Friday, June 8, 2012
NTRPG Con 2012 - Day One
We got to the hotel earlier than I had hoped, so we were able to watch the charity game. Well, I got to watch it. The Boy was lucky enough to win a raffle allowing him to play in the game. So, my son got to play first edition AD&D with Doug Rhea, Jim Ward, Steve Winter, Jennell Jaquays, Tim Kask, Sandy Petersen, and Frank Mentzer.
I must say, I would have never guessed Sandy Peterson, the main author of the game Call of Cthullu, would be so hilarious playing a halfling. All the players were great fun to watch. Really. Watching that game alone was worth the entire price of admission for the con. Steve Winter as a druid cursed with pyromania against trees? Jim Ward playing a . . . mage maybe . . . who was a habitual liar trying to get everyone killed? Sandy the halfling and Tim Kask the gnome riding a horse in saddle bags. Then Frank Metnzer filling the saddle bags with manure? I mean - wow - my sides still hurt.
Regretfully, the Urutsk game did not happen. I'm not sure exactly what happened, but I hope Timeshadows is okay.
Instead, the Boy and I played Circus Maximus. I was kind of skeptical, since it was a chariot race rather than a role playing game - but now I know - if you ever have a chance to play that game - play it. It's like the chariot races in Ben Hur - but nastier. The first game was viscous, with many contestants getting splattered. Near the end, the Boy destroyed my chariot, killing me, and winning a coveted spot on the Red Team for the Finals on Saturday morning.
Later, I fought in a match for a spot on the White Team. I spent far too much time bashing people, and being bashed, and nearly too late realized that I would never win with speed in my crippled chariot. So, I lurked around the track at slow speed, attacking charioteers as they raced by, hoping to win by attrition. Oddly enough, I freaked so many people out, and they made enough fatal mistakes trying to avoid me, that I won a spot on the White Team.
So Saturday, the Boy and I will be battling each other on opposing teams in a Circus Maximus Death Match that will be remembered for all time. Well, at least until the next con rolls around.
You might get the impression that I had a good time today - and you'd be right. :)
Now, I must get to sleep or my ears will start to bleed. Good night.