BGB’s Gathering of Friends 2014 Roundup

BGB’s Gathering of Friends 2014 Roundup

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. 

After missing the convention last year due to a job change a week before it, I was back this year with some prototypes in hand and a deep interest in checking out the latest titles from the many designers on-hand. What follows are my notes about some great games, early looks at a few upcoming titles, and I’m also sharing a few links to other stories about GOF 2014. I hope you enjoy it. I also posted many pictures on my social accounts while I was there and you can see more from others on Twitter if you check out #gof2014 Watch also for some additional posts on individual items and our Amazon Widget for games mentioned that you can purchase now.

Driving home from the Gathering

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 …

More game info… at opinionatedgamers.com

The Gathering of Friends game convention 2014 – part #1!

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!

More game info… at https://thewholenicole.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/the-gathering-of-friends-game-convention-2014-part-1/

Gil Hova on being a First-Timer at GOF 2014

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

More game info… at http://gil.hova.net/

The Gathering of Friends 2013 (Warmup for 2014)

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 …

More game info… at opinionatedgamers.com

One thought on “BGB’s Gathering of Friends 2014 Roundup

  1. Thank you *so* much for the link and your kind words! I half-met so many people over the Gathering, it bums me out to only play with folks in passing – next year let’s plan something 🙂

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