Legendary Musings

A cross-posting of Jason's musings on the Legends Family and Hobby Games website at http://www.legendsgames.net -- Some of these posts are aimed at people that are new to board gaming, and may not be anything new and groundbreaking to the BGG community.
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The Best Four Days in Gaming

Jason Cline
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I think I've used that title on another blogpost, on another blog, the last time I was unable to attend Gen Con. Thankfully, that's not the case this time. Jamie and I will be attending Gen Con this year, and I thought I'd share what I'm looking forward to. I'd love to hear what others are looking forward to.

Some of the Legends crew go to Gen Con for the Magic: the Gathering events. I've never personally been a competitive Magic player, so that draw isn't there for me. But for those that are, it's a great experience. Events going on nonstop during convention hours, and I'm sure well beyond.

A few others of our "family" go to run events and network. Our resident freelance writer goes to promote his material, make contacts, and run several games. One of these days, I'll get to sit in on one of those. Maybe I'll catch one and observe, this year.

Personally, I'm going with a different focus this year. I've always been a roleplaying geek, and that has taken most of my attention over the years. Lately, I've found myself in a bit of a roleplaying rut, and have turned to board games. There are several things for me to be excited about this year.

Some games I've been wanting to check out for a long time, and plan to use Gen Con as the chance to do so. Twilight Imperium has been a part of my collection for 15 years. However, it's the first edition, and back then, I was never able to get it to the table. To that end, I've never even punched out the tiles. I've heard a lot about the third edition, and I'd love to see it played, or maybe get in on a demo. Other FFG titles that have me curious are Nexus Ops, Cosmic Encounter and Rex: Final Days of an Empire, the upcoming Android: Netrunner also appeals to me, and I'm hoping that it either releases at Gen Con, or a preview is available.

Speaking of upcoming games, I've got a list I'm taking with me, of games that I want to know more about before they release. Chicken Caesar, Road to Enlightenment, Space Cadets, Pirate Dice, and Mice and Mystics are at the top of that list. I've been a big fan of everything Plaid Hat games has released so far. I have high hopes for Mice and Mystics.

I know Z-Man games will be there, and I'm looking forward to checking out The Ares Project, but I'm really hoping I get a chance to talk to the game's designer, Geoff Engelstein, as well.

All these games, and I've not actually signed up to play ANY of them. Of course, I get the most enjoyment out of the exhibit hall anyway. I am, however, hosting two seminars this year, which is new for me. A couple of years ago, I took over the development of a windows app for D&D 4e DMs, called the D&D 4e Combat Manger, or DnD4eCM for short (is that really shorter?). The program is great, and it's been an honor to be able to keep it going after the original author could no longer keep it up. I've dropped the ball, lately, though, and have been very delayed in getting out a major release that I've been working on. I'm hoping to get that finished before Gen Con, as the seminar I'm running (twice) is a Q&A on the software and a discussion on where we go from here, considering the looming D&D Next, and a lack of new support for the 4th edition game experience.

I guess the other thing I should mention that I'm looking forward to, is the first announced Media Guest of Honor. In 2010, Jamie and I attended Gen Con as our early honeymoon. We got to attend Wil Wheaton's performance, and stood in line for a long time to talk to him. He was super-nice, and gave us some wonderful advice for our upcoming wedding. I'm really looking forward to thanking him for that.

I've rambled long enough. Now I'd like to hear from you. What are you looking forward to at Gen Con, and if you're not going, what are you sad you're going to miss?
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