Well, it is almost here. Tonight, we will be setting up at the venue at about 6:30pm. Tomorrow morning, at about 8:30am the doors will open to the 28th annual gathering of the Great River Gaming Guild: Quincon. I can’t wait!
Quincon trivia: Originally the GRGG founders wanted to call their summer convention “Gemcon”, because Quincy, Illinois is the “Gem City”. But they got a nasty phone call from TSR attorneys who thought that the name Gemcon was too close to their summer con name: Gencon. So they came up with an alternative. However, still to this day on Quincon artwork, you will often see a little gem somewhere in the picture as a reminder (and a posthumous dig at TSR).
p.s. If you see me, remind me to take pictures.
If you haven’t been following the local scene lately, you may not know that Quincy’s premier game store, ‘Down the Playce’, closed down in the middle of May. That was bad news for anyone that was a gamer in town because they had a great selection, knowledgeable staff, and served as a hub for the local Heroclix, chess, and Catan players. All gamers really… Last year, they came to Quincon as a vendor and really rocked the place. They had game sessions all weekend, special Quincon prices on all the stock they brought, and just lightened the place up with their friendly personalities!
Now that they are closed, I was worried that they wouldn’t get to come out to Quincon this year, but I was wrong! According to their newsletter, “We will have a booth at Quincon again! We will set up late Friday night, July 19 and will be there all weekend! If you have not been to Quincon before, you are missing a great fun weekend. Come out and enjoy many tournaments, some extravagant miniature layouts, and game demos! We will have giveaways throughout the weekend, as well as some discounted products. For more information, visit grgg.org or http://warhorn.net/quincon28.”
That is great news!
They no longer have a brick-and-mortar presence in Quincy, but they are online still selling games and puzzles. Visit them at http://downtheplayce.com/
I can’t believe that it is nearly here! Seriously, everything is going well so far. We have lots of games lined up for people to sign up for including:
- 40 RPG sessions- Mostly Pathfinder Society, but also lots of Savage Worlds, New World of Darkness, Zero Plus, Airship Pirates, Deadlands Reloaded, Toon!, Dungeon Crawl Classics, and even some old school D&D!
- 15 miniature wargames- These run the gamet from the French & Indian War to the American Civil War through to WW2. Even some alt-history stuff like Crimson Skies, Battletech, and Space 1889. Get out your tape measures!
- 20 boardgames- lots to like here from old favorites like Rubout!, Axis and Allies, and Temple of the Beastmen, to new favorites like Memoir ’44, Ticket to Ride, and Chaostle. Try the new hot games like Dominant Species, Ora Et Labora, and Mage Knight, or play games that you won’t see anywhere else like Total Depth, Mystic Wood, and Danger at the Golden Spike Mine.
- Special Guest Lester Smith (TSR and GDW alum) is bringing card games, a boardgame, and a rpg. Playtest something before it gets published! You might get your name in the credits!
What are you waiting for? Click here to go to our Warhorn page. Paypal us $15 and register for the games you want to play.
Evil Hat Productions was build around a generic roleplaying engine called FATE. I’ve never played the game so I will snip this from Wikipedia:
“FATE, Fantastic Adventures in Tabletop Entertainment, is a generic role-playing game system based on the FUDGE gaming system. It has no fixed setting, traits, or genre and is almost entirely customizable. It is designed to offer the least possible obstruction to role-playing by assuming that players do not want to make large amounts of dice rolls.
FATE was written by Fred Hicks and Rob Donoghue. FATE gained a large number of adherents both for its high level of support, which is unusual for a free game, and for the numerous innovative gaming mechanics.”
FATE is known for it’s speed of play, ease of customization, and high level of player input. They just recently kickstarted a new FATE core book, but it has been around since 2000 in one form or another:
- Spirit of the Century- where extraordinary individuals born on the first day of the 20th century protect society from Evil Scientists, Immortal Wizards, and Bloody Dictators in the 1920s.
- The Dresden Files- based on the novels by Jim Butcher, where modern investigators face vampires, werewolves, and worse things.
