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Well, hell...didn't even have time to get sentimental about the site like we did with Yahoo Groups.

OK, everybody out of the pool - you''ll all be getting an invite to Slack shortly; if I can't figure out how to do that, see you over at:

bostongamers.slack.com

And so, the doors of PicniCon XX close! Thanks to those who have been there since the beginning, and to those who have newly arrived - I hope everyone had a good time and is with us for next year at PicniCon XXI.

Thanks in addition to all those who contributed, whether it was time in teaching games, bringing games, helping in so many different ways, and especially both the now-traditional most-excellent Saturday Morning breakfast and the less-traditional but quite helpful Tuesday Night Box and Trash Lugging.

Moving Encore & Baron Munchausen earlier on Saturday seemed to work well, as we got a real group going on both. And Saturday night saw us busy enough to open up the back porch for 10 Candles.

For those who tend to ask around May when PicniCon is scheduled, I offer this - PicniCon XXI is Friday, July 5th - 7th in 2019. Save the date now!

Love, as always -

Daniel, Vivian, & LionCub
Minerva, Luna, and Neville.

PicniCon XX doors are open!

First batch of wings set for around 5pm.

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PicniCon d20:

For our new members, PicniCon is BostonGamers’[1] annual gathering, a weekend of good games, good friends, and good food!

Why “”d20”? It’s the game we keep going back to, whether it’s Pathfinder, or, well, right now, Starfinder, it’s the system I use most often for my campaigns. Plus we’ve got these nifty dice that go all the way up to 20, just like PicniCon!

WHERE
In the home of BostonGamers' benevolent Dictator, Vivian Abraham. We are in Somerville, the Gaming Nexus, reasonably close to the T. The address is 11 Fenwick Street, #2, easily accessible by bus from Sullivan Station and Davis Square, a few blocks walk from the bus to/from Lechmere. We have some parking available as well. Let us know if you are coming via car in advance, and we can arrange for Somerville party permits.

WHEN
Friday, July 6th at 11:59 AM through 6 PM Sunday, July 8th. [2]

WHAT TO BRING
There's both crash space and facilities to cook and store food, so bring sleeping bags if you're crashing and either food to cook or money to order out or chip in for groceries. Viv and I will be cooking and others are welcome to join us. I (Daniel) will provide many, many buffalo wings Friday evening, as is traditional. A note on alcohol: you are welcome to bring it, we usually have a big game of Baron Munchausen one night which involves lots of drinking, but we reserve the right to collect keys and/or cut folks off if necessary.[3]

WHAT TO EXPECT
Everyone should come prepared to play and/or run a game, bring board games, or do something to make it fun for everyone - unlike many gaming conventions, this is a group-participation event, so don't hesitate to join in and plan some events! They'll be lots of willing people to help.

PLANNED GAMES
* The traditional (and infamous) late-night Baron Munchausen game (tall tales in the grand manner),
* Circumstances willing, a grand game of Encore, the team singing and lyrics game.
* Dan: XCrawl: Resurrected League - Back from Hades
* Viv: TBD

GAME MASTERS!
If you want to run a scheduled game at PicniCon, please send me an email. [4]
We'll still have room for pickup games, but we want to put some games on the map first.

MISCELLANY
Allergies: There are three cats, Minerva, Luna, and Neville - they seem to be very good with crowds, and are now PicniCon veterans! Please notify me of any food allergies and/or restrictions, and we'll do our best to accommodate, and we label the food.

Kids of All Ages: Welcome! The boy plays and teaches Ticket To Ride, Innovation, Ingenious, Dominion, Rumis, and anything he can get his hands on...and will want to play with you. Feel free to play or refuse. [5]

Games: Bring some games, but not all your games. Feel free to send me a list of the games you want to bring, and I'll coordinate to reduce the number of multiple copies. [6]

QUESTIONS?
Just drop me an email and any difficulties can be overcome.

Footnotes
[1] What is BostonGamers? We’ve got the .com, the .org, the Google and Facebook groups. Ha.
[2] Come early, and you'll get drafted to clean. Stay late, the same [2’]
[2’] The weekend AFTER the 4th of July? Isn’t PicniCon a July 4th thing? Yes, but that’s a Wednesday.
[3] Bring Sambuca! Apparently we scared it all off in previous years and now we have none.
[4] Please include the name of the game, the number of players you want, the system, if you're using pre-generated characters or want people to bring them, how long you expect the game to run
[5] Proud sponsors of the Geek Parent Conspiracy
[6] Here’s an incomplete list of what we have: https://sites.google.com/view/anu3bis/gaming/board-game-collection

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The third round of Intercon signups started at 7 PM Tuesday. More LARPs are filling, which is great - but there are still enough slots remaining that someone could have a great time. The con is up to 449 registrations, which is amazing. More than 60% of them made their LARP choice in the first minute of this round. I've managed to get into three LARPs that I'm really looking forward to. It's NOT TOO LATE for you to get in on the fun! (It's also not too late to propose a LARP to run.)

