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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.

Getting the Library Ready

Five days to go and the final preparations are happening.  Yesterday some of the amazing Lexicon volunteers spent the day getting the library ready.  1500 games is a lot to get prepared and transported, but we know it is one of your favorite parts of the convention.

So yesterday through Thursday, Lexicon volunteers will be engaged in assembling shelving racks, stocking those racks with games, loading them onto a Uhaul and bringing them to the convention center, and then assembling the Library.  During the convention, additional volunteers will be at the library helping you find a checkout games.  Here at Lexicon we take tremendous pride in our library of games and the incredible library staff that makes it all possible.

The Lexicon library includes an incredible collection of games from classic Milton Bradley, to the original 3M bookshelf games, the heyday of Avalon Hill and mostly the amazing games of this Golden Age which started with Catan.  We have added over 100 new releases since Lexicon 2016.

Be sure to thank your library staff for all their handwork, but most importantly enjoy all the games and have fun!

Schedule Final

So, now that we are less then a week away, we thought it would be a good idea to give everyone a list of all the things that you can do at the Con.

Parties and Special Events

  • Friday Night Party
  • Saturday Night Party
  • Saturday Breakfast with Buter
  • Sunday Greg’s Trivial Breakfast
  • Saturday Cosplay Contest
  • Sunday Kid’s Cosplay Contest
  • Crokinole Challenge


  • Catan National Qualifier – Win a trip to Gencon!
  • Agricola National Qualifier – Win a trip to Gencon!
  • Pandemic Survival! National Qualifier
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Evolution
  • Loopin’ Louie
  • Splendor
  • Valley of the Kings with Designer Tom Cleaver
  • Diamonds State Championship
  • Nevermore State Championship
  • Letter Tycoon State Championship
  • Game of 49 State Championship
  • Skull King State Championship
  • Dimension State Championship

Role Playing Games

  • Pathfinder Society – 17
  • D&D Adventure League – 10
  • Pathfinder – 7
  • Shadowrun – 5
  • Dungeons & Dragons – 3
  • Savage Worlds – 3
  • Call of Cthulhu – 2
  • Mystic Forces – 2
  • Fiasco – 1
  • Ten Candles – 1

Learn to Plays

  • Game Themes – 55
  • 5 Games in 90 Minutes – 8
  • THEMES – 3

Family Day

  • Kids Cosplay
  • Girl Scout Games
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Learn-to-Plays

Party Time

beerOne week! Can you believe it?  In one week we’ll all be getting ready to sit back with a West 6th IPA, a Barrel House tasting or a soda and enjoy some game time partying.  Lexicon parties are one of the best parts of the Con and what makes it one of the best weekends around.

Each night will have a mix of party games, silly games, challenges and a big event. Saturday has our giant Werewolf with upwards of 30 people each of the last three years. Friday will have Two Rooms and a Boom.

Friday will also have a raucous game of Say Anything co-hosted by Emery and Greg. While Saturday remains a big secret with host Travis keeping his cards close to his chest.

The library will once again be open late and available to all guests in or out of the party.

Last year had a special surprise with one winner going home with an iPad mini. What prizes will there be at the parties this year? We can’t tell, but it will be something spectacular, that we can tell you.

Oh, and yes, we will have Cards Against Humanity and a dozen other adult content games.

Pre-register for one or both of the parties and be in the drawing for a surprise when you arrive!

Oh, and here’s our plan for Chris…

Catan is Coming!

We have received our support package from Asmodee and we are super excited!  Lexicon is pleased to announce that every entrant in the Sunday Catan tournament will receive a copy of the brand new Catan Geographies Kennessee map.  That’s right for $10 you get a $20 Catan expansion, the opportunity to compete in the classic game, and a chance to win a trip to GenCon 2017 and compete in the Catan National Championship, a package worth over $300.

And while we’re talking about it, let’s spell out some of the other prizes available:

  • CatanGRAND PRIZE: All expense paid trip to GenCon 2017, a seat in the 2017 Catan National Championship, and a copy of the 2016 release Catan Geographies Kennessee expansion map.
  • FINALIST (2-4 Finish): A copy of a Catan boxed expansion courtesy of Lexicon, an exclusive Catan Christmas ornament, and a copy of the 2016 release Catan Geographies Kennessee expansion map.
  • SEMI-FINALIST (5-12 Finish): A special set of Catan dice,and a copy of the 2016 release Catan Geographies Kennessee expansion map.
  • ALL PARTICIPANTS: All participants will be entered into a drawing for a copy of a 2016 or 2017 release ASMODEE game to be announced, and receive a copy of the 2016 release Catan Geographies Kennessee expansion map.

This is the fourth year of Catan at Lexicon and we are so excited to be continuing this tradition.  Remember, Sunday is also our family day, so you can bring the kids and set them off on the Scavenger Hunt while you sit down and relax to a day of getting wood for sheep.  Enjoy!

Catan Sheep

Purchase Problems Fixed!

Well, our apologies to anyone who attempted to make a purchase in the last few hours.  Somehow we inadvertently told the system we hd 0 stock of everything.  Yikes!  However, it is all fixed now and you are free to purchase your Tournament and RPG tickets again.  If you did experience a problem, be sure to make as big a story of it as you can and catch Greg at the Saturday night party and tell him all about it.  Best “big fish” story about how you couldn’t buy a ticket gets a prize!

Event Schedule is Arriving!

That’s right, you will now see that we are posting our events on the Web site.  This process will take several days, so for now you are seeing a work in progress with much more to come.  We will be providing details about some of our additional tournaments, many scheduled games, our famous Learn-to-Play sessions, RPGs and special events, including Cosplay.  So be on the lookout for your favorite events, arriving soon!

Ticket to Ride and Splendor

Lexicon is pleased to announce the return of our Ticket to Ride and Splendor Tournaments.  TTR remains at it’s usual Saturday afternoon time, but Splendor will be moving to Saturday morning.  Also, as part of our continuing efforts to make Lexicon a fun and affordable weekend, we are introducing new pricing for these events.  Last year, these events cost $5, that cost is now included in your badge price and there is no charge for the event.  However, if you want to guarantee your spot in either of these tournaments (we all know how first come, first served can be), we will allow you to purchase an advance ticket for only $2, still $3 less than last year.  Only 12 advance tickets will be sold and when they are gone the event is full.

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