Monday, January 19, 2015

Classic Report - Midwinter 2015



High light: Running into old friends everywhere I turned.

Low light: The open gaming area spilled out into the hallways and other rooms. Board games a big deal these days and the room set aside for it at the show was not sufficient.

Best experience: My Saturday night Firefly Game with seven players all of whom rocked the Serenity Crew.


Worst experience: I hauled in a lot of stuff to trade and had to haul a lot of it back because it was a no go.


Best bargain (had to buy it, no freebies): Traded some of my Shadowrun 4th stuff for some X-Wing ships and an Age of Rebellion book.


Best Freebie: The Chronos LARP rules are available as free PDFs. I didn't get to try them out at the show, but a few friends did and were raving about them.

Most welcome surprise: Saturday was the perfect mix of gaming with people I knew and new people who were fun.


Most unwelcome surprise: The lack of the MilCog board game library put a damper on by goal of trying out several board games I've been reading about.


Best game: The revised Monster of the Week added some new playbooks, tweaked a few rules and still has some excellent advice for running modern monster hunter style games.


Most interesting game concept: Kombat Kittens featured battle between kittens photoshoped into various geek-friendly costumes. I don;t know how much replayability it has, but the first game we played was ridiculously cute.


Sleeper game: Terra Mystica feels like one of those board games at the beginning where the first couple of playthroughs are just going to be pulling levels to see what happens because there's so much going on. But it does a good job of making strategies clear on your turn and picking between two fairly obvious but hard choices.

Coolest booth: 42 Lounge brought their projection screen and I played a few quirky, indie video games while chatting with the owners.


Strangest moment: Being the only person in the elevator not in full-on costume.


Played: 

Kombat Kittens
Terra Mystica
Monster of the Week
Firefly RPG

Purchased:

Parking, mostly.

Swag:

Age of Rebellion: Stay On Target
X-Wing: TIE Phanton
X-Wing: Z-95 Headhunter

Things to pick up after the con:

Monster of the Week in print

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Milwaukee Record - Midwinter

My favorite line of this preview? "15 years may be a lonely grain of sand cast adrift in the crimson void of eternal ennui, but for a gaming convention, it’s pretty dang impressive."

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Midwinter Gaming Convention - Schedule

This weekend brings Milwaukee's first gaming convention of the year. If you want to stop by and say hi, here's where I'll be for sure:

Thursday:

7-11 PM
Wright Ballroom A

Monster of the Week: Last Rites

Just outside of a small town in Texas, a divorcee encounters the supernatural. She needs hunters to help her out. Will you snark like the slayer? Flash your badge and dig through your files? Load your shotgun with rock salt? Choose your playbook, forge your bonds and get to the bottom of the Last Rites.

Saturday:

7-11 PM
Wright Ballroom C

Firefly RPG: Where We've Been, Where We're Going

Join lead writer/line developer Monica Valentinelli and writer Rob Wieland as they discuss the Firefly RPG corebook and the existing supplements for the line. Then, ask your burning questions about what 2015 has in store for you! For more info about the Firefly RPG, visit www.margaretweis.com.

7-11 PM
Wright Ballroom A

Firefly RPG: Bucking The Tiger

Take on the roles of the crew about the Serenity in this session of the hit RPG run by one of the designers of the game. When an old friend sends a message to settle up an old debt, what starts as a luxurious week at a casino turns into a murder mystery mixing up Alliance colonels, Browncoat raiders and Triad gangsters.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Milwaukee Record - Time Lord's Ball

My byline strikes again! My friends at 42 Lounge are hosting a huge year-end party that's Doctor Who themed.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Actual Play - Save Game

Here's a great review/actual play from Michael Duxbury with some awesome characters!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Milwaukee Record - 8Bit Barcade

Back on the geek beat for Milwaukee Record. Thanks to +Caleb Andersen for being my safety buddy and helping me check out this arcade bar in Kenosha.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Milwaukee Record - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Last night I got to see the amazing Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson talk about SCIENCE! for three hours. If this man isn't an Action Scientist, I don't know what the term means.