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The 2014 Game of the Con is …. Geekdom!

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A deep, heart-felt congratulations to Sarah Daniel on a game well done. We admit that we feel a little like godparents to Geekdom! and are happy to welcome Sarah’s creation to these hallowed halls as she relocates to Arizona. We miss you Sarah and hope you come back to play with us soon!

Geekdom! is a 2-4 player Strategy RPG Card Game in which you assemble a deck made up of your favorite geekery and battle it up with your friends! This is an imagination-based game; none of the cards have illustrations on them, so you can interpret the cards however you see fit. (Is that [Vampire] card from Buffy or Twilight? You decide!) There are six types: Fantasy, Retro Gamer, Space, Horror, Mad Science and Superhero. All of the types can be mixed and matched to find the perfect Geekdom! combo for you.

Geekdom! is available for sale in a variety of combinations here.

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The adventure begins this Friday!

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Shake the winter out of your meeples at the SnowCon 2014 “So You Meet In A Tavern” kickoff at the Bear Brew in Orono on January 17th! Because where do all good adventures start? At the tavern, of course!

Come early for dinner, have some specially selected theme beverages, dance to great music from DJ DeHuman8, and point and laugh as Monique Bouchard leads a merry band of gamers in Nerdprov Comedy for your amusement,

21+, $5 at the door*
6 pm doors open for dinner
comedy at 7:30 pm
dancing and magic to follow!
*(preregistered SnowCon GM’s get in free!)

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SnowCon Year 5

Here’s a look back at the gaming craziness that was SnowCon 2013! All photos by Shane Leonard Photography

And Now We Are Six

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SnowCon Six!

January 17-19 in Orono, Maine

It’s Maine’s favorite friendly, full weekend of tabletop gaming for all ages!

We’ll be putting up lots of information in the next few days…including registration for SnowCon and also game submission information.

SIX!

We’re so excited to see you all again soon!

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Monique, Gibran, Drew, & Todd
SnowCon Organizational Staff

And now … the 2013 Game of the Con

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Coffins and Tombstones by Fearlight Games is a tabletop miniatures skirmish set in a stylized Old West. Opposing players face off in scenarios, such as bank robbers versus townsfolk, and battle it out. Last man standing wins. Feedback from players was extremely positive. They told us that Fearlight’s Spectrum system was very quick and easy to learn, as opposed to some other tabletop miniatures games which have 400 page rulebooks. The skirmish format lets you jump in and fight a half-hour battle – you don’t have to dedicate all afternoon to a protracted engagement. Another plus is that while other games require the purchase of expensive miniatures to play, C&T comes with cardboard cutouts for players to use. For those who want to use minis, C&T is scaled for standard 25 mm miniatures so players can buy affordable Old West minis from companies such as Reaper Miniatures. Heck, they can even use a Cowboys and Indians toy set from the dollar store! When asked if they would buy the game, experienced tabletop war-gamers said “Yes.” Sounds like an endorsement!

In short, Coffins and Tombstones is affordable, accessible, and fun! And so we dub it Game of the Con!

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Thank You Gamers for Supporting Year 5 of SnowCon

Wow! What a weekend, full of returning friendly faces and so many new ones. The SnowCon staff wishes to thank each and every one of you for making this year’s event an amazing one. We saw some craziness on the gaming floor, from Catan Twister and Fancy Dress Talisman to Game Citadel’s Magic The Gathering GPT Quebec City event.

Our sponsors really help to make this happen and we hope you will continue to support them year round: Game Citadel (d20 co-sponsor), Flip the Table, Topsham Games, BAGG, Hull Breach!, and Fearlight Games. EmbroidME provided us with wonderful t-shirts (featuring wonderful art by Catey Eason) and came on board as our SWAG Bag Sponsor. We’ve also been lucky to have a great venue at the Black Bear Inn since we started this crazy SnowCon thing! Thank you for treating the hotel and event space with the love and care you normally reserve for your favorite character sheet.

