Sunday, August 20, 2017

Origins Game Fair 2018 Theme announcement!

Columbus, OH – Plans for Origins Game Fair 2018 are underway. The Game Manufacturers Association, host of Origins Game Fair, has announced that next year’s theme will be Mystery! Origins 2018 will serve up a high level of fun with activities and events that may require some sleuthing skills. 

Mark your calendar, Origins Game Fair 2018 is happening June 13-17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH. If you are interested in running an event at next year’s show, event submission will be open on the Origins website, September 1 - February 1, 2018. Hotel blocks for Origins will be made available starting in September. At that time, you can make reservations and begin planning your stay in Columbus. 

Grab your detective gear and get ready for five full days of gaming…and mystery! Check for updates. 

### Origins Game Fair is one of North America’s most prominent annual gaming conventions. It is run by the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Origins serves the gaming industry in general, including miniature gaming, boar games, trading card games, LARPS, and role-playing games.


Okay, so Meta Arcade is at booth #509 and they're doing a mobile game, Tunnels & Trolls Adventures. You can create and share your own adventures with a software they're demoing and play a kind of choose your own adventure story. It looks really freaking cool.They have a launch trailer available if you want to check it out. 

Given I'm playing Mystic Messenger right now, something a little less cringeworthy is going to do me some good. So check it out and we'll play together.

If you want to learn more about the game, check out the trailer above or go check out the MetaArcade website.

I know I keep saying this, but there are seriously so many games here. Games. All over. Everywhere I look. I'm crushed in the throng of moving people and moving along and missing things because there's so much going on. This is only going to be a serious little snippet of things you can see at the convention and you really need to book in advance for next year. 

Ahhhh, Greenbriar games! Booth #1649. I've been a follower for awhile now and I'm super stoked that they were at Gencon this year with some new games. Vengeance is a new release from Greenbriar and they were doing demos all week. It's a one to four player game where you build up your hero and beat the enemy back on their home soil. It's all about revenge! They're also playing demons of Folklore through the week. The game looks absolutely gorgeous. It's coming out in October this year.

I have never before heard of Oni press, but I checked out some of the things they had to offer this year. They have a card game based off of Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. They plan, in the future, to partner with game designers and graphic novelists to create more games based from the creator-owned comics. I'm not sure what all they have planned but they were definitely enthusiastic when I popped in for a visit and asked all the questions.

I also checked out Dized games, another company I hadn't heard of before. The biggest draw was their Throne of Games made of more than 100 board games. The throne was comprised of board games like Dominion, Pandemic and Catan. One lucky gamer won them all in a drawing and the games would be delivered to the winner's home. Until then, attendees were welcome to sit upon the throne of games for photo ops. Next time I need to bring a photo buddy!!

The really cool thing about Dized is they have an easy to use app that lets you learn any tabletop game without a game book. There's a lookup tool and they have future digital expansions planned. It launches at the end of August on the 28th on IndieGoGo. DEFINITELY check it out and consider backing. 

Another new and incredibly fun game company is Big Potato. They're at booth #2115 and they're doing a really cool giveaway. They have hidden 200 toy chameleons around Gen Con. Find one and take it to the booth and you get a copy of their new game The Chameleon. They're also doing demos of OK Play. Challenge the staff, win a copy of the game.

Chameleon is a family friendly social bluffing game. If you are the chameleon, you have to figure out the code word without giving away that you're the chameleon. If you're not the chameleon, you have to figure out who the chameleon is without giving away the code word. It's for three to eight players and game play takes about 10 minutes. Super fast, super fun and the accusations fly! 

Big Potato is a game brand exclusive to Target, so look for them! I'm super excited to pick up a copy of Chameleon. It's only $20 bucks and it's a PERFECT convention game!!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Gencon 50: Wyrmwood, Japanime, Rule & Make, Roll20, BOB ROSS ART AND CHILL

If you didn't order your badge early for GenCon 50, ladies and gentlemen, you are out of luck! The entire week was completely sold out by Friday!! HOLY CRAP THAT'S SO AWESOME. There are no badges being sold at the door. They are at capacity. Woo! They have also expanded, according to the staff in the press room, from the convention center and hotels to the Colts stadium!! They're also going to have They Might Be Giants at the Stadium. Free with your badge!! WOO!!

