Gen Con 2013

So, this blog was originally conceived as a way for me to blog about Gen Con, to put my own thoughts on The Best Four Days in Gaming out there.

Last year it went better than I expected, I had a great Gen Con, I blogged quite a bit and got a whole bunch more hits than I expected to get.

This year, I’m missing the Con for the first time in a decade or so.

So, by extension, I’m probably not gonna blog about Gen Con this year. I’m not gonna be there, so I’m not gonna waste my time and energy doing research and linking and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Yeah, so if you go, have a blast. If you play in The Duke Tournament, send me a pic of your Swashbuckler Tile and let me know how it works for ya.

Hopefully, I’ll make GaryCon. We’ll see. Life has been topsy-turvy for the past few months and it’s only gonna ramp up in the next few.

TLDR: I’m not going to Gen Con so everything sucks. Nyah.

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The Duke Tournament at Gen Con

WHOO HOO!

So, I won the design contest for The Duke‘s Gen Con Tournament Tile. This tile will be given away to all who participate in the Tournament at Gen Con. I’m pretty excited about this as I’m really loving the game so far and now I will have an official game piece I designed! Pretty cool if you ask me.

The tile is called the Swashbuckler and it was created with the thought of Errol Flynn, Pirates of all sorts,  Captain Jack Sparrow and especially The Princess Bride. The tile jumps in from on high off a chandelier or the top of a staircase, lands next to an opponent and with a flick of his rapier or main-gauche, he strikes the enemy down or sidesteps to prepare to leap again. The light side tile is left handed, while the dark tile is right handed, evoking the famous battle in The Princess Bride (which is one of my wife’s favorite movies).

I hope all of you who play The Duke enjoy the Swashbucklers as they get into your hands at Gen Con.

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The Duke Arrives

So I got my The Duke from Catalyst Game Labs the other day and I am impressed. The quality alone was well worth the price of admission. I’m just waiting for my leather playing surface to come in and then I will have another Kickstarter off the list.

Really happy to have backed this one, it may have had some delays but this game is top notch. Can’t wait to get a few solid plays in.

Now it’s time to practice for the Gen Con Tournament! By the way, if you backed this one, there is a contest going on to pick the Gen Con Tournament Tile. I voted for the Swashbucklers…wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

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Gen Con 2013 Events

I totally FUBAR’d my Event purchasing this year. I clicked on submit and waited for something to happen, too long it seems, as I clicked again and was number 3500+. Last year I was 241 or so. Needless to say I missed out on most of the Events I wanted in on. Hopefully I can do a pick-up game of DCC RPG somewhere.

I got in a “Welcome to the Sixth World” game for Shadowrun 5th. I also grabbed a ticket for The Duke’s Inaugural Tournament. Got a game of Hell on Earth: Reloaded as well. I may tryout The One Ring and there is the Dungeon Bastard’s World’s Worst Dungeon Crawl to check out as well. I may not be as busy this year, but I’ll try to be!

GenCon 2012 Recap Part 1.

New: I’m going to recap my original “Where am I gonna go” posts from before GenCon with what I actually accomplished and what I missed. I’ll add new information in a lovely Swamp color. Photos will be added as well.

It’s the Monday before GenCon and I thought I would mention the various Booths I’m looking at visiting, demoing at or purchasing from. Mainly this is my list of what to do at the Con.

Alea Tools: Booth: 608

New Version: A few GenCons ago, my wife bought me these excellent markers for miniatures, magnetic, they attach to the bottom of your figs to denote status or whatever you can imagine. The older version starts to repel each other when a bunch of them are in close proximity, I’ve read that is no longer the case, so I’d like to check out the newer model. Plus, they have a special going on…Verdict: Want to See.

-Spend $50 get a free 1” Marker Rack

Conclusion: I picked up some markers I didn’t have to add to my collection. Have I mentioned I love these? Because I love these markers.

