Sunday, January 18, 2009

Me and ConQuest

This year ConQuest was not as close as it was last year. I did not know where the place was directly, it took a little longer to find the place. I missed the first game I had planed, it filled up and had already started.

I had a chance to look around and found a miniatures game called Golden Age of Hydroplane Racing. Fun game, played a game, came in second in the race and went around again to see what others were playing. One of the players of Hydroplane Racing game was someone I played a game with last year and after some time talking, some others showed up. It was a lunch time and we ended up at Denny's for some food.

We decided to try our hand out at the next game that I had planed to try which was called Savage Traveller and was hosted by Steve Schonberger using the Savage Worlds system. For the game all I can say was, good try. Steve did not know Savage Worlds too well, he used money as a prop when he did not have to, items need for the game was not provided and mapping when need, did not work. We each ended up playing a few characters each and with the plot, there were these robots that could only be killed by one of our many players. The game ended when it was decided that we could not continue, we packed up and left. It was a little fun with the other players, but not too enjoyable.

The next game I planed on was a Call of Cthulhu game. I was the only played to signed up for it. We gave it some time, but no one else showed. The game was reschedule for 9am Sunday. There was another Call of Cthulhu game going on next door. We moved on over and played the game. For a first time game master, Adam knew his stuff and hosted a great game. It was not till the end game that I recalled I had played this long ago, but this came out with a different out come. The night ended with me heading home to get some sleep.

Sunday started out cold with me deicing the car.
The drive was not uneventfully. The entry ramp was icy and had already had one car slide into the side bumpers. Take the ramp slow, my car did skid a little and was able to get around the accident and not add to it. On the freeway there were some slow downs also. Some how a car had ended up on its side, bring the road down to one lane. I got the con at a little after 9am to make the Call of Cthulhu game that was original schedule last night, called Mystic Alliances by Kamal Lombardi. Counting me, there were a total of two players. The game was enjoyable. Could have been planed out a little better. The characters sheet were put together on a copy machine, info was spread out and some times missing. Handout were good, but they had game master info on them. Nowadays computers are widely available, he could have done some typesetting and greatly improved the game feel. This was a home brew game and even had a magic components to it, which I did not even use. Basically a good game.
The last game of the day called The League of Extraordinary Cats by Sophie Lagace using a system called Cat, which we play . . . cats. A great game and enjoyable story. I had held onto my character from last year and was able to play him with a few minor adjustment. A nice item that she continued with was little cat miniatures to get a feel for our characters (and we were able to keep them.)
Overall a good convention. There were not a lot of role playing games (excluding D&D) to chose from, but fun was had.

(Picture will be added soon. Just need to upload them to Flickr.)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

ConQuest is near

The game convention will be this next weekend and for the RPG part of it, here are some the possable option that I may go to.

Time Block H: Sat 9:00AM
HR-119 Web of the Spider Cult

by John Reiher, Jr, Savage Worlds, 4.5 hrs, 4 players, Game, Some gaming, Characters/Armies provided

When you find a dead body in your house, especially one which belongs to a notable explorer, you know it’s not going to be an ordinary day. Web of the Spider Cult takes the heroes from the corridors and galleries of the Boston Museum, to the bayou of Louisiana, and onto the dark jungles of Mexico. There, amid the ruins of a centuries old temple, the adventurers face their greatest enemy so far in their extraordinary adventures.
Time Block K: Sat 2:00PM
KR-253 Savage Traveller

by Steve Schonberger, Savage Worlrds, 7 hrs, 6 players, Game, Kids, Characters/Armies provided

This is an adventure in the Traveller setting, but using Savage Worlds rules. More details will become available closer to the event date. Players need not commmit to the whole time slot.
Time Block M: Sat 7:00PM
MR-113 Mystic Alliances

by Kamal Lombardi, CoC 6th edition, variant setting, 4.5 hrs, 6 players, Game, Kids, Characters/Armies provided

Play teenage COC investigators in this variant setting/ruleset for Call of Cthulu which is set several years in the future, during a time in which Mythos threats are once again on the rise in Seattle.
Time Block S: Sun 11:30AM
SR-122 The League of Extraordinary Cats

by Sophie Lagace, Cat, 4.5 hrs, 6 players, Game, Kids, Characters/Armies provided

When the Cheshire Cat, Duchess, Orlando the Marmalade Cat, Ame Tomoe, Lion-O and Schrödinger's cat team up, is there anything they can't do? A simple game, character creation takes 5 minutes, and new or younger players are welcome.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Books I have read in 2008.

2008 is over and my list is complete. The total of books read is: 32. Which is better than last years total of 19. For those people that count the pages, I have done that for you. The total page count for 2008 is 14,034 pages.

There were some comic books and mangas that were read in between the books and are not listed.
32. Guard Against Dishonour by by Simon R. Green (188pgs)
31. Swords of Haven: The Adventures of Hawk and Fisher by by Simon R. Green (544pgs)
30. Blue Moon Rising by Simon R. Green (480pgs)
29. A Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (807pgs)
28. Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi (320pgs)
27. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (784pgs)
26. Fool Moon by Jime Butcher (352pgs)
25. Centaur Aisle by by Piers Anthony (304pgs)
24. Storm Front by Jime Butcher (322pgs)
23. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein (438pgs)
22. The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey (248pgs)
21. Castle Roogna by Piers Anthony (329pgs)
20. Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein (320pgs)
19. On A Pale Horse by Piers Anthony (303pgs)
18. The Source of Magic by Piers Anthony (326pgs)
17. A Spell For Chameleon by Piers Anthony (344pgs)
16. The Callahan Chronicals by Spider Robinson (317pg)
15. Unicorn Point by Piers Anthony (337pgs)
14. Robot Adept by Piers Anthony (341pgs)
13. Out Of Phaze by Piers Anthony (309pgs)
12. Race Against Time by Piers Anthony (224pgs)
11. Juxtaposition by Piers Anthony (358pgs)
10. Blue Adept by Piers Anthony (327pgs)
9. Split Infinity by Piers Anthony (354pgs)
8. Prostho Plus by Piers Anthony (216pgs)
7. Soul of the Fire by Terry Goodkind (792pgs)
6. Temple of the Wind by Terry Goodkind (822pgs)
5. Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind (623pgs)
4. Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind (979pgs)
3. Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind (820pgs)
2. The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman (518pgs)
1. Ringworld's Children by Larry Niven (288pgs)
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Saturday, January 03, 2009

The surprise for me.

With my brother and nephew in town, our family celebrated Christmas by opening our Secret Santa gifts. My brother was my Secret Santa. My surprise was what was give came from my Birthday list and was out of the price range given for the Secret Santa gift exchange. He said he got a good deal. Who is to argue.

What I got was a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5.

Currently reading the manual and taking a few pictures and filling up the internal memery. Next on my list in to get a large memery card for all the picture I must take in the furture.