Before you see the length of the post and decide to X-out, hang on. I know – you’re probably not local, but hear me out.
So I had another entry ready to go, then I realized what day it was and figured I should pimp OwlCon instead. Why? Because preregistration ends this Friday.
The Houston area now has three conventions that offer gaming. Each has a different size and focus, and by far the biggest one is OwlCon at Rice University. Here’s where people stop caring about my local con, and I understand why:
- We’re not one of the “big four”.
- We don’t have celebrities (or people that think they’re celebrities).
- Matt’s going to be there, and he’s a dickwad.
These are fair points, and 100% true.
But we do something so unique that it only happens once a year – and, as far as I know – nowhere else in the world.
We do something I’ve taken to calling a LFR “multi-table experience”. This is our second time doing it. Let me first point out that this is not an interactive – players do not interact with other tables. However, what happens is we have, say, a dozen or so tables running different MYRE adventures. What happens at one table, can, at different points, affect the environment of another table.
As hypothetical examples – say a group of tables are in one end of an unstable cave… they can set off a cave-in that affects the passageway of another end of a cave. Say there’s a group guarding an entrance to a tunnel – do they leave their post when they see a dragon not too far away? Regardless of what they do, it affects another table.
These decisions don’t affect XP budget – we stick to MYRE guidelines – it’s just a series of if/then situations combined in one big story arc. We’re following WotC’s rules. We don’t have the “help” or “reinforcement” mechanics of the interactives – we’re not doing an interactive. But its way cool.
Another thing we do is spread out the story. On Friday night, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon – we do stand-alone prequel adventures. These either build on last year’s story, or foreshadow this year’s story.
I’m very proud to be an author/DM with this group. Good guys, and we create a fun gaming experience. Last year was a lot of work, a lot of fun, and we walked away equally proud of what we did and full of ideas for next (this) year. Once again, this year, we’ve been doing a lot of planning and a lot of playtesting – and so far what I’ve seen looks promising. Last year was well-received, and I’m confident people are gonna dig this too.
- Here’s a blog entry from a guy who experienced it on the player end last year.
- Dude put up some pics as well.
- …and the DMs are starting to post recaps of the adventures they wrote/ran last year.
Anyway, if you’re interested – please preregister at http://www.owlcon.com and let them know you’d like to play RPGA events and need access to the warhorn site. There is a checkbox on the registration form.
I feel bad, pimping this early into the blog’s lifespan. But check out what we do anyway. It’s rough, balancing everyone’s real-life schedules to find time to meet up and playtest and write a story together. I think the work we put in and the love for this shows through.
If you’re interested, have any questions – or just wanna play with a non-celebrity D&D blogger – leave a comment.