Lone Star Game Expo 2019: Day 2

Jeff and I will be discussing our entire experience of the 2019 Lone Star Game Expo on an upcoming episode of SAFCOcast. We were going to record yesterday, but things got a bit hectic on one end and we had to postpone.

For now, I’ll just do a quick report. Friday was the day I ran Traveller in the afternoon. I met some great players, and they were very patient with me (three of the players are way more experienced Traveller GMs than I am). I’ve written about this in a previous post. It was great.

Saturday Jeff and I rode out to Grapevine together and played Dungeon Crawl Classics with a new friend, Jonny Daylett. We’d never played this before, and it was a crazy good time. Each player started with four zero-level characters. By the end a lot of PCs had died. Mucho fun. Thank, Jonny!

As we are not regular con-goers, we had not signed up for any other games that day. There wasn’t anything else I was that interested in playing, and I didn’t know if I could do 8-10 hours of gaming in a day. One 4-hour game seemed like enough. I’m sure if there had been a Gamma World or Champions game, or another Traveller game, or whatever, I’d have been up for it anyway. As it was, we went for some lunch, then spent the rest of the afternoon in some GMing seminars led by a fellow by the name of Raccoon. We got to his first session a bit late, which neither of us really likes to do, but time got away from us. We’ll discuss the seminars on the podcast next week. The essential are — 1)We were not 100% sure when we walked in how they would be. Raccoon was having some tech issues. He got the issues sorted, but as it turned out we didn’t really miss that much do to the confusion. 2)The rest of the seminars were informative, interactive, and fun. It’s just fun to talk with other people who are into gaming.  Again, we’ll get into this on the podcast. In the end I guess we did three of these seminars by Raccoon, and I enjoyed them.

We once again ventured out for food, returning in time to do the 7pm-9pm talk and Q&A by Marc Miller, of Far Future Enterprises/Game Designers Workshop/Traveller fame. As Traveller nuts, we’d been looking forward to this all day. Marc came in early and just started chatting with everyone about gaming and Traveller.  The room filled up. It was kind of funny to have Marc there, considering I was the only person who ran a Traveller game, but turnout was considerable for his talk so there is a lot of interest. Everyone knew this talk was going to happen,  but the time was not filled in on the schedule until a day or two before the con, so I suspect a lot of people were involved in games at that time as well. I know one of my players was going to run Traveller, but didn’t want it to coincide with Marc’s talk. Turns out Marc did a talk on Friday night as well, which I didn’t discover until Saturday morning, and I’d been checking the schedule daily.

More on the Marc talk – you guessed it – on the podcast. I’ll just say it was cool. We’ll post our notes on the podcast page as well.

We were both pretty wiped out after a 9am-9pm con day, so we bailed on the morning game we had schedule to play on Sunday. Note to self: maybe Sundays are not the best day to have games scheduled if you want your players to turn up.

Traveller at NTRPG Con

This morning and early afternoon I played in Mike Kelly’s “Millennium Girl” game of classic Traveller. I won’t blow any surprises or details of this game, since I feel sure Mike will be running it again in the future. I’ll just say it was really fun. Mike’s obviously been running classic Traveller for a long time. It was a very unique adventure, at least in my experience.

Our group consisted of me, another guy my age (middle aged dude), an adult woman, a young woman just graduated from highschool, and a young woman I’d say about 14 years old, and a young man about 15 years old. By far the most diverse group I’ve ever gamed with. Really fun. A lot of fun to see how people outside my usual gaming group approach roleplaying.

Anyway, tons of fun. Play in one of Mike’s games if you get the chance.

CyberTex at North Texas RPG Con

Just a quick note. I ran a session at North Texas RPG Con today, based on the first three CyberTex sessions. I’d never run at a Con before, and was actually a bit nervous. Turned out I had four really good players. Outgoing, fun, great people, who really got into the roleplaying and were frankly quite awesome. So Sasha, Sara, Dom, and Mike – thank you for a great first con GMing experience. Hope to see y’all again sometime soon.

This was the only GURPS session at the con. I was glad I did this.

North Texas RPG Con

I’ve signed up to attend the North Texas RPG Con in June. I had not really planned on going to this, as I though I was going to be involved in family stuff that weekend, but things changed, and what the hell.

It has been years since I’ve been to a gaming con. I’m also going to be running a GURPS Cyberpunk (CyberTex) session on Friday afternoon of the con. I’ve never run a game at a con before, but I have lots of source material to draw from in my campaign. I have four players signed up already, so I’m excited that someone thought it sounded cool enough to play! Looking forward to it.

I’ve also signed up to play two sessions of Call of Cthulhu, once session of Villains & Vigilantes, and one session of classic Traveller. So that’s a lot of gaming. I may still sign up for another Traveller session on the last morning of the con (Sunday). Depends on if I want to drive back out there again. Sunday morning should be nice and easy traffic though.

Trying to get my own gaming group together. Not easy. Hopefully we can play a bit.