karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Dice)
Here are a few impressions from Dragonmeet yesterday. I had some technical problems with my flashgun so a few aren't as nice as I'd like...
Main album on fotopic.

  
 

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karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Dice)
was good indeed.
Met many of the usual suspects, played HEX (a jolly short scenario where an intrepid Royal Navy expedition gets lost in their submergible and finds an island(?) full of flying lizardsNazi Death Bats, T-Rexes, giant apes, secret poisonous caves behind waterfalls, savage savages, heroic deeds and incredulous stunts and everything else you'd expect in a pulp story), a short LotR themed Heroscape game (escape from the Mines of Moria), then a game of Qin - The Warring States (an adventure in ancient China, involving stolen swords, revenging daughters and hairy demons plus plenty of daring martial arts and wire fu stunts. It's a nice theatrical system with a quick - and quite deadly - resolution system, there seems to be much lush background and plenty of character ideas and the book is beautiful with one major flaw: no index, which is really inconvenient if you don't know the book and just want to look up a skill or power), found out that I'm in the playtesting credits of Victoriana 2nd Edition (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] corone!), chatted to various people, bought some stuff regularly and spent a small fortune (well, a three-figure sum) at the Charity auction. Every year I swear not to do it again and every year I do but it's just too tempting and all the money goes towards a good cause (this year over £1,800 in total, topping last year's record of 1,600+).

Oh, and congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] angusabranson and Cubicle 7 for scoring the Dr Who licence!

Getting home involved lots of waiting for the slow Central line so I only got the 21:52 to Cambridge. At least I was early and managed to get a seat and was home by 22:15.

A few photos tomorrow. Hopefully, most of them will be usable. There's either a problem with the hotshoe on the D70 or the SB-600 which meant I had to go half-manual. :o(
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Dice)
I'm off to Dragonmeet tomorrow, the UK's best one day gaming convention.
Should be good again, lots of games on offer, probably too many. I would love to try a game of Qin, if there are any demos running, Spirit of the Century is also on my list and maybe there will be a game of HEX as Jeff Combos will be there. If not, there's always something you can pick up. Not sure if I'll join the freeformers, will depend on anything else interesting turning up.

See some of you there!
karohemd: (Photo)

It was a jolly good con with loads of different games on offer. I regret that I didn't get photos of Gamers' Wives II (the freeform run by the Dempseys), a good shot of the Collective Endeavour stall (that corner was always rather busy) and obviously the auction (because I left early to get to the gig). Captions to follow.

karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Casual me)

Everything worked this morning, no traffic in Cambridge, no troubles with trains or tube, got to Dragonmeet, skipped the queue and wandered around a bit, saying Hi to a few people.
- wandered around taking photos
- played a demo of Esoterrorists run by [livejournal.com profile] gbsteve. A bit short maybe and various rules/roll options were covered. Gumshoe looks like a very quick and deadly system, very much on my wavelength. Sadly, the very short scenario didn't feature the much advertised system for finding clues (we entered the scenario at the end).
- killed half an hour by wandering around, taking photos and chatting to people and then
- played [livejournal.com profile] corone's Victoriana 2nd ed game, which was a full adventure, not just a demo. I like the setting (Victorian steampunk with magic and alternative races) and the system is interesting and quick, too despite using a lot of D6.
- unfortunately, I didn't get to play a Cold City demo and missed entering the short one of Covenant: A story game of failing conspiracies [livejournal.com profile] gbsteve and [livejournal.com profile] pwca were playing so I just mooched around a bit chatting to people
- had to leave before the auction because the Neofolk gig had been advertised with a door time of 6:30 ...
- So in essence, I didn't get as much gaming in as I wanted but it was good to see people and the big game I did play was good fun.

Got to the Water Rats at 6:45 to find a queue. Doors finally opened almost half an hour later. Had I known this, I could have stayed for the auction. Grrr.
After finally getting into the back room, I very briefly chatted to [livejournal.com profile] sublevel3 and his girlfriend and then had a look up front. Found what I thought was a good spot at front right of the stage. There wasn't a lot of light but it looked like it would be OK because there was at least plenty of light (if not that strong) from the front.
[livejournal.com profile] jonny_eol then randomly found me and it didn't take long before the gig started.

Andrew King was first and delivered some fantastic stuff with his band (keyboards/twiddly knobs, drums/percussion, percussion/keyboard). The best thing for me was the contrast between his traditional, clear folk voice and the minimalistic, percussive, almost tribal instrumentation with backing synthdrones and samples.

Rose Rovine e Amanti, an Italian band, were next in the lineup. A bigger band and more folky and accessible in their music and also really good.

A longer break this time until all the stage had been cleard for Sol Invictus. A full band this time (obviously Tony Wakeford on voc and g, bass, violin, laptop/bodhran and Andrew King on percussion and background vocals) and they played really well. The only thing that annoyed me was that Tony was standing quite far back (further back than the violinist) which meant I couldn't get many good clear shots of him from my position (obviously, there was no pit so I couldn't move).
Stupid train schedules meant I had to leave before the end but I got a good hour in and it was well worth it.

I think I'm sufficiently tired now to go to bed. Mad prepping/tidying tomorrow, photos sometime during the week. Good night.
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (d70)
Gah, what a lazy day. I got nothing done, except the photos and a load of laundry. As I was so shattered from the week before, I just hung around and watched TV and DVDs.
I need to do some serious dishwashing tomorrow, the rest can wait until next weekend which will be free except for a quick birthday drink with [livejournal.com profile] razornet.

Good thing that con snapshots don't require much thinking apart from resizing so here are the photos from Dragonmeet, including the two freeforms I played in.

(fotopic still hasn't created thumbnails but the big photos are there)

Dragonmeet

3 Dec 2005 11:24 pm
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Gaming)
Got up an hour earlier than during the week(!), drove to the station and ran into the first lot of usual suspects (Sheila and Neil). I wonder what other people on the (almost 15 minutes delayed) train thought when we all unpacked unusual books making notes and writing character sheets for our respective games. ;o)
Bloody Circle line was closed around Kings Cross so we had to detour via Victoria but that wasn't too bad. The next familiar faces were Sue and Roger at the tube station and then [livejournal.com profile] sje2 in the queue.
Got in, handed over my sign-up sheet and wandered around the trade hall a bit.

The Bad: ONE person signed up for Midway City so it didn't happen. :o(

The Good: Played Paula Dempsey's and [livejournal.com profile] gbsteve's Billy Bunter's Christmas Hamper freeform which was a lot of fun and featured loads of familar faces from the freeform crowd.
After a brief break of wandering around and taking a few photos, it was [livejournal.com profile] spencerpine's All Creatures Crazed and Feral freeform. Sharing almost all of the players from the previous game and a complete newbie to LARP/freeform who turned to be very good at it.
I don't want to tell too much about either game in case they want to run them again somewhere.
The charity auction was the last item on my list and I only spent 55 quid (some Rik Martin art and a Pirate card game with a Deliria supplement that sounded interesting), quite a lot less than I usually spend but finances have been a bit tight recently and two things I wanted went way beyond my budget (total of 150).

Trade Hall haul was: My Life with Master, Kill Puppies for Satan (annotated edition), The Book of Unremitting Horrors and the Call of Cthulhu silent movie DVD (which I'm going to watch now!)
Photos tomorrow.

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