Gen Con is coming, and a fair portion of the Illuminerdy are going to be there. Do you want to meet (most of) us? Maybe play some games? You may just have that chance. They say it’s the “best four days in gaming.” And you know what? They might be right. But you’ll always wonder what might have been unless you take some time to meet us.
This year, we’re inviting the #RPGChat crew to snag coffee on Thursday morning (16 August) before the dealer hall opens to the public. Head on over to the Panera Bread (close to the Embassy Suites) between 9am and 10am and look for the extra-tall blonde chick! We’ll have some breakfast. Drink some coffee. And talk about some games.
Did you know that our own The Universe was an ENnies judge this year? Are you interested in knowing more about the process, or about how he and his colleagues chose this year’s nominees? (Hint: Monkey knife fights.) If so, check out SEM1231674 in the Gen Con Event Catalog, and join us on Saturday 18 August at Pennsylvania Station C in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. We’d love to see you there.
At the Dealer Hall
The Universe will also be representing the ENnies in the dealer hall on Thursday 15 August from 10am to 12pm. The Universe and d20Blonde will also make several other appearances in the Dealer Hall throughout the con. Keep an eye on the #illuminerdy and #rpgchat hashtags on Twitter for a change to meet us, and maybe get some Illuminerdy.com swag!
You’ve also got a chance to play some games with us! Both d20Blonde and I were too slow to get our games into the official Gen Con system, but we’d still like to roll some dice with you. Signups for both games will go live — right here on theIlluminerdy.com — on Monday 16 July at 3pm ET. Look for new posts about each game, and then sign in and post a comment confirming your interest. First come, first serve (though, no doubt, an audience will be welcome).
1. Savage Worlds: Showdown on the Avalon Mesa (with Kennon “the Universe” Bauman) – Saturday 8:30pm-12:30am
It’s been a long time since they dry-gulched his daddy, took the herd and the man’s gun. They didn’t see him a hidin’ beneath the haymound, and he made it out before the barn burned down. A few years out East didn’t hurt nothin’; he’s a right-grown man, now, and now he’s coming home to take back what’s rightfully his. Only a fool would walk into the kind of trouble “King” Cole Vortiger has waitin’ for any man lookin’ to break his hold on the finest ranch land this side of Rio Grande. So when Arthur Britton comes home, he ain’t comin’ alone.
The Avalon Mesa is a pastiche of the Arthurian mythos set in a fictionalized American Old West.
There are 6 slots available.
2. Fiasco (with Elizabeth “d20Blonde” Bauman) – Saturday 10am-1pm
A sizzle and a clank and the world turned upside down. Metal met flesh as the mile-long train hauling Braum and Tschetter’s Magnificent, Marvelous, Magical Circus train crashed, creating a nearly inescapable prison of iron and flame.
Somehow, you escaped. But escape came at a price.
The June heat seems amplified by at least 20 degrees in the innards of the rebuilt Braum and Tschetter’s Magnificent, Marvelous, Magical Circus train as the iron behemoth slowly grumbles though the Illinois night. For many folk, sleep came easy this night – the rhythmic chugging of the steam engine lulling even the apprehensive lions, chimps, and elephants to slumber.
But, you… you are awake. You are always awake because – just on the edge of sleep – the shrieks and screams of your circus brethren burning alive clash with the sharp sounds of crushing metal, resonating through your memories.
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You’ll play the only surviving members of the tragic Braum and Tschetter’s Magnificent, Marvelous, Magical Circus train crash in this supernatural thriller using the Dread system. Players must be willing to fill out a 10-15 question character questionnaire and be comfortable with scenarios that rely heavily on role playing.
There are 4 slots available.