The Stabcon South team were kind enough to welcome us back in September for another two wonderful days of games. Based at Jury's Inn, Southampton we once again loaded up the cars with games to attend this wonderful event, hoping to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.
We planned to run Werewolves of Miller's Hollow, Avalon and Two Rooms and a Boom in the afternoons. These are the games we most love and provide us with a real chance to build a community and interact with people we might not otherwise get a chance to. They're also the kind of games where someone who's come along alone can join in and get to know people.
That left our mornings free for playing some of our current favourites; Mysterium, Evolution and Hanabi. We also took advantage of the number of gamers we had present to play-test Escape the Nightmare from the guys at 3D Total Games. A curious card game which will have you buzzing angrily, begging someone to save you, while hoping they don't, begging people to save you knowing you'll lose the game if they ignore you, trading cards to remove frustrating limitations... you get the idea - its a chaotic and fast moving game that's lots of fun to play. There's a few rough edges as you'd expect from a game in development, but I'm eager to see how it changes and definitely looking forward to playing the final version.
In the evenings we tried out a print and play version of Time Bomb, which was so much fun we'll be looking to pick up a copy soon, Spyfall, Qwirkle and the most played game at the con: Codenames.
We saw Codenames on the Czech Games Edition stand at UK Games Expo and knew immediately it would be a hit, a simple game play with almost infinite variety and a simple rule set that has almost universal appeal, if you haven't yet had a chance I highly recommend you play this wonderful game!
We had a blast again; all of the players are what make this such a fun event for us to attend, but we loved all of your positive feedback too...
"Thanks for running the games, had an absolute blast and can't wait for next stabcon!"
"...having you there is always brilliant :)"
"I think you are both doing a really good job of helping to build a community and enabling others to have fun. THANKS!"