I wanted to meet people and so applied to be a volunteer and got accepted (which I'm going to guess was because I'm female).
It required 20 hours of volunteering, most of which was okay except when I was bag check girl, and that sucked so much ass. It gave me empathy for people in minimum wage jobs like that. The problem with being bag check girl was that you didn't really get to talk or socialize with other volunteers because you're too busy taking people's bags and giving them a number, or returning their bags. And over 3 hours, that became super tiring with bending over and taking and giving away bags, backpacks, boardgames, water bottles.
So that was lonely, and physically tiring and tipped me over the edge to NEVER VOLUNTEERING at BGGcon again.
There were fun volunteering moments too, but I'd rather be boardgaming. Also after volunteering I'm mentally tired, so I barely got to play any meaty 4 hour games that require 1 hour to learn the rules. So I played mostly:
Party games - Cards against humanity charades by someone who custom designed a deck. So hilarious.
Dexterity games - Chopsticks Mega Dexterity 4000 had me laughing so much... we each had chopsticks and competed for pieces in a bowl and we're fighting each other off with our chopsticks. I found the game at the library and said: Asians! I must play this with other Asians!
Social deduction games - I discovered Resistance: Avalon, and found myself up till 6:30 am playing this game. The next night while hunting for this game, I ended up play-testing with the designer at 4 am. He was a super high status, LA, improv guy, alpha and arrogant. And I was like... this room doesn't look like boardgamers, I had walked into the super elite BGG crowd who play games with that Mad Men guy who comes to the con, Rich Sommer.
I also got to play some RPG games: Vicious Crucible: a game about arguing. I suck at arguing, and it triggered feelings of internet bullying and pile up I've experienced in forums (SWPB!) and I ended up crying, but I blame that on physical exhausting and sleep deprivation (another 4 am game). And also got to play Fiasco, which was a LOT more fun and silly.