Featured Event – Firefly the Board Game


Firefly the Game from Gale Force Nine will be hosted by Dave Glewwe three different times during the convention and will be run with it’s expansions.

Firefly is based on the TV series of the same name.  It also had a sequel that was a movie, called Serenity.  The basic premise of the board game is the same as the TV series.  You’re managing your Firefly class ship and crew trying to make ends made in a harsh universe.  Along the way you’ll pick up plenty of jobs, missions, and lots of backstabbing and danger.  There are a lot of choices to be made.

This game was the surprise hit of last Gen Con and drew a lot of buzz.  If you haven’t gotten a chance, sign-up for it before it fills up.  With 3 times to choose from, you should be able to find one that suits your fancy.  It is an extremely well produced game that immerses you in a dark and dangerous universe.  If you want to learn to play before the Con, watch the video below:


Charity Auction Changes

Since we’re changing the format of our charity auctions, I figured now would be a good time to explain how it works. I’m going to give the short version first.

Basically, you now have the option of giving 10% of the sale price to charity instead of the whole thing. You can still give the whole amount if you wish. Everything else still works almost the same way.

Also, we’ll be donating to the Foodbank of Siouxland for the time being. We’ll re-evaluate in the future any other potential charities, but have decided this would be another great way to help assist our community and the people in it. We have some other things planned for the Foodbank at our local gamedays as well coming up soon.

We’re hoping this will get some people to dig a little deeper in those closets or pull the trigger on that game that just couldn’t give away before.  We know we have charitable members, but sometimes it’s hard to get no compensation for a game you paid a lot for.  And if you can afford to be more charitable, then we really appreciate that as well.  This should be a win-win situation.
Here is our current auction format:

Charity Auction: Our current charity is the Food Bank of Siouxland and our charity auction will use the format listed here.

  • You will be given a sheet for each item or lot you wish to auction.
  • You will then put your name on it, brief description of the item, a minimum price and a buy-out price.  A buy-out price means that instead of bidding, someone can choose to just pay the buy-out price and the person who does that now owns the item.
  • There are spots for bids on the sheet, if you wish to bid on an item, write your name and price you’re bidding on it.  Bids must be at $1 increments!  If, at the time of the auction, there is only ONE bid on the item, the item is then automatically sold to the bidder.  If it has more than one bid, it will then go to voice auction.
  • Voice auction follows standard auction format.  Most bids will be done in $1 increments.  However, at the auctioneers discretion, he may use larger increments if he deems necessary.
  • After the auction, any winning bids must now be paid for.
  • After all winning bids have been collected, the auctionee(s) will be able to collect their money from the Convention Front Desk after they have been given several moments to tabulate everything.
  • If, on the auction form, you selected all proceeds go to charity, then no need to collect for that item as you elected to donate it to the Food Bank of Siouxland.  Tri-State Gamers will not take any of the proceeds, 100% will go to charity.
  • If you did not elect to donate all of the proceeds, then you will have a fee deducted from your total.  That fee will go 100% to charity.  It will always be 10% rounded up of the final bid.  For example, if the final bid was $6, you would then be giving $1 to charity, leaving you with $5 to collect.  If it sells for $11, you would be donating $2 and so forth.  To clarify, $1-10 = $1 to charity, $11-20 = $2 to charity, $21-30 = $3 to charity and so on.
  • If any item did not get any bids or did not meet that minimum, it will be removed from the auction and returned to the auctionee.  If the auctionee is present, they can elect to have it go to voice auction if they wish.

Featured Event of the Day – Advanced Squad Leader


This year marks the 31st year of ASL at MAGE Con/Sioux City Con, which runs from 10 am til Midnight on Saturday of the Con.  So what is ASL and what has made it able to stand the test of time?

ASL is a hex and counter based wargame based in World War 2.  Many have called it the most realistic and complete squad level game system ever created.  As close to perfect as you can get.  Which is a pretty big accomplishment in a world where something bigger and better is released every week it seems.

A lot of people used to complain about the learning curve of Advanced Squad Leader.  However, when Multi Man Publishing took over the right to publish it several years ago, the introduced kits that slowly introduce you to the rules.  You can buy Starter Kit #1 to get your feet wet, then when you’re ready, dive into Starter Kit #2.  This has helped introduce many new people to the game and has been a success for MMP.

This year, as always, there are prizes on the line and fun to be had.  Burnie Hegdahl heads up the event and Larry Zoet (who is one of our vendors, Hell on Wheels) provides great support.  Truly a premier event that we’re proud to have and hope to continue for years to come!  Just ask Larry about ASL if you’re interested in getting started, he will not steer you wrong!



Featured Event of the Day – Heroes of Metro City

Luke Johnson will be running Heroes of Metro City on Friday evening starting at 5 PM.  Here’s a brief preview of the game!


Heroes of Metro City is a deck-building card/board game in which each player represents a super-powered Hero of his own design who must stop their Archenemy’s nefarious plan to destroy Metro City. Devastate your enemies with thousands of possibilities and choices for your character. The base game includes over twenty explosive Power cards and many iconic Energy Sources, and a randomized subset of these will be selected for each game. It’s an exciting array of possibilities for your customized super-powered Hero.

Heroes of Metro City uses dynamic deck-building combined with unique Energy Source slots to create a power management mechanism (using your Hero Placard) that lets you decide which powers and abilities are most important for each turn. The Hero Placard also helps to guide you through the six phases of each turn.

To succeed, the Heroes must do battle with hordes of Minions, diabolical Villains, and the Archenemy who leads them! The more Energy and Powers a Hero develops, the closer he gets to defeating their Archenemy. The first player to defeat the Archenemy wins the game…unless the Archenemy destroys so much of Metro City that there’s nothing left to save!

Just so you can be prepared ahead of time, here’s a link to a video to show you how to play!



Sioux City MAGE Chapter to Become Tri-State Gamers

The Sioux City Chapter of MAGE has elected to form their own non-profit organization and has filed it’s paperwork to become one.  Tri-State Gamers will now be running the current conventions in South Sioux City.  MAGE Con South 31 will be the last MAGE Sponsored convention in Sioux City.  After that, the name of the conventions will become Tri-Con Spring and Tri-Con Fall.  The timeframes of said events will remain the same every year.  We hope to better focus on our Sioux City Tri-State Area community to continue to expand our hobby for all to enjoy.  We hope you’ll continue to attend events in the Sioux City metro area.