NonCon 4

For the third time in a row, I hopped over to NonCon. As in past years, travel plans fell through, and I had to bum a ride from the ghosts of NonCon past. Unlike previous years, the entire con was held in one building, causing me to actually see the Phantom Attendees. instead I had to deal with Stealth Guests who blended in with the attendees, causing me to believe at one point that the only guest speakers who hadn't cancelled were me, an author, and the Goats guy. Come to think of it, I was rather rude to yon purveyor of webcomics, but hopefully I made up for that by buying a collection of his comics for my cousin.

As for the con itself, this year it seemed to be geared almost entirely towards gaming. There were cancellations amongst authors, weakening the sci-fi side of things, and anime screening was more or less non-existant. Games were fun though, and a great many were played.

Steve Jackson's MIBs largely stole the show, with 20 or so people at one point playing Munchkin for six hours straight at some point. They were also showing off the new Dork Tower game, which was rather nifty, and somehow or other I ended up with a copy of Chez Geek.

Cheapass Games didn't send anyone to the con this year that I'm aware of, which is surprising considering the presence they had last year.

Plenary Games had a Frisch Fish demo going, a rather fun game.

I of course was running a Massive Vs. Masses demo. It was largely overshadowed by the flashier events, but the few people who gave it a whirl absolutely loved it, so that's something. Especially seeing how one of said people is evidently considering publishing the sucker.

Said person was from Gibby Games. They were running demos of all their stuff, generally amusing fare, and it really must be said that Epicus is a BIZARRE looking game if you don't know the rules.

There were various other games I'd be recommending, were it not for the fact that I can't recall their names or publishers. Well, there's Robo Rally, by Wizards of the Coast, and which I played for 8 straight hours before realizing there wasn't enough time left in the con to finish. I'm going to try to keep myself from doing that again next year, but the evil siren's call of the unending game is hard to resist. Especially when you get The Big One on turn 3.

Then of course at some point I saw a little film called The Gamers. A hilariously realistic examination of an RPG session, and how silly it would be for such things to happen in real life. Backstabbing with a ballista, fun with good/bad rolls, the obligatory berserker whose player is constantly out of the room... Good stuff.

I'm sure there's more I should be passing on, like how the book whose promotional touring kept C.J. Henderson from attending looks great but at the moment I'm too wound up to recall. Suffice it to say, a good time was had by all, and I'm looking forward to next year's con. Now I just need to find a copy somewhere that won't charge more for shipping than the book costs...


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