Archive for August 19th, 2008

There and back again

I’m back. Did you miss me? I had a lovely time in Indianapolis, attending the GenCon game convention in Indianapolis. Never got to the zoo as I had hoped: I may have to go a day earlier next year.

And, yes, there will be a next year, barring unforeseen good or bad fortune. I even got to play in a game (Using the FUDGE system)! Conceived as a dark, investigative horror scenario, it rapidly descended into dark farce when it became clear that MadAlfred, Scamper, and I couldn’t resist temptation. Thankfully the other players and the gamemaster rolled with it, and a good time was had by all.

I also helped referee three sessions of the first round of the Call of Cthulhu Masters’ Tournament. I rarely get to play or “gamemaster” (GM) anymore, so this was also a fun experience. The scenario was of the type I preferred (investigative and historical), and my sessions were lucky enough to have mostly good players. Three sessions in two days is quite a bit when combined with other convention activities, but it was worth it. I’ll be happy to do it again next year, should the Secret Masters provide another investigative piece.

Your Host also worked as a booth monkey for Heliograph, Inc., purveyors of fine roleplaying games set in the Victorian scientific romance and Pulp genres, as well as miscellaneous third-party products for Call of Cthulhu. There were few new products this year, but I had fun playing in a demonstration game of Zeppelin Age (coming Real Soon(tm)!) with two of the most gun-happy children I’ve ever met. Allah help al Qaeda if these boys ever take the field.

Naturally, I bought toys, though not nearly as many as I used to. Most notable were buildings from the Miniature Building Authority and Thousand Suns, from Rogue Games.

This trip was also a good time to see friends whom I all too rarely see, the aforementioned MadAlfred and Scamper, as well as one of the Secret Masters behind Rogue Games. Finally, I was shocked to learn that attendance reached roughly 28,000 people this year. Who would have thought that so many geeks could gather in one area without some metaphysical disaster occurring?


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