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A special episode of Quality Control: Gen Con 2018

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The very best board games from United States’ biggest tabletop convention

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Gen Con 2018 — Wooden pawns from Root, each with adorable printed facial features. Charlie Hall/Polygon

In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon writer talks to a critic about a new game, movie or piece of gear. In this week’s special episode, Charlie Hall invites Gamers With Jobs’ Allen Cook to talk about Gen Con 2018.

This year marked the 51st time that tabletop gamers from around the world have gathered together for Gen Con. What began as a celebration of hardcore wargaming in Geneva, Wisconsin, has blossomed into the United States’ largest tabletop gaming convention. More than 60,000 attendees were on hand to demo hundreds of new board games. Below, listen to us discuss our picks for the best of the best.

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