A Late GenCon 2018 review.

Gathering myself after being at GenCon, I realize that time flew quickly by. It is more than a month after four days of glorious gaming and I’m just now writing.

This past weekend was Hall of Heroes Comic Con in Elkhart, IN. I was a volunteer both Saturday and Sunday and ran Dungeon Crawl Classics on Saturday. This was the second annual Comic Con for Hall of Heroes and the first year for having a separate gaming area hosted by Secret Door Games where I run Road Crew games for Goodman Games Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG.

But back to GenCon 2018. I ran six events for Goodman Games and was surprised to receive a silver medal for running the next highest number of events for Goodman Games. The good medal winner ran eight.

It is a weighty medal. And I am most thankful to be a part of this “warm, fuzzy gelatinous cube” tribe.

I ran two “Sour Spring Hollow” level 0 events, “Qnight’s Haunted Quest” and two “Sailors on the Starless Sea” events. And I love it how with each table of players the adventures run so differently. The players make my time judging DCC RPG worth every minute.

On Saturday, I had my schedule of running events so messed up. But I didn’t miss a beat even though I was exhausted. Each day of GenCon I ran a total of 8 hours of DCC RPG in the Goodman Games gaming room. I also was able to play in a couple of games. I enjoy, so much, the fun of getting crazy “inside” a PC. One of my characters was in an X-Crawl game with Brendan LaSalle. Her name was Joan “of Arc” Rivers. We were asked to pick an actor to portray us in a movie and from there all chaos ensued.

This is what I love about Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, the gonzo play that it offers.  I also play in another RPG group which plays a popular role-playing game. I don’t find it as enjoyable. So serious, or at least it was with a previous member of the group. As a new player, I was being taught that min/maxing a character was the norm. Then I was introduced to DCC RPG and the ‘casual” way of rolling up players. Ok, I think you all can guess what “casual” means. Old Gygaxian way – roll 3d6 and place the number straight down the ability line.

Oh, this was liberating for me in character design. And the classes from the core book are straightforward. You are either human, elf, halfling or dwarf. And in leveling up, if you are human, you get to choose to become either a thief, warrior, cleric or wizard. At the time of leveling up a human, the ability numbers are fairly important as you can use them to your benefit. Clerics with high personality are nice and wizards with high intelligence are nice. Of course, agility for a thief and strength for a warrior are key also.

Ok, so went for a bit of a tangent there. After four days of gaming and purchasing, I came home tired and with a lighter pocketbook. Yes, I still say pocketbook. Actually, I’ve been saying a cracked and broken plastic card. It has been well used purchasing Goodman Games products.

Did I see any of the Exhibitors Hall? Well, yes, for a quick moment but for the most part, I spent most of my time drooling over the Goodman Games booth. There is so much wonderful stuff there and wonderful stuff came home with me.

I want to thank Goodman Games for the support they give to their game masters during GenCon and at other conventions. The next convention I will be attending will be Gary Con in Lake Geneva, WI in March 2019. At that time I hope to have in playtest a module I am presently writing. We need more women writers in this genre. I hope you see my name there.

Play well and always roll those crits! Judge Joan of Arc the DesTroyer mybanner



The Writing Bug or Bugs in the Writing?

In mid-April, I was struck with the “Bug”. The writing “bug”. So I wrote a little adventure starter for the “Gongfarmer’s Almanac” to be released at GenCon 2018 in August. A Keystone cop type theme. I titled it ” The Heist for the Royal Jewels”. It got play tested once during a BBQ party at my house. It was a blast as players from both Better World Books and Secret Door Games came to “test” this out. You can find my adventure starter in volume #5 of the “Gonfarmer’s Almanac 2018”.

I dislike writer’s block. And the fact that every story needs the first words to get typed or written on a page. It also does not help to have chronic tendonitis in my left thumb and up the inner arm ending up in the shoulder.

So, I am taking this time in writing my blog to get the writing juices flowing. Knowing that reading and watching themed books and videos can help with this, I am trying to get some time in on some well-needed Appendix N reading and also some theme related movies and videos. And listening to Queen’s “Under Pressure”.

Thinking I have a good title for the module I am writing, I come to want to edit before the story is even written. “Cart before the horse”? Yes!  So many things that I’m doing wrong with the writing process at this time.

Looking for organizing strategy. So, I say there are bugs in the writing with having the writing bug.