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August 10-11, 2019

Announcing DaveCon 2019
by Lansing Board Gamers!

Last year, DaveCon 2018 had over 180 attendees! This year, I'm hoping we can hit the 200 mark. You can help make that happen.

Register NOW!

   Back for 2019: Protospiel Corner

Game Schedule: Friday Saturday Sunday

Where: Okemos Comfort Inn Conference Center, 2187 University Park Drive Okemos, MI 48864 From: I-96 exit 110, go North on Okemos Road, then after 1/4 mile, turn right on University Commerce Park - conference center and hotel is on your right. If you want to spend the night, there is a block of rooms available for $118 - just mention DaveCon (or that you're at a conference this weekend). Comfort Inn Phone number: (517) 347-6690. Note: There are two hotels there but our block is with the Comfort Inn ($118/night) which is attached to the conference center (you can't get any closer). I highly recommend staying onsite. The hotels are a great bargain - very clean and a friendly staff.

What: Open board gaming, events and tournaments (Gaming at DaveCon explained). Please bring a copy of games you intend to sign up for. (Rio Grande, Mayfair, Avalon Hill, Fantasy Flight, Z-man, Steve Jackson, Railroad, etc.), and Texas Hold-em (no gambling). Board gaming events and tournaments are being determined. Please bring your favorite games for yourself and for our game library! Also, should be back again for 2019 - official play testing. Would you like your feedback to help shape the next big game? As a play tester, you not only get a preview of new games, but also get to provide feedback in the clever art of game design.


When: Saturday, August 10th (9AM to Midnight) and
Sunday, August 11th (10AM to 6PM)
***If you pre-register, you can also game on Friday starting at 7PM***

Who: Everyone with a good attitude is invited to register.

How: Register Online! or volunteer (contact me to volunteer)

Prizes: Tons of prizes. We will have gift certificates from Summit Comics & Games and they have a nice selection of board games and other gamer gear. Also, we get big donations from Metro Detroit Gamers for some great board games.

Gamer Bingo: In the past we've had Iron [Wo]Man and Friendliest Gamer competitions and then last year we introduced "Gamer Bingo"! This was a big hit as people played to complete 25 different gamer related activies and complete their boards for a chance to win the grand prize. We had 10 people complete their entire boards last year. The 3 people picked as "Ultimate Gamers" were Ben Fouts, Jeremy Daughtery and Val While. YOU could be the ultimate gamer for 2019!

Food Policy: Food and soft drinks should be offered for sale. I guess you could bring back other food for yourself but that would be totally inconvenient. I guess you can bring in soft drinks but you know you'd rather buy them from DaveCon. They'll just taste better and fresher!

Registration is open!

Entire weekend:

(Pre-registration/Internet pricing)

To pay by credit card, click the Pay Now button with the credit logos. If you want to circumvent bank fees for me (send less money to bankers), send the money using PayPal direct to daverogers@gmail.com and source it from a bank account. I'll take your e-mail as your registration (but you can e-mail me your name in addition to make sure).

Individual: $31   Sorry, online registration is closed, please pay at the door
Couple: $51   Sorry, online registration is closed, please pay at the door
Family: $66   Sorry, online registration is closed, please pay at the door

Single Day Pricing:

(Pre-registration/Internet pricing)

Individual: $26   Sorry, online registration is closed, please pay at the door
Couple: $41   Sorry, online registration is closed, please pay at the door
Family: $56   Sorry, online registration is closed, please pay at the door

Early birds save money! You are saving $3 by registering before July 15. Paying at the door is an additional $3. Register as an early bird and you'll save $6 over door prices. The prices shown here *include* the door adder.

When you pre-register, you also get bonus open gaming Friday night, starting at 7:00PM FOR FREE

Saturday & Sunday:

* Remember: Open gaming all the time!

Note that our open game library usually has over 150 games.

