As we approach the early bird deadline (psst! it's Aug 31), I thought I'd take the opportunity to answer some of the common questions we get via email every year. Let's start with a few questions related to Family Gaming.
"In regards to the family pass. What consitutes a family. If we live under the same roof? Anyone who will be coming to the event together?"
For the purposes of the con, we consider "family" as a couple living together along with up to 2 dependent children. That said, we're not going to be too pushy when it comes to asking for marriage certificates, IDs and proof of residency under a single roof. In fact if you want to spend a romantic weekend with your girlfriend/boyfriend at FallCon and you want to get in under the Family Pass, we're not going to stop you. Whether you and your significant other live together or not, is none of our business so we won't be asking. :)
"I’m very happy that I’ll be able to attend FallCon this year. Are there any special family events scheduled over the weekend? I’m just trying to figure out if I should get an individual pass or a family pass."
All of these are games that we've been playing readily and happily with our family and we think of them as "sure bets" when it comes to family gaming. Beyond these specific games, other "standards" on the schedule might also be of interest (Catan, Ticket to Ride). And of course, there's the library which contains a huge number of excellent family games.
It's also worth noting that our family contingent continues to grow year after year. Personally speaking, this will mark the Robillard's third year attending the whole weekend as a family. The kids enjoy gaming with other kids (with the parents nearby playing their own games). As of this posting, we have 23 family passes sold. It's exciting to see other families choosing to spend quality time around a boardgame and we're glad FallCon can play a role in making that happen over the course of a special weekend.