By Maria Trivelpiece SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – In a world where eSports have become so popular, a few local Syracuse residents decided they would invite the community to some old-fashioned board games. Except, the games were not as dated as one might have assumed. The inaugural CuseCon gaming convention kicked off on Thursday at the Ramada Carrier Circle showcasing some of the most popular tabletop games of the present day.
The organizer of the event, Michael Guigliano, said, “Board games are completely different now.”
His event alone boasted a library over 1,000 games that attendees could choose from. There were also vendors showcasing and selling their latest versions of games. Guigliano said these new games are, “story-driven and fun.”
CuseCon as a whole aimed to introduce the people of Syracuse to board games while simultaneously inviting outside gamers. Creator and game designer, Jonathan Gilmour, said modern board-gaming brings, “a sense of community.”
Local high school students attended the event as well. They had the opportunity to speak with industry professionals about the art of game-designing. Gilmour said it was exciting to see the next generation so interested in game and game design.
The event will continue through Sunday. CuseCon is one of many tabletop gaming events throughout the country. Some reach attendance levels as high as 80,000.