Pictured is a small sample of the games available at the lending library at Platypus-Con, which has 700-800 games.

Pictured is a small sample of the games available at the lending library at Platypus-Con, which has 700-800 games.

Platypus-Con: Board and Card Game Extravaganza comes back for second year

Platypus-Con: Board and Card Game Extravaganza returns for another year of gaming at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Platypus-Con is designed to help people new to board games learn and have fun with the hobby while providing newer games for experienced players.

Platypus-Con has a lending library of over 700 board and card games for participants to check out and play at the convention. Participants borrowing select games will be entered to win a copy just by giving it a try. War games, Magic: The Gathering and role-playing games will also be featured for people seeking an introduction to those types of games. There will be three tournaments over the weekend with prizes for each. Rhino Hero on Friday, Ticket to Ride will be the game for the Saturday tournament and Settlers of Catan will be the game for the Sunday Tournament. The first 100 attendees will also receive a commemorative Platypus-con die.

President of Platypus Gaming, Joshua Warren, said they had a good turnout at last year’s convention with about 120-130 people participating. This year, Warren said that they’re hoping for at least 150.

The convention opens on Friday, Jan. 29 from 6 p.m.- 2 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m.- 2 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for a full weekend pass, $15 for a one-day pass or $10 for a child weekend pass.

Questions can be sent to platypusboardgaming@gmail.com.

Main hall at Platypus-Con 2015 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Pictured are people using games from the lending library with some players teaching new players, or new players being taught by Platypus-Con staff.

Main hall at Platypus-Con 2015 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Pictured are people using games from the lending library with some players teaching new players, or new players being taught by Platypus-Con staff.

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