There were more demos than ever at SnowCon this year. We hope you were able to playtest and demo Quest for the Antidote, Hull Breach! Corporate Wars, Coffins and Tombstones, and Pixel Lincoln at some point over the weekend. Thank you to those games’ designers and companies for bringing their games to SnowCon.

Guest GMs Jay Libby and Andre Kruppa returned this year with new RPG campaigns and experiences, thrilling players with their craft. If only we could fit more sessions with them in the schedule! Please connect with them online and let them know how much you appreciate them spending time at SnowCon every year.

Without the amazing support and work of ALL our GMs we’d have a pretty boring weekend. Thank you from the bottom of our dice bags! We hope you will continue to wear your SnowCon 2013 Gamemaster t-shirts with pride (but please wash them first!)

Because one weekend is never enough, our vendors brought great product for you to purchase and continue playing at home. We’re very grateful to have hosted Game Citadel, Crossroad Games, All the Chains, and NSB Games in this years Vendor Room.

Of course, an essential part of SnowCon every year is the Game Library which was managed by the Bangor Area Gamers Guild this year. They did an amazing job beefing up the selection as well as recommending and getting orphaned gamers started on new adventures.

SnowCon has evolved much over 5 years and it’s been great to add expansions like Friday’s “So You Meet in a Tavern …” kick-off party at the Bear Brew and Sunday’s after-party at The Family Dog. Not only do we wish to thank the staffs of both establishments for putting up with us (especially the Bear Brew’s amazing service for 3 years running), but DJ DeHuman8 and the 2013 Nerdprov Players for ushering in another great gaming weekend.

To all the volunteers, players, GMs and anyone we may have missed, THANK YOU again for making SnowCon great. We can’t wait to see you next year!

(2013 Game of the Con announcement to follow shortly.)

Level Up with Pixel Lincoln this Weekend!

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Flip the Table is bringing Pixel Lincoln to SnowCon 2013! Through a special arrangement with Game Salute and designer Jason Tagmire, d8 sponsor Flip the Table will be running pre-release demos of Pixel Lincoln all weekend long.

In this classic adventure game, you will travel through time and space, searching for the pieces needed to restore the balance of time.

There are enemies in every corner, and as Pixel Lincoln, you must defeat them – but first you need to build an awesome deck! Equip the finest weapons, bring your best cheat codes, and do whatever it takes to get the highest score! Because in the end, that’s all that matters.

Pixel Lincoln: The Deckbuilding Game plays in about 45 minutes, and players will explore the highly customizable levels by revealing cards as they progress. Cards vary from items/power-ups to enemies, NPCs, secrets, bosses and much more. As you purchase or defeat these cards, they are added to your deck. Defeat all of the bosses or die trying!

Hull Breach! Returns

Last year’s SnowCon Game of the Con went to Not-So-Broken Games’ strategic card game Hull Breach!

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This year NSB Games returns with Corporate Wars, the next set in the evolution of Hull Breach! Check out the scheduled demos in the gaming hall or visit their table in the Vendor Room all weekend.

Thank you NSB for joining us again this year and becoming a d4 Sponsor of SnowCon 2013.

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It’s Friday, Friday, Friday!

With our apologies to Mz. Black,  we have QUITE a night planned for Friday!

In anticipation…we offer you OUR take on the classic hit, “Friday.”

Seven p.m., goin’ out in the evening
Gotta be fresh, gotta hit the con
Gotta have my dice, gotta have my game book
Seein’ everything, the time is goin’
Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’
Gotta get down to the tavern
Gotta catch my party, see my friends….

Rollin’ for my wisdom
Throwin’ my charisma
Gotta make my mind up
Which stat can I take?

It’s Friday, Friday
SnowCon starts on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the SnowCon weekend…
Friday, Friday
Gettin’ down on Friday
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend

Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Partyin’, partyin’ (Yeah)
Fun, fun, fun, fun
Lookin’ forward to the weekend…

Lookin’ forward to the SNOW CON WEEKEND!

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SING ALONG!