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Deadline for Origins Discount Approaching


CABS will be submitting its final 2014 membership list to GAMA for Origins discounts on or around May 15. Only members who are on the membership roll at that time will be eligible for the Origins discount. If you've been putting off becoming a 2014 CABS member, and want to make sure you get the reduced Origins rate, sign up soon! You can sign up in person at a CABS meeting or on the membership page of our web site.

CABS Game Night @ Shadowbox May 28


On May 28, CABS will host our first sort-of-monthly Game Night in conjunction with Shadowbox Live at their Backstage Bistro restaurant & bar.

Shadowbox Live has been a fixture of live entertainment in Columbus for over 20 years, and opened their own full-service bar and restaurant in 2011 along with their new theater in the Brewery District. We've been invited to host a game night during the middle of the week to bring some business to the restaurant on an off night. In return, Shadowbox will be promoting the event (and CABS) to all of their patrons. We're still working out some of the details with Shadowbox, but but right now we can tell you about the following discounts:

$2 off pizzas $2 off oven-baked nachos $15 buckets of Bud Light (5 bottles) 1/2 price on select crostinis

More details to come!

Food Truck Update


The Challah food truck is returning to CABS for this Saturday's meeting. Their menu features brisket, grilled cheese, and whitefishes sandwiches. (Not all of that is on one sandwich.)

Next Friday marks the return of the mobile version of one of Columbus's landmark restaurants, Schmidt's Sausage.

Clairifying changes to BGF 2014


We on the board of directors would like to respond to some of the questions we've received since last week's announcements regarding changes to this year's Buckeye Game Fest.

First, if you are already a paid CABS member, nothing has changed. Your 2014 CABS membership includes entry to Buckeye Game Fest at no additional charge. You do not need to fill out any additional form; a badge will be waiting for you when you arrive at the Crowne Plaza.

Day fees will still be available for non-members who do not wish to attend the entire convention. These fees are:

$15 Thursday
$25 Friday
$25 Saturday
$10 Sunday

The new conventions-only membership is intended to replace the four-day preregistration and on-site registration fees for non-members. By converting these registrations to memberships, the club has more freedom in pursuing non-membership revenue from other sources. The convention-only membership will be the best way to pay for those who want to attend multiple days of BGF (and Origins at the discounted rate) but can't make it to regular CABS meetings.

Also, with the new conventions-only membership, there are no longer separate costs for preregistration and on-site registration. The cost of the conventions-only membership is $45 whether purchased in advance or on-site. However, a giveaway game will only be given to full CABS members, and to those who purchased a conventions-only membership at least one week prior to the start of Buckeye Game Fest.

Buckeye Game Fest 2014 Members Only


In connection with the decision to create a conventions-only membership tier, the Board of Directors has voted to make the 2014 Buckeye Game Fest open only to CABS members. There will not be a separate pre-registration fee.

Convention memberships can be purchased in advanced of Buckeye Game Fest or purchased at the door, however a free game will be given only to those who held a membership at least one week prior to the beginning of the convention.

Day passes will still be available for those who do not wish to purchase a membership at the following rates:

Thursday: $15
Friday: $25
Saturday: $25

New Conventions Membership Established


At last week's meeting the Board of Directors voted to establish a new conventions-only membership tier. This tier includes the member discount for Origins, as well as admission to Buckeye Game Fest. This membership tier does not include free access to regular CABS meetings, library checkout privileges, or voting rights.

The conventions-only membership tier will be $45 for 2014. Paper and web forms will be updated soon to include this new tier. If you are not currently a CABS member and are interested in signing up for this membership tier, please contact the Board of Directors at

Current CABS members do not need to take any additional action, as the Origins discount and admission to Buckeye Game Fest are already included in your 2014 membership.

Seeking Event Ideas for Buckeye Game Fest 2014


We are still seeking organized event ideas for Buckeye Game Fest. Last year we had over 50 scheduled events, most of which were run by cabbies. This year, we'd like to fill the event space at our new venue, the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, with at least that many events... but we need your help figuring out what to schedule! Here's what we'd like to know:

  1. Your event ideas!
  2. Rough estimate of maximum attendance (by number of people) and total event time
  3. Whether you'd be willing to run the event yourself (it's okay if you're not!)
  4. If so, rough estimate of what day (Thursday through Sunday) and time you'd like to run the event

Please send an e-mail with all of the above to and we'll use this information to help compile the schedule. We are looking into the feasibility of having a proper program book printed this year, so the earlier we can lock down an events schedule, the better.

Member Announcements 4/10


Moving sale: games include Agricola, Dominion. See for list, if interested.

Board of Directors Meeting Saturday


The CABS Board of Directors will hold its monthly session at 6pm during the April 12 meeting. The primary agenda items are establishing the fee schedule for Buckeye Game Fest 2014, revisions of the club budget based on updated membership numbers, and the opening of discussion on an updated charter. All members are welcomed to sit on on board meetings to understand how the club functions.

International Tabletop Day: Mission Accomplished!


Our goal for the club was to play all 40 games that have been featured on Wil Wheaton's TableTop during our April 5 meeting on International Tabletop Day. The first game checked off the list was a 3-player game of Elder Sign (in which Nyarlathotep was banished by the investigators in short order) before 10am. The last game to complete at around 11:30pm was Dragon Age RPG, with Vice-President Jeff Wolfe as gamemaster. There were some close calls in between, including improvising a deck for 12 days from Dominion cards, but our goal was accomplished! Many thanks to all of you who showed up to help out, and thanks to Kingmakers for our successful cross-promotion.

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