My gaming group's making a concerted effort to attend MEPACon this fall. The northeastern Pennsylvania game convention is being held November 13-15 in Scranton, PA (exactly where hasn't been determined yet).
We decided to attend in force while we were at Origins, and it occured to us (well, first Bob, then the rest of us) that MepaCon was an awesome opportunity to run the games we always want to play, but never get a chance. Possible events being kicked around the group right now include a Justice Society of America superheroes game, Stargate SG-1 and G.I. Joe (all powered by Mutants & Masterminds). On the board and card game front, we're looking at Space Hulk, Race for the Galaxy, and Risk 2210.
One of my favorite parts of hitting the big gaming conventions is spending a few hours (or rather, a few days) browsing and shopping in the exhibit hall. Origins 2009 was no different, and while I'm happy to say I didn't break the bank, I did come back with a goodly pile of product purchased at the show.
I didn't go into the show expecting to pick up any Savage Worlds books, as our Weird Pulp campaign never really got off the ground, and we haven't played the game in months. But then I went to the Studio 2 booth, and found the brand new Fantasy Companion supplement for Savage Worlds. Published in the same folio format as the Savage Worlds: Explorers Edition, this book repackages the fantasy species information from the previous hardcover release of the game and folds in a bunch of edges, magic items, and monsters from the various fantasy toolkit PDFs.
I like PDFs, but I'd been hoping that Pinnacle would release the toolkits in a dead tree edition. when I saw the Fantasy Companion on the shelf, I instantly picked it up.
Our Star Wars campaign reached a major milestone last Friday: our heroes bought their first starship. The group is loosely divided into two factions: the Jedi padawans and the crew. The later group served aboard a ship known as the Aeon Harrier, which the Jedi occasionally contracted out for missions. It served as the group's spaceborn home for the last 15 game sessions.
My review of The Clone Wars Campaign Guide for Star Wars: Saga Edition is up on GameCryer.com. This book surprised me; the Clone Wars prequel moves didn't thrill me, and while I can see why people would adventure in this time period, I find much more flexibility and narrative depth in the Knights of the Old Republic era.
My review of The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide for the Star Wars: Saga Edition RPG is up on GameCryer.com. This book covers the "Dark Times" or "Rise of the Empire" era that runs from the execution of Order 66 and the establishment of the Galactic Empire up through the Rebellion era.
Another week, another game of Star Wars. The adventure rolls on with a special flashback episode. Last week, our band of heroes learned of 32 Belasco Division E-company (aka the Early Birds), an Old Republic Army advance assault unit that went missing on Toprawa during the Great Sith War. This week, we'll be playing soldiers in the Early Birds, allowing us to learn first hand what happened to the division.
We played our first Star Wars game since December on Friday. Prepping the session had me digging through my various web resources looking for inspiration (and new entries for the campaign blog). They're a useful collection of tools for anyone running a Star Wars/scifi game, so I thought I'd share them.