Got back from GenCon this afternoon. We actually made pretty good time; no construction or backups in the way. I spent most of the afternoon unpacking and catching up on laundry and such. I signed up for a busy mail list after Protospiel, and even skimming I may not get through it all for a few days.
Wednesday I got into work a little early and thought that if things were clear I might even early. As it was I left over an hour later than I would have normally left. I called Crow to tell her that I wouldn’t be arriving nearly in time and she should just go ahead, but they wanted to wait. Which left me scrambling to get packed and out
And after all that, they were still getting packed when I got there to join up ;^)
So we headed out for Milwaukee. I had dinner in the car, since I had been in a hurry, and since I brought a whole bunch of food with me. Apple, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and some granola bars – I was, in short, well provisioned: that covered most lunches and dinners (there was a continental breakfast at the hotel) for the rest of con, except when I happened to be with other people in my group.
There were no major problems on the trip; except for a little confusion at the exit in Milwaukee, which was rather oddly designed. The hotel was circa 1920′s with a bit of the fancy lobby still showing. It was in decent condition, but certainly hadn’t been kept up as well as it could have. The big plan for the room was to get a suite for six: Me, Crow, Isaak, his friend, Emily, and Doug. Doug, we found out when we arrived, couldn’t make it. Which was kind of just as well, because two of the six ‘beds’ turned out to be a folding couch. kyrielle and Scott were there too, but got their own room.
The hotel was about a mile from the convention center. Which made for a nice walk there and back (one only get’s so much exercise at most conventions… ;^) ) Much of it was through construction, but where the sidewalk was unusable, that half of the street was also closed to vehicle traffic, so it worked. And rumors of rain were greatly exaggerated. :-)
Here is a loose reconstruction of my schedule.
Try to play Quo Vadis?. Found two games, no people. Read rules, and then went off to kill time and eat lunch, since it was probably too late to find something else.
Played Children of the Sun demo. GM didn’t get enough sleep, and had been using house rules at home so didn’t know system. Others in our group reported similarly inappropriate demo games. My conclusion was that the system had some good ideas insides it (which I could mostly take just from the demo) but way too much rolling for my taste. The world hadn’t grabbed me enough to justify a $40 book (or even $35 with coupon.) kyrielle valued it higher, but wasn’t planning to use wholesale either.
Ate dinner and got a brief look at the show floor. Tried to get into Quo Vadis? again with the same result. Waited around for a while, and eventually got into and won a game of Settlers of Catan on the BIG board. :-)
I think something else happened before or after that, but I’ve forgotten it.
Started off in Everway, run by Kat, whom I had played with last year, though under a different system. Some loose similarities in premise, but otherwise great fun. And a really rocking use of a blood bond (warrior’s, not vampire’s ;^) )
That got out early enough to try Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot.. A little like Nuclear War. Not really a bad game, but not really to my taste either. One thing I will say for it is that it draw an unusual number of woman.
Sometime during the day I tried to get into a game of Fvlminata (described more below) I was the only player at this time, even though the others were packed. *shrug*
I think this is where I got a second glimpse of the show floor before heading on to a Castle Falkenstien(sp?) game. Not sure whether the CF has no dice, stats, etc, or if the GM just wasn’t using them ;^) Interesting alternate history, though a little contrived, as in the middle of the game everyone remembered all the really important stuff that they had done before.
Did a whirlwind tour of the art show in the last minutes before it closed.
Isaak showed us Apples to Apples. We estimate that Isaak was responsible for over a $100 in sales to Out of the Box Games the next day…
Finally played Quo Vadis?. I brought Crow, Isaak, and friend with me. ;^) One real player even showed up a little late. It’s a nice quick game, so we played three times in two hours, which were generally pretty fun.
Continued the Roman theme with Fvlminata (that’s latin, (at least think it’s latin…) so it’s ‘Full-min-ah-ta’) Which comes from Terra Fvlminata, (‘earth armed with lightning’) the roman term for gunpowder. Well, at least in the game, where Rome has gunpowder. ;^) I won’t tell everybody to buy it until I can actually read the book, but it looks promising. -Magic works the way the romans thought it did. -One of the designers is an academic type who did the historical research. -Die rolling is partially based on a roman gambling game. -Attributes include humors (though I have yet to see what they do) -Skills are organized by the god that governs them.
Played Crop Circle Neat concept, pretty designs, kind of a boring game. But I got a copy for winning. If I ever want to cut the cards out… (I think they are still in a cheapass style prototype phase.)
Finally got a chance to go around the show floor. Decided to skip a game of Unknown Armies (now apparently in second edition) to properly finish out the floor, since we were planning to get early the next day. Bought lots of stuff. Have to do list later, since it’s getting late.
Tried to get into a game. People had sold last copy of game, and didn’t have any to play. On the way back, tried Burn Rate, and bought it.
We all had breakfast at a restaurant by the hotel. The some people left, and the rest went back to buy some stuff. Myself, having done quite the run of the dealer’s hall yesterday, went back for a better look at the art show. Especially Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, who I really wish had a book… because I like way too much of her art. ;^)