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Second to meeting and hobnobbing with so many of you, I think maybe my favorite part was playing, even briefly, with Minion and Chaos, the cute black kitty-cats of Majuba and Cass.

Third, behind the kitties, was playing in both of Andrew Hoskins' PFS scenarios. I don't know that I'd ever even heard of him prior to PaizoCon and playing in both of his games I found out how really talented an adventure-writer he is.

Then there was being able to call out Greg Vaughan for DMing an old Chris Perkins adventure for his Sunday slot, doing "Wards of Witching Ways" instead of an original. The look on his face when I mentioned the intro sounded a bit like the adventure from Dungeon 11 was priceless. ....And since I didn't remember any of the specific encounters or traps or anything -- and even misremembered a point in the premise (That was 30 years ago!) -- it was great fun with no real spoilers.

And finally was news on the Taldor Adventure Path. Not only have I been waiting almost a decade for this,.... Not only do the plot-line of the six individual adventures and the overall drive of the campaign sound great,.... But based on the spoilers given in the seminar for it (and a barroom conversation with 'Yoda 8 My Head'), the Taldor AP sounds like it will actually fit very smoothly as a follow-up to the homebrew campaign in Taldor I'm playing right now! The Eutropia elements alone fit perfectly. There's always that fear that your homebrew will evolve so differently from published material; this almost sounds like they heard about my game and are developing the AP to fit my own campaign!


There were cats at the con??????????

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Lot's of highlights for me...

Getting to meet so many great people, both at the Kobold Press area and around the con

Painting my very first Reaper Bones mini (it was fun, and I suspect I might have a new hobby now ...)

The Kobold Summit

Meeting the legendary Kim Mohan in person!!!

Sitting and chatting with James Sutter at the banquet

Playing in James Jacob's Cthulhu game on Friday night


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Highlights for me:

Andy Christian's run of All for Immortality (off the books)

Meeting and Playing in Todd Stewart's game in the Maelstrom

Trivia as always

Anetra wrote:
There were cats at the con??????????

Chaos and Minion are three-time PaizoCon attendees (sans badges alas, but they do enjoy exploring the swag bags).

Kim Mohan was at the Con??? OMG!


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Every time I try to count them I remember more cool moments.

I thought the taldor AP announcement was the best game related announcement. I've been eagerly anticipating that for years.

Erik Mona's game of Dragon Strike was a highlight - I'm never going to forget "ROLL THE DICE!"

Learning to play cards against humanity was a strange mix of embarrassing and liberating.

Playing Bill Webb's Swords and Wizardry game and somehow deciding that the best strategy was probably dedicating myself to an evil demon/deity I'd only just heard of.

Mostly it was the people. Paizo have built a great community and it's a privilege to be a part of that. From staff members to freelancers to fans - everyone was friendly, welcoming and fun.

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Majuba wrote:
Kim Mohan was at the Con??? OMG!

Not officially, no ... :)


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Let's see. In no particular order...

Blundering through two nights of Swords and Wizardry. Earth-Mover Mandelion, Druid of the Second Mysteries, has reached level 3! Curse the worthless gods, and all hail the mountains and the seas!

Laughing my ass off at Celebrity Gaming's idea of "Santa Claus".

Chatting with Amber E. Scott after her Q&A panel, as mentioned on the "Thank the Paizo staff" thread.

Pickups: The surprise The Dark Eye game I found myself in. Hated the system, wasn't crazy about the adventure, but the players and GM were a blast to goof around with. Here's a pamphlet! Also, the surprise Torg game, which had a system I actually really enjoyed and allowed me to play a mad scientist clubber. Party on! Oh, and getting to meet Thunderlips and W E Ray, among many others, in the last ten minutes of "Paizocon After Dark". I was pretty out of it by then, but it was still a blast.

Watching Benjamin Loomes argue with a Razmiran priest at the Music/Ambiance panel. That whole panel was full of awesome ideas, really.

Cosmo's game was just wonderful. Cosmo is exactly the sort of evil clown you'd expect. Two Cosmo quotes from before the game:
"F+$+ it, you're all monkeys."
"You just gave me a really horrible idea and I can't wait to use it."

My Hmm-faciliated meeting with Iggy, who I will definitely be bringing next year. I might rename him to Kobie, though.

Basically, all of Paizocon was a highlight. It was a good con. I met a lot of familiar names, which was the main thing I missed out on last year, and in general just had a real blast. Even though I never did get to run a Paranoia game. Next year, I guess.

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Majuba wrote:

Highlights for me:

Meeting and Playing in Todd Stewart's game in the Maelstrom

I'm glad that you enjoyed my game! I had a serious blast in the three sessions that I ran, and the caliber of players that I had made it a genuine treat to GM.

