Gencon is Gengone pt. 2

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Continuing my rambling recap of my Gencon experience.

Day two began with early entrance to the show room floor. Having only been into table top games for the last 2.5 years now I was blown away by the sheer number of game companies that were presenting their wares. I had no idea there were so many games to try; I know there are a lot of games out there but when faced with the pure square footage of the Gencon showroom floor it becomes much more real. I spent a good portion of my Thursday morning walking the floor and checking out new games, making a mental list of games to try and products to review. Cubicle 7 entertainment’s “The One Ring” sits at the top of my list, Post Human Studio’s “Eclipse Phase” and Wild Fire’s “Cthuthulu Tech”; also look like something that might occupy my time.

Once I was done with the showroom floor I moved on to check out the rest of the con. Games on Demand, the RPGA in the Sagamore Ball room, a huge trading card gaming area and lots of ancillary booths with fun contests and interesting wares. These are definitely not the point of my recap though, while fun these did not produce the memories that the after hours excitement did. I should point out that the WotC “RND at your service” seminar was very fun. Getting to hear the guys from RND explain what they had to work with and just a bit about the process was interesting. The seminar broke down into a “tell us what you what” session, kudos to Wizards for more dialogue as well as copious note taking by Greg Bilsland.

Dinner that night was memorable, as I roamed the streets of Indianapolis trying to hook up with anyone who was willing to break away from the gaming tables I found my self a bit lost. I received a dinner invite from Randall Walker (Deadorcs) and Lizzy B. (D20Blone) which lead to more time spent lost in the city. As I asked a local passerby for directions; she decided that giving me wrong directions would be better than telling me she didn’t know where the restaurant was. My walking tour gave me a good chance to check out all the store front windows adorned with gaming images and advertisements. It really is something else to be in a place where even the Spaghetti Factory has images of dragons painted on the winnows.

My post dinner roving with Tracy (Rolling20s) took us to multiple closed corner stores, really people, who closes their store at 7pm? After a few stops and a bit of GPS work we finally ended up at an open liquor store to procure some lovely scotch, 1 gallon, that would last us the rest of the weekend.

The party really started after hours, with an import game of Fiasco with E. from Geeks Dram Girl fame, Tracy (Rolling 20’s) from Troll in the Corner, and Phil Menard (The Chatty DM) as our peanut gallery. Being my first experience with Fiasco I don’t think I could have picked a better group. The energy of the game was intense and the story quickly became nothing short of a Cohen brother’s masterpiece. For those of you who have heard a lot about Fiasco but have yet to try it I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys extemporaneous acting and story creation. This game is what I would call the pinnacle of group creativity and GM-less gaming to date. At some point in the near future I plan on doing a full review though I would like to get a bit more experience with it before I do that. Suffice it to say I believe that this could be one of my favorite table top games thus far.

Our Fiasco session was cut short, however, by a late night, back room, super secret M12 Magic the Gathering draft; put on for an all star line up of RPG bloggers by Chris Tulach from WotC. I admit that my experience with Magic the Gathering, here to as MtG, is very shallow. During the M12 draft I learned how a MtG draft works, though I still don’t really know how to build a deck. My ending score of 1-8 is witness to the fact that you don’t build a deck based on coolest artwork. By the end of the magic tournament I was having no end of fun while getting my ass handed to me time and time again. I’m sure my friend Johnny Walker had something to do with it, but I have not has so much fun getting my ass kicked in a very long time.

The post M12 draft events are a bit of a blur to me, though I do know that sometime after the 4:30am mark I managed to make it back to my hotel and crash hard, end of day 2. No pictures of the post M12 draft have yet to surface so I feel safe to say I did not break any major laws nor do anything that might do damage to my future career options.

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Part idiot. Part old man. All geek. Thadeous can't think of anything interesting about him self right now. Know this though if he could it would be creative and funny as well as thought provoking.


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