Wellycon Wrap-Up

Well, with Wednesday welcoming us, we wondered what weary watchers would write about Wellycon.

(Okay, we’ll stop with the alliteration!)

We do, however, want to welcome those who attended (and survived) Wellycon over the weekend, and we’d love to hear your thoughts about the event!

For those who missed it, Wellycon is the country’s largest board gaming convention, and it’s growing at a rapid pace.  The 2010 event was the third time Wellycon has graced the gaming community’s horizon, and there were 110 people in attendance – more than a 50% increase on the 2009 version!

SeriouslyBoard were proud sponsors again, offering prizes and a discount to all attendees, just like we did in 2009.

If you heard about us there, allow us to encourage you to sign up to our newsletterbecome fans on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!

And if you attended Wellycon, we’d love to hear your overall impression of the event – please comment on our blog to share your favourite aspects of the convention.  Was it the games?  Was it the people?  Was it the ‘big room’ experience?

What stood out for you?

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  1. Craig on August 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Yeah, I’m still waiting for a geeklist on BGG of the games that were played and what people thought of them.

    If I don’t see one soon I might start my own list of games that were played by people not at Wellycon. Personally I had a shocker of a game of Agricola (got whipped by 11 points by my brother), and won a 3-player game of Forbidden Island.

    • David on August 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm

      Your list might take a while to complete, Craig. Wellycon founder Andrew Rae has said there were 80 games that received 150 plays between them!

      I’m impressed by your wide range of game experiences, though – Agricola and Forbidden Island are almost polar opposites as far as ease of learning goes.

      • Craig on August 20, 2010 at 8:32 am


        I think you misunderstood me – I was not at Wellycon, but like you would like to have been, and I was interested in what games people played and what they thought of them.

        I was assuming a list would be a bit cumulative with people just adding games as they thought of them.

        Agricola and Forbidden Island were the games I played at home during the weekend of Wellycon.

        • David on August 20, 2010 at 11:09 am

          Me? Confused? It happens a lot! 🙂
          Glad you got some Agricola and Forbidden Island gameplay in over the weekend.
          Tell you what…if you save your pennies, (and if we save ours), I’ll challenge you to a game of something at Wellycon 2011. I know you and I both have newfound expenses, (baby, house), but what do you reckon?

          • Craig on August 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm

            Yeah – I think I might gie it a go next year – will just have to see how things go.

            Really only have to cover transport costs as I know a few people in Wellington so could organise accommodation pretty easily. In fact I had a friend in Seatoun, which is on that side of town.

    • Ian on August 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      • David on August 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm

        Thanks, Ian! 🙂

  2. Chris on August 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Had a great time at Wellycon but it all went too fast!! What stood out for me? Well it definitely was the people – a great bunch of people that were very friendly and a blast to play with. The games that I played that stood out were Fresco and Macao (sp??), also had fun with Tobago, Tinners Trail, and Samurai. I had to try No Thanks and Roll Through the Ages. All good but Macao was a winner for me.

    • David on August 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm

      Macao does look like a great game, as does Fresco. Tobago works really well with families, and I really enjoy the deductive map solving mechanic.

      We’re hoping to bring Macao in as a stock item in future.

  3. Kathy on August 19, 2010 at 8:17 am

    We also had a fabulous time, further enhanced by winning a prize. We didn’t have long there but I managed to play all but one of the games that I had on my wishlist. I went with the hope that I could play my wishlist of games suitable for our group back home. I enjoyed all the games I played and have now ordered several of the games. Outstanding for me was the friendliness of people – everyone was more than happy to explain how games work, make up the numbers and a huge thankyou to the person who took over my sons place in Endeavor when we had to leave. I hadn’t realised that it would take so long to play (though there was an interruption for the trades) – if I had known I wouldn’t have let him join the group. Unfortunately we were on a deadline with a five hour drive and needing to pick up the dog before the kennels closed.

    • David on August 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Kathy – we hope you’ll soon have an opportunity to play your prize (Mystery Express).
      I understand the need for meeting kennel deadlines. We’ve had a few close calls ourselves because of overzealous gaming escapades!
      Also, I have to agree with your comment (and Chris mentioned it too) that the people are what makes Wellycon so great. There are so many folk willing to pull out a chair and invite you to play.
      Out of curiosity, which was the one game on your wishlist that you didn’t manage to play?

      • Kathy on August 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm

        Tobago was the one that we didn’t play – in fact we didn’t even spot it there. I enjoyed Ricochet Robots even though I sucked at it and my 14 year old thrashed me. For sale and Incan Gold were a couple of good light fillers, Watched a game of Adventurers – always fun wayching people get crushed by boulders. I really enjoyed Finca but as there are 5 in our group that game won’t work

        • Chris on August 19, 2010 at 8:37 pm

          Tobago was there Sat morning as that was my first game played. Really enjoyed it too, nice reverse deduction mechanic and everyone is involved in the process. It has gone on my want to buy list.

