Posts Tagged ‘Convention’

GenCon 2015 Day 2

Posted on August 1st, 2015 under . Posted by

GenCon ramped up for Friday and I kept super busy as the weekend marched along.  I scheduled myself for some more non-BattleTech events during the day but stopped by to check out the Catalyst game section from time to time so keep an eye on what was going on. Events (Grinders, Boot Camps, Tukayyid, Oh […]

GenCon 2015 Day 1

Posted on July 31st, 2015 under . Posted by

Day one in Indy is in the books.  What a day.  I had a lot of fun exploring the con and playing in some great games. My day started at the Catalyst Booth where I was able to snag one of the limited Beta versions of Interstellar Operations.  I am really impressed with how big […]

Live from Gencon 2015: here we go

Posted on July 30th, 2015 under . Posted by

<p>Finally it is game time and one slot is done! Ran In the ArchDespot’s Service. Fun and quick. And filled with secret notes.<p>So more to come!<p>JP

Live from Gencon 2015: Day 0

Posted on July 30th, 2015 under . Posted by

<p>Finally, I am now in the gaming world’s most coveted destination: Indianapolis! This is going to be my third teip to the convention, my second as a GM, and the first for Saggakar. <p>The trip here took place yesterday night with my frien…

GenCon 2015 Day 0

Posted on July 30th, 2015 under . Posted by

After a long hiatus I have finally found my way back to Indy for the best four days in gaming.  I have not been able to get out to conventions as much as I like lately so I am very excited about this year. On the BattleTech front there is a lot to be excited […]

Gencon is here and I’m a ball of energy

Posted on July 28th, 2015 under . Posted by

With Gencon around the corner, I cannot tell you enough how filled with nervous energy I am. It is the same type of jitters and butterflies one feels when about to go on stage. It is something I feel every time a con is about to begin and particularly …

Historicon 2015

Posted on July 24th, 2015 under . Posted by

I’d written off Historicon this year after we made plans for a week long vacation in California. I couldn’t spare the additional days off, and resigned myself to visiting one of the other HMGS cons later in the year. My son really wanted to attend Hist…

HISTORICON 2015: Sand Fleas in Fredericksburg!

Posted on July 21st, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

It’s time for one of my favorite things to write, a convention narrative.  From Wednesday 15 July to Sunday 19 July, I attended HISTORICON 2015, at the Fredericksburg Convention Center. This post is another rambling narration of the convention from my perspective Continue reading

Saggakar at Gencon: Memory of a Frozen Hell

Posted on July 12th, 2015 under , . Posted by

With Gencon fast approaching and my move to Nashville finally done, I sat back down to go over what I had for the special “Memory of a Frozen Hell” (there are still a few tickets for the Thursday night, but Friday is sold out). Overall, the Saggakar g…

Last Changes/Updates to the HISTORICON 2015 guidebook app

Posted on July 10th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

HISTORICON 2015 convention goers.. I’m making the last changes to the GUIDEBOOK app for HISTORICON 2015. So here are a few notes for you. Dudley Garidel got the final vendor count and maps to me, they are now included. I’ve … Continue reading

The Weekend: Gaming on the Mellow Side

Posted on June 22nd, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I’ve been meaning to catch Otto Schmidt’s THE WEEKEND for a long time now. It’s been tough, as June is a busy month usually with high school age kids. Now that one is in college and the other is in his last year, I thought I’d spread my wings a little and manage a day trip. Here are my observations. Continue reading

Major Guidebook Update for HISTORICON 2015

Posted on June 19th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

A big, big, BIG update for the HISTORICON 2015 guidebook app. Download it TODAY! Continue reading

Tyrants of Saggakar at Gencon

Posted on June 12th, 2015 under , . Posted by

With Gencon ticket sales going on, I am extremely pleased to report that there are (right now) six tickets left for the Tyrants of Saggakar events (out of 36). Hurry up and secure your seat(s). There is also one adventure marked as “NeoExodus” that wil…

Origins 2015: After-Action Report

Posted on June 10th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Here is my Origins After-Action Report. A short overview of how this past weekend went. The good, the bad, the plan for next year.

The Trip

This year my trip to Origins was twice the distance: three hours from Nashville to Louisville and three hours from Louisville to Columbus. I-65 then I-71. I had a quick stop in Louisville to spend some time with Julie and watch the kids sleep.

