GlennCon Charity Auction

July 19, 2015


GlennCon is an annual game convention that Bayshore store manager Glenn has been running since Gen Con left Milwaukee.  We’ve been hosting GlennCon at our Bayshore store since 2010, and this year’s edition is next week.  GlennCon is a weekend where we put our substantial game library to full use, playing games for three days straight.  This year, we’ve come to an observation:

There are too many games in our library!

What to do?  Two words: Charity Auction!

For whom?  The Muscular Dystrophy Association, of course*

Glenn has pulled a selection of 40’ish games from our library – good games that just don’t see enough play (have you noticed the new “played on this date” stickers on our demos?), are for games long out-of-print, or maybe we just somehow ended up with an excess of demo copies of that game (it happens).  These are good games that are in search of a good home.  Maybe yours.

Participation in the auction is free, though you must be present at the end of bidding on each day to claim your winning bids.  Each day has a different selection of games, and there will be good choices for all ages.  So come on down to GlennCon at Board Game Barrister – Bayshore to bid on games like Star Trek Expeditions, Guildhall, Monkey Arena, and RuneWars.

All proceeds from the auction go to the MDA, the Barrister’s charity of choice.

Auction times
Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

* Why the Muscular Dystrophy Association?  Well, the MDA does great things for people who suffer from an assortment of neuromuscular diseases.  While Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy and ALS are the most visibly well-known (think Jerry’s Kids and Stephen Hawking), there are many other diseases that affect the neuromuscular system.  If you’ve visited the Barrister often enough, particularly during the holidays, you’ve probably met Alicia, who was my wife when we started the Board Game Barrister in 2005.  She manifested symptoms of Myotonic Dystrophy Type 2 in her late 20’s, and was one of the first genetically-confirmed cases of a newly identified (and very tricky) genetic disease that creates increasing amount of “junk” RNA in the cells over time.  This is why whenever we have a choice where to donate to charity, we donate to the MDA.

Gordon L.

Gordon, a.k.a. "the" Barrister, or simply "G", opened the first Board Game Barrister store in 2005 in a fit of delusion: that he could both finish up law school and start a retail business - one has worked out, the other less so. Gordon loves working in the toy industry, which is filled with wonderful people who love what they do; he loves working with his fellow Barristers; and he loves the community of people that has grown around the playing of games together at the Board Game Barrister stores. If Gordon were a Dungeons & Dragons character, he would be a lawful goody-two-shoes silicon wizard with a skills in perl and complex compound sentences. Gordon loves many games, but when forced to choose he went with China, Power Grid, Lost Cities, and Empire Builder.

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