SaltCON 2017 Recap of Meeple Nation Events

SaltCON 2017 Recap of Meeple Nation Events

Another SaltCON is in the books. This year, our fearless show runners brought in over 1350 people to play board games. The space was fantastic and the con ran smooth and fluid, thanks to the hard work of the SaltCON organizers, Dale Gifford, Sean MacDonald, Dan Naylor, David McClelland, and Geoffrey Briggs. They really put on a great show, bringing in more vendors and game giveaways every year.

Nathan and his glorious beard are waiting in line for the CON to start

Meeple Nation continued our live party game tradition, running four separate events at the con. First up was Werewolf. We ran two games with a unruly village of 17 and 16 respectively. Nathan runs a slick game with lots of bloodshed and lynching, and ultimately the villagers managed to root out the hairy ones and save the town in each game.

Lynching a werewolf hopefully.

Brent created, wrote, drew up, directed, and brewed up a fantastic puzzle hunt, which was a highlight of more than a few attendees. We had 8 teams of 4 competing to dig up pirate treasure by solving a series of puzzles. Ultimately, team ? won the day by solving 4 of 5 puzzles correctly. Big props to Brent Mair for putting in the work to make this event shine.

Next, we ran a Family Feud style game show with 11 teams of 4 and some audience members. The teams guess the top three answers from a poll we ran on the Internet. The questions involved Star Wars droids, gateway games, food not allowed at a game table, and many more board game themed topics.

Winners of the Meeple Nation Game Show!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our survey, and a big thanks to SaltCON and Tasty Minstrel Games for offering our winning teams some great prizes for the puzzle hunt and game show.

Finally, we ran a game of Deception: Murder at SaltCon. We took the fantastic game Deception: Murder in Hong Kong by Grey Fox Games, and made a live action version. Ryan collected a bunch of props as weapons and evidence and let each player hold the items (instead of using the cards).

Weapons and evidence!

The scene cards were also SaltCon themed. The game used the same rules otherwise. We played two times, and the murder was caught red handed in both.

I was really hoping someone would choose Magic Spell as the Cause of Death

 

Narrowing down the murderer

Big thanks to Grey Fox Games for providing some promo cards to give to our players.

Thanks to all the players of our live games this year. We wouldn’t do it without you, because you all made it great.

We played some board games, too, over the weekend, but this post is already long, so we’ll save that report for another day. Here are two other reports of the con: Trent from The Board Game Family and Okie on his blog cucullus non facit monachum. 

Until next SaltCon, we’ll see you at the game table.

Meeple Nation at SaltCON 2016

SaltCON is a board game convention for families, gamers, and game designers. This convention is quickly becoming the preeminent board game convention of the Intermountain West. SaltCON happens each year during the first weekend in March near Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2016, SaltCON added more space, regional tournaments, and more games to give away, including over… Continue Reading

Meeple Nation and NUGG for Extra Life

Meeple Nation participated in an Extra Life event last weekend the NUGG, the Northern Utah Gaming Group. We got together to raise money for charity, specifically for Primary Children’s Hospital in SLC. Our fearless emperor Brent actually coordinated the whole event, which I thought it was a smashing success. We had over 80 people attend… Continue Reading

Support Extra Life with Meeple Nation

Support Extra Life with Meeple Nation

We are participating in a November 6-7, 2015 Extra Life event, where we board game to support Primary Children’s Hospital. This hospital serves 85000 kids a year including 1200 new heart patients and over 900 children with cancer. Please consider donating at our Extra-Life page at http://extra-life.org/team/boardgame/ Continue Reading

We did it! Goal met. Perfect Hanabi firework display!!!

Legendary, everyone left speechless, stars in their eyes! It finally happened. After an unknown number of plays, mostly online, my brother and I played a perfect game of Hanabi. This was one of my goals for the year. Playing online makes the incidental ‘micro-cheating’ almost non-existent, mostly because you can’t inflect a mouse click. We… Continue Reading

Ryan Addresses his Need for Theme!

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about theme lately. We have reviewed quite a few games so far on the podcast, and I’m always the one who cares the most about the theme, but I don’t think that I’ve quite articulated exactly why I feel the way I do.   To me the theme of… Continue Reading

Ugly Sweater Contest!

Just a reminder that you can find games everywhere. Work ugly sweater contest! I won the “Just Too Pretty” award with a cool $25 prize. Maybe I’m a little too competitive. Can’t leave a contest/game without a go. Except for BSG. Continue Reading

Gaming Goals for 2015

I’ve been gaming for a long time now, but I’ve never consciously set goals for gaming. I’ve never really thought about it, probably because I naturally play enough games to meet my internal expectation. But I’ve recently discovered that many people do. By people I mean gamers. By gamers, I mean gamer peeps that set… Continue Reading

Booster Pack Wins!

I love trading card games, and I have played many, many different games over the years. The random boosters can be a turn of for some, and it is never fun to open dud packs or boxes, but that feeling of pulling “that card” from a booster pack feels so good. Today, I’m going back… Continue Reading