Great games and great times. Conception is an excellent convention but this year my attendance would be different...
I normally organise and run a game or two at Conception but mostly I'm there to play, this year though I went with the express intention of running a lot of games. I ran six RPGs and with Jess's help, coordinated two games of Two Rooms and a Boom. In addition we had a whole bunch of copies of our current survey that I think we asked everyone to fill in at least twice.
For all the help and support we received I have a whole bunch of thank yous to put out there.
First and foremost thanks to the organisers of Conception and especially Duncan for being so helpful - you made it easier for us and helped in so many ways. Getting us space for Two Rooms, letting us hand out surveys, having them on the desk and introducing us to some useful contacts, we really couldn't have asked for much more.
The strangest conversations of the weekend were definitely the ones with the people who gave (yes gave!) us games. For some reason I don't understand they were apologising for not giving us more. Julian trying to desperately explain why he wasn't giving us more of his games was weird, Mike's apology that he wasn't actually able to give us sake to go with the game and Dave's "sorry it wasn't one of the better prizes" when he gave us his raffle winnings left me baffled. By the time Nigel felt the need to explain that he'd like to keep the special edition of Ticket to Ride he won but would donate his regular copy I was used to the strangeness. You're all a bit nuts but thank you, you have no idea what it means to us.
Thanks to everyone who played in one of the RPGs that I ran, I had a great game in all of them and hope you did too. Also thanks to Tijs and Max who ran the only RPGs I got to play in, both were excellent and introduced me to worlds I didn't know, but had fun running around in. Tijs' game also led to my quote of the con, when our Fixer turned to our Decker and asked: "Why have you been arming our hostages?" Thanks also to Patrick for running the Cube Draft where I managed to put together a deck with a possible infinite combo on turn one, multiple redundancies and a bunch of other powerful plays that you still managed to beat!
Last but by no means least thanks to everyone who filled in our survey whether offline at the event or here on our site, we're using the data to help our business plan and to help us understand what will work so every piece of feedback we get is extremely valuable.
The last thing I wanted to talk about was Two Rooms and a Boom, the awesome game we ran on the Saturday afternoon. Thanks to everyone for taking part, for accepting the odd mistake that we made and for keeping up the energy through four hours! We liked this so much we added a second slot, running it on Sunday night as well, for an even bigger group. This game is amazing and I highly recommend it if you have a big group and want to play something a little different. While we were late finding it and couldn't add to the kickstarter, we will definitely be purchasing a copy when it comes out!