Ramblings from the president of Van Ryder Games

Ok, this started off as a blog focused on Kickstarter, but of late I've been discussing more topics and thus I have renamed the blog to a more general title. I hope you enjoy my ramblings!
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GenCon Report - A few interesting people part 2

A.J. Porfirio
United States
Thompsons Station
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What Van Ryder Game are YOU playing?
In case you missed the first part of this report you can find it here:

I still have several more people to cover, let's see if we can get through them all.

Ryan Metzler Twitter: @slaqr
Ryan Metzler
United States
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"Are you pondering what I'm pondering Pinky?"
"Wuhhh... I think so, Brain, but if a ham can operate a radio, why can't a pig set a VCR?"

Ryan of course did the instructional videos for If I'm Going Down... so it was definitely a priority to meet him in person. Of course most of you know him from The Dice Tower and his fantastic video reviews. Also with Ryan was Andrea and it was really nice meeting both of them.

I'd have liked to game with Ryan and Andrea but didn't really see them again after the first night except in passing. Still, great guy so check out his video reviews and the new Google+ show The Boardroomers.

Cyrus Kirby
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Cyrus Kirby
United States
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Cyrus was another one I met briefly, but the visit was impactful. Cyrus is as advertised and has the personality type that just draws people to him. I feel a connection with Cyrus as we both have young boys that we are raising or gamer geeks as he likes to call them. Cyrus does great reviews on the site http://www.fathergeek.com and he does them from a parent's perspective which is perfect for geek dads like myself. You also may hear him from time to time on podcasts such as On Board Games.

Our discussion was fruitful and you will most definitely see Cyrus reviewing some Van Ryder Games products in the near future.

Anthony Racano - Twitter: @cbjpodcast

Anthony is one half of The Cardboard Jungle, a new podcast you can find on iTunes. I found the podcast just a couple weeks before the show but quickly got in touch with Anthony after hearing a few episodes. You see, like me, Anthony likes to play solo games and thus he is the perfect audience for If I'm Going Down.... I suspect we may hear his thoughts on the game in an upcoming podcast perhaps.

Anthony also came out with the night crew on Saturday night and was good company there. Perhaps we came across as crazy rapscallions, but he seemed to just fit right in and a great time was had by all. I look forward to speaking to him again soon!

Tom Vasel
Tom Vasel
United States
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Love Games, Love 'Em!!!
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You all know Tom, the most prolific reviewer in the industry. Though my interaction with Tom was brief, I was happy to have met him and show him my game. I handed over a copy so perhaps we will see a review at some point.

Tom was hard at work showing off his game Nothing Personal that he co-designed with Stephen Avery. It looks like a lot of fun and I suspect it will raise a lot of money when it hits Kickstarter.

Eric Summerer
United States
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Will talk for food!

I met the Voice of The Dice Tower separately from when I met Tom but it was just as nice of a meeting. I am a big fan of the podcast so it was a real thrill to meet Eric. He was beaming as he showed me his pre-release copy of Merchants of Venus. We discussed a few games and events and it was a nice chat.

Bryan Fischer and John Sizemore - Twitter: @nevermoregames

Brian and John's game Chicken Caesar was one of a few I got to try in the Game Salute Event area and I really enjoyed it. A take that game of roman politics and intrigue that takes place in a chicken coop. Chicken deaths occur frequently and though I never really got close to the lead, I had a blast. Check out the game and preorder as it will be hitting U.S. soil soon!

Christopher Kirkman - twitter: @dicehateme

Chris was one of the first contacts I ever made in the industry and it was great to meet him in person. Without his better half - @monkey238 - he was still showing off the games they have published through Greater Than Games (Dice Hate Me Games) particularly the recently successful VivaJava: The Coffee Game.

I'd have liked to save Arkham with Chris or play something else, but our paths never really crossed where we could make it happen. I'm sure I will see Chris again and have a chance to do so.

Dan Yarrington

Dan Yarrington
United States
New Hampshire
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Dan and Sara Yarrington along with all of the Game Salute crew have been really great with helping my game come to life. They set up the game events for me and allowed me to hang a banner in the booth for passersby to see. Whenever I needed anything they were quick to respond even though I know they were both EXTREMELY busy.

I haven't regretted once using Game Salute for fulfillment.

Jason Slingerland and Rob and Lindsey Couch - Of all the new people I met that I had no idea existed before the con, these were my favorites. We met by chance in the Game Salute booth when we all sat down to play a game of The Great Heartland Hauling Co. by Jason Kotarski who I also met at the same time.

We had fun hauling corn, cattle, pigs, and soy beans across the heartland and then after the guys mentioned they had a podcast and we exchanged business cards. They mentioned they had prototypes and I said well hey I am a publisher, so how about we check them out! Now you can hear all about their games on the podcast http://www.buildingthegamepodcast.com but let me just say that these guys have a couple of really fun games! Rob's game Damsels in Distress has you playing action cards to save Damsels before they meet a perilous fate and I was able to come in 2nd. Robs wife Lindsey (who looks so much like my sister-in-law it is crazy) had no problem messing with any of us guys. I liked her style. Rob was great at listening to my feedback and I think he is on his way to a really fun game.

Then we played Jason's Gunslin' Ramblers. An interesting game set in the wild west that uses poker as a framework for the game. I was really impressed with the game and had a great time with it. I look forward to seeing it progress.

Had I known these guys were such beer drinkers like myself, I would have made it a point to make sure I had some beers with them. But I never learned that until listening to their podcasts today. Next time!

Ok well I am definitely going to need a part 3, but then I think that will be enough. Stay tuned.
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