Darlene joined me for a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, last week to enjoy three days of board gaming at Shut Up and Sit Down’s very own, second annual board gaming convention (SHUX ’18). I only discovered Shut Up and Sit Down and their most excellent and entertaining board gaming content last year. I’ve since been hooked on their written and video reviews as well as their podcast. They’re also responsible for me being driven to buy a trunk load of additional games over the past year. (As if my game collection wasn’t large enough already.)
We got to try out a bunch of games I’ve been meaning to check out, meet some new people, get to see Quinns, Paul, Matt and Pip live and even see a little bit more of Vancouver – including tooling around on some electric bikes for a few hours. It was a great trip and great convention, though I wish we had used our time a little more wisely and squeezed in a few more games as well as been prepared for the early closing of the game-lending library. Also, would’ve been great to participate in one of the day-long megagames (if the convention were longer) or in a more involved version of Two Rooms and A Boom. We only got to try the basic version with just a couple of people with roles. We did get to try and got hooked on several great ones: Bunny Kingdom, Mystery of the Temples, Bårenpark, Great Western Trail, Sagrada, and Azul. Not so great: Crows, Koi and Kodama: The Tree Spirits. Terrible: Cat Lady, Nefarious.
I also wish I had thought to take pictures of all of the games we tried (and the folks we played with), but click through for the full gallery: