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Gen Con Oz

I am hoping that the organisational stuff-ups to this point do not effect the actual running of Gen Con Oz, because they haven't been going that well so far.

However, the events are starting to show up in their system, so things are going ahead.

Gen Con Oz runs Thursday July 3 till Sunday July 6 (no public holidays) and the current cost is $55 for 4 day entry or $16.50 per day plus event fees. If you want to have a look at what events are available have a look at the Event Search page.

I'm running three games there: 12/1, Pathway to Eternity and Ball of Dreams, Travis is running The Wake, plus I noticed that Der Golden Sterne (written by our very own Caine) is also running, Megan Bushby is running The Scarlet Pimpernel, Wit and Wedlock is also there plus a Legend of the Five Rings: Heroes of Rokugan game as well.

A grand total of 8 Freeforms at the moment (with The Wake running twice).

With the Tabletops they currently have 149 "events" in the catalog and I doubt it's complete yet. I know that our very own Kevin Powe is doing Empty Chambers, Spent Shells, a Feng Shui game, and if his past exploits are anything to go on, it should be an awesome game.

Now, ladies and gentlemen, I expect this Gen Con to go poorly, simply due to the fact that it's the first Gen Con Oz. However, if we want it to go well in the future, we have to put every effort into getting it as good as it can be now. So, if you have a chance, please come along and give it a go. The more people who turn up this year, the more chance there is of it running again (and the more chance we have of teaching these American gamers what roleplaying is really about).

Come along. I don't think it's going to be "The Best Four Days in Gaming", but I'm going to give it my best shot.

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delwyn
May. 7th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Come August I'll be heading the US and going to Gen Con Indy and the Penny Arcade Expo, so that's all of my accrued leave spoken for, as well as an obscene amount of $$$, so there's no Gen Con Oz on my calendar this year - perhaps next year...
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halloranelder
May. 7th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
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travisjhall
May. 7th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)

They've moved one session of The Wake to 8:00am. We all know how hard it is to get players for a regular morning session of a freeform. Who the heck is going to turn up to play at 8:00am on day 4 in the middle of winter?

I'm guessing they are trying to make room for other games, maybe trying to fix your overlap problem, but damn, that's dumb.

fengshuiguy
May. 10th, 2008 11:07 am (UTC)
I'm sure if anything can get gamers out of bed for an 8AM start, Travis, it's the reputation that your games carry.

(incidentally, the background image on the web page for The Wake makes it really hard to read character descriptions)
travisjhall
May. 11th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)

Where were you when I solicited opinions on that page, and had everyone assure me that the background was not a readability problem?

Well, I'm not one to ignore a usability complaint when I can do something about it. I've revised my CSS to provide an alternate stylesheet, so if you are using Firefox or Opera, you can now use their support for alternate stylesheets to view the page with no background image. For IE and Safari users, I might add some javascript that will let them choose their styling, but I don't have time right now.

I was planning to do an update anyway, because the ratings on the page were Pheno ratings. Now there are Gen Con ratings as well.

By the way, the only reason I haven't signed up for your game yet is because I haven't figured out when I want to play it.

travisjhall
May. 12th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)

Right, I've added a javascript doodad that allows the user to turn the background on or off at will in IE, Firefox and Opera (and probably Konquerer, but I can't test that). It doesn't work in Safari, due to Safari firing its onload event before actually loading all its resources (specifically, before alternate stylesheets). If you've got any ideas about that, I'd love to find a way to fix it (if only so I know how to get around Safari's onload stupidity in the future). It also interacts a bit strangely with Firefox and Opera's built-in alternate stylesheet functionality. (So I might disable it for those browsers later.)

fengshuiguy
May. 10th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words re: the game, and more importantly, for pimping Gen Con. There are definitely some rough edges visible, but I think it stands a chance of being an extraordinarily fucking awesome experience, if things turn out.

And you're quite right - attending this year is, amongst other things, an investment in helping it bridge that gap between expectation and reality, smoothing out the rough bumps over the first year.
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