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With the success of the first Hamilton Board Games By The Bay on the weekend, BGBTB attendances exceeded 230 gamers across the three events in 2012.

50 gamers attended each day in Hamilton - 75 unique people in all - in the first of our events to offer 20 hours of gaming. BGBTB Hamilton received fantastic prize support from: Days Of Wonder, Treefrog Games, PixelPark, and SeriouslyBoard, with local support from retailers Mark One and Playways.

Holy prize table, Batman!

A bite to eat and then back to gaming!

There was a fantastic and upbeat atmosphere, with plenty of people happily teaching new games to others or pulling out old favourites.

Even a courier mishap that initially prevented EFTPOS transactions - the machine supplier kindly sent it to the wrong city(!) - wasn’t enough to damper the spirits of attendees who were eager to make the most of the weekend and the great venue.

The weekend itself was full of gaming, with plenty of new Essen releases on offer. Gamers from as far north as Kaitaia and as far south as Dunedin got stuck in.

There were plenty of prizes given out, and Auckland publisher SchilMil Games were present with their new offer, Kenakalan.

Gamers getting their first Kenakalan experience.


Sunday offered New Zealand’s first unofficial Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game tournament, with Minty and Sam reigning triumphant and receiving a copy of the base set as a previously unannounced prize.

Briefing in the X-Wing tourney.

Red 5 standing by!

A traffic jam in space...

Darth Hunter!

A local gamer decided to celebrate her approaching birthday by baking a Catan themed cake, with each resource tile made from a different flavour! A happy birthday song was endured, and the tray was empty by day’s end.

This cake was made out of 6 different flavours!

From an organiser’s point of view, Hamilton was a fantastic event, made possible by our support crew who have been the best addition to the BGBTB stable all year. 2013 is already shaping up to be bigger and better, with the possibility of additional events. We’ve been invited to two new locations that BGBTB has never been to before!

No matter what happens, it seems that BGBTB is here to stay, and will only get bigger and better with each passing calendar year.

Evel Knievel steps up to the table...

Farewell, Hamilton - we'll be back!

A well deserved refreshment to finish the weekend!

If you’d like to know more, join our BGG Guild.

If you have any constructive feedback for us, we'd love to hear it!

And if you don't, then tell us what your favourite BGBTB moment was in 2012!

Board Games By The Bay 2012 statistics:
3 cities.
6 days.
52 hours.
230+ attendees.
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I attended both Auckland and Hamilton this year (and would have done Tauranga had I not been a gazillion miles away), as well as Auckland and Tauranga last year. I think every one of these events had improved from the last, building on those before it. Kudos to David and the crew for working so hard and taking everyone's suggestions into consideration.

Plus, the prize table was obscenely generous!

Looking forward to the next one!
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Yep! I kept them small so people have less to scroll past as there are quite a few pics in the post! thumbsup
 
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Hamilton was the first BGBTB that I (and Sam) had been to. I'm not planning on making it the last! It was too much fun.

I think my favourite two things were the range of games I got to play, and the ace people I met.

I had a chance to have a few frantic rounds of one of my Kickstarter backings, Escape. How much fun and fear can you pack into 10 real-time minutes? Cool!

Sentinels of the Multiverse got its second play, and while it's not super-deep, continues to impress with how much it is like a big heroes-vs-supervillain battle.

London, a very un-Wallace Wallace game (simple rules! fast playing!) got its second outing too, and provided lovely, tense decisions.

Infiltration is brilliantly thematic: players push their luck as they break into a high-tech facility and try to get out with the most data before lockdown. Thanks to Keith for the rules intro!

Cargo Noir, Tim's raffle prize, was a smooth-flowing hour of fun, with some amusing screwage moments and shrieks of outrage (yes, Pete, we're looking at YOU).

But the winner might have been the late night session of Family Business: it brought out the double-crossing gangster in us all!

Dave and Ange, thanks so much for creating such a great convention. Looking forward to it next time. And a big thanks to Tim and Jacqui too, for their fabulous local hospitality.
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Thanks Dave and Dave's Team for putting a great event in a good location. Though you may need a bigger place if it becomes more popular

I won 0 games, Carson City was fun, being bullied by one particular outlaw in the last round. X-Wing was also great, but I think Peter and I only won 1 game.. didn't help that one of my Tie fighter pilots (me) misplaced his GPS and turned into deep space instead of behind an X-Wing (Doh!). Then in another game, a Y-Wing pilot couldn't shoot the side of barn door, right behind an Tie fighter and I roll three blanks for another game loss shake

As a result of this tournament I have 2 X-Wing base sets and a Tie Fighter Advanced expansion and am looking forward to the Millennium Falcon upon release. So thanks Dave for making me fiscally poorer... I look forward to the next event...
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superbgg wrote:
I attended both Auckland and Hamilton this year (and would have done Tauranga had I not been a gazillion miles away), as well as Auckland and Tauranga last year. I think every one of these events had improved from the last, building on those before it. Kudos to David and the crew for working so hard and taking everyone's suggestions into consideration.

