In the past few weeks I participated in two new events I’ve never done before. The first that Stephanie did with me was the Bootcamp Challenge 5k which is a race at the Marine Training Center where you run through an obstacle course while drill sergeants yell at you. It was a lot of fun if not exhausting. The first third we just had to run up and over a few hay barrels but we eventually hit these logs you had to jump over (about 4 ft high) or crawl under. I hit these with gusto but when I finished I suddenly felt exhausted I realized I had more than half the race left. The next third was other obstacles that included push-ups and crawling over and under things.
Happy to say I finished the event jogging and not crying from the drill instructors.
Second event was BigBadCon and I had a great time. I flew up from San Diego to Oakland which was surprisingly convenient with 8 flights a day and an easy shuttle ride to the hotel. It was also great meeting up with my friends Jonathan and Oscar who had moved away from San Diego.
This con was well run with registering being no problem and then the big surprise of the con, my schedule was printed on the back of my badge. There was also cloth dividers separating all the tables. While they didn’t cut down on the noise much they gave a sense of privacy that I appreciated and helped enhance the game.
Friday night I played a fairy tale version of “Penny for my Thoughts” which was awesome and we came up with some great, twisted tales. This is my first time playing Penny though I’ve owned the game since its release and now I want to play more.
Saturday morning was BigBadGM with four GMs given random ingredients that they must have the players create characters and run the game while being judged (and harassed by Lenny Balsara). Ingredients in this case were genre:cyberpunk, setting: the moon, antagonist: fairy tale creatures. All four games seemed to be having tons of fun but in the end it was Morgan Ellis who took the crown. Favorite moment in my game was an aspect created called “Happy Ending Virus.”
I later jumped into a Godlike Aerial game with some of the best prep I’ve ever seen. It had 6 or 7 maps, nice framed pictures of all the characters, 8 page characters sheets in dividers and miniatures. I got to play the engineer of an experimental plane among a group of fighter jocks. Lots of fun roleplaying at the beginning though the game bogged down for me once we got to the fighter combat as the only thing I could do was change my aircraft and I was guaranteed success. So, by the fourth round it was getting difficult to find something interesting to do.
Saturday night was Heroquest with plenty of Glorantha goodness as the characters get caught up in tribal politics. Game took a little bit to get going but once the players grasped the system and the GM settled into the adventure things really took off.
Sunday morning was Deleria where all the players were fairy tale creatures. In this case Cinderella, The Big Bad Wolf (how fitting) and I was Wood Building Little Pig. Again it took awhile for the players and GM to get moving but once we did it was a lot of fun as the characters had to battle with the idea and the reality of the real and fae worlds mixing.
Final game was Lacuna Part 1 which was my favorite game of the con. I’m not sure what the GM did but I rarely actually feel the same emotional response that my character would feel. This game did it as I actually become paranoid and freaked out.
A great con and though it was similar to the Strategicons it was also unique and the focus on rpgs really brought out some great player and GMs. I’m looking forward to next year.