I’m out at Origins 2015. One of the most awesome cons out there. I’ll reiterate what everybody else says-Origins is the right size. It’s small enough that a know a good number of people, medium enough that designers are out demoing games, and large enough that there is an awesome selection of stuff at the con. If you’re interested, here is my schedule. I’m working for Catalyst Game Labs doing Valiant RPG, Cosmic Patrol, and Shadowrun. If you get a chance, stop on by!
|Wed||3-Jun||1200||Edward Kabara||CMP 2015-01: The Tennessee Suite 1: Copperhead Road|
|Wed||3-Jun||1700||Edward Kabara||Cosmic Patrol: Gravastar 2: Into the Mouth of Evil|
|Wed||3-Jun||1900||Edward Kabara||Valiant RPG, Unity 2: Grab the Wheel|
|Thu||4-Jun||1300||Edward Kabara||Cosmic Patrol: Gravastar 4: The Center Cannot Hold|
|Thu||4-Jun||1500||Edward Kabara||Valiant RPG, Unity 4: The Rightful Owner|
|Thu||4-Jun||1800||Edward Kabara||CMP 2015-01: The Tennessee Suite 1: Copperhead Road|
|Fri||5-Jun||1300||Edward Kabara||Cosmic Patrol: Gravastar 3: A Glimpse of the Future|
|Fri||5-Jun||1500||Edward Kabara||Valiant RPG, Unity 3: A Sinking Feeling|
|Fri||5-Jun||1800||Edward Kabara||CMP 2015-01: The Tennessee Suite 1: Copperhead Road|
|Sat||6-Jun||1300||Edward Kabara||Cosmic Patrol: Gravastar 2: Into the Mouth of Evil|
|Sat||6-Jun||1500||Edward Kabara||Valiant RPG, Unity 2: Grab the Wheel|
|Sat||6-Jun||1800||Edward Kabara||Into the Shadows|
|Sat||6-Jun||2000||Edward Kabara||Into the Shadows|
I’m a day in, so let’s give the run down on the con.
Day 1 started by sucking hard. I started driving from my house, much later than I wanted, picked up my buddy, and promptly get two miles on the high way before the front passenger tired blew. That slowed me down, made me miss my first slot, and could have thrown my con into disarray if not for the Catalyst Demo team stepping up to help one of their own. Good people…Good people!
When I did get to the con, I watched the master run Cosmic Patrol. I had read the rules, but it’s a much looser game than any I’ve run so far. Also, while I love the game’s idea, the adventures are not as in depth as I would like. After learning by osmosis, I then stepped up to the plate, and ran my first Cosmic Patrol. I only had three players, but I had a blast and I think my two players did too. They learned the true horror that is the Blaath! (dun Dun DUN!) Then no one came for Valiant, so I was drafted to teach an intro Into the Shadows character creation game followed by some Crossfire. I love both those.
Next is the main perk of running with Catalyst-the super secret, NDA ridden, ask Catalyst meeting. Everybody got some insider info on when games are coming out, and then we all got some swag. Since I’m running 32 hours of games, I got some awesome swag, and then headed to the hotel. That was a little adventure as we’re a bit away from where we game. It’s not bad as I can use the walk, but finding where I’m going in the night time city is a bit harder-even more so when the hotel lists its address on the wrong side of a one way street that isn’t even the drive up entrance.
Day 2 started with some solid adulting! I had to go and find a tire place to fix my car. That took a bit, and I got a hard sell on buying overly expensive tires because of tire tread depth. Pro-tip- it honestly doesn’t matter. Second pro-tip-Don’t try the hard sell with me-I will walk. Yelp will find me 10 other people before you finish you spiel on why you should get more money.
Then I got back to the hotel, got ready, and headed to the con. I was running Valiant, Cosmic Patrol, and Shadowrun. It’s now almost 6PM. Sadly, no ones showed up for either Valiant or Cosmic Patrol. Both are awesome games, but I’d like some more players! I did give some quick, elevator pitches on both to some people walking through the room, but I’d like to run a few more games. COME PLAY VALIANT-THERE IS AN AWESOME PRIZE. You have to play a FULL, 2-HOUR GAME, but it is worth it if you’re a diehard Valiant fan!
That’s where we are now. Tomorrow, I’ll hit the show floor, buy some toys, and have more RPGs and games to discuss.