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MY GEN CON 2015 RECAP (if anyone is interested)

It's been a few weeks since Gen Con 2015. After a delayed dose of Con Crud and an actual vacation to unwind from it, I figured it was time to do a recap of my experiences this year.

WEDNESDAY
My travelling companion and friend Andrew Cady and I flew in early Wednesday. We went almost immediately to the Expo hall to help the full-time MCG crew assembling the booth. This was a long, sweaty day. My deodorant failed and so did my back. But we got through it and we had built a great booth. After a very, very necessary cleanup, I hit the Omni Severin for our GM's meeting. This year, MCG hosted 70 Cypher system games—35 Numenera, 35 The Strange—and we had an AMAZING batch of volunteers. We gave them the 411 on the games and gave them their GM packets. If I don't say it enough, MCG has built an INCREDIBLE community around its games. After a quick spin through the Diana Jones Awards, it was in for an early night.

THURSDAY
Thursday started early and the booth was quickly swamped. One of the things I love about Gen Con is interacting with people who haven't been exposed to MCG's games. For one, it gives me the opportunity to share my love for the games. The other reason is it shows me how much more the audience for the game can grow. Of course the big center point of the show this year was the limited number of Numenera box sets we had available. Seeing someone try to casually pick one up and then make a face as they realized it was nearly ten pounds of RPG goodness was a big highlight of the show for me.

Thursday afternoon was a big event for the MCG crew- the annual MCG Seminar, where news about the coming year is broken. One thing a lot of folks don't realize about my work with MCG is that I am still on the outside for a lot of the secret details. It was a surprise to me too about the new Kickstarter, Into the Ninth World. They had revealed the concept for Into the Night at last year's Numenera seminar, but this new line of Numenera products is easily the most exciting thing to happen to Numenera since the original Kickstarter launch. And that's saying a lot.

The Numenera Strand premiere was awesome. But as perfect as it is, it just leaves me wanting more. I so want this to become a full length movie or spin off a longer movie. 

I helped video the seminar, so hopefully the event will be online sometime soon. We wrapped the day up in the booth and it was a light night for me.

FRIDAY
Friday was even busier than Thursday and I got to get out to the MCG game room. It was much bigger this year and having nine tables in a small space made it a bit loud at times. It's only going to grow next year, so we need to figure out ways to improve that. Otherwise, looking around at the high quality GMs we had leading games was an incredible sight. Every player was completely engaged in their game—I saw no bored looks at all in that room.

The booth was swamped and many RPG luminaries came by throughout the show. Wil Wheaton came by the booth as we were closing up this day. He was super nice and I thanked him for all he'd done for our industry with TableTop and Titansgrave web series. 

Friday night had a packed schedule- ENnie awards, which MCG was up for several awards for The Strange RPG and one for the Ninth World Guidebook. I myself was up for Best Podcast for the third year in a row, this year for Translating the Strange. Co-hosts Brandon Ording, Andrew Cady were there but Darcy Ross was likely GMing yet another session somewhere. MCG won many awards and I was so proud again to be tangentially connected to such great work as I am.

I bolted out before the end because I had pledged to help Tammie set up the MCG Cypher System Rulebook launch party over at the Omni Severin. Little did COO Charles Ryan realize, this party was also a surprise birthday party for him. We had a ton of people in attendance, many people who were fans, friends of the company, and friends of the people in the company. I hope folks understand that MCG truly is a family, in some ways literally, and many of the folks involved have known and worked with each other for years. I think that is a major reason why they've been so successful building this incredible company that produces such fantastic work.

SATURDAY
Saturday started off slowly. Being out so late on Friday had me dragging and my back wasn't feeling much better. But oh what a crowd. I have not yet mentioned the fantastic demos run in the booth throughout the convention. Thomas Howell largely ran Numenera and The Strange ones, with some few rests from other booth volunteers. He was pretty tireless and I heard nothing but great feedback to the mini sessions he led. We also hosted playtests of the new kids game "No Thank You, Evil!". These were run by Olivia (an enthusiastic 11 year old GM!), Zoa Smalley, and some other volunteers. The impact that this game will have on the industry is going to be immense and is already being felt in some ways. What a fantastic entry into RPGs for loads of future gamers!

Saturday afternoon held an event that was the most fun for me at the con— Instant Adventure with Monte Cook. Monte got a fine cast of players: Bruce Cordell; Jen Page; Shanna Germain; and Tom Lommel, a.k.a. Bill Cavalier, The Dungeon Bastard. Monte gave a preface to the crowd and got back ideas for his instant adventure. Think of it as an Mad Libs for a RPG Session. I don't want to give away too much from the storyline—we also shot video of it and it should also end up online soon—but it was hilarious. It really showed the power of the Cypher System and Monte's skills as a Grandmaster GM.

Saturday night included the MCG company dinner and a late night Cypher System game. This was the only game I got to participate throughout the con. I took a group of friends through the brand new Cypher System superheroes demo written by Bruce Cordell called "Dread Expectations". It was fantastic fun despite all of us being nearly dead. 

SUNDAY
Sunday was as usual a winding down day. I got out to pick up a few things that friends hadn't already picked up for me. Pretty much all I got, apart from some MCG pickups, was some Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars stuff. The show was awesome. I had many opportunity to talk to people whom I hope will become MCG fans. They certainly bought at least a few products, opening them to the world of the Cypher System.

We stayed to help the MCG crew breakdown the booth for as long as we could before needing to head to the airport, and then that was it. Our Gen Con was over for this year.

MCG has some great new things coming this year—the results of the Into the Ninth World Kickstarter, more Strange products, the release of "No Thank You, Evil!", Organized Play—and you need to stay tuned in to hear more about it.
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News from the Citadel:
Founding Member, Michael Peters, has just released the first of many blogs. Check it out to see the exciting information he has to share with us all!
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The second issue of CypherCaster Magazine is here!
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The second issue of CypherCaster Magazine is here!
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Aww man, does this mean the booth will be swamped next week? Yup.
 
Well, that parcel from +All Rolled Up managed to reach Kansas in the end, safe into the hands of the crew at +Monte Cook Games - and in time for Gen Con.

What was in there?

#numenera   #thestrange  
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If they sell it on their regular store page later I'm gonna buy one.
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Running a Strange Revelations adventure playtest tonight 7-11 ET on Google Hangouts if anyone is interested in playing.. Have 2 players already.
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Any one interested in playtesting a new Strange Instant Adventure (from the upcoming book Strange Revelations) I'll be running tomorrow night via Google Hangout/Roll20, say around 7pm ET?
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I'll play if there's room. Oh, looks like I missed the boat. Let me know if you all decide to play again. 
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Ok, so this is it- I'm teaching my wife to play +Fantasy Flight Games X-wing tonight.

We're trying to tighten our purse strings a bit and this is part of my pitch to allow X-wing purchases to be my lone "not a necessity" to make the cut. [Fortunately, +Monte Cook Games is "work stuff" now :)]

Keep your fingers crossed.
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I play with my GF and she gives me a (Kessel) run for my money!
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Big news- the booth is going to be slammed!
 
News on the Numenera Deluxe Boxed Set for those who are going to Gen Con. 

Spoiler alert: We have a few copies left!
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Going to Gen Con? 

Take this. It's dangerous to go alone.
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