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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: $22
Couple: $38
Family: $50

Single Day Pricing:

(Pre-registration/Internet pricing)

Individual: $17
Couple: $28
Family: $40

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
  • Great Western Trail
  • Terraforming Mars
  • Settlers of Catan ()
  • Inis
  • Blood Rage
  • Mechs vs. Minions
  • Snake Oil
  • Concordia
  • Galaxy Trucker
  • Castles of Burgundy
  • 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)
  • Time's Up
  • Orleans
  • RPG Games

Game #1

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.

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

Note: We are capping Protospiel Corner at 8 games.

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 (9/10), 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, 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.