A few weeks ago down in Indianapolis was a big event called Gen Con. Until last year, I had never heard of it. Apparently, the board game industry has become very big and Gen Con is THE convention/show. It's like the Comicon of board games. If you don't understand that reference, its to board games what Houston is to us quilters! I know about it because my daughter, who lives in the Indy area, has a boyfriend that is big into the board game world. This year both of them worked at a booth promoting and selling the hottest game of the whole show--Heroes Wanted--as her boyfriend did some of the graphic art for the game.
During one of the days that she was there, I got an excited text from her that she found me the perfect thing! Last Friday she drove up to spend the day and brought it.
I loved the blurb on the back: "Award-winning quilt makers devote considerable effort to collecting fabrics for their stashes. They shop for specific colors, often ranging into neighboring hues to achieve a nuanced, scrappy look. If they cannot find the colors they want, they sometimes hand dye their own fabric. They use their time and skills converting fabric into blocks, which they combine to make quilts. Often, quilters work on more than one quilt at a time to keep things interesting. They may embellish their quilts with intricate quilting stitches. The best quilters make good color choices, combine blocks skillfully, use their time will, and win generous purchase awards when they enter their quilts in shows." Doesn't that describe us quilters perfectly? And that is what you do to play the game.
The game parts and pieces are really cute.
You have a shield that features a sewing maching. It is referred to as your "sewing room." See the piles of blocks in between us? Those are the blocks. You "buy" blocks by collecting fabric stash cards. The fabric cards are either one color, such as yellow, or may be two colors, like red and purple. There are a few "dye goods" cards, which are essentially the "wild cards" which can be used as any color. Play consists of either gathering stash cards, or else using them to buy "make" blocks. It is hard to see in the picture above, but there is a number value on each block. That value number decides how much fabric is required to "make" the block. It may "cost" three cards, two cards, or one card. The card must be of the same color as the block. So the purple blocks there will cost the appropriate amount of purple fabric cards and so forth.
We all know, though, that the clock is always ticking--especially before a quilt show! For each block that you get, you also take a timer card. Once all of the timers cards have run out, it is time for the quilt show!
Before entering, there are 3 round tokens with 1,2, or 3 on them. This is the quilting that you can add to your quilt. Quilts are "judged" based on the total points of the blocks and then the additional points of the quilting. It is good to "make" blocks with high points, or assemble the largest quilt--that means the most points.
If you like this game, you can find it here. I think it is really fun and just plain cute! The only problem that I can see is that it will take more time away from actually quilting!
Oh, and just in case you are interested, here is my daughter at the Heroes Wanted booth at Gen Con.
Have a great day!