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Sep 1, 2017

This week, Amanda and Brad go over their experiences at Gen Con 50 in Indianapolis! They had such a wonderful time meeting so many wonderful people and playing many great games. Find out what games ended up coming home with them as well as their favorite game of the convention!


Gen Con continued it's impressive size with turnstile attendance of 207,979.  


1:00 Pre-Gen Con events

  • 5:45 Gen Con Day 1

Thursday Morning

  • 8:15 Grabbing the games off of our list
  • Greyfox: Champions of Midguard expansions/mat
  • Renegade: Chaos at the booth
  • Restoration Games Bundle: Downforce, Stop Thief, Indulgence
  • Bezier Games: Whistle Stop

  • 13:00 Cheapass Games
  • Butten Men, Tak, Pairs, Kill Doctor Lucky Expansion

  • 14:38 Nerd Night
  • 15:50 Flamme Rouge
  • Photosynthesis, Go Nuts for Donuts
  • 17:20 Fantasy Realms
  • 18:03 Charity Auction
  • 20:20 Red Scare


  • 21:45 Second attempt at picking up Ex Libris
  • 24:41 First impressions of Ex Libris
  • 27:14 Meeting with Lance at TMG
  • Orleans Expansion, Lumeria, Ars Technica
  • 28:23 Hot Shots by Fireside Games

  • 30:26 Dice Tower Live Show
  • 32:15 Fireball Island Announcement
  • 33:11 Overlight announcement from Renegade Games
  • 33:58 Ticket to Ride map reveal by Alan Moon
  • 34:51 Coaster Park by Pandasauras Games

  • 36:25 Five Minute Dungeon

  • 38:56 Rolling Dice and Taking Names Meetup / Strike Tournament

  • 43:49 Late night gaming with friends

  • Our greatest game of Spyfall ever


  • 46:57 Red Rocket Farm art
  • 47:54 Pirate Lab game bag
  • 49:09 By Order of the Queen (meeting designers/artists)
  • 50:00 Spy Club by Foxtrot Games

  • 55:56 The Secret Cabal Meetup
  • Crowd, Food, Raffle
  • 59:15 Crossfire

  • 1:00:00 Truck Off
  • 1:03:25 Spirit Island


  • 1:05:43 Near & Far ; Empires of the Void

  • 1:08:55 Sunday Funday

  • 1:10:20 Recap of our Top 5 games we were excited to demo
  • 1:11:05 Expansions we were excited to buy
  • Harry Potter, Dead of Winter Warring Colonies, Blue Happy Salmon, Terraforming Mars, Champions of Midguard: Valhalla and Dark Mountains, Sherriff of Nottingham Merry Men, Dark Tales: Little Mermaid, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood
  • 1:14:40 Top Games we were excited about picking up
  • Stop Thief, Flick 'Em Up Dead of Winter, Klondike Rush, Indulgence, Mountains of Madness, Whistle Stop, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, Ex Libris, Codenames Duet, Deckscape
  • 1:20:55 Downforce
  • 1:24:21 Photosynthesis
  • 1:25:50 Favorite Game of the Convention: Spirit Island