What kind of convention is this?
A fun one, hopefully! If you've ever been to FallCon in Calgary, you can imagine something similar on a smaller scale (note: this convention is organized by different people!). If you haven't, imagine a convention run by and for nerds, rather than by and for merchants. A day to play competitively, if you like, or casually, if you're just there to explore. A day to make friends, win prizes, and have long discussions about the right amount of chance in a Euro game. A day to be welcomed and included whether you come with a big posse or alone. A day to play six consecutive games of an old favourite, or try that new game you've been meaning to play. And most importantly, a weekend where nobody yells "Oh, like Monopoly!" when you say "I like to play board games."
Why the name "GOBFest"?
The gaming group who is organizing this new Edmonton convention is called POGOB!, which stands for "Players Of Games On Boards". POGOB! has been playing games in Edmonton on Sundays since 2006, and currently sports about 300 members on its Meetup site. The name "GOBFest" is merely a logical extension of this name: the Games On Boards Fest.
If this sounds like a fun way to spend a weekend, head on over to our Schedule page, or directly to our Registration page. If you'd like to learn more about who we are, see below!
This convention is organized by members of the Players of Games on Boards (or short, POGOB!) - a gaming group with over 300 members that has been meeting in Edmonton on Sundays since 2006. POGOB! is a public gaming group open to all. It was founded on the principles of "same time, same place, no RSVPs required" to take pressure off gaming event organizers and attendees (who wants to plan ahead all the time? Send out endless strings of emails searching for a time that works for everyone? Go to people's houses and suffer pet allergies?...). For the first few years, a core of dedicated members attended every single Sunday afternoon to ensure critical mass, and it paid off. POGOB slowly grew - with a couple of interruptions - into what it is today. As a result, POGOB! is now sufficiently large and established to run on autopilot. No single member has to really do anything for our meetings to take place. Magically, every Sunday at 2 pm, nerds carrying games start streaming into the Students' Union Building!