Brief Genghis Con Update

At Genghis Con 2007. At lunch. Just got out of a D&D session led by the most patient DM I think I’ve ever encountered (who wasn’t my husband). I haven’t played D&D in a long time, or a spell-casting character ever, so a lot of patience was required to keep me functional.

Last night I played Call of Cthulhu for the first time. The Keeper for that session was excellent, full of energy and transparent glee, especially when she saw us do something that she knew was guaranteed to make things… interesting. I’ll be participating in another of her Cthulhu modules today.

Another first last night: I was taught how to play the board game Stephenson’s Rocket, a game about building railway lines across England. I’ve played 1830 etc., and I’ve never before seen a railway game that takes less than four hours to play. A game of Stephenson’s Rocket runs about an hour, probably less if the players are experienced at the game (whose rules are much less complicated than those of 1830 etc.).

Highlights of the rest of the weekend: I plan to sit in on a Cloud Kingdom Games demonstration, join in some Rio Grand board games, and attend a “how to host a murder” party.

The con is at the Four Points by Sheraton Southeast, which is at East Hampden at I-25. It’s a vaguely H-shaped hotel–but the H has very, very, very long legs. So the walk back to the lobby from the dungeonish unfurnished units on the wing where last night’s RPGs were held was a little labyrinthine. The food options are hotel-priced, as you might expect, but good. The aptly named West View Grill has the absolute best crab cakes I’ve ever eaten. And the breakfast waitstaff have apparently been instructed to hard-sell the buffet that’s been specially priced for the buffet. I needed a Persuade rating of at least 75% just to order the corned beef hash.

And that’s all for now. More later as the weekend progresses.

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