[Dirty Left Field] Indie [Hippy] Con

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IndieCon started a little later than planned, my man with a car was short on holidays, so we had to pick our gaming days carefully. Nevertheless the Kenners Fun Bus was down at the convention late Thursday night and we could have a natter with the lodge crowd before waking fresh and excitable for Slot 1 the following day. This meant missing the Ice Breakers and meeting up with people for a chat, but at least we’d got the main part of the con to look forward to.
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Spiteful

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As mentioned elsewhere, I went on the spur of the moment to CONcrete Cow recently, a jolly little affair, which charges to cover costs of the room hire and has a couple of traders and three game slots. Typically the morning slot is oversubscribed, with diminishing returns as the day goes on. This one felt under-attended compared to the Spring version, but there were still happy faces about the place. I got there early and was able to sign up to a game of Spite. Nutters on the fringe of society bringing down renegade Angels who are judging people too early and occasionally annihilating entire US states on their way. Sounds down my alley.

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A Good Time in Spite of All

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So, its been quiet round here? Well, yes, the Smart Party have been heavily involved in weekly games and organising campaigns and not so much of the one-shots we’re here to talk about. With summer over however (did it ever really begin?) there’s a convention a month into the new year starting with last weekend’s CONcrete Cow in Milton Keynes. This is a one day con Ideal for one shot adventures, and although I could only go last minute and hence didn’t get much chance to prep games or get involved in advance, I did get chance to play in a game of Spite: the second book of Pandemonium – following on from Dread (the first book, not the game involving Jenga as a resolution mechanic). Ably refereed by the always-reliable Mr Dorward and good fun as it was, it reintroduced me to the world of Playing RPGs With People You Don’t Know and threw up some behaviours I observed around the table; behaviours I think we could all do with trying to avoid… Continue reading