TotalCon 2012 Recap – Thursday & Friday

Last weekend I was able to attend TotalCon XXVI – New England’s largest gaming convention. I had originally only planned to attend only Saturday & Sunday and then at the last minute decided to make a four day weekend out of the convention. Boy was I glad I did as I had a fantastic weekend. I broke the weekend up into a few posts to make it easier to read. Enjoy part 1!         Thursday I arrived Thursday around noon, headed to registration and picked up my badge.Then I found Angela and received our table assignment for the Sages of RPG table. Once everything was settled in I decided to scope out the board game room. In the board game room there was a projector that had a list of games and starting times.  I saw a game of “Werewolves of Millers Hollow” was starting soon, so I found the table and sat down. The GM showed up and we chatted a bit so I could learn all the different roles the game had. Sadly though not enough players were around to fill the game. However, all was not lost because the group decided to pick a game from the game library and play. We chose Eminent Domain, and even though none of us had played before we picked it up quickly and I really enjoyed the game. After finishing up Eminent Domain I taught and played an enjoyable game of Small World with some teens that were searching for something to play. Next, I sat down and learned the card game Alhambra. Alhambra was on my list...
Argyle & Crew – Soppet Adventures! The sock puppet RPG needs our help!

Argyle & Crew – Soppet Adventures! The sock puppet RPG needs our help!

Have you ever wanted to just let loose and have good old-fashioned fun with an RPG? Well, here’s your chance! In the upcoming Argyle & Crew RPG written by Ben Gerber (@Trollitc) players and guides create Soppets (sock puppets) to help tell the story. The Basics When you begin the game for the first time you are required to make your Soppet. When making your creation you get the chance to add two extras. These extra object are anything you wish and will allow your Soppet to do amazing things. For instance, you could add wings to make your Soppet Fly or special X-ray glasses to make them be able to see through walls. Then one player will take on the role of the guide and will oversee the story. The guide will decide on a Goal for the game. This goal is stated or hidden from the players. Players with the help of the Guide then create a story using their Soppets and props. There are also rules included to make Argyle & Crew into a lite RPG. These rules are well thought out and add enough to satisfy those who want to add an RPG element to it without breaking away from the collaborative story telling aspect. Thoughts I really enjoy the theme of this game and being someone who game with children, and child like adults, I can see this being a game that has endless limits. Ben is also working on creating lesson plans to include with the game which will allow teachers to use Argyle and Crew in the classroom and donating 25% of the proceeds...

Dec 18, 2010 – Game Day: Langdon Library: 11:30am-3:30pm

We are excited to have been invited to participate in a Game Day this Saturday at the Langdon Library in Newington. We hope that this will be one of many upcoming collaborations. Here are the details: The Langdon Library 328 Nimble Hill Road Newington, NH 03801 Saturday, December 18, 2010 11:30AM til 3:30PM Join us for a special Drop-n-Shop Game Day. Leave your (older, independent) kids for an hour or so at the library and get some shopping done! Or stay with us for a while, play some games, and drop some stress — grown-ups and kids are both welcome to play! Special guest Wayne from The Sages of RPG Gaming Group will be giving introductions to card games like Magic the Gathering (bring cards if you’ve got ‘em) and teaching other unique board & card games that you’ve never seen before! We’ll be playing checkers, chess, Scrabble, Pictureka, etc. & card games like Scrabble Slam and Monopoly Deal. Of course we’ll also have the Playstation 2 hooked up for Guitar Hero, Harry Potter, Star Wars games and whatnot! (Can’t forget the whatnot!) Oh and Pssst… PIZZA will be served around 1PM! Share...

Magic the Gathering Draft with Middle School Students

Ben and I ran a Magic the Gathering draft as part of the summer program we work for thi past summer. We had a successful day with 10 students and us drafting. The students arrived and we made sure everyone was all set and had a DCI number as this was going to be a sanctioned draft. We then sat everyone down and proceeded to explain how to draft. Once the explanation was done we drafted. The first pack had a bit of a hiccup and we had to shuffle some cards around so everyone had the correct number. Some of the students set a pack on top of another pack, and they got mixed together! But after we fixed that packs 2&3 drafted pretty smoothly. We then sent them off to separate tables and gave them time to build decks. Most of the students did so without much help from us, only one or two needed some suggestions on ratio of cards to mana. We then played a 4 round tournament with a lunch break in the middle, handed out prizes, and called it a day. This was my first time running a full scale draft with only middle school students, and it went very well. We tried to fill to much of the day with Magic though, and lost a few of them by the 4pm mark.(They were there 10am-5pm) Next time I think I would just shorten things by an hour and we will be all set. The students really enjoyed the tournament atmosphere, and they all now have some of their own cards to play...