Month: November 2016

AcadeCon Roundup: Cold Steel Wardens

AcadeCon Roundup: Cold Steel Wardens

I had a great time at all of the sessions I was a part of at AcadeCon, but I have to say that I think the Cold Steel Wardens session I played in was my favorite. That session was my first time trying out an…

AcadeCon Round-up: Nefertiti Overdrive

AcadeCon Round-up: Nefertiti Overdrive

Kristen is going to be writing a post on the Cold Steel Wardens and Fantasy Flight Star Wars RPG, and I get to cover Nefertiti Overdrive. Nefertiti Overdrive is a story driven game where the more  you describe, the better chance you have. The game…

Dungeons and Flagons Episode 45: The Eye of the Beholder

Dungeons and Flagons Episode 45: The Eye of the Beholder

Finally coming back after a break for AcadeCon. Finja, Tate, and Nimrose go after their biggest enemy yet and find out some things about the floating castles.

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The World of Dungeons and Flagons!

The World of Dungeons and Flagons!

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Ashley – Nimrose the Wood Elf Monk

Kristen (@Kefka73) – Finja the Human Paladin

Clint – Tate the Halfling Bard

The DM:

Peder (@TheScando)

 

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AcadeCon Round-Up: Dungeons and Dinosaurs

AcadeCon Round-Up: Dungeons and Dinosaurs

Huzzah, it’s another post! So continuing on the theme of AcadeCon, we wanted to talk about some specific things, the different games that we played, and what they are like. The first game that Kristen and I play, you might have heard of the system,…

AcadeCon Roundup: Peder’s Take

AcadeCon Roundup: Peder’s Take

Alright, we are back after a week (or so) of being away. This is because we were at AcadeCon, which if you follow me on twitter, you definitely could have seen, also, I talked about it in the last video that I did. Quick recap:…

AcadeCon Roundup: Kristen’s Take

AcadeCon Roundup: Kristen’s Take

Peder and I have now returned from our first AcadeCon experience — and what an experience it was!

AcadeCon (pronounced like the first three syllables from the word “academy” + con) is a small (and growing) convention run by the RPG Academy. It was held in Dayton, Ohio this year, so Peder and I decided to make a mini-vacation of it and make the trek via roadtrip. We were so glad we did!

Image Credit: The RPG Academy
Image Credit: The RPG Academy

Peder ran two gaming sessions as a GM (game master), and I got to take part in several games as a player. Having only done RPG gaming via the Dungeons & Dragons system up until AcadeCon, I was stoked to get the chance to try out a few new systems. We did play a couple of D&D sessions, but I also got to try Star Wars: Age of RebellionNefertiti Overdrive, and Cold Steel Wardens (more about that last one soon!).

As someone who’s only been to cosplay/panel/general-nerdery-type cons before attending AcadeCon, it was a whole new ballgame going to a gaming con. I found it to be a lot more hands-on in some ways, and since games are played in four-hour chunks, sticking to the schedule was a lot more important than at other cons (as was making sure we’d left ourselves enough time between sessions to grab a bite to eat!). While there were a few panels, and some really great vendors to check out (I am now the proud owner of a baby ice dragon sculpture and a new set of glow-in-the-dark dice), the main focus was definitely on gaming, whether it was through the RPG sessions, check-out-able board games, the Artemis space battle simulator, or just general geeking out with other con-goers.

And for me personally, one of the main themes of this con was stepping out of my comfort zone. This is an inescapable part of any con for me, but there was definitely something very next-level about playing games for four-hour stints with groups of mostly strangers (or all strangers, in the case of the Cold Steel Wardens session I was part of while Peder was GM’ing). As an introvert, I find things like this to be quite a stretch, especially when I do it several times in one weekend. And while it definitely was that, it was also worth it every single time.

Image mine
Image mine

For example, I may have struggled sometimes when the GM would turn to me to say “Okay, your character is doing such-and-such — what do you want to do next?”, and may have had to beg for help a little when I got super stuck (let’s just say random generation is decidedly not one of my strong suits…) but I’m really, really glad I confronted those moments and pushed through them. When I’m suddenly put on the spot (even when, as in RPG sessions, it’s not in a bad way), I tend to freeze up and forget what English is. But because of the format of gaming sessions, I had to offer up whatever I could come up with next and just run with it — and I found that, while there may be some silly answers, there are no wrong ones.

One of the things I’ve often found challenging a gamer is pushing past that initial crippling indecision/fear of embarrassment/any number of other things that come with role-play style gaming. But by the end of the weekend at AcadeCon, while this was still tough at times, it was a lot easier than it had been, and I was much better at trusting myself and letting the story take me where it would. And that, in my mind, is a win that I’ll get to take with me beyond the momentary in-game wins of the weekend.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed AcadeCon (despite being ready for a ton of sleep by the end!) and am already looking forward to/plotting for next year. I can’t wait to try out even more gaming systems and meet more amazing people!

Did you attend AcadeCon this year? Give us a shout-out/share what you loved about it in the comments or on Twitter! Have you gone to a different gaming con near you? What did you enjoy about it? What would you try next time?

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Writing The Right Story

Writing The Right Story

We’re going to continue our NaNoWriMo theme. But just so you don’t think that this is only for NaNoWriMo, this advice is going to be, hopefully, solid for anyone who is writing. What do I mean by the title, Writing the Right Story? Does it…

NaNoWriMo Adventures: Keeping Your Inner Editor Quiet

NaNoWriMo Adventures: Keeping Your Inner Editor Quiet

As of today, NaNoWriMo has officially begun, and Peder and I couldn’t be more excited! We will warn you that our posts will likely become a bit shorter/simpler this month as we try to conserve our writing energies and limited time resources for our NaNo needs (or…