Monday, 25 May 2015

Conventions: People & Gaming

It is Con season, so during this weeks #BoardGameHour twitter discussion we will be looking at the real beating heart of most gaming conventions: The People & Gaming.

I know that at some bigger conventions like Essen (which is technically a trade show, but we wont be picky) & Gen Con a big aspect of the show is companies releasing and promoting there products, but we will leave that for another day.

So we are going to talk about something every convention has at its core, the players and the games they are playing!

Your "Conventions: People & Gaming" questions are:

Q1: Lets start by asking if you planning on going to any conventions this year (big, small or house)? Which ones? #BoardGameHour

Q2: Do you like that board game media focuses a lot on conventions at this time of year? #BoardGameHour

Q3: Are conventions a good place for people new to the hobby to go to? Why? #BoardGameHour

Q4: What would help conventions be more welcoming to new gamers? What are the barriers to entry? #BoardGameHour

Q5: What would help cons be more attractive to a diverse range of people? Is there anything discouraging more diversity?  #BoardGameHour

Q6: When you go to a con, who do you aim to spend you time playing games with? (people you know, random people, con friends) #BoardGameHour

Q7: Do you have any tips for enjoying gaming with a wide range of players you don't know? #BoardGameHour

Q8: At conventions, what type of games do you aim to play (Big player numbers, Long games, New games, etc)? #BoardGameHour

Q9: What is about conventions that you can't get with your normal gaming group? #BoardGameHour

Q10: What game are you most looking forward to playing at a con this year? #BoardGameHour

Q11: Is there something you wish conventions would do to make them better for everyone or are they perfect? #BoardGameHour

I look forward to seeing you later, I also hope that if your going to the UK Games Expo this week that you stop me and say hi :0) I look like this (only my beard is longer at con time), so give me a high five!

So the big question is how does #boardgamehour work?

#BoardGameHour takes place on twitter once a week. It's a virtual hangout for people who either love board games or want to know more about the hobby.

It's simple, to join in all you need to do is add the #boardgamehour hash-tag to your tweets, during the hour. To see what everyone else is saying just search for #boardgamehour!

Making #boardgamehour easier!

To make this live Twitter discussion easier, I have made a room on which we can all use. All you have to do is make sure you are logged into Twitter then go to and log in, using your Twitter account. You don't have to use this, everything will be the same as normal, but if you do us Nurph, it acts like a chat room for twitter and add the Hashtag automatically :0)

For one hour every week, it's time to talk nothing but board games. #boardgamehour happens across the western world Every Monday - start times are:

11am (PST)
12pm (MST)
1pm (CST)
2pm (EST)
7pm (GMT)

* Summer time sometimes messes with this, but the chat will always start at 7pm in the UK because that is when my son is in bed asleep :0)

As long as you have a twitter account, mine is @boardgamehour for instance, you can be part of this fun community.

See you for #boardgamehour

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