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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Geekway on the Brain

With the Geekway to the West boardgaming "mini-con" I'm coordinating coming up quickly (April 28-29th), I'm starting to get a bit frazzled. Aside from juggling all my other responsibilities, I'm feverishly working to pump up attendance, trying to solicit donations and schedule different events.

But it's certainly a labor of love. I'm really excited about the Geekway this year, and can't wait for the end of April to roll around.

The one event I'm most interested and excited about would have to be the life-size, "live action" Mall of Horror game we're setting up. I'm a big fan of Mall of Horror, and we're going to take it to the next level.

Instead of just one player per "color" we'll have three people, one for each of the character's present on the team. One player will be nominated the team captain, and will be responsible for consulting with the other members of the team and finalize their voting. If the weather is nice, this is going to be set up outside so folks will move around to the different locations.

We've got team sandwich boards planned out, fake badges for the Security Officer, chairs at different locations to represent maximum occupancy, and other tweaks to make it a more immersive experience and make the most out of having so many people. To ensure things will run smoothly and stay on track, we're going to have a moderator timing negotiations.

I've been in touch with Asmodee, the developers of Mall of Horror, to let them know what we're doing and see if they have any tips or suggestions on running a large scale game. They seem interested in our plans, so hopefully I can encourage them to donate a copy of the game for the winning team. Regardless, this'll be a great event for lots of photos and hopefully some video.

We're also going to run a large Werewolf game or two (18 players + moderator) over the course of the day, and I'm trying to figure out some Boardgame Trivia to include for prizes -- something low key but interesting that folks can play in the background... Right now I'm thinking about taking super-duper closeups of different gameboards & bits and having players identify the game. We'll have to see how things pan out.

I've still got more donations to sift through/solicit, as well as nail down what we're going to do foodwise (cater, just do food runs, etc) and then try to schedule some volunteers to help demo and teach games to new players. One of the exciting prospects for the Geekway will be introducing this great hobby to new players who aren't familiar with Eurogames or (gasp) don't know about BoardGameGeek.com!

So if you're going to be in St. Louis in April, drop me a line... We'd love to have you at the Geekway! Until then, I'm off to do some more planning and prep.


  • Jason, that sounds like a lot of fun. i wish that i were in the area, i would just love this. Please don't forget to let us know how it goes.

    By Blogger David Fair, at 7:05 AM  

  • You bet, David. Rest assured, there will be plenty of recaps and photos of the event.

    By Blogger Jason Little, at 1:52 PM  

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