Don’t look now, but folks have already started registering events for this year’s Gen Con Indy. I’ll be running a sequel to Smash n’ Grab At Kobold Caverns my Microlite74 game of a year ago. More Mayhem At Kobold Caverns should be just as fun, with 6-8 players in a classic gaming bash to see who can grab the most loot and make it out alive from the kobold’s lair. I had a blast running this game last year, and am excited to do it again this year.
The only other event that I have written in stone at this time is the 2010 GM’s Jam. Here’s the descriptor:
“Dead-end plots, lengthy combat, obnoxious gamers—no matter the system, we Game Masters have a lot of the same issues. In this give-and-take forum, we discuss common GM issues, problems, and even how to handle “that guy”. Experienced GMs from a variety of backgrounds help lead an open, frank discussion. Part support group, part idea mill, all awesome! You’re guaranteed to leave with some new ideas for how to make your Game Mastery even better!”
I know I was able to meet a couple of readers at Gen Con last year (hi!), and I’m asking for your input. I’ll be liveblogging again, which means I have limited time with which to organize and run events. I’ve had a couple of ideas, but am only likely going to be able to do one of them (I expect I’ll also be at some blogger meet n’ greets and the like, and my group will be rocking the Tower of Gygax again, so don’t worry there). That’s where I need your help. Which of the 4 ideas do you like best? Second-best? RPG Blog 2 Lurkers who will be at Gen Con, now’s your chance to speak up!
20 positions, 1 table. (I would need a co-DM). One haunted mansion of a mad architect to be looted. Award for Most Kills, Most Loot, Worst Death, and Being Alive At The Finish. Pre-gen characters. Probably using Swords & Wizardry, Microlite74, or something close to it. Traps, traps, traps, slime, oozes, squatting orcs, and probably a vampire lord or two. Time: 3-4 hours, likely Saturday night after the hall closes.
I’d need a little help on this one. Ideally, I’d like 4 sessions of 4 players to try the same module. The groups would then be scored on Survival, Treasure, Goals, and Completion, with the winning group getting…well, something. I’d need a couple of GMs to run sessions, though. It’d be cool if someone wrote a module, then released it after Gen Con. Perhaps the most labor-intensive of my ideas.
Rifts For The Novice
Wanted to play Rifts but thought it just seemed too damn goofy for words? Just give me 90 minutes, and you can say you played Rifts! Cyborgs, mages, plasma weaponry, impossible monsters, and giant robots await! This rapid-action, fast-moving game gets you a feel for Rifts in under 2 hours! Perfect for the time-strapped gamer. Pre-gen characters provided. 4-6 players.
What’s Free In RPGs
Rob Lang should be doing this, but since I don’t think he can jump across the pond for Gen Con, I thought about creating a handout with some of the best free RPGs of the past few years, along discussion on how to get into the play, discussion, and creation of free RPGs out there. Ideally, I’d like to get someone on the panel versed in OGL and/or Creative Commons.
That’s it for now. I’m interested in your opinion on what you’d like to see me run. And if you have an idea I don’t have listed here, let’s hear it, too!