The Board Game Geek Spring Convention & our experiences with the recently named Spiel des Jahres nominees for 2016.

Spiel des Jahres

Time Stamps
Opening banter and Con talk: from 0:00 – 21:00
Spiel des Jahres talk: from 21:00 – 45:25
Non Spiel game spotlight: from 45:25 – 1:05:51

As veterans of the last half decade of Board Game Geek Conventions, we decided it was high time to familiarize ourselves with the second annual Spring Convention.  We missed last year mostly due to prior engagements, but we made time for this year’s affair.

first in line

As is the case with pretty much ever time we’ve attended a convention, we decided to show up early and get some gaming done in line.  We rolled in this year at 6am fully expecting others to be there.  We were virtually alone for the first hour.  Closer to 9am the line started to fill in, though it never got as crazy as the fall convention.  We grabbed our passes at 10am, received a free assortment of games, and entered the ballroom.  Off to the left were all nine Spiel des Jahres nominees.  Off to the right was a vast ocean of empty tables begging to be played upon.

first in the ballroom

The great thing about this convention is simply how laid back it all was.  We discuss this in the podcast, but none of us ever felt overly rushed or anxious.  We certainly enjoy the fall convention, but it can be a little taxing on the mind and body.  The spring con, at the moment, seems like a huge group of buddies getting together to game for a while.  If you’d like to read a more personalized take on the Spring Con and some of the experiences therein, check out Lee’s blog post called Board it Up!

Eventually we were able to sit down and play the Spiel des Jahres nominees.  Luckily we’d already played two of the Kenner nominees and one of the Spiel des Jahres nominees.  That left all three of the Kinder games, two of the Spiel des Jahres games, and one of the Kenner games.  We outline each of these games and give our predictions in the podcast.  I’ve included time stamps if you’d like to jump straight to the Spiel des Jahres talk.  See above.

Spiel des Jahres 2016 Nominees:

Kennerspiel des Jahres 2016 Nominees:
Isle of Skye: From Chieften to King
T.I.M.E. Stories
Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Kinderspiel des Jahres 2016 Nominees:
My First Stone Age

Helpful sites:
Spiel des Jahres official site
Wikipedia page for Spiel des Jahres
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Ep 036 – BGG Spring Con & Spiel des Jahres 2016 Nominees

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