The games that have been hitting my table most in the past few years are Apocalypse World and Burning Wheel. So when there is a con set up by the two designers of those games, both of whom are friends, I felt a strong pull to go.
Thing is, none of their games interest me as one-shots. Burning Wheel, Burning Empires, Freemarket, Dogs in the Vineyard, Apocalypse World and In a Wicked Age are all games I’m eager to play but they all go from good to really great after a few sessions. It was a con with almost all of my favorite games but I’m noticing that my favorite games need a few sessions to go from good to great.
FreeMarket: Our con scenario ran a little goofy for my tastes but I’m fascinated by the game. I bought it soon after and I’m reading it now. I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts in a bit.
Spending the Dragon’s Hoard: I set up a campaign and not a one-shot. There was just too much to do given the beliefs I put on the character sheet. I’ll post up a thread on the Burning Wheel forum along with characters, beliefs and post-game thoughts.
In a Wicked Age: Another game that needed 4 more sessions to gain its full glory. It was nice to game with Bret and Michael again. This made me want to move to New York City right this moment and start a game of IaWA with Bret, Janaki and Janira.
Dogs in the Vineyard: John really runs the shit out of this game (check out the link for his amazing hand-outs). Also, it was nice to finally game with Matt, who I’ve known for six and a half years and hadn’t gamed with yet.
I slept in for the Sunday morning slot. It was nice to meander in at around noon, chat with Matt and Jared, chill and eat my salad.
Burning Apocalypse Con was a fun weekend with a conspicuous Alexander-shaped hole in it.