Board gaming is in our heart and soul at Gaelcon every year, and this year we want to help showcase some of the best games we can! Whether you prefer the abstract strategy of outplaying your opponents, or the tension of figuring out who is plotting against you, or just having a laugh with your friends; at Gaelcon we have a board game for you!

The Resistance: Avalon – The forces of Good and Evil are constantly in battle, and people rarely know who to trust. Help Arthur’s Round Table battle against evil, but beware: Mordred’s unscrupulous minions hide even amongst your very own friends! The Resistance: Avalon is a Hidden Role game, where every player is assigned a role at the start, and players must work out who fights for good or for evil by deducing the other players actions. Take up the role of the wizard Merlin, a noble Knight, or one of Mordred’s evil minions. For 5-10 players.

Carcassonne – Carcassonne is a classic tile placement game, and a perfect gateway board game for beginners to pick up and play. Players take turns building the medieval landscape of southern France, one tile at a time, trying to outwit and outplay their opponents by denying them valuable resources. Once they do this, they can place a “follower”, or “meeple” to claim the resources on the placed tile, and try to deny your opponent the same benefits.  Carcassonne has won numerous awards since it’s first edition back in 2000, and has been a tabletop favourite ever since. For 2-5 players.

Love Letter – The Royal Court of Gaelcon is once again looking for young (and not-so-young) suitors to woo the Princess through the age old act of letter writing. Love Letter is a simple, yet enjoyable, card game: Win the heart of the Princess, just don’t get caught canoodling with the Countess! Easy and fun to play, this game is perfect for beginners. Each round, you have the chance to win a token of affection from the Princess. Win enough tokens, and you could win the heart of the most eligible woman in the country. For 2-4 players.

Demo squads from local (and not-so-local) game developers will also be demonstrating some of their latest creations for everyone to enjoy.

Not enough gaming for you? We have a massive selection of board games to choose from, from old classics and new potential favourites just waiting to be discovered! Feel free to ask any staff member for their favourite picks and recommendations.

Gaelcon Math Trade

Hello everyone,

It’s nearly Gaelcon time again, and that must mean it’s once more time for the Annual Gaelcon Math Trade.

For those in the audience who don’t know what a math trade is, it’s simply a way to get rid of your old unwanted games in exchange for games which are old to someone else but may be new to you.

This particular trade is open to anyone with a postal address in Ireland, including Northern Ireland. And yes I said a postal address. Since Gaelcon is gone to a completely online con this year, this year trades will be happening exclusively via post*.

By popular demand, after it’s rousing success last year, we will once again be using the Online Want List Generator (OLWLG) to help manage the list. Which should make the process of writing your want lists easier when we get to that step.

See the geeklist itself for more details and instructions on how to participate.

The way the system works, if there’s nothing there that you want to trade your game for, your game simply won’t trade. So feel free to submit your best trade items early, even if there’s nothing yet on the list you’d trade them for.

Deadlines for this trade are
Submissions: Thursday 14th October at 6 pm
Want list: Thursday 21st October at 6 pm

If the above has piqued your curiosity but you still have questions, then please ask them on the original board game geek post here or as a comment on the geeklist.


*If both participants of a trade prefer to use parcel motel or to meet up in person that’s their own business. But some people might not have that option, so please only list items that you are willing to post if necessary.

Link to the original Board Game Geek post.


Turris is a competitive Worker Placement game where players attempt to build the Tower as a final defense mechanism, utilizing the prehistoric technology of divine origin. You assign your Scouts to acquire resources and decipher the data from ancient machinery, all the while being constantly chased (and often devoured) by the unstoppable Beasts. The tribes all follow the Council’s directives and complete its missions, but as a tribe leader you know that once the Tower is built and humanity is saved, it will dissolve without strong leadership. In building the Tower, you acquire Prestige Points which represent your standing amongst the tribes. The leader with the most Prestige will take control of the Council and lead humanity into the future — whatever it may be.