Tomorrow is the first day of Gary Con XIII. There will be a lot of firsts this weekend. For starters, it will be my first Gary Con; although I look forward to attending in person in the future. I am grateful to participate in a con during this pandemic era.
The games will begin at 10am with a D&D 5e one-shot: The Golden Hammer of Kas. The host caught my eye with their amazing Dwarven Forge terrain. You can view it here. They are advertising an session with “pressure plated traps, voice acting, dynamic music and sound effects and LED lighting”.
After that, I will be playing Xcrawl with its creator, Brendan LaSalle. I recently took part in a playtest and really enjoyed The Running Man-meets-Dungeon Crawl Classics atmosphere. Some players will turtle up and become very paranoid about every step they take. I fall in the camp of players that will embrace their character’s mortality and attempt to wrestling move on a giant ogre while surrounded by skeletons on rollerblades.
I will start Friday by playing AD&D 1e for the first time. The DM will be running Zienteck, an adventure originally published in 1981. Maybe I am being too nostalgic or too nerdy but I think playing an older edition might be a rite of passage. Rather, I see it as paying homage to where this hobby came from. Maybe I should have played Chainmail or OD&D instead? I can’t help but also add that I am not here for edition wars or gatekeeping. I enjoy the different styles of play that each bring to the table. I just want to experience as much of this hobby as possible. If you like your pizza with pineapples or etc., we are still going to have a good time.
The next game after Zienteck is a DCC game. I have shared my affinty for 0-level funnels before but here I go again. This one is called Insectoids From Outer Space! and it is from a zine. I have a growing passion for zines. This past February, I backed over 50 zines during ZineQuest 3. It is really inspiring to see how many ideas can be applied to the rpg hobby. I will share a list of the zines that I have backed.
Back to the session, here is the synopsis: “Do you and your fellow villagers have what it takes to escape the space bug mothership before becoming slaves for the queen or food for the hive?”. Maybe I will watch Aliens in preparation.
The next game is using the Mörk Borg RPG system. I own the book, I even read the rules in one sitting but it will be my first time playing. Let’s see what the hype is all about.
Here is another first, I have been DMing an Eberron campaign for a year but Saturday morning will be my first time as a player. Additionally, it will be my first time playing in Foundry. I am not a roll20 loyalist but I am curious to check out another VTT. I have a year subscription (it was a gift) but I am not opposed to switching over. I have not played in Fantasy Grounds either. Lastly, this will be my first time playing in the D&D Adventurer’s League in over 2 years. Depending on the group, you either get a loose faction of OP builds (like an MMO) or superfans of Critical Role that have not found their forever DM yet. I do not mean to stereotype, I just like to people watch.
Saturday continues with a short one-hour session. Kelsey from the Arcane Library is playtesting her RPG. I am not too familiar with her work but I remember liking her rpg philosophy when she was interviewed by Runehammer.
I will finish Saturday with “Inferno Road presented by the Hobonomicon“. If that does not sound fun and crazy to you, I don’t know what to tell you. From the DM’s e-mails, the session will be multi-table. Here’s the synopsis: “The roars of the betrayed Dark Lords shake the foundations of hell. The Grand Architect of Evil is enraged.” It is a late night game and I have been hoarding beer in preparation. Wish me luck!
Last day of the con! Sunday morning, I will be playing Weird Frontiers. It has become my favorite setting and ruleset. I am a fan of Western films and see so much potential in the game. Every DM that I have encountered have really made it their own. They all pick a corner of the USA and highlight their history (paranormal or otherwise). After the con, I will be running my first session of Weird Frontiers. I will definitely provide updates. Fingers crossed.
Moonbase Blues (a Mothership RPG one-shot) will be my last session of Gary Con. I have played Mothership before and thought it was amazing. One of my goals for this year is to run a one-shot of Mothership.
Spawn of Cyclops Con was a great experience and set the bar for virtual conventions. While Gary Con does not have the virtual map experience, I am hoping the gameplay will be up to par.