Tag: conventions

July 28, 2017 No comments exist

An Army of One There is beauty in organized play, tabletop RPGs, like the Pathfinder Society or the Adventurers League. To be sure, it’s a different kind of beauty than is to be found in a ongoing campaign with its engaging story arcs and sense of consistency, both player and plot. In many ways, organized…

August 7, 2016 1 comment

Happy GenCon to all and to all a goodnight… 7 August 2016 Greetings, From GenCon 2016!   I love GenCon! There is no doubt about it. Even (yes, even) when I have to get up at 5am to ensure I can commute in, find parking, and grab a coffee before my 8am slot. It did help this…

August 4, 2016 No comments exist

Twas the Night before GenCon… 3 August 2016 Greetings, From GenCon 2016!   I’ve got my GM badge, my schedule, and my comfortable shoes. Let the chaos begin! If you don’t know, I traveled by car this year – yes, that’s right, I’ve already driven over 4,300 miles! I’m on a Road Trip for Roadtrip!, visiting…

May 19, 2016 2 comments

Whew! It’s been quite a year – a little over a year since I decided to take Roadtrip! beyond the living rooms of my family and closest friends. I mean really, that’s the true test of a game. Most experienced game designers, as I discovered, blatantly laugh at you if you speak to them enthusiastically about your…

November 19, 2015 4 comments

Now that I’m back in some semblance of health after that nasty cold, it’s past time for me to post about my Metatopia experience. First of all, I want to thank Double Exposure for putting together a great con. Having had a bit of experience in a previous career dealing with convention organization, I can tell…

November 10, 2015 No comments exist

As I decompress from the wonderful time I had at Double Exposure’s Metatopia, I thought I would share the top 3 insights I learned from my experience. Admittedly, I don’t have a time-turner; I couldn’t be everywhere and meet everyone (to my sadness). Like most cons this one was overflowing with panels, events, LARPS, tabletops, and…

November 4, 2015 No comments exist

What a week it’s been! I’ve run another playtest, printed out a new version of the board, and tomorrow, I’m on the road to Metatopia in Morristown, NJ! Metatopia Besides some great panels and an infinite amount of schmoozing with fellow designers, here’s my Roadtrip! playtest schedule: Friday 11am-1pm (B134) Friday 4pm-6pm (B214) Saturday 11am-1pm…

September 22, 2015 1 comment

Playtests, playtests, and more playtests! Since my last update, I’ve been to many events and had Roadtrip! played another dozen times by over 30 people. Enough thanks cannot be said to those who sat down to play and provide feedback! The Playtests Celesticon’s Celetispiel: Attended all 4 days of this great event! Not only did…

August 8, 2015 No comments exist

I’m back! My sanity has been, at least, partially restored. And I’d like to thank those who braved my first semi-blind playtests of Roadtrip! Gencon 2015 Roadtrip! Playtest Results I ran six introductory games, five of which were in Double Exposure’s First Exposure Playtest Hall. My experience with the FEPH was wonderful, primarily because, as a…

August 6, 2015 1 comment

There are many ways for a designer to have a game playtested at Gencon. Your goals for playtesting (and you need to write them down, not just contemplate them) and your resources will determine what avenues you follow. Stonemaier Games just put out a great lessons learned from Gencon 2015 that encompasses broader concerns for exposure….