Tuesday, July 24, 2018

going to GENCON!

So, by a chance of fate, I am going to the biggest gaming convention in the world. 60K+ will be attending

This is the first time I am going to a Con and not running any games... I get to travel light for a change, usually I have to bring all sorts of stuff to run games. 

I have avoided GenCon because of several things
  • The amount of people attending
  • Trying to run games would be crazy
  • Trying to get into a game with thousands competing for a seat is insane
  • Cost of hotels
  • Cost of the badge
  • Location: Indianapolis

So, since being involved with Envoy and doing board game demos (PAX Unplugged in Philly was my first big event) they put out a call for demo crew at GenCon... giving Rooms and Badges and goodies from the companies... 

So my first venture to Gencon will be doing board game demos. I will be with Breaking Games

I requested Breaking games because I love the Sparkle Kitty and Sparkle Kitty Nights Games.  

I will be doing demos of Rise of Tribes and Expancity

I am trying to pick up as many Demo team opportunities as I can so I can remain as busy as possible without overdoing it... 

So, What am I looking forward to:
  • Collecting as many Promo cards for games that I can
  • Taking lots of Pictures 
  • Getting lots of new games 
  • Maybe running a game or 2 off the grid
  • Playing an RPG game
  • Playing in a few board games

I signed up for one event, that looks amazing... 

So, I will most likely get the game through Envoy, but this mug will be pretty cool....

I tend to Eat light when I am at a Con, Usually 1 meal per day and 2-3 Protein bars, This cuts down on food costs by a great amount... I try to spend less than 10-15 on Food and Drink... hoping to find a cheap coffee seller somewhere

So I get to pack light for GenCon
One suitcase for Clothes, 
1 set of Long pants
Hawaiian Shirt
essentials - shaving 


Spare Shirt
Travel Towel (always have a Towel) 
Protein bars
snacks (usually unsalted Sunflower seeds and salted peanuts)
Notepad, Pen and Pencils, Sharpie
Dice, a few choice sets 

3 small games
Sparkle Kitty Nights
Firefly Fluxx
Fuji Flush

My Duffel for bringing games back with me. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Dragonscales DEMO at Dexcon and Kickstarter

DEXCON 21, I ran 2 games of Dragonscales RGP

My Prep included reading over the PDF, then printing the adventure and putting it in the binder. I then created a cover page for the binder. I then bought a 12 pack of Cards.

I printed the Players sheets
(FANG WARRIOR RANK 2 CHARACTER SHEET) and the introduction

Note: The Joker is the most powerful card in the game, it is a game changer

Game one:
After Card creation, they had there creation cards, and an Idea... then it was off to pick a gate... First I had lions chase them and get turned to dust just to start some excitement.

I loved the Dragon enticing them to come out and play, so I used that. I should have killed a player 20 minutes in but instead took his armor and nearly all his health. He spent the rest of the game trying not to die. They made it into the town and completed most of the quests

1 – Get into town
2 – Find out where the marketplace is and what is necessary to open a booth there
3 – Find a place to live
4 – Find a temple to pray in
5 – Explore a possibly dangerous place
Wrap UP
Everyone enjoyed the Mechanics and how the game ran. Most of them were excited and asked about the kickstarter.
I have to say, this was a lot of fun to run. This system offers a lot of flexible encounters which yields to my improve strengths. I am sure I did encounters incorrect or combined some, but the feel of the game was great

Game Two:
I was supposed to run another game of mine but did not meet the Minimum player, So I asked them if they would be ok with another game system. They wanted to play so all agreed.. I went grabbed my stuff, came back to the table and asked if they all brought a deck of cards...

After Card creation, they had there creation cards, and an Idea... then it was off to pick a gate... They choose the gate that would not open for them until morning

I loved the Dragon enticing them to come out and play, so I used that once more. The player facing down the dragon pulled the JOKER...

They were not happy with being shanghaied into the Gate Keepers, while the one readily signed his year away, the others needed a bit more persuasion

Then they went to face the Giant... one was killed by the giant and right after that - - a player pulled the JOKER

Next time I am not allowing Jokers - LOL

Wrap up: Again the loved the game and they asked about the kickstarter... I had a great time running the game

-------------------------------------------------- Dragonscales Kickstarter Ok, Everyone knows I am a Dice guy and the only reason I played in this was because of James M. Ward and Stephen Lee....

Let me just say that this is a great setting with so many possibilities. I really do not care for fabricated settings and never played Greyhawk, Dark Sun or any of the AD&D settings, even the Pathfinder Society does not pique my Game Master intuition.

I just prefer my own creations where I am free to create and write and adjust as I see fit.

So, that being said, I found the City of Concord intriguing and the 2 adventures included in the Kickstarter very entertaining.. at least until Mr. Ward Killed me out

So, while at GaryCon, I bought the Apocalyptic version of the setting 77 Lost Worlds box Set. I have done about 5 sessions of the game and will be wrapping up this part of the campaign in our next session, having played through most of the Quests in the Egyptian Dome.

What I have enjoyed about the Quests is they are mostly outlines that allow me to do what I do best, fill it in on the spot and create as a go along

For example.. I wanted to reward them and while searching an area of a waspians Nest, they found a helmet that implanted brain chips... The Tinker was able to operate it and was able to insert a Knowledge chip in one of the players.. So whenever they ran into something in the dome, I could impart what they encountered.. it was limited to the current dome

I played in both Dragonscales games at Garycon and found them to be very well done, this was my first exposure to the Ward Card System as I had not played in any 77 Lost Worlds games


This was the first game, I played a Fighter... we decended down the stairs and into the caves...

