Sunday, June 19, 2016
Gaming Triple Threat!
Or rather.... a gaming triple treat! :)
I have seen more gaming in the past 24 hours than I have seen in a long time -- with the exception of maybe my GenCon experience last year of course. That said, aside from the two last Free RPG Days, I haven't even run much else. Those reasons have varied between too busy, schedule changes, and even disinterest.
However, last Friday at the invitation and general encouragement of a friend, I got roped in to playing a character in a D&D Fifth Edition campaign. It's been fun and I played again last night. I also was requested to run a demo or two at my local game store for Free RPG day. It was VERY last minute but I did some prep and got everything together to do just that earlier this morning. Things don't always work as planned though and, despite completely setting up, I and about 3 other GMs were all waiting for players to show up. This year, there just wasn't that big a turnout at the store and most likely this is because of the store undergoing major changes with a major renovation and a move as they prepare to open a second larger location. So, instead I got to play in a Call of Cthulhu game (newest edition).
I had a blast, lost some sanity, but survived to fight another day!
It also helped me to understand a couple of the newer features in this new version of the game because, as luck would have it, I was kicking off my own Call of Cthulhu game this evening. The adventure we played was a scenario by the name of 'Deadlight' -- a great, short scenario. As a player, it impressed me enough that I opted to run this instead of the original adventure I had planned to run. Great fun all around! The stars were truly right for me this weekend!
Now, while I didn't end up running a game due to lack of players, I was still able to introduce a few people to Castles & Crusades and answer a variety of questions about the game, as well as Amazing Adventures. There were no more Free RPG Day offerings from Troll Lord Games this year after I talked up the system. There were other free products getting some love... the offering from LotFP was another favourite but interestingly, Paizo's Pathfinder didn't get the same sort of love this year at my game store compared to previous years. This year, highlights of what was being played was 5th Edition, Fantasy Flight Game's Edge of the Empire (Star Wars), and Call of Cthulhu. At least C&C and AA got an honourable mention. ;)
I picked up some swag but not much of it. I've grown a bit more particular with what I grab. There were some great looking products but ultimately there was only three items I truly wanted. I got two of them but only because Chaosium included only one product per box as opposed to multiples. Generally, the store raffles other single and special items off to those who actively participate (running or playing in games run on this day). I was lucky enough to get a dice tower, though, I find a meeple shaped dice tower to be mildly disturbing.
I'll be sure to review and post my thoughts on what I did grab in the next day or so.