Category Archives: Conventions

Gam3 Day May 2013

I just got back from May Gam3 Day 2013, put on by the Gam3rCon people.  I had a really good time.

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It’s held at the 10th Ave Theater downtown, which is about 8 miles from my house, so I really had no excuse not to go.  Hodad’s (a great burger joint) is next door.  So, I walk in at about 3pm, Hodad’s in hand, and 10 seconds later I’m sitting at a table playing Pandemic.

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Pandemic is a cooperative game where the players are trying to stop a plague from wiping out humanity.  We lost.  :(  It was fun though, I definitely need to pick it up.

Immediately after that, I played a demo of Judge Dredd.

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This was hosted by a guy named Ron, who was a good guy.  The Judge Dredd rules can be downloaded for free.

Then I watched a quick game of Chrononauts :

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Chrononauts was crazy.  I’m not sure I quite grasped it.

After that, Ron (the Judge Dredd guy – above) hosted a game of Dungeon Crawl Classics which was a ton of fun.

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Closing time rolled around too soon, and we got cut a bit short, but it was a great afternoon.

Kingdom-con Day 2 – part 2

I am recovering from last nights Drunk Quest events, slowly.

Saturday at Kingdom-con was much busier.  All the tables in the wargame room were being used, and there were a lot more people around in general.  Parking was tight, but I eventually found a spot.

As I said last night (this morning?) I played a lot of Drunk Quest.  It’s a very fun game.  I also played a demo of Flames Of War.  That was really fun.  We played with the figures provided by the Open Fire! starter pack.  I played the Allies, and I had 2 groups of tanks, and 1 group of infantry.  Tom, who was hosting the demo, played the Germans, and he had 2 groups of infantry and 1 group of tanks.

The figures are plastic, 15mm.  I was very impressed with the details, and the paint job and basing on them was really good.  The game took about 2 hours, and I really enjoyed it.  Tom plays regularly at a local game store, and I might go over there and play again.  Here’s some pics:

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And here’s some pics of Drunk Quest:

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At some point today, I’ve got to go back and get my car.  I took a cab home last night, as I was in no shape to drive.

 

Here’s some random pics from Kingdom-con Saturday:

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Kingdom-con Day 2

Drunk Quest kicked my ass.  I’m drunk right now.  If you play games, and drink, then Drunk Quest is a game you need to get.  The authors and artists  and play testers were all there at Kingdom-con, and they ensured a good time was had by all.  They were all really cool people.

I also had a great time playing Flames Of War, but the write-up for that will have to wait until tomorrow.  As I said, Drunk Quest kicked my ass.  I sleep now.

Kingdom-con Day 1

Yesterday (Friday April 5, 2013) I went to Kingdom-con here in San Diego.  I’ll be going back later today.

Kingdom-con is a small gaming convention that I found out about from a newsletter I picked up at a local game store.  It’s being held 5 miles from my house, so I really have no excuse to not attend.  It’s $50 at the door for a 3 day pass.  They have a large wargaming room, mostly Warhammer and historics, a central lobby with several tables of miniature games, and another large room with open gaming, 10 vendors, and a game library.  The game library has hundreds of games anyone can check out and play.

So, here’s my pics and comments:

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I played a demo game of Infinity.  I’d never played before, but it was easy to pick up.  We played 4 figures to a side, and the game took about 30 minutes.  I won.  :) The figures were really nice. Officially 28mm, they seemed bigger, but I didn’t measure them.

 

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I also played a demo game of Drunk Quest.  It was 2 in the afternoon, so I just drank water.  It’s like Munchkin with drinking.  It was super fun, and I bought a copy.  There’s a tournament with real drinking tonight.  I might join. :)

 

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I picked up a set of Irondice.  They are “silver-plated miniature white metal and covered with a translucent paint”.  They come with rules for a dice game, but I just bought them because they look freakin’ cool.  I’m just going to use them as regular D6 for gaming.

 

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For every event / demo / etc you participate in, you get a token.  At any time, you can cash your tokens in for prizes.  It’s like skee-ball!

 

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This part really made me laugh.  Right there in the rules, right on your badge, it says, “Please remember to stay clean and shower.” :)

In closing, here’s some pics I took in the wargaming room.  I have nothing left to say, except I’m going back today.  I plan to attend a demo of Flames Of War.

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