For those that don’t know, the Gathering of Friends is legendary game designer Alan Moon’s private gaming convention, an invite-only affair that draws top game designers, publishers, game reviewers, and gamerati from all over the world. The event runs almost a fortnight if you add in the early arrivals and late departure common at the Gathering. Attendees are treated to many early protos, rare and coveted games from esteemed collections, and many fresh from Europe titles from the folks who come over for the con. Best of all, you get a great community of folks Alan has put together that are just fun to be around, whether it is enjoying a game with them, or an outing to nearby Niagara Falls, or even just dinner at the various hangouts in and around the hotel.
Here is the list of games that I played this week. (Saturday) 7 wonders Babel Flizz & miez Gib gas Start frei Time Stories x 4 Black Fleet Leg los Concept Chimera (Sunday) Knock down barns Faulpelz Gib gas Spike Pandemic the cure Gib gas Flizz and miez Istanbul Abluxxen Qwixx kartenspiel Qwixx …
BGB’s Editorial Note:
Nicole’s enthusiastic summary of the Gathering of Friends is certainly a lot of fun to read. I had the pleasure of playing Bezier Games’ wonderful One Night Ultimate Werewolf with Nicole and her boyfriend Adam in the tournament and they were part of the great energy at the show. You’ll enjoy the effusive takes she has on various games played throughout the week.
This is my second year attending the invite-only Gathering, it’s so nice to be back! Familiar faces, lovely people, swathes of games. I can only attend weekends this year due to work & life commitments – but I’ll be damned if I won’t cram in as much in those weekends as humanly possible!
BGB’s Editorial Note:
Designer Gil Hova was a red-badger this time (you get one for your first time so people are extra welcoming and more likely to go out of their way to introduce themselves) and he wrote a great article about the experience. He had his own protos but I played his friend’s game, Wombat Rescue, with him and some others. Click the link to enjoy Gil’s thoughtful take on GOF.
Gil Hova designs and plays board games
BGB Editorial Note: Mary Prasad’s Great 2013 Roundup is worth a read if you missed it last year.
Note: I originally wrote this to be posted on Board Game Geek News but the editor was swamped with work thus this got pushed further and further behind. The company told me it would be for 5-20+ players, with a note that you could play with even more players if you had a big enough table and …