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GenCon 2012

GenCon 2012!

Gen Con 2012 was a BLAST! The best part of Gen Con for me, is always meeting people. This year, I was able to meet several different game designers that I’ve talked with online, but never met in person. It was great to put a face to the names and be able to jump right into a game design conversation and chat openly, like old friends getting back together. The biggest meetup event was organized by The Game Crafter, the company I use to print my games, and there were several game designers and reviewers that showed up at Scotty’s Brewhouse that night.

The Game Crafter meetup at Scotty's Brewhouse!

Most of my time at Gen Con this year was spent demoing my games to people in the food court areas, random passersby, and in the lobby of the JW Marriott. I spent some time each day in the dealers hall as well, checking out the new games and seeing how The Game Crafter posted their mascot COG.

Jamie, Tavis, Kathryn, JT, and COG!

And speaking of mascots, I had commissioned a felt version of my logo from Anna Walker (@FELTit), whom I met last year at Gen Con with her husband Randall Walker (@deadorcs), and her work more than exceeded my expectations! Also, Anna and Randall are some of the coolest people I have had the pleasure to meet.

Lenny

Across the top of the “fuzzy brick” there, are cards for my website, Adventure Capital (who helped me get a great deal on my flight to Gen Con and has an exciting four night gaming cruise for less than $450 per person!), Randall’s website, Anna’s website, and The Id DM’s website – all of whom I suggest you check out!

RRC demo in action

On Sunday, I was the “featured designer” in The Game Crafter’s booth. I coincided this event with the release of my new game Robot Repair Crew and also had several copies of Arena of Heroes and Reversal of Fortune on hand for demoing and for sale. I was surprised at the amount of interested kids had in Robot Repair Crew. They all seemed to be drawn in by the bright colors of the cards and the idea of building their own robots. I think it helped that COG was standing there by the table as well. What better way to help sell a robot building game, than to be setup right next to an eight foot robot? Sometimes things just work out like that.

Leviathans

Besides all the game demoing and meeting people, there really were a lot of cool things I saw this year. I’m really excited about the Andriod: Netrunner two player card game, I didn’t get to play it myself, but watched several of the demos and have put it on my Christmas list. I know that it’s a re-release, and I had never heard of or played the original game, but from the demos, it really feels like a Shadowrun mini game between a Decker and a corporation to me. Another new game that looked fantastic is Leviathans, set in an alternative history where airship battled the skies in the early 1900s. There’s already a couple of expansion for it as well, adding a British fleet and a French fleet. The last new game I’d like to mention is the Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game. I watched a few demos of it as well, and it looks like a lot of fun, especially with the “blind movement” where everyone marks their moves first, then reveals them together. The one down side I see to this game, is the cost. Adding a single ship to your fleet with cost you $15, which feels a bit steep to me.

If you’re interested in seeing more pictures from Gen Con, including a picture of Wil Wheaton signing an autograph for me, a Wookie on stilts, fantastic costumes of Chiana and D’Argo from Farscape, or a Klingon folk band, head over to Facebook and check out my Gen Con 2012 album there. If you have any questions or comments, let me know what you think!

Arena of Heroes, my Kickstarter Project!

Dear Internet,

I hold a very special place in my heart for Kickstarter.com. To date, I’ve helped successfully fund thirteen different projects, ranging from board games and comic books, to card games and RPGs, to gadgets and design software. I love the “grassroots” feel as I watch the projects increase in funding, knowing people are screaming “I WANT THIS, YOUR IDEA IS WORTH MY MONEY!” I also have ideas; lots of ideas. Most are surrounding my 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons home-brew campaign, but everything can’t be swords and magic and princesses.

As many of you that frequent my site know, another section has mysteriously materialized in the menu bar across the top: Board Games. There are two sub-links there for games I have designed to a point that they are ready to be released. Reversal of Fortune is a pirate themed card game that can be purchased through the spectacular print-on-demand service The Game Crafter. The other is a board game modeled in style from pop-culture hits as Gladiator or Sparticus, called Arena of Heroes.

Along with the talented help of Alex Melchor and Wesley K. Hall, I have been able to step up the “wow factor” with gorgeous artwork and game board layout. But…this isn’t enough. Even the prettiest pearl is nothing if never seen.

With my affinity for Kickstarter and wanting to take Arena of Heroes to the next level, as of GenCon (don’t worry, there’s a HUGE post-GenCon article coming soon), I’ve launched my first Kickstarter project asking for $15,000 to do a large, professional print run of Arena of Heroes. I only set the project to run for 30 days, so with a September 3rd deadline looming in the not too far distance, I turn to you and hope my idea is worth your money. Please take a look at the Arena of Heroes Kickstarter Project Page and let me know what you think.

Edit: I’ve included a gameplay video on the Kickstarter page and thought I’d add it over here as well.

Thank you,
Jeremy Southard
Wastex Games

P.S. Here’s what others are saying…
Sinister Forces: Pleas Support Arena of Heroes on Kickstarter



















G4 TV’s Icons: Dungeons & Dragons

A friend on twitter passed on a link to an episode of G4 TV’s Icons about Dungeons & Dragons that I have never seen. It’s really great, so I thought I’d post it here for others who haven’t seen it as well.