The folks in Grand Rapids have their own gaming convention: GrandCon.Don’t laugh. It’s growing each year. Last year they moved it from Calvin College to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on 28th Street. And this, their third year, will be larger than last year’s I can assure you. GrandCon is starting to gain some international attention too. The bigger names in board games are making the trip to Grand Rapids. Since I work in GR, and because I love board games, it would inexcusable for me to NOT go. The Muskegon Area Gamers will be making a trip to GrandCon. I’ve detailed some of the events I would like to attend.
1. Memoir ’44: Overlord Edition
I love me some Memoir ’44. Richard Borg (the designer) really did a good job of making a press-your-luck, manage-your-hand-of-cards game. And he set it to WWII. Nate and I have a long standing grudge match for M44. We’ve played through all the scenarios in the base game and two of the expansions. I think we’ve been evenly matched so far.
Now this Overlord edition has been intriguing me for a while now. It is an 8 player rendition with four players a side. We tried it at CabinCon II but it went over like a lead balloon.
I think the Overlord version of Memoir ’44 could be a great way to play the game. And there is a GrandCon event this year for Overlord. I am SOOO going to sign up and play. Maybe I can get some of our other gamers involved.
2. Space Cadets: Away Missions
I’ve played Space Cadets: Dice Duel. I really like it. It captures the tension of being aboard a starship fighting in desperate combat. Everyone has their own station they must manage. And the captain must be on his toes if he is going to outwit his opponent.
Now the team from Stronghold Games has another title in this universe. In Space Cadets: Away Missions, you take to the planet and complete your missions. And the team from Stronghold Games is going to be at GrandCon to do the session! This ought to be really good.
3. Fief: France 1429
Bruce brought over Fief: France 1429 over a couple of times now. The Muskegon Area Gamers have tried it out twice. The last time, seen here, was with many of the bells and whistles.
Fief is a negotiation-war game set in the days of Joan of Arc. You strive to crown yourself or your partner king. You need to take over portions of land, take titles like cardinals and bishoprics and defeat your opponents.
There are several events of Fief at GrandCon this year. If you haven’t tried out this game, you owe it to yourself to give it a go.
4. Artemis Spaceship Sim
Artemis is a highly rated spaceship simulator. It’s like a video game version of Stronghold Games’ Space Cadets. Everyone has their own station. And you must be good at your station if you are going to be able to complete your missions.
The captain must be on his game, directing his subordinates in the most effective fashion. Otherwise, the enemy ship will get the drop on you and you will be defeated.
I haven’t had the chance to play Artemis yet. And normally I pass on video games. But I’ve heard so much about this that I cannot pass it up. There are several Artemis events at GrandCon so no one has an excuse to miss it.
5. Battlestar Galactica
I probably won’t be playing in the Battlestar Galactica events. But I thought I would mention it here nonetheless. One of our own, Jeremy, is going to be teaching the game. Jeremy loves BSG. And he will teach you all about the game. If you’ve been wanting to try out Battlestar Galactica, go to GrandCon and have Jeremy teach it to you.
6. After GrandCon, come here: