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Dan VK Dan VK's picture
Gen Con Indy 2013

It's 90 days until Gen Con, event registration starts at noon Eastern time this Sunday, and I'm very excited! Would any game masters/staff like to provide any comments on events that aren't in the event details? Would anyone like to plan meet ups, such as forumites entirely filling out an event?

I'm disappointed that Schooled!: Teaching with Games in the Classroom & Beyond and What's up with Posthuman/Eclipse Phase are happening at the same time, so I'll just have to crash the second half of the latter. I didn't get a chance to play even a single game of Eclipse Phase last year (cursed wargaming tournaments and their alluring prizes), so I'll be drowning myself in fanboy glee by playing in each adventure. You won't be able to miss me, unless Indianapolis has had a proliferation of ridiculous mustaches in the past year.

jackgraham jackgraham's picture
Dan VK wrote:I'm disappointed

Dan VK wrote:
I'm disappointed that Schooled!: Teaching with Games in the Classroom & Beyond and What's up with Posthuman/Eclipse Phase are happening at the same time, so I'll just have to crash the second half of the latter.

Ack, they did what?

Thank you for mentioning that! I'm the organizer on all of the panels we're doing in collaboration with non-PH folks, but not on our internal panels... So I had no idea they'd gone & double booked Brian.

We'll have to see if we can get that fixed.

Oh, Gen Con, you disorganized bunch o' lovable scamps, you...

J A C K   G R A H A M :: Hooray for Earth!
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sysop sysop's picture
Epp! Good catch!

Epp! Good catch!

I fix broken things. If you need something fixed, mention it on the suggestions board.I also sometimes speak as website administrator and/ moderator.

sysop sysop's picture
Plz plz plz lemme know if

Plz plz plz lemme know if that's sorted cause I want to see both :)

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jackgraham jackgraham's picture
sysop wrote:Plz plz plz lemme

sysop wrote:
Plz plz plz lemme know if that's sorted cause I want to see both :)

Sorry, 99% likely not gonna happen. Schedules are locked in at this stage.

If you're torn between the two, go see Brian's panel. The stuff discussed there will be unique to its time & place, whereas what we talk about in the PH panel will trickle out in our product announcements as time rolls on.

J A C K   G R A H A M :: Hooray for Earth!
  http://eclipsephase.com :: twitter @jackgraham @faketsr :: Google+Jack Graham

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True enough - it sounds like

True enough - it sounds like a fascinating topic. :)

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DivineWrath DivineWrath's picture
Is it possible to have these

Is it possible to have these events recorded? Its a shame that its not possible to be able to attend both, but by recording both, you can at least avoid missing much.

Plus some people are wouldn't be able to go or choose not to go, so I'm sure there would be many who would appreciate being able to watch or listen to the events later.

jackgraham jackgraham's picture
We don't have the kit for

We don't have the kit for getting decent recordings, but we'll happily link to any recordings people want to put online.

J A C K   G R A H A M :: Hooray for Earth!
  http://eclipsephase.com :: twitter @jackgraham @faketsr :: Google+Jack Graham

Dan VK Dan VK's picture
I'll be recording with my

I'll be recording with my Galaxy S4, which is far from optimal. But it's better than nothing, right?

grodog grodog's picture
GenCon-specific goodies?

Will you be selling any special goodies only available at GenCon?

Allan.

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AdamJury AdamJury's picture
grodog wrote:Will you be

grodog wrote:
Will you be selling any special goodies only available at GenCon?

We have pre-release copies of Shinobi Clans, our new game of ninja combat, available. Nothing exclusive for Eclipse Phase, and Shinobi Clans will be available in stores later this year.

We also have new t-shirts, but they'll be available online after the con as well. We're not a big believer in convention "exclusives" -- we want to serve all our fans, not just those that make it to Gen Con!

CodeBreaker CodeBreaker's picture
OK, so from my understanding

OK, so from my understanding the Posthuman related talk thingies have all happened. Anyone who was able to be there have anything interesting to report? I understand that any recordings that were possibly made of anything might take a while to be uploaded.

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Dan VK Dan VK's picture
I recorded video of Sci-Fi

Using my cell phone, I recorded video of Sci-Fi RPG Designer Roundtable: Challanges in Crafting Original Settings & System and The Campaign Doctors. It's shaky, but the audio is alright. I'm trying to eliminate the horrible scraping and thumping noises from my movements. I'll post a download link here when I'm done, but I don't know when that will be.

Quincey Forder Quincey Forder's picture
how did the adventures go?

And what were they?
Can we have the pitch (fork. ahah) for them, please?

Q U I N C E Y ^_*_^ F O R D E R

Remember The Cant!

Lilith Lilith's picture
Welp

From my handy GenCon program guide, the summary blurbs are:

Pink Ponies - A child's plaything may hold a sinister secret.

Dust to Dust - Pirates have taken a load of highly unstable anti-matter. You have been selected to seize the stolen ship Anatanus and secure or destroy the cargo at any expense.