And, for the technical stuff about GenCon, it's owned by Peter Adkison from Wizards of the Coast. They're sponsored this year by Mayfair Games, Paizo and Rio Grande Games. 50 year convention, 15th year in Indy. Pretty impressive track record.

I was lucky enough to land a press pass for this year's event and I'm SO STOKED. This is my first GenCon and I'm blogging through the day from the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Parking is an absolute BIIIIIITCH so my advice (and a note to self for next year) is get here on Thursday and get a room near the convention center. I'm already going to plan for it for next year.. 

I'm not going to lie. The dealer's room is fantastic. SO. MANY. SHOPS. 

And, no, I'm not being a "professional reporter" when it comes to this. Seriously, this is an awesome convention. It trumps Origins and that's saying something.

I stopped by the Wormwood booth (#2545) and checked out their new booth. My first encounter with them was at Origins three years ago. They still have the same incredible dice towers and trays in the zebrawood that took my attention originally, but they've expanded with new towers, new woodworking and amazing deals. As a secret: if you go to the booth and tell them "show me what you've got", they give you a discount. Well, you get to roll for a discount. Which is the same thing. Check out the new merch and give the towers a try. The reps will be more than willing to give you a demonstration. The way the towers come together is really awesome and they're super portable.

For those of you not at the convention, you can check out Wyrmwood by clicking their graphic.

As most of you know, I am a huge Japanime supporter. I worked for them during Origins. They are fantastic folks and Robert and Rich are great people to work with. 

Japanime games has a new game to demo at booth #435. There's a new expansion for Tanto Cuore and, wait for it.... 


The newest expansion is Winter Romance and it is on Kickstarter now! They have a deal if you preorder during Gencon. It counts toward your purchase totals for awesome swag and if you preorder, you get in on the first ship date. WOO! Seriously, if you're into Tanto Cuore, get to the booth and get your swag. Also, they have super awesome tote bags to carry your haul in. I'm super jelly of the bags. Not gonna lie. There are tournaments with big prizes so definitely stop by!

Can't make it to Gencon? There's a live stream on Twitch TV with Robert on August 22nd at 9pm EST. You can check out the game there. Also: you can visit Japanime Games at their website by clicking the banner below.

And for the kickstarter: CLICK HERE

If you're in the mood for a new KICKASS game, check out Terminator 2 Judgement Day TABLETOP GAME. I'm a huge fan of tabletops and this game honestly doesn't disappoint. The tabletop version of the franchise is from Queensland Australia based Rule & Make and follows the events following the 1995 classic film. Using dice and minis, players control John Connor's army. A teaser trailer with more details on the game will be released on the 20th anniversary of Judgement Day, August 29, 2017. If you're interested in more details, you can check out Rule & Make here:

Many Gamers know Roll 20 and, if you don't, I'm happy to enlighten you. Roll 20 makes it possible to play tabletop games online with your friends around the world. Create a campaign, make it public or not, set up your landscapes and play. You can even create custom avatars for your characters. Super super awesome, especially for me. My friends are all over the country.

As many exhibitors and panelists, Roll 20 is having a party tonight at 7pm at the Tomlinson Tap Room. Beer, wine, cider and mead is available and cocktails are after 9pm. If you attended one of their panels, your first drink is on Roll20! If you make it to Capitol 3 at 2, you can pick up a drink ticket. Show up, hang out and talk nerdy to me.

If you want to learn more about Roll20:

And if you want to play in a game with me on Roll 20 when I'm not at conventions, you can find my campaigns by CLICKING HERE.

And now to tell you about this game... it is an awesome game filled with mystery and wonder. Mostly wonder. Mostly why did they make this game but why is it so awesome?

The game? BOB ROSS ART OF CHILL but I am totally calling it Bob Ross and Chill because I would SO BE DOWN WITH THAT. 

Look at the magnificence of this game cover

Gen Con is the ONLY place to buy Bob Ross: Art of Chill until October 1st and there are only limited quantities each day. You can also earn the "Chill" status if you visit their booth. No spoilers. You have to go to the booth. You have to check out this game. Guys. Seriously. It's Bob Ross. Do it. DOOO IIIIITT!!

This is part 1 and there is definitely more to come as I head through this massive maze of fun and games, so look for more posts soon!

Never really gets easier

Story time since it's on my mind and I wanted to share and ask a little extra patience.  May 20th. Mary and I are at a local garden shop...