jaegamer: (Cons)
I'm stunned.  Both badge purchasing and hotel reservation were quick and painless.  No reload screens, no lag, and I got my room of choice without a hitch.

Wow.  I'm looking forward to event registration.
jaegamer: (Cons)
 There were the usual glitches of the site being overloaded, but I got all but one of my first choices, and my second choice for that slot was good as well.   I'm working some at the Rogue Games booth, sleeping in most mornings, and looking forward to a fairly relaxed 25th Gencon.

Thursday 8/5
  • 01:00:00 PM - Ghostfacers in Hell (Supernatural, Cortex System)
Friday 8/6 
  • 08:00:00 AM  - Pathfinder Society #57: Before the Dawn, P1: The Bloodcove Disguise
  • 08:00:00 PM - The Shotgun Diaries: Die Zombie Die! (Ker-blam! Ker-blam!) (John Wick's The Shotgun Diaries)
Saturday 8/7
  • 08:00:00 PM - All the Better... (Supernatural)

Sunday 8/8
  • 10:00:00 AM - Alien Agents (Monsters and Other Childish Things)
jaegamer: (Cons)
My resolution to spend my 25th Gencon playing (rather than my usual mix of running/volunteering more than I play) lasted till mid-morning today. [livejournal.com profile] mind_of_richard  emailed me about helping out at the Rogue Games booth and the next thing I know, I'm saying "sure".  I like their products (particularly Colonial Gothic), and much of what I want to do at Gencon is talking to people anyways, soooo... there it is.

Whomever has Jan 20th in the betting pool, you win!
jaegamer: (Cons)
I should never try to sign up for things when my coffee hasn't metabolized yet... the slot information is beneath the listing, dummy!

Pentacon LogoPentacon is in Fort Wayne, IN, USA, November 6-8, 2009. To register for events, go to their Consupport site.
There are just not enough slots in any con to go around - I long for the days when I was younger and could get by on a lot less sleep. I'm tickled that I might finally get to play the Pathfinder that I missed when it ran at the club (because I was eating the other scheduled scenario). Then Witch Hunter through Saturday evening - becoming a tradition for me. Sunday I have to have time to pack/check out, so nothing till 2pm, but at least I'll get in one new Fellowship of the White Star. I could easily play the whole con in any of the three campaigns, darn it! I need that thingy that Hermione used in Harry Potter!

Jae's Pentacon Schedule
Slot When Event Status
2 Fri 2-6 Pathfinder #3: Murder on the Silken Caravan Player
3 Fri 7:30 -11:30 WH: DP Pt 1 - Trier Player
4 Sat 9-1 WH: DP Pt 2 - Munich Player
5 Sat 2-6 WH: DP Pt 3 - Wiesbaden Player
6 Sat 7:30-11:30 PM WH: DP Interactive GM
8 Sun 2-6 PM FWS B205: Nature of the Beast Player

jaegamer: (Cons)
I had a great Gencon.  Worked my tail off (16 hrs Thursday and Saturday), ran for wonderful people, bought far too much stuff, even managed to play a game or two.  Not enough time spent with chums or playing games, but next year I'm going to play and only play.

I know... I say that every year.

More later, with pics - must return to work now.
jaegamer: (Cons)
Here (very briefly) is my Gencon schedule. It's in flux, as I wasn't anticipating being on the Blackmoor staff as of Gencon so I hadn't signed up to run at all. Now I'm Plot Coordinator (at least for the moment) and the campaign horribly short of judges for Gencon.  I feel I have an obligation to run as much as I can.

On the other hand, I *need* to have my first slot in the morning off as much as possible, because I'm just too darned old to go on less than 5 hours sleep for more than a day.  Nor am I willing to give up the stuff I have tickets for, as each and every one is something I'm dying to play.  There are some holes in my schedule though, that I'd left open to hang with friends or pick up a game, so those I can fill with Blackmoor.  I'm willing to run any of the intros at the drop of a hat, and a fair number of the rest of the library.  I suck as a tactical/combat judge, so I won't run the high level/high combat mods that have become the staple of the campaign over the past year.  Fortunately that still leaves quite a few modules.

