Whos Yer Con- 2012

It’s now Monday and I am back home, with the post-con blues.  Have you ever experienced that?  You go to a great gaming convention, surrounded by awesome, like minded, people for days and then when you get home you feel a little sad because now it’s time to go back to reality?  Yeah, that’s what I got going on today.

Who’s Yer Con is a great annual con that is put on by a group known as  “Who’s Yer Gamers”.  WYG’s mission statement is:

“Who’s Yer Gamers is dedicated to educating the general public on the variety, availability, and benefits of hobby gaming. We plan to achieve this goal by providing free and reduced cost opportunities to participate in publicly open events and to foster a positive relationship between the hobby gaming community and the public through charitable service.”

… and one of the most prominent ways they do that each year is with this con.  However, staying true to their non-profit status, this con is completely free.  Yeah, go back and reread that line, because you might have a hard time believing it.  Especially after you hear about the awesomeness.  The badge to attend the con is free and the events are free.  And just to put a little bit of whipped cream on the top of that, there is even really good swag and raffling of prizes (which everyone gets to take part in for free).    I heard lots of people talking among themselves, pondering how this was all possible (especially given that you can spend hundreds to do similar things at other cons), but I won’t spoil that magic for you.  Just accept that the people who put on this con are amazingly awesome and have the business smarts to somehow turn “free” into “paying for itself”.  Of course, donations are happily accepted in the form of memberships, but then, you also get a pretty cool T-shirt too.  We ran out of T-shirts by Friday evening and the con just started Friday at noon!

Me, playing a game of Mall of Horrors at Lady Flames Game Du Juor table.

Me, playing a game of Mall of Horrors at LadyFlame's Game Du Jour table.

So what did I do this weekend?  Well, a lot of gaming for one.  I got to play “Cards Against Humanity”, “Telestrations”, “Mall of Horror”, “Zombie Fluxx”, “Dominion”, and the list goes on and on.  Although, in retrospect, I don’t think I won a single game all weekend.  Oh well.  I had preregistered only for Dominion, the rest were all pick up games, which was awesome!

A lot of my pick up games were played over at “LadyFlame’s Game Du Jour” table.  This was one of the spotlight features of the con, and was a place to go and learn new games that took an hour or less to play.  Better yet, the winners of those games got a custom die from Ms. LadyFlame.  I didn’t win, but I did manage to sweet talk one out of her later on, they are a pretty translucent yellow and orange D20.  Ya know, like a flame.

In addition to the dice that you could earn from Ms. LadyFlame, each attendee was given a swag bag.  This year contained a copy of the game “Rebs and Yanks”, a comic book, and a custom die along with a few flyers.  While the game and the die were the same from bag to bag, the comic book varied.  Apparently the comic books were a random sampling donated by Comic Carnival, and so there was a little bit of everything represented.  But as great as the swag bags were, what everyone wanted to win the raffle.  I can’t say I blame them one bit given that the raffle had over $6000 in merchandise represented, which included a couple of four day passes to Gen Con, and many complete games such as Thunderstone and Nightfall.

For more information about Barfleet visit http://barfleet.org/

For more information about Barfleet visit http://barfleet.org/

While the days and evenings were filled with gaming, the nights were filled with more adult entertainment, including a “Barfleet” party.  This is a national group of Star Trek enthusiasts who host Star Trek themed parties at conventions.  Each area has a “ship”, which contains a “captain” and crew.  Members have different rank, and different departments.  Parties that are at conventions are usually open to the public to come and check out, free of charge, just remember to bring your ID.  These parties are a great way to let your hair down after a long day of slaying dragons, and the crew of the UBS Indycent, under the leadership of Captain Lucy, did an excellent job of putting this shindig on.

Sunday held more gaming, but it also held a feedback session.  This is something that has been a mainstay at WYC for years, but is something I have not seen at any other con.  The public are invited to come in and have a session with the staff of the con and let them know what they loved and what needs to be changed.  While a lot of deserved praise was given to the staff, some constructive criticism was given, and it was taken with a lot of class and is being discussed in private staff meetings.  This is another thing I love about WYC and it’s staff: a willingness to adapt to changing needs, rather than plugging their ears.

All and all it was a spectacular weekend filled with friends, parties, and of course gaming.  Now only 361 more days to wait till next years Who’s Yer Con.

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