Ares Games: Booth: 134

Sails of Glory: As a gamer who has been around for a while, there are games that I’ve never played but have always wanted to. This game falls into the genre of games I’ve always wanted to play: Ship Battles. I’ve always wanted a copy of Gygax, Arneson and Carr’s Don’t Give Up the Ship! so I keep an eye out for sea battle games. This one got on my radar due to this fine list over at Board Game Geek. Verdict: Want to Demo. Conclusion: Didn’t get a chance to demo, but still looks good to me!

Brooklyn Indie Games: Booth: 1033 with Game Salute

Ghost Pirates Board Game: Again, another ship game that incorporates another favorite, Pirates! Also discovered on Board Game Geek. Verdict: Want to Demo. Conclusion: Did not get a chance to demo, still on my watching list.

Catalyst Game Labs: Booth: 1703, 1711

Leviathans: Demo Leviathans and get a mini…OK! I’ve been watching this one for a while now, might satisfy that ship craving I have. But, looks cool, comes partially painted and the fluff has a Polish inventor creating the Airships. Sounds good to me. Verdict: Want to Demo. Conclusion: Saw it. Looked good, didn’t demo it but I’m pretty sure I’ll get this sometime.

The Duke: I got involved with the Kickstarter for this one, looking forward to playing it. There will also be a photo-op for the backers of this project at the Catalyst booth on Saturday from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. I’ll be there. I wasn’t.  Verdict: Want to Demo/Kickstarter. Conclusion: While I missed the meet-up and photo-op, I did get a chance to see the prototypes and played with it a bit. I’m excited to get my copy. Catalyst also gave out a print and play version of the game, there is a photo below.

 

Shadowrun: 2050: I just want to hold this in my hands and stare at the cover for a while. Verdict: Want it/Gotta Have it. Conclusion: Nothing’s changed, still want it and gotta have it but I waited to pick it up because I wanted to pick up the Con-only stuff mainly.

Shadowrun: The Clutch of Dragons: Oh my. This looks…fantastic. Verdict: Want it/Gotta Have it. Ditto ^ .

Shadowrun: Elven Blood Limited Edition: Convention Exclusive. I could always use more Shadowrun Missions. Verdict: Must Buy.

Shadowrun: Weapon Cards (Guns.V1): Another convention item. Since Shadowrun is one of the games I’m currently running, this and the next one are Verdict: Must Buy.

Shadowrun: Gear Cards (Drones & Vehicles.V1): See above. Verdict: Must Buy. Conclusion: I got all three of these along with a set of Shadowrun Dice and the Convention GM Screen (different cover).

 

Mechwarrior Tactics Online Beta Key Poster: I seem to get into a lot of Beta’s. This one I want to be in. I’ve loved Battletech and Mechwarrior for many years. When I used to live in Florida, it was Battletech almost every night. Verdict: Snag One If You Can. Grabbed one.

Shadowrun Fan Meet and Greet: Wednesday 7-9 p.m. Union Station: I’ll try to make it, I want to make it, but I’m doing Trade Day this year for the first time, and this falls during the same time as my demo time with Trade Day. Verdict: Maybe. Maybe not.

Crash Games: Booth: No Booth

The Lost Dutchman: These guys have no booth this year, but I’m gonna follow them on Twitter and see if I can rustle up a Demo of The Lost Dutchman. I backed this one on Kickstarter and I’d like to get a taste of the gameplay. Verdict: Want to Demo/Kickstarter. Conclusion: I followed their tweets but didn’t end up searching them out and hitting a demo. Still happy to be a backer and can’t wait for the game.

Cubicle 7 Entertainment: Booth: 125

The Doctor Who Card Game: I am a Whovian for sure. I have my Sonic Screwdriver packed in my bag. Verdict: Want to Demo/Want it/Gotta Have it. Conclusion: Watched a demo, looks fun!

The Doctor Who RPG 11th Doctor Edition: I have the David Tennant cover, I wanted a Matt Smith cover. Perhaps this year? Verdict: Want to See. Conclusion: And there it is. Couldn’t justify a purchase as I had gotten a bunch of Dr. Who stuff and I haven’t played the David Tennant version I already own.

  

More later!

I’ll be back in a little bit with more!