I'll update here as I get new information.

  • Play  8/14 Thurs 9 am Chill "Whatever happened to Chester Brown?" (RPG00079)
  • Play  8/14 Thursday 2 pm Supernatural "Seeds of Chaos" (RPG00251)
  • Run  8/14 Thursday 7 pm Colonial Gothic "Bonestown" (RPG00251)
  • Run  8/15 Friday 1 pm StarMage Prophecies SMP01-06 "Rat Queen's Bane" (RPG01680)
  • Play  8/15 Friday 6 pm Trail of Cthulhu "Incident at Killgul Island" (RPG01515)
  • Run  8/16 Saturday 9 am  Blackmoor "Welcome to Blackmoor"
  • Play  8/16 Saturday 2 pm The Dresden Files (RPG01536)
  • Run  8/16 Saturday 7 pm  Blackmoor "Welcome to Blackmoor"
  • Run  8/17 Sunday 11 am Cat "Home Alone" (RPG01887)

jaegamer: (smiling)
Hrmpfh. I'd intended to play more and GM less this year, and here I am running 6 slots. And playing 2. To be fair, I've kept the first slot open almost every day, so that my poor elderly self can stay out drinking at the end of the day, sleep in a little and spend a couple of hours in the dealer's room.

Part of it isn't my fault - the StarMage creator found that the cheapest air ticket he could get was $1000. That's an awful lot of moolah when there were only half a dozen people signed up over all of the slots. So, I picked up the slots where there were tickets purchased and we canceled the rest. Unfortunately, two of those fell over games I was going to play. Ah, well... In addition, I'm now Plot Coordinator for Blackmoor, so it seemed to me that I really have to be willing to run at least a couple of slots to help the cause. I would always rather be on staff at LARPs than attending, so I volunteered for the WitchHunter Interactive. And, of course, I started the whole thing by deciding to run a scenario for Colonial Gothic (which sold out the first day, I'm happy to say).

Yup, there's where my Origins went... I'll need to find someone to buy the tickets for two games that I don't need any more.

And mind you, I do enjoy running these games, or I wouldn't have said yes. I just didn't realize I was going to be running so many slots...

Jae's Origins Schedule
Run 6/25/08 7:00 PM Colonial Gothic - Bonestown
Run 6/26/08 1:00 PM Blackmoor Intro Archive
Run 6/26/08 7:00 PM VH:DP LARP - Celebration of Innocence
Run 6/27/08 8:00 AM Blackmoor Intro Archive
Run 6/27/08 1:00 PM SMP Market Mayhem
Play 6/27/08 7:00 PM WH:DP 1-14 Fair Trade
Play 6/28/08 1:00 PM FWS-A109: The Rock
Run 6/28/08 7:00 PM SMP01-06 Rat Queen's Bane
jaegamer: (CoH)
I spent most of the last week (evenings) and pretty much all of the weekend playing City of Heroes. I'm starting to wonder if my addictive personality is having a wee bit of a problem here... I have a boatload of stuff to get done before Origins, so I'm going to cut myself off from CoH for a couple of weeks to get it all done.

Dang, but it's fun!  I love the character creator, while I still yearn for even MORE options for clothing, faces, and in particular footgear for female characters.  There are not enough "shoe" choices, imho, or body shape options.  I tried to make a toon that looks somewhat like me, and simply couldn't make one fat and dumpy enough.  It's more like me after a successful weight loss regimen, though my chum Philsie did observe that she has a "big butt", so I guess I got in the general neighborhood.  I wish we had all of the costume tools that they have for the NPCs, like tie-died t-shirts and middle-aged spread.  And more than 3 kinds of women's shoes.

Game play continues to hold my interest because they keep making changes and improvements.  I'm *not* a hard core gamer, and my reaction time is pretty slow. I appreciate that I can still play the game (even if I do spend a lot of time running into walls and corners) and be a useful part of a team.

