The Convention Report
October 27 - 29 was filled with
games galore at MACE 2000 in sunny High Point, NC.Mr. Wolfe and
I arrived in High Point early Friday, enjoyed a nice luncheon,
then proceeded to do the check-in and register thing.
Slot 1: 3PM friday. A living Greyhawk
game, the ruins of Vestril Keep. It was a ghost story gone awry,
the first adventure of the soon to be famous half orc brothers.
After fighting brigands who were no problem at all, freeing a
ghost by smashing a magical gem (and gaining the hatred of many
demons for my character) and gaining ( and quickly losing) a curse
on one of the other party members, we retired halfway to second
Dinner, Bojangles good.
Slot 2: 8PM friday. A Living City
adventure. There were seven people waiting at the table for a
DM at 8:00. The game coordinator came by to tell us that the GM
was running late, but would be there. He came by again to tell
us that other people from the GM's home city had arrived and that
she should be there shortly. He then came back a third time at
8:45 or so to tell us that traffic was horribly backed up on I-85
and that the GM would not be making it. He also informed us that
there were no other games open. At this point, I volunteered to
run the game, a 'short' one called Dragon's Deep. After 15 or
20 minutes time reading, we convened in the room. By the time
we finished, voted, handled certs and trading and got to bed,
it was after 2:30AM. It was a fun game. I wish I had a camera
when I was telling people how many levels their characters had
lost due to energy drain.
A little sleep, followed by breakfast
at a greasy spoon called Jennifer's. Good food, too bad there
wasn't a nonsmoking section.
Slot 3: 9AM saturday. Another Living
Greyhawk game, called Horse Play (or Rustlers). The half orc brothers
headed into orc country and met the mystical door that would not
open! It was a fun game, the only problem being that we ended
up 60 experience points below second level.
Quick lunch and scramble to find
that the other Living Greyhawk and the RPGA feature were full
for the slot.
Slot 4: 1PM Saturday. We waited
in vain in the RPGA room to see if we could finagle our way into
a game. We couldn't. We ended up playing a quick game of Warhammer
40K using the GW guy's Orks and table and Doug's templars he brought.
You'll have to ask him how the game went for him.. :) We also
checked out the other board and miniature games. Sean Martinez,
the guy who has been running Round Con was there as the AOG representative.
He was running fleet scale B5 wars games. I got to check out the
minis, the league book and rules, as well as the Vorlon and Shadow
rules. Loved it. There was SFB, Battletech, and a new game that
looks interesting called Mage Knight. The only strike I can see
against it so far is that it is a 'collectible' game. It is a
miniature game, they sell plastic minis that are already painted,
that have a special moving base with all the stats and info for
the piece. I think the quick play reference sheet was only one
small page. Like I said, looks interesting.
Dinner: We ended up taking a ride
in Richard's newly repaired car. The ride was an adventure in
itself! We dined at Applebees, since we had some spare time. It
was myself, Doug, artist extraordinaire Richard, Game designer
Steve Long, and someone else who was a VIP, but for the life of
me, I can't remember his name. I highly recommend the "N'awlins
Skillet" if you dine at applebee's.
Slot 5: 7PM Saturday. We played
in the Living City adventure Built to Last. It was mostly a classic
dungeon crawl, that was hilarious because of the players. Oh yes,
and Doug got first place.
The charity auction followed the
game. For the first time in I don't remember when, I didn't end
up buying anything. There was a large crowd there, and a good
portion of them came with lots of money to spend. A few dragon
figurines, game sets and T-shirts quickly went above my available
funds. There was an Armorcast Battletech Madcat. Myself and two
others knew what it was worth. I had to stop bidding at $30..
I think it sold for something like $120. Ouch.
A few hours sleep, and the Doug
and I were off to see if we could sneak into a game, as once again,
everything we had played was open and everything we had not was
Slot 6: 9AM sunday. We arrived bright
and early 8:50 AM on Sunday morning to see if we could get into
a game due to sleep ins, drop outs, whatever. We found the front
desk unmanned, one person setting up an axis and allies game,
the guy who ran the Mace cafe and one other guy walking around.
It didn't take long for us to figure out that it was that fall
backwards thing. We once again could not get into an RPGA game,
but ended up in what was probably the most fun game all weekend.
We played TOON for the very first time with Mike Brannon (Vampire
and Werewolf GM supreme) and Bill Mann (Klingon wannabe). I was
voted best player for my Wile E. Coyote impersonation. Ask doug
about the Adamantium Boombox.
Lunch from the Cafe
Slot 7: 1PM Sunday. The ( as normal)
wonderful Werewolf Wild West game run by Mike Brannon. Saloons,
bible study groups, bank robbings and the attempted return of
some silver toothed vampire. If you ever go to one of these conventions
and like the White Wolf games, look up Mike Brannon and play one
of his games.
Dinner at KFC and the long trip
All in all a very fun weekend. Looking
forward to either Round Con in Columbia,SC or Stellarcon back
in High Point early next year. The tentative date for Round Con
is April 20-22. If so, I will most probably be unable to go. Kathryn's
birthday is the 22nd.
Just heard my soccer team had to
forfeit.. needed one more player to play. Damn.