438BottosCon 2008 re-cap
- 9 Nov, 2008I'd like to thank eveyone who helped to make this year's convention
such a great success. In particular Anthony Santiago for his awesome
convention logo and flyer, Art Brochet for our room layout and
schedule, and Brian Moore for printing off our convention badges.
In terms of raw numbers we had 38 people playing games at any given
time over the course of the weekend. If you count the two people who
dropped in to visit and observe that brings our numbers up to 40.
We had 25 people pre-register, and 22 showed up. We had 16 people
show up at the door, 5 of whom were not even on my radar as
Ken Young has the singular distinction of travelling the furthest to
attend our convention. He came all the way from Ottawa to participate
in the ASL West Coast Rumble. Rich Jenulis camea a close second as he
just moved to Wagshinton State from Columbus, Ohio.
We had 9 guys come up from various parts of Washington State. 7 guys
came ove from Vancouver Island, and 1 guy came down from Vernon. The
largest contingent by far were the 21 guys from the Lower Mainland.
This year saw the debut of George Kelln's ASL West Coast Rumble at
our convention. ASL proved to be the largest single game played at
the convention, with 10 people participating in the tournament. The
ASL West Coast Rumble will now be a regular feature of BottosCon.
We were alos joined by John Westra of The Trumpeters. John ran a
demonstration at our convention. From all accounts, Check Your 6 was
a huge success.
This year also saw several science fiction and fantasy games appear
at our convention, of which, Race for the Galaxy seemed to be the
most popular, wih Twilight Imperium, and Fury of Dracula a close
Several GMT card driven games were played - Combat Commander,
Twilight Struggle, Here I Stand, and Successors III.
Art Brochet's TCS Leros had 4 participants and they went at each
other with gusto al weekend long.
Dean Essig's new Line of Battle rules were taken for a test drive by
Stephen Graham and myself as we sat down to play A Afearful
Ian Wier of Red Sash Games set up The Queen's Gambit as well as their
newest game Heirs of the Golden Horde for all interested parties.
This year also saw our first Silent Auction and we'll do it again
To all those who donated to my care package for the Canadian troops
in Afghanistan I'd like to say thank you again. We collected 13 dvd
movies, 5 magazine games, and a large number of pocket books. I know
my brother and his fellow soldiers will be grateful for our
So, mark your calendar for November 6-8, 2009 for BottosCon 2009.
We'll be returning to the Compass Points Inn and if enough of us pre-
book a hotel room now, we could very well negotiatie a better
discount for 2009.
Look for announcements and pre-registration details to begin in
August 2009. So, until then, all the best, and good gaming to all of