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September 9-10, 2017

Announcing DaveCon 2017
by Lansing Board Gamers!

Last year, DaveCon 2016 had over 160 attendees!

Register Now!

   Back for 2017: Protospiel Corner

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 $109 - 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 ($109/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 2017 - 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, September 9th (9AM to Midnight) and
Sunday, September 10th (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.

Friendliest Gamer competition: We had a good run with Iron Man, but it has run its course. We are brining back the Friendliest gamer all-weekend competition. There will be game sheets to track games played with different players. All games and human players count: events, protospiel games, tournaments and open gaming. The person who plays games with the most unique number of players will win a big gift certificate. Prize will be awarded Sunday, about 5PM. For the sake of history, the past winners of Iron [Wo]Man were: Julie Hunt (2007), Alan Ray (2008), Carl Bussema & Lori Scheiss (2009), Carl Bussema (2010), Alan Ray (2011), Jason Showalter (2012), Stephanie Beal (2013), Brian Beal (2014). Your names are engraved in virtual iron. Our inaugural Friendliest Gamer (2015) was Skyler Hamlin! In 2016, Carl Bussema and Ben Fouts both played with 37 different people. Amazing!

Food Policy: Pizza and soft drinks will be offered for sale. I guess you could bring back other food for yourself (but not pizza) but that would be totally inconvenient. I guess you can bring in soft drinks but you know you'd rather buy them from DaveCon. Somehow 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 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: $25
Couple: $41
Family: $53

Single Day Pricing:

(Pre-registration/Internet pricing)

Individual: $20
Couple: $31
Family: $43

Early birds save money! You are saving $3 by registering before August 1st. Paying at the door is an additional $3. Register now and you'll save $6 over door prices.

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.

Expect a great lineup of popular games from the past, present and future.

We plan to host the following events - day & time to be set:

  • Scythe (Gabe)
  • Great Western Trail
  • Terraforming Mars (Mike H.)
  • Settlers of Catan ()
  • Inis (Mike H.)
  • Blood Rage
  • Mechs vs. Minions
  • Snake Oil
  • Concordia
  • Galaxy Trucker (Skylar)
  • Castles of Burgundy (Eric K.)
  • Codenames
  • Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure (RR)
  • Star Wars: Destiny [CCG Tournament-8p] (RR - you do not need to bring your own set but you can) 4 decks provided (sign-up sheet has 4 need deck slots)
  • Royals (RR)
  • Texas Hold'em (RR)
  • Celestia (RR)
  • Cry Havoc (Bob F.)
  • Fresco (Bob F.)
  • Time's Up
  • Orleans
  • Puerto Rico (Paul H.)
  • Tales from the Loop - RPG (Nathan P.)
  • RPG Games

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

Note: We are capping Protospiel Corner at 8 games. Submission Date: 8/12/17 - please submit your game(s) before this day to ensure you get a slot.

Game #1

  • Title: Guilds of the King
  • Stage: Near Completion
  • Duration: 15-20 minutes per player
  • Players: 3-5
  • Ages: 12+
  • Designer: Nathan Woll
  • Description: In Guilds of the King, each player will take on the role of a guild leader in a fantasy city. As the leader of the Wizards, Adventurers, Laborers, Merchants, or Priests, each player will attempt to gain the most prestige points. Each guild plays quite differently, using multiple game mechanisms to generate resources. (For example, the Wizards will be rolling dice to cast spells but none of the other guilds roll dice)
Game #2
  • Title: Crooks and Nannies
  • Stage:
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Players: 2-4
  • Ages:
  • Designer: Jonathan Chaffer
  • Description: Crooks and Nannies is a cooperative communication game for 2-4 players. It's naptime, and the nannies at your daycare have locked away all the fun toys. Can you plan a heist to liberate the loot? Pass the right notes back and forth to coordinate your diabolical efforts. Players will each commit some resources to each heist opportunity, but if their plans are not aligned, they could get caught and sent to time-out.
Game #3
  • Title: Allosaurus
  • Stage: Alpha
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Players: 4
  • Ages: 16+
  • Designers: Seth Allison and Rachel Krohn
  • Description: Play as a Dinosaur trying to survive in this resource management game.
Game #4
  • Title: Engine Room
  • Stage: Near Completion
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Players: 1-4
  • Ages: 14+
  • Designers: Nemo Rathwald
  • Description: Co-op deck-building, designing cards by sleeving stacks of transparencies. Players are engineers in the engine room of a Steampunk vehicle, flying, digging, swimming, and rolling across Junkyard World. The journey is represented by drawing slide transparencies ("slides") off a deck (the "Origin deck"), onto a track, and discarding them onto another deck (the "Destination deck"). Each slide which the ship encounters on the track is a machine part laying around in Junkyard World, which the crew could weld onto their vessel by sleeving it into a card in their hand. This gives the card additional instructions or victory points. It might also cover up blemishes which, if left uncovered, reduce the crew's collective score.

Game #5
  • Title: Scream or Die
  • Stage: Near Completion
  • Duration: 15-20 minutes
  • Players: 2-8
  • Ages: 8+
  • Designers: Anthony Tejada, Dennis Sawyers
  • Description: Scream or Die is a fun, fast-paced family friendly dice game for 2-8 players. You choose your favorite monster and collect candy by chucking dice and using Screams to influence rolls, even when you're not rolling!

Game #6
  • Title: Bunkers and Bombs!
  • Stage: Alpha
  • Duration: 20-30 minutes per player
  • Players: 2-5
  • Ages: 12+
  • Designers: Dom Korzecke and Tyler Tsuji
  • Description: Bombs are raining from the sky and players must compete to be the last one standing while scavenging for a limited pool of resources. As bombs continue to fall players must strike balance between hiding in safety and venturing out to gain resources needed to survive. It's hard to survive alone so players must decide whether to cooperate with their neighbors or leave them in the dust.

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.

For the third year in a row, 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 (9/9), 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, 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.