One of the most uproarious events, in my view was the demonstrations of the Artemis. I have never laughed so hard as six people on networked mobile Samsung Slates really get into being the crew of a starship — using some networked software, they really get into it, yelling “We are losing power to the shields” and related Trek-style madness. I loved watching as much as they loved playing.
I admit to loving the wry humor in the Gamers movies, being shown over about 6 hours in the evening. Not enough to stay six hours, though others did, and stayed for the discussion afterwards.
I enjoyed playing Dragon Dice. It makes my childhood playing Yahtzee into training ground for a real game. Bill Belcher, the former games mogul (host of Friday Night Board Games at Collector’s Connection) ran games like Killer Bunnies all day — Bill is a warrior on behalf of the game community.
It was great to see local retailers there, too. Rogue Robot and Dungeon’s End are representing with games, tournaments, and of course, life-size Settlers of Cataan. Viking Vear was fun, too, although our animal-lovers would kill us if we bought all that leather or horns.
Immense fun, more tomorrow. See you there?
Photo by Mary Hall.