Plus, the prize table was obscenely generous!

Looking forward to the next one!


Thanks, Jason! As you missed the Tauranga event, I think you'll have noticed quite an improvement between Auckland (me and Angie running it on our own while sick) to Hamilton (a support crew that is pretty darn slick and making things work like clockwork).

We definitely do take suggestions and have gone over every feedback form at our debrief meeting. We're really excited to see BGBTB growing, and we hope to make it bigger and better next year.
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Hamilton was the first BGBTB that I (and Sam) had been to. I'm not planning on making it the last! It was too much fun.

I think my favourite two things were the range of games I got to play, and the ace people I met.

I had a chance to have a few frantic rounds of one of my Kickstarter backings, Escape. How much fun and fear can you pack into 10 real-time minutes? Cool!

Sentinels of the Multiverse got its second play, and while it's not super-deep, continues to impress with how much it is like a big heroes-vs-supervillain battle.

London, a very un-Wallace Wallace game (simple rules! fast playing!) got its second outing too, and provided lovely, tense decisions.

Infiltration is brilliantly thematic: players push their luck as they break into a high-tech facility and try to get out with the most data before lockdown. Thanks to Keith for the rules intro!

Cargo Noir, Tim's raffle prize, was a smooth-flowing hour of fun, with some amusing screwage moments and shrieks of outrage (yes, Pete, we're looking at YOU).

But the winner might have been the late night session of Family Business: it brought out the double-crossing gangster in us all!

Dave and Ange, thanks so much for creating such a great convention. Looking forward to it next time. And a big thanks to Tim and Jacqui too, for their fabulous local hospitality.


It was great to have the Hunters and the IntergalacticNoggin present, and I'm so glad you got to play so many different games! thumbsup
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sdetoni wrote:
Thanks Dave and Dave's Team for putting a great event in a good location. Though you may need a bigger place if it becomes more popular

I won 0 games, Carson City was fun, being bullied by one particular outlaw in the last round. X-Wing was also great, but I think Peter and I only won 1 game.. didn't help that one of my Tie fighter pilots (me) misplaced his GPS and turned into deep space instead of behind an X-Wing (Doh!). Then in another game, a Y-Wing pilot couldn't shoot the side of barn door, right behind an Tie fighter and I roll three blanks for another game loss shake

As a result of this tournament I have 2 X-Wing base sets and a Tie Fighter Advanced expansion and am looking forward to the Millennium Falcon upon release. So thanks Dave for making me fiscally poorer... I look forward to the next event...


I'm really pleased we've made you broke...oh hang on... whistle

I thought the X-Wing tournament added a lot to the feel of the Sunday, and it was a great way to test the tournament system we were using.

Tournaments really make these weekends feel more like an event, so we'll be looking at doing more in 2013 - no idea how many or which games, though!
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Tournaments really make these weekends feel more like an event, so we'll be looking at doing more in 2013 - no idea how many or which games, though!


David, have you thought about running this as a six-montly event? I'm sure the, er, bigger centres could cope with a good hearty weekend's gaming twice a year.

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DNAmers wrote:
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Tournaments really make these weekends feel more like an event, so we'll be looking at doing more in 2013 - no idea how many or which games, though!


David, have you thought about running this as a six-montly event? I'm sure the, er, bigger centres could cope with a good hearty weekend's gaming twice a year.



Great minds think alike, Damian. One consideration is to run BGBTB in Auckland on a six-monthly basis.
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DNAmers wrote:
I'm sure the, er, bigger centres could cope with a good hearty weekend's gaming twice a year.


He's right, David. Carterton's ready for 6-monthly events whenever we are...
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seriouslyboard wrote:
DNAmers wrote:
seriouslyboard wrote:
Tournaments really make these weekends feel more like an event, so we'll be looking at doing more in 2013 - no idea how many or which games, though!


David, have you thought about running this as a six-montly event? I'm sure the, er, bigger centres could cope with a good hearty weekend's gaming twice a year.



Great minds think alike, Damian. One consideration is to run BGBTB in Auckland on a six-monthly basis.


Some of us are talking about an event down here, so we'll advise you of the dates we're thinking of so as not to be seen to be trying to schedule over or too near Tauranga/ Auckland gigs and WellyCon.
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SamNzed wrote:
seriouslyboard wrote:
DNAmers wrote:
seriouslyboard wrote:
Tournaments really make these weekends feel more like an event, so we'll be looking at doing more in 2013 - no idea how many or which games, though!


David, have you thought about running this as a six-montly event? I'm sure the, er, bigger centres could cope with a good hearty weekend's gaming twice a year.



Great minds think alike, Damian. One consideration is to run BGBTB in Auckland on a six-monthly basis.


