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You Too Can Learn-to-Play!

That’s right, our Learn-to-Play schedule is now online.  What is Learn-to-Play?  Learn-to-Play or LTP is where we at Lexicon arrange for some of the best local game players to teach you about some of the latest and most fun games.

LTPs tend to focus on four areas:

  • Newer games that folks would like to learn,
  • Classic or older games that for newer gamers,
  • Tournament warm-ups,
  • And our now famous 5 Games in 90 Minutes series where we focus on teaching games according to a theme.

5 Games in 90 is pleased to bring back such popular sessions as Games for Couples and Games Everyone Should Know.  Due to demand several of these sessions will be offered at multiple times throughout the weekend.

Our Tournament Warm-Ups are an opportunity for those wishing to participate in our tournaments (and win prizes) to learn the rules of the game beforehand or to get a refresher on the game.

Tournament Schedule Online

As we continue the roll-out of the Lexicon 2018 Schedule, we are pleased to announce that tournaments are now online. Tournaments come in all variety of shapes and sizes, but the main thing for you to know is that they all come with prizes!

Note: As with all Lexicon events, you must have a badge to participate in tournaments, a tournament ticket alone will not gain admittance.

Here is a quick summary of some of our tournaments:

Catan National Qualifier: The big event!  32 participants playing Catan with all winning prizes.  The overall winner gets an all-expense paid trip to Origins 2018.

State Championships: In cooperation with Envoy, we will host State Championships for Dimension, Skull King, Neuroshima Hex, Game of 49, Diamonds, Nevermore, and Ice Cool.

Convention Exclusive: That’s right, the convention only Pandemic Survival tournament returns. Twice!  We have added the new American Pharaoh room to our space to ensure that the director is heard by everyone!  You can’t play this at your FLGS.

Lexicon Tournaments: Our regular or semi-regular events such as Ticket to Ride (sponsored by the Rusty Scabbard), Valley of the Kings (with the designer Tom Cleaver), Splendor and DC Deck-Builder.

New Tournaments: We are very excited to be bringing you new tournaments from the cerebral Century Spice Road to the rambunctious and fun-for-all-ages Crokinole.  Other tournaments include Dicey Goblins and Evolution.

RPGs are Now Available

Great News!  As we continue the role out of the Lexicon 2018 Schedule, we have reached the Role Playing Games. The great majority of our RPGs are now available on the online schedule.  As always, RPGs are open to reserve your seat in advance.  There is a small $2 fee to guarantee your seat.  Any remaining seats will be filled on a first-come basis without charge at the time of the event.

You will find more than 50 events for Pathfinder, Starfinder, D&D Adventure League, D&D 5th Edition, and more on the site. You will also see that many of our other events are on the schedule to help you plan.  The (nearly) complete schedule will be fully online by Friday.

See you in just over 2 weeks!

Attendance Record Expected for Lexicon 2018

Pre-registration for Lexicon is at the highest it’s ever been … and the schedule is not even published yet.  (The schedule is slated to be published by next week.) All expectations are that this will be the biggest Lexicon to date, far surpassing 2017. Lexicon will continue to grow with the convention center and should be able to accommodate all the new guests. That said, guests can expect the Friday and Saturday parties to sell out, possibly before the end of pre-registration. So guests who wish to attend those events are encouraged to buy their tickets as soon as possible.

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Catan WinnersThe bottom line is that Lexicon 2018 is going to be amazing!  The Library is bigger than ever, the schedule is bigger than ever, the prizes are bigger than ever and the attendees are more awesome than ever!  Yeah, you know who we’re talking about.  We cannot wait to see everyone. This is going to be an amazing year.

Are you ready to … Party!

“The most fun I have ever had at Lexicon, I didn’t play a single game.  The Saturday Party was just so much fun.  Next year I want to get involved with their game show.” – Stacy M.

Friday and Saturday party tickets are now available online.  If you have been to one of our parties before, you most certainly have been waiting for this announcement.  If you have not, you don’t want to miss out.  Tickets ARE limited and will sell out.

Catan Tournament Tickets now available!

