As one of Kentucky’s largest cities, Lexington plays host to a variety of mass events. While some, such as UK Basketball, and the opening of Keeneland, are well known, a more niche interest held its second annual convention last weekend.
Over 300 people packed into the Clarion Hotel Friday for the three-day Lexicon Gaming Convention. The event served as a place to learn about and take part in the many different types of tabletop games. These range from German-style board games such as Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride, to collectible miniatures and role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. Organizer Chris Grzywacz says last year’s convention helped both with attendance and bringing more people into the hobby.
“I know I’ve talked to several people that attended last year, that said they weren’t really big into gaming before, but they were exposed to so many different fun games last year that they really enjoyed it and cannot wait for the convention this year,” he said
In addition to various tournaments, contests, and learn-to-play sessions, the convention also featured Artemis, a computer game where players try to command the bridge of a sci-fi spaceship (such as the USS Enterprise), as well as a costume contest for those who dressed up as their favorite fictional characters. No matter what the event, however, fun was only a flip of a card or roll of the dice away.