Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Getting ready for 3 Rivers Con

The website is now online. Come on out September 10th to Knoxville's only gaming convention. I hope to see you there.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Gen Con 2011

Another Gen Con is over and I had an even better time than I had last year. Above is a pic of my youngest daughter and me in front of the Privateer Press booth in the dealer area. You can see the rest of my photos here. Most of them are of cool stuff I saw in the minis area.

Due to some schedule conflicts and some change of interest, I ended up making a lot of changes to my registered events. I played two Flames of War games, Spacehulk, Wings of War, Munchkin Quest, and a Pathfinder delve game. I also got in some short demos of the new Legend of Drizzt game and the Lego Heroica game.

The Good

Flames of War was so fun that I went back for a second game and was lucky enough to get a spot. The games were put on by the local gaming group Able Kompanie. They were very friendly and knowledgeable about FoW and had some great terrain and minis that really showcased the game in the best possible way. I picked up the Open Fire starter set and have resigned myself to spending too much money on tiny little tanks in the near future.

Lego had a large area set up for demoing their games and they did a great job of it. Heroica was a big hit for both me and the kids. I would have bought it there but they had sold out pretty quickly. I'll be picking this one up very soon though.

The Bad

The line for Will Call was ridiculously long and it almost made me miss my first game. C'mon Gen Con, there really is no excuse for this.

At both the Legend of Drizzt game and the Munchkin Quest game, we were basically just tossed a copy of the game and left to flounder as we had to figure out the rules ourselves. This is no way for companies to promote their games and both demos left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

I was really looking forward to picking up Super Dungeon Explorers. Sigh, it wasn't ready by Gen Con though.