Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Unabashed Belated Bash Con 2017 Report

Yikes - it takes a monumental event like Tom and Robin missing one year and I seemingly lost the desire to turn in my yearly report. Now to be fair, 2017 was quite the year for me and the family, but it is still not much of an excuse. So, I searched the phone for pictures, Facebook for posts, and messenger for clues on what happened on that long weekend back in February of 2017.

I have a text on my phone as well where I was going to pick Liam up from school and head to the convention, but since the plan was going to be to play in Tom's game on Friday night, I believe I simply went to the convention on Friday night by myself, got through registration, chatted with some folks, and I either dropped off my miniatures/Darkshade books to sell at Beckett's booth or did so on Saturday morning (cannot remember).

Saturday I brought both kids with me. Irelynn ended up meeting up with her friend Riley whose dad is also a gamer. She ended up playing in a Marvel Superheroes game with them. Liam and I played in both of Saharrah's Crawlspace events. I know Randy bought some of my miniatures including my Reaper Bones Cthulhu, and I bought a full set of John's 'Lake Erie Monster' comics. We then hooked up with Beckett and John after the dealer hall closed and played a board game called 'Steampunk Rally'.

On Sunday I brought both kids again for the lone game of the weekend that I was running, my annual AD&D game. This year it was 'A Fistful of Scales'. Here was my battle report from the Facebook post in the Peryton Gamers group.

So the party fights through the Lizard Man ambush at the bridge, but the nemesis leader of the reptiles has escaped the party once again, jumping into the river and swimming away. Years ago, this same individual had critical hit both Gill and Kraze on subsequent attacks, forcing Lorian and Ripley to retreat and swear vengeance.
Then, the black dragon appeared, circling in the sky and throwing spells down at the party. Irelynn playing Rose the Mage decided to cast 'Monster Summoning I', which turned out to be the spell that drove the Black Dragon away. He had flown down and scooped up the Maedar (the new cleric in the group) and one of the accompanying guardsmen from the city. As the dragon was flying away with both in its claws, the summoned monsters, being Level 1 Human Berserkers, all charged at Rose's order and one connecting with a critical hit to the dragon's foot, severing off its toes on its hind leg and causing it to howl in pain and anger. In disgust, it dropped the pair, the lowly soldier falling to his death and Maedar gliding down with his boots of Levitation. The dragon flew away to lick its wounds.

Also from Facebook, this was Randy's post regarding Bash Con 2017:
So this weekend was spent in Toledo at Bashcon, a gaming convention at the Toledo University. It was small compared to the gigantic ones like GenCon I am used to attending, but was quite pleasant and fun. The smaller size makes it much less stressful, and more intimate feeling. Met and talked with many people and heard plenty of interesting stories. 
I spent the bulk of the time helping to watch the venders booth for Weird Realms owned by friend Beckett. Met John there, the guy behind Shiner Comics; enjoyed every minute of it!  
Saharrah was repping Peryton Publishing and ran 2 games using Tom's "Crawlspace Deluxe" RPG system, and was met with renowned enthusiasm! It was her first solo GMing of any game and she rocked it, with multiple requests for more games. All the players purchased a rules book, and couldn't wait to run their own games back home. She is hooked, and anxious to run more, she has the bug! 
Seen Jerry and Liam, and had some good conversation as usual, reminiscing on games of the past, looking forward to Gencon in August. Tom and Robin were missed, but there in spirit.  
I think that is about it. I collected some money from Beckett before leaving on Sunday from my good sold and he agreed to take my miniatures back to sell at his shop. I am sure I bought a few things for the kids, probably a necklace for Irelynn and some dice for Liam.

Appendix: The Official Sunday AD&D J2E Adventure List

2018: One More Time With Feeling
2017: A Fistful of Scales
2015: A Farewell to Hands (Part 1 & 2)
2014: The Frozen Hold
2013: Another Fine Mess
2012: Ninja Dawn on Pirate Island
2011: Unforgiven

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