Gen Con 2017 – A Marty’s Tale

By / September 15, 2017 / GenCon 2017, General, Marty, Roleplaying Games, RPG

Once again, the time was upon us.  Gen Con 2017, the 50th Anniversary. Big doings! One year removed from my return to Gen Con, I found myself once more hurtling down the interstate with a car full of my trusty companions on our way to Indianapolis.  We had burst free of Minnesota that warm August… [read more]


Sunday morning. Demos! Minis! Art?   Kevin and I do the morning, even earlier, to pack our stuff in the car. We head to the Exhibit Hall. Again, we wait outside a door, some of the first people there at 8 am. We talked and caught up on each other’s lives. One of the best… [read more]


Saturday. There would be blood, sweat, and zombie tears. 6 am. Too early. Snooze until 7.   Early morning waiting Kevin and I headed down to breakfast in the hotel, and walked to the Convention Center, arriving in front of the door adjacent to the USAopoly booth. We were the fifth and sixth person there…. [read more]


Friday. A day of conquering fears, vampires, giant metal robots, scheduling, and werewolves.     “Stoker: First Blood” Night’s Black Agents Friday morning saw Marty and I at a Night’s Black Agents game entitled “Stoker: First Blood.” It was set before the events of the book Dracula. We talked a little with the group with… [read more]


GenCon begins. My mantra: I WILL HAVE FUN THIS YEAR! (and definitely not embarrass myself*) Our group woke around 7 AM, heading down to the hotel’s continental breakfast, arguably the best part of staying at the Staybridge. With bellies full, we headed out to the Convention Center where Will broke off to head towards his… [read more]

Alex’s GenCon 2017 ReCap Part 1

GenCon50 – the chance for the world’s largest gaming convention to redeem itself for me or decisively lose my interest. GenCon 2016. The largest gaming convention in the world. As a hobby gamer, going was my Mecca, my Holy Grail, my pilgrimage…and it had fallen completely flat. Hype can be a cruel mistress. And I… [read more]

Isle of Skye : A Play The Game Boardgame Review

By / August 19, 2016 / Board Games, Game Reviews, In Play!, Marty

Recently, while at Gen Con 2016, I picked up a copy of the Kennerspiel de Jahres 2016 award winner, Isle of Skye.  And I can tell you right now, I’m very happy to have done so. In Isle of Skye, players take on the roles of Scottish Clan Lords, involved in the purchasing of land… [read more]

Mutant: Year Zero

By / August 19, 2016 / Marty, Roleplaying Games, RPG

My group is now running through a campaign of Modiphius Entertainment’s wonderful little post apocalyptic horror show Mutant: Year Zero. In the game, players take on the role of, not surprisingly, Mutants.  Survivors of an apocalypse living in the ruins of a decaying city, hidden away in their home, a relatively safe haven, which is… [read more]

Marty Gen Con 2016 Recap Part 4

By / August 19, 2016 / General

Marty’s Gen Con 2016 Recap Part 4

Marty’s Gen Con 2016 Recap Part 3

By / August 19, 2016 / General, Marty

Marty’s Gen Con 2016 Recap Part 3

  • Marty’s Gen Con 2016 Recap Part 2

    By / August 19, 2016 / General, Marty

    Marty’s Gen Con 2016 Recap Part 2

  • Marty’s Gen Con 2016 Recap Part 1

    By / August 16, 2016 / Board Games, Marty

    Marty’s Gen Con 2016 Post Show recap Part 1

  • Sola Fide: The Reformation

    By / August 8, 2016 / News, Watch For It!

    Stronghold Games and Spielworxx Announce Jointly the Publication of Sola Fide: The Reformation by Jason Matthews & Christian Leonhard The release of Sola Fide: The Reformation timed for the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation New Jersey, USA and Billerbeck, Germany – August 8, 2016 Stronghold Games and Spielworxx are proud to announce jointly the publication… [read more]

  • It Starts! GenCon 2016

    By / December 9, 2015 / Dave, General, News

          Reminder: Holiday Closures and Upcoming Important Dates The Gen Con offices will close on December 21 through January 1, so employees may enjoy time with their families and friends during the holiday season. In 2016, Event Submission will begin on January 6, and Badge Pre-Registration will open on January 22. Additional information… [read more]

  • Review: Night’s Black Agents: The Dracula Dossier

    By / October 31, 2015 / General, Marty, Roleplaying Games

    “Listen to them, The Children of the Night, what music they make…” -Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Redacted) The Hunt for Dracula is on. Agents spanning the decades search for the elusive fiend at the behest of one agency or another, all in an attempt to either destroy his evil once and for all or to turn… [read more]

  • Folklore: The Affliction UPDATE of the Ridiculous

    By / October 26, 2015 / Dave, General, News

    So, I was prompted to write about Kickstarter a couple of weeks ago, after we received a press release for Folklore: The Affliction being on Kickstarter. Then promptly forgot about it.  Here’s a link. This arrived this morning: Final Days on Kickstarter! “In case you missed it, Folklore: The Affliction is wrapping up on Kickstarter and has… [read more]

  • Pandemic: Legacy

    By / October 22, 2015 / Board Games, In Play!

    Alex, Jason, Molly and I have all decided to test our friendship.  We have, as a group, purchased a copy of Pandemic: Legacy.  I’ll chart our progress here as we go. The number of games that can be played range from 12 to 24.  If we successfully complete our objectives every month, we will save… [read more]

  • In defense of Wil Wheaton, even though he’s completely capable of defending himself

    By / October 20, 2015 / Dave, General, News

    Around the same time Marty and I were starting PTG Felicia Day started Geek and Sundry. Will Wheaton, a friend of Felicia’s, proposed a show called TableTop for G&S, the idea behind the show being a group people (celebrities) would get together play a game and talk about what-not. Simple, kind of like “Dinner and a… [read more]

  • 2E with the Nephews, Part 2: Drayton Joins the Party

    By / October 19, 2015 / General, Jason, Roleplaying Games

    So at the end of the last post William had played his first module and was ready and willing to play much much more. My parents watch my nephews in the mornings before summer school so when my youngest nephew, Drayton, was dropped off the next morning that was all that William could talk about…. [read more]

  • Kickstarter Fatigue and Risk

    By / October 5, 2015 / Dave, General, News

    I like the idea of Kickstarter. I been a backer since 2012 and backed about 70 projects. I think it’s great that there is a community of like minded individuals out there that can come together to help someone create their dream. With that said, is anyone else out there getting Kickstarter fatigue? Kickstarter  is being… [read more]

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