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Gnomecon Board Game Convention Set for April 20-22 in Savannah GA

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Gnomecon Board Game Convention Set for April 20-22 in Savannah GA

GnomeCon, a three-day convention created by area board gamers, is slated for April 20-22, 2012 at the Savannah Convention Hotel off Interstate 95, Exit 102, in Pooler.

The gathering will focus heavily on what are called “Euro-games,” games developed in Europe where the gaming market is often older. “Many of these games are pretty sophisticated but that doesn’t mean they’re any less fun,” said Mike Baker, one of the organizers of the event. “And we’ll also have more familiar favorites such as Scrabble and Monopoly.”

In addition to board games, the event will feature collectible card games and miniatures, such as Magic: The Gathering and HeroClix, as well as tournaments. “We hope to offer something for everyone, regardless of age or skill level,” added Baker, who has helped organize similar events in the Augusta area.

The convention will also feature dealers selling games and supplies. Sunday morning there will be a flea market where gamers can sell unwanted games and maybe pick up others at bargain prices.

According to, board games are often very effective for promoting analytical thinking in developing minds, as well as keeping the brain active as one ages. However, the more obvious benefit is bringing people together in a fun, family-friendly environment.

The idea for the convention was developed by Heidi Schweier, who has participated in many gaming events in the Savannah area but on a smaller level. Planning the event began in July to insure a good time is had by all, including the organizers. “Getting this thing off the ground has been very educational,” she said, “but I’m excited to see it coming together. I have to give a lot credit to my team for that.”

The organizers intend to make Gnomecon an annual event in the Savannah area. Attendees are expected from Charleston, Atlanta, Macon and Jacksonville, so with the money being spent at area hotels and restaurants, it’s a boost to the local economy.

A three-day pass to Gnomecon costs $25/person. For more information, visit