I was horrified and secretly very proud at the same time.
Apparently she has been paying attention, but hopefully the gentleman wasn't offended--it was meant in good fun.
My wife and daughter stopped at the Edhellen Armoury booth and began fighting in the middle of the aisle with assorted foam weaponry. I believe my wife brought a giant maul into play at one point before I made them stop, explaining that wasn't really proper floor etiquette. It was really starting to turn into a more eventful day than I'd have liked.
I had a nice, long chat with Kevin Siembieda. Man, I wish would have recorded it. I think I mentioned in my chat with him the other day what fire and enthusiasm he still has for gaming. He gave me this incredible pep talk about gaming, about doing what you love, and not focusing on the little stuff at the table as much as the big picture. The guy gets all the flak in the world online, but man, he should give a seminar for discouraged gamers.
Honestly, it was nice to see the Palladium booth keeping pretty busy. Kevin said after a two-year absence, he wasn't sure what sort of reception they'd get. Well, you can definitely say Palladium's fans haven't forgotten.
I picked up the Castles & Crusades Castle Keeper's Guide. I went for the hardcover, since I had a coin that gave me 20% off my purchase. I think my whole group raided their store at some point or another. The printing and binding looks nice, which was one of my questions since Troll Lord Games is doing in-house printing now. I probably could have dropped another $100 at the TLG booth, but that wasn't in the budget.
There remains no big "hit of the convention". I've asked probably 2 dozen gamers and gaming bloggers, and no one can point to one product that just took over this show. I've been asked my opinion on Burning Wheel a lot, but I don't know how many copies they brought or how they're doing. I didn't get the feeling of that same "buzz factor" as, say, Mouse Guard, but it's hard to tell.
Honestly, if there's anything, I get the sense most people are generally pretty happy with their game or company of choice. Paizo and Pathfinder fans are enjoying what they're getting (Ultimate Combat was moving very well, it looked like), and you can see the same with fans from Margaret Weis to Cubicle 7 to Pinnacle. I don't know if it's the fact that we're coming to terms with things such as pdf pricing, online resources, and less traditional publishing models, or if we've stabilized after a long period of their being one big dog and everyone else. This show just seems a bit happier, if that makes sense.
OK, time for some more pics:
|These two worthy knights were found over by the Paizo booth. It had|
to be 150 degrees in that armor.
|My daughter was in love with this sword. She totally had the Conan-style|
wielding of it down, as well.
|This picture turned out like crap, which is a shame, because mini-Stormtrooper|
and mini-Boba Fett made my day.
|Another shot of the action at Kenzer. They do an awesome job of|
putting players through Hackmaster demos.
|By request, another view of the Palladium Booth.|
|Traveller Books! I'll never get tired of seeing that.|
I'll finish up with some thoughts and additional tomorrow. I have my oldest daughter's baptism tomorrow, so I'd probably be in big trouble if I missed that in the morning.