What is a board game? Most of the classic board-games literally have a peace of plastic or cardboard that you play around. These boards will typically have a play space, instructions, or rules on them. Think Candyland, Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Settlers of Catan or modern games like Betrayal at House on the Hill, Pandemic, or Secret Hitler. They are all classic examples of board-games where the board helps to defines the area and ways where the players can interact.
There are other types of games that fall under board games that probably look more like card games. Games like Uno, Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, or more modern games like Yomi or Exploding Kittens. These games typically do not have an actual board that you play around. The game provides you with all of the cards you need to play, and you build the play space out of cards. Usually for these kind of games the position of the cards matter. Such as you have a draw deck, a discard deck, and you place winning cards in a pile in front of you.
Board-games fall on the complete spectrum of objectives. Some of the games you compete against other players, and winner takes all. On the other end of the spectrum, there are some games in which the players must cooperate in order to win. There are games with teams, and there are games where one player can turn against the other players. The specifics can change from game to game.
Our board-game area is an excellent place to spend time and make new friends.
We offer the following activities in 2018
- Learn to play
- Free play
Learn to play
We are going to set aside time each day to teach a game to any attendee who wishes to learn. Signup is not required. Just show up. Different games have different durations, so depending on the specific game this could mean we demonstrate anywhere from a few turns (if the game is slow) to several complete games (if the game is fast).
Any attendee is welcome to come and play any game in our library. You can play with friends family, or other attendees. If you find yourself needing one more player – our staff will be happy to fill in. If you need help with rules or getting started – our staff can help with that too.
The room is officially open the following hours during the convention
- Friday; 10am to 2am
- Saturday; 10am to 2am
- Sunday; 10am to 3pm
2018 Event Schedule
You can also find the searchable schedule here.
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Settlers of Catan
Bears vs Babies
Portal the Game
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Cards Against Humanity (18+)
Joking Hazard (18+)
(subject to change)
Q: Will you help me win?
Q: If I come in to the board game room do I have to play a game?
A: Of course not! You are welcome to come in and sit at any available table, regardless of if you are playing, observing, or just taking a few minutes to relax. All that we ask in return is that you remain flexible and work with us if we need an empty space to get a new game started.
Q: What if I need help learning to play a game and its not on the “Learn to play” schedule?
A: Our staff in the boardgame room will always be happy to help you out. The “Learn to play” events are intended to help people coordinate and plan their weekend. That said, we love board games and our staff is always willing to help explain rules, get you set up, or teach you how to play.
Q: Will you help me win?
Q: Don’t some board games have an 18+ rating?
A: Correct, our policy is to set aside any games with an 18+ rating during the day at Amaicon. For reference: The boardgame room day is considered to be; 10am to 6:59pm and Night; 7pm to 2am.