First, I am excited to announce that for the first time, we will have video games in The Lair! This year we will have Mario Kart, Mario Party, Boom Blox, Smash Brothers, and some other multi-player titles available for play in gaming. We will also have an Oculus Quest available for play running Beat Saber, Fruit Ninja, and Space Pirate Trainer. As usual, these are all free of charge with you ConCoction Membership, although we do suggest a donation as all profits from the video game area will be donated to Extra Life. All players will need to leave a state or federally issued ID with the game room attendant in order to play.
Video gaming will extend into our Gaming After Dark program. Join us after 10pm for a series of Jackbox games. Join as a contestant or watch as an audience member. These games are incredibly funny and include titles such as You Don’t Know Jack, Fibbage XL, Drawful, Trivia Murder Party, and Tee KO. Games are nice and short so they’re the perfect way to spend time waiting for your turn at Fruit Ninja.
We’ve also made some changes to our Play-To-Win policy. Starting this year, you will only receive an entry to win a game the first time you play it. You are welcome to play a game more than once if you desire, but whether you play it once or a hundred times, you will only get one entry into the drawing to win that game. The publishers who donate these games to us hope that you’ll spread the love and play all of their games, and we think this new policy will help make that happen. We’ve also decided on a blanket limit of 3 wins per badge number, regardless of whether that badge is held by a board member, staff member, volunteer, or regular attendee. We will still have review slips for the games as we have had in previous years. Please make sure you fill them out legibly and indicate whether you want to take the game home with you in the spot indicated. Also, as in previous years, winners need to be present in order to collect their prize, or have a designated proxy with their badge present. We cannot ship or hold games for winners due to time and cost.
Next, The Lair is proud to announce that we’ll have Dean Donofrio and ErinRose Widner from the hit YouTube series “Meeple People,” with us this year! If you have not seen the series, I highly recommend it. The episodes are all 3-7 minutes in length, and I found them hilariously accurate. Dean and ErinRose will be playing “Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig” and invite you to join them in a game after their panels Saturday for a chance to win one of two copies. It’s a great game and they’re both incredibly nice and talented people. I’m sure you’ll have a blast!
In other news, gaming still needs volunteers. If you would like to earn a partial or even full refund of your membership this year, please contact me at Gaming@ClevelandConCoction.org and let me know you want to volunteer in gaming. Being a part of the gaming team is not only fun, it is also rewarding as you’ll be able to skip the lines in registration and get your badge & swag bag directly from the Gaming Area. I also tend to spoil my team a bit, but shhhh, don’t tell anyone.