I like the team/hang out with your friends aspect the most.  I can spend the evening with dear friends who are far away, beating up bad guys (or good guys in City of Villains), chatting on Skype and generally basking in camaraderie.  I'd say that's why I've been playing so much, except that I've also spent a lot of time playing solo.

It's also a good avoidance tool -- and I don't really need more of those. It's soooo easy to fire it up and play on the laptop....

So, I'm cutting myself off for a couple of weeks.  With any luck it'll be like my off and on relationship with coffee.  I love coffee, I even need it, but since the last time I broke the caffeine addiction I can take it or leave it.  Ideally I'll be able to go back to playing CoH a couple of times a week like before.

But first... man, have I got a lot to do in the 2 weeks before Origins!
jaegamer: (Rocks Fall)
rocks fall - everyone diesI made this graphic, inspired by this cartoon from Something*Positive (warning, NSF language), as a representation of having hit the wall, hard today, with regards to gaming. Which is, as most of you probably know, the general center of my life.
rocks fall icon
If you're feeling constructive, feel free to offer ideas on re-energizing in the comments.

Also an icon, if you want to nab it for your own LJ.

Below is an extended whine...

Extended self indulgent whine below. I'd skip it if I were you... )
jaegamer: (Cons)
It occurred to me that I've been so busy herding cats that I never posted my Origins schedule. Sap that I am, I agreed at the last minute to recruit, coordinate, zero and organize Blackmoor gms for Origins and Gencon. And edit the modules we playtested. As usual (not just for Blackmoor, but for just about any campaign I've ever worked with) we're down to the wire and the premieres are in various states of edit/revision. I hope I get them before the con...

As you can see, every slot is busy.  On the up side, I might be able to slip away to the dealer's room after my marshaling is done for those slots, assuming that there's someone to cover the campaign resource table.  But no drinking the night away for me, not with that 8 am Marshalling.  Gah.

Needless to say, I've done very little on my WWAWM entry... fortunately, it's Cat, and it will be fun for the players even if I make it up on the spot.
jaegamer: (zoebehaved)
I've got another hobby horse... I know that there are gamers and industry folk reading my LJ, and this is for you. A group of soldiers in Iraq are putting together a RPG convention, and they are desperately in need of materials. Let's bury these men and women in so much gaming material they won't run out till they're old enough to retire!  News: I've set up a web site to use as an information center at Toys4Troops.org.

And lookie here - GAMA's Games for Troops program!

Let’s get those games out there!

Update: SPC Amberson says they're expecting around 300 people.  Not bad for a war zone!  Martin Rayla of Treasure Tables reminds me that Amazon will ship to military addresses, in case you'd like to use them.

Update: [profile] muskrat_john   aka John Kovalic (he of Dork Tower fame) is not only spreading the word via his LJ, he also says:
I'm making damn sure everyone at the con gets a comic book or two. I'm also sending a ton of trade paperbacks for door prizes, as well as Out of the Box games, Munchkin, Chez Geek, Mag*Blast and, of course, Chez Grunt.
Update: Additional places to send gaming stuff - Games for GI's. They send stuff to all forward deployed troops.
We are currently at an address where we can ship all care packages through military means free of charge. If you’d like to find out more making a contribution or volunteering, or if you’d like a copy of our needs list, I may be contacted at zacharythefirst@hotmail.com. Additionally, if you have a friend or loved one you’d like added to our care package list, contact us, and we’d be happy to do so.The address and central distribution point to send your contributions is:
Games For G.I.s
c/o Zachary Houghton
PSC 62 Box 6902
APO AE 09643

Update:  from Dave Amberson - they would be delighted to get PDF products as well. They have laptops and access to printers...
Update:  More love, this time from [profile] pandemonium_bks  in Cambridge, Mass.  They will take donations via Paypal to add to the shipment they're sending out May 2nd.
jaegamer: (Default)
I keep needing to refer to my Gencon schedule, so I'm putting it where I (and others) can find it easily.  I wasn't going to run at all this year, but have allowed myself to be roped in by the Blackmoor people.  They've got 7 judges and 80 tables (and that's just preregistration!) for a D&D campaign that I mostly enjoy.  I am such a sucker...

