ConnCon 2017 Photo Journal

ConnCon is an annual convention held in Stamford, Connecticut, where nerdy people come to play nerdy board games. It's nerdy.
  1. This is El Grande, a game set in medieval Spain. It's a much-beloved classic from the mid-nineties, and it's one of the designs that was on the forefront of the new era of board gaming along with such titles as Settlers of Catan and Tigris & Euphrates. Still great fun to play. I came in last, though.
  2. For some reason I agreed to take part in a cribbage tournament, and this was one my one killer hand: 9-8-8-7-7.
  3. All the red-hot middle-aged white guy action that you know you crave. This was a silly game called Reiner Knizia's Decathlon, which is nothing but dice rolling. Avri is about to choke at the hundred meter dash.
  4. Some sweet new dice I bought for the previous game. I love 'em.
  5. One of my favorite games, Imperial 2030, played with my old friends John, Avri and David, and my new friend Rob from Texas. Please don't make fun of John's fedora, he's very sensitive. We were at this from about 9 PM to 1 o'clock in the morning. I made Brazil invade the Philippines.
  6. "You're afraid of room 237, Mr. Halloran, ain't ya." Luckily, there were no ghosts in the bathtub.
  7. A game of Yinsh with my friend Lisa. I love two-player abstracts—the best ones can be very intense, and I just think they're beautiful to look at. I'm white, and we're about even here, but I made a sketchy move soon after and she beat me.
  8. Another one of my favorite games, Dvonn. This is the end of the game, and I'm white. Not even John's black fedora could save him from my sick Dvonn skills.