Some of us are talking about an event down here, so we'll advise you of the dates we're thinking of so as not to be seen to be trying to schedule over or too near Tauranga/ Auckland gigs and WellyCon.


Sounds good, Sam. Our dates are beginning to firm up, (and working around Wellycon, Armageddon, Battlecry, etc). Definitely get in touch before locking anything in on the calendar! thumbsup
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seriouslyboard wrote:
SamNzed wrote:
seriouslyboard wrote:
DNAmers wrote:
seriouslyboard wrote:
Tournaments really make these weekends feel more like an event, so we'll be looking at doing more in 2013 - no idea how many or which games, though!


David, have you thought about running this as a six-montly event? I'm sure the, er, bigger centres could cope with a good hearty weekend's gaming twice a year.



Great minds think alike, Damian. One consideration is to run BGBTB in Auckland on a six-monthly basis.


Some of us are talking about an event down here, so we'll advise you of the dates we're thinking of so as not to be seen to be trying to schedule over or too near Tauranga/ Auckland gigs and WellyCon.


Sounds good, Sam. Our dates are beginning to firm up, (and working around Wellycon, Armageddon, Battlecry, etc). Definitely get in touch before locking anything in on the calendar! thumbsup



Great news. Just need to save u for the next one. Good to have an event before June/July!
 
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madboyo wrote:
seriouslyboard wrote:
SamNzed wrote:
seriouslyboard wrote:
DNAmers wrote:
seriouslyboard wrote:
Tournaments really make these weekends feel more like an event, so we'll be looking at doing more in 2013 - no idea how many or which games, though!


David, have you thought about running this as a six-montly event? I'm sure the, er, bigger centres could cope with a good hearty weekend's gaming twice a year.



Great minds think alike, Damian. One consideration is to run BGBTB in Auckland on a six-monthly basis.


Some of us are talking about an event down here, so we'll advise you of the dates we're thinking of so as not to be seen to be trying to schedule over or too near Tauranga/ Auckland gigs and WellyCon.


Sounds good, Sam. Our dates are beginning to firm up, (and working around Wellycon, Armageddon, Battlecry, etc). Definitely get in touch before locking anything in on the calendar! thumbsup



Great news. Just need to save u for the next one. Good to have an event before June/July!


At this point in time, our first one will most likely be in May in 2013. We really wanted to start in March but left it too late to sufficiently organise it, so a March event could potentially debut in 2014.
 
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seriouslyboard wrote:


At this point in time, our first one will most likely be in May in 2013. We really wanted to start in March but left it too late to sufficiently organise it, so a March event could potentially debut in 2014.


What help do you need to put it back on track for March 2013?
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madboyo wrote:
seriouslyboard wrote:


At this point in time, our first one will most likely be in May in 2013. We really wanted to start in March but left it too late to sufficiently organise it, so a March event could potentially debut in 2014.


What help do you need to put it back on track for March 2013?


Only two things.

Firstly, you need to reverse time to October/early November so we can have time outside of the Christmas rush for advertising, securing a venue, and so forth.

Secondly, you need to coerce Martin Wallace, using any means at your disposal, to confirm his availability for a March event in an appropriate location.

I'm not an ungrateful man - I'll give you 1GG if you succeed in both of these tasks.

(In all seriousness, there are several other factors at play here, and who knows - we may yet have a March event if we hear from Martin and manage to push for advertising in January, but I'd say it's a 45% chance of happening at this stage. We want to aim for quality over quantity, and an event that is rushed into existence will likely be a lot of effort for little gain...

...but never say 'never'.)

I appreciate the offer. And I'll chase Martin Wallace again.
 
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madboyo wrote:
seriouslyboard wrote:


At this point in time, our first one will most likely be in May in 2013. We really wanted to start in March but left it too late to sufficiently organise it, so a March event could potentially debut in 2014.


What help do you need to put it back on track for March 2013?


We're talking about this now and I'll let you know when we come to a decision.

It would most likely be a Tauranga event and it hinges on a couple of things outside of our control.
 
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madboyo wrote:
seriouslyboard wrote:


At this point in time, our first one will most likely be in May in 2013. We really wanted to start in March but left it too late to sufficiently organise it, so a March event could potentially debut in 2014.


What help do you need to put it back on track for March 2013?


Alrighty...would anyone be up for a Tauranga event in March? We need to gauge interest so either thumb this post or reply to it. (This will be in addition to two Auckland events, a Hamilton event and maybe something else.)
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seriouslyboard wrote:
Alrighty...would anyone be up for a Tauranga event in March? We need to gauge interest so either thumb this post or reply to it. (This will be in addition to two Auckland events, a Hamilton event and maybe something else.)


YES.

(as if you couldn't guess that already )
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Re: Over 230 People Attended BGBTB In 2012
Would suggest you start this on a new post to get a count in Tauranga.

Also it may be an idea to pencil in some dates so people can organise their lives next year!!!!!
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