World Boardgaming Championship
Location: Lancaster, PA (though it has moved twice in the past)
Last: August 5 - August 10, 2008
Next: August 4 - August 9, 2009
Guild: WBC Guild
What?: Competitive and open boardgaming.
Why?: Over 125 scheduled events that always occur. There are no no-show GMs and events are well run by volunteers who make sure the event is a success. No tickets to purchase; just walk up at the scheduled time (or roam around the open gaming room) and join in the fun.
How Many?: About 1,500 attendees.
Tournaments: Almost any popular game has a tournament. Even the least well-attended tournaments draw 16 players. Some events draw over 200. Plaques are awarded to the top finalists and champion in each event. Tournaments are also staged for the 12-and-under set, complete with plaques.
Open Gaming: Significant amount of open gaming space is allocated and is quite popular. The kid gamer room includes a library of games.
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