I am at the moment pretty unhappy with Gencon LLC.  They double-charged me for my tickets, ignored my request for a refund, then sent me the double tickets.  At that point I emailed Peter Adkinson (who is a nice guy, and very reasonable, but, I think, not accurately informed by his staff) and got the ball rolling with Customer Service.  CS, however, wanted me to mail the tickets back to get a refund.  I finally managed to do so on Saturday, confident they'd arrive by the Wednesday deadline.  Not so much.  So, now I appear to be out the $37.50 because they have the extra tickets - I can't even sell them back on site now.  My finances are going to be very tight this Gencon due to some pilferage from my account (yes, cancelled the card and all, and expect to get it back eventually) and my recent run of unemployment.  I could have used that $37.50 to eat for a couple of days.  Grrrr...  I haven't given up - I have a letter detailing the tickets returned that I can send along - but it's not looking good. 

Origins Ho!

May. 9th, 2006 08:25 pm
jaegamer: (Clear Dice)
I have to say that Origins' registration site is faster than Gencon's - when it's up. The navigation, however, is beyond hideous. Pretty much the same as last year.  The navigation can't have been designed by anyone who actually has to use it, and you don't "claim" the tickets until you check out.  Since I was after some fairly "hot" stuff that had only a seat or two available once I managed to get the right screen up, I ended up checking out half a dozen times just to fill my schedule.  Everything takes half-a-dozen more clicks than it should.  Maybe it's a ploy to get people to not pre-register... Oh, wait, wouldn't the con go under if no one came? 

*sigh*  The two big cons of the summer, and their web designers are on some kind of wacky drugs... or at least, they have no notion how to design a web site for actual people to use.  I said it last year, I'll say it again: Read "Don't Make Me Think", folks, and forswear your wicked ways.

My Origins schedule is behind the cut.

jaegamer: (GM)
It took me about five hours to get my Gencon tickets - that beats even the Origins record for poor-response websiteness. I do give Gencon credit for letting me download the schedule as a spreadsheet, though. That was an enormous help in finding interesting and obscure games, and sorting out what I wanted to play when. That way I was ready when the system went live - as were, evidently, thousands of other people, more than the system could handle. From minute one there were constant timeouts.

The Gencon folks took the site down as I was trying to check out, and I nearly had a stroke.  I was worried that I'd lose those few events I did manage to get into my cart, but they were there when it came back up the next day. .. about an hour after they said it would. To be fair, I've never tried to write an application able to handle that kind of load, so I suppose I shouldn't cast stones.

But darn it, I missed out on a Firefly LARP, a Serenity game and the Cthulhu Masters (which I've never gotten into, though I've been trying faithfully since 1987...). Ah, well, I did get some neat-sounding stuff, so I'll quit whining now.

Looking over my choices, this looks like the year I return to my gaming roots. I attended my first Gencon in 1987, and in those days there were no "living" campaigns. Every table had characters provided, and Gencon was my gaming dim sum.  I sought out systems I'd barely heard of so that I could give them a try without making the commitment of buying books. This year, except for the Dave Arneson's Blackmoor Gencon exclusive, every one of the games I've picked has characters provided.  I have to admit I'm kinda excited at the prospect.

I have nothing against campaign games - I developed and ran a campaign that I was very proud of - but picking up an unknown character and trying to make him or her live for 3 hours is a totally different challenge. It used to be something that RPGA was particularly good at, but they seem to be going pretty much all-minatures and table-top video-game styled games these days.  Instead of RPGA durance vile, judging or coordinating every slot, I'm spending the long weekend in Indy (as in Independent Game Producers) heaven. My only regret is that I may not have time to get to the dealer's room!

I've gone back to what I call the Iron Idiot schedule, too -- 4 slots a day, pretty much every day.  I'll be exhausted, but oh, the gaming!  And, I'm happy to say, I have a room reserved at the Marriott across the street, so I won't have to go far to collapse.

The schedule may change a little, as I was reminded today that I'd promised the Blackmoor folks that I'd run one slot. I offered them Thursday 8 am, or Thursday 8 pm, or Sunday 8 am. Those are the only ones I'm willing to even consider giving up.

