Today continues with the weird and wonderful world of games.
First we start with a board game about Donuts! And a Bacon promo card. Need I say more?!
Master of Orion the classic computer strategy game is now a deck building board game. Made by catalyst (a respectable company) it plays like sci-fi Dominion. I'd recommend it.
Next I was in the family fun area and came across this game where Vegetables fight against Meat. Playable 5+ (3+ according to the designers three year old that helped play test it with them) I like how it is relateable for my four year old to play.
Ral Partha is the original miniature maker for D&D and Battletech back in the 80's. They went bankrupt and were sold off a few times and still manage to stick around. It's so great to see the old minis still available for sale. And they have bins of bulk bits/minis for sale too!
As I wrote about the first day, i'm a sucker for game bitz. Game Crafter had a booth where you can buy common game bits by the gram! It's like board game candy!
This next one is important as it represents the future of tabletop gaming. Everything you see in the next 3 photos are made by 3D printing: miniatures, modular terrain, and more. They don't sell you the bits, they sell you 3d models you can print yourself. They are doing a kickstarter soon and you can get a whole wack of stuff for cheap.
Next I went to panel on RPG Fantasy Fiction with 4 New York Times best selling authors including Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman the creators of Dragonlance. There was quite the line to get in.
And then I got to meet Tracy Hickman and chat. For those that don't know, Archmage Rises is inspired by Raistlin and the world of Dragonlance. Now that we're practically BFFs, we'll see if he wants to help out on the game. :-)
Leaving the panel i walked past a ton of cosplay. Much of it is impressive, but this one i just had to take a picture of: Female Pink Vader in a Tutu.
This guy wins for Most Innovative Entrepreneur. He is a one-stop emergency repair shop for cosplayers. Awesome!
I suppose the thing I like about GenCon is how completely it is dedicated to all of gaming. Like video games too? There is a massive lan party going on in one of the ballrooms. Hundreds of computers playing League of Legends, Overwatch, and many more, including betas of new games like Gigantic.
There are a ton of new miniature games at GenCon. Squad based ones like the one based on Game of Thrones called Fire & Ice, the pirate one from yesterday, Descent type ones, and more. Frankly I got sick of them and didn't bother photographing any of them because they all blur together. Then i came across Arena Rex, a gladiator combat game based on roman gladiators with some ancient mythology mixed in. I don't know why i felt this one really stood out from the crowd, it just seems well suited to the theme.
I have to get something off my chest: I love giant robots. Battletech is my all time favorite miniatures game, and mechwarrior my favorite RPG. In the GenCon play hall they have something I have always wanted to play: Battletech in a real virtual combat pod. It first came out in 1996 and a series of pods were run at the bottom of the CN Tower. When i worked in Toronto i tried to go but they had decomissioned them by the time i got there. Then, suddenly, there they were! For $8 one gets to play in one of 14 pods for 7 minutes. I played 3 times. It is awesome, and though the game is pretty dated, it would have been absolutely mind blowing early 2000s.
And finally I managed to get into a board game version of a favorite computer game of mine Orcs Must Die; a combination of tower defense and FPS. The board game version plays very well. There is a rule in game design called "looks hard, plays easy" and OMD does this very well. When the first wave of baddies shows up and we think "how will we ever survive?", and then when the traps go off and take out many of them it suddenly looks winnable and makes us feel good.
Two versions can be put together to create 4 vs 4 where one side sends orcs to the other side and the other sends soldiers to the other side, in a final showdown. Pretty innovative.
And that my friends is it. 12 hours of straight gaming goodness today. I'm exhausted, my family is tired of sitting in a hotel room, so we're heading home tomorrow with all my ill gotten loot. Until next year GenCon, i'll be thinking of you!