Aug 11, 2018
Tabletop Potluck looks forward
every year. This convention is an incredible experience and
involves so many different ways to enjoy our hobby.
We had our panel, Tabletop Potluck’s School for Kids
Who Can’t RP Good, on Friday afternoon and it was a blast!
Even with some technical difficulties (nothing some theatre-taught
projecting couldn’t fix), we loved every minute of interacting with
everyone who came. Thank you so much to everyone there! We hope
there will be many more to come (fingers crossed for PodCon 2).
Keep up your amazing stories and paint those marbles!
Notable New Games:
The Witcher RPG: Though this looks a bit
number crunchy (we would LOVE to see a simpler quickstart guide for
this), the character creation is filled with depth to add to your
backstory and relationships.
Playtest: We picked up a copy of the playtest for the
long awaited 2nd edition of Pathfinder. Stay tuned to see if we try
it out for you all to hear! We hope the system streamlines some
stuff from the earlier edition. Also, Goblin is a playable race
right from the start which is A+! It’s also available in free PDF
copies on their site.
One: A cooperative party game where you all play
together to get the best score! Your goal each round is to get one
player- the active player- to guess a mystery word based on the
clues given by teammates. It’s a fun twist on a classic party game
and should hit shelves this November!
Card Game: Marquez has been an on and off Transformers
fan his whole life and it seems that Wizards of the Coast has made
an awesome card with simpler mechanics than Magic The Gathering
while including a bunch of fan-favorite characters.
Tall Pines: A narrative card game where you create and
solve a mystery in a sleepy mountain town a la Twin Peaks.
A 4X game. We did a pared down version minus the narrative
elements, so we’re curious to go back and explore the story options
and see how it works when you’re on teams. Ray had never played a
4X game before and was able to pick up the rules pretty quickly, so
this is a great place to start! The Kickstarter launches August
Non-games to look out for:
- Dungeon in a Box: Owned by our
good friend David Crennen from CritJuice and Saving Throw Show,
Dungeon in a Box is a growing subscription service that sends you
great maps, tokens, and more every month!
- Dryad Tea: They have some
fancy artisanal tea blends. Even just smelling their “Ravens in the
Library” blend is a heavenly experience.
- Crafting and dancing lessons at the con. Step away from the
kitchen table and into a hobby that meshes really well with the
games you love. Or learn to dance and get that heart rate up while
feeling incredibly fancy.
- Cosplay Parade: A yearly event
for those who want to see the cosplay competition without spending
hours in the show. It’s a brilliant way to showcase these amazing
costumes without filling up your con!
- Critical Role was all over this con. This included a live show
and a few different panels. There were multiple Taldorei campaign
games running and the Critical Role booth in the Exhibitor Hall was
whimsical and very popular. So if you’re a critter, GenCon is the
con for you.
- Burlesque: a less expected way to experience your hobby. If you
haven’t seen An Evening of Nerdlesque Burlesque, put on by The
Glitter Guild, this should be on your wishlist next year. It’s a
real hoot. A real sexy hoot that’s also hilarious and sometimes
Book of the Righteous by Green Ronin Press:
Outside of the podcast, a few of us are in a couple of D&D
games and this book gives so much beautiful information and
spells/class builds revolving around the ever-present gods of the
- Board Game Booster Box: A great deal
- Art prints: GenCon gets some amazing artists
who work for games like Magic: The Gathering. Their corner of the
exhibit hall is gorgeous. You might even find originals of some of
your favorite works!
- Sally: "Artist
Alley for sure. So much to see and look for since there isn’t just
artists, but books too. I did end up buying a book after I got back
home from one of the authors who had a booth there."
- Charlotte: "A extemporaneous pickup game of
DnD run by Max from the Drunk and Ugly podcast. I played a drow
paladin who talked like Rita Repulsa. Also an amaaazing Masks game.
Shout-out to the GM Morgan! And the Delta Green panel! I could
listen to those guys talk for a while. All very funny and smart and
deserving of all those dang Ennies."
- Megan: "I always have a great time chatting
with David Crennen and this year was no different. Besides catching
up with him and praying for a CritJuice finale, I treated myself to
some Wyrmwood products and enjoyed spending the con in cosplay. OH
SHIT! ALSO! Adventures in Time
and Space Escape Rooms. Dracula was awesome. And we beat it. SO
THERE. They always have stuff running in Champaign/Urbana (which is
- Marquez: "Sleepily making our way to the Games
on Demand room and signing up randomly for a game I’ve never heard
of, Masks of the Mummy King and proceeding to have a blast
improving our way through a temple, collecting treasure and
figuring out puzzles!"
- Ray: "Enroute Spa had a massage station. Every
con needs a massage station. I also got to meet a couple Internet
friends in person for the first time, and met a few new friends of
friends whom I hope to see a whole lot more. Also the Delta Green
dudes gave some fascinating insights into the world of game design
and invigorated me to do more designs of my own. You know what else
was invigorating? Getting a massage. I’m still not over it."
And that’s a wrap!
TLDR: GenCon is always awesome. If
you haven’t gone yet, start planning for next year. The dates are
August 1-4, 2019. We’ll see you there!