It's nice to be excited about Gencon again.

Schedule behind the cut )


Apr. 22nd, 2005 07:55 pm
jaegamer: (Default)
So, here I am at Star Wars Celebration, huddled in the corner of the cafe where they have a wifi hot spot, struggling (for 2 hours, no less) with the somewhat disastrous Origins web site.  I don't know what the designers were thinking, but it wasn't about the poor people who have to use the darned thing! If I were goddess, I'd force the designer to read "Don't Make Me Think".

I managed to wrestle through it, though, and here's my schedule for Origins.

Thu 9 am - 6768: Detectives Unlimited: Light a Candle (Unknown Armies, 'cause I've wanted to try it)
Thu 2 pm - 6039: That Ship was hit by Reavers! (GURPS Firefly!)
Thu 6 pm - 7233: Heaven Didn't Want Him (Living Death - nuff said)
Fri 2 pm - 7049: Serenity Roleplaying Game Intro (the new Serenity RPG - I can hardly wait!)
Fri 6 pm - 7171: Evil Intentions (High level Living Death)
Sat 1 pm - 6679: Episode 7: Swamp Flies by Christopher Reed (Dave Arneson's Blackmoor - fantasy)
Sat 6 pm - 6675: Episode 8: The Unwanted by Dan Donnelly (More Blackmoor)
Sat 9 am - 7068: The Scouring of Cornwall - A Living Death Interactive - I'll be working for Claire again.
Sun 6 pm - 6757: Fastest Tentacle in the West (Call of Cthulhu Wild West? Though isn't the con over by then?)

So, whew, that's done. Looks like fun. Now all I need is to find myself a roommate to share my $53 a night Red Roof room - over by Ohio State, as downtown was sold out.

Edit: Put in links for specific events on Origins site. Stooopid site.
jaegamer: (GM)
U*Con is an annual roleplaying con at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  I've been going there as long as I've been going to Gencon -- maybe a little longer.  Before I got involved in RPGA, I would premiere my new events there.  This year I'm running a couple of events as a Chaosium Missionary and playing for most of the con.  In a real departure for me, none of the events will be RPGA events.

Here's my schedule, in case you're going and want to hook up.

GM Events
Sunday 10a - 2p - Call of Cthulhu: Dark Ages: Under A Greenwood Tree (#531, RP-SU10-2)
Sunday 3p - 7p - Call of Cthulhu: Roaring 20's: The Mystery of April Snow (#532, RP-SU15-2)

Ticket Purchases
Friday 7p - 10p - Feng Shui: Supersized Ninjas By the Dozen (#419, RP-FR19-3) ($3 x1) $3
Saturday 10a - 2p - Simple Introductory Rules: The Slayer of Venice (#411, RP-SA10-7) ($3 x1) $3
Saturday 3p - 7p - Call of Cthulhu : BRP: Horror 102 (#520, RP-SA15-2) ($3 x1) $3
Saturday 7p - 12a - Diceless: Name of God (#465, RP-SA19-2) ($3 x1) $3

jaegamer: (Clear Dice)
I'll make an exception to my policy of only discussing gaming here to post this from [livejournal.com profile] doctor_toc

Maybe if you ask me gaming-related questions, it'll fit better. :) However, the rules say you can ask anything, so ask away. I reserve the right to answer vaguely.

I want everyone who reads this to ask me three questions...no more, no less.

Ask me anything you want.

Then I want you to go to your journal, copy and paste this...allowing your friends (including myself) to ask you anything.
jaegamer: (Default)

Wow... I've done something I've not done for many, many years.  I registered for a convention (Origins International Game Expo) with no intention of volunteering.  At all.  I don't think, actually, that I've ever gone to a game convention just to play.  Even my very first Gencon, I volunteered to help judge Chill.

I have friends I can stay with in Columbus, so my costs will be limited to the registration and the slots I play.  It feels wrong... but I think it's a very right thing for me to do.  I've been defining myself as a tireless volunteer for so long, it's time to try something a little different.  If I miss judging/volunteering that much, I can always do so for the next convention.

