Well, as I mentioned a couple posts ago, it's nearly off to Green Bay, WI, for the Let's Play gaming convention this weekend! The sponsors/organizers just recently posted the program and schedule of events. Scan it if you're curious. I'd be interested to hear thoughts on how it compares with other comparable-sized conventions. While I, my brother-in-law, and our sons will probably spend most of our time Saturday in the open gaming library and Pokemon area, I'm looking forward to seeing what an official Settlers of Catan tournament looks like. I'd also like to check out the demos for Wings of War. I'm fairly knowledgeable with World War I aviation history and know this game would be right up my alley - except for it's expansion-oriented cost! Still will be fun to see the game in action, finally. Another activity that sounds intriguing is the "Play for Keeps." Essentially you pay a fee to play a particular game and if you win, you get to keep the game. The fee looks to be about a fourth of the game price, so you could likely end up just footing part of someone else's bill! But still, a fascinating concept - I have no idea if its a new one.
I'm still not sure exactly what to expect, but am looking very much forward to it. I'm just left with one question. What does that make me when I take a vacation day, eschew 6 hours of overtime, pull my kids out of school, and pack up our family of 9, with mother-in-law, to drive 400 miles for one day of gaming?