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#3068
So, anyone go to the Milwaukee Gamefest? 10 Years, 2 Months ago  
I did - had a blast! Lost not ONE but TWO magic users (Arglebargle the Elder and Arglebargle the Younger) in various C&C games. The first was at the hands of one of the Troll Lords, the other was courtesy of Misters Gygax and Kuntz themselves. :)

Someone had a set of prototypes of the new floor tiles in their gaming dungeon...sweeeet.
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#3069
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Gamefest was indeed a blast. And the new floor pieces were cool in my dungeon. :)
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#3070
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Coz,

Were you the One Who Posted the Pic of the Lava Pit in Use? Was that the Same Con?
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I only had the cool water tile, the craggy tile and the pentagram (no jewels :( )
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#3072
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And You Had a Chance to Game with Gary Gygax... Could be better than Jewels... Its History!... OK... OK... But I am Probably the Only Long time, been Playing Since the Seventies, Bought the First "Collectors" Boxed Set of Early Rules Pamphlets, Still Have My Original Copy of Deieties and Demigods (With the Cthulu Stuff), Etc... Etc... Etc... Yadda...Yadda...Yadda... <Takes Breath>... Fanboy Who has Never Met the Man... So it is Historical... To me anyway...
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#3073
So, anyone go to the Milwaukee Gamefest? 10 Years, 2 Months ago  
Actually, I didn't have a chance to play with Mr. Gygax, I did meet him, shook his hand, and had him autograph my 1e monster manual (why, b/c that's the one he has in that episode of futurama he's in). No, like most cons I go to, I don't have time to /play/ games, I just run them. I did run for a couple of the folks involved with publishing Mr. Gygax's new work though. And although D&D was published 4 years before my birth, and I didn't start playing* until 13 years ago, I did start with basic and worked my way up thru 1e, and 2e (why, because I was gettin my books from the used bookstore, and the old stuff was dirt cheap), so despite not having had gaming before my teens, I'm well-versed in a variety of older and newer systems and the chance to meet Mr. Gygax in the flesh is one of the big reasons I decided to go to Gamefest.

*Actually I didn't start /playing/ till much later, I started GMing 13 years ago...
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#3074
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Coz,

Well then Too Kewl on Meeting The Man... So How Is it You Started GM'ing before Playing? (If I Understood that Right)... "Back in the Day" Someone had to be the GM so it was Common that Whoever Had the Gear Got the Duty... As I Got Older I Noticed that The Really Great GMs Tended to Be Those that Played First then Learned to GM... But there Have always Been some Quirky Lines. Difficult to Disern Quirky Lines that Separate Gamers by Catagory Into Players and GMs... And GMs rarley get to Break away from the Dubious Honor if they turn out to be any good... So I am Always Curious...
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#3075
So, anyone go to the Milwaukee Gamefest? 10 Years, 1 Month ago  
I bought the rules, therefore if I wanted to play, I had to be the GM. Other people tried their hands at GMing, but even for junior high hack n slashers there games were decidedly bad, and lacking in fun. I've since lost touch with the people I gamed with then, but even now, everyone I know, if they started as primarily a GM, then they still primarily GM, and if they started as a player, they're still just playing. There are some exceptions to this rule of course. I've played in games where everyone involved in the game was running their own game(s) as well. In my experience, some of the worst GMs are the ones who learned to GM after playing, their games are filled with uber npc bad guys that can only be defeated by their own uber npc good guys, of course this behavior is exhibited by most of the GMs who've been at their craft for a small number of years.
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#3076
So, anyone go to the Milwaukee Gamefest? 10 Years, 1 Month ago  
I bought the rules, therefore if I wanted to play, I had to be the GM. Other people tried their hands at GMing, but even for junior high hack n slashers there games were decidedly bad, and lacking in fun. I've since lost touch with the people I gamed with then, but even now, everyone I know, if they started as primarily a GM, then they still primarily GM, and if they started as a player, they're still just playing. There are some exceptions to this rule of course. I've played in games where everyone involved in the game was running their own game(s) as well. In my experience, some of the worst GMs are the ones who learned to GM after playing, their games are filled with uber npc bad guys that can only be defeated by their own uber npc good guys, of course this behavior is exhibited by most of the GMs who've been at their craft for a small number of years.

Heh, I think I came over and bothered you, goggling (not Googling!) at the presence of floor tiles "in the wild". I got some OK photos of a couple of them, too, which I'll post on my page with a full Gamefest review.

Of course, in September I'll be at HURRICON '04 in Tampa, running another 1e adventure mapped out fully in Dwarven Forge bits!
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So, anyone go to the Milwaukee Gamefest? 10 Years, 1 Month ago  
I bought the rules, therefore if I wanted to play, I had to be the GM. Other people tried their hands at GMing, but even for junior high hack n slashers there games were decidedly bad, and lacking in fun. I've since lost touch with the people I gamed with then, but even now, everyone I know, if they started as primarily a GM, then they still primarily GM, and if they started as a player, they're still just playing. There are some exceptions to this rule of course. I've played in games where everyone involved in the game was running their own game(s) as well. In my experience, some of the worst GMs are the ones who learned to GM after playing, their games are filled with uber npc bad guys that can only be defeated by their own uber npc good guys, of course this behavior is exhibited by most of the GMs who've been at their craft for a small number of years.

Heh, I think I came over and bothered you, goggling (not Googling!) at the presence of floor tiles "in the wild". I got some OK photos of a couple of them, too, which I'll post on my page with a full Gamefest review.

Of course, in September I'll be at HURRICON '04 in Tampa, running another 1e adventure mapped out fully in Dwarven Forge bits!
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#3078
So, anyone go to the Milwaukee Gamefest? 10 Years, 1 Month ago  
It seems to me the toughest part in the "Old Days" was Getting Us New Gamers (GM or Otherwise), to let Go of the Obsession that Fantasy equaled Middle Earth... As I Got Older and Gameing became more wide spread the Pitfall seemed to be the "Monty Hall" Syndrome with Characters that had in their Possesion, or had Encountered Most Every "Artifact" In the DMG... and whose "79th" Level Mage Could Cook Whole Planets with Hyper Fire Balls and Devestating Magic Missles... Perhaps my Generation of GM's Failed but that seemed awful Silly compared to Actually Visiting "Rivendale" or Meeting "Gandolf" in the Flesh... The Point Being Some Folks May be "Born" to GM, But All of Us Could probably Benefit from a GM School. Mine was Getting to Play and GM in the Same General Time Frame... I Hate Power Gamers rather they are Players or GM's... And NPC's are Great Medics and Researchers, Good Shopkeeps and Barmaids, but Need to be Left out of the Hero Business where it applies to "Deus Exmachina" Plot Drivers... (My Obviously Less than Humble opinion)...
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So, anyone go to the Milwaukee Gamefest? 10 Years, 1 Month ago  


Heh, I think I came over and bothered you, goggling (not Googling!) at the presence of floor tiles "in the wild". I got some OK photos of a couple of them, too, which I'll post on my page with a full Gamefest review.

Of course, in September I'll be at HURRICON '04 in Tampa, running another 1e adventure mapped out fully in Dwarven Forge bits!


I unfortunately wasn't at the table the entire time we ran, I had come prepared to run 6 other games (in addition to writing up the encounters and ssome of the characters for the gauntlet). Now if only I had gotten some players for those other games...I think I may have been competing with myself as the gauntlet was popular.

And I thought I was insane, travelling 1000 miles from home to milwaukee, and then 800ish miles from home to richmond two months later. You must either fly, or have really good gas mileage to be traveling to milwaukee and tampa in the same year.
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