Xenovore -Gatecrashing can be both fabulously rewarding and unspeakably dangerous. The ruins you discovered looked like the find of your careers. But you'll need more than luck to get out alive with your find.

Hecaloth - Firewall thwarted the vicious cult known as the White Khanhs, but questions remain about the gang. The trail leads to a heavily fortified Reclaimer stronghold in the Earth system.

I played in Hecaloth, Xenovore, and Pink Ponies (Dust to Dust I missed due to being lazy and sleeping in). Of the three I think I liked Pink Ponies the most (things went tits-up fast at the end there!), but all three were great! :)

MatteBlack MatteBlack's picture
After hearing about EP from

After hearing about EP from a friend, I finally got to play "Hecaloth" and had a ball. Kudos to a great game and all at the table.

LFG in New England

nezumi.hebereke nezumi.hebereke's picture
Lilith -

Lilith -
Which session did you do Pink Ponies? And are you actually a girl? (I don't think I ever had more than one female at the table).

I had a blast. A friend of mine was recording the RPGs in Education session, which Brian Cross was on. I'll post that video when he shares it with me. From my understanding, all of the sessions went over well and we had excellent turn-out. All of the EP games were held in one room, and we basically dominated that room. I recall at one point seeing five EP games running simultaneously.

I also came away with a ton of gaming stories. I will happily share if prompted :P (Hint: Don't prompt me! It's a LOT of stories.)

CodeBreaker CodeBreaker's picture
nezumi.hebereke wrote:

nezumi.hebereke wrote:

I also came away with a ton of gaming stories. I will happily share if prompted :P (Hint: Don't prompt me! It's a LOT of stories.)

Oh Nezumi, have your years here taught you nothing about my curiosity? Now you have to tell, it's in the rules *shuffles some paper*. No, you may not see the rules.

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Dan VK Dan VK's picture
I only experienced Hecaloth

I only experienced Hecaloth and Xenovore, which are both awesome. The role-playing was amazing in all five sessions, and Xenovore really gets players interacting. I wish the players at the convention were all in my local gaming community.

Lilith Lilith's picture
@nezumi

I was in the early Sunday game for Pink Ponies, and no, I'm not actually a girl (though I almost always play one in EP).

Everything was going great until the entire team went murder-crazy at the end and started shooting each other. D:

nezumi.hebereke nezumi.hebereke's picture
That group was awesome. When

That group was awesome. When you guys decided that the virus was merging kids with their future selves, I was thinking "yes, yes, that is what is happening". I wish I had had a ten minute break to figure out how to make that work.

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess you were the Lunar Ego Hunter?

nezumi.hebereke nezumi.hebereke's picture
This is the quick summary I

This is the quick summary I posted to my gaming group. Unfortunately, it's tough to share the best stories without the audience actually knowing the adventure plot. The adventure titles are available on the GenCon schedule, so I'll organize by that.

****SPOILERS***

Let's see, the quick overview ...

Continuity was great. One GM ran it twice, got two suicides, two murders, one survivor (out of 12 PCs total). The other GM who ran it twice had a 0 survivor rate across both, but one game had only 2 PCs, so that one isn't a huge accomplishment. There's three GMs (myself included) who track our PC death rates for Continuity, since it is crazy deadly, and it's still between 95% and 99%. It is, however, huge fun, and when characters survive, it's a real victory for the entire team. (Continuity is available in .pdf, so read it if you want.)

Xenovore ... Everyone loved it. In one story, an infected PC escaped at the end, and the group actually wanted to buy out another table the next day to get the GM to provide part 2 of the story.

Ego Check was a mixed bag. We had one D&D-style group who decided to have a shoot out with the police. Another group sold one of their party members off to ego traders to get access to criminal ships, which is pretty brilliant, and only mildly disturbing. I haven't heard from the other GMs.

I've not gotten any feedback on Hecaloth.

Dust to Dust is just a straight-up murderfest. One GM totally changed it and ran it as a crazy reality TV show. Another GM described how the PCs started launching themselves like projectiles. One PC has reservations about killing people, so he just cut off limbs with thermite and left floating torsos. I think theirs was also the mission where the DocBot critically failed, so they decided it's a PunchBot and sent it into combat. (Dust to Dust is a short adventure that was posted to the Eye.)

Squid Pro Quo went just as well as expected. We didn't like those players much anyway.

I ran Pink Ponies (exclusively, four times). The mission as written was surprisingly pony-free, but the PCs were happy to provide. I had a few real characters. One guy playing the Flexbot Traceur thought the motivation: -Fascism meant that it was a negative character trait that he liked fascism. So he said his goal was to sleeve the entire population of Mars in flexbots, then join them all into one giant flexbot. Then I had the Martian Ranger who had to ask what to roll to intimidate the six-year-old girl.

