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So I find myself with one of those odd hours of time in between various chores and errands which should be nicely filled by writting a summary for my time at GenCon.

The con was just a massive whirlwind of activity this year. Seems like I hit the ground running and didn’t stop for the entire time. At least some of that is owed to both running DC Adventures demos for large portions of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and the brisk traffic and sales at our booth. I managed to talk myself hoarse by early on Sunday, and seem to have also caught the typical “con crud” cold as well, which will hopefully clear up quickly.

Thursday evening was the annual gaymers mailing list dinner at the Rock Bottom Brewery, as well-attended as ever by fourty-some list members. I mentioned to several that it would be nice to organize an additional get-together (we did a “club night” occasionally but it has fallen out of the mix in recent years) or something at a venue allowing for a bit more mingling than the restaurant.

Although I didn’t get to catch up with as many industry and hobby friends as I would have liked, I did get lunch with [livejournal.com profile] princeofcairo with the added bonus of [livejournal.com profile] anaka and a business meeting provided an opportunity to share time with [livejournal.com profile] robin_d_laws. I got to see [livejournal.com profile] lucien_soulban after a multi-year absence and, of course, spend some quality time with the rest of Team Ronin (whom I only get to see in person a few times a year).

My demo games seemed to go well and folks enjoyed themselves (or at least politely lied and said they did). My favorite demo moment involved a father accompanying his young son to play; the kid really wanted to play a villain, so I had his hero get mind controlled so he could fight the other good guys like he wanted. I signed a lot of DC Hero’s Handbooks and a fair number of copies of ICONS as well.

One ICONS game at the con portrayed me as possessed by a mad cosmic entity called “The Rules Lawyer” — I’m glad the Conventioneers were able to save me from such a terrible fate! (I’ve always preferred to think of myself as more of a “Rules Rabbi” — a rules lawyer who uses his powers of interpretation only for illumination and the good of all.) My other favorite ICONS moment was the father telling me about playing the game with his eight year-old son, who rolled up a hero with Precognition and Weather Control, thus creating “The Forecaster”! And so my desire to build a random-roll hero creation system was justified...

The ENWorld Awards were a huge success for Paizo Publishing and fellow Ronin [livejournal.com profile] righteousfist, whose Atomic Overmind Press took home two awards. I may be in the odd position of having two (if not three) superhero RPGs eligable for next year (DC, M&M 3E, and ICONS).

Some of my game-gets of the show include Smallville from Margaret Weis Productions and Season Two of Cartoon Action Hour. I also picked up the Red Sands Savage Worlds edition of Space: 1889, which may well become my next campaign to run. I was a fan of the original setting, and the campaign in the book looks like fun. Chances are good I’ll modify it a bit with the addition of some “psychic” Arcane Backgrounds and the inclusion of some Golden Dawn and Society of Psychical Research (founded in 1888 and 1882, respectively) pulp goodness alongside the other Victoriana. A possible connection with Tesla’s contemporaneous work in wireless transmissions? We’ll see. I’m thinking the copy of Realms of Cthulhu I also got at the con may provide some useful bits to borrow by way of ritual power use.

My only real regret of the show is still not getting to meet Wil Wheaton. Apparently, whenever he stopped by our booth I managed to either be out or in the midst of a demo game. Wil, if you read this, I’m a big fan and hope you had a fantastic time at the con!

There’s much more, of course, but my hour is up and the day’s errands call. Still, tired and congested as I am (thanks to the annual post-con cold) I’m already looking forward to next year!
We’re headed to the airport and thence to Indianapolis for GenCon. There may be blogging from there, or not, we’ll see. Either way, be back Monday. See ya then!

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