This year it was downtown Toronto, so it was a lot more convenient and more roomy than before.
I went with my friend Jim and his son, as usual. While they don't mind playing games there, I mostly go for the used games to buy and sell.
The con had the usual.. vendors selling games and game prototypes, such as the game "Container" from Mercury Games (I have never seen such huge meeples before)...
but there was also a demonstration of a 3D printer, making miniature terrain. The guy told me they bought the machine for $700 a couple of years ago, but now an upgraded version is just $300. I find that affordable and can't wait for it to drop further (and hopefully, faster, as this thing they were building will take 8 hours to build).
I was impressed with the con only with the Armada and X-Wing tournaments happening. It was in a large room with wall to wall tables of Armada and X-Wing players.
I managed to play some card games with Jim, namely Tiny Epic Galaxies and Master of Orion..
However, like I said, I was there for the deals. I brought 14 games in and sold 8 of them, and managed to buy the following:
The new Firefly cooperative game in brand new shrink wrap, without any sales tax. What I like about it, apart from being space opera rogue setting that I like, was the minis and 10 cardboard storage containers that come with it. I can use that with my other storage that I've painted.
I got Shadespire as well. I am not a big fan of 2D skirmish games, but I wanted the Stormcast and Khorne minis that come with it. The game, though used, looked almost unplayed.
I regretted selling my copy of Starship: Catan years ago but was pleased to snap up another copy today. It's getting hard to find.
I also managed to get the Great Fire of London, 1666. I originally owned this game, but I lost it without even playing it. I've asked my friends if it's at their house and they didn't have it. So, for $15 in shrink wrap, I got it again.
I also got Heroscape for a decent price.. I likely won't play it, but it's hard to find and people love the terrain that comes with it. I am not too big on the hexagonal terrain, but I suppose I can spray paint and make it look like ice... but we'll see..
About 20 painted figs at factory level came with it, but I liked the weird alien terrain especially.
The whole auction thing once again was in this teeny tiny room.. if you ask me it's the most popular thing at the convention and they always put it in a small room.
It's nor really an auction.. you list prices for 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm, where most people lower their asking price as time goes on. I bought these wargame roads and sandbags for instance, at the 4 o'clock price of $10 each.
As I was talking to the guy behind me when we went to collect our money from our sales (as selling was officially over), I offered him $30 off his 4 o'clock price and he accepted, for his Forbidden Stars.
So I got that as well, paid for by my proceeds from the sale of my 8 games, which was a nice touch.
So, lots of deals and time well spent.