The Con

As an idiot, I forgot that I did not have an 8 AM slot on Wednesday! I could’ve slept until 7am! Oh well. I was there and ready to do stuff. I got time to chat with James-Z from PCI and with others.

The rest of the day I played Arcanis and Legend of the Five Rings.

Thursday, I GM’d some WitchHunter, Blood Moon on the Seine, the start of the year 2 story arc. In the evening, I got to play some more Arcanis with my good friend Chad.

Friday, I played a game of Shaintar “kinda organized play.” I will have more to post about this campaign in another post. The afternoon slot, I got to run “TOS1-01 In the ArchDespot’s service” which is on the intro mods to Saggakar. The game went well, though I decided to reorganized the player handouts a little after the game, make them more “organic” and “natural”.

The evening, I had initially planned to play WitchHunter, but the table did not go off. As a backup, I wanted to play L5R, but they had a non-Heroes of Rokugan Larp.

So I got to my first choice of LARP: Arcanis. Everyone wanted to see me in my dress & wig again. I settled for the red nail polish (it was all I had in my medicine box). I must admit that I had a lot of fun throughout the LARP. I did what I would expect Kermina to do: stick with the richest most available man (which in this case, was Lord Varo played by Eric-W of PCI). I was a social butterfly, going from here to there, and fleeing from the gnomes (who are like, so TOTALLY disgusting, and like filled with cooties, and like they are TOTALLY like ewwwwh!)

So I managed to get myself invited to Tomo-Khan’s wedding. However, to conclude the wedding, I had to agree to attend with a gentlemen of the Khan’s wife’s choosing. Wishing to claim some credit in this wedding, I agreed.

BUT THEN, I WAS UNDONE!!!

Her terms were that I attend the wedding with that horrendous thing that is Temi-do the gnome. I almost puked in my mouth when she announced it. Barely an intelligent creature! Gah!

Note In Arcanis, gnomes are deformed creatures who are the children of dwarves and men. Gollum would readily be a hot-looking one. My character is particularly prejudiced against them, as she finds them extremely distasteful…

Note 2 Temi-do is Chris-C’s character who pursued me throughout the LARP (and all the way back to Arcanicon). I love playing with him because he’s not only a great player but his character is very unique. He likes to make my character feel uncomfortable by being near me. That will no doubt be a plot in one of next year’s LARP or Arcanicon event. I dunno exactly when/where it will be. It’ll be a very fun and interesting event that’s for sure!

On Saturday, I played the last of the Arcanis Hard Point adventure before getting in on the two-rounds battle interactive. For the first time in… well ever, Kermina managed not to be a burden to her party, and actually managed to be quite helpful!

Yes! I was quite surprised myself. I served as healer, did some fighting, did some dancing, I did take a fair amount of damage.

The Good

Origins is a great convention, the venue and size of it makes it conducive to talking to people, sit down at a random table for a game, and just “relax” – I know it is rather odd to say, but the pace of Origins is much different than GenCon’s, which to me feels much more business-like, stressful and requires a lot more running around. I would say that the two are completely different.

Arcanis. The story, the execution, the people, All of these are high points for me. I really enjoyed the Arcanis larp and the battle interactive. It got hairy, scary and brutal all at once. With the final result that I now have a date at one of next year’s major events where I will have to accompany Chris-C’s gnome character.

It was the first Arcanis BI that my character acted as the main healer (there were a lot of others, but I think I cast more healing than anyone else). Normally, I am a skirmished dancing around the edges of the battlefield this time, I did some of that, but having improved my spell casting abilities, I could easily heal people and perform a few other maneuvers.

The Not-so-great

Again this year, I only ran a very small portion of my own events (1 to be exact). That said, the players I had made my job as a GM both easy and thoroughly enjoyable. After the game, I decided to reorganize how my player handout were arranged so I did a little bit of house cleaning last night after the game.

