Tales from the Gazebo – KantCon: Where I Become a Sentinel of the Multiverse

KantCon: Where I Become a Sentinel of the Multiverse By Cape Rust After that amazing Ingenium game, I hung around KantCon for a while longer before I had to leave to attend my regular game. I would have loved to stay and try to sit in on a game, but KantCon is only once a year and my regular gaming group is there all the time. They would have been fine without me, but they are a really great group...

Tales from the Gazebo – KantCon: Elder Evils and Inquisitive Licks!

KantCon: Elder Evils and Inquisitive Licks! By Cape Rust After our Characters had been introduced it was time to start our adventure. It turns out that we had all been captured, knocked out and awoke in a cell. The cell didn’t have bars, it had walls and a door with a viewing slat and a small opening at the bottom to slide food in and out. We quickly came up with at least 5 different plans to...

Tales from the Gazebo – KantCon: Playtested, Gamer Approved!

KantCon: Playtested, Gamer Approved! By Cape Rust After spending the morning watching other people game, window shopping with the vendors and conversing with some of my new friends, it came time for the 2 – 6 P.M. (I wish people would use the 24 hour clock over here, it is so much easier!) Ingenium game slot. You already know what I think of Silver Gryphon Games as a company so there is no need...

Tales from the Gazebo – KantCon: the Morning After or Day 2

KantCon: the Morning After or Day 2 By Cape Rust The sensory overload that KantCon day 1 created, caused a severe case of verbal diarrhea (thanks to my wife Laurie for listening) and had my mind so full of gaming, sleep came slowly and fitfully. In fact I had the kind of sleepless night that I normally have when my regular gaming group is starting a new game. If I’m running the game my plot twists...

Gen Con Report – Publisher Sneak Peak, Part I

Welcome to a special edition of the Gen Con Report. Prior to the start of Gen Con, we’re attempting to collect as much information as we can on the products that are being released / featured at Gen Con so readers know what to expect. Hopefully this will be a multi-part series, but here is a look at the first publishers who have provided this “inside” information. Interaction Point...

Tales from the Gazebo – KantCon: Hanging with the Gryphons

KantCon: Hanging with the Gryphons By Cape Rust After sailing the 7th Sea I had the urge to complete one more walk around KantCon. My kitchen pass was diminishing fast (actually my wife is extremely supportive of my nasty little gaming habit, but why take advantage of her good nature). As I made my way to the rear right-hand corner of the main convention hall, I saw a familiar emblem. Now This emblem...

Tales from the Gazebo – KantCon: 7th Sea

KantCon: 7th Sea By Cape Rust After my random (albeit epic) encounter with Chris Perrin, it was time for him to run his Mecha Game and time for me to find that empty chair at a gaming table I spoke of in our last episode. Entering the main hall was a full frontal assault to my gamer senses. Tables occupied by people who share the same passions that I do, combined with just the right amount of vendors...

Tales From the Gazebo – KantCon: Table Talk with Chris Perrin

KantCon: Table Talk with Chris Perrin By Cape Rust In my last episode, I mentioned my fortuitous meeting with Chris Perrin as I entered KantCon. Chris and I have traded quips on facebook for several years and this face to face meeting was an example of why being an active part of the gaming community is so important. We tend to forget that, like many organizations, we share a common interest and...

Gen Con 2012 Preparation – Know Before You Go

The exhibitor hall map for Gen Con 2012 is now available, and the list of tabletop role-playing publishers and supporters is HUGE. To make it a bit easier for you, here’s who they are, what booth they have, and what they’re known for (in alphabetical order). Alderac Entertainment Group http://www.alderac.com/ Publishes: Legend of the Five Rings Booth # 902 Arc Dream Publishing http://arcdream.com/home/ Publishes:...

