Charcon 2019, a board gaming convention held in Charleston, WV, is taking place in a little less than two weeks from July 12-14. The event held in the Clay Center is a three day love letter to all that is tabletop gaming and the world that surrounds it.
You might be thinking to yourself, what is the connection between Kentucky Sports Radio and a convention that takes place in Charleston, WV. A few weeks ago at the Origins Gaming Convention in Columbus, OH, I had the privilege to chat with the Executive Director of Charcon, Travis Reynolds. Reynolds, who appears in the above video (as well as making fun of Ryan’s pep talks in the video below), is a huge UK Athletics fan. We spent most of our time, which was meant to be discussed on the topic of board games (as he is the North American Representative of board game publisher, Queen Games), wondering about who the newest recruits to the men’s basketball team were going to be.
Charcon will have a little something for everyone. The convention boasts a huge tabletop gaming library, where you can check out any number of games you may or may not have ever played before. You will find some of the most popular titles, as well as some gems you may not have played since you were young. There will be 80+ play to win games, meaning if you check out and play those specific titles, you’ll get entered into a raffle to win that game at the end of the convention (and who doesn’t love free games?). There will also be a qualifier for the Catan National Championships. One of my personal favorite games, Wordsy by Gil Hova, will also have it’s Southeast Regional Championship at Charcon.
If Role Playing games are your preference, there will be all kinds of organized play events for whatever your favorite RPG might be. There’s a costume contest on Saturday night, panels, vendors, parties, children’s activities and so much more. Friends of Funkhouser, Patrick and Jeremy from the Blue Peg, Pink Peg Board Gaming Podcast will also be at the convention if you’d like to go say hello. If you’re looking for a great first opportunity to take that next step in board gaming, this would be a great event. For more information on the convention, be sure to check out their convention website, here.
If you’re unsure of what goes on at a gaming convention, be sure to check out Ryan’s visit to Charcon’s sister convention, Lexicon, held in Lexington every April.