Friday

- 7:00PM: The Void Corpse of Amann Urr (DCC - RPG) (Clay)

Step through the portal to Zeta Outpost 77. Where you and a bunch of other villagers must adventure within to close the portal. Pregens available, no experience required.


Saturday   Saturday   Saturday   Saturday


SATURDAY - 9:30 AM: Learn to Play: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (Bryan Harris)



BGG Rating: *, Rank: #1 RPG, Max Players: 10 (2 tables), Duration: 90 minutes


SATURDAY - 9:30 AM: Clank! (Roberto)



BGG Rating: 7.8, Rank: #61, Max Players: 4, Duration: 60 minutes


SATURDAY - 9:30 AM: Clue: Great Museum Caper (Gwommy)



BGG Rating: 6.7, Rank: #499 Family, Max Players: 4, Duration: 30 minutes


SATURDAY - 9:30 AM: Stone Age: Anniversary Edition (Ali)



BGG Rating: 7.6, Rank: 89, Max Players: 4, Duration: 90 minutes


SATURDAY - 10:00 AM: Great Western Trail (Daniel Alt)



BGG Rating: 8.3, Rank: 10, Max Players: 4, Duration: 70-150 minutes


SATURDAY - 10:30 AM: Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done (Bob Fix)



BGG Rating: 7.7, Rank: #373 Strategy, Max Players: 4, Duration: 60 minutes


SATURDAY - 11:00 AM: Learn to Play: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (Bryan Harris)



BGG Rating: *, Rank: #1 RPG, Max Players: 10 (2 tables), Duration: 90 minutes


SATURDAY - 11:00 AM: Colt Express (Wally)



BGG Rating: 7.2, Rank: #72 Family, Max Players: 6, Duration: 40 minutes


SATURDAY - 11:00 AM: Newton (Arthur)



BGG Rating: 7.7, Rank: #216 Strategy, Max Players: 4, Duration: 90 minutes


SATURDAY - 11:00 AM: ASL Start Kit #1 (David Goodkin)



BGG Rating: 7.8, Rank: #24 War, Max Players: 8, Duration: 120-240 minutes

Advanced Squad Leader first came out in 1985, and now has several dozen modules, with enough counters and maps and components to overflow a bathtub. All of that, plus the very thick rulebook, can look intimidating, but the beauty of the game is you only need a small portion of it for a given scenario. ASL, as the name tells you, is about squad level tactical engagements during WWII. The reason there are so many rules and supplements is the system aims to cover every single nationality in every single theater of war, from the steppes of Russia to the farms and towns of Europe, to the Jungle islands in the pacific. The basic unit is down to the squad level, though there are also half squads, crews, and even single man counters representing leaders ... and occasionally, heroes! Just about every single type of ordinance weapon and vehicle is also included, along with detailed historical notes for each. In short, there is a vast treasure trove of history and detail to be found in the system, which is why for many, this is the best tabletop wargame ever invented. There are also rules for everything, which is why the rulebook is so large - but the beauty of it is that, outside of the core rules, which are primarily just one section, the rest are only needed in bits and pieces depending on the scenario. In other words, it is not as intimidating as it first seems. Like there are rules for, say, glider landings. But of course you don't need to worry about them unless you are playing a scenario with gliders (and those are actually not common). Or there are rules for amphibious invasions. And so on. The maps are mainly geomorphic maps that can be used in combinations for just about any sort of scenario (around 100 so far). There are also Historical Modules with custom maps from actual aerial photographs of certain battles - for campaign games. And then to make entry to the system even easier, there are the Starter Kits, which use a very slimmed down version of the rules, slimmed in large part just by limiting the types of units and terrain features on the boards used. Ultimately, ASL can be as simple or involved as you want it to be - ranging in scale from small scenarios you could play in a few hours to campaign games you could play over months. (Though mostly it is a collection of scenarios - hundreds of them now, if not thousands). I have played it since it first came out in 1985, and even played a little of its predecessor, Squad Leader (which came out in 1977 and had three expansions). I am happy to teach the rules to anyone who wants to play. It is a two player game, so if there are an even number of players, I will just act as a rules advisor, and if an odd, I can be one of the players in a game (I have enough Starter Kits for up to 4 games at once).


