It was International Tabletop Day yesterday, so what better way to spend it than at the inaugural Icon By The Sea?
To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout. Of South Africa’s three big cities, Durban(where I live) is known as the sleepy coastal town, and not without reason. Big events often skip Durban, they struggle to fill seats.
But this weekend, Durban’s geeks gave a good showing!
It was day two of the event, but the the hall was packed and the board game tables buzzing. Kudos to Shelley Kirby, Francois and all the other staff and volunteers from The Unseen Shoppe and affiliates for organizing the event and spending all day running newbies through the games. Personally, I had a blast!
The first game we played was King of Tokyo, a new favourite of mine. Simple to understand and setup, quick to play, but varied enough and involving enough strategy to keep veterans and newcomers alike entertained. This one will find itself a home in my games cupboard very soon, methinks.
Here I am, teaching my tiny protégé how to play.
I taught him a bit too well, it seems, as he went on to crush the rest of us under his slimy crustacean heel! Hubris!!!
The steely gaze of a master tactician.
Next up was Lords of Waterdeep, an intriguing worker placement game.
Unfortunately, I was too slow to hone in on one strategy and ended up losing to a girl who cornered the arcane faction. Ah well, good fun regardless! Next time, I shall seize Waterdeep for my own, or my name isn’t Khelben Blackstaff*! *shakes fist determinedly*
There was a stock of board games I didn’t manage to get to, many of which I’ve been wanting to try out for ages. Next time! I will get to you all, my lovelies!
Board games weren’t the only geeky fun to be had. There was cosplay…
…wargaming (man, the details on the models! Those dioramas! I avoid wargaming for good reason. In it, I see my doom)…
For the Craftworld!
…and, of course, merch. So much merch. I had to roll MANY saving throws vs consumerism.
I spend so much time working down in the creative mines that I can forget to take time off, to enjoy the sunlight and restore my spirits. It was great to put aside work for an afternoon and enjoy just being a fan and a gamer. Here’s hoping that this is just the beginning of great things this convention!
*My name isn’t Khelben Blackstaff.