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Pointy dice, foam swords, and lots of laughter

Posted at 5:11 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 19:26:38-05

MILWAUKEE — A group of game design students from the University of Dubuque, in Iowa, were having the time of their life playing a game called Things.

In between raucous laughter, they tried playing the table top game, but as they played more, they only laughed harder.

The point of the game was to answer a phrase like, "things you would do with chocolate." One person reads it aloud, the rest of the people try to guess who said it. The person who guesses right gets a point.

We will just leave it up to your imagination as to what some of the answers were.

The group of computer science students came to the 20th anniversary of the Midwinter Gaming Convention in downtown Milwaukee for fun and to study.

"About logic. It's basically about logic. Evaluating things and try to think about decision we make in the game," game design student, Johnny Davis, said.

Just like in computer programming, there many 'if this, then that' statements in board games as well.

However, not everyone at the game convention was there to study epistemology and the art of logic, many were there just to get their game on.

In fact, over the four day period, thousands of people will come to downtown Milwaukee to play new board games, role play in games like Dungeons and Dragons, and to LARP (Live Action Role Playing).

The Midwinter Gaming Convention gives attendees a chance to disconnect from the craziness of everyone's day-to-day lives, and reconnect with each other over a game.

The convention goes until Sunday with new and unique events each day. If you aren't familiar with LARPing, role playing games, or more involved board games but have an interest in them, you can come to the convention and learn. Staff is on deck to introduce you to the games and teach you step-by-step.