Tuesday, August 21, 2007

GenCon 2007: Friday - Sunday recap

Friday was an interesting day. I was supposed to have been at Arkham Horror at 8am but I just couldn’t make and slept in and blew it off. The previous days driving and excitement caught up to me and I ended up sleeping until about 9:30 in the morning. We learned a lesson that next year I won’t be scheduling events for that early in the morning, especially when the night before I stay up until 3am to watch a zombie horror flick. The best event I did during the whole Con was Friday at 4pm which was the WoW Trading Card game beginners tournament. Entering this event was 15 dollars, but I got a WoW TCG starter set plus two free boosters as I played (the starter set also had 2 boosters). This was my first tournament type event, and it was for starters. I knew that I could never build a deck or be competitive any other way because I am just not that good at card games. Anyway I went 2-1 and had a good time, until I got crushed by an overpowered Warlock deck. Much like the real game, Warlocks need to be nerfed.

Saturday morning I was up and hitting the Tannhauser gaming event that I signed up for. The FFG guys were once again NOT ready for the demo, and along with me were 3 other guys that were confused about where the event was to be held and where our demo event leader was. Once he finally showed up we got our spots and settled in for some Tannhauser.

Tannhauser turned out to be a very cool game, even if slightly unbalanced. Basically, it is a miniatures game on a board but geared toward personal combat, sort of a Confrontation meets Descent board game. You can move about and take cover using the board which has a special segmented movement system printed on it. The range and LOS are already marked on the playing field making your position and tactics very crucial. There are smoke grenades, knives, pistols, whips, large machine guns…the works. It is a very cool game with a a lot of expandability because you could technically add more map add ons and characters very easily. Also each character can have a different load out before the game begins and can drop and pick up gear left by dead comrades. The demo leader was way more competent than our Marvel demonstrator the day before, and I left wanting to buy the game but I knew my lack of opponents would make it a waste of money.

I met the designer of Dungeon Twister, a great board game with tons of variety and we picked that up and got him to autograph our box. The designers name is Christophe Boelinger and he has been at every GenCon each year I have gone, and I have always been intrigued by the game so this year I finally picked it up. I talked with him about 2 hours and played a small game before it was time to head out since the hall was closing. It is always great to meet a designer as passionate about games as Christopher is. During our time in the hall I also played an AT 43 demo and that is a great game, but very expensive to get into. Rackham is really coming out with some great stuff lately.

Later that night I had a Munchkin card game event at 9pm and ended up playing with 4 other people for a total of 6. That game is a blast with a lot of people, and I did my best to be the evil backstabbing jerk at the table and I did so effectively. I am sure I ruined the night of many Munchkin players at the table, but that is what the game is all about! I did not win but it was fun.

Sunday was my typical wrap up day where I just took it easy and scouted the exhibition hall for any deals we may have missed. Being a super hero nerd, this year I finally decided to get into Hero Clix and found starter sets and boosters being reduced for clearance on the last day of the con. I got a starter set for 5 bucks, and many boosters for $1.50. I walked out of there with about 5 bags full of Hero Clix stuff and can’t wait to start playing. I left a bit early to beat the traffic and finally got home around 6pm, another GenCon finished and another year ahead to wait. One thing I do want to do is make the Wizard World Con in Chicago next year. This is usually a week before GenCon and kinda a prelim. That is about it for my recap, over time this week I will get some pictures up as a separate post but for now I just wanted to get my thoughts out before I forgot. I had been planning to do a day by day synopsis but forgot my laptop power cord and ran out of juice Saturday morning.

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