          • David on August 19, 2010 at 9:34 pm

            You’ve got to love the resin statues, too! Such a nice component!

            Kathy, Tobago can only handle 4 players, too, so maybe it isn’t a fit for your group?

  4. Adrianne on August 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I had a really lovely time, my friends and I felt really well welcomed, and we were channelled into a game whenever we looked a bit lost.
    It was a first time playing these kinds of games for all of us. We enjoyed Carcassonne, San Juan, and No Thanks. We are going to buy a copy of Carcassonne. It’s hard to pick a favourite aspect. The games were outstanding, the people friendly, welcoming, and very obliging to us (we were totally new to the experience). The big room thing, being able to walk around and check out what was happening was really cool too.

    I know I’ll be going back next year, and telling anyone who will listen why it’s such a fun day out.

    • David on August 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm

      Glad to hear it, Adrianne! It’s always really exciting to see new people experiencing these games for the very first time!

      I can assure you, (even thought you’ve already played it), that Carcassonne is a great way to get started in this exciting hobby. Others worth recommending, in case you haven’t given them a try, are The Settlers Of Catan and Ticket To Ride.

      Welcome to the world of modern board gaming! 🙂

  5. Peter Freer on August 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    As a ‘host’ of the event, it was really very exciting to see so many new people, and see the old crew still enjoying themselves.
    Saturday was crazy! So many people and so much noise, it was a roar of games learning and playing. My goal for the event was to learn the games I own but have never had the chance to play. To start though I played a bunch of new games I’d only recently bought – Cyclades was a super fun eurotrash auction/conquer game, that, honestly was the most fun game I played at the ‘con.
    I taught and played Macao, which is just plain weird yet all very familiar: kinda like Endeavour but mixed with Year of the Dragon – had an unusual taste to it.

    I half taught space Beans (Uwe Rosenberg’s Bonanza offshot) but watching it being played, it looked pretty dull : I traded it off the next day, hopefully it’s getting some love. Samurai got a play with Chris and Jin, and damn, I love that game..just love it…sigh. I recommend it very highly indeed 😉

    Amongst those games, I taught a whole bunch of games, and helped people get setup and playing, by 8pm I felt like my brain was about to pop, and the next 2 hours really were very fuzzy indeed. So drove home and instantly fell asleep as soon as I was horizontal.

    Sunday was mellower, a few less people and War Gamers, with lessons learnt from Saturday, not to burnout too early.
    Ian, Andrew and I played a game of Age of Steam, my first real game (one on my own, but yet to be played list). Jarratt eventually took over from Andrew and the game was really a battle between Ian and Jarratt. I loved it, but wow was it impressive to see experienced people play it.
    Another to-do game got ticked off, and that was Metropolys. That was a surprise game, in that it played completely differently to how I’d imagined – quite brain-burny and tricksy. It was super good, but, boy am I not good at that game – combining game mechanic I am terrible at – Area control and auctions. Great game that I intend to lose often at.

    At the very end o’ the day we managed a final last gasp game of Bluffers Dice (aka Liar’s Dice, another to-do list game) and thoroughly enjoyed it – very fun filler fr the whole family.

    Trading this year was a little more subdued – a good amount of games got swapped and bought, but it lacked a bit of the spark from the warmup event a handful of months ago. Even so, some good games got circulated with games such as Thebes, Acquire, Genoa, Attika, Space beans, Carcassonne, Chicago express, Mississippi Queen, ruse and bruise, indonesia (?) and many more getting new homes. I plumb forgot to bring a bunch to trade, doh!

    The games library, a collected effort from many people was a huge success – we had so many games, it was quite an awesome task to figure out what actually to play. Many people helped out by adding games to the library and our only battle was helping people learn some of the heavier games as they were pulled out.

    Prizegiving occured on both days, but Sunday had the gamers prizes. We had a good haul of excellent prizes (thanks David!) and there were some very happy, smiley winners all round.

    Overall it was a resounding success, and next year is going to be even bigger, better and gamier. We are looking at a new venue all to ourselves, more game teachers, more trading, bigger games library (that’s the easy part, just buy more games 😉
    and much more. Sometime soon, we’ll be putting up a comments and suggestions thread on BGG: we’d love to hear your thoughts on this year’s Wellycon and how to make it better next year…

    • David on August 29, 2010 at 10:58 pm

      Hi Peter. Wow! Thanks for that huge and insightful breakdown!

      Thanks again to you, Ian, and (of course) Andrew for making it happen. We really love the Kiwi attitude of finding a need and just making it happen!

      We were honoured to sponsor Wellycon in 2009 and 2010, and we’re hopeful to do it again in 2011. And we want to be there in person again like we were last year – it’s just so much fun!