Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, David interviewed Josh of Platypus-Con! They talk starting a gaming con, collecting a game library, and talk some details about this year’s convention. Thinking of starting a con? Give this one a listen! Considering going this year? Give this one a listen! Find out more and buy tickets at platypusgaming.org.
While we haven’t been able to do as much this year with Platypus Con as we did last year (just going to throw the Geek Baby under the bus here and blame her…), we’re still excited for the convention – and it’s this coming weekend! The busy event organizer took a few minutes and answered some questions about the Con, now in its second year.
It’s no surprise I suppose, given all the posts we did in advance of it, and all the pictures I posted on our new Instagram. Still! this last weekend was the Platypus Con, and we were there all three days! A gaming con through-and-through, it was full of board games, card games, and war games.
We’re tired, and honestly, I don’t have a lot to add on it. I played a lot of Warmachine – my job was to be there and demo it, after all. These were the first games I played on the full, real 4×4 game board – you have a lot more board to worry about then! We also played a couple of our largest games yet, before going back to really low points – including a game against a new player who just got his army! I am now 3-3 against my friend who got me into the game!
Holly spent most of her time at the convention in the Lending Library, a massive collection of games. They had this set up with a system with a scanner, to really check out the games to people, tied to their tickets. And the number of games? So many. And people really were coming in, grabbing games, trying them out, and playing.
The convention was really well attended, and planning has begun already for next year! There’s a lot I think that can be done with a second year – once people see it’s been successful. During the con, people were realizing they could come in and use the space to game – so right next to us playing Warmachine, a couple of guys showed up and played a 3000 point game of Warhammer Fantasy! I think there are a lot of gamers and gaming groups in town that can hopefully do something more for next year’s event. Including, hopefully, some more Warmachine and Hordes players!
Holly is going to tell you tomorrow about the game that we found and played at the Con, but I’ll leave that to her tomorrow!
I don’t think we’ll have anything so big as PAX, which is good. I’m looking to have some fun, and hoping to see a lot of people turn up wanting to play games. To that effect, I think things are off to a good start!
You can see the con at its website, PlatypusGaming.org. There’s a spot for donations, and I’m sure this non-profit would not mind getting a donation if you are so inclined 🙂 I also love the look of the lending library – I have played and learned about a lot of games from these friends, and they are taking this and spreading it. And that’s awesome.
Meanwhile, I am planning on helping run the war games demos with a friend, so below the jump I’ll be talking through a bit of our initial look at this – and my first foray into the tabletop war game, Warmachine!