SATURDAY - 11:00 AM: Mysterium with expansions (Luci)



BGG Rating: 7.4, Rank: #161, Max Players: 7, Duration: 42 minutes


SATURDAY - 12:00 PM: Twilight Imperium 4th Ed (Chris Bennett)



BGG Rating: 8.8, Rank: Strategy #13, Max Players: 6, Duration: 240-480 minutes


SATURDAY - 12:00 PM: Downforce (Gwommy)



BGG Rating: 7.4, Rank: #63 Family, Max Players: 6, Duration: 40 minutes


SATURDAY - 12:00 PM: Nemesis (Phil Knapp)



BGG Rating: 8.5, Rank: #20 Thematic, Max Players: 5, Duration: 90-180 minutes


SATURDAY - 12:30 PM: Learn to Play: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (Bryan Harris)


SATURDAY - 1:00 PM: Lords of Waterdeep (Haley Lemon)



BGG Rating: 7.8, Rank: 54, Max Players: 6, Duration: 120 minutes


SATURDAY - 1:00 PM: Kingsburg (2nd edition) (Bob Fix)



BGG Rating: 7.6, Rank: 1107, Max Players: 5, Duration: 120 minutes


SATURDAY - 1:00 PM: INDIE RPG-ON-DEMAND Smorgasbord (Nathan Parrish+)



BGG Rating: , Rank: , Max Players: , Duration: 180-240 minutes

Choose from one of many great Indie RPG events on the fly! Click the link above, by the time, for a full listing and age policy


SATURDAY - 1:30 PM: Everdell (Eric)



BGG Rating: 8.3, Rank: 165, Max Players: 4, Duration: 40-80 minutes


SATURDAY - 1:30 PM - 6:00PM: Protospiel Corner (Various)

See below!


SATURDAY - 2:00 PM: Sushi-Go! (Chuck Wilson)



BGG Rating: 7.1, Rank: #89 Family, Max Players: 5, Duration: Multiple Rounds for 1 hour minutes


SATURDAY - 2:00 PM: Spyfall and Spyfall 2 combined (Luci)



BGG Rating: 7.0, Rank: Party #35, Max Players: 8, Duration: 30 minutes


SATURDAY - 2:00 PM: Learn to Play: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (Bryan Harris)



BGG Rating: , Rank: , Max Players: , Duration: minutes


SATURDAY - 3:00 PM: Sushi-Go! (Chuck Wilson)



BGG Rating: 7.1, Rank: #89 Family, Max Players: 5, Duration: Multiple Rounds for 1 hour minutes


SATURDAY - 3:00 PM: Stockpile (Gabe)



BGG Rating: 7.6, Rank: #190 Strategy, Max Players: 5, Duration: 45 minutes


SATURDAY - 3:30 PM: Learn to Play: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (Bryan Harris)



BGG Rating: , Rank: , Max Players: , Duration: minutes


SATURDAY - 3:30 PM: Scythe (Haley Lemon)



BGG Rating: 8.3, Rank: 9, Max Players: 7, Duration: 115 minutes


SATURDAY - 4:00 PM: Keyforge Tournament (Rachael)



BGG Rating: 8.1, Rank: 1826, Max Players: 16, Duration: 180 minutes

This is an Archon tournament. Bring your own deck or purchase a sealed Age of Ascension one for $8 for sale when we kick off. The tournament will be three swiss rounds with a 4-player single elimination semi-final and then final game. We will NOT be looking up decks for chains based on organized play.


