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Cardboard Caucus 2019 Highlights:

Open Gaming Library

Our Open Gaming Library is provided by Board Game Wagon. They have more than 1,500 games for you to play for free with your convention badge. You can view their collection at

Play-to-Win games

Play a game to be entered into a raffle to take it home with you Sunday! Here is the current list of games you can find on the play-to-win shelf:

  • A Fistful of Penguins
  • Astro Drive
  • Azul
  • Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig
  • The Bottle Imp
  • Century Spice Road
  • Coup
  • Crossfire
  • Crosstalk
  • DC Spyfall
  • Echidna Shuffle
  • Euphoria
  • Exodus: Paris Nouveau
  • Forbidden Sky
  • Funkoverse: Batman
  • Funkoverse: Harry Potter
  • Gold Fever
  • Ingenious
  • King of Tokyo
  • Kingdomino
  • Lost Cities: Rivals
  • Megaland
  • Memoarrr
  • Milestones
  • My Little Scythe
  • New York Slice
  • Nyctophobia
  • Palaces
  • The Resistance
  • Saboteur the Duel
  • Sagrada
  • Sail Away
  • Santorini
  • Scarabya
  • Scott Pilgrim
  • Shogunate
  • Sonar
  • Soul of the Empire
  • Spookies
  • Sushi Dice
  • Swordcrafters
  • Tricks & Treats
  • Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy
  • Unearth
  • Via Nebula
  • Xenoshyft

Game Trade

We will be running a Game Trade or “Math Trade” in the weeks leading up to the convention and will have an area designated for participants to meet-up for the game exchange on Friday between 7-8pm. Details are available at the following Board Game Geek geeklist.

A Math Trade is a no-risk game trade using a computer program to decide who should send their games to whom. It makes more trades possible beyond the 1 person to 1 person trades. Example: Andrew gives a game to Chad, Chad gives a game to Will, and Will gives a game to Andrew. While it might seem complicated at first, the steps are simple and we’re here to help you.

Game Garage Sale

On Sunday morning there will be a designated area for badge holders to sell their personal games. Tables cost $10 and space is limited, so reserve your table now by registering for the “Game Garage Sale Table Registration”.

18DSM an 18XX Tournament

Our inaugural 18XX Tournament (18DSM) will be going on all weekend. New players and veterans welcome. “Open Gaming” format will allow players to play anywhere from 1 game to all weekend. When the whistle blows and the smoke clears on Sunday afternoon a winner will be announced and presented with a custom trophy, but ALL participants will receive an 18DSM 2019 token.

Artemis: Space Bridge Simulator

Artemis simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. You and your friends assume the jobs of Captain, Helm, Science, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control as you operate your ship and defend the sector from evil aliens.

Ashes Tournament

A Swiss style tournament for the Ashes card game. Standard deck build rules apply. (Official cards only.)

Catan National Qualifier Tournament

Iowa’s only national qualifier tournament for the 2020 Catan National Tournament. The winner will have a guaranteed seat at the Catan National Championship at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio.

Pandemic: Survival

Can you survive a hard-level game of Pandemic longer than everyone else, or even find all four cures first? Players will compete as two-player teams for prizes and the trophy as the ultimate Pandemic survivors!

Splendor Tournament

An entry level game with deep strategy and a quick playtime. A trophy and prizes will be awarded upon the conclusion of this event.

Strike Tournament

A fast paced, push your luck, last player standing dice game. Suitable for ages 8 and up. A trophy will be awarded upon the conclusion of this event.

Ticket to Ride Tournament

A two-round tournament for the classic game. A trophy will be awarded upon the conclusion of this event.

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