For the last couple of years, Cape Fear Games in Wilmington, NC has dedicated the last weekend in April to running a local gaming event called Board Games at the Beach. This year will be their third year running the event and I haven’t missed one yet. It’s already a can’t-miss part of my yearly convention plans.
The event follows a pretty simple format – attendees bring games to provide a communal game library, augmented by games from the store’s collection, and then everyone just chills out and enjoys three days of non-stop gaming. Add in the plentiful snacks and drinks, the Play to Win table, and various other festivities, and you have a recipe for success. This year they’ve already announced support from publishers like Renegade Games and Calliope Games (their convention-staple giant Tsuro will be making an appearance), and I know there will be more announced as the event draws closer.
This year’s dates are April 28th through 30th, and the reason I’m talking about it so early is that there’s still time to register if your local, or local-ish, to Wilmington. The deadline to register for a badge is Sunday, April 23rd. A three-day pass is $40 and you can sign up as a couple (no actual relationship implied or required) for $35 per person to save a few bucks. They are also offering single-day passes this year, but I don’t recommend that unless you absolutely can’t possibly make more than one day. The event is held at the Hampton Inn Medical Park, and it’s super convenient to tons of great food options, as well as Cape Fear Games itself. The hotel deadline is April 24th, but I will warn that the event block is rapidly filling up and may soon be gone.
I’m already putting together my list of games to take with me to the event, based on the list of games people have said they want to play; so far I have the following committed but who knows how many more will be added to the stack when I actually start packing:
- Fuji Flush
- Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft
- In the Year of the Dragon
- The Networks
- The Oracle of Delphi
- Terra Mystica
I am purposefully ignoring the Virtual Flea Market that’s been organized this year, as I’ve added a ton of games to my collection this month, but if you’re attending and have games to sell or shelf space to fill, be sure to check that out too.
It’s going to be a great weekend, and the obligatory visit to Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn will be the crowning touch. So if you’re in North Carolina, or close enough to consider a last-minute beach trip, I highly recommend heading over to the Cape Fear Games Website to sign up before it’s too late.