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TPC 102: 10 Things I Learned at Gencon

August 22nd, 2010 · David · 1 Comment

10 Things I Learned At Gencon
1.) Kevin Weiser is a crazy person.
2.) James has the patience of a lion.
- No, I don’t know what that means
3.) I played Robert Bohl’s Misspent Youth.
- It was pretty fun.
- I don’t think Kevin or Robert Bohl believed I could handle playing a story game of that magnitude. I proved them wrong. ;)
4.) Competitive D&D – Do not forget how D&D works
- I made a stupid assumption
- It cost us the competition
5.) I don’t like RPGA events.
- Mediocre encounters
- Awkward storytelling
- Inflexible rules
- Stupid plot twist (betraying character? seriously?)
6.) Some quick and dirty 4e tricks that can really speed up the game.
- Initiative cards on the DM screen
- Status cards to hand to players with condition and description
- Defenses on the reverse side of initiative cards
- Rotating initiative cards on the DM screen
- Popups in front of players with defenses (Tim!)
7.) Do not take 2 5 hour energies in a row
8.) Jen’s 1 Cool Thing Video from Gencon was awesome.
9.) The Iron Tyrants demo went well.
- This is the first time I’ve seen it demo’d for people outside of people I know well. Apparently, Luke designed a game that people like.
10.) You. You know who you are. You missed it.

10 Things I Learned At Gencon – Luke Edition
1) James will take pics of you when you sleep and post them on the net – though I may have deserved that.
2) Stingray will lick all the community alcohol.

Things I Learned While You Guys Were At Gencon
1. You are alcoholics, probably. Seriously, goddammit, what’s with the drunk outline editing?
2. I thought more about our 4e game than I have thought about a game in which I’m a player, during downtime, since KTNG.
-I think we have a world that will persist for this group beyond this campaign.
-D&D is simple and I love it. Very little about BE is simple (looking at you, Firefight) and it’s just okay.
-Still not wild about playing at level 2, so I hope we story-level quickly.

3. Adam is gay for dudes. No judgment, just sayin’. HE KISSED TWO DUDES
4. The Walking Eye’s video of things seen at Gencon really made me appreciate it as a community more than just a convention. I think this is the kind of thing that will keep me from skipping in the future.
5. Robert Bohl likes Social Distortion. AND HATES LUKE
7. The St. Louis craft brewery scene is about to explode. So getting drunk alone, in the dark, without going to another state under the guise of rolling dice, is still in vogue.
Six Row opened in December and they’re going to bottling soon.
Urban Chestnut opens this fall.
Perennial Artisan Ales intends to begin building by year’s end.
The Civil Life Brewing Co. next year – spring opening.

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  • 1 West // Aug 23, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I get the show notes joke.

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