Posts Tagged ‘Convention’

Director’s Briefing – June 2018

Posted on June 4th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

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UK Games Expo 2018 Preview

Posted on May 23rd, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

UK Games Expo 2018, Birmingham NEC, Banner
Once a year, the nerds that form the UK Board Gaming Community start to get a little anxious. The reason for this anxiety is not because it’s time for their bath, but due to the annual gathering just outside Birmingham International Airport where they congregate in large numbers to ogle, drool over and mingle around new and upcoming tabletop games for the year ahead.
Yes, it’s time for UK Games Expo 2018 so fire up the hype machine, set it to maximum chat and put on your convention pants to see what’s got us at Polyhedron Collider more excited than a Jack Russell who’s been fed coffee powder and just been told it’s time for walkies.

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FOE (almost) Sold out at Gencon 2018, random thoughts, and ActionMan

Posted on May 8th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

FOE nearly completely sold out for Gencon! Within 24h of opening, FOE events have but a single ticket left! Because of my two awesome GMs: Isabelle and J-S, this means there will be two slots throughout Thursday and Friday. I requested the addition of…

Test Ghost Archipelago Demo Game for BroadSword

Posted on May 1st, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

This past weekend, I went to one of my Friendly Local Gaming Stores and ran a “test” demo of Frostgrave:
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Lexicon 2018 After Action Report

Posted on April 22nd, 2018 under . Posted by

This year’s Lexicon has come and gone. I must say I have some mixed feeling about this one for a variety of reasons. But let’s go over what happened. I arrived in Lexington on Friday night with the last 2 miles taking about 45 minutes to cross! It was …

1D4Con AAR and OGRE 6!

Posted on April 22nd, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

First of all, I wish to apologize for the delay, usually I write these things the day I get home.  It’s been a busy week at work.  Long story short, I went to the 1d4con event in Martinsburg, WV last … Continue reading

I try Cthulhu Wars by Peterson Games

Posted on April 20th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

So I went to 1d4con last weekend, and I’m glad I did.  The convention is setup very differently from the HMGS conventions that I like to go to, and that is a point in their favor.  For one thing, 1D4con … Continue reading

Campaign Sea Lion 2018

Posted on April 12th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

It is time to take another approach and try to loot the Island for pewter, plastic and resin! Thursday we head over to the UK, for a short trip to the “Leadbelt” of Nottingham as well as paying a visit to the Salute on saturday. Salute is the largest wargaming event in the UK, hosted […]

Regimental Fire & Fury Battle Report – The Fight in Godly Wood (Hotlead 2018)

Posted on April 11th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

At Hotlead 2018, I got a chance to try out a game of Regimental Fire & Fury. This is the
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Conglomeration 2018 AAR Part 2

Posted on April 6th, 2018 under . Posted by

This is part 2 of my Conglomeration 2018 AAR. Here is a link to Part 1 posted yesterday. SundayThis morning, I had little room to play here. It was time to check out, get the three kiddos ready, pack everything, feed them ANND get ready for an 8:30 g…

Conglomeration 2018 AAR Part 1

Posted on April 5th, 2018 under . Posted by

Louisville, KY. My own small piece of Americana… I do own a small plot of land in that town… And it is one of the cities that really grabbed me. I always said good things about the people of Kentucky, from their welcome to their acceptance and encouragements, I will always have a small piece of bluegrass growing on top of my heart. They’re great. Kentucky folk, you stay awesome.

This past weekend was Conglomeration 2018 now at the Crown Plaza by the airport. It is a place I went to for Imaginareum before, a site that is welcoming and comfortable. I prefer it to the Ramada inn on the east side (and closer to my own tiny piece of Kentucky…)

This year, I waffled about going due to a number of factors. However, talking to my good friend Derek-R, who once again took the reigns of gaming with Chuck, I allowed myself to be convinced. Okay it was not exactly a hard sell, but still. The con coincided with the kids’ spring break. So I would be able to get there on Friday earlier, run on Saturday and Sunday morning, and be back home in time for my wife’s awesome Easter ham. GREAT!

As the event drew closer, I contacted one of Jojo’s friends in Louisville and invited her to attend the con, allowing the two girls time to hang out together. ActionMan who is more into gaming would play RPGs with me, all except one slot: the Lost Pyramid of Neferheket, which he play-tested (with Jojo). For that slot, I contacted my buddy Randy-P who was running Pathfinder games. I opted to let Jojo and Aubrie self-organize after pointing them to a few places they could do things.


The con officially started with a family lunch at our local Indian buffet. We are all big fan of Indian food, and the buffet allows everyone to eat what they want or try some new stuff. Filled with delicious food, we got on I-65… just in time to get stuck in traffic. Sheesh… just like in 2016.

We got to the con around 5pm, checked in to our hotel, and spent the evening bouncing around. I walked around talking to people, listening to games, and just soaking up the con’s vibe. While fun and distracting, I grew more and more restless with the desire to get it started, to GM something. Good vibe, hall filled with people.

