GenCon Recap Part 4: The Finale.

So there I was. GenCon is happening all around me. I’m getting some good gaming in. I’m walking back from playing Super Dungeon Explore and I see…The Dungeon Bastard! That dude produces some pretty cool web videos. You should check them out.

Over at the Who North America Booth, they had a nice life-size Dalek that was moving and talking. I grabbed a bunch of great stuff there. The Eleven Doctor Set that has all eleven Doctors Micro Figures, a Weeping Angels Playset, also got some stuffed Talking Daleks signed by the current voice actor for the Daleks, Nicholas Briggs (on the left in the photo).

Stayed at the JW Marriott again this year. While I had a great time last year and really enjoyed my stay. This year was much better. I had Trade Day and most of my games in the JW. It is a great place to stay and if the gaming tables occupy available space as much as they did this year, I will be staying there again next year. Top-Notch hotel.

Every year I see Nigel Sade at the Con. Every year we buy stuff from him, bandannas, prints and what have you. He’s a really talented artist and I suggest you check out his work.

This is a statue right in front of the Convention Center. Something about it appeals to me, so I share it here with you.

One of the games I learned about from my time at Trade Day, was this little gem called Pajaggle. We played it while discussing good games for libraries and I fell in love with it. I searched out the booth and grabbed a copy while I was there. Great family game.

This year saw the addition of food trucks outside the Convention Center. Food trucks are all the rage lately and I’ve been wanting to dig into some since I watch The Great Food Truck Race on Food Network. There is also a grilled cheese truck I saw turn in front of me a few months ago and I have been trying to get a sample ever since. I know it’s the Melt Mobile, I know where it hangs out, I just haven’t gone yet. So, at the Con I tried to sample some of the various Trucks’ wares. This picture was taken while waiting for food from Der Pretzel Wagen, I got a Big Helga, I also had some decent pizza from The NY Slice Truck (Pizza is tough for me to like out of state, Connecticut has some of the best pizza in the world Sally’s, Pepe’s, Letizia’s, Colony) and got a nice Glass Bottle Coca-Cola and some cheese popcorn from Scout’s. Lot’s of others I wanted to try, but they were either sold out, or I didn’t have enough time to wait in between games. I hope the food trucks will be back next year, I thought it was a great idea and I’d love to sample more. I followed @IndyFoodTruck on Twitter and was able to find out what trucks were there each day.

  

Next, it looks like I’ll hit Anoycon in December and then GaryCon in March and before ya know it, it will be time to buy badges for GenCon again!

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Tomorrow: DCC RPG

Tomorrow nights game is DCC RPG, a game of which I have become increasingly fond of. After playing the game with Harley Stroh at GenCon, I’ve gotten a better feel for running the game for sure. The game flows nicely and has a wonderful Old-School feel. What are they calling this? OSR? Old-School Renaissance? (Ah, Revival, had to look it up) (Update: Nope. Renaissance according to the DCC book) Whatever it is, it just reminds me of playing the game in years long gone by. I started playing in the late seventies and have never forgotten the Basic Rulebook (2nd print). I had been introduced to D and D by then, but this was the first set I bought with my own money (earned selling knives at an early Pennsic War) and it holds a special place in my heart. DCC has this feel, this air about it that lends itself to my style of play more than some others. In any case, we should finish up Doom of the Savage Kings and then be ready for either The People of the Pit, or The Emerald Enchanter. Depends if I level them at the end of Savage Kings or not.

By the way, if you are enjoying Goodman-Games‘ DCC RPG, then you should also check out Crawl! I won a set of the first three issues at GenCon and got a subscription as soon as I got home. I just have to figure out how to order more of the reference sheet pack I also won, I don’t see it on the Crawl! website (Just saw a comment that said they were a GenCon only thing, at least I got one!). But give it a shot, subscribe for under $25, you’ve probably spent that much getting BBQ sauce on Kickstarter that you haven’t even tasted yet.

GaryCon is in my sights…I wanna go just to play with Harley again, we’ll see!

Update: I just booked my room!