GenCon

So, GenCon was a pretty momentous event. I’m just now starting to recover physically, and I may never recover mentally… which is a good thing. So, a few snippets of things that will eventually get fleshed out into full posts (or series of posts).

  1. Tim (no link) and I are finally inspired to get with it on our game design. We’ve talked about it on and off for a couple of years. Now we’re going to do it. Hanging out at the Forge booth and with a bunch of indie game designers gave us the kick in the pants we needed. We’ve both been involved in creative endeavors over the years (I’m a published writing in several fields and we’ve both recorded and released music). And though we’ve both roleplayed for over 20 years each, this will be our first true game design. Watch this space for more details soon.
  2. Everywhere I looked at GenCon, I saw pretty much the same-old, same-old. Tons of card and miniature games (99.9999997% of which don’t interest me in the slightest — except for MechaTon!) and roleplaying games that just rehash the last 30 years worth of RPGs. Except for the Forge booth. It was definitely the booth with the most energy, with its constant demos and enthusastic designers and supporters ready to talk up the awesome games or demo one (their own or another’s). It was inspirational (see #1 above).

Okay, maybe just those two things. And they’re mostly one thing, I guess. Oh, well…

GenCon '06 ROCKED!

I’ll have a more extensive post (or series of posts) coming in the next few days as I assimilate what happened to my brain at GenCon, but suffice it to say for now that GenCon was mentally and physically exhausting and one of the best times I’ve had a in a long time. Period.

There are photos from GenCon taken by Dro and Tim from a couple of the games I was in (Burning Wheel and Burning Empires). The Burning Wheel game was one of the highlights of my RPGing career. The Burning Wheel guys (Luke, Thor, Dro) were super-nice and really made us feel welcome at GenCon, going out of their way to include us in stuff. Thanks, guys!

Nerdvana: I'm GenCon '06 bound!

GenCon2006 badge photoI got my GenCon 2006 badge in the mail today! W00t! My trip to GenCon got thwarted by house repairs last year, but this year nothing’s going to stop me. We (my friend Tim and I) also bought our plane tickets last night, too, so I REALLY can’t NOT go this year.

If you look closely, you can see my two favorite event tickets, too: (1) Luke Crane’s “Fires Over Omac” Burning Empires session and (2) Luke Crane’s “Inheritance” Burning Wheel session. Tim and I both are playing in both sessions, and we’re really looking forward to the Luke Crane Experience ™.

P.S. GenCon people: your website SUUUCCKKKSSSSS!! Seriously. Hire some serious usability experts next year to redesign the information in your site, not just tart it up.