Friday, July 27, 2007

I know your dark secret... Craig-con 2007

This Craigcon was a bit stranger than most (and trust me, when gamers band together to play it gets downright weird), and since I have the capacity I figure it is only fair to share the experience with those unable to make it in person.

Friday started around noon with a gaggle of pubescents screeching at the door to Reality's Edge like a maddened Barbarian horde (assuming that Visigoths were looking for Halo 2 time in Rome duringthe sack). Once we had subdued the little cretins (no I will not tell you what we did, use your imaginations, it rhymes with 'by quill') we proceeded to run the first RP scenario of Craigcon. We started off with a debut of my newly written rules for Renegade Legion Leviathan. FASA's Renegade Legion universe was always one of my favorites and my new simplified rules for Leviathan have allowed me to share the game with a new generation of gamers. The players mounted a raid on the VLCA of Ancona and a good time was had as we explored the ins and outs of starship combat. Mike Dunn played a cheerful version of Rear-Admiral Foster, and Craig's mono-maniacal Fighter Squadron commander was great, as was the tech-obsessed Destroyer commodore played by Justin Heba.

We then transitioned into a great session of Game of Thrones, where Andy Bradbury got the chance to show that he was, indeed, the Maester of Disaester as he managed to fumble pretty much every roll (I think he even accidentally stabbed himself at dinner). Mike Dunn did a fantastic job running his scenario for us, and I am sure I speak for everyone when I say that a good time was had by all. Just one other note to Dave Yaeger on this one: I told you he was a traitor!

Segueing into the next game, Andy Bradbury ran a Cross Setting game for a small group of us. A Cross Setting Game involve players using their favorite characters in a new adventure that takes them from their normal environs and into whole new worlds. In this particular game, characters from around the multiverse had been summoned forth to do battle with a god from the Birthright plane who was, in fact, a great old one. All I can say is that one Elemental Monolith and a bunch of crazy actions later, we where halfway through the outer planes! A fun time was had by all, and yes, Yaeger, you do get a bonus for that!

Saturday started with a second cross-setting game run by Craig Hatler. This one used a new system called Mortal Coil ( which was developed by SFSNNJ former guest speaker Brennan Taylor. It was a great RP narrative, and we all had a lot of fun. I turned into a puddle and oozed away at the first hint of violence. Go figure. By the way - CLANG!

The Cross Setting Game was followed by rampant chaos as we broke down into three tables (one of which was Chuck Garofalo's regular Arvon table and the other two of which were Burning Empires demo tables). The Burning Empires demos went swimmingly, and I think somebody crshed a starship into a city. Good clean fun there.

Next was the Battle Royal (e) and the competative nature of the interpersonal conflict threatened to tear a hole in space time. Mike Sciame's poor Rakshasa got flash frozen by Andy Bradbury's Druid, while poor Mike Dunn got filleted by my Cohort and my Familiar. Meanwhile Abdul Manikram and Thom Purdy dueled to Thom's character's death, and Justin Heba and Chuck played a long game of cat and mouse. In the end, the brackets pitted me against Andy and it became the duel of the environmental books as Frostburn and Sandstorm based characters duked. It was a heated battle, and I lost primarily due to my own stupidity. My dying words were, yet again, "D'oh! Ill get you next time gadget... NEXT TIIIIIIIME!!!!!!"

The orc game followed, with much thumping, whumping, and calls of, "Duh, yeah boss!" and "Can't touch her, she girl, gots cooties!" Brian O'Dell did a great job of brawling with a bunch of superpowered Orc Badboys, and we all had many laughs as random encounters constantly thumped us. It ain't easy being an Orc.

The last day of Craigcon was taken up primarily by Clay Wheatley's Aberrant game, which was great fun and a high-powered duel between super-powered heroes. It is not every day that you get to see the bad guy turn a 1000 year old fortress into a puddle of cooling glass. Fun!

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robustyoungsoul said...

It was an awesome time all around. Kudos!