Strategicon 2015 Gateway wrap-up

Once again I went to Gateway board game convention in Los Angeles. It’s one of the highlights of the year for me. Unlike other conventions where I am working and selling my books, this is a time to relax, play tons of new boardgames, and RPGs and meet new people and friends.

One the way you gotta stop at Melodies.

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Once there I got my GM badge, I have been running a Battletech miniature and RPG hybrid for the last 5 years and have been loving it. It’s called the Samba Saints and since I volunteer to run the game (8 hours!) I get a badge.

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The other reason to come is to play Werewolf and share my current kickstarter project of Werewolf Tokens with the masses of players.

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That Friday night, the highlight of the convention was possibly the discovery of a new RPG called Dread. It’s a free form story-telling RPG that used JENGA as the mechanic for actions. So you want to do something, fine, pull a few blocks. If the tower falls… your character dies. I loved it! Yes I will be running this game often!

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Going to bed at 2am and then starting a 9 hour Battletech game on Saturday is par for the course.

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My trusted players of years now, we love blowing up some Clan mechs!
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It’s also a good time to discover new games, so I got to play Robotech RPG tactics and this really cool Star Wars X-Wing attack.
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At 10 pm we played some Werewolf Tokens, a 17 player game. The werewolves won, pretty handedly. Then at Midnight another game started… The 2 villager game of Werewolf. I’ve thought about doing this for a few years and looks like I wasn’t the only person with the idea and now I got to actually play! two rooms, with 25 players each started the game. Then at random times players were switching rooms, and in that process obtained new powers. I was a WEREWOLF. I was trusted in my village and killed a fellow werewolf. Then I was selected to travel to the other village and I obtained the Hunter power. In the new village I did my best to get their trust and I was down to the last 4 people. 2 were cleared by the seer and I ALMOST made it out. They killed me. 5:30am and the game was over, I was emotionally spent and exhausted, but it was fun!

Sunday played some more miniature game of Star Trek Attack Wing (VERY similar to the X-wing game) I joined up on a tourney and won a battle, got 4th place and took home some new miniatures. Very fun and quick game.

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So that was my quick re-cap. Wish I could have played more, but driving home at 10:30pm on Sunday and I felt I had a great convention!

LAST DAY for WEREWOLF TOKENS!
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