A day of fun and games


Keegan MacDonell and MacKenzie Shaheen from Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's playing a game of Quiddler

The crowds lined up early Saturday morning, February 18th at the Nepean Sportsplex.  Everyone stood there eagerly awaiting for the doors to open. Some have been waiting for hours.  Then, at nine o’clock a.m., the doors opened to let the enthusiastic crowd in.  This was day two of Game Summit 2012.

“The show gets better every year,” said Gary from Toys on Fire. “It’s incredible!”

Launched back in 2008, it expanded quickly from an attendance of around 100 people at the Canadian War Museum to Saturday’s total of more than 1000 people at the Nepean Sportsplex.

There are all sorts of board games for everyone to try out.  There is family friendly fare such as Quiddler, a scrabble like card game.  Then there are the more niche games such as Warhammer and Dungeons and Dragons. 

Those who volunteer here are avid enthusiasts themselves. Some of the organizers even took it upon themselves to rescue “Game Day” tables from destruction.  The tables, which were created by Games Workshop for the Game Day events, feature some lovingly crafted tables.  Every facet of this table looks like weeks of work were put into it.  They’re here today solely because the organizers and volunteers didn’t want to see the work destroyed and knew those in the tournament would appreciate playing on them.

At the other end of the spectrum, you have board game designers who are demonstrating their creations and trying to generate interest.  It wasn’t uncommon to find a game by a local designer become a new favourite.

“This is the new Yahtzee for my family,” said Sen-Foon Lim regarding the board game Shake Out by local creator Louis-Nicolas Dozois.

A risky move by a Jenga playerPerhaps the reason why this event has grown tremendously in such a short time is the inclusiveness of the crowd.  It wasn’t uncommon for someone to get invited to a game with total strangers.  Wander around aimlessly for a while and the invitations to join a game would come flooding in.  It’s impossible to be at Game Summit and not have fun.

“This is the one show where I have the most fun” said Gary.

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