SATURDAY - 4:00 PM: Munchkin: Mighty Monsters (Chuck Wilson)



BGG Rating: NEW, Rank: NEW, Max Players: 6, Duration: 60 minutes

A fast-playing card game based in the world of Steve Jackson's best-selling Munchkin. You and your monster buddies are hanging out in the dungeon, just waiting to wallop some munchkins . . . but there are just too many of them! Play cards by matching either the rank or color of the last card played. Be careful – if you get stuck and can't play a card, bad stuff happens – the munchkins wallop you instead! Get walloped too often, and the munchkins defeat you . . . the first player that gets defeated three times loses the game, and everyone else wins!


SATURDAY - 4:00 PM: Montana (Bob Fix)



BGG Rating: 6.8, Rank: #915 Strategy, Max Players: 4, Duration: 45 minutes


SATURDAY - 4:00 PM: Blokus (Wally)



BGG Rating: 6.9, Rank: Abstract #30, Max Players: 4, Duration: 20 minutes


SATURDAY - 4:30 PM: Gizmos (Eric)



BGG Rating: 7.5, Rank: #50 Family, Max Players: 4, Duration: 50 minutes


SATURDAY - 5:00 PM: Munchkin: Mighty Monsters (Chuck Wilson)



BGG Rating: NEW, Rank: NEW, Max Players: 6, Duration: 60 minutes

A fast-playing card game based in the world of Steve Jackson's best-selling Munchkin. You and your monster buddies are hanging out in the dungeon, just waiting to wallop some munchkins . . . but there are just too many of them! Play cards by matching either the rank or color of the last card played. Be careful – if you get stuck and can't play a card, bad stuff happens – the munchkins wallop you instead! Get walloped too often, and the munchkins defeat you . . . the first player that gets defeated three times loses the game, and everyone else wins!


SATURDAY - 5:00 PM: Brass (Daniel Alt)



BGG Rating: 8.1, Rank: #21, Max Players: 4, Duration: 60-120 minutes


SATURDAY - 5:00 PM: Learn to Play: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (Bryan Harris)

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SATURDAY - 6:00 PM: Dark Tales (Ages: 16+) (Chuck Wilson)



BGG Rating: 6.6, Rank: 2604, Max Players: 4, Duration: 30 minutes

The card game Dark Tales is inspired by classic fairy tales, retold in a dark style. The land of Dark Tales is populated by disturbing creatures and sinister characters, and the interaction between cards and magic items is the key to success: A character, event, or sword used at the right time can determine the fate of the game! Thanks to the many setting cards, the items you collect change their power from game to game.


SATURDAY - 6:00 PM: Texas Hold'em (Roberto)



BGG Rating: *, Rank: *, Max Players: 10, Duration: 60-150 minutes

One big table for fame, glory and humiliation!


SATURDAY - 6:00 PM: Engine Room (Matt Arnold)


SATURDAY - 6:00 PM: Warsaw: City of Ruins (Jim Christie)



BGG Rating: 7.4, Rank: #539 Strategy, Max Players: 4, Duration: 60 minutes


SATURDAY - 6:00 PM: INDIE RPG-ON-DEMAND Smorgasbord (Nathan Parrish+)



BGG Rating: , Rank: , Max Players: , Duration: 180-240 minutes

Choose from one of many great Indie RPG events on the fly! Click the link above, by the time, for a full listing and age policy


SATURDAY - 6:30 PM: Deception: Murder in Hong Kong (Haley Lemon)



BGG Rating: 7.5, Rank: #4 Party, Max Players: 10, Duration: 20 minutes


SATURDAY - 7:00 PM: Chaos in the old World (Chris Bennett)



BGG Rating: 7.7, Rank: 103, Max Players: 4, Duration: 120 minutes


SATURDAY - 7:00 PM: Sentient (Paul Harding)



BGG Rating: 7.4, Rank: #1027, Max Players: 4, Duration: 45-60 minutes


SATURDAY - 7:30 PM: Vault Wars (Gabe)



