GenCon 2012 Recap!

This time around Adam wanted to try pre-GenCon events. A series of roleplaying game events hosted at a brewpub in the area. I said what the hell so we headed out on Tuesday, so we could be in Indy on Wednesday.

Flight & Hotel was simple enough. After Steak & Shake for dinner, (which I had a grilled Chicken salad, cause eating was only going go down hill from there) we clocked some Zs. Pre-GenCon gaming started bright and early.

Wednesday (August 15th) Day -1:

We get to Scotty’s @ 9am. There was some initial confusion but we got setup and ready to roll.

First Roleplaying game, Hillbilly Heroes….. I played Cinder Block (which turned out to be woman). Super Strength and extra boost brought on by drinking beer (aka – a can whoop ass). We went back in time, fought dinosaurs. Good times! Very rules light and just fun.

Highlight: My first face to face roleplaying experience in 5 – 10 years. Cinder Block throwing Cletus (Adam) down the month of a T-Rex.

Second Roleplaying game, Outbreak Undead. Me and Adam saw this game at GenCon 2010. This zombie RPG is cool in that you build characters based on taking a quiz online. For this game, we just used the GM’s pre-generated characters. This game was OUTSTANDING! A total blast. We had 7 players and we laid smack down. The goal was to find grub, we did that with almost no problem, no one got bit (or diseased anyway). We had so much time left we were able to go out and explore the rest of town, leaving our stronghold intact. The outing was just as fun. Very tempted to pick up this game.

Highlights: 2 long rang shots with a 357 Magnum, with less than 30% chance to hit. Out of 4 shots, I missed 1.

Third Roleplaying game, X-Crawl. Also OUTSTANDING! So this game is based in the “modern” world. However, All the fantasy stuff still exists. Monsters, magic, etc. For Entertainment, groups of adventures got into dungeons called X-Crawls. Has a Running Man (Arnold

Schwarzenegger , 80s) feel to it. Cameras, cheering fans, sponsors, etc. The party win prizes like a game show, but its lethal. If a character dies and can’t be resurrected, game OVER. You can get sponsors, play to the audience etc. We went into the dungeon with a full party name:

Snatch & Grab. I took the Mage. The Bard took a beating and ultimately, didn’t make it. Due to issues with disarming traps, The Rogue took a lot of damage, but managed to survive. Snatch & Grab manage to clear out two rooms. In that time we won:

  • 15k in Gold = which was about $45,000 in real money
  • A year supply of TV dinners
  • Some magic weapons
  • And mega healing potions

Day minus 1 set the bar pretty high!

In between games we ran over to pick up our badges and tickets. Ok so the VIG thing was pretty nice. There is definitely a price for convenience. No Will Call night, free soda/water, and the lounge. And no wait tickets for events.


Thursday (August 16th) Day 1:

Day 1! As VIG we got into the Hall an hour before the general population. I guest-imate there were probably 1500 VIGs/Companions waiting to get into the Hall. They split the line and got us in from two different entrances. And….  “THEY’RE OFF!”

I hit the Wizkids booth first for a Ninja Shop. Then my own shop at the Wyrd Booth. Wyrd is switching to plastics and so my Resurrectionist didn’t make. I snagged a book for me, a book for someone else and an Avatar Nicodem so I could get over $100 & snag the free fig.

From there, Off to the Privateer Booth. There wasn’t anything on the list for me here, but I had a few ninja shops. I had to hit this booth before the door open or I wouldn’t get what I promised people I would. So I snagged stuff from there.

Next, CoolMiniOrNot’s booth. I got all of the releases for Super Dungeon Explore & the 3rd Edition of the Ravage Magazine. This is a pretty good magazine. Nice look at feel, plus some decent articles all on gaming stuff, mostly miniatures.

I decided to check out the free D&D dice thing. Waaaaaaay more complicated than they made it out to be. If you were already planning on playing in the events, the dice were a bonus. If not…… It was going to cost you a few bucks per dice IF you can get into the events. I managed to squeeze in and snag the D12 and the D20, the character build and playtest events. I hit the D6 room and signed up for the D&Dnext playtest. That was my Dice hunting for the day. I’d try Friday for the remaining dice.

Next up was my ShadowRun event. I was really looking forward to an intro to ShadowRun and the ShadowRun system. Didn’t really happen. We made characters, did some combat. Fortunately we were able to see an example of Magic, Hacking (Technomancer) & shooting. There were a few problems here: The people…. Two people were pretty bitter because the description said nothing was required. Valid Complaint…. We used the Runner’s ToolKit stuff to assemble the characters and there are references to the main rulebook, some people brought it. They didn’t bring dice! No dice! WHAT! To an RPG session, who doesn’t bring dice! There was a lady there that was really there just to build a character, she runs events and stuff so she was way beyond the group, and had to flex that or ask questions outside of scope. There was the GM & some random guy. The random guy was somewhat helpful. There was a guy that got upset and left, I missed what that was about. Overall, not the best. Day -1 set the bar kind of high.

