It has taken me longer than I like to get this report written, but here we are at last.
|The airport had the welcome mats out in the jetways this year|
|The city was welcoming too|
|Burrows and Badgers in progress|
|Two of my war bands clash in B&B|
|My brother sets up a Chaos Wars game|
I wasn’t signed up to run anything on Friday. Irene and I did two dance classes by Counts to Nine. These ladies do historical dance (English Country, Renaissance, etc.) for fun and professionally, and we had tried and enjoyed their classes last year. This was a pleasantly physical interlude between all of the mentally challenging gaming, and I am looking forward to seeing what they have on offer again next year. We also wandered out to Lucas Oil Stadium to see how the gaming was getting on there. It’s an interesting space. This year they had the field lights turned on, so it was well lit, and the enormous volume dampens the sound, so it wasn’t too noisy. Apart from being a dedicated walk from the rest of the convention it’s not a bad space.
|Overview of the Lucas Oil Stadium floor converted for gaming|
|Reaper speed painting preliminary round figure|
I don’t play any of Wyrd Miniature’s games, so I was curious to see what they might throw at us.
|You have to love magnification|
Our figure ended up being this reasonably straightforward steampunk lady with a big axe(?). I ended up second, which didn’t have a prize but did come with a seat in the Wyrd finals on Sunday.
|Wyrd Miniatures speed painting preliminary round figure|
With that out of the way, we could go out to the stadium for a meet-up for cooperative games with the host of Nelly’s Nerdy Adventures. If you’re curious, we show up at time 18:00 in the linked video. From there, we picked up the kids and had the traditional all hands dinner, and then called it a night. The kids and I played a little Keyforge back at the hotel, before I crashed for the night.
There was more dancing on Saturday, and my brother and I ran the fifth (and last) of our games on offer, another round of Chaos Wars at 6:00PM. The timing of this, perhaps, was not good, since we only had two players.
|Chaos Wars second game|
On Sunday we finished up shopping, and I sat down for my two speed paint finals at 11:30 and 2:00. The Wyrd event was first. We got this inexplicable figure of an old man perched on top of a demonic clock. At least we had 60 minutes instead of the 45 of the first round. I ended up third, so I got a prize in addition to the miniature. The Reaper round was less successful. We had a mechanical wizard of some sort, and my use of the metallic colors didn’t quite work. I’ll get around to touching him up sometime soon.
|The Wyrd Miniaturees speed painting final round figure|
Between rounds, the kids had to head out, so we gathered for a final group shot in front of the speed paint tables.
|Team Dean on Sunday|
|The airport’s dedicated gaming space|
Everyone has a different Gencon experience. This year, I ended up not actually playing any games except the co-op game with Nelly, and my shopping was quite limited. (I came home with one indy roleplaying game, Companions’ Tale, and a solo dungeon crawl game, Four Against Darkness, from Ganesha), plus a shirt and a new dice bag.) While not unsatisfactory, it was quite different from previous years. We shall see how next year’s planning evolves, but I am considering whether there would be an audience for some sort of historical miniatures game, and perhaps a seminar on how to get into that branch of the greater hobby realm.
via The Sharp End of the Brush http://sharpbrush.blogspot.com/2019/08/gencon-2019-aar.html
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