Thankfully the single room and closed doors allowed me to scream and occasionally scream obscenities for that cleric of Rovagug and Tegresin respectively. :)


The trivia contest was a blast. I don't know why more people don't stay up for it. It had a super dramatic ending this year: my team thought we had won, and had even been handed the prizes, when another team appealed one of their answers, brining the game to a tie. We then had our prizes snatched away when we lost on a tie breaking question about naming all the Runelords and each one's pole-arm of choice.


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Thank you to Paizo's employees, volunteers and fans! This was the first Paizocon for me and my husband, and we enjoyed every moment of it, including:

* The Puzzle Hunt by Jason Keeley and Joe Pasini, which we couldn't have finished without clues from Joe

* The ACG Open where we came in 2nd (by two points!); congrats to Team Corsair!

* The Special, with our table being run and excellently acted out by our GM from the Tri-Cities

* Starfinder, Deadly Weapons, run by Logan Bonner; a fun preview and one-shot experience

* The Queering Your World panel with Judy Bauer, Crystal Frasier, and James L. Sutter

See you next year!

Scarab Sages

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Mimo Tomblebur wrote:
The trivia contest was a blast. I don't know why more people don't stay up for it. It had a super dramatic ending this year: my team thought we had won, and had even been handed the prizes, when another team appealed one of their answers, brining the game to a tie. We then had our prizes snatched away when we lost on a tie breaking question about naming all the Runelords and each one's pole-arm of choice.

Infrared Pseudodragons will rise again!

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Kobold Cleaver wrote:


Pickups: The surprise The Dark Eye game I found myself in. Hated the system, wasn't crazy about the adventure, but the players and GM were a blast to goof around with. Here's a pamphlet! Also, the surprise Torg game, which had a system I actually really enjoyed and allowed me to play a mad scientist clubber. Party on! Oh, and getting to meet Thunderlips and W E Ray, among many others, in the last ten minutes of "Paizocon After Dark". I was pretty out of it by then, but it was still a blast.

You were out of it? It was nice to meet you finally

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Of course there was meeting people (Woran, Hmm, BretI, Ironhelix, VC Steven, VC Steven, and VC Stephen, RC June, GM Elizabeth Corrigan, numerous others) and remeeting people (OMG so many).

I played lots of games I really enjoyed. In past PaizoCons, there has often been one game that I mostly enjoyed, but that left me irked for one reason or another. I had none of those this year.

The two Planescape games (with an excellent GM) has reinspired my interest in that setting, which I haven't really played or run in in 10 years. (Maybe I should try to get back into that PbP that I sort of faded from... YES, EXTREME GUILT, the GM of that PbP was sitting next to me in one of the PaizoCon Planescape games.)

But, there are two moments -- really just moments -- that stand out to me.

First, on Friday afternoon I was running Confirmation for a group of people who were walk-ups to the con (and as such hadn't scheduled stuff). They approached me because I was packing up a table, saying they were looking for a game, that they were sorta new to PFS, and three of them were completely new to PFS. I had Friday afternoon free, so I said, sure! I'll run Confirmation for you, it's great for new players! (I got a free lunch out of it.) But here's the favorite moment. After they've delved about underground, facing and defeating foes and making friends with some guy in a pond, they hear Janira Gavix outside, and they rush to save her. As they get outside, they see her and the minotaur, both bloodied and battered, still fighting. One of them says, "that is one badass halfling." I loved that statement. So many people seem so cynical and grouchy, and seem to hate on every recurrent NPC. All the people who were so happy to kill her in Serpent's Rise, all the people who are nothing but annoyed by her... it makes me sad. She's your friend! And it was great to see somebody actually have the right reaction.

Second, on Monday, after most everything is done, I'm sitting in a chair in a lobby. I see a couple of people who were on a table I ran Friday night. I was a floater GM then. Alas, I didn't have House of Harmonious Wisdom prepped, and they were something like two tables short of that given the ticketed players. Four of them agreed to play Ungrounded but Unbroken. (They were great to play with.) Well, I see two of them on Monday and wave to them. One steps over and says that they were talking, and agreed that my table on Friday night was their favorite one all weekend. Made my day. People always thank you for GMing; it's polite. You never fully know if they really had a good time. But when somebody goes out of their way to say that they liked your GMing, that's reassuring!

Scarab Sages

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So. We are packing up. Now that paizocon is really going to be over. I feel sad.

