It’s been a while since I’ve been back to Massachusetts… I think it was for Dillon and Liz’s wedding, wasn’t it? That’s sounding right… though I frankly can’t believe that was only six months ago. These last few months have felt like forever, and it was high time that I got back East. The rock was calling, family and friends beckoned, and I hadn’t seen my Grandma in far, far too long…
For the last few years, my Mom and Stepdad have been working on a gaming convention with their friend group. It was going to have its first year in 2020, but then… well, 2020 happened. Then 2021 was still 2020, effectively, so that also super didn’t happen.
Then, in 2022, it wasn’t quite 2020 enough for it to not happen. So instead – it happened!
The convention isn’t quite the type that I’ve been to before. This one was more focused on boardgames, along with a healthy sprinkling of tabletop RPG games, instead of the more generalized “nerd conventions” that I’ve historically been to… so it was a really interesting chance to get to explore and see this side of the whole culture.
I explored, saw a little bit of the behind the scenes aspects, and appreciated some impressively detailed set pieces and foam-crafting. Played a few games, did a little bit of people watching, and enjoyed the chance to see a little bit of the world creeping back after the pandemic lockdown of the last few years.