The HQ lines throughout the weekend remained rather long. I’m not 100% sure what the problem was, but it is greatly frustrating when you have 8 people sitting behind the desk, and only two are working through a huge line of customers. I thought it didn’t look good and was frustrating when you had only a short break. Now the people were really nice and efficient, but taking some of the rush would help. And no, I’m not talking about the initial line (against which there is little to do)

The Lower Attendance proved to be something that was not ideal. That said, a number of factors played into this: the school year in three nearby states (Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio) either ended DURING or AFTER the con, the beautiful weather, all played into this.

I did not get a chance to play any of the WitchHunter events. I did get to run two WH events to back up my man Clint. Both of which went well and I had a blast sending werewolves, satanic cultist, and vampires against my unsuspecting table of players. It was great.

Next Year’s Plan

With the low number of ticket sales, I have been debating whether I should simply forego GMing events next year and focus on playing. Make Origins my play-holiday. With any luck, the kids might be come with me, particularly Jojo…

Who knows? I am definitely thinking about it.

Focus on playing Arcanis and others games. That could be really fun!

I just need to get Julie to approve my plan…

My CUNNING plan.

JP

Origins 2015 Convention Recap

Posted on June 9th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Origins 2015 is in the books and I had a great time at the convention. Only my second gaming convention; I attended my first board game convention last year at Gen Con. While Gen Con was an overwhelming experience where I only felt like I touched a sma…

Balticon 49: A short visit Saturday

Posted on May 26th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

: For starters, B49 seemed very lightly attended. It wasn’t the standard cheek by jowl situation in the Salon areas, and the usual mob of costumery seemed greatly diminished. I like Science Fiction conventions quite a bit, but I’ve never been one of the faithful– meaning, I don’t wear costumes, I don’t “filk”, I don’t wear a lot of buttons. So SF Con Fandom isn’t really my thing– I’m not part of that culture. I read books, and I like SF authors, and like to hear them talk, and buy books. So that’s what I come to a convention for– and maybe see indie films and play some games. In that respect, we were only partially successful, but that’s fine. Continue reading

The Order of the Iron Crown – April round-up

Posted on May 16th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

The Order of the Iron Crown is a select group of fans that have made it their mission to promote Iron Crown Enterprises’ products at game conventions and in game stores around the world. The Order was set up to … Continue reading

First Draft (PEL v.) Guidebook for HISTORICON 2015 is ready for downloads.

Posted on May 12th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

As I do for all the HMGS Inc shows (and other conventions), I have created a Guidebook App for you to download and use as a sort of electronic program booklet for the duration of your stay at the convention. Continue reading

FG Con round up by Chris Seal

Posted on April 27th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

This month saw Fantasy Grounds’ annual online convention – FG Con and this year a member of the Order of the Iron Crown (Chris Seal) was there and running a game of Rolemaster. Here’s what Chris had to say about … Continue reading

Legacies to rock Lexicon

Posted on April 17th, 2015 under , . Posted by

This weekend is Lexicon in Lexington KY. I will be there all day saturday to run some Legacies. The first two parts of the Battle for Gytha series: Plains of Sametia and Knee Deep. But also Ablaze went the swamp, the first battle interactive of the se…

Road Warrior/WLF Car Conversions Part 2, the Wrath of Helltruck!

Posted on April 8th, 2015 under , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

In which the author presents part two of two of Matchbox and Hot Wheels car conversions for a Post-Apocalyptic fun fest! Continue reading

[Rant]ish Should Gencon Break up?

Posted on April 6th, 2015 under , . Posted by

I realize it is a Monday and that you are all excited but this has been on my mind all weekend. I have been thinking about Gencon recently as a number of people have mentioned to me that they did not plan to attend because it became too big. Now being…

MidSouthCon After-Action Report

Posted on March 30th, 2015 under . Posted by

(Meant to post this last week) Two weekends ago, I travelled to Memphis for MidSouthCon 33. This was the first con I was to attend in Tennessee and I was looking forward to it. I happened to learn of the con through my friend Geri who was posting havin…

Cold Wars 2015, the very chilly Cold Wars AAR

Posted on March 10th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

The Author recounts his activities and pursuits at the COLD WARS 2015 convention, held by HMGS Inc. in Lancaster, PA. Continue reading

My day as a woman!

Posted on March 9th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

So for the second year in a row, I attended Arcanicon – this year in Chicago. For the second year, it was awesome. So many story lines, so many things people did, so many memories. For the past two years, the big draw to me, was the day-long special. …