EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The first ever ‘Cuse Con was held at the Ramada Hotel in East Syracuse on Friday.
Board Game developers and players had an opportunity to learn about and play the hottest and most iconic board games out. Some developers were testing out new game ideas, and some games were actually released at the event.
The event’s organizer, Michael Guigliano, doubles as a board game developer and high school English teacher.
He brought his 10th grade English students to the event and they had a Q&A session with a panel of developers, and got to play games as well.
The students had no problem keeping the hour long session going either. Guigliano says he made sure of that, “They came prepared today, though. We made sure their questions were not answerable through Google, or through yes or no answer.”
Guigliano was excited to share his passion for board games with is students. He wanted them to learn that no matter if they were just getting into it or had been playing video games forever, board games strengthen relationships, “Whether you’re a designer, or someone who’s experiencing Yahtzee for the first time, there’s still a connection there with what you’re doing. Whether he’s rolled 1,000 dice and this is your first roll.”
Board games are still a hit even amidst the rise of eSports gaming. The industry is still thriving and Guigliano and many other developers believe that board games will only keep improving.
Guigliano expects that this event will continue next year.
‘Cuse Con will continue through the weekend, and if you are interested, you can register online or at the venue.