TotalCon describes itself as New England's largest game convention and yet it takes place in a rather small venue. The irony made me grin and I wondered how they could make that claim when there are so many larger cons in the area? It only took one walk through to answer that question.This is a con about gaming. Period. Every inch of space was being used for board games, card games, RPGs, tournaments, etc. There were a few panels and workshops offered, as well as shadowcasts by the RKO Army, but the focus was tabletop gaming. I believe this was their 27th year and I can see why they are still going strong, as gamers flocked to the tables to spend a weekend enjoying something they love with others who love it as well.
After shopping we wandered into the board game library and were a little surprised and disappointed at its size. The room was huge and people were playing games and having a great time, but the library offerings were rather small, especially as compared to the last con we attended. No matter, we met up with Than again and he agreed to teach us to play SmallWorld.
Ben and I had seen SmallWorld played on Tabletop but hadn't yet gotten around to actually playing. I thought it was a lot of fun, quick to learn, and constantly changing. The different combinations were hysterical (flying dwarves anyone?) and it seemed to be a game all ages would enjoy. I'm always on the lookout for games I can play with friends AND family without wanting to gouge my eyes out with a spork.
I would recommend TotalCon if you're in the area and you love Tabletop gaming. The atmosphere was fun and family friendly, and there were always games to be played. I'd love to attend more than one day at some point and get in on some of their RPGs and possibly even a board game tournament. I'm always up for some friendly competition.