- Diaspora- a hard science fiction setting in the distant future.
- Brass, Blood, and Steam- a steampunk offering.
- Starblazer Adventures- based on an old British sci-fi cartoon.
- Agents of S.W.I.N.G.- an homage to the campy spy thrillers of old like The Avengers, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Our Man Flint.
p.s. This game uses funny dice.
Kenzerco has been around for a while, publishing comics, roleplaying games, miniature games, and boardgames. They are probably most known for the comic: “Knights of the Dinner Table”- which I’ve been reading for years. KODT follows the exploits of a group of adult friends that get together to play “Hackmaster”- think Dungeons and Dragons. The comic does a great job pointing a lens at gamer foibles, funny game situations, DM frustrations, and the lives of serious gamers. It’s a blast! Over the years, the comic has developed into a gamer magazine with reviews, comic strips, game aids, game industry news, etc… They even started other game groups.
Quincon convention attendees will be receiving a free copy of KODT in the ‘swag bags’ we are preparing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
But that’s not all. Kenzerco eventually developed a real version of Hackmaster. The “fourth” edition was first and was very similar to Dungeons and Dragons. It had the wild humor and goofy outlook of the game played in KODT. The new edition (5th?) is a very different game and unique in RPGs. The new edition used a version of the system for “Aces and Eights”; the very popular Kenzerco wild west RPG.
In addition to Hackmaster, Knights of the Dinner Table, and Aces and Eights, Kenzerco produces Fairy Meat (a dark fantasy miniature game), The Great Space Race boardgame, the Dwarven Dig miniature game, the fantastic Kalamar fantasy setting for D&D 3rd, and the Tech Support card game.
You can find them on the web here: Kenzerco
It seems hard to believe, but Quincon is just around the corner- July 19, 20, and 21. For the 28th time, gamers will converge on Quincy for three days of gaming. Much will be the same as last year:
- We have three game tracks on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The first track each day starts at 9am. Each day there is a 1 hour break for lunch and supper (except for noon on Saturday- the auction messes that up). Each track will have lots of options: boardgames, roleplaying games, card games and/or miniatures.
- On Saturday only, the game tracks are interrupted by the auction from 1 to 3. The auction is a great place to buy games, but if you aren’t interested, you can always play a pick-up game. “Pick-up games” (any game that is not scheduled) are always running, but registered games have first dibs on tables.
- Pathfinder Society RPGs will be running all weekend- usually three games per track! If you have never played, you should give it a try.
- To see what games are being run, check out our Warhorn page: http://warhorn.net/quincon28/ You can register on Warhorn and even pay a reduced rate ($15 versus $20 at the door). If you pay up front, you can reserve a spot for the games you are most interested in. Some games fill up fast!
- If you are running a game or games, you may qualify for a reduced rate. The game description must be turned in and approved before the con booklet is produced (June 30). Go ahead and register for Warhorn, but don’t pay. Email Ray and he will give you your reduced rate. Click on “email the event organizer”.
- Lots of old Quincon favorites are returning: Temple of the Beastmen, Crimson Skies, Battletech, Sky Galleons of Mars, Toon, Memoir ’44 Tournament, etc… Special Guest Lester Smith will be there again running his games. The schedule will be filling up as we get commitments from people.
- Our fabulous vendors will be back! Larry and Jane Zoet, The Game Room, and Down the Playce. We have a facebook thread where you can request new or out-of-print gaming materials. Did you not know that we are on facebook?
There are a few changes from last year that you should know about:
- The auction will be running the same as last year, however, no one will be allowed to bring their items in until Saturday morning. There is a bit of paperwork that needs to be done to sell stuff at the auction and the auction staff will be there to help people, but not until Saturday morning. This helps us keep the auction moving and get it done within the time allotted.
- The first 100 paid people to show up will get a bag with lots of goodies inside. Including a Quincon first: a commemorative d6!
If you have any questions about Quincon or the Great River Gaming Guild, email me at criticalrob”at”yahoo.com. I hope to see you there!