A few really funny situations;
In one game, part of the group was taken to a small corporate satellite office to be talked down to by a suit. Meanwhile, the neo-pig followed along to keep an eye on things. If you read the stats for the neo-pig, she's basically a drug dealer/user. She finds an ambulance behind the office, so breaks in and starts stealing all of the drugs. Upstairs, the (unarmed) suit tells the PCs to go away or there will be trouble. The Martian Ranger decides the best response is to fill the office with the drug twitch. The PCs then cut a hole in the window and escape with the suit, into the neo-pig's now looted ambulance and flee the police.

I had one PC come in to warn the rest of the party not to touch Bob the witness. When he enters, he immediately says "hi Bob," and shakes his hand. -_-

We had a moment where the party found out a little kid (through a weird twist which involves seeing into the future) they know will be horrifically murdered, so a few members took him to a McDonald's Play place to protect him. The rest of the group continues their investigation and realizes there's this infection that's contaminated kids. They call up their buddies and tell them "hey, that kid you're protecting? We need you to horrifically murder him". Oh pedocide, always a laugh.

The 'What's Up with PS+' session was interesting, but nothing earth-shattering. I think most of the news has been posted here already, with the possible exception of Jack now being imbued with Posthuman Developer Powers. The RPGs and Education session apparently was very good (it featured Brian Cross). The Writing Sci-Fi Settings one was strong, better than those on the writing track IMO. Unfortunately, I got there late and had to leave early (to run a game), so Jack hit me with the asking axe. All of these were recorded, and we're expecting to see them posted to the youtube soon. You should also check out the 'writing alternate histories' talk, which included one of our GMs and husband of the soon-to-be newest EP author, Andy Click. I'll post links when I got 'em.

So overall, a blast.

End spoilers (obviously).

CodeBreaker CodeBreaker's picture
I want to go to there so much

I want to go to there so much. Maybe next year I can sort out the money to fly in. Been meaning to make a trip around the US, visit friends. Could top it all off with a Gencon.

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Lilith Lilith's picture
Yuuuuup

nezumi.hebereke wrote:
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess you were the Lunar Ego Hunter?

That was me all right. :) I really enjoyed that game! Me and my buddy (the Oversight Auditor) realized that we'd forgot to ask what was actually going on (spoilers I guess); as in, was the actual thing a TITAN basilisk hack or variant of the Exsurgent virus, etc., or just some crazy scientist's own DIY brainhacking program. But either way we had a blast, even when the entire party seemed to collectively remember that we were playing a con game and immediately went into "EVERY PC FOR HIS/HER/ITS-SELF" mode right as we were confronting the lady in charge. XD

But yeah, good times! Between the Flexbot turning himself into a pony morph, everyone freaking out at the fanboy case morph's landfill apartment, and me suddenly teaming up with the child-killing assassin duo (one of which we'd already killed and the other of which had been shot), it's hard to pin down just one moment that I found particularly hilarious.

In my defense, though, I can only go with my old standby excuse: It really did seem like a good idea at the time!

nezumi.hebereke nezumi.hebereke's picture
It seems like we'll also have

It seems like we'll also have some representation at Templecon this year (plus I regularly run games at very local conventions). Unfortunately, getting to conventions overseas is a little tougher.

MatteBlack MatteBlack's picture
nezumi.hebereke wrote:It

nezumi.hebereke wrote:
It seems like we'll also have some representation at Templecon this year (plus I regularly run games at very local conventions). Unfortunately, getting to conventions overseas is a little tougher.

Nice to hear. TempleCon is cool and very local convention to me.

LFG in New England

Quincey Forder Quincey Forder's picture
I SO hope that the adventures get released!

Especially the Ponies one!
kinda reminds me a bit of The Prodigies
(in French: La Nuit Des Enfants Rois)

Continuity, that's the one in the space station, right? when you're sleeved only to find the hab in the middle of a slow decompression?

Q U I N C E Y ^_*_^ F O R D E R

Remember The Cant!

nezumi.hebereke nezumi.hebereke's picture
You're right on Continuity.

You're right on Continuity.

We'll see about Pink Ponies. I have no idea what we're slated to run at TempleCon, but Pink Ponies is on my mind right now (having run 16 hours of it). Really, when I go to bed all I hear is Pinkie Pie singing 'Pony Pony Pony Pony'.

nezumi.hebereke nezumi.hebereke's picture
So here is the first session

So here is the first session recording I've seen from GenCon, the Alternate History talk I mentioned. This includes Kennon Bauman, who is awesome, Andy Click, who is one of our GenCon GMs and our daring test subject for new adventures, Sarah Hood, aka sysop, mastermind of the Eye and a name which you will see again in the near future, and Cory Reid, who made Dino-Pirates Ninja Island.
http://www.theilluminerdy.com/2013/08/21/unreal-worlds-gen-con-audio-special/

Check it out!

Dan VK Dan VK's picture
Both Hecaloth and Xenovore

Both Hecaloth and Xenovore were great. There was very little combat, which is a major plus for me (I prefer realistic escapism to empowerment fantasies, and luckily so did most of my players).

Should I post stories here? As previously stated by others, they're long.

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double post

Double post