Because holy macaroni what was this an awesome experience. Most of the things I already put in the bloggery, but I'll recap here.
- Thursday it started off with my 5 star qualification game. Everyone was lovely. Special thanks to Guy Martele overseeing the game.
- GMing three slots in the banquet hall. My voice still has not recovered, but it was worth it. Getting strangers showing up dependent on my to make it amazing... pfew, it was a little bit intimidated. But it all went well.
- Getting people addicted to stroopwafels
- Getting people addicted to dutch licorice
- Planscape/metal gear solid crossover. It was awesome
- Paint and take. Such a wonderfull zen moment
- Pouncing on paizo employees. They always made a moment to talk to me. You are all amazing
- Getting invited to talk on a panel. I felt incredibly honored and I hope it helped people out. Special thanks to Judy.
- Trivia contest! So exiting! So funny! The infrared pseudodragons will rise again!
- We be leshies

And most importantly meeting all these lovely people.
- Hilary: I was so exited to meet you I nearly skipped over to the front desk when you told me you were there. It was amazing meeting you. And I loved that I got to GM for you and you for me!
- Bret. I'm afraid the force of hilary and me might have let you by the side at some times, but you are an incredibly chill dude. It was great meeting you
- Crazy drunk minnesota crew. Silberg, Leg'o lamb, Serisan, MrSlanky, the dude I keep confusing for Silberg and the other way around. You're all crazy. And wonderfull. And I hate you all.
- Adrew Hoskins. OMG. You are insane and wonderfull. Randomly hugging you gave me a lot of needed energy. I loved hanging around you and getting up to shenanigans with you.
- Rnop. Double whammy. Not only did I get to meet you, but also got to play an awesome game with you. Thank you for enabeling my murderhoboing.
- And all the others. Judy, Pirate Rob, Majuba, Cosmo, Remco Troost, and all the others I am forgetting. It. Was. Awesome.

Ps, if John Compton does go full sithlord, I apologise. This one is not on cosmo but on me.

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Woran wrote:
Mimo Tomblebur wrote:
The trivia contest was a blast. I don't know why more people don't stay up for it. It had a super dramatic ending this year: my team thought we had won, and had even been handed the prizes, when another team appealed one of their answers, brining the game to a tie. We then had our prizes snatched away when we lost on a tie breaking question about naming all the Runelords and each one's pole-arm of choice.
Infrared Pseudodragons will rise again!

But all must tremble before the power of Nocticula's Panties!

Grand Lodge

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-Pre-con gaming with Majuba et al
-All the great PFS gaming
-Delve RPG with Stephen Radney-MacFarland
-Seeing the destruction of PaizoCon in End of the World RPG with Jason Bulmahn, "I'm gonna have to kick Vic Wertz in the head..." (Sorry! Nice seeing how long it takes us to get to Murder Hobo when we're playing ourselves.)
-First taste of Starfinder in the delves!
-Getting drawn as a hacker by Remko Troost
-Sitting with @Paizo and Spencer Crittenden, and other awesome attendees at the banquet

-Getting Joe Pasini as my DM for EVERY delve... even if I started with another, Joe Pasini would step in and kill me! I think FIVE times!

Hanging out with a few hundred awesome gamers!

Scarab Sages

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Honestly, I had a great time throughout the con. Everyone was super friendly, all the GMs knocked it out of the park, and each seminar was on point and full of info.

That said, a few things did stand out:
- Disappointing a certain evil fox-like outsider in Felicar's Whirlpool. Until the end of time, you creepy bastard!
- Having a blast absolutely failing at everything in the Thanex Caper run by Mike Welham.
- quiet conversations while painting at the Reaper paint and take.
- Providing valuable cultural information to a Mi-Go in the delve with Motteditor and Adam Daigle
- Learning all about Kings of Absalom, and the secret behind the name of Cheliax at Erik's table at the banquet
- Almost getting CPS called on us at the Aethera game with Lamplighter.
- And most of all finally meeting so many people that I've only interacted with online up until now. Y'all are the best!


Belabras wrote:


That said, a few things did stand out:
- Disappointing a certain evil fox-like outsider in Felicar's Whirlpool. Until the end of time, you creepy bastard!

:D

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I also thought it was great disappointing Tegresin the Laughing Fiend -- whom I had not heard of until "Felicar's Whirlpool" -- especially playing as a Paladin of Shelyn. But for me that adventure was all about playing in Galisemmi and the Maelstrom with Todd Stewart.

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RyanH wrote:
-Seeing the destruction of PaizoCon in End of the World RPG with Jason Bulmahn, "I'm gonna have to kick Vic Wertz in the head..." (Sorry! Nice seeing how long it takes us to get to Murder Hobo when we're playing ourselves.)

Did I at least take some characters down?

Grand Lodge

Vic Wertz wrote:
RyanH wrote:
-Seeing the destruction of PaizoCon in End of the World RPG with Jason Bulmahn, "I'm gonna have to kick Vic Wertz in the head..." (Sorry! Nice seeing how long it takes us to get to Murder Hobo when we're playing ourselves.)
Did I at least take some characters down?

You thwarted the attempt... and we ran. Mind you, you were controlled by some alien at that point.

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RyanH wrote:
Mind you, you were controlled by some alien at that point.

...if I had a nickel for every time I've heard that excuse...


Loved sitting at the table with Wolfgang Bauer during the Banquet.

Also loved getting my 1st edition Core Rules, and my wife's copy of Vampire signed by Lisa Stevens, and that she actually accepted the copies of my novel that I offered.

...It occurs to me I should have explained what the books were about. Whoops.

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