I’ve know I’ve logged many hours playing games on the computer, but when I go to computer trade shows like E3, I hardly touch a computer game. On the other hand, when I go to a tabletop games show like GenCon, I try to play as many games as I can. Boardgametravel.com has a vacation for folks like me: Cardboard and Sun 2014.
This is the second year of this event, and it looks like they know what they’re doing. Set on the Greek Island of Paros, there’s plenty here for the non-gamer–gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins, and the laid back atmosphere that only an island can provide. The venue for the event is Alea Apartments, owned by a gamer who’s making his gigantic (over 400) games collection available for vacationers. We’re not talking Chess and Poker, either, but gamers games like you see in the same hobby shops where Magic: The Gathering is played. You know, the good stuff. You can even play on their beach:
In addition to the games collection and gamer-friendly atmosphere, Cardboard and Sun 2014 has numerous sponsors, like Eagle Games, Sun Tzu Games, and Robert Burke Games–these guys all have some pretty good titles, and there are others (with more later a distinct possibility). It can be tough to get quality time with a board game designer at a gaming convention, but I bet a long sit-down will be pretty easy here. You can also get some custom (and beautiful) game pieces from GamerGlass.
I know, not everyone can afford to fly to Greece, and my own university schedule makes the last week of August (when the event is planned) almost impossible, but things sure have changed. When I was a kid, I was considered weird for all the “complicated” boardgames I played, and now there are vacation packages for gamers.