What is the Trade Table?
The Geekway Trade Table event allows you to trade your used games for someone else's used games! The Trade Table is a Geekway tradition and is a signature event on Saturday afternoon. This year we're condensing the Trade Table into a shorter, faster event, so that you won't be tied up all day.
Geekway has moved to a larger convention space and the primary gaming area will be one large (HUGE) room. The previous model where one of the main gaming rooms was used for the Trade Table will no longer work, as announcements will disrupt nearly all attendees and the size of the room greatly increases travel time from your game to the trade area.
For this reason, the Trade Table has been moved outside of the main area. This means no access to a large area for players to game for a day while the Trade Table takes place. Consequently we will need everyone in a smallish room for the trading. We can't have 150 people hanging out for 6 hours with no space to game as this isn't an auction.
Therefore we need to have a much shorter (and more intense) trade table experience and this means limiting the number of entrants to approximately 50 and no more than 3 games each. The target is 150 games submitted.
Entering the Trade Table
Entering the trade table event will not be a first come / first serve event. There is a geeklist on BGG which attendees interested in participating can add an entry indicating what three games they would submit.
A group of as of yet to be determined GW personnel will review each submission. A submission can get a "accepted" or "conditional" rating. Accepted means this set of games is guaranteed to have a slot in the event. Conditional means you might make it but if there are other submissions with a "better" set of games, you could miss the cutoff.
One week before the convention, a final assessment will be made and the geeklist closed. This may or may not complete the final list of participants. If there are not enough submissions that we are comfortable with accepting, then there may be some slots held for walk-ups.
How does the Trade Table work?
The trading period will last 2 hours, from 11am to 1pm on Saturday. We will be in a room dedicated to the event, and all participants must be present as long as they have games on the Trade Table.
Two first picks will be drawn at random from the entrants with the "first first pick" getting a 15 second head start. After that, each pick determines the next person to come up and make a pick.
Last Pick of the Trade Table and Consolation Prize
Once the last pick has been made, the person who had their game last chosen is awarded a prize, due to the fact that they had a game chosen but did not get a game of their own in return. Anyone who has games left on the Trade Table can claim their games at this time.
Q: How many games can I submit to the Trade Table?
A: You can have up to 3 entries on the Trade Table.
Q: Can I bundle a stack of games as one entry?
A: In most cases, no you cannot. An exception is made for expansions to a base game. A single entry may include any number of expansions, as long as all games can be played together at the same time. For example, you can bundle Dominion and all of the expansions as a single entry, but you could not bundle Settlers of Catan and Settlers of the Stone Age as a single bundle.
Q: What if I think my games qualify as a bundle but the organizer disagrees?
A: If there is any ambiguity as to what consists of a bundle, you should assume they cannot. Jeff Hiatt will be the final arbiter and judge for all bundles.
Q: Do I have to be present for the entire 2 hours?
A: You must be present when the event starts. Once your final game is taken, you are free to leave. If your name is chosen and you are not available for your pick, a random game will be chosen for you.
Q: If I know I won't be available, can my friend pick for me?
A: Yes! You can set up people to be your proxy for a pick. To do this, both you and your proxy should report to the Trade Table Command Center so that your proxy can be recorded.
Q: What condition should my submission be in?
A: All submissions should be complete and in fair-good (playable) condition or better. In the case of rare or out of print games that are missing components but still playable, you MUST clearly mark the game with what it is missing.
Q: Doesn't the first person to pick get an unfair advantage?
A: The first person picked does get an 'extra' game because they choose first and when their own game is chosen, they get an extra game. This is why we use random chance to determine the first pick.
Q: The last person picked doesn't get a game in return, what is this consolation prize?
A: The consolation prize is a gift certificate to one of our on-site retailers.
What is the Trade Table?