I had much gaming goodness over the weekend, impaired somewhat by constant pain from the Knee From Hell (see my other blog for dreary details).  It's hard to roleplay in a Tylenol 3 induced haze, and harder when you keep yelping from little stabs of pain.  Managed to have fun, though.  If I have time over lunch I may inflict details.

jaegamer: (Default)
Friday night: Adam's game and we had a hard fight against a well-prepared group. Adam being the decent sort he is, he let us find a couple of useful items (including a stone that cancelled out the innate darkness from the Sharites). And good that he did, 'cause we'da been toast. Instead, we got thumped good and hard, but no one died. Well, none of *us* died.

Saturday: CARP, our local club, and Living Death, my favorite campaign to play. I was, unfortunately, in a really rotten mood due to my ongoing fiscal miseries and more pain in my knee than I'm able to comfortably bear without medication. Still, the scenario (Rose City) was engaging enough, Matt Perez did a great job of running it, and I was able to put my mood behind me and have fun. Miss Evangeline Pennyworth, Lady Archeologist, managed to sharpshoot her way to survival yet again.

As for the rest of the weekend... edit, edit, edit. The Way of the Force is off to my Renton Masters. One more to go for Winter Fantasy (The Dark Side Beckons) and then only three more (Night's Friend, Night's Homecoming and For Fun and Profit), till I can catch my breath and maybe see a movie.

Ghaaa. Off to California Wednesday afternoon. Down side - 3 days lost pay. Up side, a free trip to California to Gencon, which is bound to be fun.
jaegamer: (Default)
Of course it is. And... I'm afraid I've reached and/or exceeded that. Lessee...

  • Friday was Adam's home campaign. Always fun, but I was off my game...

  • Saturday was Waterdeep Chronicles CARP's home campaign, where I was theoretically supposed to run. (It was a home football game day, though, so attendance was low.)

  • Saturday evening, I played Living Dragonstar online. The company was great, but I really felt it was a waste of six or so hours of my life (at least, until the ending, which was relatively satisfying). My chums helped me power-up my cleric so that he'll be less useless in the future. (I hates being useless, yet I persist in playing clerics, who are at best support characters.)

  • Sunday I wrote all day, mostly finishing a scenario for Living Force, the RPGA campaign that I run.

  • Monday I ran an online session of Living Force for a group of judges for Gencon SoCal. Till 2 am, no less (most of 'em are in California, after all). I'm tickled that people like the campaign so much that they hate to "eat" a scenario (run it without having had a chance to play it), but dang... where am I to get the time?

  • Tuesday (tonight) is Rick's Adventure! game. I'm looking forward to it, but where am I gonna find the time I need to get Excursion finished and Recursion, Night's Friend, Night's Homecoming, Padawannabes and Way of the Force edited? 'cause those all need to be done by Dec 1st.

Yup. Too much gaming. Nowhere in there do I see anything resembling a normal life...
jaegamer: (Default)
On the good news front... :: happy dance :: I'm going to California for Gencon SoCal on WotC's nickle. I'll be running what they call the "Delve" in the dealer's room -- short adventures with miniatures or action figures to introduce people to the games. Not, mind you, as Living Force campaign director. Nope, I missed that deadline. I was told mid-June to have two new semi-exclusive adventures ready by August 1st if I wanted them to send me. I didn't make the deadline (though not by any fault of the Plots team, who did get me the stuff before Aug 1), so from them it was a no-go. I was very disappointed that there wouldn't be campaign staff at the convention. The West Coast gamers feel that they're overlooked and neglected, and I figured this would only play into that belief. It was, however, out of my hands. At my barely-above-minimum-wage income a plane ticket/hotel for the con was just completely out of reach.

Then Lauri contacted me to see if I could provide any judges for her from the staff runnning Living Force. I told her I would put out the word, and that if she wanted to ship me out there, I'd be happy to run all day every day. And so I am. (grin) I'll have each evening free, and hopefully that will be enough.

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