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GenCon 2016 Recap

Gen Con 2016 ended a week ago. I’ll bet you’ve had *that* experience… You know, after a ponderous and exhausting week of readjusting to your daily life, it dawns on you. Maybe it’s while you’re brushing your teeth. Maybe while you’re pouring your coffee. Maybe while padding out of the bathroom to let the dog out–suddenly you say to yourself: ”A week ago, I was in Indianapolis. I was at Gen Con. I was happy.” And then you’re just a little bit sadder.

Here’s a little slice of the event packaged up to get you through until the numbness takes over to get you through the year: the ICOSA Gen Con 2016 Recap.

We ran three tables pretty much constantly through the event, and nearly every seat was full. Our players are some of the best players, and by all accounts our GMs delivered on expectations. This year we ran adventures at several different PC levels. We tried to deliver a good mix of combat and role play encounters, and we made some note as a group for how to improve in the future. Many of our players would hang out after the game to give us their comments or suggestions, or tell us their experience with the game. If you’re one of those people and you’re reading this, I want to thank you for that. Hearing that we’ve contributed to someone’s awesome gaming experience is what this is all about.

Our signage outside our event room.

Our signage outside our event room.

SoftServo's next-level GMing

SoftServo’s next-level GMing

PS Events

PS Events

PS Players getting into it!

PS Players getting into it!

All-star GM Bryan wooing his players

All-star GM Bryan wooing his players

Cosplay is a big part of Gen Con for us. Our resident professional prop man / cosplay guru was in top form as Jabz the Goblin atop his steam mech. Jabz took 2nd place in the cosplay contest. He did us proud, and it’s always fun to get on the internet after Gen Con to see pictures of him that were posted by complete strangers. He was joined by our bugbear Paul, our hobgoblin overlord Adam, and my awesome wife (who is the best convention support mother ever). Our cosplay group always looks great.

PS hobgoblin, goblin in mech suit, and bugbear

PS hobgoblin, goblin in mech suit, and bugbear

Strike a pose!

Strike a pose!

Jabz Mephito, the Greased

Jabz Mephito, the Greased

On Sunday I was able to hit the exhibit hall in search of bits and bobs that might be of interest to anyone running their own Pure Steam campaign. I wish I had snapped more pictures at the Wild West Exodus booth! They have some amazing steampunk mechs, vehicles, and other miniatures that would fit right in with our milieu. I was particularly taken with the Mercenary Flame Truck which would make a more than passable Steam Wagon, and the Lawmen Judgement which would make a great Steam Tank. Many of their Light Support vehicles which would be awesome for Coalcycles and Gyro Skiffs (as seen in the Westbound book). I also thought the Confederate Rebellion Mole Machine was pretty frickin’ neat.

I definitely overspent at the 4ground Model Kits & Miniatures booth. If you’re interested in getting some terrain into your gaming maps, their Grimmstack line has a great collection of fantasy steampunk architecture (and so reasonably priced!). It looked to me just like the kind of thing you might see deep in the woods of Harmonia or the slums of Cog Island. If you’re more interested in historical accuracy, I also picked up a couple of the 28mm Historical buildings; the North Point Tenement, for example, could serve for any number of buildings built by Summit City industry. That line more closely resembles actual architecture found in the places Ullera is based on.

brilliant terrain

brilliant terrain

brilliant terrain

brilliant terrain

brilliant terrainbrilliant terrain

Are you a Steampunk GM? Did you see anything I missed? Did you play one of our games and love/hate it? Let us know in the comments, or shoot us an email.

Until next year!

-Softservo”

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