What’s Your Favorite Convention?

For the past few years, I have been attending the Expo manger santé et vivre vert (henceforth called Expo Convention in this post for simplicity) convention held in Montreal. I must say is my favourite convention I have attended to date. I have been to some others—such as Montreal Commicon—and enjoyed them tremendously, but nothing compares to the Expo Convention for me.

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I am presently sitting on my couch writing this post because there is still some time left before meeting up with my friends for the convention. I am eager to slip on my boots shortly, walk over to the convention, and start tasting!

Here is a brief summary of what it is:

Frequency: it happens once a year, and normally lasts three days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It’s a heap of fun, for quite cheap too.

The space: It is held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, a center where many conventions are held (such as the famous Montreal Commicon). It takes place in a very large warehouse-style size room. The exact dimensions escape me; however, let me tell you one thing: it is huge. Each year I spend at least 5 hours there and it doesn’t even allow me to visit all the kiosques—let alone taste all the ones I do get a change to visit.

Fee: the entrance fee is definitely fair: 14$ for a regular entrance, which includes the day pass and food/product samples from every company offering them (almost all do offer a least a few). 14$ is the price of quick lunch, and every year I fill up on food here, tasting all kinds of stuff. I normally don’t even eat supper when I get home, because I’ve been munching on tasters for 4-5 straight hours. There are discounts for students and senior citizens, and it is free for everyone under the age of 16! I love how they trying to promote healthy lifestyles to adolescents by making this a cost-free experience.

The layout: there are hundreds of kiosques of all varieties, ranging from nuts and oils, new state-of-the-art home water filtration, natural body creams, and everything in between. In general, if you’d like to stop at each kiosque, get to learn about their products and taste some samples—normally they have many—you’d best plan more than one day at the Expo Convention.

The main concept of the convention: showcase products that are deemed healthy. Most of the food products are organic (I’m always skeptical to know what actually is a well certified organic product and what has less high standards, making it inevitably similar to the non-organic counterpart). All non-dietary products are in line with healthy methods of living, such as natural body creams and natural supplements.

And there we have it! If you’d like to read more about it, the link in the first paragraph brings you directly to the official website.

I have skipped out on breakfast this morning to be able to taste everything that appeals to me without becoming bloated too quickly (this happened in a previous year).

For you:

Which convention is your favorite? I am curious to know what other kinds of conventions are out there—I am sure there are plenty I have never even imagined existed!

How Does A Board Game Co-Op Sound?

Hosting board game sessions has been a frequent activity of mine for several years. My friends and I will get together, play some games, munch on some chips, and everyone always has a great time.

Being an active board game player, I often want to acquire new games to be able to play them at game nights, but spending anywhere from 50$ (for games such as Dixit) to 100$ (for games such as Scythe) for each game quickly adds up (and this is the case for anyone who host’s game nights seeing as they often buy a good amount of the games played). Is there a simple solution that can lead to new games being brought to the table frequently without having one person spending all—or most of—the money?

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There must be many solutions that exist, and I came up with one last week after spending a full weekend of playing board games at the board game convention in Montreal. My concept is the following: create a small co-op for each new game I’d like bring to the table to reduce the costs and still allow everyone to get to play it. Exciting, no? Yes!

Actually, I am sure you’re thinking “I have no idea what he means“.

Allow me to explain.

I would begin by finding a game I would like try which none of my friends has (it is important that I say that a majority of my friends who enjoy gaming don’t own many games of their own). Let’s take Terraforming Mars as an example. I would think of which of my board-gaming friends might be interested in playing this game and then I would send them all a message along these lines:

“Is anyone interested in trying Terraforming Mars?

It is a complex strategy game that lasts approximately two hours in which the goal is to terraform Mars. I will be planning several sessions of this game soon, but to able to do this, I—or rather we—must first get the game!

If you are interested, it will cost 10$ per person, and all remaining fees of the game will be covered by me. If we have enough willing players (anywhere from 3-7), I’ll buy the game and create a Facebook chat for those who pitched in. Through the Facebook group, I’ll organize Terraforming Mars sessions with those who participated in purchasing the game.

It will function similarly to a co-op—and of course, anyone wanting to borrow the game is more than welcome to!

Doesn’t this sound like a fun concept? I am certainly excited while writing about it!

It could allow to get new games to the table without the burdening one-man costs of frequently buying new games. Obviously I would still buy some games myself to have on my shelves at all times to be able to play it whenever I want, but at least this way new games could more frequently be brought to the table, and we all know what that means: more fun for everyone!

Question for you:

What do you think of this concept? Would you be willing to pitch in 5-10-15$ depending on the grandeur of the game to be able to get the occasion to play it? I am curious to know what you think!

 

 

Why I Started This Blog

I have been wanting to start writing for quite some time now, but I never got around to actually doing. While reading through Jamey Stegmaier’s Kickstarter Lession #52 I came across his list of reasons about“Why you haven’t already started a blog” and one profoundly resonated with me: “There are so many blogs out there already–what can I possibly add that’s new?”.

After reading his post, I decided I was going to start—all those who know me know that I can be the impulse type—writing for the simple reason of writing, and if people can grab something out it—whether it be knowledge, a smile, or even a quick laugh—even better!

And so the adventure begins!