After that dinner with Matt @ Fogo de Chao (http://www.fogodechao.com/index.php?id=160). Um…. WOW! Wasn’t really ready for this experience. I hadn’t eaten in a while so that’s a good thing. This is a Brazilian Restaurant. I knew something was up when the guy offered 3 or 4 different types of water. My reply, “Tap, please.” For those not familiar with this type of restaurant, you get a salad bar, then you get side dishes brought to your table, mashed potatoes, fried bananas, & something else I don’t recall the name of. They refill as you run out. Then there’s meat, lots, and lots of meat! I had 4 different cuts & was stuffed. Matt had two of those cuts but went buck wild with sausage and lamb. You have a coaster with two sides, red (No more meat!) Green (Keep it coming!) The meal ended with papaya icecream. One of the best meals I’ve head in a long time. Adam says there’s a similar restaurant in Portland, Need to scout that out.

Friday (August 17th) Day 2:

Day 2 – Today’s plan, True Dungeon and a superhero zombie RPG. But I’ve got time before all that happens. So I hit the hall, I snag the D4 from the Wizards of the Coast Booth & a some zombie figs to use as mindless zombies in my Malifaux Res army. Then I head over to the D8 & D10 booths. That doesn’t work out so well. The waits to TRY and get into games and the games themselves are going to conflict with other stuff, so I bail.

I got to Rotting capes. An Zombie super hero RPG. This game was interesting to me because of the clock mechanic. A little hard to explain via a blog entry, but it was interesting enough. Game was fun. Me and Adam had to bail early to get to the True Dungeon stuff. Got there, got in a group, got into the first dungeon. How this works is you get a bag of random tokens, You select your character class (fighter, rouge, wizard, etc.) then use the tokens to give you bonuses just like in D&D. People trade & give you stuff to make you not suck. Some items are one use items, etc. The first group wasn’t so hot. We were pretty slow and took damage from failing to resolve the rooms quickly enough. I was the rouge and got to do this puzzle in some of the rooms that worked like operation. Did very well my first 3, then went down hill and missed my last 2. In the first dungeon, lived through it, didn’t beat it. The best part was being charmed by the boss and being pulled out of combat and force to defend the final boss.

We got our rewards and then went and hit the second one. This one went waaaaaay better. We didn’t have a lot of experience but enough. We were fast (and lucky). We made it to the end and beat the final boss.

Oh combat, it’s like shuffle board. You slide a puck down a board to determine if you hit and how much damage you do.

So at this point I begin to realize….. 5 days of GenCon, might be to much. I was beat from navigating the hall and then True Dungeon.

Saturday (August 18th) Day 3:

I skipped the Super Dungeon Explore event at 10am to make another run at the D&D dice. Those hopes were dashed fairly quickly! Lines were stupid, I’ll have to keep an eye out and see if they show up on ebay (not costing an army and leg). There’s a set on ebay for $60. I’m sure more will pop up later.

So I just wandered the Hall. Picked up some shirts, did a demo of Wrath of Kings & picked up the Outbreak Undead RPG. I did end up sitting at Super Dungeon Explore demo area and chatting with a few people. Asked some questions about things I wasn’t sure about, mostly about when the bosses come out. Also realized I didn’t need to buy EVERYTHING that came out. But now I’ve got some duplication.

I may have fallen into the zombie mythos. Not completely and or totally into the zombie thing, but this RPG is very cool. I snagged everything they’ve produced and sat in on a game being run last night. With the game from last night and game I played in on Wednesday (which seems like forever ago!) I’ve got a decent handle on the rules.

I’ve been thinking about how I can make RPG’ing possible. I’ve got some ideas. Most likely delusions of grandeur. But hey! King of unrealistic expectations, at your service.

Beyond the wandering around, The costume contest. It was very cool, some outstanding costumes. Little boy Batman being pushed by his dad in a bat mobile. With winged backpack and he says, “I’m bat man!” It’s hard to beat a cute kid in a costume contest. But the giant World of Warcraft Orc thing managed to do it. It was in a cheer off and it was close.

After that, the comic comedy improv show. Can’t provide much detail on this as Rate R would be a bit of an understatement. However, Dr. Who did propose to his girlfriend in the middle. She was bit surprised and did say yes. I got to be be Poseidon and curse the male actor, so that when he turned into a woman to be a super hero. Yep, that’s about all I can really say, oh and tony stark (cosplay) was there.

Sunday (August 19th) Day 4:

Legs hurt like hell! This has been a lot of walking. Walking at a hurried place in most cases. Sleeping will most like be messed up for quite some time. I sound like an ole lady! But it’s been hella worth it! Good tymes!

So Sunday I got into a game of Super Dungeon Explore, that didn’t end well. Heroes got STOMPED. It’s a fun though.

Did my final round through the hall & snagged a few final items.

You know you are beat when you don’t hang around in the hall to hear them announce the end of GenCon.

Reflection:

It was just me and Adam this time. While it made the overall endeavor more expensive we had an awesome time! We did a lot of events together but manged to find time to roll solo. Most certainly a good tyme and its always fun when Adam is around.

A fair share of locals attended and so I spent time hanging out with them. Thanks Matt for the food induced coma!

There are no plans for a third visit.

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