With Gencon a mere weeks away, we want to take a moment to reflect on our time spent as amatuer bloggers at last years convention. The days were full of interviews, demos, gaming, and a couple of podcasts. You can find a list of all our Gencon ’09 articles in our PNG Gencon ’09 Wrap Up post. We covered as much as we could but obviously there was some stuff we didn’t get to post about or even have a chance to experience. The size and scope of Gencon is so big that there simply isn’t enough time to do everything. It’s has become so large that gaming events are starting to push into a day or two before the convention for the die hard attendees. We tried our best to convery this last year through a series of articles leading up to the convention. The series started with the first article detailing the dealer hall. If you click that link you can walk through all four articles that also cover gaming at the con, non-gaming events, and a the social aspect of the con. All of these articles are an excellent resource for first time con attendees but can also serve as fuel for the fire that burns within everybody who has been to the con and can’t wait for August 5th to roll around.
This year, expect much of the same. We’ll get a few pre con articles up and get whatever we can done during the con. The majority of articles will start to pour out after the convention. If you are one of the poor souls that cannot make it this year, let us know if there’s something that you wanted to try or see. We’ll do our best to give it a go and then put up some information about it. Keep checking the site before and during the con as PNG prepares for the best four days in gaming.
It’s been a few weeks now since Gencon ended, but the experience has stayed with me. I wanted to wrap things up with a gallery of pictures I took while I was there, and also some thoughts on things I didn’t cover in full. I’ll be talking about Mindflex by Mattel, Word of the Street by Out of the Box, and The World of Warcraft TCG by Upperdeck. So without further delay…
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On paper, Champions Online really does seem like Cryptic Studio’s previous outing (City of Heroes/Villians) into a superhero MMO. As a matter of fact, I believe their only competition in that genre is a game that they themselves created. So why make another superhero MMO, you know, besides having sold off the City of Heroes/Villains license to NCSoft? I was able to have a few words with Bill Roper (who had some pretty dope kicks on) of Cryptic Studios while at Gencon to find out exactly why and what separates this Champions Online from the ravenous pack of MMORPGS.
I had the opportunity to give Dragon Age: Origins a shot on PC for 15 to 20 minutes on the show floor while chatting up with the game’s producer Fernando Melo. It only took that short amount of time to convince me that this would be one of the most satisfying games of 2009 for PC, XBOX 360, PS3.
I was able to sit down at the Fantasy Flight booth during Gencon for a quick demo of their newest LCG (Living Card Game), Warhammer: Invasion. Do not consider this a full review, as the game was completely sold out by the middle of the 3rd day of the convention and will not be available until around October. When the game releases, expect a full review (spoiler alert: It’s fantastic).
Set in the Warhammer Fantasy setting, the core set will give you four decks consisting the Empire, Chaos, Dwarf, and Ork factions. The idea behind Fantasy Flight’s Living Card Game system is that it isn’t necessary to buy any cards beyond this core set. They will, however, continue to support the game by releasing boosters that will all have the same cards in each pack, a huge difference between games like Magic and the World of Warcraft TCG. You would only need to buy multiple boosters if you want duplicate copies of certain cards to build a more balanced deck for tourney play. While the LCG format makes it economically attractive, the simple and fun gameplay is the real gem of this game.
PNG Bro-down, The Gencon Chronicles Ep1 – An Evening With Derek Guder Welcome to the first of three very special episodes of the PNG Bro-down recorded live at Gencon ’09. On this episode we have Gencon’s very own Event Programming … Continue reading
Depending on when you’ll be making your trek to Gencon, it’s now roughly 8 days away. You’ve got your hotel reservations, your badge and tickets are paid for, and you have your gaming schedule plotted out. There’s a problem though – you have noticed large gaps in your 4 days that do not consist of rolling dice, tapping mana, or picking up a gamepad. What does Gencon have to offer you in those desperate hours? It may sound blasphemous as your read these words, but what if you need a break from all of that gaming?
Welcome to part 2 of PNG’s look into what makes Gencon the best 4 days in gaming. Last week’s article offered a small glimpse into the majestic splendor of the Dealer Hall, a place where games and other geeky sundries sprawl out waiting to be bought and played. This week, we get to the meat and gnaw it down to the structural bones of what Gencon is really about for the majority of attendees. This week, we talk about the almost unlimited amount of gaming that can be done from the moment you arrive in Indianapolis until it comes to that time when your friends have to drag you through the streets, bound, gagged, and weeping to the car for your trip home.
If you listen to the PNG Bro-down, you’ll notice that some of us sure do talk about Gencon Indianapolis a lot. Well, me in particular. This will be my 7th year in attendance to this venerable gaming convention that had it’s earnest beginning back 1968. I won’t go on about it’s history, as you can easily look it up at wikipedia, but I would like to share some of the aspects of this particular convention that has captured my heart through a series of articles leading up the week of Gencon Indianapolis 2009. What exactly draws in the roughly 28,000+ attendees and makes this the best four days in gaming? We’ll start, my fellow PNG’ers, by taking a look at the Dealer Hall. Why not start with the actual gaming at the convention you ask? As we always say here at PNG, everything we do is slightly skewed to our personal view of things. I really enjoy trying out new games first and foremost over playing ones that I have at home. With that being said, expect an article about the convention gaming next week, and read on about this mystical paradise that is called…. The Dealer Hall