Tales from the Gazebo – KantCon: In Processing

KantCon: In Processing By Cape Rust After completing my less than epic 45 minute drive to KantCon and being festooned with my badge of honor (press pass) and my epic SWAG bag that weighed as much as a phone book, I decided to head over to the event table. KantCon ran an extensive preregistration that included its Kickstarter project. I know that it has been done before, but KantCon’s preregistration...

Tales from the Gazebo – KantCon: It’s All About the Destination

It’s All About the Destination By Cape Rust I’ve done plenty of traveling in my life and I have always heard that it’s about the journey, not the destination. In fact, I’ve even said the same thing myself. When it comes to conventions, sometimes the journey can be the best part of the experience. KantCon in Kansas City was all about the destination! This was my first year attending KantCon...

Tales from the Gazebo – KantCon Introduction

KantCon Introduction By Cape Rust The next few episodes of Tales From the Gazebo will be different. Instead of GMing advice I will be covering KantCon. I think it is important to take the time to cover conventions, because for some it is the only time during the year where they actually get to sit down with other gamers and roll polys. I know of several gamers who only dust off their books for conventions....

Gen Con Indy 2012 Event Catalog Now Available

The Gen Con Indy 2012 event catalog is now available for viewing. You cannot register at this time, but all currently available events are there for searching. The Gen Con Indy 2012 Event Catalog is live! Please take the next two weeks to review and begin planning your 2012 event schedule. You will be able to register for events beginning on Sunday, May 20 at noon eastern time, provided you have purchased...

Gen Con Event Registrations Opens May 20th

Gen Con Indy has posted dates for event registration – May 20th. Only two and a half months between now and the day we celebrate Event Registration opening! So now’s the time to make sure your account is active and your badge is purchased. There are thousands of events already submitted and more coming in every day. Keep your eyes open for more event-related information over the next couple...

Atop the Game Summit 2012

Here in Ontario, this past weekend was Family Day Weekend, a newly anointed government holiday designed squarely around having an extra long weekend to spend with family and the perfect time for a gaming convention. Board games have always been a staple of family activity and seen a resurgence in spite of the advances in video games as those who grew up playing these games have gone on to incorporate...

Gen Con Hotel Block Opens

Gen Con Indy opened up the hotel blocks for reservation yesterday with a fairly substantial response. 50% of the rooms booked on the first day. http://www.facebook.com/genconindy Support Roleplayers Chronicle by purchasing our Premium Content Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Join our forums

Gen Con Report – Gamers Being Gamers

Here are some pictures of gamers doing what we like best: playing games! A few of these are some beautiful wargame terrain setups while the others are gamers sitting around, rolling dice and telling stories. And finally, Savage Saturday Night! Featuring a Deadlands game run by Shane Hensley including terrain and minis! That’s it for pictures. The...

Gen Con Report – Day 3 More Product Shopping

I was able to get around the Exhibit Hall today after working at the Triple Ace Games booth and find some more great products for sale. In fact, I ran across the Hero Games booth (not listed in the Gen Con map) and found the Ars Magica display at Atlas Games. In addition, I grabbed more pictures at Studio 2 Publishing including Third Eye Games, Crafty Games, and Terra/Sol Games. However, I was hoping...

Gen Con Report – ENnie Awards

Here’s the results of today’s ENnie Awards ceremony: Best Website Silver: d20pfsrd.com Best Website Gold: Obsidian Portal Best Podcast Silver: Chronicles: Pathfinder Podcast Best Podcast Gold: Yog-Sothoth Best Blog Silver: Gnome Stew Best Blog Gold: Critical-Hits Best Cover Art Silver: Shadowrun: Attitude Best Cover Art Gold: A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide Best Interior Art Silver:...

Gen Con Report – Day 2 Product Shopping

The Exhibit Halls were packed with so many gamer’s that you can’t help but feel a bit at home. I was amazed by the amount of fantastic products for sale and how everyone is presenting their new stuff. I couldn’t help but pick up several items myself including Savage Suzerain and Caladon Falls from Savage Mojo, Sorcery & Super Science from Expeditious Retreat Press (Joseph Browning...