BGG Rating: 6.9, Rank: #931 Strategy, Max Players: 5, Duration: 60 minutes


SATURDAY - 9:00 PM: Time's Up Title Recall (Dave)



BGG Rating: 7.7, Rank: #4 Party, Max Players: 18, Duration: 60 minutes

Wrap up Saturday night with a big time party game that will test your abilities


Sunday   Sunday   Sunday   Sunday


SUNDAY - 10:15 AM: Carcassonne (Wally)


SUNDAY - 10:15 AM: INDIE RPG-ON-DEMAND Smorgasbord (Nathan Parrish+)



BGG Rating: , Rank: , Max Players: , Duration: 180-240 minutes

Choose from one of many great Indie RPG events on the fly! Click the link above, by the time, for a full listing and age policy


SUNDAY - 10:15 AM: Learn to Play: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (Bryan Harris)



BGG Rating: *, Rank: #1 RPG, Max Players: 10 (2 tables), Duration: 90 minutes


SUNDAY - 10:30 AM: Age of Empires III (Roberto)



BGG Rating: 7.6, Rank: 139, Max Players: 5, Duration: 90-120 minutes


SUNDAY - 11:30 AM: Learn to Play: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (Bryan Harris)



BGG Rating: *, Rank: #1 RPG, Max Players: 10 (2 tables), Duration: 90 minutes


SUNDAY - 11:00 AM: Spirit Island (John)



BGG Rating: 8.4, Rank: 15, Max Players: 4, Duration: 120 minutes

In the most distant reaches of the world, magic still exists, embodied by spirits of the land, of the sky, and of every natural thing. As the great powers of Europe stretch their colonial empires further and further, they will inevitably lay claim to a place where spirits still hold power - and when they do, the land itself will fight back alongside the islanders who live there.


SUNDAY - 11:00AM: GaiaVora (Matt)

BGG Rating: *, Rank: *, Max Players: 4, Duration: 45 minutes

Rotate the planet board & select a Sky Object, to use its action on the land beneath it, to fill the desolate planet of Gaia with verdant life. Arrange your carnivores, herbivores, and plants, to eat your opponents, and survive on the highest stacks of land tiles. But beware Vora, the Feastmoon!


SUNDAY - 12:00 PM: Star Trek: Ascendancy (Giuseppe)



BGG Rating: 7.8, Rank: Thematic #110, Max Players: 3, Duration: 180 minutes


SUNDAY - 1:00 PM: Medici (Luci)



BGG Rating: 7.1, Rank: 482, Max Players: 6, Duration: 60 minutes


SUNDAY - 1:00 PM: Learn to Play: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (Bryan Harris)



BGG Rating: *, Rank: #1 RPG, Max Players: 10 (2 tables), Duration: 90 minutes


SUNDAY - 2:30 PM: Learn to Play: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (Bryan Harris)



BGG Rating: *, Rank: #1 RPG, Max Players: 10 (2 tables), Duration: 90 minutes


SUNDAY - 3:00 PM: The Quest for El Dorado (Wally)



BGG Rating: 7.6, Rank: Family #28, Max Players: 4, Duration: 60 minutes

A slick deck building game where you race against each other to reach El Dorado


SUNDAY - 3:00 PM: Libertalia (John)



BGG Rating: 7.2, Rank: 350, Max Players: 6, Duration: 45 minutes



Protospiel Corner (Saturday: 1:30PM-6PM)

