One cornerstone event of recent U-Cons has been the Michigan Regional Dominion Qualifier Tournament, with 2017 marking its 5th year at U-Con. The tournament draws top players from all over the Midwest to compete for a slot in the World Championship finals, and will be held this year on Saturday, Nov 18 at 1:00 PM.
Think you’re ready to play in the big leagues? Sign up here!
Not sure if you’re ready? No problem. This year, we have a special treat for Dominion fans, as reigning World Champion and prolific vlogger Adam Horton will be guest-judging the event! Adam will also be holding a number of small-group tutorial sessions before the tournament to help you hone your game. These sessions are free to convention members, though you should still register to reserve your spot. And win or lose, everyone who plays will receive promotional cards.
For any questions about this or other Dominion events at U-Con, email
For the 362 days of the year U-Con isn’t happening, the Games Library hangs out at my house, occasionally (in parts) going to Games Library Day. You want to know a secret? I didn’t realize until embarrassingly recently that you don’t have to win a board game to play. I’m not talking about coming in second place or not last place (my current 7 Wonders goal, BTW), but a game where you win when everyone wins. I’m talking cooperative gaming.
I first ran into the idea of cooperative gaming with Pandemic. Next came Sentinels of the Multiverse, which I’m a huge fan of (TEAM LEGACY!). The more I looked around, the more cooperative games I found. Escape – The Curse of the Temple only takes 10 minutes (it’s timed. And incredibly chaotic – I’m not sure I’ve never succeeded in Escaping) while Flashpoint: Fire Rescue takes much longer. Unless the premise explodes. Maybe I’m not cut out to be a fireman.
Hanabi has fireworks but is a much more sedate cooperative game. Any of the Panic! Games (Castle Panic!, Munchkin Panic! and Dead Panic!) are more fast paced (with Munchkin Panic! adding the typical Munchkin chaos over the Panic! dynamics) and lastly, if you can’t let go of winning, Betrayal at the House on the Hill is cooperative up until the point where one person stabs everyone in the back.
Come stop by The Games Library if you have a chance, see if there’s a game for you. If not, I have a decent budget and I’m always ready to take suggestions.
Games Library Curator again, talking to you this time about the next generation of gamers. Just because you are in charge of looking after the wee ones doesn’t mean you can’t also game. The Games Library has several games geared towards the younger crowd: Fluxx has a family edition with simpler rules for the gamers in training and you don’t even have to read to play Loch Ness.
Banana Party is a big hit with the tiny gamers because who doesn’t like monkeys? Monster Laundry has Monsters who *are* the laundry (don’t get your hopes up though, I’m not sure Junior will be ready to take over that household chore…unless your laundry is all monsters). Super Vampire is a game where everyone participates as play goes on so nobody gets bored and Tiger Stripes is my newest addition. I don’t even know how to play it (but I’d absolutely be willing to crack it out and learn).
Do you have a place to stay for U-Con this year? Here’s a quick reminder that the deadline for our special reservation rate at the Marriott ends tomorrow if you have yet to make arrangements. For more details, check out our venue page.
Get to know your U-Con Games Library:
Games Library Wrangler here with more U-Con Games Library tidbits. I want to talk about short little games today. The Library is full of these little gems; the perfect format to while away 15 to 30 minutes. They come in a couple different styles so if you have a favorite type of game there is probably a short little game for you.
Like card games? Try a round or two of 6Nimmt, or Nacho Loco. Put some chaos in there and go with Loonacy, any of the Fluxxes or go extreme chaos with Super Circles and Spot It. Do you like dice more? Zombie Dice or Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice have your back. Tsuro, Bananagrams or Piece of Cake cover the tile type games but there are so many more fun little games that you can stop and check out.
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But our favorite thing in space is the 2017 U-Con theme – U-Con In Space! You can see how this year’s shirts will look (and get your pre-order in) over here.
Check out this year’s shirts!
We’ll have navy this year, with unisex from S-4XL, Ladies from M-3XL (we aren’t producing ladies smalls). We are encouraging pre-ordering now so that we don’t run out of the sizes of shirts you might want.
If you’re unsure of what size you might want, we’ve included a chart below to help you out 🙂
t-shirt size chart
Pick yours up today!
What I do IRL:
I write grants for a consulting firm, specializing in grants for local governments and non-profits
My history with U-Con:
This is my fifth or so U-Con, and my first year on the Convention Committee. In the past, I’ve volunteered and helped with prize support and event running. I’ve also played a lot of games
Other than games, I read, buy books, and I love to cook. The precision in baking lets me channel my frustrated inner chemist, only you can eat the results of your experiment. That was always a no-no in chemistry…. I also watch a fair number of bad movies.
Favorites are hard because I always feel like I’m going to forget something. The games I’ve logged the most time playing lately are Trivial Pursuit Master Game/Genus Edition (the original one from the early 1980s) and Sentinels of the Multiverse. (On Steam, I’ve also logged a ridiculous number of hours in FTL. On my PS4, I’m a fan of BioWare RPGs and Final Fantasy X and XII.)
Favorite past U-Con moment
The 2015 U-Con on Friday night. We were playing Titansgrave with a GoH, Nicole Lindroos who also helped create the game. We were all having so much fun—and laughing so hard—that the GM gave us some random surprise encounters because we were too distracted to notice. That was one of the most fun and most memorable experiences I’ve ever had while gaming. I still laugh when I think back on how we solved some of those encounters.
Advice for U-Con newbs
Aside from the usual con-going advice (eat, sleep, and shower), volunteer. It’s a great way to meet folks and make friends. Clones are also great for U-Con. I always find there are more games in any given time slot than I can play. Clones (or some sort of hivemind) would solve the problem….
– Fred, RPG Lead, ConTessa Liaison, and helped edit the con book
First; a disclosure: I’m the keeper of the library so I might be a bit biased about this aspect of U-Con. One of my favorite things to do when I have downtime at the con is to grab a friend of mine who is also waiting on the next game, or for the lunch line to die down, or for the stars to align and go peruse the Games Library.
As of this writing, there are 222 games in the library and although I’ve played a lot of them, I haven’t played all of them. And a lot of the ones I have played are worth playing again. So if you have some time stop by and grab a game. Be adventurous, grab the prettiest. Or the biggest. Or the one with the most parts (quite possibly Eclipse). If you hate it, there are 221 other games and one of those has got to be your new favorite game.