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Convention Bound We Go

It’s been quite a while since I participated in a convention, and I’m very excited to be an exhibitor at the Long Island Tabletop Gaming Expo.

Exhibiting is always an interesting experience. I find that it’s like introducing your family (ideas) to a group of strangers. You know the older kids (games) will behave themselves; the newborns (new games) might worry you a bit. In our case, it would be Duo Coup and Kitunda. Ideas like songs, stories, or art always seem to do well in the creator's mind. But you’ve got to take the training wheels off at some point; it might as well be at this event.

I’m reaching that point in life where things will be what they will be, so let’s just enjoy ourselves and get to know one another. I’m sure many folks will have great ideas and products, and I hope many of you or your friends will come out and support everyone. I enjoy the creative process; I don’t care who or where it comes from. I expect to be charmed and fascinated by what I encounter.

When I walk around and peruse other people’s work, I often say to myself, “Damn, why didn’t I think of that?” I’m so inspired and motivated. Ideas and how they’re expressed have always tickled my fancy. After all, “mind” is one of the greatest game boards we have in our possession.

Seeing what others are doing can also be challenging. They tend to push me to step up my game, so either I’ll get back home and feel like I’m still playing in the ballpark or sit at my table drawing and writing out new ideas. It’s the way I’m built. I don’t get angry. I get inspired, chuckling all the way to the next concept.

At our table, there will be a chance to play a hand or two of Gin-Go for those who know Rummy or 500 Rummy. Our games are easy to learn, like Squarin’ Off (known by many as Connect the Dots). Attactics is a dice game with the theme of “race to the center.” Duo Coup is a number game (Sudoku for two players). Kitunda is fashioned in a chess-like manner. We may have room for something else, but that’s yet to be seen.

The convention is on March 18 -19 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Long Island, NY. You can go to to purchase tickets and get the specific information. I am looking forward to meeting as many people as possible.


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