Note: We are capping Protospiel Corner at 6-8 games. Submission Date: 7/13/2019

Game #1

  • Title: GaiaVora
  • Stage: Ready for publication
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Players: 1-4
  • Ages: 10+
  • Designer: Nemo Rathwald
  • Description: Rotate the planet board & select a Sky Object, to use its action on the land beneath it, to fill the desolate planet of Gaia with verdant life. Arrange your carnivores, herbivores, and plants, to eat your opponents, and survive on the highest stacks of land tiles. But beware Vora, the Feastmoon!
Game #2
  • Title: GIUTTOCC
  • Stage: Beta
  • Duration: 45-60 minutes
  • Players: 2-5
  • Ages: 12+
  • Designer: Dom Korzecke, Tyler Tsuji, Amar Dzomba
  • Description: Global imperialism Under The Threat Of Climate Change. Players control independent nations with an objective of conquering other nations. However, all nations actions affect the global climate and if players are not mindful of their actions climate change will destroy everyone.
Game #3
  • Title: Bad Reception
  • Stage: Near Completion
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Players: 4
  • Ages: 10+
  • Designer: Arthur Wohlwill
  • Description: You are a family going to a wedding reception with the intent to impress the other guests! Place your powerful guests next to mere peons to strive for victory! But be careful, because proper wedding etiquette requires you to show humility. If you don't you could be shunned!
Game #4
  • Title: 9 Towers
  • Stage: beta
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Players: 1-4
  • Ages: 12+
  • Designer: Jeremy Daugherty
  • Description: You’ve been selected by the city planning commission to manage the construction of a new urban development. The city designated space for up to nine new buildings and wants them erected in under 12 months. You’ll receive a delivery of materials every month. Use the delivered materials as efficiently as possible to avoid waste and become the city’s leading developer. 9 Towers is played over 11 rounds. In Rounds 1 - 10, players complete two actions in turn. First, they blindly select and roll three dice from their supply of 30. Second, players stack the dice on towers of matching colors, balancing the need to keep options open and maximize points. In the final round, players reroll up to three dice they may have set aside during early rounds. To determine the winner, players count the points of each of their nine towers. The player with the highest number of points wins.
Game #5
  • Title: Hot Air Aviators
  • Stage: Near Completion
  • Duration: 15 minutes/player
  • Players: 2-4
  • Ages: 11+
  • Designer: Todd Robinson
  • Description: Pilot your balloon across the skies and collect the most floating targets in order to win this hot air adventure. However, unlike a plane you don't have a motor, so you'll have to skillfully navigate the different winds at each altitude in order to reach the prizes. Each turn you and your opponents will simultaneously choose whether to go higher, lower, or stay where you are. Once each player's balloon token is at the right altitude, the wind at that altitude will blow their balloon. If you've chosen well, you'll blow right to the target and grab the prize. If not, you'll watch as fortunes blows past you.
Game #6
  • Title: Frankenwars: Creature Combat
  • Stage: Alpha
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Players: 3-4
  • Ages: 14+
  • Designer: Shawn Stormo
  • Description: Create a custom monster by drafting monster part cards and then throw your monster into the ring to battle. The winner is whoever creates the strongest monster over the course of 3 rounds.

This is a great opportunity for game designers to get their new designs play tested and a wonderful chance for play testers to provide feedback in the clever art of game design.

We are hosting a special opportunity for game designers to have their games playtested in a semi-formal fashion and meet people for open playtesting. On Saturday (8/10), Todd Robinson, a Protospiel veteran will be hosting game designers to demo their games at DaveCon. Last year we had quite a few designers bring games but we'd love to have even more this year!

Please e-mail Todd, toddrobinson20@gmail.com with details about your game:

  • Title
  • Stage: alpha, beta, near completion, etc.
  • Ages
  • # Players
  • Duration
  • Description
  • Desginer
  • Picture (Optional)

I will post it here and put it on the schedule. This is on a first come first serve basis as games will be capped at 6-8 depending on the length and number of players. Please submit your game info now - there are only a couple spots left. Games posted are also ultimately at the discretion of me. Please keep things family friendly.

If you don't make the schedule or you have many games to play test, that's okay! DaveCon has a very active open gaming contingent. The people you meet in Protospiel Corner should facilitate open play testing. I just ask that you be frank with people about the duration and stage of your game.