Sunday, May 6, 2018

Gencon 2017 Report Card - The Anniversary-ing

***I'm getting REALLY bad at posting these. You'd think nearly a year later I'd have this done. So I'm posting it now, and hopefully I will finish it later. Maybe. Right......

This year, for Gencon 50, I decided to bring my 12 year old daughter Hannah. She's a budding tabletop gamer, and usually gives me a pretty hard run for my money in whatever game we are playing. In addition to having a great palate for tabletop boardgames, she has a nascent interest in Role Playing / Story games - just like Dad, so that makes me melt inside.

Demonhunters
You know you're going to have either a great or massively disappointing con when the first game out of the gate is one of the best you've ever played. I've had the chance to play Demonhunters before, and had about as much fun the first time. Biggest difference here is that while I played the first game with a very good friend (who single handedly kept me on target enough to prevent a complete and total Gencon-Meltdown(TM) last year, so thank you to him) - was that this year I was playing with my daughter as well.

Scenario: Hannah played the Ninja Assassin Vampire with a blood addiction, while I took on the role of the gadget-builder-technomancer with a very short attention span. Did I mention that Demonhunters is just a BIT tongue in cheek? And it hits the mark perfectly. When we were being sent to investigate and put down a haunting at a theatre at the premiere of "Harrison", the musical celebrating the short but uneventful presidency of William Henry Harrison, I knew we were in for a great game. The author of the scenario is a brilliant genius, so whoever you are out there, you Sir/Madam, are a badass.

System: The game system for Demonhunters is an incredibly well done and elegant blend of Cortex and Fate. Two of my most favorite game systems for getting out of the way while enhancing and encouraging narrative play. Its hard to say exactly why this particular blend works so well, it just does. If Fate Core and the Cortex Hacker's Guide had a baby inside of the Emergency Room  of a Black Comedy Hospital, Demonhunters is what you would have. Just trust me, its that good.

Notable Moments: The two notable moments for me were Hannah jumping from the catwalks to tackle Yorick, the cheap plastic skull that was flying about attacking people, and smashing him into a cloud of fine plastic particles in which she appeared like a ninja from a smoke bomb - while I commandeered the P.A. system of the theater to read scathing reviews from the bad boss guy's previous thespian disasters, reducing him to tears

My Seminars
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GM 301

Psi*Run
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Scenario: Our runners climbed out of a helicopter crash in Montreal, Canada. We had a levitating teen, an old man who could open doors in space and time, a woman who could manipulate memory, and my 50 something who could control small concentrated areas of wind. Sounds like a typical Psi*Run recipe for disaster right? I'm not sure which game had a higher body count. This one or the session of Eclipse Phase in which we released a roomful of tigers onto an unsuspecting bio lab full of Yakuza thugs.
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Eclipse Phase
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Leverage
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Shadows of Esteren
System - Very simple, d10 resolution. There is FAR more substance to the ambiance and feel of this game than there is in terms of game mechanics. I found the mechanics of the game to be somewhat irrelevant, and they took a huge backseat to the story of survival we were telling. Hopeless survival...pretty sure we all died, but had a great time doing it.
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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Gencon 2018 Seminars

Hi Everyone!

If you've found your way here, that means you've registered for (or are at least marginally curious about) The Gamer Assembly's GM Seminar series, GM 101 and GM 201. I'll be posting updates as we refine the agenda for the sessions moving closer to Gencon.

If you were at my seminar, and want to get in touch with me, feel free to drop me a line at e4mafia@gmail.com