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Board Gaming Convention

Board gamers! Our friends at Meeples to Go are running a board gaming convention in the Richmond Ballroom during the next edition of the Ottawa Geek Market (Sept 28-30), and man do they have some cool games in store for you! They’ll be offering a free board gaming library, free demos, and free tournaments (see below for more information). Access to the convention is free with your Ottawa Geek Market ticket, and there will be tons of prizes to be won.

In fact, the more you play, the more FREE prizes you’ll get. Here’s how it’ll work:

  • Check a game out of the library = 5 tokens
  • Check out a game demo = 10 tokens
  • Play in a tournament = 20 tokens
  • Win a tournament = 100 tokens

Once you’re done playing, bring your tokens downstairs to our Prize Redemption booth at the back of the Curling Rink and purchase the free prizes that tempt you the most. All prizes at that booth are also for sale, so if you don’t have enough tokens you can pay the difference with cash.

Board Gaming Library

Check out a board game, like a book at a library, and play to your hearts content. They’ll have some volunteers to help you navigate a wide selection of family, party, strategy and euro games, and get you playing.

New to gaming? No problem at all – they’ll teach you!

Here’s the list of awesome games they’ll be bringing to the event!



The following tournaments will be taking place:

  • Ticket to Ride: Saturday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (15 players max)
  • Settlers of Catan: Saturday 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (18 players max)
  • 7 Wonders: Sunday 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (14 players max)
  • Carcassonne: Sunday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (15 players max)

See below for a detailed description of each game.

To reserve your spot before the event, please email Limited onsite registration will be available, but only if there are spots left.  There is no cost to play.


The following game demos are being offered at the event:

  • Spirit Island: Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Lords of Waterdeep: Saturday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Dead of Winter: Saturday 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Terraforming Mars: Sunday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Smallworld: Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Mansions of Madness: Sunday all day

See below for a detailed description of each event.




Description: Ancient civilizations have left us many wonders to marvel at. Have you ever wanted to join their ranks and leave a legacy for generations to come?

In 7 Wonders you and your opponents will take turns drafting cards in order to build the perfect civilization. Each turn you will add a card to your tableau, paying for them with the resources that your or your neighbours have cultivated. The game is played over 3 “Ages” at the end of which players will total up their points. The player with the most points has built the greatest civilization and is the winner of the game! Base game rules, Leaders Expansion rules, Cities Expansion rules.

Tournament format: Players will participate in a 7 Player game of 7 Wonders. After the first round the top 2 players from each game, and a wildcard pick will play a final 5 player game. The winner of that game will be crowned the leader of the world’s greatest civilization!

Games will be 45 minutes maximum. *Games will be played with 7 Wonders plus the Leaders and Cities expansions*


Description: Welcome to Medieval Carcassonne, France! You’ve come to exert your influence and rule this land.

In Carcassonne players will take turns placing tiles to create the landscape of Carcassonne, France. When a tile has been placed the player may then decide to place one of their limited amount of meeples on that tile. Depending on the landscape your meeples can either be farmers (fields), thieves (roads), knights (cities), or a monk (monastery). Your meeples are limted, but, with the exception of farmers, you will get them back once their section is completed. Use them wisely and you may be the new ruler of Carcassonne! Rules available here

Tournament format: During this tournament players will participate in a series of games over as many as 3 rounds. During the first round players will play a 5 player game with the top 3 from each game, and a wildcard moving onto the next round. The second round will also see players facing off against each other in 5 player games. The top 2 players from each of these games will move onto the finals. Finals will consist of a single 4 player game, the winner of which will be named the new ruler of Carcassonne!

Games will be 45 minutes maximum. *Games will be played with the base game only, no expansions including the River*

Description: Welcome, settler, to the island of Catan! Will you be able to establish economic dominance over your rivals, or will you civilization simply be a footnote in the annals of history?

Catan is a game of trading, economics, and civilization building. You must carefully choose strategic locations for your settlements which will you allow you to extract valuable resources from the land in order to expand your civilization. Throughout the game you will earn points for building settlements, expanding your army, and having the largest trade roads. The first player to reach 10 points is the winner! Full rules are available here.

Tournament format:This Catan tournament will consist 3 rounds. In the first round players will participate in a 6 player game of Catan. From there the top 4 players from each game will move onto the next round which will be another 6 player game. Finally, the top 2 players from each game will face off in a 4 player game to see who will be crowned the champion!

Games will be 1 hour maximum.  *Games will be played with the base game plus the 5-6 player expansion*

Description: Grab your trains and plan your routes as you strive to be a turn-of-the-century rail tycoon!

Ticket to ride is an exciting game of set collecting and route building. On a player’s turn they may either draw new cards into their hand, or play sets of cards in order to claim routes on the map. Full rules available here 

Tournament format: In this tournament players will play a five player game of Ticket to Ride lasting a maximum of 1 hour. From each of the 3 games the top 3 players will move onto the next round, with one wildcard spot being awarded. The following round will see the top 2 players of each game move onto the finals where the top player from that 4 player game will claim the coveted title of Rail Baron!

*Games will be played on the North American board with the addition 1910 routes*



Dead of Winter is a meta-cooperative psychological survival game. This means players are working together toward one common victory condition — but for each individual player to achieve victory, he must also complete his personal secret objective. This secret objective could relate to a psychological tick that’s fairly harmless to most others in the colony, a dangerous obsession that could put the main objective at risk, a desire for sabotage of the main mission, or (worst of all) vengeance against the colony! Certain games could end with all players winning, some winning and some losing, or all players losing. Work toward the group’s goal, but don’t get walked all over by a loudmouth who’s looking out only for his own interests!


Waterdeep, the City of Splendors – the most resplendent jewel in the Forgotten Realms, and a den of political intrigue and shady back-alley dealings. In this game, the players are powerful lords vying for control of this great city. Its treasures and resources are ripe for the taking, and that which cannot be gained through trickery and negotiation must be taken by force!


Mansions of Madness: Second Edition is a fully cooperative, app-driven board game of horror and mystery for one to five players that takes place in the same universe as Eldritch Horror and Elder Sign. Let the immersive app guide you through the veiled streets of Innsmouth and the haunted corridors of Arkham’s cursed mansions as you search for answers and respite. Eight brave investigators stand ready to confront four scenarios of fear and mystery, collecting weapons, tools, and information, solving complex puzzles, and fighting monsters, insanity, and death. Open the door and step inside these hair-raising Mansions of Madness: Second Edition. It will take more than just survival to conquer the evils terrorizing this town.


In Small World, players vie for conquest and control of a world that is simply too small to accommodate them all.

Designed by Philippe Keyaerts as a fantasy follow-up to his award-winning Vinci™, Small World is inhabited by a zany cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs and even humans; who use their troops to occupy territory and conquer adjacent lands in order to push the other races off the face of the earth.

Picking the right combination from the 14 different fantasy races and 20 unique special powers, players rush to expand their empires – often at the expense of weaker neighbors. Yet they must also know when to push their own over-extended civilization into decline and ride a new one to victory!


In the most distant reaches of the world, magic still exists, embodied by spirits of the land, of the sky, and of every natural thing. As the great powers of Europe stretch their colonial empires further and further, they will inevitably lay claim to a place where spirits still hold power – and when they do, the land itself will fight back alongside the islanders who live there.


In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

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