I'm an outsider. I like board games and I am particularly interested in how a game is designed in terms of strategy and the mathematical truths that drive it. I am not immeresed in the world of trolls and other mythical creatures, rather favoring realistic themes like military history and sports. It was still worth the hefty admission charge and being jostled by galactic warlords and elven wizards.
The game pieces and playing boards are, in some cases, works of art. Many of the exhibitors will proudly tell you about the fascinating games they have created. I enjoyed myself.
I'm going back tomorrow. There's a foam rubber mace I'm eying. I also want to demo some of the products on sale.