Blood Red Castle of Doom

I am not sure if I was supposed to have the top part of the information, but I was playing a Templar Knight

Was mostly working out well except we had encountered the first ever TPDD (Total Party Door Death)

So if you are looking for a Fantasy system and want to something different, Back this Kickstarter, it is a great change of pace for any group. I imagine I will be running this in series in between my normal AD&D First Edition

Monday, April 16, 2018

Demos and Board Game Recommendations

Game demos...

I have been doing game demos for a few months at a few different stores. Some of the games I really like and some of them I do just to do...Still doing my game nights  on Wednesday and Thursday.

Doing the demos can be tedious because sometimes you sit around for a few hours with no players...not bad when you do not care for the demo but when you really like the game, it becomes frustrating. Then sometimes, you do not get another shot to bring that game for various reasons.

My upcoming splash a demos are great games that I really enjoy

Wanted is a Quick 30 minute game that is really rich in the feel of shootouts and the old west...

Compounded gets you into a Lab and using elements to make scoring compounds, I am really excited about this one. it takes about 90 Minutes to play

Here is another one that I am Excited about... this demo is upcoming this month

Top Ten on my Games List at this time... 

1 - The Thing, Infection at Outpost 31

Everyone who plays this seems to be impressed, based on the John Carpenter movie, this is a a game where you try to identify the Imitations and stop them from leaving the base.. 

2 - Telestrations

Here is a Draw and Guess game where you do not have to know how to draw and the more wild the guess, the funnier the game is.. It comes in a 12 Party Pack, An 8 player pack and 8 Player After Dark (Adult) version

Everyone draw and passes to the next person who guesses, then you pass to the next person who draws from the guess

The best is when all is revealed at the end of the game... 

be sure to take pics of the hilarity that occurs.. you will want to play this at every gathering

3 - Compounded

This is a game where you use elements to create compounds and score points.. it has a real good feel to the game and they got everything right and the details are fantastic

3 - Any Fluxx versions

Either you play for 15 minutes or the game get fustrating after a long play.. I love this when it goes about 30-45 minutes at the longest.. set a timer and start over. 

4 - Sushi Go Party

This is simple a quick play game with 3 rounds of Pass and Play... there is a bit of strategy involved but nothing too complex. 

5 - Dastardly Dirigibles

A seemingly simple game that cause frustration when you are forced to change your airship plan.. but lots of fun to play, again a fairly quick game 

6 - Sparkle Kitty

Don't let the name fool you, this is a great game for adults...Teens and kids.. Can be quite cutthroat and lots of fun

7 - Donner Dinner Party

Probably the best Social deduction game on the market, quick and easy to play (7 rounds) feed everyone or vote one of the party to (well, you know) 

8 - Tsuro 

Lots of fun as an in between game, you have to think and see the paths as the board get filled...the best thing is to not let anyone lay a path for you...never ends well for you

9 - Not Alone

Not Alone pits one person against everyone else... I like the game because of the mechanics of the game. Sometimes you get caught and sometimes you make a great play

10 - Munchkin

It takes about 2 games to really get into Munchkin.. it is a fun game to backstab other players or help them

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

GaryCon 2018 - Swag, Purchases and etcetera

So this is a mix up of things I have acquired at GaryCon

It may not be in any order

My Gold Badge, and GM Perks 
(Including Swag Bag)

 I donated some cookies and Caroline provided me the banner (I did offer a few dollars btw)

Single die really set off my Dice OCD... would have loved a pair

  Again, a single Die !!!!

I like this mini...

This is a pretty cool Sticker

Yes, I keep the bags

I did mean to use this


this is a really Cool shirt

I actually wanted this in blue, but they they were not released as the staff had not gotten theirs yet

I got this at the Frog God's game booth 

          This actually came From Eric Tenker, the Tavern Keeper

From Frank Mentzer, one for me and a generous donation to 

Prototype Dice for the Red Box edition


Swag acquired at the FireFly Game


I actually received these from Heidi Gygax for my play in her game
AT the End of the game we encountered a Sphinx who gave us 2 riddles... I had the first one answered 2/3rds of the way through and the Second riddle was faulty.. 
(sorry, riddles and Puzzles are my thing)

"In the marble walls as white as wilk, 
lined with skin as soft as silk, 
within a fountain crystal clear, 
a golden apple does appear no doors are there to this stronghold, 
yet thieves break in and steal the gold"

NOTE: Looking at the second riddle, the inconsistency was the assumed use of Morning vs Mourning, this changes the entire riddle

I am the black child of a white father,
a wingless bird, flying even to the clouds of heaven.
I give birth to tears of mourning in pupils that meet me,
even though there is no cause for grief,
and at once on my birth i am dissolved into air.
What am i?

My first answer was Dawn, correct if  the word is Morning.. 
My Second answer, although not fitting the riddle , was FOG
Before I could provide the third answer, they said I had gotten close anough
the Answer was Smoke... my next choice

I highly recommend these dice... I even bought these to give away  


CON Dice from GaryCon 8... Finally

These 2 D20s are a gift from Heath Uisge Farnden and came from a prize vending machine in Australia... Much MANA contained in this pair

The Posters, Signed by Luke Gygax

The Elmore sketch for the Red box cover, 
limited print run..  
#2 goal on my list was to acquire this

I have been looking at this for awhile and finally picked it up.. 
Looking to run a science fiction based game or 
use the rules to run my Larry Niven inspired world

Stephen Lee offered space for the Save Against Fear flyers and also gave me some promo items, I look forward to what I can do with this game

I have already scheduled a game for this Friday (3/23) and we will work up the characters and do a quick run through

The Signatures

BTW - that was my phone number at the Apartment I grew up in through High School
And Finally......

 The last one Standing