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Sunday, May 27 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Board Games... in SPAAAAAACE!!!

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You wake up on a dreadnought, looking over your empire to assess the damage. One sector was hit with a heavy push but your fighters held their ground. You examine the center of the galaxy, and with the latest fleetwide upgrade installed you decide to break a treaty and take it for yourself. The resources to be obtained are worth it and you have enough firepower and computer assistance to hit your target.

Not bad for a single turn of a board game, is it?

Board games have been exploring the concepts of space travel, discovery, and combat for decades now, but have had to overcome the physical limitations of an analogue 2-D medium to do it. How do these boxes of assorted bits of cardboard, plastic, and wood transport us into the deepest parts of the galaxy? We will discuss the good and the bad, and what we can do better to add a little sci-fi to your table.

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Tom Hyre

Director of Panel Operations, MAGFest
Tom Hyre is on loan to Escape Velocity from MAGFest, where he's been Director of Panels for six years, and often steps in as a discussion moderator to keep the qualified experts from wandering off-topic or degenerating into unintelligible jargon.  In real life he's a specialist in... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
 Woodrow Wilson B