On September 14th, M.I.T. held the second annual Boston Festival of Indie Games. Located inside the Stratton Student Center and Johnson Athletic Center (as well as a few other buildings), event goers were treated to some of the latest games to come from independent game developers from around Boston and other areas.
Doors opened at 10 a.m., and by 11 a.m. you were excusing yourself through crowds upon crowds of people. Even the food stands inside the student center were being overwhelmed with customers.
It's not just for video games
While the event draws quite a crowd for the digital games it showcases, the same can be said for the tabletop games as well. With shows like "TableTop" on Geek and Sundry's YouTube channel, it comes to no one's surprise that tabletop games in general have become so popular.
The tabletop area, which was located inside a large hall within the Stratton Student Center, hosted all different kinds of tabletop games. To be specific, there were 28 games featured in the showcase. On display were card games, board games, miniatures, and even a game you play with ice cubes. A full list can be found here.
There were demos available for each game. They were as short as 10 minutes and lasted as long as 30 minutes, and, while it seemed like every chair was taken for a demo, a person didn't have to wait long to get their turn.
Fun for kids of all ages
The overall atmosphere of the event was very welcoming. The volunteer staff were very helpful and very knowledgeable. No matter how many times you asked nor how simple the question, everything was answered with a smile.
A great aspect of the event was the eagerness of the developers. The same can be said at larger conventions like PAX East, but a lot of the developers were students, so they were very excited to talk to people who were playing their games. Whether it was negative or positive, they wanted to hear it all because, in the end, it helps them to create a better game.
In the tabletop area, particularly, the attendees varied in all ages, both male and female. In fact, a large majority of them were parents that had brought their children to play games.
Previews, previews, previews
Stay tuned as we'll be previewing some of the games that were showcased in the tabletop area.
Some of the games include:
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