I've played Medieval several times and enjoyed watching the thundering hordes come down upon us. I also remember playing Conquistador several times when Karsten and I first met. I was sorry to miss your demos of the new version at PrezCon and look forward to seeing more of it. Your version of War of the Ring is high on our list. We own War Galley, and I'll be giving it a try. I'm sure Pax Romana will end up on our game table, too. Did you ever end up finding good food at PrezCon?
Yes, Rise and Fall is us :) The deluxe set of wood game tokens sound very interesting. You'll have to post a photo or e-mail one to me! We're finally working on new designs again.
If you have the vacation time, I think WBC is worth the trip. It's the one convention I do my best to never miss and has been since the first year I attended (1998). Check out the events at www.boardgamers.org to see if we will be playing things you are interested in--though there is also a lot of open gaming. It a great collection of boardgamers--scheduled tournaments that pull in some of the best players from all over (regardless of whether or not you win, it's a wonderful place to learn new strategies and new games). I've met a lot of friends there. It's sorta like this place only face-to-face :)
We'll have full scale event previews posted in the next few month. You can see last year's previews at www.boardgamers.org/yearbkex/ and last year's event reports at www.boardgamers.org/yearbook/.
To answer your questions: No, never been to WBC, it's a bit far (I Live in Montreal, Canada), but I might go next time, is it worth it?
Yes I went to Belize, in the same one-month trip I visited most of Yucatan (all the main Maya sites) and did some great diving; I want to go back! I try to travel as much as I can, and that is not enough. If you liked Belize, Yucatan is nice, Guatemala too. I plan to go to Cuba soon, then France probably. St-Helena's Island (plus South Africa) is on my to-do list, but not before 2009-10... *sigh*