Jon’s Gen Con 2015 Recap

By / August 13, 2015 / Gen Con 2015, Jon

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Gen Con 2015 Recap

This year’s Gen Con was fantastic (and crowded) as usual! However, it’s been over a week since Gen Con ended, so forgive me if the details have faded a bit. You won’t get all the games played and meals eaten as much as in my Gen Con 2014 Recap.

You know you’re at Gen Con
when you got your badge!


Eight of us arrived in Indy early afternoon. After sorting out rooms (the hotel pre-registration in January was a nightmare, BTW), we went down to Will Call to grab our badges, coupon books, and bags. We then indulged in tasty food (and slow service) at Granite City Food & Brewery.

Afterwards, we scurried back to the hotel to grab a table and get to gaming. I forget what all was played, but Brad finally got to try out Arctic Scavengers. This time we played with the Medic cards, which made purchasing cards from the common decks much easier.


Initially, I had a ticket to the 10 AM Privateer Press Speed Painting Event, but wanted to check out Evil Hat‘s “State of the Hat” address, so I talked my buddy Mike into giving speed painting a try. This had an interesting repercussion.

So, I attended the “State of the Hat”. Evil Hat has their own breakdown on their site, but here’s what I took note of:

  • Fate Accessibility – Elsa Henry of Feminist Sonar announced her handbook “for bringing characters with disabilities into games and players with disabilities to your table, using the Fate system as a lens for both.”
  • Fate of Cthulhu – Think Terminator, but replace Skynet with Cthulhu.
  • Portal Jumpers – A kid-centric game along the lines of the 80s cartoon, Dungeons & Dragons, utilizing the Apocalypse Engine. It’s my understanding that they will be revealing several worlds over time – fantasy, space, dinosaurs, etc.
  • Kaiju Incorporated – From Evil Hat’s page: “A satirical setting about corporate excess and profiteering in the wake of wide-scale kaiju attacks…” Will be released as both a card game and an RPG.
  • The Dystopian Universe Roleplaying Game – A Fate-system RPG based on Indie Boards and Cards’ games The Resistance and Coup.
  • Dresden Files Accelerated – There was a discussion of using “Mantles” as part of character creation.
  • Bubblegumshoe – Veronica Mars-like teenage detective RPG using Pelgrane Press‘ GUMSHOE system. It’s been enhanced with relationship mechanics and a fun layout. You can bet Kenneth Hite is involved.
  • Dresden Lives – The Dresden LARP continues to evolve.
  • Majestic 12 – A supplement for the Atomic Robo RPG with new comic art! I’m looking forward to this one.
  • Young Centurions – A young adult prequel to Spirit of the Century using Fate Accelerated.
  • Do: Fate of the Flying Temple – A Fate version of Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple.
  • War of Ashes RPG – To sum up in two words:”Muppet wars”. It’s a loosely Fate Accelerated RPG based on Zombiesmith’s miniatures game and capable of using minis. It is in the process of being printed, due in October, and they are taking preorders.
  • Shadows of the Century – Spirit of the Century takes on 80s action TV. It is currently in alpha playtesting. I’m SO excited to get my hands on this!
  • Blood on the Trail – Vampire Oregon Trail anyone?
  • Don’t Turn Your Back – Card game based on the Don’t Rest Your Headroleplaying game. Just starting to ship to Kickstarter backers.
Say it: “verdigris”

I had to leave “State of the Hat” early as I had another Privateer Press Speed Painting Event at 11 AM. There were some extra seats, so Mike decided to purchase two of them and speed painted TWO miniatures in 45 minutes! I did some nice burnishing, verdigris, and rust effects, but they did not impress the judge.

After that was a quick run into the exhibit hall to hit up the Games & Gears booth for my Gen Con Collectors Brush Set that I preordered. They were kind enough to let me upgrade my set so I could get Mike a set of synthetics, a towel, and some brush soap. While we were there, we ran around looking to take advantage of some of the coupons.  Imagine my surprise when we ran into Trace Beaulieu and Crow of MST3K fame. I totally didn’t realize he played Dr. Clayton Forrester!

Trace, Crow, and me!

Trace is starring as the human in the VERMIN Web Show, which just got funded on Kickstarter!

“El Toro”

Mike and I couldn’t stay in the exhibit hall very long as I had a ticket for the 2 PM Reaper Speed Painting Event. Mike decided to sit in on this one too. There was some sort of mix-up and we were given clay golems from the Bones line to paint instead of a primed metal pirate. It was difficult trying to paint mounds of flesh and still stand out from the crowd. I decided to paint mine as a luchador complete with an “El Toro” tattoo on his back. Mike painted his as the grown up version of the Coppertone Baby. Surprisingly, I came in second place, beating Marike Reimer! Marike is a real good sport and gave everyone who placed above her a $10 gift certificate to the Dark Sword Miniatures booth.

I couldn’t celebrate too long, as I had the “Airbrush Techniques Q&A” class with Angel Giraldez immediately after. It was amazing seeing Angel work up a miniature from a black primer coat to clean highlights with just an airbrush. Immediately after that was “Highlighting & Shading, The Next Step to Competitive Painting” with Golden Demon winner Dennis Smith. I was able to follow what Dennis was doing, and actually achieved some decent highlights on the provided Infinity miniature (pictures don’t do it justice), but I was not keen on the color choices – the red came out more orange when we were done.

Since this was my busiest day, the rest of the evening was a blur, but I’m sure I had a Greedo sandwich from Der Pretzel Wagen. Unfortunately, they forgot the wasabi horseradish!

To find out more about Jon’s Gen Con 2015 experience, jump on over to his blog here:

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