If all my writing has you tired out, here’s a nearly all pictorial view of the oddball (to me) underpinnings of the show. Read on to see the overconfidence of a man in a purple jersey, class it up with a nice pen, or turn on the charm with a nice fez. It’s not over til someone rides off on a sheep…
There were LOTS and LOTS of things for sale that would only be jumbled together in the same room if it were GenCon.
With its RPG connections, what is a Gencon convention without any dice?
I’m a sucker for dice, but keep myself pretty well in check and rarely buy new ones. However, Systemic Games was showing off a fancy LED-filled smart-die. OK, yes it flashes cool LEDs when you roll it, but you can connect to the die using bluetooth and an app to reprogram what color you want it to flash. You can even set it to flash differently depending on what number is rolled. If your whole group has them, the GM could flash a player’s die when it was their turn, etc… Not enough for you? It’s open source code, so feel free to code it for something else, tie it into a digital platform like Roll20 for example so your physical roll appears on the digital screen. Nope, you can’t buy one yet, but they’ll be going up on Kickstarter in the near future. (Oh, and of course they just recharge wirelessly by setting them back on their charger base.)
Miniature gaming is still going strong. I thought some of the setups for the FFG Star Wars Legion game were particularly impressive.
Now, if you have a pile of miniatures, how to keep track of them and all though stats and rules? Gauss Toys wants you to put an RFID sticker on the bottom of them, and pug a reader into your computer. It’s that little white square plugged into the blue cord. Nothing up for sale yet, I just found a guy demoing it in the demo gaming hall.
And that’s the news from GenCon. I hope you enjoyed the articles in the past few days and perhaps a bit of the photos today. With that, I’ve got nothing left to do but ride off into the sunset on top of my trusty Catan sheep….