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Mel’s Muses: Gen Con 2016: It’s A Kind Of Magic

Continuing our Gen Con 2016 coverage.

Besides the tons of games on sale in the massive Gen Con Exhibit Hall, one can also look forward to non-stop gaming in the equally enormous Halls E, D, C, B and A next door. Rows and rows of tables and chairs as far as the eye could see. That’s where some of the major companies like Fantasy Flight Games and Wizards of the Coast held their tournaments. It is simply so refreshing and encouraging to see gamers of all ages, some as old as our grandparents, moving miniatures across the table, rolling dice, strategising their next moves and having fun in an analog kinda way.

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Check out the cool trophies and prizes for Fantasy Flight Games.

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In the late afternoons or evenings, there’ll be more empty tables and anyone can set up a boardgame and before you know it, you’ll be making new friends and enjoying a game. Even at night when the Exhibit Hall has closed, there were hundreds of players along the corridor playing dozens of social deduction games like Ultimate Werewolf.

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For the Magic: The Gathering players out there, you can play your favourite CCG almost non-stop as long as you can pay for it. You can sell your rare cards to any one of the several booths in the Exhibit Hall. The experience is not unlike going to the foreign money changers. Pick a booth and show them your card folders, then exchange them for cold hard cash or even other rares. I suppose the interesting part is comparing the exchange rates between the booths. Oh, and you can also expect dozens of Magic artists there too.

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Melvin Yong has worked way too long in the media and advertising industry. He now spends his time with his family, writing short horror stories and playing lots of board games.

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