I’ve attended a number of gaming conventions in my time, but the only one I’ve ever been deeply involved with was BASHCon, at the University of Toledo when I was an undergrad.  I ran a few games, played in a few, entered the miniatures painting competitions, and helped the dealers load and unload their trucks.  As a member of the campus gaming club (UT-BASH — the Benevolent Adventurers’ Strategic Headquarters) I helped with some of the set-up, stuffed envelopes, and generally tried to help out, which was a lot of fun.

The auctions and dealers, at least for every year I’ve attended, have been awesome beyond what any small-to-medium convention should be able to offer.  It was at an auction that I got my first Minifigs figures (from their 1970s S&S range, primitive but classic!) in a cheap grab-bag.

Almost every year since I graduated from Toledo, I’ve wanted to go back for a BASHCon, and once I actually did, although usually I just didn’t think about it until later in March (I don’t know if there has ever been a regular schedule but it seemed to fall some time in February or March, depending on when Spring Break, Easter, etc. fall) and I miss it.

This year I actually got a little advanced warning (an email last night from another old-time BASHer), and I see it will be held Feb. 19-21 this year. The convention web site is pretty sparse, but it is a non-profit, run by college students, so what do you expect?  The weekend pass is only $15, which is incredibly cheap for cons these days, and I assume they are still raising money for Red Cross, which is a worthy cause.  I see they are taking a page from Origin’s gamebook and offering something for the little kids too (“BASHCon Jr.”), which is a great idea.

I’ll have to miss this one, though, partly because it is short notice and partly because some major things are going on with my family, but next year…

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  1. I made it to Bashcon this year and was a vendor. Did you get to go? It was a good year. The website is bad, but the con was fun!

    • Nope, didn’t make it but glad to hear it went well! What do you vend, if you don’t mind my asking?

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