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Utah's Bryce Canyon: Play board games around the clock at BryceCon

Set Angry Birds aside and join the board game convention BryceCon this month near Bryce Canyon National Park.

Gaming is coming to southern Utah, but it's not what you think. BryceCon 2015, a board game convention, is set to debut this month at a hotel near Bryce Canyon National Park.

What does the park have to do with playing board games? Nothing really, except it's a great place to explore in winter when you're not facing down opponents at the game tables.

BryceCon is billed as a family event in which participants can play card games, role-playing games and board games, from classics to new releases, according to a statement from organizers. It's also to feature vendors who'll be displaying new games that haven't yet been released.

Anyone ready for a little digital detox from Angry Birds or Temple Run can switch to games such as the train-themed Ticket to Ride, Dominion or 150 others that will be available during the event.

BryceCon has to be one of the most inexpensive conventions around. Admission is $30 for adults and $20 for children.

Game-playing spaces will be available 24 hours a day starting at 4 p.m. Jan. 16 and continuing until 11 a.m. Jan. 19.

It to be held at Ruby's Inn, a hotel outside the park in Bryce Canyon City that's been around since 1916. Rooms for gamers start at $45 a night at Ruby's Inn and $65 a night at the nearby Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel.

An added perk: You can visit the park for free on Jan. 19, when fees are waived in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Info: BryceCon and Ruby's Inn, (866) 866-6616

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