Edmonton's Board Game Convention
GOBfest 2015 will be held March 28 and 29 at the Alberta Avenue Community Centre. Registrations will open in January.
What kind of convention is this?
A fun one, hopefully! If you've ever been to FallCon in Calgary, you can imagine something similar on a smaller scale (note: this convention is organized by different people!). If you haven't, imagine a convention run by and for nerds, rather than by and for merchants. A day to play competitively, if you like, or casually, if you're just there to explore. A day to make friends, win prizes, and have long discussions about the right amount of chance in a Euro game. A day to be welcomed and included whether you come with a big posse or alone. A day to play six consecutive games of an old favourite, or try that new game you've been meaning to play. And most importantly, a day where nobody yells "Oh, like Monopoly!" when you say "I like to play board games."
Why the name "GOBFest"?
The gaming group who is organizing this new Edmonton convention is called POGOB!, which stands for "Players Of Games On Boards". POGOB! has been playing games in Edmonton on Sundays since 2006, and currently sports over 230 members on its Meetup site. The name "GOBFest" is merely a logical extension of this name: the Games On Boards Fest.