That’s right, our annual Catan tournament is back for 2018, and tickets are available to purchase now. As always the grand prize is an all-expense paid trip to Origins 2018. This prize includes a four day badge for Origins, hotel stay for that period at a hotel near the convention center, the cost of transportation, and admission to the Catan National Tournament and right to compete to be U.S. champion.

In addition, all entrants to the Lexicon Catan Tournament will receive a prize with at least $10.

Tournament will follow standard rules.

Hey Look What We Just Added to the Library!

New GamesPandemic: Rising Tide

In Pandemic: Rising Tide, it is your goal to avert tragedy by constructing four modern hydraulic structures in strategic locations that will help you defend the country from being reclaimed by the ocean. Storms are brewing and the seas are restless. It will take all your guile to control the flow of water long enough to usher in the future of the Netherlands. It’s time to get to work.

The Pillars of the Earth

At the beginning of the 13th century, construction of the greatest and most beautiful cathedral in England begins. Players are builders who try to contribute the most to this cathedral’s construction and, in so doing, score the most victory points.  Recently reprinted!

Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time

Professor Evil owns a time machine, and he’s been ripping off all the best historical items from times both past and future. Your team has been charged with confiscating these items and returning them to their proper locations in time, so you now need to infiltrate the mansion and abscond with four items before Prof. Evil can secrete four of them in locations inaccessible to you. Thankfully the old soul is a bit daft and won’t evaporate you should he catch you lurking through the mansion, but simply scoot you out the front door where he’ll forget about you immediately.

Welcome to LexiCon 2018 – Fifth Anniversary!

We are very excited about LexiCon 2018.  We have completed our Kickstarter, our most successful one by far!  We exceeded our goal by 178%, Amazing!  This will allowLexiCon 2018 to have more events, more prizes, more games, more Cosplay, and more of everything.  We have some great ideas for our game parties Friday and Saturday night, hosted again by West Sixth St. Brewing and The Barrel House.

We plan to put up our Pre-Registration and Vending in Jan.  As an FYI, we have had a lot of interest already in vending, with some new cool businesses asking us about vending at LexiCon.  Very Exciting!

Want gaming before the next LexiCon?

Monday – West 6th Brewery from 6-9pm on the 1st & 3rd Mondays.
Wednesday – The Rusty Scabbard in Garden Springs from 5:30-9pm.
Thursday – Barnes & Noble in Hamburg from 6-9pm.

Check out our Boardgame Enthusiasts of Lexington Meetup for more events.

We can’t wait to see everyone again.  Happy Holidays!!!

The Latest from the Library

You know as we were assembling the library, we realized we’ve not talked that much about the library this year compared to earlier years.  I guess we’ve come to accept that it is amazing and only getting more amazinger.

Still, it’s worth mentioning some of the games we’ve added in the last year.  So here you go:

  • New York Slice
  • Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper and West End Adventures
  • Spyfall 2
  • Clockwork Kingdom
  • Railroad Revolution
  • Kingdomino
  • Midnight Taboo
  • Stronghold 2nd ed.
  • Thunder and Lightning
  • Raise Your Goblets
  • Sola Fide: The Reformation
  • Scythe
  • Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection
  • Kill Doctor Lucky: The Secret Lair of Doctor Lucky
  • Dixit: Revelations
  • Camel Up Cards
  • Castle Panic: Engines of War
  • Warriors of Japan
  • Vast The Crystal Caverns
  • Secret Hitler
  • Witch Hunt
  • You Gotta Be Kitten Me
  • Back to the Future: An Adventure Through Time
  • Dead Last
  • Great Dinosaur Rush
  • Welcome Back to the Dungeon
  • Cry Havoc
  • Colony
  • Captain Sonar
  • Saloon Tycoon
  • Via Nebula
  • Mare Nostrum
  • America

And that’s just the 2016 and 2017 releases.  We’ve added more than 100 new games since last year including a complete set of Catan games.

Steve Jackson Games on Site

Steve Jackson Games, makers of such iconic games as Munchkin, Revolution, Ogre, Chez Geek, Simon’s Cat and more, will be on site demoing games all weekend.They will have two tables out in the open play area to show you all you need to know.  Steve Jackson games holds a special place in the heart of at least one Lexicon founder as Car Wars and Illuminati were part of his gaming formation.

So make sure to stop in at the Steve Jackson table and ask about any of their great games.

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