Sometimes the smallest games have the biggest hearts. For me, attending PAX has always been about balancing the big attractions with combing through the smaller offerings.
Architects of the West Kingdom is the latest board game in a line of “It's a standard worker placement game, but…” style of design. The previous one we played that we enjoyed was the great Raiders of the North Sea,
Officer Calvin had been having a hard time of it in space. She'd just been woken out of cryosleep, having barely a day to wake herself before rushing to the robotics barracks aboard the giant civilization-carrying ship.
It's hard to state just how great this last convention was for us. Everyone we met seemed to be warm and welcoming, with game designers and reviewers showing off games with such care.