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Bring on SpringCon!

Daniel Bouwmeester    October 6, 2023    2 min read   

Board game hobbyist group Springfield Gamers is running its second annual gaming showcase tomorrow at Goodna State School.

SpringCon is an event suitable for anyone – families, friends, or solo (children must have adult supervision) – and will take place this Saturday, October 7, from 9am to 5pm at the Main Hall at Goodna State School.

Entry on the day requires a gold-coin donation. Board games or roleplaying cost $5 for the day and tabletop wargaming tournaments entry is $15. (Tickets are available on Eventbrite).

All donations go to Goodna Street Life, a local homelessness charity.

Food trucks will also be present on the day for lunch, drinks, and snacks.

Springfield Gamers club president Neal Barton said they hope to provide an opportunity for everyone to engage with games.

“The event shines a spotlight on tabletop games, specifically roleplaying [such as Dungeons & Dragons], wargaming, and board games.

“Tabletop games bring people together to start conversation and friendships, exactly what we Springfield Gamers strive for.”

Attendees should bring a shopping bag of non-perishable items to be donated to the charity – who will also be in attendance.

Young and old

Springfield Gamers has been running for almost 5 years, and is based at both YMCAs in Springfield.

The group meets fortnightly at Springfield Central YMCA (‘The Y’) from 6pm to 10pm, and monthly for wargaming and roleplaying at Springfield Lakes YMCA, from 10:30am to 5:30pm.

All images: Springfield Gamers.

Despite their long and successful history, board games are only rising in popularity.

“There’s nothing wrong with Risk, Scrabble, or Monopoly… They are classics,” Neal said.

“But board games have exploded in popularity over the last 10 years with gaming clubs popping up in many towns and cities.

“We love how a diverse group of people can be brought together to challenge each other – it could be bluffing, building, strategizing, or just pure luck.”

Springfield Gamers has a club library of board games – thanks to Ipswich City Council – which club members can borrow from.

For more club information, visit springfieldgamersq.wixsite.com/springfieldgamers or email springfieldgamersqld@gmail.com.

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.