I went to my room, poked some files here and there as the kids snored to my left and right.


Morning. Shower. Breakfast.

We headed to the car and rolled out all my gaming material to the gaming room. I was glad to see all my games had at least enough names to go off. Great!

The first game what my latest adventure, Come to the Hills set in Rhym. My players, including ActionMan, Jojo, and Aubrie, really loved the game.

The second game was set in Saggakar, Exalted Pains. This adventure was inspired by an adventure I wrote for Living Greyhawk. The Saggakar redux adds a lot of new elements, so it’s not just a simple port. The move to 5e allowed me to add more combats and a few surprises. I think the last time I ran it was back in 2003, so few people may have recollections about the original.

The evening was the first public running of the Lost Pyramid of Neferheket. This was the first time running Akhamet in public. I was worried about this first public display. There are so many things to worry about: avoid info-dump, focus on what is important for the game, how will the races be accepted, what was missed, and so on.

Things went very well. I have a few things I want to alter to the iconics, but nothing particularly massive. That adventure is pretty cool and it provides a surprising amount of versatility for the PCs to decide what they want to do.

Running this, I forgot about the kids. ActionMan went and completed his Pathfinder game with Randy. The girls headed to Artemis: the star ship simulation, a place they spent a lot of time in. I sent them a text to go to bed and they went.

Tomorrow, the story of Sunday and the good, the bad and the conclusion…

Adepticon 2018 Was Pretty Great

Posted on April 4th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Adepticon! Brian and I made our way down to Adepticon in Schaumburg Illinois this year. We had a great time and I also managed to shoot […]

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Bolt Action: Tank War Demo at Hotlead 2018

Posted on April 1st, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

As many of my readers will know, Bolt Action is a game that I love. Recently, Dave Lamers and Randall Carder
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Weekend in Rokugan 2018 AAR

Posted on March 25th, 2018 under , . Posted by

One week following MidSouthCon was Weekend in Rokugan held in St Louis, MO. This event dedicated to the Legend of the Five Rings game system is one that I look forward to more and more. With Arcanicon’s demise, I seem to have fewer and fewer playing op…

Pulp Figures and Crucible Crush

Posted on March 20th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

One of the joys of Hotlead (aside from testing out many different games) is their vendors. I believe that there
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MidsouthCon 2018 AAR

Posted on March 19th, 2018 under . Posted by

The weekend started on Friday. I left work early, using the opportunity to get some work done on the car (a much-needed tune-up). Then I waited for ActionMan’s return from school to leave. Three o’clock and we loaded the car with gaming material we h…

Cold Wars 2018, fighting in the rubble of the Host

Posted on March 19th, 2018 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

So another Cold Wars has come and gone, and 2018’s is in the rear view mirror. I left Friday morning and arrived at the Host around 2, which is puzzling, since I stopped nowhere.  As always, the rituals and observations … Continue reading

Iron Ships (American Civil War) – Hotlead Participation Game – 2018

Posted on March 19th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

I just got back from Hotlead (2018), in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and had a fantastic time!!! One of the best
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Granite Games Summit Recap

Posted on March 16th, 2018 under , . Posted by

This past weekend I attended the Granite Games Summit (G2S) in Nashua, New Hampshire. Running from Friday to Sunday, G2S is a gathering of about 500 gamers from all over the New England area and beyond. Previously, I’ve only attended the larger gaming …

Conglomeration Louisville Update(s)

Posted on February 24th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Just to let you know that we are on the program for Conglomeration in just over a month. Here is the link if you want to pre-register for games. Also I remind you of the special promo code that takes 5$ off your registration! Here is the Registration…

Looking of GMs for Origins

Posted on January 2nd, 2018 under , . Posted by

Now is the time to think about the summer con season. Yes, already! I am looking for one or two additional GMs for Origins (June 13-18) to run games for FOE. Right now, FOE runs events on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and Sunday mornings. Origins wil…

Director’s Briefing – December 2017

Posted on December 8th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

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PAX Unplugged 2017 Recap

Posted on November 21st, 2017 under , . Posted by

Pax Unplugged RecapThe inaugural PAX Unplugged convention wrapped up this past weekend and I think most of us were really unsure as to what to expect. PAX has been able to rock the video game scene for a long time, but tabletop games are a different beast. I think growing pains for a first year convention are […]

RDTN Episode 132: Bastion, Sidereal Confluence, Necromunda, Fate of the Elder Gods, and Samurai Gardener

Posted on November 21st, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

After playing Gentes, we thought all the goodness had come and gone for the year. But no, we are here to tell you that once again, we get blindsided by […]

PAX Unplugged Badge Giveaway

Posted on November 9th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

PAX Unplugged GiveawayNext week is the first annual (I assume it will be annual at least) PAX Unplugged Game Convention. The folks over at Penny Arcade definitely know how to put on a show, as their regular PAXs have always been outstanding. Yet this is the first year they are focusing on a convention for board games. […]