Monday, August 8, 2011

My Gen Con Haul

Before I left for Gen Con, I made a list of things I possibly wanted to pick up at the show. Here they are, in no particular order:

1) Carcassonne Expansions
2) Castles and Crusades Castle Keeper's Guide
3) Gamescience Dice
4) Stars Without Number Hardcover
5) Fight On! Compilation
6) Hirst Model Arts Molds

I actually did pretty well with my list, grabbing the first three items. I didn't get #4, 5, or 6, but I still think we're planning on some some Hirst Molds, we're just going to have to go in when we have a little more money. On the Stars Without Number hardcover, it came down to a choice between that and the Castle Keeper's Guide, and since I already have SWN in another format, the CK Guide got the call this time.

As for the Gamescience dice, that's always a blast. The lighted display at Gamescience is just awesome to look at. It's mesmerizing. I'm pretty happy with the glow-in-the-dark d20, d24, and d5 I purchased as well. There weren't many of the precision-edged Armory d30s left, so I'm really happy I picked one of those up when I could.

In addition, as I mentioned yesterday, I picked up DungeonMorph Cards from Inkwell Ideas, which I really like. I also picked up some reaction/emotion d6s from Flying Buffalo, complete with angry, happy, really angry, neutral, and really happy faces. It'll be fun to use them for random NPC reactions.

My wife bought two board games from Out of the Box Games: Word on the Street and Shake n' Take. Both are family-style games that my oldest daughter should be able to play as well.

On the board game front, I am really, really disappointed I didn't get is Conflict of Heroes, from Mayfair Games. We demoed this, and it's one of the easiest, most entertaining wargames I've played. Sadly, the $80 price tag was too much, and I didn't have enough time to get the Mayfair discount by demoing a whole host of games.

Ticket To Ride was also under consideration--it'd be nice to have a copy of my own, finally--but it wasn't going to happen this weekend.

I thought long and hard about picking up Burning Wheel Gold, but I thought long and hard about my experience with Burning Wheel Revised. The game, and especially scripted combat and social conflict, are tough sells for a lot of game groups. I had to be realistic and pass on it.

All in all, not a bad Gen Con haul. It probably pales in comparison to some, but I just feel fortunate I was able to attend and pick up a couple things. That's more than many can say, and I feel like none of my purchases were "impulse buys" I'll never play. That's a good feeling.


chris said...

My "To Buy" list was shorter even than yours, Zach. (BTW, nice getting a chance to meet you again)

My list was Swords & Wizardry Complete and the Fate version of Kererberos Club. Got them both. I was also hoping for a copy of OpenQuest, but that I could not find.

I did get a bundle of the Role-Aids Demons stuff, Mindjammer for Starblazer Adventure, Supermegatopia (more for the system than the super furries setting), and Darcartha Prime. I also got quickstarts for Mistborn and Dragon Brigade. Those were freebies, though.

Zachary Houghton said...

Nice to see you again, too! Hope to see you again next year for sure!

Swords & Wizardry Complete's a good product. I didn't snag one, but a buddy of mine did, and didn't put it down.

Biz said...

After readng your post I looked around the gamescience web site out of curiosity. THen on my commute home after work I happend to be listening to Flaggons and Dragons podcast on Dice.

I got directed to a you tube of the guy who makes the game science dice to see what it is all about.

I ordered them when I got home, directly after watching the video. Now I'm waiting to get hem in so I can use them at my next game. I slowly started to realize that my dice are weighted because I have been hitting almost all 3s and 18s while DMing which does make for an interesting game I suppose but i would like to have some more randomness in my rolls.

I would just like to say thanks for putting htis into my head!

Zachary Houghton said...

Yeah, Gamescience is pretty awesome. And Colonel Lou’s video is tremendous! I absolutely love mine!