Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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Photo: Beckett GladneyYou can find out more about me at BoardGameGeek, where I'm known as Inkygirl. I tweet about board games and board gaming at @BGGgirl. To find out more about what I do when I'm not playing board games, drawing board gaming comics or writing about board gaming, see DebbieOhi.com.´╗┐

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Entries in the spiel (1)

Saturday
Nov202010

A BGG.con highlight: The Spiel's Spiel-A-Thon

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Hosted by The Spiel, the Spiel-A-Thon event raises funds for The Spiel Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to donating quality board and card games to children’s hospitals and senior citizen’s centers. 

This was my first time participating; Jeff had convinced me to sign up with him. I hadn't entered before because I was too intimidated -- I didn't know nearly as much about boardgaming as others, after all.

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What I found, however: even people like me could enter and still have fun. I get the impression that each year, the game is a bit different. This year, each pair of contestants were put in a row of four pairs. A set of questions was read aloud as well as displayed on a screen at the front. Many of the questions focused on gaming, of course, but there were also other generic trivia questions.

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Your challenge was to pick the question whose answer (always a number which was 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4) moved your team's marker ahead the distance you wanted to move. Sometimes it was advantageous to move fewer than 4 spaces because of the skipping ahead rule: if your marker landed on another team's marker, then you had the option to stay where you were or skip ahead.

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Jeff and I ended up winning the first round in our row and moving to the semi-finals because we had been in last-place just before the last question, but skipped ahead of everyone else because of our final answer. We got eliminated in the semi-finals but still had a ton of fun.

Plus we got some cool custom Spiel-A-Thon dice! And an adorable Duck Duck Go rubber duck, thanks to the generosity of Amy Pile of APE Games.

 

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Anyway, I definitely want to sign up for the Spiel-A-Thon next year. Stephen Conway and David Coleson (hosts of the excellent podcast, The Spiel) plus Mark Wilder were great game show hosts. :-) Jeff and I enjoyed it so much that even after we were eliminated in the semi-finals, we stuck around to watch the finalists play.

If you've never participated in the Spiel-A-Thon at BGG.con, do consider it at next year's convention!

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My photos from the Spiel-A-Thon:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/debbieohi/sets/72157625429134270/