Saturday, August 19, 2017

GenCon Stuff I Missed

Heya Greyhawkers! I didn't go to GenCon and after seeing news on ENWorld, I'm really regretting seeing the GenCon50 Museum. I had no idea it was going to have this many old school artifacts on display. I already saw alot of the art on display at Garycon earlier this year, but the museum they erected inside my beloved Lucas Oil Stadium is way more impressive. Check it out (Thanks Morrus).

And then some quick notes on the Ennies awards. It is surprisingly refreshing to see so many new games and companies winning awards in recent years. Last time I attended the awards (which was a few years) Paizo swept everything. And with the popularity of 5E you'd think Wizards could dominate every year too. This year both are conspicuously off the winners podium. Wizards did manage to win Best Publisher which at the surface seems weird if they didn't have anything else to offer. Wizards has lately taken a rather laid back approach to GenCon to focus on other conventions, which apparently benefits the rest of the gaming industry. No complaints I guess. I do feel extremely grognardy reading these winners though; I am so out of the new RPG loop I've not heard of half these winners. I did hear Tales From the Yawning Portal won a Judge's Spotlight nod, so kudos to, ahem, Greyhawk in the very least.

9 comments:

Rich Franks said...

I thought all the 5e stuff was set in the Forgotten Realms, including tales from the yawning portal.

Mike Bridges said...

The framework/intro for the book is FR, but only one of the adventures, Dead in Thay is actual original FR material. Two are generic mods, the remaining 3-4 are original Greyhawk mods.

Granger44 said...

I thought it was cool to be on the field level; hadn't done that since the Grand Opening festivities when they let you tour it. The cladding they had put down to protect the actual playing field only very slightly diminished the feel.

Mike Bridges said...

Damnit that may have been my only chance to be on the field. Regrets!

Dave Guerrieri said...

Greyhawk reborn missed seeing you at Gen Con, Mike!

Mike Bridges said...

Yeah Dave, sorry, I picked a bad year to skip. Went to Garycon but it lacked something. I guess I'm used to the big crowds and huge halls and abundance of costumes.

NaRong said...

I thought all the 5e stuff was set in the Forgotten Realms, including tales from the yawning portal.



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Mike Bridges said...

The original story lines like Rise of Tiamat or Storm King is FR. Tales is just an anthology of classic mods woth a premise you can learn of these dungeons from the Yawning Portal. There is also a variant for using the Green Dragon Inn in Greyhawk.

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