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Gencon 2019 – A Foreigner’s Guide

Foreign from another English speaking country, but I had to get on a plane and go over real water. Still, you take my meaning, America – to me – is a strange country with no mountains, straight roads, and personal injury billboards. Your food does strange things to my stomach, and you don’t appear to have trains. To your credit, only three people out of the countless I spoke to got my accent wrong, and in most cases not by much, but on the other hand some of you seem to think that Brexit is all done and dusted, and that made me cry.

So based on my one and only experience, here’s what I’d tell anyone coming from outside of America headed to Gencon, and some advice I’d give to any first-timers. (more…)

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Gencon 2019 – In Brief

Oh boy do I have a lot to talk about, but I’m going to try and keep my week of experiences brief, which means I’ll only be talking about it for a couple of weeks*, and for this article in particular I’ll be painting in broad strokes.

Getting to Indianapolis was a saga in its own right, a screw up with booking the flight cost me a grand more than it should have done, I missed out on a couple of the opportunities I’d have liked, and learned a few other lessons about how Gencon works differently to other conventions, but I’ll save a lot of that for another article. For now here’s a quick summary of my experiences. (more…)


GenCon 2019 – On My Way

By the time you read this I should… hopefully be on my way to GenCon (assuming you’re reading this on day of publish, I may already be there, I may have left). After a disastrous and costly mixup with the flights, the only thing I have to be nervous about now is being on my own in a foreign country… and everything afterwards.

I’m booked in to a hotel almost an hour’s drive away from the convention, and I missed booking to see Critical Role live. This journey has been problematic to say the least, but…

 

It’s quite possibly the biggest gaming convention in the world, with only Essen and UKGE to present any real competition. I’ve got chances to meet some of the most famous faces in the business, the same business that technically I’m now in. I’ll also be watching the Gamers perform live on Saturday, the only event I’ve actually booked a place at, for the rest of the event I intent to wander the con floor and see who and what I can find.

I plan to bring games, anyone who wants a quick D&D one-shot, I will be carrying a few on me, and I know it’s not too hard to land a game at GenCon, but that’s not going to stop me preparing. I’ll also be packing a couple of Magic decks, seriously, seek me out.

And while I’m trying to meet new people, anyone else going who DMs/GMs for hire? I’d love to meet other people in the same field, talk about your experiences and share some of my own. If any other pros are out there and want to chat, give me a shout in the comments, or on the Shropshire Dungeon Master Facebook page.

Otherwise, this ends my work at GeekOut for the next week or so… hopefully see some of you in Indianapolis.


TDSM XI – Wake Up World

So these are exciting times. Three people today have sent me an article about other professional DMs around the world (many of whom charge a damnsite more than I do), and this hobby that was just barely sticking its nose out from its niche back in the mid 2000’s when I was learning to play is suddenly an industry that’s riding the growing e-sports and game-streaming trend to prosperity and greatness, spurred on by the likes of us who dare to charge the uninitiated into the ranks of character creators and story tellers.

And it’s not just Bloomberg who have sat up and taken notice. (more…)


GenCon and Insomnia – Or How I Filled the Summer Convention Drought

2019 is going to be a lot of fun… and incredibly expensive!

I shall summarise briefly because my internet is down and I am writing this (hastily) with mobile data.

You may recall I mentioned a little while back that I’d be heading to GenCon in 2019 in order to fill the void while Warwick Arts Centre is under renovations that are keeping the nerds out. Well, my tickets are bought, plane tickets are priced, and hotel registration begins in a couple of weeks. After some conversation with folks on the GenCon Facebook page, I hear that that‘s the hard fight, turns out registration is less cutthroat than Kita or Ame, but if I want a room that isn’t an air bnb or £400 a night, I’ll have to hone those convention registration reflexes.

Gencon is one of the calendar entries added in the last week or two. In April I will be in Scotland for the wargaming and tabletop nationals one week, and Insomnia in Birmingham the next. I’d intended to get into nationals as a volunteer DM, but I failed to get onto the list before the window closed. That may be for the best, two weekend of solid DMing with no breaks? My gods, it’d be like… some kind of job! Or career if you will.

I have a couple of months to learn a few new role-playing systems, or refine my skills in a few others, and get a lot of new material written. Pokethulhu, Call of Cthulhu, Sentinels of the Multiverse, Honey Heist, Bag of Bones, and Era: the Consortium are all on the to do list. At least for most of those I have material written, but over the last… wow, nearly a whole year… I’ve managed to consistently deliver new games. While I have no internet, probably time to play a few games, read a book or two, and garner a few ideas.

It does make keeping a regular schedule at Oswestry Library a little awkward, but it’s worth persevering because it’s the Dungeon Mastering gigs that have made all of the above possible.

So if you can bear with me this short and rambling article (while I wait for technical support and recover from a cold) then the rest of the year is going to end up a travel diary of some of the nerdiest events in this country and others!


Happy New Year 2019 from GeekOut South-West

January 1st! Happy New Year everyone! It’s a new day, it’s a new beginning and y’know, I feel like this is going to be a fantastic year for us all. I think our group’s going to go from strength to strength and I think that we’re going to have a great year for the website. But that’s not all – I feel like this is just going to be an all round good year. So strap yourselves in, we’re going to go for a time-travelling journey for what we’re hoping to do in 2019 – And hopefully you’ll be joining us for the whole ride.

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