C'mon Boston Gamers - Warwick, RI is right in your backyard, and I believe there's public transportation that can get you very close, if not to and from, the hotel. This is the convention to LARP at - you won't find a schedule like this anywhere else in the world.

http://interactiveliterature.org/R/Schedule.php
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The second round of Intercon R signups starts tonight at 7 PM, for all those who've registered and paid by then. It's NOT TOO LATE!

As expected, more people have signed up for the convention. We're now at -434- -436- 437 (the number keeps changing) LARPers who can sign up for LARPs. Our largest Intercon to date was Intercon O, which had 442 players show up at the con. Now that we've found a solid hotel with enough function space, I expect that we'll continue growing - and I suspect we're going to beat O's numbers by a bit.

Several LARPs have already filled, which is typical for any given run. Most LARPs still have many slots open, although this won't last as the rounds go on. We also added a few LARPs at the last minute, and more may follow. Two of my Top 5 LARPs are on the schedule and still have openings. I've played around 20% of the LARPs on the schedule, and I've enjoyed them all. (This is what happens when you LARP for 30+ years.)

Come join the fun in Rhode Island in late February!

http://interactiveliterature.org/R/Schedule.php
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The first round of Intercon R signups have been open since 7 PM, and things seem to have slowed from the initial rush. We hit 400 registrants a minute before the signup frenzy started. We're at 415 now, and I expect this number will continue to grow over the next few weeks.

Several LARPs have filled, which is typical for each round. Most LARPs still have many slots open, although this won't last as the rounds go on. We also added a few LARPs at the last minute, and more may follow.

I'm running one game with TNT Productions (A Night at Club Ivory) and one on my own. (Adrift on the Starry Sky) Some good players signed up for them, and I'm excited to see who else signs up.

I got into my first choice of LARPs, although there are so many good choices that it was tough to pick.

http://interactiveliterature.org/R/Schedule.php
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As folks may or may not know, I'm the Area Head for Tabletop gaming again for Arisia 2018, and charged with ensuring the room is both fun and staffed. I've sent out the call to the Arisia Volunteers list I've been provided, and thought I'd bolster that with anyone who would like to join me in taking over the world (...wait..outside voice...)

..anyone who would like to make Tabletop Gaming at Arisia awesome! (well done, outside voice. Have a some early Halloween candy. Nom nom.)

We're dividing the roles into Keepers and Hosts:

* Keepers: Check the games in and out, count the room hourly, etc. Excellent for folks that want to help, but also want to stay in one place.

* Hosts: Make the guests welcome, connect players with players, and players with games. Teach if you have time. Best for folks that love working with people.

..and, of course, Game Masters. Want to run a RPG? Host board games? Want to find others that want to play that one game no one else will play with you, but there happen to be dozens at Arisia that love it? (Oh, we love our midnight Cosmic Encounter group!)

Tabletops: https://www.arisia.org/GamingSignup
LARPs: https://www.arisia.org/LARP-GM-Signup

So - talk to me!

PicniCon Report, Day 2: Saturday
Sooooo many board games played, including Scythe, Le Havre, an epic 6-hour 2nd edition, way too many expansions game of Talisman, a demo of Attack Vector, Jamaica, Vast: The Crystal Caverns, Smash-up, That's My Fish, Codenames, Pigment, Tattoo, Kodama, and many more.

An excellent round of Encore, including "Disaster Songs" which started with a volcano and ended somewhere near Zombie Incursion.

The pork shoulder and brisket are now mostly consumed, and guests are slowly rolling home, a bit early for us. Apparently, we're getting older; no Baron Munchausen tonight. Next year, we'll start a little earlier or get a dedicated crew signed up pre-con.

Thanks in particular to Michael Dlott for running a Star Wars RPG rescue / salvage mission! We had fun, got away with the stash, and saved the Rebellion. And stole our stash from the Rebellion. Don't tell the Rebellion.

And the Pokemon gym on the corner? Totally ours. Go team Instinct!

See folks tomorrow - we open early (around 9?) and run to 6pm. There should be a few rounds of One Night Ultimate (Fill-In-The-Blank), Dark Tower, and anything else you want to bring or play.

PicniCon XIX, Day One: The Ghost has been exorcised by four excellent mediums, the Kodama have made the forest their home, civilization reached its peak and was blasted back to the stone age, Mad Scientists stole monuments by spelling long words, Dragons shipped from Nordcastle, the Sentinels saved the Multiverse, artists sent their apprentices to collect pigments for their masterpieces, and while the town formed above, below, the caves provided an excellent source of mushrooms and fish.

Tomorrow, we have on deck: an early breakfast from the team of Tyler Stewart & Karyn Stewart, Star Wars RPG (the new one) from Michael Dlott, Paranoia from Rick Healey, likely a game of Encore, and certainly a round of Baron Munchausen starting close to midnight hosted by yours truly. Of a certainty there will be Dark Tower, more Word Domination, and perhaps a preview of Hardback, the Pre-Quill to Paperback.

Thanks to all who brought food, games, and most importantly, their best and most giving selves, dedicated to the fun of all attending. We will see you tomorrow!
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