Last year was my first Airecon. Airecon is an analog gaming convention which takes place in Harrogate next weekend (8,9 &10 March). We had a fab time playing loads of games from the library and we also learnt how to play Quirk!, Azul, Sagrada and had a game of giant Tsuro. I also treated myself to some new games. I'm looking forward to more of the same this year...
1. The Pre Airecon Warm Up!
I'm really excited to be working with Bez at Airecon this year - I'll be demoing and teaching Wibbell++. We're starting early though with a pre Airecon warm up night at The Abbey Inn, Bramley - which will include some Wibbell++ tournaments and maybe even some Yogi. It's particularly special to me as it marks two years since my launch event at The Abbey so it would be great to see lots of you there. I've come a long way in two years. I have moved the business from a potentially crazy idea to an actual business. I know I keep banging on about it but I'm delighted to have been nominated for Best Independent Business in the Yorkshire Choice awards, I've been in the Yorkshire Evening Post and I'm going to be on BBC Radio Leeds on the 18th from 2 till 3pm with Liz Greene. When I held the launch party I genuinely had no idea whether the business would work or not I was just going to give it a shot. And two years on Cards or Die is moving from strength to strength. So join us and celebrate. We'll have some prizes and you can get your gaming brains ready for Airecon!
2. New Games
When I say new games I mean of course that I will be scouring every inch of the bring and buy as well as maybe treating myself to a 'new new' game. Last year I came away with Spy Ring which is an absolute classic, Orcs Orcs Orcs and Resistance which are great games too. Handily Mother's Day falls at the end of March so my super organised children also bought me games - my favourite of which was Honshu. So kids - this is your annual reminder: Mother's Day is coming - buy some games. On a completely unrelated note I still don't have a copy of this..... just saying...
3. Team Trevor
Some time ago I got myself added to a list on the internet. Don't worry - it's a good list. Janice off of Wren Games created a list of people who engaged in conversations and gave feedback on games related chat and then suggested we should name the list. @BSoMT suggested Trevor and a monster was born -the kind of monster that you have a lot of affection for.
@EarthtoGames described us as 'a group of like minded twitterers within the board game community with hearts of pure gold and helpful minds to match'. The group constantly expands - anyone can join the group and the chat just use #teamtrevor and add to the nonsense/ high quality gaming ideas.
Many of Team Trevor will be at Airecon and I can not wait to meet them in real life. I have been active on Twitter for two years and many of these people regularly support me and the business so I am very excited about meeting them. I am also slightly nervous that they will realise I'm an idiot but I feel like if you've followed me on twitter for two years and haven't figured that out then that's your own problem.
4. Open Gaming
The greatest thing about Airecon for me is the amount of open gaming space. As I have said many times before board gaming for me is all about getting together with people - connecting with people. I hope to be spending some time with my family playing new games and having fun together and I know that while I'm working that's what they'll be doing (as well as the obligatory bickering about rules). Travelling Man is providing the games library this year so there's going to be an epic selection of games again.
Airecon is going to be awesome. I can not wait!